Pats missing Mankins more than ever

The absence of Pro Bowl guard, and now his replacement, could derail N.E.'s offense

Updated: August 7, 2010, 12:04 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- In Bill Belichick's 11 seasons as New England Patriots head coach, he has established a winning culture that is singular in its focus.

It's a short-term focus, one that doesn't allow for looking too far into the future. He sometimes jokes that his crystal ball is cloudy.

This is why Belichick's answers have been consistent when asked about disgruntled players not reporting for camp. Whether it was Ty Law, Deion Branch, Richard Seymour or Asante Samuel, he has ...

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