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Patriots Expected To Sign Junior Seau This Week

After losing Tedy Bruschi to retirement, Mike Vrabel to the Kansas City Chiefs, and Jerod Mayo to the injury bug, the New England Patriots thought it was about time to give Junior Seau a call.  

Well, Seau has been spotted at Foxborough, taking a physical and laying the groundwork for a deal that would bring the veteran linebacker for his 20th NFL season. Seau hinted at a comeback earlier this season but cautioned that it would be later in the season.  Well, with the Patriots in need of more depth at the linebacking position, Bill Belichick and company obviously are willing to welcome the return of the Tasmanian Devil.

A return in the midst of season isn’t anything new to Seau, as he returned to the Patriots in December last year.  The 40-year-old may need a couple of weeks to re-acquaint himself with the playbook and get into football shape but we should be seeing Seau sooner rather than later.

New England Survives Ravens Test

Patriots Hold On Against The Upstart Ravens

The New England Patriots knew that a matchup with the Baltimore Ravens would be a good barometer for where this 2009 squad stands. By the end of a four-quarter struggle, the Patriots were worn but still standing with a 27-21 victory over the Ravens on Sunday at Gillette Stadium.  

Tom Brady and Randy Moss finally hooked up for their first touchdown of the season, their first connection since Super Bowl XLII.  Brady went 21-for-32 for 258 yards with a passing and rushing TD.  Moss finished with three receptions for 50 yards.  

New England had to stave off a late Baltimore rally as a Willis McGahee touchdown in the fourth quarter narrowed the Pats lead to three-points.  However, a Stephen Gostkowski field goal with a little over seven minutes left, made it 27-21 and a dropped fourth-down pass from Michael Clayton with under a minute inside the New England red zone gave the Patriots the victory.

New England (3-1) won for the 18th straight time that Brady has started a game at Gillette Stadium.  The Patriots travel to Denver to take on the 4-0 Broncos, who are led by former offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

(AP Photo) (AP Photo)

Re-Shuffling The Deck, Pats Waive Burgess

New England Forced To Make Roster Moves

The New England Patriots waived newly acquired linebacker Prescott Burgess in order to sign free agent defensive lineman Terdell Sands.  Sands, who was with the Oakland Raiders in 2008, worked out for the Patriots last week and is being brought in due to the recent ankle injury to defensive stalwart Vince Wilfork.

The monstrous Sands will join Ty Warren, Mike Wright, Myron Pryor, Ron Brace, and Jarvis Green as the other defensive linemen.  The Patriots do not lose a draft choice with the release of Burgess due to the condition that Burgess had to be active for a certain number of games to enforce that a draft pick switching hands.  

 

Patriots & Taylor Run Past The Falcons

New England Soars Past Dirty Birds(AP Photo)

For all the negative hoopla that surround the New England Patriots after their 16-9 loss to the New York Jets last weekend, the Pats answered their critics by silencing any skepticism with a 26-10 thumping of the Atlanta Falcons at Gillette Stadium. 

New England shut down a dynamic Atlanta offense led by Matt Ryan, Michael Turner, and Tony Gonzalez.  The Patriots held Ryan to 199 passing yards and Gonzalez to only one reception.  Tom Brady and the offense led a balanced offensive attack and held the ball for nearly 40 minutes as they won their 16th straight game against an NFC opponent.  Fred Taylor went over the century mark, rushing for 105 yards and a TD.  

New England (2-1) ran the ball 39 times and threw 43 passes in a well orchestrated offensive attack as the Pats finally looked to be clicking on almost all cylinders.  The red zone offense was a little shaky in the first half, settling for field goals on more than one occasion but the Patriots will look to string together two straight wins as they host Joe Flacco the Baltimore Ravens next weekend in Foxboro.  Wes Welker was once again inactive for Sunday’s game, for the second week in a row, with a knee injury.  Randy Moss made up for the lack of Welker’s presence with 10 catches and 116 yards receiving, his 61st career 100-yard game.    

Added Depth, Will It Help?

Patriots Add Depth To Linebacking Core

With a serious need to address one of their weaknesses, the New England Patriots acquired linebacker Prescott Burgess from the Baltimore Ravens in hopes of shoring up a depleted and thin linebacker position. 

The Patriots, in exchange for Burgess, sent a conditional seventh-round draft choice.  The former University of Michigan grad enters his third season in the NFL and has appeared in 10 career NFL games, all with the Ravens.  Burgess, who stands at 6-foot-3, 247 lbs, will join the likes of Gary Guyton, Adalius Thomas, Eric Alexander, Tully Banta-Cain, and Pierre Woods as the other linebackers on the 53-man roster looking to make up for Jerod Mayo’s absence.

The absence of Mayo, who is sidelined for six to eight weeks with a sprained right medical collateral ligament, forces the Patriots to move towards a 4-3 scheme and this past sunday a base 4-2-5 defensive lineup.  Burgess has never started a game in the NFL but has had enormous upside since being recruited by Michigan.  New England hopes that due to an abundance of linebackers in Baltimore, Burgess can thrive in a new situation with the Patriots who so desperately need help at the linebacking position.  

Patriots Week 2 Loss V.S. Jets -(Amsey 5)

Amsey 5- Creativity need not apply
1) Two words.  Screen Pass.  Not the Wes Welker errrrrrrrrrrr Julian Edelman bubble screen that averaged 3 yards per catch today but a true to form screen pass. The Jets were blitzing the bejesus out of the Patriots and unless I was zapped by the Men In Black movie mind erasing device, I didn’t see a single one.  The Jets brought 7 and 8 consistently.   The only way to make it stop is throw a screen pass. Oh by the way, we have one of the best in the business out of the backfield in Kevin Faulk. I may not always be spot on but in this instance I am absolutely right. This is why they lost the game today. The Jets defense played great but the Patriots had no creativity in countering the onslaught. Brady threw 50% of his passes today on the run or off of his back foot. Not exactly the prototypical throwing style that we’ve come to know and love from him.
2) Running back by committee flat out doesn’t work.  Why? Why do it? Why not stick with Taylor on first and second down and Faulk on 3rd down. Let Maroney do kick off retuns (poorly) and Morris do special teams and back up Taylor if he needs a break. To bring in running backs at random times doesn’t allow for any of them to get into the flow of the game. To see what the defense is doing. To see who is tiring on the defensive side of the ball. It is flat out inane.
3) I am thoroughly impressed with the play of Mike Wright. He is no Richard Seymour but he comes on the cheap. To be an un-drafted free agent from Cincinnati and become a starter in the NFL is very impressive. However one area of major improvement for him is to get off the ball when it is snapped. If anyone has DVR’d the atrocity that we witnessed today, go back and watch all of the defensive snaps that he is in for.  Wilfork is off like dart and Wright is delayed getting up and going. It may be only a split second, but in the NFL, that split second allows the offensive lineman to get off the ball and downfield on a running play or get his back pedaling going for a passing play. For examples see Exhibit A, Jets running game today.  He plays with heart but now he’s got to play quicker. 
4) 9 minutes to go 3rd and short and the Patriots run a strung out running play to the short side of the field. I don’t even have a pun or insight to provide here. I just find it absolutely insane to try that play without a pure speed back.   The Jets line got fantastic push and yet another Patriots drive was stopped dead in its’ tracks.
5) The formation that I want to see forever is 4 wide.  Edelman and Welker in the slots. Moss and Galloway (or someone with a pair of hands and knows which routes to run and knows what Brady is thinking and doing) on the outside.  With Fred Taylor in the backfield for first and second down and Kevin Faulk for 3rd down.  With those 4 outside, you need to have at least 1 safety rolling to Moss’ side of the field. Assuming man coverage, a team couldn’t send more then 6 rushers against 6 blockers. Welker always gets open. Edelman proved that he can too.  Let’s show this formation a bit next week against a tough Atlanta team
BONUS points)
a) From a positive note, at least we didn’t have to listen to Phil Simms today
b) More from the glass half full department: Gostkowski is my fantasy kicker
c) Pat Chung made a huge impact on the game today.  Meanwhile in Green Bay Ray Malaluga was a beast. No, I won’t let this go. 
d) For those of you not fortunate enough to have the Sunday Ticket Super Nerd errr Fan package, I was lucky to see something none of the rest of you will. When Chad Ochodicko scored his touchdown, he found some Bengal fans to leap into the stands.  Nearby Packer fans wisely flipped the camera the bird, thereby rendering the shot useless for the public to see. Good job taking the camera off the idiot and back on the field.  What is not known is whether or not the fan was ejected. He  should have been given a suite.
e) Sanchez is the real deal. Take the training wheels off the kid.
f) I can’t believe that Kerry Rhodes was right. The Jets did embarrass the Patriots today.
g) Did Jets fans really start a Brady sucks chant?  3 Super Bowls in nine years VS. the last significant win in Jets franchise history was Super Bowl 3.  Typical New York class.

Jets Fans Are Really Annoying!

First off, the Jets played a great game.  They are a team on the right track, between a much improved defense, a young QB that has talent, and a coach that seems to know how to think outside the box on the field.  So hats off to the Jets and looking forward to watching them this season. I hope they choke at the hands of the Patriots but I think it’s pretty foolish to not recognize that they are for real.  With that said I have to shift to another direction, Jet’s Fans.

-You have the overfed groups of 4 guys with their stomachs painted (how cliche)
-The over abundance of halloween customers (I saw someone wearing a gorilla mask)
-The idiot guy (below) that thinks he is doing a Broadway Show every home game. I bet he records every game so he can see himself on TV.


It is just too much for me to handle.  They might be the most annoying fans in all of sports and this isn’t because I am sour from a loss yesterday. I said in the first paragraph that the team is legit and we may have our hands full with them but their fans are enough to just hate the team all together.

So I ask all you fellow Chowdaheadz out there that know a Jets fan to begin tormenting them. Pillage their homes, steal their wallets, graffiti their autos, and take it to the next level because they need to be stopped before this gets out of hand.

New England A Little Jetlagged…

Patriots Stumble At The Meadowlands



(AP Photo) (AP Photo)

 
 

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots may not have been “embarrassed” by Kerry Rhodes and company, but the Pats were defeated by the New York Jets at the Meadowlands for the first time in nine years as the Jets (2-0) beat the Pats (1-1) 16-9 on Sunday.  

Mark Sanchez impressed Bill Belichick and an undermanned Pats squad, finishing up with a scoreline of 14-for-22 for 163 yards and a touchdown.  Sanchez heated up in the second half, leading the Jets to TD in the third quarter and a field goal in the fourth as Brady and the offense were shut out in the second half, handing TB his first loss in 22 regular season starts and ending New England’s streak of scoring a touchdown in every game since Dec. 10 2006 at Miami, which was Brady’s last loss in the regular season.  

Both Wes Welker and Jerod Mayo were inactive for Sunday’s game, forcing Julian Edelman to step up in place of Welker, and Gary Guyton and Pierre Woods to fill in for Mayo.  Edelman caught eight passes for 98 yards, followed by Joey Galloway who had five receptions for 53 yards.  Brady, 23-for-47 for 216 yards, went without a score and threw one pick as the Patriots air attack was stymied once inside the red zone.  

The Patriots will look to get back in synch next week as the Atlanta Falcons come to Foxoborough as Matt Ryan and the 2-0 Falcons come into New England fresh off a 28-20 victory over the Carolina Panthers.   

Poll Question: Who Will Win The Pats/Jets Game?

Submit Your Answers In The Comment Section Below

A) The Patriots Will Win, But A Nail-Bitter, By Less Than A Touchdown.

B) The Jets Will Win, In A Close Contest, With Mark Sanchez Leading The Charge.

C) The Patriots Will Win, A Blowout At The Meadowlands, As Belichick Confuses the Rookie Quarterback and Brady Shakes Off All The Rust.

D) The Jets Will Win, Rhodes & Company Will “Embarrass” The Pats, As The Jets Hand New England It’s First Loss Of The Season.

Let Us Know What You Think!

Brooks Coming To New England?

Could Patriots Be Courting Free Agent Linebacker?

With Jerod Mayo on the mend for 3-6 weeks, the New England Patriots may be shopping for some help for their thin linebacking core.  So, in the, old but still highly decorated linebacking bin, lies Derrick Brooks.    

Brooks, 36, is a veteran free agent, unemployed thanks in large part to Raheem Morris and his need to make Tampa Bay younger and faster.  Without Mike Vrabel, Tedy Bruschi, and now Mayo, the Patriots linebacking core has become a glaring weakness for the defense, forcing Bill Belichick’s squad to move to more of a 4-3 scheme.  

However, with an addition of a veteran like Brooks, Belichick could rely on an experienced force to lead a relatively young and inexperienced squad.  For more on this story check out the new espnboston.    

Pats In A Pickle Without Mayo

Patriots Linebacker Diagnosed With MCL Sprain

The New England Patriots are now in a limbo.  Bill Belichick and the Patriots (1-0) find themselves in a pickle without their highly touted linebacker, Jerod Mayo, who may be out of action for the next six t0 eight weeks with a sprained in his right medical collateral ligament. 

After a 25-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Monday night, New England heads to the Meadowlands to face the New York Jets.  Without Mayo in the fold, the Pats will have to rely upon two-year man Gary Guyton, an undrafted free agent, who they pick up in 2008.  After Mayo’s injury in the first half, Belichick’s defense went to a 4-3 scheme for a majority of the game, featuring a four-man line with three linebackers.  

Mike Wright, Ron Brace, Derrick Burgess, Pierre Woods, and Guyton will have to step up without the presence of Mayo in the lineup. Luckily for New England, their quarterback on defense won’t be out for the entire season much like the knee injury that forced Tom Brady to miss all of 2008.   

Amsey 5 – Arogance Abound

For those of you new to the Amsey 5- I give you the 5 points of the previous game that you’re not going to find in the mainstream media outlets. 
1) The personal foul penalty on Vince Wilfork for his form tackle and on Adaleius Thomas for sacking Trent Edwards were absolutely atrocious.  The ability to play defense in this league gets harder by the week. The defensive backs can’t breathe on anyone without getting a pass interference or illegal hands call.  The lineman aren’t allowed to tackle the quarterback too hard. What are we playing, two hand touch?  I am formally submitting my rule change idea to the NFL this week.  You think I am kidding but how far are we away from FLAGS on quarterbacks.  A sack constitutes getting to the quarterback and pulling his flag.  No reason to have a grey area. The quartebacks can be in their bubbles and the defensive players can gingerly reach for the flags.  No one would get hit. No one would get hurt. After the game they’ll be punch and pie for everyone as they sing ‘Kumbaya’.  This league is heading down a very slippery slope.  Excessive commercials, unwatchable rules and call reversals, and the whipped cream on top- Labor dispute could be leading to a disaster. The NFL is on top of the world like the NBA was during the Bird/Magic to Jordan transgression.  Just like baseball was in the late 90’s with the steroid era in full swing. The NFL is there now, but as the great Jerry Glanville stated when head coach of the Houston Oilers, the way this shtick is heading, it may stand for Not For Long.
2)  Who didn’t love the Patriots jerseys? Hell, who didn’t love the Raider or Charger jerseys? Can we just go back in time with the uniforms.  Pat the patriot is the most iconic figure New England Sports have ever seen. Besides maybe Lucky the Leprechaun.  Let’s retire the Flying Elvis and bring back Pat!
3)  Was it just me, or did the Patriots only bring a blitz when the Bills had a screen play called?  The only pressure on Edwards all game was in the final desperation series when all receivers were going long down field into multiple defenders. Most of the game there was no pressure at all. (And when they did get pressure they forgot to pull the flag and got nailed with personal foul penalties.)  Our first team defensive backs now don the silver and green in Philadelphia.  Trent Edwards may not know how to attack down field with a lot of time in the pocket but Chad Pennington and Peyton Manning do.  There needs to be some semblance of a rush
4) I am optimistic that the exact same report from the Patriots locker room -“knee injury- questionable return” for Jerrod Mayo is a better forecast then  given last year for Tom Brady against the Chiefs.  The Pats cannot afford to lose a linebacker, especially the reigning defensive rookie of the year.  Now, I’ll digress from the injury to the topic that I just cannot get off of.  Why in the world did the Pats draft Patrick Chung. Undrafted  2005 free agent Brandon McGowan was the 3rd safety last night. Chung was a chump in the preseason and the number 34 overall pick of the draft is invisible.  Meanwhile in linebacker land, James Laurinitis is starting in St. Louis and Ray Malaluga was blowing people up all over the field in Cincinnati.  The arrogant brain trust decided that even though they had 2 solid starting safeties in Merriweather and Sanders, that they would use their top pick (traded down 13 times) on a backup irrelevant safety. I hope Chung makes me eat my words but right now I’d be doing backflips with Malaluga at outside linebacker right now.
5) There is no doubt that Leodis McKelvin’s fumble was the key to the victory last evening but he compounded his idiocracy with his quote after the game.  ” If I had 100 more times to run it out, I’d do it every time because that’s who I am.”  What are you  Dan Akroyd in Tommy Boy as Mr. Zalinski?  What a moron.  Leodis;  You are up 5.  about 2 minutes left. You have the HANDS  team in to recover an onside kick. You have no blocking. You are BACKPEDALING. There are 10 Patriots flying at you with, again, no blockers. And your arrogance, cockiness, and inability to make a pretty easy call lost your team the game. Never mind that you were fighting for an extra yard instead of just going to the ground when you reached traffic.  You may have racked up the most yards in the league last year on kick returns but you are solely responsible for your team losing last night.
Bonus- For any of you knuckleheads like me that stayed up to watch the Raiders Chargers last night, is there a worse, overpaid quarterback in this league then Russell? He airmails every pass over heads, dances in the pocket nervously, and the zinger- throws like Vince Young.  No wonder he held out almost a month a few seasons ago to get as much money as possible because he damn well knew that this would be his only big contract he’d ever get. That guy sucks.  He better prey that Al Davis forgets to take his senility pills and gives him an extension or he’ll be the next Rohan Davey in 2 years. (Without the rings.)