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Positive changes on display in win over Steelers

Perry’s Report Card: Offensive changes pay dividends in Pittsburgh originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

PITTSBURGH — Things are changing for the Patriots. On Sunday, for them, change was good.

They got their first tally in the win column. They left Acrisure Stadium with more answers than questions about their offensive line. Their quarterback was healthy enough to joke with teammates in the locker room and chat about Steelers coverages with reporters after the game.

All changes from Week 1. All good.

There were some obvious in-game changes on the field as well that occurred in Pittsburgh. And it’s worth wondering whether or not some of those changes will become a consistent element of what is a coalescing Patriots identity for the 2022 season.

There were changes on the sideline.

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Bill Belichick looked far more involved with adjustments on the offensive side of the ball compared to Week 1. There were moments on Sunday when the head coach had his back turned to the field while his defense went to work. Rare.

Instead, he took a knee in front of quarterback Mac Jones and went over pictures from the previous drive. At times — on a knee, by the quarterbacks, with the defense on the field — Belichick was in discussion with his top offensive lieutenants Matt Patricia and Joe Judge.

Another change to the sideline operation? Assistant offensive line coach Billy Yates was on the sidelines for the first half. He’d spent Week 1 and the preseason up at the press-box level for the first half of games before coming down to the field level for the second half. But in Week 2, he was on the sideline — available to help players in-person throughout the game — starting from the beginning.

Belichick said during the week that he liked the way things functioned with Yates upstairs early in the game, but clearly he opted for a change this week, and it looked like…

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Publish date : 2022-09-19 12:50:00

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