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Connelly’s Top Ten – The Day After (I re-watched the game) – Ugh!



  • Belichick Patriots had a second half lead in all three of their Super Bowl losses (2007 they had the lead with 0:36 left / Sunday night with 2:33 left)

2. Brady

  • 10,226 career postseason yards compared to Nick Foles 9,752 regular season yards
  • That would have been an exceptional catch if Brady reeled that in
  • He definitely had James White on the flat before the fumble for a first down
  • Interesting in Brady’s documentary that they showed Guerrero giving Tom a massage in his luxury box before the game – maybe to affirm that he was kicked out of the locker room.

3. Offense

  • The offensive line was great – Solder’s last game?
  • Dion Lewis not ready for prime-time – last two Super Bowls: 15 carries for 66 yards / 1 reception for 2 yards
  • Patriots had a nice play on at the end of the first half – Amendola caught the ball and James White snuck out to the left – Amendola was supposed to throw the ball across the field
  • Shaq Mason will replay that effort on the fumble the rest of his life
  • Amendola last five post season games – 36 catches on 46 targets (speaking of Amendola – he was chippy)

4. Defense

  • I’m upgrading my grade from D to C for Rowe
  • Richards / Roberts – would they start for Alabama?
  • Bad being the operative syllable in Badimosi
  • Not since the 1945 strike at Ford has Detroit been so happy – Matt Patricia introduced the day he had no answers
  • McCourty’s worst game as a Patriot
  • Zero defensive TD’s in 2018 (I did guarantee one in postseason)
  • Haven’t had a TD on interception since 2013 – 78 games
  • Patriots defense  allowed 69 points in the last two Super Bowls

5. Special Teams

  • Worst Special Teams game in years – Judge work on your resume
  • Gostkowski is 18 for his last 22 extra points in post season
  • At least Gostkowski had a nice Night Train tackle on the kickoff return

6. Officials

  • Running back Clement moved prior to the snap on the TD and then didn’t get his feet in – but they gave it to him
  • The pass to the QB Foles was actually illegal formation they missed
  • The pick play was a brutal non-call tight end Brent Celek wiped out McCourty

7. Broadcast

  • Isn’t a flyover with a dome stadium a waste of money
  • Philly fans are killing Collinsworth for saying both touchdowns should be reversed

8. Butler & Belichick

  • If he was caught with weed and defied curfew and gave coaches lip – I would be disappointed in Bill if he didn’t bench him (as Minihane said today on WEEI – Marvin Lewis would have played him – is that what you want)
  • During the run out on to the field – Butler was high fiving teammates – was he not told until seconds before kickoff to keep the locker room from being negative
  • How about Hightower “liking” the negative tweet against Bill – Hightower stay on the field and earn your money before being a negative force

9. Eagles

  • Is it possible that Patriots would have an easier time defending Wentz than Foles and his run-pass-option
  • Should Chip Kelley get more credit for that win?
  • Chris Long and his nutty tattoos – last two Super Bowls he earned two rings while recording 1 tackle combined

10. Coaching / GM

  • Not starting Gilmore on Jeffery was a mistake
  • I think Bill the GM is worth a note in the next top ten
  • Not calling a timeout at 1:26 left in the first half after the 55 yard pass to Clement cost them 40 seconds

Michael has written for the Boston Herald and other sites in the past and his top ten column is now housed on Trifecta Sports Network. Connelly's Top Ten releases on Monday's and Friday's.

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  1. vermont k

    February 6, 2018 at 10:12 AM

    Michael if you have a source saying it was weed and curfew please say so, don’t just hint. If not, please don’t hint, innuendo is not fair to Butler. I’m not saying it didn’t happen, but Belichick has consistently denied it was a disciplinary issue. I suppose BB could be covering it up to help Butler in free agency, but what’s his motive for doing that and making himself look bad?

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Patriots Talk: Josh McDaniels And The Colts Wouldn’t Have Worked Out



A Case of Behind The Scenes



Josh McDaniels and the Patriots thought their time to depart after their tough loss in Super Bowl 52 was unavoidable. However, not only did Josh McDaniels get extended, but its been many rumors that Robert Kraft had contacted McDaniels literally hours before he was suppose to take off Tuesday for Indianapolis.


It’s difficult to know anything within the Patriots’ organization as they have remained firm in not explaining what goes on behind closed doors. However, multiple sources over at ESPN for the past week since the story broke out about McDaniels’ abrupt decision to not become the Indiapolis Colts Head Coach. The way things broke down was that Kraft and Bill Belichick got together and sat down with McDaniels. With Defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia going to Detroit, this seemed like a desperation move to maintain the coaching staff from the previous season.


However, according to ESPN writer Mike Reiss, there was more to the situation then just that. In one of his articles regarding the McDaniels’ decision, he stated:


Belichick offered to include McDaniels on more of the inner workings of the organization, from roster construction to financial/salary-cap related considerations. That was viewed as “extremely valuable” to McDaniels. Ownership also endorsed it as a way to extend Belichick’s influence on the organization in future years, although no assurances were given to McDaniels that he would succeed Belichick. McDaniels, who a source confirmed got a significant raise, has privately said in the past that he did not want to be the coach who succeeds Belichick. Although he since may have changed his mind, McDaniels knows Belichick, after five Super Bowl victories, will be a hard act to follow.

Beyond financial and professional stability, McDaniels also was thinking of his family. He wanted a long-term commitment from the Patriots so his four children, ages 12 to 3, would be able to attend the same schools over the next several years. The transient life of a coach doesn’t always make that possible.

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Former NFL Official Claims Eagles Used Illegal Play To Win Super Bowl



Did you have doubts that the Eagles lined up correctly on the Nick Foles touchdown catch?

Well, you are not the only one with a former analyst now claiming that Philly was indeed lined up illegally on the play.

Appearing on the Talk of Fame Network, former head of officiating and FOX rules analyst Mike Pereira said the Eagles were in fact lined up illegally.

“I know the league came out and said that it’s a judgment call, which it is,” Pereira said, via Pro Football Talk. “The down judge, who was the one that [the play] was on his side of the field, they felt that it was his judgment, and [receiver Alshon Jeffrey] was close enough. Well, he wasn’t. They lined up wrong.

“Not only that, it’s a trick play. And if you’re going to run a trick-type play, then you have to be lined up properly. You could either have six men on the line, or you could have an ineligible number lined up at the end of the line, which was the case. I know what the league has said, but they would have been a lot more comfortable if they would have called an illegal formation.

“We always use a yard [within the line of scrimmage], maybe a yard-and-a-half. But that’s two [yards], and even a little bit beyond two. It’s kind of one of those that has no effect on the play. I get it. But they didn’t line up properly. And it really should’ve been called.”

Bottom line is it was simply a judgment call be the officials, might have been the completely wrong judgment, but based on what we know about Super Bowl LII the New England Patriots were never going to win the game. The Malcolm Butler benching paired with Doug Pederson‘s mindset of keeping his foot on the gas and exposing New England’s weaknesses were the reasons the Patriots lost the game, not this particular play.

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Boston Herald Runs Ron Borges’s Tom Brady Hoax Story




Thursday night Boston Herald reporter Ron Borges penned a story with this headline “Tom Brady wants to get paid like Jimmy G, or he’ll skip OTAs”. A headline and a story that was uncovered as a hoax on Friday.

The Kirk and Callahan show on WEEI revealed that one of their texters pretended to be Tom Brady’s agent Don Yee when texting Borges. The texter dubbed “Nick in Boston” informed Borges that Tom Brady intended to sit out New England’s preseason workouts unless he was paid like Jimmy Garoppolo who signed the largest deal in NFL history on Thursday.

K&C tweeted out the screenshots of texts with Borges outing the story as a complete and utter hoax.

Borges story was actually refuted right off the bat on Thursday night with both NBC Sports Boston and NESN claiming the story held no truth.

As for Borges, this is not his first major failure as a reporter. Since the Herald ran the story they are now looking into the matter.

Overall tricking Borges isn’t a great thing to do. Lying about someone’s identity is never nice with some reporters coming to the defense of Borges. But it is hard to have sympathy for a “journalist” that failed to check his sources and run with a story with only one source confirming of a major story.

Either way, there is no truth to a Brady holdout.

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