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Wednesday September 17, 2014

Contributors: Sports - In The Huddle

  • Monday Sep 15, 2014 | 8:57 am

    Predicting success, striving for perfection

    So I took a lot of grief last week when the Patriots went down to Miami and opened their season with a bad loss. Heard from a lot of folks how bad my predictions were looking. But if you go back and look at my story here, you’ll see I was pretty spot on with my prediction for the Patriots 30-7 win at Minnesota on Sunday. Almost had the score […]

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    Wednesday Sep 10, 2014 | 12:21 pm

    Brady on the OLine: we’re all connected

    A clean-shaven Tom Brady spoke at length about the connection between his offensive line and his success in Wednesday’s press conference. Brady was harassed throughout the second half of last Sunday’s 33-20 loss at Miami and was sacked four times, twice losing a fumble that led to Miami scores. The offensive line appeared to be over-matched by the Dolphins. And many observers felt the Patriots continuous rotation of offensive linemen […]

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  • Monday Sep 08, 2014 | 8:39 am

    Patriots concerns: OLine, DLine, too many passes, bad karma on Sept. 7

    So Bill Belichick didn’t think the Patriots played well in Sunday’s opening 33-20 loss at Miami: Join the club, only about a kazillion folks agree. When he says, “We just didn’t play well enough or coach well enough. We didn’t do anything well enough,” that shows you how deep the fault lies. After a promising first half that had the Patriots ahead 20-10, they were manhandled over the final 30 […]

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  • Wednesday Sep 03, 2014 | 10:28 pm

    Captains, inside information and a look back at 2001

    It was a busy Wednesday down at Gillette Stadium this week. In addition to the usual press conferences with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, and the open locker room to talk to players after practice, the Patriots made a couple of announcements. First they named their captains: Tom Brady, Dan Connolly, Vince Wilfork, Jerod Mayo, Devin McCourty and Matthew Slater. This was the 13th year Brady has been named captain, […]

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  • Wednesday Sep 03, 2014 | 11:31 am

    Tom Brady talks, a little, about Wes Welker

    Tom Brady must have know this was coming. As he met the media Wednesday to talk about the Patriots season-opener in Miami, he was asked about former teammate and good friend Wes Welker. Welker, now with the Denver Broncos, was suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy. ESPN has reported that the violation was related to amphetamines. Several reports said that […]

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  • Saturday Aug 30, 2014 | 5:10 pm

    Patriots make final cuts; roster likely still in flux

    The New England Patriots got down to the 53-man roster by releasing 19 players Saturday, but it appears Bill Belichick & Co., are nowhere near done with moves. The Patriots kept Ryan Mallett, which means they will go into the season with three quarterbacks, including Tom Brady and rookie Jimmy Garoppolo. The team released six veterans, the biggest surprise being long snapper Danny Aiken. Why? Because they don’t have a […]

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  • Tuesday Aug 26, 2014 | 4:19 pm

    Patriots trade Mankins – one of the all-time greats, according to Belichick

    Bill Belichick has never been sentimental. In his position, you can’t afford to be. So while the trade of left guard Logan Mankins – a six-time Pro Bowl selection -from the New England Patriots to Tampa Bay for second-year tight end Tim Wright was stunning on Tuesday, it probably shouldn’t have been surprising. The Patriots need a tight end who can play in the slot and stretch the field. Wright, […]

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  • Monday Aug 25, 2014 | 4:00 pm

    Garoppolo to start Patriots final preseason game

    It is interesting to see that rookie Jimmy Garoppolo has been named the Patriots starting quarterback for their final preseason game, Thursday at the New York Giants. ESPN’s Adam Schefter also noted that Garoppolo is expected to play most of the game. What is equally interesting is that the Patriots, known for keeping everything close to the vest, would release this information three days before the game. What does it […]

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  • Friday Aug 22, 2014 | 11:45 pm

    Quick thoughts from Patriots 30-7 preseason win over Carolina

    The New England Patriots were pretty impressive in beating the Carolina Panthers 30-7 Friday night, weren’t they? So here’s some quick thoughts on what went down at Gillette Stadium: – Bill Belichick is always, always trying to prepare his players for any situation. So on the Patriots third offensive series of the game, with 5:33 left in the first quarter, he sent Ryan Mallett in at quarterback instead of Tom […]

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