1. 2010 NFL Draft: New England Patriots Put Onus of Offseason on Draft

    The New England Patriots have been remarkably quiet in an offseason that has featured numerous blockbuster trades and free agent signings...

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  2. The Patriot Plan: New England's Defensive Offseason Needs

    With the season long gone, free agency in full swing, and the draft coming up quickly, it makes sense to examine the needs of the Patriots...

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  3. The Patriot Plan: New England's Offensive Offseason Needs

    With the season long gone and free agency and the draft coming up quickly, it makes sense to examine the needs of the Patriots. This team was exposed as quite flawed as the 2009 season progressed, and filling its numerous needs is a daunting task indeed.

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  4. Patriots Prep For a Crazy Offseason

    The upcoming few years for the NFL have the potential to be incredibly bad. With the owners having opted out of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the league faces labor strife in the long term and a great deal of confusion in the near term...

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  5. 2010 NFL Draft: Why Tim Tebow To The New England Patriots Won't Happen

    As the long, dark NFL offseason looms, the idea of drafting Florida Gators QB Tim Tebow has been taking hold among Patriots fans. After all, they say, the man's resume speaks for itself: he's a Heisman Trophy winner and a two-time national champion...

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  6. The Most Improbable Championship: The 2001 New England Patriots

    This is part two of a decade retrospective. Part one is here. Looking back, it's hard to appreciate just how absurd the 2001 Super Bowl championship Patriots season was...

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  7. Patriots of the 2000s: Part One of a Retrospective

    It's hard to remember now, but before the Super Bowls, before the undefeated regular season, before the ascendancy of Bill Belichick and the dominance of an unknown named Tom Brady, the New England Patriots were the laughingstock of the league...

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  8. Bill Belichick Made the Right Call Starting Wes Welker

    Let me begin by stating the obvious: the loss of Wes Welker to injury is an incredible blow to the Patriots. He and Tom Brady had a connection like few other QB-WR tandems in the history of the league...

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  9. Let 'em Play: Why the Patriots Starters Must Be in Sunday's Game

    Some prominent sports journalists, including the Boston Globe's Chris Gasper, have suggested that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady sit out Sunday's game against the Houston Texans. Have they lost their minds? Let's look at the facts here...

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  10. A Christmas List For The Patriots

    Dear Santa, As Bill Belichick and staff are currently preparing for the Buffalo Bills, it falls to me to send you their annual Christmas wish list...

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  11. Saints Demolish Patriots: Can New England Rebuild?

    I don't think I've ever seen a team demolished like that. There's really no other word to describe it. The Saints took every part of this Patriots team and smashed it to the ground. The defensive backs couldn't cover anybody...

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  12. The Patriots Must Eliminate Mistakes To Compete with Saints

    Next week, the Patriots have their last shot to prove they can win against the league's elite. They will face the Saints, quite possibly the best team in the league and one of two unbeaten teams ...

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  13. Patriots-Jets: Keys to the Game

    After a week of debate over "the call," the Patriots have another bitter rival to face this week. The Jets, of course, handed this team a bitter loss in Week Two, meaning the Pats have extra incentive to focus this week...

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  14. Bill Belichick's Fourth Down Call Not the Patriots' Undoing

    I'll be honest. This one hurts. The Patriots tonight were somehow able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. They embarrassed themselves in front of a national TV audience against a hated ...

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  15. New England Patriots and Competitive Balance in the NFL

    This year, the NFL's much-vaunted parity has become something of a joke. The league has clearly been stratified this year—there are the top contenders, and then there's everyone else...

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  16. Patriots-Dolphins: Keys To the Game

    The schedule-makers (and pure luck) have been kind to the Patriots the past few weeks. Two games against certifiable NFL have-nots and a bye week were the greatest gift possible to a team that was struggling to find its way...

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  17. AFC East at Midseason: Sizing Up the Competition

    As the Patriots near the midpoint of the 2009 NFL season, it makes a good deal of sense to consider what we've learned about the rest of the division...

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  18. Malcolm Gladwell, Ted Johnson, and Why Football Isn't Like Dogfighting

    In his latest article in The New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell writes about the toll professional football takes on the brains of former players—how the years of collisions eventually lead to serious mental problems down the line...

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  19. How to Beat the New England Patriots

    With five games in the books so far in the season, the defining characteristics of this Patriots team have begun to emerge. What we have seen is a decent team—a team that performs well in spurts, but lacks any kind of sustained excellence...

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  20. The Maroney Conundrum: Solving the Patriots' Running Back Enigma

    Perhaps the most frustrating thing to see in professional sports is talent unrealized. For years, running back Laurence Maroney has befuddled Patriots fans; he shows glimpses of the gifted back ...

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  21. Nosce Te Ipsum: Lessons For The Pats So Far

    One of the most important—and difficult—traits to obtain is self-knowledge. Constant and honest re-evaluation of oneself is the key to success. When individuals lack it, they are susceptible to neuroses and delusions...

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  22. How Tom Brady's Passing Performance Against the Ravens May Define His Season

    It's only the fourth week of the season, but the Patriots may be facing their most important game of the year. A win against the Ravens would once again cement the team's place among the elite in the NFL...

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  23. Patriots-Ravens: Is Feeding Fred Taylor the Ball Key to a New England Feast?

    The Patriots face their toughest test of the season next week when they face a Ravens team that finally appears to have put it all together. Tom Brady, to be frank, has not looked impressive over the past three weeks...

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  24. The Deification of The "Tough Coach"

    If there's one thing that bothers me about the NFL community (media, fans, etc.), it's the fetishism for "tough" or "no-nonsense" coaches...

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  25. The New England Patriots Have an Identity Crisis

    With two games played, Patriots fans now face more questions than answers. The team has been largely disappointing thus far, falling behind a lackluster Bills team (necessitating a near-miracle ...

    Mike Gleason Written by Mike Gleason about almost 6 years ago 512 reads 2 comments