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Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Why the Pats rotated at left tackle

By Mike Reiss

In his regularly scheduled interview on sports radio WEEI, coach Bill Belichick explained why the Patriots rotated at left tackle in Monday's 38-17 loss to the Saints.

"We just weren't sure about Matt [Light] playing all the plays in the game," Belichick said, as Light was playing for the first time since injuring his knee Oct. 11. "I thought Matt did a nice job. He hasn't played in several weeks and to throw him back in there for every snap, what we didn't want to do was get into a situation at the end of the game -- in a close game -- that he would kind of run out of gas. So we tried to spell him and give him a break in there along the way."

The Patriots inserted Mark LeVoir at left tackle for a few series each half.

"Mark did a good job, Matt did a good job, Nick [Kaczur] held up pretty well over there [at right tackle]," Belichick said. "I thought Light, for as much time as he missed and the quality of rusher Will Smith is, I thought he did a nice job over there."