A few picked-up New England Patriots pieces from around the Web:
Belichick tops when it comes to NFL coaches: David Steele of Sporting News ranks NFL head coaches from 1-32, and starts with Bill Belichick. "It’s going to be a long time before any coach is able to dislodge him from the top, even if he never wins another Super Bowl. What makes him special, heading into Year 15 in New England: You can hardly remember the last time the Patriots began a season without being one of the favorites to win it all. Tom Brady or not, that’s indescribably hard to do."
Are Patriots most team-oriented franchise in NFL? On NFL Network's "NFL-AM" program, Shawne Merriman, Terrell Davis and Steve Wyche debate whether the Patriots are the most team-oriented franchise, and there is universal agreement on the panel. A lot of compliments to the Patriots in the segment.
Brandon LaFell from a Panthers perspective: David Newton, who covers the Panthers for ESPN.com, asks the question: Will Carolina really miss Patriots receiver Brandon LaFell?
Easley remains unsigned: NFL.com's "Around the League" blog notes that 12 first-round draft choices have yet to sign contracts, a group which includes New England's Dominique Easley.