1. NFL Draft Report Card: Patriots Rebuild Offensive Line, Ignore Defensive Needs

    Everyone who looked at the Patriots last year could see that they were a powerful team with one severe shortcoming—they lacked a pass rush. They could pass. They could run...

    Ken Howes Written by Ken Howes about over 3 years ago 882 reads 5 comments

  2. New England Patriots 2011 7-Round Mock Draft: Start with J.J. Watt

    The New England Patriots come into this draft with a bucketload of draft choices, and few really pressing needs...

    Ken Howes Written by Ken Howes about over 3 years ago 469 reads 2 comments

  3. New England Patriots: It's Time To Draft a Power Running Back

    New England is pretty much like any other place to play football until Thanksgiving. Then it changes. Frontal systems begin running up the coast, the counterclockwise rotation of lows pulling nor'easter winds in from the Atlantic...

    Ken Howes Written by Ken Howes about over 3 years ago 698 reads 2 comments

  4. Lions Were Robbed, But the Officials' Call Was Right

    I think my reaction was the same incredulity of almost everyone else. Calvin Johnson took the pass. He was not bobbling it. He was hit and went down in the end zone. Half a second or so after he hit the ground, he let the ball go...

    Ken Howes Written by Ken Howes about 4 years ago 116 reads 0 comments

  5. Whom Should the Patriots Draft?

    The Patriots enter this draft with needs at strong-side linebacker, left inside linebacker, right defensive end, running back, wide receiver and tight end...

    Ken Howes Written by Ken Howes about over 4 years ago 286 reads 1 comments

  6. Patriots: Many Needs But Few Emergencies

    The Patriots' final game of the year, in which they failed to show up until the second quarter, and their embarrassing late-game performances might give the impression that the Patriots are in desperate straits in terms of personnel...

    Ken Howes Written by Ken Howes about over 4 years ago 180 reads 1 comments

  7. Did "Cheating" Produce the Patriots' Championships?

    The haters will not go away. From 2001 to 2007, the Patriots were the dominant team in the American Football Conference. They won Super Bowls in 2001, 2003 and 2004, then lost the Super Bowl in 2007 following a perfect 16-0 season...

    Ken Howes Written by Ken Howes about almost 5 years ago 1,242 reads 23 comments

  8. These New England Patriots and the Championship Patriots

    Before the recent Saints victory over the Patriots, their head coach told his players, "These aren't the Patriots who did all those things...

    Ken Howes Written by Ken Howes about almost 5 years ago 499 reads 0 comments

  9. Embarrassing Defeat: Time To Re-Evaluate

    Many Patriots fans, including this writer, had been happy with the way this year's team was developing. We thought that the young defensive backs were coming along well. The pass rush wasn't all we'd want, but overall, things weren't bad...

    Ken Howes Written by Ken Howes about almost 5 years ago 77 reads 1 comments

  10. A Generation Passes

    With the retirements of Tedy Bruschi and Rodney Harrison, an era in New England Patriots history--by far the most glorious one--passes...

    Ken Howes Written by Ken Howes about 5 years ago 123 reads 0 comments

  11. Derrick Burgess Solidifies New England Patriots' Defense

    Coming into training camp, there was one glaring hole in the New England Patriots' projected lineup. Tom Brady would be back at quarterback. There would be an embarrassment of riches at running back and wide receiver...

    Ken Howes Written by Ken Howes about 5 years ago 79 reads 1 comments

  12. The Greatest Month for Sports

    October is the greatest sports month. Some might even say it's the greatest month in general, especially those of us from places that have great fall foliage...

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  13. "Aging Patriots" a Cliché, Not Reality

    Sportswriters, both professional and amateur, continue to write about the "aging Patriots defense." There was some truth to that two years ago, with a linebacker corps of Mike Vrabel, ...

    Ken Howes Written by Ken Howes about over 5 years ago 105 reads 5 comments

  14. Patriots' Draft Picture Transformed with Bodden, Peppers Deals

    Only two weeks ago, Patriots fans thought they knew what the upcoming draft would look like. There were serious holes in the team's defense. If those holes were not patched The Patriots had a horrendous problem at cornerback...

    Ken Howes Written by Ken Howes about over 5 years ago 165 reads 5 comments

  15. The New England Patriots and the Draft

    The critical need for the Patriots this year was a cornerback. The left corner was a disaster area this year, as the Patriots were second-worst in the league in yielding touchdown passes. They have filled that need temporarily with Shawn Springs...

    Ken Howes Written by Ken Howes about over 5 years ago 230 reads 10 comments

  16. Running the Fullback

    For many years, the standard offensive set—even now often referred to as the "pro set"--had two running backs. One, the halfback, was generally called upon to do the outside running and ...

    Ken Howes Written by Ken Howes about over 5 years ago 1,000 reads 9 comments

  17. Terrell Owens—Goodbye!

    The inevitable happened again, as it always does with Terrell Owens. The worst of football's bad boys wore out his welcome in Dallas, and the Cowboys cut him loose. In Dallas as everywhere else, his conduct finally outweighed his talent...

    Ken Howes Written by Ken Howes about over 5 years ago 85 reads 3 comments

  18. New England Patriots Confound Haters With Trade

    Hating the New England Patriots has become a cottage industry in the press. There is a certain coterie of writers for whom everything the "Cheatriots" and "Belicheat" do must be "cheating"...

    Ken Howes Written by Ken Howes about over 5 years ago 604 reads 11 comments

  19. Crusaders Turning a Corner

    This has not been an easy season for Valparaiso University's basketball team. Two key seniors, Shawn Huff and Jarryd Loyd, graduated last year...

    Ken Howes Written by Ken Howes about over 5 years ago 98 reads 0 comments