Archive for the ‘New England Patriots’ Category

QUICK SLANTS PODCAST: Belichick ignoring noise? Or trying to change the narrative?

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

3:00 Why has Bill Belichick been so surprisingly positive of his team's performance in tight wins?6:30 Phil Perry breaks down what grades he gave the Patriots on his report card following the win over the Jets15:00 Reaction to the Austin-Seferian Jenkins

Ernie Accorsi: A Giants scout begged me to draft Tom Brady, I didn’t listen

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

One of the most interesting “what ifs” in NFL history is, What if some other team had drafted Tom Brady before the Patriots finally took him late in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft? Former Giants General Manager Ernie Accorsi admits that team could have been the Giants, if only he had listened to one of his scouts. Brady was so far off the Giants’ radar that when longtime scout Whitey Walsh, a longtime Giants scout, first went to Michigan to scout players, Brady wasn’t even on the list of players to look at.

Patriots back on track with Super Bowl rematch looming next

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Patience is not a luxury typically afforded to the New England Patriots. Now, after Sunday's win over the New York Jets, at 4-2 they are again showing flashes of a team capable of repeating as Super Bowl champions. It's comes just in time, with a Super Bowl rematch against Atlanta looming next.

Bill Belichick: “Incomprehensible” to think team would start season in peak form

Monday, October 16th, 2017

The Patriots improved to 4-2 with a 24-17 win over the Jets on Sunday that featured some good work on both sides of the ball without being quite as overwhelming as many people thought the Patriots would be this season. Patriots coach Bill Belichick was not one of the people making that claim and he gave a pretty good answer about why no one should have expected the Patriots to be at their peak from the first week of the season. During his Monday conference call, Belichick was asked about balancing adjustments with the scheme that was installed before the season.

Bill Belichick: ‘Incomprehensible’ to think Patriots would pick up from where they left off last season

Monday, October 16th, 2017

It felt like Belichick had something he was itching to share on the topic, so here is Belichick's response in full . "Well, I'll just say that when you start the season, you have, let's call it 20 practices, not including the spring. "In those 20 practices and however many preseason games certain players play in – two, three, four, whatever it is – against other teams that are doing the same thing, so you're not getting schemed, you're not getting game planned, you're not getting some of the more sophisticated and the higher degree of difficulty things in any phase of the game.

Malcom Brown helps spark Patriots run defense vs. Jets

Monday, October 16th, 2017

The Patriots use a defensive scheme that often asks its defensive tackles to do the dirty work. On Sunday at MetLife Stadium, the Patriots got some solid work from their tackles to help limit the Jets to 3.1 yards per carry and just 74 rush yards total. The third-year 320-pounder had four tackles that limited to the Jets to gains of two yards or less.

Jets can hate the rule but not call on overturned touchdown

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

Don't hate the call, Jets fans, hate the rule. The Austin Seferian-Jenkins touchdown that was overturned and became a death-blow dealing touchback on Sunday is the latest – and perhaps greatest – example of this rule that PFT's Mike Florio calls the worst in the NFL. Seferian-Jenkins caught a second-and-goal pass in the right flat with 8:31 left and was ready to plow into the end zone when Malcolm Butler and others converged and knocked jarred the ball loose.

Brady picks up record-breaking 187th regular-season win, but isn’t thrilled

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Tom Brady set a record, surpassing Brett Favre and Peyton Manning's mark for regular-season wins in a career, yet he wasn't all that happy with how it went down. Brady's 187th victory -- a 24-17 win over the Jets on Sunday -- puts him alone atop quarterback totem pole when it comes to success in the regular season as a starter. It means Brady has played for a very long time.

Patriots-Jets game notes: Brady sets NFL record for regular-season wins

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

Notes from the Patriots' 24-17 victory over the Jets, courtesy of the New England P.R. department:HE'S NUMBER ONE: Sunday's victory was Tom Brady's 187th regular-season victory, most ever by an NFL quarterback. He had been tied with Peyton Manning and

Austin Seferian-Jenkins: I have to have better ball security

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was involved in one of the biggest plays of Sunday’s 24-17 loss to the Patriots when officials watching video in New York ruled he fumbled a ball out of the end zone after the play was initially ruled a touchdown. The result of the play was a touchback, giving the Patriots the ball with their 10-point lead still intact in the fourth quarter and the Jets’ renewed comeback efforts fell short before the final whistle. Seferian-Jenkins juggled the ball on his way down to the turf and the officials ruled he did not re-establish possession before the ball went out of bounds in the end zone, which referee Tony Corrente called a “pretty obvious” ruling once they saw the full complement of replays available.