Saturday New England Patriots Links 2/12

Ian Logue
February 12, 2011 at 11:48am ET

Bill Belichick shines some perspective on continuing evolution of 2017 Patriots
Bill Belichick: 'No major issues' vs. Jets in protecting Tom Brady
Despite sore left shoulder, Tom Brady says, 'I feel pretty darn good'
Best and worst from Patriots’ 24-17 victory over the Jets
Guregian: Jets’ production shows Patriots defense still has lots of work to do

There's not much going on so this will be a brief entry this morning, but here are today's headines.

Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald reports that Bill O'Brien was finally officially named the team's offensive coordinator.  O'Brien more or less handled the playcalling duties for the team this season, and this new designation is considered a promotion and a reward for the job he did this season. has more on some of the coaching responsibilities that have changed, breaking down who will take over each role after some of the recent changes.

Despite a report yesterday where it's expected that the Patriots will franchise guard Logan Mankins, Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe reports it hasn't happened yet.

The Herald reports that free agent left tackle Matt Light wants to return to the Patriots, but reportedly has no plans on seeking a new contract until after the labor situation shakes out.

Our friends over at has a mock draft this morning, and has the Patriots taking Aldon Smith (DE/OLB, Missouri) at #17, while they expect Muhammad Wilkerson (DE, Temple) to be taken at #28.  This entry has the entire draft included, so be sure and check it out.

Mike Rodak takes a look at potential free agents, placing the spotlight this morning on the inside linebacker position.

Christopher Price has a look at potential free agent Brian Williams, with a full breakdown of the cornerback out of Atlanta and what kind of fit he could be here in New England.

Ian Rapoport writes that former Strength and Conditioning coach Mike Woicik is officially headed to the Dallas Cowboys after his long stint here in Foxboro.

Jeff Howe of writes that while Chad Ochocinco would bring some excitement, Dante Stallworth is the best free agent receiver fit for the Patriots.

That's it for this morning.  Hope everyone enjoys the day and we'll see you tomorrow.