1. Does it bother you that Jerod Mayo never seems to make a big play? He's steady and always makes a lot of tackles. But I can't recall a huge stick, a pick or a fumble recovery in a while. Seems like players who make a lot of coin and are generally well regarded should sometimes make special plays. 2. I love me some Vince but wasn't this injury a matter of time? He's clinically obese, I assume, and is about the least surprising person in Boston sports to need to get his wheels adjusted given how much weight he was carrying around. I will miss him and opposing teams will test the Pats up the middle big time. But really, who can be surprised? 3. The Gronk-Pats drama is so not Pats like. Maybe they really don't differ on this stuff. But if they do, the public leak and knowledge of their disagreement reminds me of nothing in their BB past. Weird? 4. I was very impressed with New Orleans last night and equally unimpressed with Miami. One game but my take aways are that NO is going to be hard to beat and that Miami will eventually fade or not be a huge threat to the Pats for the division. 5. It would have been fun to have Dickie Seymour back in Foxboro. Too bad it ended so poorly with him. But him aside, I guess I'm a little surprised that the Pats seem so willing to just rely on the "next man up." It seems to underselll how important Vince was. 6. So people are saying that Edelman is a fine replacement for Welker and that when Amendola gets back, all will be really fine. And there's some truth to that. And I am not one who wrings his hands about the loss of Welker. But something that gets lost in that is how beneficial Welker is for that d-head Manning. My Welker pain is less about him being gone (which is in fact painful given how great he was in NE) and more to do with him making a rival better and particularly that hateful rival. It's beyond annoying and I find it odd that BB didn't try harder to keep Wes out of Denver given the obvious impact it would have on Peyton and that attack. 7. I still can't believe they got the spot wrong on the Blount third down run. How did that happen? If the Pats lost that game, I would have had a melt down over that issue. There are always bad calls, but I knew at first glance during live action that LaGarette had secured the first down. Who didn't know that? 8. If Tom retired tomorrow and you could have anyone not Peyton, who would you pick? For me it's Brees. I know there are good arguments for other guys but I just love Brees, and I am not one to love other players. 9. If the Pats disappeared overnight and you were required to adopt another team, who would it be. For me it's the Steelers. Great fans, great tradition, they beat the Jets in the 2010 AFC Champ game, my friends who are Steelers fans are all cool....I hate Ben but I dunno, one guy isn't enough to make a decision on. 10. The new receivers are doing pretty well. Thompkins is such a find. Dobson and Boyce have shown some sparks. But I still think the Pats should have chosen a WR with their first pick. And made it a priority to get a veteran WR in free agency. Just seems weird to put so much stock in it just working out with rookies. Again, so far, so good, but the decision making on this one is hard for me to wrap my head around. 11. Putting aside the obvious strategic and on field benefit in having Gronk back, I can honestly say that there is no one outside Tom Brady in 2009 whose return I have ever been more excited about. What athlete do you more enjoy watching doing his thing than Gronk? His open field runs against the Skins in 2011? Yowzer! 12. The in game adjustments vis-a-vis Gonzalez on the last drive, when they gave him the Roman Phifer treatment and just mugged him off the line, leave me weak in the knees. As much as I have some concerns with BB's off season plan (at WR in particular), I just LOVE how he handles games and coaching. 13. Does any other HC just abandon the sideline and coach up either side of the ball during games? Who doesn't love seeing BB working with the D while Josh and Tom manage the offense? 14. OK, I admit it, I love that Tom Brady's most recent hair style doesn't seem like much of a hair style and is just short hair. For the most part. QBs shouldn't have "styles" during the season! 15. I still cringe when Ridley carries the ball. Don't you fumble! 16. Talib IS the Pats second most important player right now. When Gronk returns at full strength, we can talk about this, but no way is anyone close to Talib at the moment. The Pats were doing fine against the Ravens until Talib went out, mind you. 17. So NY sports fans: Which Pathetic Football team do you support? 18. To all you Giants fans who creped on me post SBs, look at the standings, chumps. 19. Hats off to the Pats offensive line for the job they did against the Falcons. You have gotten WAY too little credit for that outstanding effort. 20. There really is no way to get more use out of Brandon Spikes than in 6 defensive snaps? 21. Does Aaron Hernandez watch Pats games in prison? Wonder what he thought when Collinsworth made that ridiculous comment about the Pats turning bad guys into good guys. (And I agree that Talib has been a model citizen in NE and that many guys do buy into the Patriot Way stuff). 22. Wonder if Kraft cringes when BB is particularly and purposefully difficult with the media. Not that I care how open BB is. I just wonder how the owner, who is pretty affable with the press, thinks about it. 23. Why was Pete Carroll so horrendous in NE when he is pretty darn good everywhere else? He sounded so goofy in Boston (pumped and jacked.....never any real content to his answers), and somewho intelligent when I hear him now. 24. Dante's tenure and coaching job....one of the most amazing stories in Pats history. 25. They should be able to handle this Cinci team, right? Will Brady get any help/tips from Hoyer? 26. Wonder if Brady noticed that his two former back-ups did pretty well on Sunday. I feel good for Cassell and Hoyer. Like both of those dudes. 27. Julian Edelman. Amazing. No one looked at him besides the Giants. My only concern about him was durability given how balls out he plays. But so far, so good. 28. Why is LaGarrette Blount returning kicks? Shouldn't that job be done by a burner who can gallop to the 25 and then try to avoid hits, rather than a lumbering runner who wears down opposing fronts during a game? Just seems so miscast in that role. Josh Boyce. Leon Washington. McCourty. Edelman. All seem like better candidates to return kicks. 29. Don't misunderstand my questions. I remain head over heals in love with the head coach. In a manlove kind of way, of course. He's the best HC in sports, period. Thanks for reading. Responses welcomed.