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Patriots Part Ways With Two Coaches

January 28, 2016 at 11:21am in Featured, NFL, Patriots

The Patriots parted ways this week with offensive line coach Dave Deguglielmo and strength coach Harold Nash. Both moves came within days of the Patriots falling to Denver in the AFC Championship game.

DeGuglielmo had been with the team for the past two seasons after replacing legendary offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia. The offensive line struggled this season amid several injuries. When asked on WEEI this week, Bill Belichick said that DeGuglielmo’s contract was up and both sides decided to move on. However, it is also likely the Patriots didn’t want him back regardless. There were rumblings that his style did not completely mesh with that of the other Patriots coaches and the offensive line had its share of struggles.

Nash was with the Patriots from 2005 until earlier this week. His role as head strength and conditioning coach began in 2011. Patriots fans may know him as the person who held long exercise bands attached to Tom Brady on the sidelines. The Patriots had a high injury rate his year and although Nash is not completely to blame, the Patriots wanted to go in a different direction as far as their conditioning is concerned.

Both moves represent an early offseason  shuffling for the Patriots. No replacements have been identified for either position. The Patriots generally like to promote from within but they are willing to go outside the organization if it presents the best fit.

Golf Profile: Darren Clarke

January 26, 2016 at 8:24pm in Golf

Darren Clarke OBE is a Northern Irish golfer who has registered 22 victories on the PGA and European Tours and whose most impressive win was at the Open Championship in 2011. Darren Clarke can be booked for appearances and brand opportunities at private and corporate events through London based celebrity talent agency MN2S.

Over the course of his career, Clarke has played on the PGA Tour, European Tour, Sunshine Tour and the Japan Golf Tour and to this day stands as the seventh highest career money winner on the European Tour, on which he finished in second place in 1998, 2000 and 2003. He has won two World Golf Championship Events, including his hard fought victory over Tiger Woods at the 2000 WGC-Anderson Consulting Match Play Championship, and was in the top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking for 43 weeks from 2000 to 2002. Continue reading Golf Profile: Darren Clarke »

ForTheBoys Radio: Episode 8

January 25, 2016 at 7:31pm in Featured, Now!

Welcome to ForTheBoysRadio, your destination for all things MEN. Whether its sports, GUY stuff, or the weirdest stories you’ve ever heard, you better believe we’ll be covering it. We cover everything like Columbus covered the globe, and we’ll never dude you wrong. That’s a guarantee.

On this episode of ForTheBoys, we go over the results of yesterday’s unfortunate game. We’ll also be giving you our Super Bowl predictions.

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Tom Brady, Peyton Manning

Well, I was wrong. I was wrong dead to rights. I was a deer caught in the headlights on this one.

I’m a man, so I’ll admit my wrongs. And, you know, after it’s all said and done, I’m not really mad. I’m sort of over it already, surprisingly. After 2014, even though I kept telling myself I wasn’t mad, I was burning on the inside. It felt like the Salem Witch Trial people were burning a witch to death next to my heart. I felt like my heart had been replaced with a furnace stockpiled with everyone’s Christmas coal. I was devastated- mostly because people gave Peyton credit where it wasn’t due. That reared its ugly head in the SB where he got punished nationwide (excuse the pun) 43-8. Continue reading Honestly Not Even Mad, Just Very Disappointed after Patriots Loss to Broncos »

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Tom Brady, Peyton Manning

1. PATRIOTS GET OUTCOACHED IN DENVER

*No one to blame but themselves for not having home field advantage – Philly – Pats handed them game / Miami that stupid running game plan / Jets outhit them / Drop punt in Denver

* Biggest failures in the game – missed extra point (hasn’t missed since 2006) / O Line / McDaniel got his ass kicked by Phillips

* Cincy hands game to Pitt / Pitt hands game to Denver / Pat’s hand home field and AFC championship and bragging rites to Manning

PREGAME

  • Kraft sighting – double kiss for Brady
  • 13 degrees warmer in Denver than Foxboro – no one to blame but themselves
  • Good national anthem – nice they showed it
  • WTF – They win the toss and take the ball against the best defense and loudest crowd – why change now and not defer?
  • CBS stat – When Brady is sacked more than twice in playoffs 2-3 / 2 or less 20-5

Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Missed Extra Point, O Line Whiffs, McDaniels Throws Up! »

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in the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado.

The Patriots came up two points short of a trip to the Super Bowl in their loss to the Broncos. There were several factors in the loss, but none bigger than the play of the Patriots offensive line. Tom Brady was hit 20 times and was constantly under pressure. Von Miller, Demarcus Ware and Derek Wolfe dominated the Patriots front throughout the game.

New England struggled to move the ball until the fourth quarter and even then they had two drives end on failed fourth down conversions. On each of those failed conversions, Brady faced pressure. Brady also faced pressure on both of his interceptions, but neither was a good decision by him. Even the patented Patriots style of throwing before the rush could arrive was not effective throughout the game because the rush was supremely fast and the Broncos secondary played a great game. The injury earlier this season to left tackle Nate Solder made a large impact in this game, with Marcus Cannon routinely getting beat by Miller and Sebastian Vollmer having some struggles against Ware.

Despite this the Patriots still nearly tied the game on a two point conversion try with 12 seconds left. It is a disappointing end to a season that had the Patriots aiming for their fifth Lombardi Trophy. New England is fortunate that many of their key players are locked up going into next season and they will be getting reinforcements returning for 2016. However, with Solder coming off injury and Vollmer not getting any younger, it would behoove the Patriots to invest in a tackle in this year’s draft.

In the end, the 2015 Patriots started out like a team that could beat anyone but injuries and a few key mistakes led to their demise. Much can be debated about the finish to their regular season and today’s game, but the overriding theme in the end of their season was the offensive line getting beat consistently.

 

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Against the Denver Broncos, Patriots QB Tom Brady joined a short list in the NFL record books by throwing for 3 TDs in his fourth straight game. Another one, and he's be in even more elite company. (ESPN.com)

The AFC Championship game is coming this weekend, or as I like to call it- the Brady Bowl. Tom Brady has been to this thing 10 of the last 15 seasons, and that’s COUNTING the season he tore his ACL. This shows Brady’s true dominance of the game. He’s literally been to more Championship games than most other franchises have been. If that’s not saying something, I honestly don’t know what will. The guy is a King, a true warrior of the game. It doesn’t surprise me we’re here again, and it won’t when we get there next year, too (you heard it here first). And I’m not even worried a smidge about the game being in Denver. Who cares?

People try to compare this thing to the 2014 AFC Championship game. I’m sorry, what? The two are literally incomparable. That game, we had no Gronk or Wilfork, and Welker took out Talib during the game. It was as close as Manning could get to playing against a Junior High School defense. But that’s all in the past. I don’t care anymore. We all know what happened to the lowly Broncos anyways; they got spanked on national television by the Seahawks. Continue reading The Brady Bowl, and Why Peyton May be in Trouble »

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