Matt Chatham: Russell Wilson’s Scrambling Presents Challenge To Patriots

Darrelle Revis and Richard Sherman have their own unique strengths and weaknesses, and both are all-world cornerbacks. That’s something we can all agree on. It might be debatable which one is better, but it’s not debatable who will have a tougher time containing a scrambling quarterback in Super Bowl XLIX. As great a legend as Tom Brady is, the three...
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Super Bowl Travel Its Own Unique Experience Before Big Game

As of Monday evening, both teams will be in Arizona preparing for Super Bowl XLIX and all the hoopla that comes with it. But first, they had to get there. The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks are in for a doozy of an experience, even if members of both clubs have been through this song and dance before. Traveling to the Super Bowl site is its own...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

College All-Stars From A Pats Perspective

We’ll have more on the media coverage of the Patriots a bit later, but for now, a quick detour onto some actual football talk. By Chris Warner. After checking out three college All-Star games over the past three weekends, we’re reviewing some players who may fit in at Foxboro. Because what else is there to write about this week? Except basic physics, I mean. (Hat-tip to Matt...
Via Boston Sports Media Watch
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Chatham: Patriots Didn’t Invent Anything New With Trick Plays

The New England Patriots are riding their offensive creativity all the way to the Super Bowl. The Pats have reached deep into their bag of tricks this postseason, aggravating and mystifying their opponents along the way. From the Julian Edelman-to-Danny Amendola touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens to the four-offensive lineman formations that infuriated John Harbaugh to Nate...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew Luck Must Play Like Tom Brady For Colts To Have Chance To Win

Andrew Luck is one of the NFL’s best young quarterbacks, but is he on the level of someone like Tom Brady? Not yet. However, Luck can go a long way in joining the league’s upper echelon of signal callers Sunday if he and the Indianapolis Colts can topple Brady and the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. Coincidentally, it’s going to...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Send In The Clowns. Wait, They’re Already Here.

“Shame” isn’t a word in the vocabulary of the seek-attention-at-any-cost segment of the Boston sports media. They don’t care how bad or dumb they look, as long as you look. Whether it is Dan Shaughnessy or Gary Tanguay or whomever, they’re going to do what it takes to get your attention, no matter how idiotic or stupid it makes them look. Great way to make a living. I...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Chatham: Patriots Must Prepare For Much Different Colts Team

What a difference a few weeks makes. The New England Patriots had little trouble handling the Indianapolis Colts in Week 11, rushing for 246 yards and four touchdowns in 42-20 win at the RCA Dome. Yet don’t expect the Colts to be the same pushovers when they visit Gillette Stadium for the AFC Championship Game on Sunday. Indy has dropped just one of...
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Chatham: NCAA Profits From Ratings By Using Players As ‘Low-Rent Mules’

Monday’s first-ever college football title game was ESPN’s highest rated broadcast of all time, but the players from Ohio State and Oregon won’t see a cent of the money it brings in. Despite the fact that the game was rated higher than any NFL game that’s ever been on the network and the fact that ESPN paid hundred of millions of dollars to the...
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Chatham: Aaron Rodgers Elevated Himself To ‘The Best’ With Last Performance

Aaron Rodgers led the Green Bay Packers to a win over the Dallas Cowboys in Sunday’s divisional playoff game on just one leg, and he’s not done yet. The calf injury that Rodgers has been battling since Week 17 made him mostly ineffective in the first half against the Cowboys, but he emerged in the third quarter and put together a gutsy performance, completing 15 of 20 passes...
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Patriots Dig Deep Into NFL Rulebook For Formation ‘Deception’ Vs. Ravens

Tom Brady had a simple message for John Harbaugh and the Baltimore Ravens after the Baltimore head coach complained of “deception” Saturday: Read the rulebook. In the NFL, however, that’s easier said than done. The league’s rules are a tangled web of football-ese, and the Patriots took advantage of that with their four linemen formation on the way...
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Patriots’ Checklist To Win Includes Creating Space, Winning First Down

The New England Patriots should win Saturday against the Baltimore Ravens. However, it’s not always that easy. The Patriots appear to have the better roster from top to bottom, but that sometimes doesn’t make the biggest difference — especially in the playoffs. It’s all about matchups, and the Ravens do match up well in some areas. One of the things...
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Chatham: Browns Must Give Up On Johnny Manziel If They Can’t Trust Him

Opinions on Johnny Manziel are like, well, you know. Everybody has one. The endless debate over whether Manziel will ever make anything of himself with the Cleveland Browns is tiresome, even to former NFL player Matt Chatham. Everyone with a sliver of football knowledge and an Internet connection to watch game film can form an opinion as to whether Manziel...
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Darrelle Revis Signing Unsurprising Highlight Of Patriots’ Smart Offseason

The New England Patriots’ core is one of the NFL’s best, but it’s what they did in the offseason that might have put them over the top. Bill Belichick always talks about doing what’s best for the team, and that usually includes a mix of short- and long-term vision. However, it’s pretty clear that this offseason’s moves signaled a team that was...
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Steelers, Cardinals See Seasons End Because Respective Run Games Disappeared

The idea that the NFL is a “passing league” might be a bit of a myth. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals both were sent home Sunday night after losing their respective Wild Card round games. One of the big reasons for both departures is that both clubs lost their running games. Of course, both teams were without their No. 1 running backs...
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Panthers Must Game-Plan Around Calais Campbell To Have Success Vs. Cardinals

The idea of game planning around a player in football could conjure up thoughts of teams scheming for a way to slow a productive offensive player. The Carolina Panthers, however, likely will be centering their game plan around how to attack a defensive player. The Arizona Cardinals have one of the NFL’s best defenses, and that’s in large part due to...
26 days ago  |  Discuss

College Football Playoffs: Did TCU Deserve Spot In Semifinal Round?

The new college football playoff format finally is here. But that doesn’t mean everyone is happy. New Year’s Day saw some interesting results in the national championship semifinals. It’s hard to argue that previously unbeaten Florida State should have been left out of the picture, but they hardly looked like an elite team after getting shellacked...
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Chatham: NFL MVP Discussion Meaningless When Comparing Unlike Things

The NFL MVP talk is heating up, but does it really matter who wins this award? According to Matt Chatham’s latest post for Football by Football, the trophy has lost its meaning because there is no such thing as a most valuable player on any single team. Of course quarterbacks are widely regarded as such, but Chatham argues that it’s foolish to pit offensive players against...
December 29, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Holiday Wishes: What If Each NFC Contender Could Receive One Gift?

This embed is invalid" /> Even the most fortunate NFL teams could use a few holiday gifts. The Arizona Cardinals are in serious need of an offensive spark, for instance. The Detroit Lions could benefit from some improved play at the center position, and the Dallas Cowboys really would appreciate a guarantee that they won’t suddenly morph back into the Cowboys...
December 25, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Holiday Wishes: What If Each AFC Contender Could Receive One Gift?

This embed is invalid" /> Every NFL team could use a nice present this holiday season. The playoff-bound teams are no exception. While some postseason teams look like legitimate Super Bowl contenders, others have glaring weaknesses that could prove problematic. The one common thread across the board, however, is that every team has flaws that they...
December 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Matt Chatham: Time, Patience In NFL Pay Off In Long Run

The adage “patience is a virtue” is one that can surprisingly be applied to business decisions in the NFL. Despite the fact that armchair NFL owners out there night not have made the same decision, the Miami Dolphins announced Sunday that head coach Joe Philbin would return for a fourth season. Philbin is 23 -24 in three season as the Fins’ head coach, and while it might seem...
December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Julian Edelman’s Injury Should Add To Patriots’ Already Unpredictable Ways

The New England Patriots will be without wide receiver Julian Edelman on Sunday, but it’s unclear how that will affect their offense. Edelman was ruled out Saturday night as he continues to deal with a concussion. Now the Patriots must alter their offensive gameplan ahead of their showdown with the New York Jets. Edelman’s absence might complicate matters...
December 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Matt Chatham: Matt Patricia Having Huge Impact On Patriots’ Defense

This embed is invalid" /> The New England Patriots’ defense is playing at a championship level. It’s time to give credit where it’s due. One could point to several players as being difference-makers on this year’s Pats defense. Seemingly lost in the shuffle is the work of defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, who former Patriots linebacker Matt...
December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Matt Chatham: NFL Getting It Wrong With Vague ‘Neck Area’ Penalties

To combat the growing concern with head injuries in the NFL, the league has taken to strictly enforcing penalties on what it deems “helmet-to-helmet” hits. The result? Questionable penalties like the ones assessed to New England Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner last weekend and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jason Worilds this Sunday. These borderline...
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Matt Chatham: Marcus Mariota ‘Best Heisman Candidate This Millennium’

It shouldn’t matter that Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota has navigated his college football career without any of the off-field controversy that plagued the likes of Johnny Manziel and Jameis Winston. But it does matter to Heisman Trophy voters, so it matters to former NFL player Matt Chatham. With Mariota primed to be crowned the latest Heisman winner...
December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots Continue To Makes Life Miserable For AFC East Teams

The New England Patriots rule the AFC East. The dominating Patriots have made the lives of the Buffalo Bills, the Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets miserable year after year as they continue to own the division. The Dolphins and Bills have made steps in the right direction toward “league-wide respectability,” former New England linebacker Matt Chatham notes in his latest...
December 10, 2014  |  Discuss
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