Paoletti: Patriots know to not do too much

Paoletti: Patriots know to not do too much
January 9, 2014, 10:15 pm
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Dont'a Hightower will now have an ever bigger role with Brandon Spikes out.

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Another man down on the Patriots’ defense means another man steps up.

On Tuesday, Brandon Spikes was put on injured reserve, ending his season with a knee injury, making an already depleted defense search for answers.

Mary Paoletti, on Quick Slants, discussed what the Patriots will need to do now with another member of their defense down.

“They took another hit with the loss of Brandon Spikes,” Paoletti said. “And the team will again evoke the next man up mantra. But there is something else to it. Don’t do too much.”

Paoletti pointed to Dont’a Hightower who tried to overcompensate for the loss of Jerod Mayo by doing too much, which ended up hurting his play.

“It was obvious, right? The usually heads-up linebacker was a beat behind and often lost,” Paoletti said. “But things did get straightened out. And if the D is going to absorb this latest personnel loss, they actually have to be careful not to try an overcompensate.”