Belichick continues to take a clinical approach to personnel, parting with mainstays to stockpile draft picks and open up spots for new faces. (The Seymour deal, for instance, gives the Patriots two first-round selections in 2011.) The system of interchangeable parts was tested yet again on Sunday when nosetackle Vince Wolfork left the game with an ankle injury in the second quarter, forcing veteran Mike Wright and rookie Myron Pryor to fill in. "The backups are pretty much starters," says cornerback Leigh Bodden, another newcomer, who is quickly adapting to the Belichick ethos after stops in Detroit and Cleveland.
Taylor, too, realizes he's just one component in Belichick's vast machine, each part of which is critical to its success.
"It's coming," Taylor says. "We're going to keep pounding away." To the rest of the league, it may start looking all too familiar.
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