Belichick using camp as his petri dish

'Lockout effect' has the Patriots playing catch-up and making it up as they go along

Updated: August 9, 2011, 1:21 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

Bill Belichick is adjusting on the fly.

That is one of the themes of 2011 Patriots training camp, with Belichick giving the team's defense a new look. Time will tell if it sticks.

In a regular year, this is the type of stuff Belichick would have been doing in the spring. That is when new ideas are explored, hundreds of repetitions are taken by players and analyzed by coaches, and then the question is asked, "Are we carrying this into training ...

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