Found August 09, 2012 on
The Patriots and Saints both heaped praise on each other after practicing together on Wednesday, but New Orleans interim head coach Joe Vitt is particularly impressed with how New England operates. "This franchise that we're going against is the Microsoft of our industry, what they've done," Vitt said. "Bill Belichick is the coach of my era. He's the Don Shula, the Bill Walsh of my era." Vitt was also appreciative of the work the two teams got in together during training camp. They'll square off on the gridiron in preseason action Thursday night, but there's no shortage of respect among...

Dane Fletcher tears ACL in preseason opener

Ian Rappaport of the NFL Network is reporting that LB Dane Fletcher suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during the first quarter of Thursday's preseason game against the New Orleans Saints. The Patriots won 7-6, but a loss like this to kick off the season is never a good sign. Fletcher started the game at ILB, but his injury occurred while on the punt unit. Tough break...

Patriots continue to prepare with Saints for preseason opener (more pics)

Bill Belichick always says “Don’t just go slap it up there,” and that’s what the Patriots did in their Tuesday joint practice with the New orleans Saints. Wednesday was more of a glorified walkthrough than a full blown practice. Both coaches must have seen enough as the scheduled three hour practice was ended an hour early. For the Patriots, it was another chance to...

Scott Zolak Officially Named To Replace Gino Cappelletti

Chad Finn had it last week, but WBZ-FM made it official this morning when they named Scott Zolak to be the Patriots color analyst alongside Gil Santos this season. Here is the release: SCOTT ZOLAK NAMED COLOR COMMENTATOR FOR THE PATRIOTS RADIO NETWORK on 98.5 THE SPORTS HUB! Zolak Joins Veteran Play-by-Play Announcer Gil Santos in the Booth 98.5 The Sports Hub is the Official Flagship...

Tom Brady Hit Hard & Fumbles in First Series Of 2012 Pre Season

A.B. First big Brady hit of the “season” is a blindside sandwich fumble. Which is exactly why in a Belichick utopia, Brady would only take 5 snaps max during each pre-season game. I’m pretty sure that everyone in New England stopped breathing for a few seconds there.

Patriots LB Fletcher tears ACL

Dane Fletcher started at inside linebacker for the Patriots on Thursday, but it turned out the preseason opener will be his only game this season. Fletcher suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the first quarter of the Patriots' 7-6 win over the Saints and is out for the season. Fletcher was entering his third season with the Patriots. He started...

A Star Is Born, And So Is A Money

If Nick Saban had never met Bill Belichick, Saban would be an outstanding football coach. It is obvious, though, that Saban has taken much from his time as an assistant to Belichick. One of those things is the designation of players in nickel and dime situations.

Patriots RB By Committee

Danny Woodhead is one of the role players at the running back position for the Patriots. Instead of having a workhorse, New England is fond of using multiple backs in multiple roles.

Top 5 Patriots to watch vs. Saints

Excited that football is back tonight. Though I won’t get a chance to really take a look at...

Saints, Patriots bring 3 top TEs to same field

Three off the NFL's best tight ends could play in Thursday night's preseason game between the New Orleans Saints and the New England Patriots. The teams practiced together for the second straight day on Wednesday but neither coach discussed who would play. All three tight ends have different styles. For the Saints, Jimmy Graham leaps for high passes. For the Patriots, Rob...

Patriots Edge Saints in Preseason Opener

In a meaningless August preseason game between two of the NFL’s normally most potent offenses, the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots struggled with Patriots pulling out a 7-6 win at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro on Thursday night. The Saints got on the board first in the opening quarter when Patriots QB Tom Brady was sacked, as he seems prone to do, coughed up the ball...

Saying Goodbye

Being a fan of the New England Patriots has numerous upsides: championships, legitimate reasons to be obnoxious for about 20 weekends out of the year, and now the pleasure of crushing Tim Tebow twice a year.  Of course there is no such thing as a perfect situation, there are some big bummers about being a Patriots fan: no one wants to watch the games with you, apparently we can...

Saints @ Patriots Preseason Preview

After a tough loss in the Super Bowl to the New York Giants back in February, the 2012 New England Patriots are eager to get back on the field to get back to the promised land. The road to that goal starts Thursday night as the Patriots will play their first preseason game against the New Orleans Saints. How will the new draft picks fare in the first game? How long will Tom...

Patriots Deefeat Saints 7-6

The New England Patriots used their ground game to run over the New Orleans Saints Thursday night. Patriots won 7-6 in their preseason home opener.

Offensive Line Fantasy Value of the New England Patriots

The New England Patriots just keep rolling on and on every year.  Bill Belichick and his staff are masterful at finding players who can step up in other players absences.  The Patriots have some of the most explosive players in today’s NFL and a ton of credit must go to Belichick for creating this AFC East juggernaut.  The weakest part of the team last year was the Defense and...
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