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Saturday, February 28, 2009
Matt Cassel is a Chef
It looks like the deal is the previously reported trade of Vrabel and now Cassel for the now disclosed 34th overall pick.
We think that the $14.65 million was the determining factor in the big move. Many Pats fans—and some on our staff—are crying about not getting much for the stud QB but a move had to be made. Sure, at the end of the season it looked like we could ask the world for the boy wonder, but the market collapsed over the past months. The Vikes went with Sage, the Bears are content with mediocrity at quarterback, the Leos are trying figure out how to work their fax machine, the 9ers didn’t have much to offer and the Bucs looked like they were clearing cap room to make a move but also think Luke McCown might be the answer. Cassel’s stock was up and then down due to the market. And because we don’t know a specific Wall Street simile we’ll pretend that Kraft runs a steakhouse: Essentially we had $14.65 million of prime rib but no room in the fridge for it. If we didn’t take the Chefs’ offer it would have spoiled in our backyard and we wouldn’t have the money to buy creamed spinach or blue cheese for our wedge salads (which if you listen to PFW In Progress, and you should, know that is the only masculine salad period).
We would have liked to get Gonzalez and the 34th overall but that was rendered off the table with the signing of Chris Baker The Touchdown Maker.
The Chiefs also may have offered the third overall pick which in this draft—deep, but not top talent heavy—isn’t as valuable in the long term as the 34th.
Are we psyched about the deal? Not really. Are we happy a deal was made? You betcha. Do we have any other questions that we are asking ourselves? Yes. Without Vrabel who’s going to catch goal line touchdowns?
Every Pats fan right now is scratching thier heads.....an undisclose draft pick?? It can mean only one thing; this is part of a bigger deal which includes Matt Cassel. Profootballtalk.com is speculating that the only thing that is holding the deal up is the contract negiotations between the Chefs and Cassel.
With a trade of Cassel and Vrabel to the Chefs it would take 20 million off the books for the Patriots. Allowing them to sign other free agents or go in house and signing guys like Wilfork to long term deals.
As said before I am really hoping Tony G is part of this deal and the Patriots get at least a first back in this deal. Time will tell. I am expecting to see something by tomorrow.
Oh and you ask why I call the Chiefs the CHEFS? :
Friday, February 27, 2009
OLB Adalius Thomas
ILB Jerod Mayo
ILB Tedy Bruschi
OLB Pierre Woods
OLB Shawn Crable
OLB Vince Redd
OLB Darrell Robertson
OLB Angelo Craig
OLB Tully Banta-Cain
ILB Gary Guyton
ILB Bo Ruud
ILB Eric Alexander
Lonnie was most known for his snow angel after Vinatieri's 2001 winning kick in the snow vs Da Raiiiiders in the tuck game. Lets hope his signing does not bite the Patriots in the ass and they can find another Long Snapper whom we wont know plays on the team. Just like refs if you dont say the long snappers name all game they must be doing something right.
Jabar has been a steady performer for the Patriots over the last few years totaling 74 catches and over 900 yards over the last two years. He has made some big plays (playoffs 2006) and made some big drops (Indy 2008, Super Bowl vs GMen). Playing along side Randy Moss and Wes Waterbug Welker should give constantly give you man to man coverage. In my eyes Jabar did not take advantage of that over the past two years. He is nothing more than a mediocre 3rd WR and I do not think this is a big loss at all.
Monday, February 23, 2009
draft choice.This is the second year in a row in which the Vikings have been interested in
acquiring Rosenfels as their starting quarterback. Rosenfels, who won six games
in the last two seasons when replacing the injured Matt Schaub, is approaching
the last year of his contract. If the trade is completed, the Vikings will want
to extend Rosenfels' contract.- Houston Croncile
In my mind the Vikings were front runners for Matt Cassel and are a QB away from making the Super Bowl with AP. I would say the additon of Sage all but strikes the Viks from the possible destination for Matt. However Sage is not the answer in Minnesota. (He lost me money last year)
The possible destinations now look like: Lions, Cheifs, Bears, Buccs
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Heard the news that the Pats are in the hunt for Taylor. Like any lazy blog we first checked out his Wiki page because what we remember most is that he was often injured and it looks like a pseudo-John Hodgman wrote his bio :
Taylor attended The university of Jamacia, and was married 17 times. His hobbies included; Kitten Eating, Soul Stealing, Necromancy, and Taking over Kazakistan. 16 out of 17 wives were found half eaten and torn apart in various places around his residence. After being charged, he was found innocent by a jury of his peers. Him and his last living wife now live in Iowa with his 17.5 children.
If Belichick does decide to fly him in from Iowa, first of all In Belichick We Trust, but we are not so much in love with an oft-hobbled eleven season vet. There are two other bright spots other than our blind faith in BB. The Sporting News is reporting that the Bills are also looking at Mr. Taylor and blocking them would be a smart move if Fred has more in his tank (because Marshawn Lynch went all Tank Williams). And if we do sign the kitten eater we won’t have to worry about him bitching about being added to our magical mix of running back-by-committee, he has spent his best years on the bench.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
It would cost the Pats 8 million and it could not happen unless they unload Cassell before. But its worth at least a look at because this years crop of CBs in free agency is extremely thin.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Ben shared this information with Dale and Holley on WEEI. Also on his interview with WEEI, Watson said he looks forward to this year and will start working out with the team in the next few weeks.
This year is a huge year for Ben, who is a free agent after the season. There are rumors to bring another TE either through the draft, free agency or trade (Tony Gonzalez).
Watson has the talent to be a great TE in the league and shows flashes but is incosistent. This year will be huge, in a contract year if he explodes for big numbers he could cash in but if he plays like he has his first couple years, he will be considered a bust.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
"If I were Detroit or Kansas City, I would make that move in a heartbeat. If
you’re asking me if I would rather have Matt Cassel or Matthew Stafford or Mark
Sanchez, I’d rather have Matt Cassel, he looked like he should have been
the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. It’s amazing. To watch him play this year,
if he would have been the No. 1 pick in the draft, people would have been very
happy with the way he’s playing right now,he came out the same year the other three quarterbacks did [Alex Smith, Aaron Rodgers, Jason Campbell] and right now he’s better than those other three – and I’m including [Jay] Cutler in that. I would rather have Cassel than Cutler. So, to me, I think Cassel is more than worthy of being a guy that the Kansas City Chiefs or Detroit Lions go after. He’s played to the level of a No. 1 pick overall this year.”- Kiper
This draft class is extremely weak so it comes with perfect timing that this King of the Cassel situation comes up. Stafford and Sanchez both have big time weaknesses. Stafford has all the tools but his overall record does not show great leadership and he often plays quiet at times. Sanchez has only been playing one year as a starter and even his coach did not want him to come out to the Draft.
If I am the Lions or Cheifs I would make the trade in a heart beat and if I am the Pats I would do the same. So lets make this thing happen.
Here are the TOP 10 plays of the Patriots 2008-09 season:
10. Kevin Faulk’s fourth down run out of a direct snap to get a score and seal the win vs Niners
9. Kevin Faulks 16 yard reception from Matt Cassell vs the Rams with 3 minutes left in the game for the victory
8. Tie* Randy Moss’ 76 yard touchdown catch and run and Wes Welkers snow angle vs the Cardinals in a 47-7 blow out
7. Wes Welkers 64 yard catch and run vs the Dolphins in a revenge win to set up a touchdown for a ten point lead going into the fourth quarter
6. Ellis Hobbs 95 yard touchdown kick return to respond to the Raiders kick return for a touchdown on the previous play to contribute to the 49-26 romp by the Pats.
5. Wes Welker’s third down catch gaining 25 yards to the Seattle 6 yard line to set up the winning touchdown with less than 3 minutes to play
4.. Matt Cassel 13 yard touchdown rush to put the Pats up 7-0 over the Bills in the first quarter.
3. Bill Belicheks call on third down and 8 to punt the ball along with Matt Cassels 57 yard punt in the wind.
2. Brandon Meriweather’s strip sack vs Seattle to win the game
1. Cassel Pass to Randy Moss vs the Jets to force OT
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Upper Level Sideline and Upper Level Corner (Rows 1-7): $89
Upper Level Corner (Rows 8-26): $65
"On behalf of the entire New England Patriots organization, we want you to know how much we all appreciate the support you have given this franchise over the years. Our season ticket holders continue to provide our foundation and you should take great pride in all that the team has accomplished in recent years. Without the dedicated support of our fans, we could not have built the championship tradition that we now celebrate in New England. ...
"In 2008, our family enjoyed its 15th season of ownership. While we are proud of the many championships that we have celebrated together, it is most gratifying to know that we have been able to sustain our success since 1994. Since then, we have won more Super Bowl championships, more conference titles and more overall games than any other team in the NFL. In addition, our fans have celebrated 11 consecutive home playoff victories since 1994, a stark contrast from the 0-1 home playoff record in the first 34 years of the franchise. Even though the 2008 season did not end the way we had all hoped, we certainly felt that the team improved each week and was playing its best at the end of the season."
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
10. The 6th Rounders-
Anthony Dorsett- 1996- played 8 seasons made 290 tackles as a safety. Key component in thier Super Bowl run.
Justin Hartwig- 2002- Center- Started all 16 games for the Steelers this season and has started 79 games in his career including a superbowl run with the Titans
9. Bo Scaife- 2004- 6th- TE- This season has 58 catches and 561 yards. Averages 42 catches per season.
8. Kieth Bullock - 1st Round LB- Has over 900 tackles in 8 seasons and had 98 tackles for a great Titans defense this year.
7. Samari Rolle- CB- 1st Round- Pro Bowler in 2000, has 28 picks in his career.
6. Jon Runyan- OL- 1996- 4th Round-- Has started every game since 1997. Pro Bowler in 2002. Beast of a lineman
5 Javon Kerse- 1999- 1st- The Freak has 73 sacks in 9 seasons and disrupts QBs with his constant pressure.
4. Albert Haynesworth 2002- 1st- One of the Best DT since being draft. An umovable force.
3. Eddie George- RB- 1996- 1st Round- Propelled the Titans to a Super Bowl. Over 10,000 yards rushing and 68 TDs.
BB added: "Floyd and I go back a long way, practically to the beginning for both of us. He has handled as much as one person can possibly handle in this league and to a certain extent, so has Nick. In Nick and Floyd, we have two outstanding men who each bring a wealth of knowledge and flexibility to this organization. I look forward to joining with both of them and working toward the common goal of our team's improvement and success.”
The Patriots have promoted Bill O'Brien from Receiver coach to Quarterbacks coach. O'Brien was the OC and QBs coach at Duke. He has coached 14 seasons in the College level and has been with the Pats for two seasons. The Patriots have also said that he will have input on the play calling. This seems to be a door that is slightly open. Meaning the Pats are still looking for someone to be the offensive coordinator but if they can not find any one they will go with Obrien with alot of input from Belichick to call 9 routes to Randy Moss. O'Brien is an Andover native and attended Chris Bermans alum in good old Rhode Island. Meanwhile Pete Mangurian who coached the tight ends the last four years and has prior offensive coordinator experience (Falcons 2003) has left the team and is rumored to go to the Bucs.
Rumor has it that and SI.com Peter King reports that Bill Belichick might be intersted in bring in recently fired Offensive Cordinator Mike Martz to call the plays for the Patriots. Please be a rumor and that is it. Bringing in Martz would be a nightmare. He is an all pass and no run type of coordinator. He is very stubborn in his play calling and while i know that sacred hoodie has great respect and love of Martz I dont think the two will mesh well together. As Rex Ryan said in his pre conference that playing in the Northeast you must have an all weather offense and Martz is more of a one kind of weather offense (perfect weather). You need to run the ball and run the ball well in December and Janurary. WHile Tom Brady would put up rediculous numbers I do not think that this offense and Mike Martz would be a good fit in New England. So hopefully Mike Martz is not a Marked man.
Source:Sports Management Colleges