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Patriots 2014-2015 Position Review: Offensive Line

Current Personnel: Tackle: Sebastian Vollmer, Nate Solder, Cameron Flemming Guard/ Center: Dan Connolly (UFA), Josh Kline, Ryan Wendell, Bryan Stork Utility: Jordan Devey, Marcus Cannon Need Level: High Interior, Lower at Tackle Possible Fits: La’el Collins (LSU), Cameron Erving (FSU), Josue Matias (FSU), Hroniss Grasu (Oregon), Laken Tomlinson (Duke) The Patriots offensive line was the […]

Notes and Observations, Super Bowl XLIX: Patriots are Champions Again!

Super Bowl XLIX lived up to the hype and then some. Sunday night saw the match-up of the two best teams in the NFL go down to the wire to decide the champion. Every snap counted and every second felt like an eternity, which is exactly how the Super Bowl is supposed to be. As […]

Forget Deflate-Gate: Let’s Look Back to the Actual AFC Championship Game…

The past two seasons we have grown accustomed to watching the Patriots blowout their divisional round opponent only to lose in the AFC Championship game. This year they changed things up for the better. Last week we all sat on the edge of our seats while the Patriots erased two 14-point deficits on route to […]

Baltimore Defensive Front Could Sabotage Patriots

When the Ravens travel to New England on Saturday for a Divisional Playoff matchup, there will be several key battles the Patriots will have to win. One of the most critical will be the Patriots offensive line versus the Baltimore defensive line. In the past, the Ravens have shown a unique ability to harass Tom […]

Notes and Observations Week 17: Bills Beat a Disinterested Patriots Team 17-9

It is certainly refreshing to have a team so successful that the last game of the season is completely meaningless. Yes, it wasn’t the best 60-minutes of Patriots football, but it didn’t have to be. All that mattered was getting out of that game without any injuries and giving some players who normally don’t see […]

Patriots Offensive Line Problems Beginning to Resurface

Early in the season, much of talk surrounding the New England Patriots was of the malignant offensive line and the consistent troubles that unit was causing for the team. Running lanes were not open and Tom Brady had little time to throw and was constantly under pressure. These deficiencies led to a 2-2 start that […]

Notes and Observations Week 16: Patriots Escape from New York with 17-16 Win; Clinch First Round Bye.

Woof. Well you know what they say, a win is a win and Sunday’s win over the Jets clinched a first round bye for the Patriots for the fifth consecutive year. A nice fun fact is the Patriots are the first team in NFL history to clinch a first round bye for five consecutive seasons. […]

Notes and Observations Week 15: Patriots Blow Out Dolphins 41-13; Clinch AFC East

It never gets old winning the AFC East. At the start of every year, we have to listen to all the “experts” talk about how the Bills, Dolphins, and Jets are all primed to challenge the Patriots for the division crown. Granted the Bills actually have an impressive defense, and if they only had a […]

Patriots Offensive Line Faces Big Test Against Detroit

Since the Patriots settled on the starting offensive line combination of Nate Solder, Dan Connolly, Bryan Stork, Ryan Wendell, and Sebastian Vollmer, they have seriously improved their ability to protect Tom Brady. It is no coincidence that the team is 6-1 (including the Kansas City loss) since the unit began playing together in week four. In […]

Notes and Observations Week 11: Patriots Extend Lead in the AFC by Beating Colts 42-20 in Primetime

Until Sunday night, the Patriots had never won in Lucas Oil stadium. It stood as the place where Ahmad Bradshaw reluctantly scored a Super Bowl winning touchdown, and of course the infamous “4th and 2″ play. Last night the Patriots once again asserted their dominance in the AFC. In the process they took another one […]

Notes and Observations Week 5: Patriots Return to Form, Blow Out Bengals 43-17

What a difference a week makes. After all the doom and gloom from the media that the Patriots were meeting their demise, Tom Brady was too old, and Bill Belichick wasn’t the same coach, the Patriots came out in prime time and handled the last remaining undefeated team in the NFL. If it wasn’t for […]

Notes and Observations Week 4: Chiefs Embarrass Patriots in 41-14 Blowout

That was the ugliest game in the Tom Brady, Bill Belichick era of the New  England Patriots. It’s safe to say everyone is feeling better about that 16-9 win last week after witnessing the primetime beatdown in Kansas City. The offense was nonexistent and the defense had no answer for whatever the Chiefs decided to […]

Notes and Observations, Week 3: Offense Struggles, Patriots Top Raiders 16-9

As Al Davis said “Just win baby.” The only positive out of Sunday’s game against the Raiders is that the Patriots improved their record to 2-1. Thankfully the defense played well enough and made the big play when they needed it. Tom Brady and the rest of the offense continued to look out of sync […]

Week 1 Film Review: Patriots at Dolphins

Throughout the season I’ll be reviewing the each Patriot’s game via the All-22 film. My goal is to provide some insightful analysis about what went right and what went wrong, without the emotion of a reactionary Sunday or Monday post-game article. I’ll be tracking players throughout the season on a +/- scale. A plus is […]

2014 Patriots Offensive Line Preview: Solder, Mankins, Stork, Cannon, Vollmer

Compared to years past, 2013 was a rocky season for the Patriot’s offensive line. Tom Brady was sacked a near career-high 40 times last season. While part of that can be attributed to Brady’s lack of faith in some of his young receivers, but there’s no doubt that the offensive line must step up in […]