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RIP to the Fitzgerald trade rumors

I was one of many Patriots fans who had daydreams last week of Tom Brady launching deep balls to Larry Fitzgerald at Foxborough, a rebirth of the prolific 2007 Brady to Moss connection that would carry the Patriots to a Super Bowl Title.Getty Images/ESPN.comThis was all spawned by a report from Tom E. Curran that the Patriots had inquired about last off-season. The merit of that...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Should the Patriots resign Dane Fletcher?

Dane Fletcher saw an increased role in the Patriots' defense this past season after Jerrod Mayo was lost for the year. He showed some flashes of being a capable contributor to the defense, in total appearing in 15 regular season games, recording 26 total tackles, 2 sacks, and 1 forced fumble. He played in 18% of snaps for the year, according to Mike Reiss. Fletcher is set to...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Where will the Patriots defense be next year?

Photo from Boston HeraldThe Patriots defense suffered a lot of important casualties, like Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo. Aqib Talib was not 100% for a good portion of the season and was injured for the 2nd straight year in the AFC Championship on a pick play involving ex-Patriot Wes Welker. Before the injuries set in, though, they were shaping up to be a solid unit. Maybe not Seattle...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

If Seahawks cut Sidney Rice, should Patriots sign him?

Let's remember what he did to us in the "U Mad Bro?" game.  We could use that...After winning the Super Bowl, the Seahawks would like to keep their key pieces in Seattle. Two big names heading into free agency are wide receiver Golden Tate and d lineman Michael Bennett. Ian Rapoport has a suggestion how the Hawks can resign both players:How can #Seahawks sign Golden...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Goodbye Mike Mayock, hello twice the Nantz/Simms duo? NFL shakes up Thursday/Saturday Night Football

Press release: There will be 16 games on Thursday night in 2014, and CBS will televise 8 of then, with NFL Network getting the other 8— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) February 5, 2014The NFL has announced some major changes to the schedule of games for the 2014 season.There's Jim Nantz, there's Phil Simms, there's 16 Thursday Night Football games, there's eight of them on...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

CFL linebacker could be on Patriots radar

A growing trend in the NFL seems to be plucking the best of the CFL off Canadian rosters.That continues today with Henoc Muamba, of the Winnepeg Blue Bombers. Muamba is canadian all the way (unlike USC turned CFLer Armond Armstead who is on the Pats already) as he went to high school in Nova Scotia.The Pats worked him out as recently as December, and he's just been released to...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Steven Ridley had lower fumble rate than Vereen and Blount...

courtesy sports illustrated.comHow about that for an interesting tidbit of info that no one expected?Yes that title is correct though. The fumble rates came out today for the 2013 NFL season, and Ridley had a 1.69% fumble rate. In contrast, LeGarrette Blount had a 1.96% rating and Shane Vereen had a 2.27% rate. Sportingcharts.com gives this explanation for fumble rates:Fumble Rate...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Pay the Man: Devin McCourty

It's been a strange four years to start Devin McCourty's career.A surprise first-round pick in 2010, McCourty exceeded everyone's wildest expectations as a rookie. The cornerback intercepted seven passes and defended 17 others, earning a Pro Bowl berth and berths on the All Pro first team (Sporting News) and second team (AP). However, McCourty struggled through a sophomore...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Pepper Johnson talks about how players find it tough to read Bill Belichick

You might read that and think, woah Pepper Johnson. Shots fired!But hold your horses until you read this stuff in context. Johnson of course was most recently the linebackers coach for the New England Patriots. He'd been with Bill Belichick since the very beginning of his New England tenure, and before that he'd been with him as a player on the New York Giants. So, I think...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

How Seahawks put Peyton Manning and Rex Grossman in the same Superbowl sentence

Peyton Manning didn't have a very good performance in the Superbowl. Of course, the QB chided for winning the public's praise with stats over big wins did ironically set the Superbowl record for completions in a game, but that may be the only good thing he did.To go along with those 34 completions, Manning also threw two interceptions and lost a fumble. Peyton Manning'...
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February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Eye on the Draft: Justin Gilbert

Photo Credit: Brett Deering/Getty ImagesThe NFL Draft is getting closer by the passing day, and since the NFL season is officially over, fans will be looking forward to May which possibly is the biggest NFL off-season event. While the Patriots defense has been improving, this year in the draft, the class is pretty deep in one position that'll tremendously help out the Patriots...
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February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Super Bowl in Foxborough a good idea?

Sunday's Super Bowl match up opened up the possibility of playing an outdoor Super Bowl in a less-than-ideal climate like Gillette Stadium. According to Pro Football Talk, Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel has already started lobbying for a Chicago Super Bowl while Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder and Patriots owner Robert Kraft have both said they would be interested in a Super...
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February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots wouldn't have won, but they would have kept the Super Bowl a lot closer

It would have been a sad day in FoxboroThe Broncos did not look like a Super Bowl team. Understatement of the century.After being an offensive juggernaut all season, and the heavy favorite to win the Super Bowl, Peyton and the Broncos fell flat on their face. They were unprepared and outplayed for the entire game.So what if our Patriots had won the AFC Championship game. Could...
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February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

The one guy that voted Tom Brady as league MVP explains why

Jim Miller is the co-host of Sirius XM Radio's "Movin the Chains" program on the NFL channel. He's also the one guy that didn't vote for Peyton Manning as NFL MVP of 2013.So, why did the man who had the greatest statistical season by a quarterback not deserve the award in Miller's eyes?ESPNBoston's Mike Reiss caught up with Miller to discuss it."...
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February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

"Pumped and Jacked": revisiting Pete Carroll's New England tenure

We've had a full day to digest it, but "Super Bowl Champion Pete Carroll" still has a weird ring to it. For most New Englanders, it will always be hard to shake the image of "Pete the Poodle", the comically overmatched and energetic coach that patrolled the Patriots sidelines for the three seasons in between Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick.However, Carroll...
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February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Tom Brady was rooting for Manning and Welker in the Super Bowl

After the AFC Championship game, Tom Brady said he would not be watching the Super Bowl, but during an interview before the big game, Brady said he was pulling for his friends, Peyton and Wes, to hoist the Lombardi trophy."I'm for players. I'm not necessarily for the team as much as I am for the guys I have relationships with, and I really wanna see do well: Peyton I...
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February 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Chopping Block: Tommy Kelly

Photo via bostonglobe.comWell, the Super Bowl is over and it's time to fully embrace offseason football.Following the Super Bowl, teams tend to start trimming the roster, freeing up cap space for the free agency period. Who could be a cap casualty? Tommy Kelly.Scheduled to have a cap hit of $2,656,250 in 2014, cutting Kelly could save the Patriots a lot of money. In fact they...
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February 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Chopping Block: Cuts start today, is Dan Connolly first to be gone?

The NFL's waiver period starts today. What does that mean? It means the teams can start cutting players. We've already looked at a large group of players that are prime candidates to be shown the door for monetary reasons, but we've yet to touch on one of the biggest names.Dan Connolly. There's four million reasons to let Dan Connolly go, in other words, he will hit...
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February 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Paul Pierce ranks the all-time greatest NFL quarterbacks

Via Pierce's instagram account when he was traded from the CelticsBy Mark VandeusenYou can count Paul Pierce among those who thinks Peyton Manning's 3rd Super Bowl appearance did him a lot more harm than good as far as career legacies go.  After Manning threw as many touchdown passes to his opponent (one) as he did his own team during the Broncos embarrassing 43-8 beat down...
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February 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Welker: Loss was embarrassing

Photo from CSNNEThe Denver Broncos didn't just lose Super Bowl 48, they were embarrassed. Whatever you predicted for a final score, I doubt you predicted a lopsided score like this. If you did...well, I hope you put money on it because you could have won more than a pretty penny.Peyton Manning might not believe his team's performance in last night's game was embarrassing...
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February 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Brady's bombs don't always work....

courtesy Joshua PowersThe season is over, which means that it is already time to look at what went wrong and what can be improved on. There is a lot, that we know. But what Tom Brady takes away from it is none other than the deep passes attempted against Denver in the AFC Championship."I need to hit that throw, that's a throw I'm capable of making and I make nine out...
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February 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Unfortunately for Peyton, Super Bowl XLVIII does little to affect his legacy

2014's internet-saturated sports culture is one that demands instant over-analysis. Our ever-so-short attention spans make every game a new first impression, a chance to refresh and edit our opinions of every player worth remembering. It's a culture in which LeBron goes from "choker" to "clutch" in less than a year, in which one game makes Jay Cutler ...
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February 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Seahawks rout Broncos for World title

Defense wins championships.  Boy, does it ever. Sporting the league's number one ranked defense, nicknamed the "Legion of Boom", the Seattle Seahawks came into Sunday evening's Super Bowl with enough swagger and trash talk for both teams - and backed up every bit of it with a hard-hitting, dominating victory over the Denver Broncos to claim their first World...
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February 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Denver miscues cost them the game

Robb Carr/Getty ImagesOne team had the "deer in the headlights" look and the other looked like they had been on this stage. I don't think anyone expected the Broncos to be the "deer in the headlights" team, though, with a Super Bowl winning quarterback at the helm.Peyton Manning looked like the 2nd year quarterback, and the rest of the Broncos team wasn'...
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February 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Joe Namath boofs the coin toss at start of Super Bowl

False start there Joe.
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February 02, 2014  |  Discuss
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