Pats confident in Connolly, will look at replacements

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Pats confident in Connolly, will look at replacements

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard

Patriots coaches didnt meet with the players on Tuesday,mainly because they didnt get back to Foxboro until 5 a.m. this morning. Butcoach Bill Belichick, offensive coordinator Bill OBrien, and director ofplayer personnel Nick Caserio addressed the media via conference call, andtalked about the loss of center Dan Koppen, who left Monday nights win with abroken ankle.

Offensive lineman Dan Connolly replaced Koppen at center inthe game, and the Patriots were so pleased with what they saw, that they madeno changes to their O-line strategy.

Thats not something thats an easy thing to adjust to, butI did think that Dan Connolly went in there last night and performed prettydamn well for the situation that he was put into, said OBrien. So Im veryconfident in Dan, and what hes going to be able to do for us.

With Dan, we didnt adjust our gameplan at all. We did thesame things wed been doing through the whole game.The whole line, I thought played a very solid footballgame, added OBrien. And that was definitely part of it.With Koppen reportedly out 8-10 weeks, Belichick said thatthe Patriots will evaluate the teams depth, just like they do all season long.Thatssomething we do every week, said Belichick. We evaluate our roster and allour options every week, especially early in the season, when there are moreoptions available.With each succeeding week, options start to diminish . . .Every week, were looking at the players on our practice squad. Were lookingat other players. Thats what our personnel department does.If you feel like theres a way that you can improve yourteam, then I think you consider it, added Belichick. Sometimes you make amove, sometimes you dont.Caserio added to that sentiment, saying that the teamspersonnel department wont change the way it does business, just because Koppenwent down.I would say today is no different than really any otherday, said Caserio. We do research all the way through the year, whether itsin the spring, through training camp, during the regular season. Our approachtoday is no different than it is in any other week. Were just going aboutbusiness as usual.Danny Picard is on twitter at http:twitter.comDannyPicard.