Patricia officially named Pats' D-Coordinator

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Patricia officially named Pats' D-Coordinator

Matt Patricia - fondly referred to by members of the Patriots defense as "Matty P - has been officially named the Patriots defensive coordinator.

Patricia has been the de facto head of the defense since 2010 replacing Dean Pees in responsibilities but not job title.

Patricia held the title of linebackers coach from 2006 through 2010 and was made the safeties coach prior to the 2011 season.

Josh Boyer, who's been in charge of the corners, now becomes the safeties coach. Brian Flores is now the cornerbacks coach.

Pepper Johnson moves from the defensive line to linebackers and Patrick Graham takes over the defensive line.

George Godsey is replacing the departed Brian Ferentz as tight ends coach.

The least prominent coaching move was made with a man who has a most prominent last name. Steve Belichick has been named a coaching assistant. The younger Belichick played four years of lacrosse at Rutgers and was a walk-on for the football team there as a long-snapper in 2011.

Report: Amendola has high ankle sprain, may be out until playoffs

Report: Amendola has high ankle sprain, may be out until playoffs

The Patriots lost another offensive weapon when, days after Rob Gronkowski underwent season-ending back surgery, Danny Amendola hobbled off the field with a foot injury in New England's 26-10 win over the Rams on Sunday.

On Monday morning, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported the extent of the injury:

Amendola's absence creates an immediate issue on special teams, but also thins the wide-receiver corps as the team heads down the final stretch and attempts to secure home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Rawls leads Seahawks to 40-7 rout of Panthers

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SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Rawls leads Seahawks to 40-7 rout of Panthers

SEATTLE - Behind Thomas Rawls bouncing off and through tacklers and a big-play punch from Tyler Lockett, the Seattle Seahawks rediscovered their offensive star power on Sunday night.

It came at a significant cost to their defense.

Rawls ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, Lockett took a reverse 75 yards for a score to open the second half and the Seahawks routed the Carolina Panthers 40-7 on Sunday night.

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