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Thursday, September 4, 2014
Bruschi's Breakdown on Pats-Dolphins

By Mike Reiss

ESPN NFL analyst Tedy Bruschi is back for another season breaking down Patriots games, and his season-opening breakdown on the New England-Miami matchup is now posted.

A few notes:

1. Heat factor. Bruschi said when the schedule came out each year, one of the first things he'd look for is when the team played in Miami. He hoped for later in the year.

2. No holding Gronk back. Bruschi explained how if the athletic training staff and team doctors cleared tight end Rob Gronkowski, there would be no hesitation from Bill Belichick to play him. He recalled his own experience coming back from a stroke and playing 70-plus snaps in the first game upon his return.

3. Dolphins new offensive system. Bruschi delves into new coordinator Bill Lazor's system and how it will challenge the Patriots, and notes a play from last year's Eagles-Redskins game as an example of how regular-season openers can be tricky.

4. Not a fan of possible Vollmer move to guard. Bruschi explains why he'd leave Sebastian Vollmer at right tackle.

5. Miami's defensive line a good test. When it comes to determining if the Patriots are equipped to handle life without Logan Mankins, Bruschi says the Dolphins are about as good of a test as they could get.