// Gary Guyton

2012 Patriots Linebackers Preview: Experienced Youth

At first glance, the Patriots’ linebacker position should excite fans of the team. They are a relatively young group, the oldest being Niko Koutouvides (31), and they already have a tremendous amount of experience. The young linebackers helped lead a struggling defense to the Super Bowl last season, and with a full year playing together […]

New England Patriots Report Card: Week 5

Though it wasn’t the 45-3 dismembering the Patriots gave the Jets last season, the Patriots still drew first blood against their rivals from New Jersey Sunday when they beat the Jets, 30-21. The Patriots are now one 30-point game shy of the St. Louis Rams’ NFL-record 14 consecutive games. Who’s moving to the head of […]

Report: Patriots LB Jerod Mayo out for “about” one month

The injury bug has struck again. Dan Roche of WBZ reports that Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo will be out for “about” one month after he injured his left knee in the second quarter of New England’s 31-19 win over the Oakland Raiders. Mayo joins a crowed list of injured Patriots on a defense that has […]

Patriots 2011 Inside Linebackers Preview: Mayo, Guyton, Spikes

In a Bill Belichick-coached 3-4 (3 down linemen, 4 linebackers) defensive scheme, the linebacker position has always been considered paramount to success. The system hinges on the defensive line taking up space and handling multiple offensive linemen, while versatile linebackers take advantage. (Note: This is why D-lineman never rack up huge amounts of sacks in […]

Patriots Sign 9 Undrafted Free Agents on 1st Day After Lockout

The biggest news around Boston Tuesday concerning undrafted free agents was Boston College alumnus Mark Herzlich’s signing with the New York Giants. While Patriots and Eagles fans alike may have hoped to see Herzlich moving his locker from Chestnut Hill to Foxboro, Bill Belichick and company were still active in the undrafted free agent market, […]

Big Words, Bigger Deeds: Jets Defense Stymies Brady, Patriots 28-21

For six straight days, the New York Jets did nothing but talk trash, building up their third match this season against the New England Patriots while putting down the Patriots themselves. At times, their talk was goofy, at times it was nasty, at times it was threatening. But all of it would have been for […]

Patriots Defense Forces Seven Bills Turnovers, Clinch Division and Home-Field in Win

The New England Patriots, able to clinch the AFC East, a first-round bye and home-field throughout the playoffs with a win or New York Jets loss, could not have asked for a better opponent than the Buffalo Bills. The Patriots had beaten the Bills 14 times in a row coming into Sunday’s game in Orchard […]

PATS on the Back – Week 14 vs. Chicago

If the 45-3 drubbing of the New York Jets two Monday nights ago wasn’t enough to convince you that the Patriots are the top dawgs in the NFL this year, then maybe Sunday’s 36-7 snowblowing of the Chicago Bears will kill off all remaining doubts. The lopsided victory at Soldier Field improved New England’s league-best […]

Season-High 475 Yards Powers Patriots to Playoffs in Snowy Chicago

It was a snowstorm powerful enough to deflate the Minneapolis Metrodome. But it could not deflate was the New England Patriots offense. The Patriots set a new season high with 475 yards of total offense, more than enough to carry them to a 36-7 victory over the Chicago Bears and clinch a spot in the […]

PATS on the Back: Patriots-Bengals, Week 1

And just like that, all hope is restored in Patriot Nation. Right? OK maybe not all hope, but Sunday’s convincing 38-24 win over the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium did a lot to calm the concerns of Pats fans, heading into a 2010 season that could go in a number of different directions. Call the […]

Patriots Impress Early and Often to Begin 2010 Campaign

After a shaky pre-season, the Patriots got off to a rousing start, beating the Cincinnati Bengals in Foxboro 38-24. The game was highlighted by Wes Welker’s return, Tom Brady’s return following a car accident, and the regular season debut of the most prolific trio of teammates ever: Terrell Owens (dubbed Batman), Chad Ochocinco (dubbed Robin), […]

Patriots 2010 Preview: The Linebackers

It was 2007. The Patriots were fresh off a victory against their rivals the Colts and were 9-0 en route to a perfect season. For their mid-season special, Sports Illustrated ran a cover featuring the heart of the Patriots. It wasn’t Brady. Or Moss. Or even Belichick. It was the entire linebacking unit. Tedy Bruschi, […]

Patriots Release Adalius Thomas

The New England Patriots cut linebacker Adalius Thomas on Monday, and for most Patriot’s fans one word sums up his departure: finally. Or maybe one phrase: It’s about [insert expletive] time! Monday’s releasing of Thomas came as little surprise to many, and ended a three-year tenure that can only be described as a marriage from […]

Pats Offseason 2010: Linebacking Woes

The New England Patriots did not have a top ten defense last season. They were ranked 23rd in the league in sacks. This is shocking for a team being coached by a former Super Bowl winning defensive coordinator. Bill Belichick made his reputation with a fierce defense and now will need to rebuild it if […]

Key Matchup: Ray Rice vs. Jerod Mayo

The Baltimore Ravens (9-7) come to Foxboro on Sunday to take on the AFC East Champion New England Patriots (10-6) in an intriguing Wild Card showdown. There will be many important match-ups in this game, but for the sake of time and space, I’m going to focus on the one match-up I think will have […]