Every Tuesday on ESPNBoston.com, questions from Patriots followers are answered as part of a weekly mailbag. This week's mailbag has been posted and includes some of the following topics:
1. Bill Belichick as a Coach of the Year candidate at the midpoint.
2. Tom Brady answering his critics with a strong performance against the Steelers.
3. Rookie receiver Kenbrell Thompkins' slide down the depth chart.
4. Rookie linebacker Jamie Collins and his diminishing playing time.
5. Third-and-long struggles for the defense.
6. Far-removed thoughts on the issues facing the Dolphins with Richie Incognito.