The coordinators' press conferences were earlier than usual this Thanksgiving morning at NovaCare. As usual, much insight was gleaned.
Marty Mornhinweg said Michael Vick and Jeremy Maclin are day-to-day. Vick didn't practice yesterday, Maclin was limited and not terribly optimistic afterward. When practice began today, Maclin and Vick were wearing stocking caps instead of helmets, indicating they wiould not participate.
Mornhinweg said the Patriots tend to give up a lot of yards but not points. He said they had some really high yardage-allowed games early in the season, before they got some things straightened out, and then they sometimes allow inflated totals because they're protecting big leads.
Mornhinweg said the Pats can adapt their defense to what the opponent does, play coverages you haven't seen on tape, without mistakes.
Defensive coordinator Juan Castillo said it was important for his unit to see its hard work pay off against the Giants last Sunday. He said with timing offenses, QB pressure is almost always created by coverage -- the cover guys need to make the quarterback take a second "hitch.' Second hitch, there should be pressure, he said, third hitch, QB has to be on the ground.
A lot of the questioning of Castillo concerned the Pats' two excellent tight ends, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. Castillo understandably didn't give away his plans, but he said it would be hard to trick or flummox the Pats with elaborate coverages -- they've pretty much seen it all.
Stay tuned for more after practice, and Happy Thanksgiving from Eagletarian Central.