Finally the New England Patriots are back where they belong; in a championship game. After beating the lucky-to-be-there Broncos in the divisional round, The Pats are back in the AFC Championship game. They’ll be hosting the Baltimore Ravens in a playoff game for the first time since Baltimore ousted the Patriots in the wild card [...]
After a week of waiting, the New England Patriots (13-3) will finally return to action this Saturday, hosting Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos (9-8) in the AFC Divisional Round at 8:00 p.m. at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
It’s been a year since the New York Jets and Rex Ryan’s big mouth came into New England an upset the Patriots. It was a humiliating offseason for Patriot fans as they had to hear a lot of talk about the changing of the guard. This Saturday, Jan. 14, the Patriots can accomplish two things: [...]
The Patriots have found their replacement for the departing Bill O’Brien: former offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The 35-year-old McDaniels will join the Patriots immediately and help coach the Pats as an assistant during the playoffs. Then, he’ll take over as the offensive coordinator on a full-time basis in 2012.
Former Patriot safety Rodney Harrison recently said on Football Night in America that this Patriot secondary is the worst he has seen in 10 years. Do you blame him? The Patriots give up a league worst 416 yards per game — 308.7 yards per game in the air and 107.3 yards on the ground. Despite [...]
It’s hard to dispute the success that Bill Belichick and the Patriots scouting department have had plucking players out of the college ranks since 2000. The likes of Tom Brady, Asante Samuel to Dan Koppen, Matt Cassel and Aaron Hernandez — all were heavily scouted and nice draft choices in the mid-to-late rounds. But where [...]
Bill Belichick’s defensive genius, record-breaking offenses and three Super Bowl victoriess will someday put him in the Hall of Fame. Tom Brady and he have formed the greatest coach-quarterback pair in NFL history. But beyond all of that, one thing truly sets Belichick above the rest: his creative use of personnel. Belichick has always found [...]
Few of Bill Belichick’s 2011 off-season acquisitions have worked out. Chad Ochocinco has barely contributed. Albert Haynesworth is gone. The Patriots rotating cast of defensive backs has quite possibly been replaced by cardboard cutouts. The same can’t be said of Andre Carter, who on Wednesday was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week. The award [...]
Bill Belichick is known for a number of things, namely: winning and the hoodie. He is not known for controversial comments, especially ones insulting an opposing team. Which is why it was so surprising to hear that following the Patriots 37-16 victory over the Jets, Belichick said: “Thirty-seven points on the best defense in the [...]
The New England Patriots (6-3) used a complete team effort to top the New York Jets (5-4) on Sunday night, receiving contributions on offense, defense and special teams en route to a 37-16 win at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Brady, Offense Soar Following a two-game skid that saw the Patriots’ signal-caller occasionally out of [...]
The rivalry between the New York Jets and New England Patriots has gained intensity in recent years. Perhaps it was the dramatic departure of Eric Mangini that triggered the feud, or the spiced up media frenzy upon Rex Ryan’s arrival in New York. The players on the field have brought their own drama to the [...]
Players arrived to Gillette Stadium, as the team practiced for the first time Tuesday following the bye week. For one player, it was his first practice of his career with the Patriots. Marcus Cannon, the Patriots fifth round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, was out on the field with the rest of his Patriots [...]
The Patriots won their 20th straight regular season home game pulling off a 20-16 victory over the Dallas Cowboys Sunday afternoon. The win propels the Patriots to 5-1, and back on top of their division while sinking the Cowboys to 2-3. The game was surprisingly defensive oriented for a game featuring the NFL’s No. 1 [...]
It’s been a year and five games since the 2010 draft and while it’s still too early to judge how successful a draft class is in such a short time, so far the Patriots class of ’10 looks terrific. While many of the players from that draft haven’t accomplished much as of now, the trio of [...]
My sister looked at me the other day and said, “Ryan, do you write anything other then your weekly ‘Media Musings’ column?” It hit me. I dropped the ball. Actually, to steal a line from the HBO documentary “Too Big To Fail”.. I DIDN’T DROP THE BALL. I DROPPED THE BALL, KICKED THE COACH IN THE [...]