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Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
In the all "crucial" preseason game 3 the Pats offense looked good and the defense looked shaky but most of all Tom Brady got shook up and busted up his shoulder. I dont care that BB said he wasnt taken out of the game because of the injury....you and I know that is just BB being BB. But lets put that aside and just talk about the game.
Randy and Brady= ohhh baby. They were absolute on the same page and looked to be in mid season form. For all of you fantasy football players bump Moss up on your rankings because he will be catching a ton of TD passes. Overall the offense looked real good and this is without Welker.
Just hit the hole!- Phoney Maroney is still dancing with the stars, he cant seem to put his head down and hit the hole. Every time he gets the ball he does the Macerena then runs, I rather have straight ahead Sammy Morris and Fred Taylor in the backfield and put Phoney to return kicks.
Punt Returner gets Wanged Chunged- Patrick Chung lost my confidence and I am sure BBs confidence with his second muffed punt of the preseason. He did have a nice return to set up the winning FG but I dont want to see him back their with any pressure on him. The job is EdelTheMans or Waterbugs.
Defense is holy- Too many missed assignments and big holes especially vs a mediocre Redskins offense. Brushi got burned on a 73 yard pass to Cooley, the CBs except Bodden looked slow and were beat multiple times.Not a good showing by the first team.
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Friday, August 28, 2009
The third preseason game is usually the key game for B.B. coached teams. Over the last 6 years the Patriots have played their starters longer and have played more like a regular season game in the third preseason game. So look for more of that tonight as they travel to D.C. and take on the Skins.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
What is the answer to the question posited in the headline? Or at least who said it? If you are mentally sluggish take in some Mental_Floss. This will be like windsprints for your dome.
We bookmark mentalfloss.com, it's a really clever trivia website so when you spend an hour on it you feel more like you are learning than burning time. And we apologize in advance for being the pusher-man but we're going to hook you. Try this quiz for a taste; it asks you to name 11 of the 12 teams that used to play in the NFL or AFL in the past 50 years. They give you the LOS ANGELES Raiders, our hint is to the upper right–so you are down to ten teams and there is ten minutes on the clock.
As for the question in our headline, the man who said the question on Jeopardy was Cliff Clavin and it was genius.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
1. Battle for 3rd WR position
Joey Galloway was unspectacular in his debut for the Pats and seemed to have trouble remembering the plays. Greg Lewis has impressed at camp but did not do too much during the first preseason game. The dark horse is mini waterbug, Julian Edelmen. If Lewis and Galloway do not step up their game they could see their playing time going to Edelman. Watch tonight to see if Joey or Greg get a leg up on the competition.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
"But again, we're not going to tiptoe our way through this thing. You don't line up and beat a Bill Belichick-coached team by tiptoeing in there. We're just going to be ourselves. I'm going to be myself. That's just the way it is.
"How much motivation are they going to get by putting a quote from me on the wall saying that I believe in my football team. That I'm not going to be intimidated by a coach or anyone else. If that's where you're going to draw motivation from, hell, we'll probably kick your (butt). I mean if that's the case."
Monday, August 17, 2009
We lost another great name in Le Kevin Smith. Let's take this time to honor the Patriots with great handles. Without further ado, we present the 2009 Pre-Season Name-ies:
The Shakespeare. a.k.a, A Rose is a Rose By Any Other Name Award
Close your eyes (just pretend to, as you need your eyes to read this post). We are sitting a man down in front of you. All you know is that his name is Pierre. Can you picture him? What do you see? Oh a little guy with a béret, a thin moustache and a baguette under his arm, you say? OK open your eyes.
Ahhhhh! Pierre Woods is 6-5, 250 pounds.
Runner up: Myron at 310 pounds.
The Ellis Island. Names that went out of fashion with knickers
In the antiquated names department we put Sebass over Titus Adams due to two tiebreakers: his headshot and the fact that the German’s middle name is Georg which is one letter off from the best cheap vodka in the world and that's totally pants.
Tank Williams. Actually we were thinking that he hits tight ends like Sherman tanks plowed through Europe yet according to his bio: "Tank's given name is Clevan, but he was nicknamed 'Tank' growing up because he drank so much milk as a kid that his sister told his mother that she should 'give him a tank of milk instead of a bottle.'" So it's more of a Frank the Tank thing.
Speaking of consuming…The Runner Up is Vince Wilfork everything in front of him into his mouth.
Adrianne Award. When this Rocky appears on radio shows it’s about a 78% chance that they play him out with Rocky theme song, Gonna Fly Now. Oh how witty "Jerkass and Not-funny-chick Morning Zoo Show."
We feel your pain Alex Smith and like the more popular, Alex Smith, we sympathize with having small hands.
Runner Up: David Thomas
The Paperclip. An award named after Microsoft Word's annoying "helper" who should have jumped in when the recipient’s parents were signing the birth certificate.
Herana-Daze Jones. That’s pronounced "Hernadez."
Runner Up: Seriously? "Herana-Daze"
Confuses Old Guys Award.
Goes to the Law Firm.
Week 1. Us, "Hey Grandpa who's #42 on the Pats?" Him, "Oh that's Ben Ellis Greene."
Week 2. Grandpa, "Man that Jarius Ellen Ben can run."
Week 3. Grandpa, "Why aren't they playing Bernie Javelin Elton?"
Week 4. Grandpa, "I told you they should always play Elias Gregg Jabberwocky." Us, "You mean BenJarvus Green-Ellis?" Grandpa, "That's what I said."
Runner Up: Kevin Faulk
ESPN is reporting that the Patriots have traded DE LeKevin Smith to the Broncos and old friend Josh McDaniels. There has been no report on what the Pats are getting back but at most it will be a low draft pick. LeKevin became expendable after the acquisition of Derrick Burgess. LeKevin was at best the 5th DE on the Pats depth chart but going to Denver and their lowly defense he could find him self competing for a starting position.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Brady is back and you re going to be in trouble, hey now hey now, Brady is back.
Yes, take warning NFL Tom Terrific is back and he looked sharp in his first preseason game since going down in week one of last year. He went 10 for 15 with 2 TDs and 1 mistake. He looked comfortable in the pocket and had zip on his throws. Many so called experts thought it would take Brady all preseason to get back and rolling. He hooked up with Moss a few time and got a long pass interference call on our old friend Assante on a bomb to Moss.
In my recent post about who to watch tonight was about Julian Edelmen. Well he was certainly the star of last nights game. He returned a punt for a 75 yard TD and also caught 5 balls for 37 yards in a Wes Welker like fashion. When they drafted this kid I had high hopes for him after watching his athleticism for a few years at Kent State. He looked like he has made a seemless transition from QB to WR and could be a perfect slot/ returner for the Patriots. Letting him return punts instead of the Waterbug Welker would cut down on chances of a Welker injury because everytime a ball is punted to Welker I feel like someone is going to decapitate him.
Another standout was Chris Baker the TE who is in a battle with four other guys for a spot on the team. He caught two touch down and totaled 33 yards on the day. He looked fluid in his routes and is now in the lead for the starting position.
Other guys who looked solid were:
Tully Banta Cain- a sack and a few pressures
M. Pyroir- Got the start and played well with the first team- could be an impact if BB sticks with the 4-3
Patrick Chung- This guy is a beast, was all over the field and blocked two kicks- This guy is going to be a stud.
The Not so good....
Andrew Walter the back up QB did not look good, going 5 for 9. I would like to see Kevin Oconnell get more a look next game.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
The NFC North
They'll be better than last year. Whether it's Matt Stafford or Daunte Culpepper, Calvin got himself a better quarterback-way to go youngblood. I'm interested in seeing Schwartz's coaching techniques.
3rd Man Out: Vikodins
Major Dad is so terrible he can bring down a team with Adrian Peterson, Jared Allen and Percy Harvin.
Runner Up: Meatpackers
The most important guy for them is Dom Capers who they hired to change the D from a 4-3 to a 3-4. And they drafted for the switch picking up BJ Raji and Bruce Matthews in the first round. The handsomest guy on the team is Will Blackmon.
Champs: Dem Bears
All this team has missed for the past half-decade is a goddamn quarterback. Now they have him in Cutler, who I'd easily put in the top echelon of the league. Up until opening day the Bears have started 37 different quarterbacks in their last 171 games. Barring an injury I see one starter in Chicago-and that's for more than 17 games.
Last place - Leos - Really can't see them winning more than three games although one game is more than they won last year.
Second to last - Minnesota Farveless' - Sure they have a great running back, sure they have one of the best d-lines in football, but there is one thing they don't have, and that is Favre. Does anyone see Tavaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels doing anything at all? I know I don't.
Second - Bears - Nice that they picked up a QB after pretending for years that Grossman and Orton were QBs. The real question is, who is Cutler going to throw to? G-Reg and Clark are good TEs but not primary WRs. Hester can beat any corner in the league but is like a New York Mets outfielder when it comes to actually making a catch.
First - Cheeseheads - Aaron Rodgers, Ryan Grant, and Greg Jennings lead a Packer offense into the playoffs.
Last place- Kittens- They wont go winlesss but pretty close. The only
question is who do they take with their first pick?
3rd place- Minnesota Viks- Missed out on getting the guy from the wrangler
commericals and will miss out on the playoffs. 50 cent aka Tavarias Jackson
will not take the pressure off A.P. Teams will stack the box and Brad
Childress will be down on bended knee begging for Brett the Jet or he will
lose his job.
2nd Place- Chicago Cutlers- The Cutlers will be the surprise team of the
NFC- Forte is a stud and Cutler was a great pick up but has no one to throw
1st Place- The Pack- Aarron Rodgers becomes one of the best Qbs on the
season and of course Will Blackmon returns 12 Punt/Kick Returns for a TD
which propells the pack to the playoffs.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Third string quarterback Matt Gutierrez has been released by the Patriots. Matt was cut last year but after Brady going down he was immediately signed back to the squad. After a solid preseason last year many were clamoring for Gutierrrez to be the back up to Brady over Matt Cassell (and because of Cassell's horrible preseason). The Gutierrez released gives the Pats room to sign a veteran QB and that guy is Andrew Walter.
Walter who was last played for Da Raiiiiders was a third round pick out of Arizona State.
"Walter has started nine of 15 games and completed 174 of 333 passes for 1,919 yards and three touchdowns. After spending his rookie season as the third quarterback in 2005, Walter saw significant action in 2006. He started eight of 12 games and completed 147 of 276 passes for 1,677 yards and three touchdowns. Walter saw action in three games with one start during the 2007-08 campaigns. Walter was waived by Oakland on July 30, 2009."
Monday, August 3, 2009
Second year outside linebacker Vince Redd has been released by the Patriots. Mike Vrabel's departure seemed to open the door for Redd to not only make the team but compete for serious playing time. Redd showed his abililty to play sucessfully in the NFL at the end of last year, so this is a surprising move. In early training camp practices however he saw himself on the sidelines more than the field. Redd could have been a solid special teams player but the with a thin Outside Linebacking core the Pats need more than just a special teams player they need a pass rush. Banta Cain, Crable and Woods provide more of that. Overall Redd was not a fit for the Patriots as stated by BB:
"I just think where we are defensively, there are probably other teams that he might fit a little better schematically, with the skills that he has," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said
The Patriots signed DE/OLB/LS Rob Ninkovich fromerly of the Saints. While Ninkovich has one hell of a name, I dont think the game is the same. His only chance to make the team is to become the Long Snapper. New England Patriots Blog Blaugh
Saturday, August 1, 2009
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