Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Bye Sweet Bye

The bye week couldn’t come soon enough for the Patriots with 4 of their first 6 games on the road, and 3 of these teams very serious playoff contenders. Last week was another disappointing week for the defending Super Bowl champions, losing 28-20 to the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium. After this much need bye week the Patriots look to have a bit easier of a schedule with 6 of their remaining 10 games at home. They will have some tough opponents, the undefeated Indianapolis Colts is the most notable team, but they are also hosting the struggling New Orleans Saints and New York Jets. But the Patriots are still in first and that’s good news after such a hard start to the season.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Patriots In a Tight Place

The 2-2 Patriots are to face the 3-1 Atlanta Falcons and possibly lose back to back games for the first time since 2002. Unfortunately it looks like it’s going to happen as well. With the injuries the Patriots have had to endure this year, it seems like they no longer have the replaceable parts that they can just stick in to cover up injuries. This weekend will definitely be a test, more so than any other game, to see if the Pats have what it takes.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

The Quarter Time Stood Still

The Patriots pulled out a big win against the Pittsburgh Steelers, 23-20, thanks to a clock error in the 4th quarter. Early in the 4th quarter the clock jumped from 13:59 to 14:51, and no one noticed, amazingly. A huge mistake which eventually gave Patriots’ kicker Adam Vinatieri enough time to kick the game winning field goal with 1 second left on the clock. Monday morning the NFL officially recognized the mistake, “The on-field officiating crew, which oversees the official game clock operated in the press box, failed to recognize that the clock was improperly reset,” said director of officiating Mike Pereira. This acknowledgement doesn’t change the score though; sometimes the ball just bounces your way. I’m not complaining.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

No "I" in Team

Something has officially gotten under my skin. All this questioning about whether the Patriots are a dynasty. When a team wins 3 of 4 Super Bowls, and has a very good chance of being the first team in NFL history to win 3 in a row, it leaves no doubt in my mind that the Patriots are not only a dynasty, but quite possibly one of the best ever. I feel it has everything to do with the lack of a traditional superstar, the player that grabs the headlines every week with some statement or wild escapade at a night club. The Patriots are the true definition of a team, no one person in front of the whole. Only a matter of time before the rest of the league realizes what the Patriots have hit on.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Versatile

Due to the incident with Bruschi and lack of depth in the Linebacker position it is very possible that the Patriots could outside linebacker Mike Vrabel as substitute middle linebacker if need be. Vrabel stands at 6-4 and weighs in at 260 pounds and could very well play the inside position.

Although, it would be more natural for him to continue play outside since he has a very good pass rushing capability. The fact that Vrabel is so versatile is just a plus, the Patriots could use him anywhere on the field if it ever came down to it, well expect quarterback.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

The Bruschi Saga

Good news.

Word on the street is that Peter King feels there is still a decent chance of Teddy Bruschi putting on the Patriots uniform this upcoming season. I believe he even gave a ratio of a 60:40 chance. You might wonder why it would matter what Peter King says about the situation. Well King is close to Bruschi and is a reliable source of information through ESPN. We can only pray he is right.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

In Response

I would have to agree with a comment recently left by ‘Johnny Sox’ about Teddy Bruschi.

It is true, Teddy Bruschi's family is so much more important than his football career. I am sure that if he did retire from the game, that he would receive the respect he deserves. Bruschi is just a great all around person as well as player. I could talk about him in every entry if I had the time.

I also feel that if Bruschi does retire from the game it will only be as a player. I can see him coming back in several years as a line backer coach. I can only hope it is with the mighty Patriots.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Another Bruschi Please

Following the Teddy Bruschi saga, one has to wonder if he really will play this season or not. When I talked about him before, I said it was uncertain about his future. Well, to top it off, Bruschi said he was uncertain as well if he could play in the 2005 season. The only bit of good news is that he said he is considering sitting out this one season in order to make a return the following season in 2006.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

What about Bruschi?

There is definite uncertainty that surrounds middle linebacker Tedy Bruschi. I would consider Bruschi the engine that keeps the Patriot's defensive going. I don’t know too much about his condition, but my prayers go out to him and his family.

The problem still stands…

If Bruschi doesn’t make it back then who will take his place? Well, the Pats took a step in the right direction by adding Chad Brown, who is more than capable to produce big plays. It does help that outside Linebackers Mike Vrabel and Willie McGinest remain healthy, because they will be huge factors now.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

The Underdog

It seems no matter what, no one considers him a starter. I watched every game last season and gay got better and better every game. With his lack of experience and being undrafted my god he performed very highly. Sure he’s a little small but he’s quick, smart and has great hands. I am curious to see what he does in this off-season to fine tune his skills.

Would any buy a Randell Gay jersey?

Monday, May 09, 2005

The Mankins of a Good Lineman

First-round pick Logan Mankins played his entire Fresno State career at left tackle, yet he was projected by NFL scouts as a guard -- and that's exactly where he lined up during the Pats' recent rookie mini-camp. That's also the position where Mankins has the best opportunity to earn playing time this year, as Joe Andruzzi departed to Cleveland in free agency. The Pats love Mankins' versatility. He has the athleticism to play out in space and take on speed rushers, but he also has the strength and aggressiveness needed to take on bigger defensive linemen on the interior of the line.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Survey Says...

So I am sure everyone knows that the draft order is determined by a team’s record. Therefore putting New England at the end of every round, all that means is the Pats kicked a lot of but last year. Yet in Coach Bill Belichick eyes it was a weak draft and left the Pats in a tough position to recruit quality players.

Regardless Belichick has an eye for the type of talent and character that makes the New England Patriots so competitive. Looking for certain intangibles, Belichick found what he was looking for in first round selection with OL Logan Mankins and third round picks CB Ellis Hobbs and OT Nick Kaczur.

Both linemen that were drafted are versatile and have the toughness and work ethic to help replace Joe Andruzzi, who left to the Browns, and injured Tom Ashworth.

I give the Pats a B- for their 2005 draft. What do you all think out there?

Monday, April 11, 2005

Reporting in

from Foxsport.com
Providing he returns to full health after missing last year with a torn Achilles, DE Rodney Bailey figures to enter the defensive line rotation on passing downs. Not that Bailey is an explosive outside rusher, but his upfield moves are still stronger than his prowess as a gap-plugging run-stuffer. Bailey spent three years in Pittsburgh before coming to the Pats as a restricted free agent last year, so he's more than familiar with the 3-4 defense. He also has the versatility to play either end or tackle when the Pats go to a four-man line. If Bailey has lost a step from his injury, his roster spot could be jeopardy.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Up the latter

from Foxsports.com
Veteran CB Tyrone Poole was assured of remaining in the mix in 2005 two weeks ago when he received his offseason roster bonus. Now the question is whether he will be able to return to form after missing most of last year with a knee injury. Poole, 33, is at the age when corners generally trend downward, but when you consider that he sat out the entire 2001 season for personal reasons and played in just two full games last year, Poole has actually taken less pounding than other players his age. Poole is a good cover-guy who has the versatility to play man-to-man and zone schemes equally well. He also has the requisite ball skills, as his six interceptions and 21 passes defended in 2003 would attest. Although Poole isn't very physical and is only a marginal run-defender, he still projects as the starting outside corner opposite the newly acquired Duane Starks. If Poole falters or can't stay on the field, surprising 2004 rookie free agent Randall Gay will be there to step in. . . .

This will be an important offseason for second-year S Gus Scott, who missed his entire rookie year with an ACL injury. Scott showed good instincts and a physical nature during his brief stint in the preseason, but no one knows at what level he will return. Unfortunately for Scott, he'll have to start over by proving himself on special teams before he can earn a regular role on defense.

Monday, March 07, 2005

Who wants to Catch?

from Foxsports.com
The hard push the Pats put on free agent WR Derrick Mason, who ultimately signed in Baltimore, is proof that the Pats are not resting on their laurels. The Pats typically don't reach deep into their pockets during free agency, but they will spend what it takes for the right player. The Mason pursuit also indicates the Pats could be in the market for a receiver with David Patten departed in free agency, Troy Brown still unsigned and David Givens a candidate to receive a restricted free agent offer sheet.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Cap Problems

The New England Patriots heading into March are starting to look like they will be without WR Troy Brown and/or CB Ty Law, all because of the salary cap issues. I am sure both these player would love to stay on this team, but the problem is; are Ty Law and Troy Brown willing to take a pay cut and reconstruct their contract.

The Patriots are about $3 million dollars over and cutting Brown would give them a $4 million dollars in cap relief. Law on the other hand is due for something along the lines of $12 million dollars in 2005.

Monday, February 07, 2005

Dynasty

The Patriots did it again. The Patriots have now won 3 of the last 4 Super Bowls and have established them self’s as a dynasty. After watching the game, I have come to believe my self even more, when I say “Offense wins games, Defense wins Championships.” The Pats D really should have got MVP.

That is not to take anything away from Branch, but the D really stuck it to McNabb. If you look at the play of Harrison, Bruschi, Vrabel, Seymour, and McGinest, you can see these guys all over the field.

There were several times the Pats defense had to bail out the offense with some important turnovers early in the game. Although the Pats didn’t capitalize off of all the turnovers they still produce enough points stay ahead.

Brady is a great QB don’t get me wrong but why does every think he is better than Montana. Montana has 3 MVP trophies Brady has two. Besides, it is two different quarterbacks in different eras, so there is no comparison. Both are great QB's for there time, lets just leave it at that.

Congratulations to the Pats OC Charlie Weis, who took the job as head coach for Notre Dame and to DC Romeo Crennel who is now the head coach of the Cleveland Browns.

Question now is... is that good for the Pats?

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Pass the Bruschi

from Foxsports.com
ILB Tedy Bruschi is one of those players who always seems to do the right thing. Bill Belichick said it's an instinctive ability that you coach and can't really explain to other people. It's so valuable, though, that Belichick said he wants Bruschi on the field as much as possible to take advantage of it. A good example occurred in the divisional playoffs against the Colts, when Bruschi fielded a squib kick from Mike Vanderjagt and advanced the ball near midfield. It was the type of play that Bruschi spent virtually no practice time on, but when the situation arose he did the right thing. Belichick said that WR Troy Brown shares that gift.

As a linebacker, Bruschi can do most everything the position demands. He can rush the passer and cover against the pass. He's an instinctive, flow-to-the-ball run defender. He's a sure tackler. He's not going to blow up many blocks like his ILB counterpart, Ted Johnson, but he's usually able to dodge the contact and get to the ball carrier. Most of all, Bruschi's ball skills are outstanding -- which is fortuitous because he always seems to be around the pigskin. Off the field, Bruschi is a fiery team leader and tone-setter.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Give Credit to where Credit is due

I have said it before and I will say it again, offense wins games but defense wins companionship. This is a re-occurring theme could appear in any sport, but it fits so well in football.

Don't you think?

Unless you think Mr. Corey Dillon deserves the credit for his 100 plus yards gained rushing against the Colts in the divisional playoff game this past Sunday. If that is the case, then the credit should go to the offensive line.

When it comes down to it the final score was 20-3. I think that is more of a defensive win than Offensive. Not to say the offensive wasn't there, but anyone who say the came could easy say, "Wow, that defense stopped Manning without Law or Poole, that is a real good defensive win."

...At least that's what I said.

Go Pats!

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Easy come Easy go

With a 21-7 victory over the humbled and dismantled 49ers, he Patriots end regular season with 14-2 record. Corey Dillon ran for 100+ yard game and finished the season with 1600+ yards rushing, I think he is happier now than he was in Cincinnati. The Patriots will have a bye week as they wait for the wild card round to be over.