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It has become a habit each off-season for Patriots fans to defend the team as jealous onlookers label us as overrated and in-decline. Despite being a model of efficiency during the Bill Belichick era and reeling off an unprecedented number of playoff appearances and division titles; the Patriots are lambasted each and every year for their shortcomings.
That being said; with each gut-wrenching playoff loss it is getting harder to defend the Patriots. There is no bigger homer than myself when it comes to the Pats, but I am going to write this article objectively. While my natural inclination is to be more biased in favor of that Patriots than Tommy is for the C's; I am going to take a step back and respond to Jeffri Chadiha's recent ESPN.com article in a civilized fashion. If you have not read the article, Chadiha's main points are:
The Patriots are a team in decline
Brady's contract restructuring is an indication of this decline
They are losing because they don'...
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Baltimore Ravens star linebacker Terrell Suggs openly expressed his hate of the New England Patriots franchise to the media again; this isn’t the first time Suggs expressed his hatred for the Patriots, but there is a lot of truth in his claims.
The majority of fans, coaches and players who are not part of the Patriots organization hate them, but this isn’t just a case of haters...
Even though the New England Patriots have decided not to use the franchise tag this year, they’ll continue to negotiate with Wes Welker, Aqib Talib and Sebastian Vollmer, according to Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com.
The good news is that the Patriots and Welker are continuing to make progress. It looks like there’s a good chance something can get done by March 12th.
According to Dov Kleiman of Rant Sports, the New England Patriots and wide receiver Wes Welker are close to finalizing a contract extension.
#Patriots are reportedly close to a long-term deal with WR Wes Welker who played under the 1-year, $9.515M franchise tag contract last year.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_RealUpdates) March 5, 2013
We mentioned earlier today that Welker has some disdain...
The New England Patriots and wide receiver Wes Welker were reportedly close to an agreement on a long-term deal earlier in the week, but that doesn't appear likely. On Wednesday morning, Adam
According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, the New England Patriots have decided not to use the franchise tag this year.
The Patriots decided against using the franchise tag, I’m told. So Vollmer, Welker and Talib will be UFAs if unsigned by 3/12.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 4, 2013
Even though the Patriots won’t use the tag, they’ll continue to negotiate on extending...
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the New England Patriots are “not expected” to franchise WR Wes Welker before Monday’s 4pm ET deadline.
Tom Curran of CSNNE.com reports that “progress has been made” between the Patriots and Welker towards a long-term contract extension.
Tagging Welker would run New England $11.5 million next season because they wound up franchising...
Tom Brady was initially praised for his "team-first" intentions when extending and restructuring his contract last week to help ease the New England Patriots' salary cap situation.But it didn't take long for the skeptics to chime in, questioning whether Brady would play it out in its current language or if there would be yet another re-do on the deal when he gets...
The start of NFL free agency is a little over a week away, and the Patriots’ three biggest free agents appear headed to the open market.
The Patriots decided against using the franchise tag for the first time in five years on Monday. That leaves Wes Welker, Aqib Talib and Sebastian Vollmer all staring down the possibility of free agency.
Welker, 31, was close to this scenario last...
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Hey Ed Reed: Stop teasing us Patriots fans. You know everyone wants you to come here and shore up our porous secondary. But quit with the back and fourth. First prior to the Super Bowl you said you basically wanted to have babies with Bill Belichick, statements you have since backpedaled on, stating that you intend to remain a Raven.
If that didn't sting enough, you had to...
On “NFL AM” Monday morning on the NFL Network, Ravens cornerback Ed Reed — who is set to hit free agency later this month — was asked about his feelings for Bill Belichick and the Patriots.
“They win [Super Bowls]. At the Super Bowl, I was asked if I would play for Coach Belichick and my answer was: ‘What player wouldn’t play for Coach Belichick?’ He is a good...