1. Patriots Down Eagles: Thoughts From Preseason Opener

    Now maybe this isn't for you "morning people", but did anyone else wake up Thursday, look in the mirror, realize what day it was, and get a big smile? I did for one reason: football's back...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about 5 years ago 596 reads 1 comments

  2. Derrick Burgess Trade Savvy, Well-Timed

    When the Patriots gave up Mike Vrabel and Matt Cassel for the 34th pick in this year's draft, there was an awful lot of head scratching around New England...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about 5 years ago 938 reads 19 comments

  3. Patriots Training Camp: Rounding Up Week One

    The NFL season is, as they say, a marathon, not a sprint. But looking at how fast this 2009 iteration of the New England Patriots have hit the books, the field (and each other) so far, you'd be forgiven for thinking the season started next week...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about 5 years ago 352 reads 6 comments

  4. Must Love Dogs: Michael Vick Deserves His Second Chance

    I'm guilty of a lot of things in my life. Chief among them is probably taking for granted the freedoms I'm lucky enough to enjoy as a citizen of the United States. I'm not rich. I'm not famous...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about 5 years ago 283 reads 14 comments

  5. Nine Lives: Could Michael Vick Return as Part of New England's Wildcat Offense?

    I originally wasn't going to write about this topic. The rumors of a possible "Michael Vick to the Patriots" signing popped up weeks ago and were summarily quashed by just about everybody...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about 5 years ago 1,837 reads 32 comments

  6. Into the Group Thing: The NFL Units That Improved the Most This Offseason

    Football at all levels, but especially the NFL, requires more than just one star player. Ray Lewis may be the best linebacker of this generation, but even he's not going to slice up NFL offenses ...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about 5 years ago 1,025 reads 14 comments

  7. Five for Fighting: When These NFL Backups Hit the Stage, Teams Don't Miss a Beat

    One of the hardest things to do in the NFL is predict, before the season, which teams will earn the right to keep playing on through the winter months...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about 5 years ago 4,323 reads 38 comments

  8. NFL: The Five Biggest Offseason Additions

    The NFL is a league constantly in flux. New faces come in. Old faces leave. It's a year-to-year log rolling contest. Keep your feet or get left behind...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about over 5 years ago 1,007 reads 0 comments

  9. Tracking the Trend: The Resurgence of the 3-4 Defense in the NFL

    The NFL is in the midst of a watershed defensive revolution; one that is a decade (or, depending who you want to credit, decades) in the making...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about over 5 years ago 2,601 reads 28 comments

  10. Greg Ellis and New England: Right Player, Wrong Personality?

    The Dallas Cowboys have let another productive, veteran player know he is considered surplus to requirements for the 2009 season. The 11-year veteran Greg Ellis was released by the Cowboys this week...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about over 5 years ago 782 reads 6 comments

  11. Old Joey Galloway May Be Key to New England Offense

    Much has been made about Tom Brady's apparent return to life this past week. The media storm hit fever pitch with Brady showing up during the NCAA Lacrosse championships at Gillette stadium to ...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about over 5 years ago 578 reads 2 comments

  12. Looking Back to the Future at the Big Moves of The Belichick-Kraft Era

    There have been some great (dynamic?) duos in our time. Batman and Robin. Cheech and Chong. Farley and Spade. Seth Rogen and Marijuana. Megan Fox and a warm day. Even in football there have been quite a few in the past couple decades...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about over 5 years ago 290 reads 2 comments

  13. Coordinating Under Belichick Is a Recipe for Success and Failure

    The NFL is nothing if not a copy-cat league. It's not that teams are unwilling to adopt new styles of play, new coaches, or radical differences in philosophy—the game is constantly ...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about over 5 years ago 1,306 reads 7 comments

  14. Eight's A Crowd in the New England Patriots' Stuffed Backfield

    Calling the backfield of the New England Patriots "crowded" is like saying, "Dating Cristal Taylor might be a bad idea." It's a bit of an understatement...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about over 5 years ago 629 reads 5 comments

  15. In Life, We're All Either Kings or Pawns: Looking at the AFC East

    The AFC East is seemingly always in transition these days. But the more things change, the more they just seem to stay the same. The Patriots are once again looking to dominate the division...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about over 5 years ago 368 reads 0 comments

  16. Building a Better Line: The NFL's Best of the Best in the Trenches

    I've long felt that the most important battles on a football field are between the eight to 10 players who we hear the least about: the offensive and defensive lines.Offensive linemen often find themselves among the least heralded players in the league...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about over 5 years ago 890 reads 14 comments

  17. The Favre Side of The Moon: The Hardest Part Is Letting Go

    There are some certainties in the sports world. Stadium food will always be overpriced. Opening Day can't come soon enough. Only one team walks away happy in the end. There's always next year...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about over 5 years ago 239 reads 6 comments

  18. Breaking: Manny Tests Positive For Banned Substance

    Manny Ramirez has tested positive for a banned substance and has been suspended for 50 games, according to The Los Angeles Times (via ESPN.com). MLB is expected to announce the suspension today, according to the Times' source...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about over 5 years ago 195 reads 3 comments

  19. New England Patriots' 2009 NFL Draft Review

    Going into the 2009 Draft, the Patriots had several key goals they needed to achieve. First, get as much value as possible for their picks. This is always Belichick's first priority...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about over 5 years ago 737 reads 6 comments

  20. New England Patriots: 2009 or Bust? Belichick On Hot Seat Now

    I know, it sounds mad. Bill Belichick, arguably the most successful coach of his generation, having to put up a quality season to defend his job. Insanity, right? Maybe not...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about over 5 years ago 453 reads 12 comments