Patriots coach Bill Belichick held his Thursday press conference (10:30 a.m. ET) at Gillette Stadium, and here were four topics of note:
1) From a time commitment standpoint this season, Belichick said he spent more time with the defensive front-seven than in years past. “For a combination of different reasons, I just felt that was going to be time well spent,” he said.
2) One aspect that makes Denver unique from other teams the Patriots have played this year is that they rotate eight defensive linemen, often times playing two complete different sets. He called Broncos lineman Trevor Pryce “as good as anyone we’ve played.”
3) Patriots defensive end Ty Warren “has had a good year; I think he’s improved a lot through the year. We’ve gotten good balanced play from both of those ends. I think being balanced on defense has helped us, where there isn’t a big imbalance where they run plays away from a guy.”
4) Of the players in the Broncos’ secondary, safety John Lynch blitzes the highest percentage of the time.
Looking ahead, we’ll have more later today with a wrap from the locker room and practice. Join us at 1 p.m. ET on Boston.com for a Patriots chat. We’ll be chatting alongside Boston Globe Patriots beat writer Jerome Solomon.