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Xs and Os: Interior o-line play

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- For those who desire more Xs and Os talk, Bill Belichick's breakdown of plays after a victory on Patriots.com is must-see material (link here).

Belichick often highlights some of the harder-to-see aspects of the game, and along those lines, he spotlights how center Ryan Wendell and guards Logan Mankins and Brian Waters cleaned the pocket against the Eagles.

"One of the things that was really good was on the offensive line. These guys did a great job of not only pass protecting, but helping out," Belichick said, before showing a play in which right tackle Sebastian Vollmer is blocking end Jason Babin, and when Babin spins inside, Waters is there to take him out.

Belichick also shows how on Wes Welker's long touchdown catch, Wendell helps out with a crushing block.

"Those are the kind of extra hits in there, of the offensive line, that mean so much to the pass protection and really slow those rushers down," Belichick said. "Those guys really did a good job in the Philadelphia game of doing that."

Other plays Belichick highlighted include:

1. Wes Welker's route-running -- how he sells a crossing route, and later his long touchdown catch.

2. BenJarvus Green-Ellis' 1-yard touchdown run on a zone-blocking play.

3. Aaron Hernandez and impressive yards after the catch.

4. Rob Ninkovich's sack as a good example of coverage and pass rush in synch.

5. Team discipline/patience on run defense, with strong edge-setting by Rob Ninkovich and Mark Anderson.

On Green-Ellis' run, Belichick says, "You know me, I love these goal-line runs. ... It's just the way we draw it up."