Wednesday's New England Patriots Links 2/5/14 - Bill Belichick is Hard to Read

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February 05, 2014 at 10:37am ET

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Here are this morning's top stories:


Pepper Johnson says he wanted to get out from Bill Belichick's 'shadow' - Shalise Manza Young - Manza Young has comments from former linebacker coach Pepper Johnson, who had some interesting comments on his decision to move on from New England.

Patriots on the bubble - Zuri Berry - Berry writes that if the Patriots are going to win a Super Bowl, they'll have to upgrade a select number of positions and has a couple of interesting names on "the bubble".


Pepper Johnson admits he wanted to get out of Bill Belichick's shadow - Jeff Howe - Howe also has comments from Johnson, who said he'd like to become a head coach some day.

How can the Patriots find their own Kam Chancellor? - Jeff Howe - Howe has an interesting article pondering how the Patriots could add a physical presence like Chancellor to their defense.


Belichick & Brady team up at Pebble - Mike Reiss - Reiss has an article on Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, who are down at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Pepper on escaping Belichick 'shadows' - Mike Reiss - Reiss has his reaction on Johnson's comments, and has some expanded comments from the interview.


Free agent snapshot: Brent Grimes - Christopher Price - Price has an entry looking at Grimes as a potential option for the Patriots.


Patriots' 2014 Defensive Blueprint: Vince Wilfork Can Help Free Up Salary Cap Room - Doug Kyed - Kyed has an article this morning looking at the Patriots defensive line and looks at where they can save salary cap money.

Pepper Johnson: Patriots Players Had Trouble Reading Bill Belichick  - Doug Kyed - Kyed has more comments from Johnson, who revealed that the Patriots coach can be hard to read at times.

Rob Gronkowski Spotted Playing Beer Pong At Providence College (Photo) - Gronkowski's knee appears to be doing better (sigh).


New England Patriots mailbag: How in the world would the Patriots Ever Beaten the Seahawks? - Nick Underhill - Underhill has his mailbag, which features some interesting bits in this entry.