1. The Third Phase: New England Patriots 2009 Special Teams Preview

    New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is fond of talking of "all three phases of the game": offense, defense, and special teams...

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  2. When Did the New England Patriots Become the Reform School of the NFL?

    On Friday, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com opined that many people in the media believe that "the New England Patriots could be a perfect destination for former Falcons quarterback Mike Vick," and that, "there could be something to the chatter...

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  3. Three Reasons the New England Patriots Will Not Sign Michael Vick

    Many sports journalists—including those at The Boston Globe, ESPN, and even here on B/R—believe the New England Patriots are a likely destination for Michael Vick. They are mistaken...

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  4. Top Ten Signs You're Probably a New England Patriots Fan

    Note: Not all of these things apply to me (one obviously so). I leave it to you to figure out which ones do. From the home office in Foxboro, Massachusetts, here are the Top Ten Signs You're Probably a New England Patriots Fan: 10...

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  5. Economics 101: Why New England Patriots Drafts Are Such Mysteries

    If there is one constant about the plethora of mock drafts out there, it's that the vast majority of them will get draft picks for the New England Patriots wrong. In fact, sometimes they're hilariously wrong...

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  6. New England Patriots' Top Draft Picks of the Decade

    Recently, John Czarnecki of Fox Sports graded team's draft efforts from 2003 to 2008, and gave the Patriots the only A+. This came on the heels of a mathematically correct but horribly shortsighted Forbes...

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  7. New England Patriots Prepare for the NFL's Poison Pills in 2010

    By now, you've probably heard that the NFL is facing the possibility that there will be no salary cap for the 2010 season...

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  8. Economics 101, or Why Julius Peppers to the Patriots Makes Little Sense

    A couple of weeks ago, Vic Carucci of NFL.com reported that the New England Patriots are expected to trade for Julius Peppers, the defensive end for the Carolina Panthers, presumably for the No...

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  9. Economics 101: Why Matt Cassel Plus Mike Vrabel Equals No. 34

    The sudden trade of Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel to the Kansas City Chiefs on the first day of agency for "an undisclosed draft pick" stunned most Patriots fans...

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  10. Matt Cassel Will Sign a Long-Term Deal in 2009—But Where?

    A couple of weeks ago, here on Bleacher Report, I discussed the possible outcomes of the Patriots franchising Matt Cassel. In that article, I proposed five possibilities...

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  11. Matt Cassel Is Franchised: Now What?

    In a move that surprised almost no one, the Patriots have franchised Matt Cassel. So, what does this mean for Cassel, for the Patriots, and for the rest of the league? First off, it ...

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  12. Three Reasons the New England Patriots Will Not Trade Tom Brady

    Ever since Matt Cassel became the fifth NFL quarterback to throw for 400 yards in back-to-back games, there has been talk that the Patriots should keep Cassel and trade Tom Brady...

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  13. Matt Cassel and the Franchise Tag: Myths and Facts

    Update: I originally wrote this article in January 2009. I have added updates in italics, and left the original text unchanged. Michael Lombardi of NationalFootballPost...

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  14. The Rise of Matt Cassel (Part 1): Why His Success Isn't a Surprise

    A legend is gone, and the New England Patriots need a replacement. They call on a young, untested player waiting in the wings. He does well initially, but a few weeks into the season, he struggles...

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