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Patriots Football Talk: So You Don’t Think Preseason Matters

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Patriots Football Talk: So You Don’t Think Preseason Matters

If you don’t think Preseason NFL Football matters, let me take you through a rundown of what we learned before the Regular Season.  Lets just see how much it mattered:

We learned that Rob Gronkowski is fully healthy and ready to play.  He actually played a few snaps this Preseason.  Something that he hasn’t done since the 2012 Season.  He took off the elbow brace.  Yes, that annoying brace that he had on his elbow that got those Pass Interference calls is now gone.  Finally!  We can see him perform at 100%.  It looks to be an exciting year for him.  Look for his exceptional blocking and catching, in their first Regular Season Game.

We learned that Tom Brady can still throw.  It wasn’t so much as a question as more of a typical reaction to a 40 Year QB still playing Football.  He proved that he still has the arm this season.  His deep strike to Chris Hogan 50 Yards or so really showed off his talent.  I think we can all rest easy knowing that his status remains still Starting for the Patriots.  Hey, we just needed to see that to know he’s good, ok?

We learned Jacoby Brissett can play.  He showed off in last weeks Preseason Game with 4 Touchdowns and 38 Points.  Listen I said he was looking pretty good out there on Thursday.  So good in fact that he got traded a few days later.  He has all the poise to be a good QB for another team.  Here’s to me hoping it works out for him!

We learned that Jimmy Garroppolo will be the back up QB.  With Jacoby Brissett being traded, the lone position of Back Up QB will be Jimmy G’s.  Hey, he played well this Preseason.  And although I thought he might get traded this Off season, he seemed to really relish the opportunity to play for the Patriots if Brady has a bad day.  Listen this is a good thing Jimmy G is a solid Back Up to Brady.  He is competitive and smart but more importantly, he is a team player.  Which is something you want from a Back Up.

We learned that Julian Edelman will be out for the Season.  Listen it’s heartbreaking to see a player go down on an injury during the Preseason.  I feel for him not to mention all the other players who had Season ending Injuries.  It just flat out sucks!  I mean it really is a terrible thing but there are a few things that make Preseason a must.  And they are full speed, full contact, plays.  These are the things that you can’t simulate in practice.  Yes, you can have unlimited “Up Downs”, as my Pop Warner Coach used to call ’em, but you can’t get the feel of Football without actually contact.  I know it sucks but it’s the truth!

We learned that the Patriots need to work on their Defense.  Listen they gave up so many Points this Preseason.  It seems like defense is their Achilles Heel!  They can overpower them with Offense but when it comes to the other side of the ball, they need the “Next Man” to stand up.  I know that they lost some amazing players on defense this Off-season.  But you still need to get your assignments right and do all the little things to make a stop or a turn over.  It should be their Number 1 concern going into the Regular Season!

At the end of the NFL Preseason you should be ready to watch your favorite team play and I feel like the Regular Season can’t come soon enough.  I’m ready to watch the Patriots play, right now, never mind Thursday.  I feel that Preseason is merely a vehicle to get the guys ready to play!  It’s a rude awakening to Opening Kickoff!  As the saying goes, “The Baggage has Been left at the Door”, and I feel that’s what Preseason is about.  Cutting the Baggage and having a fresh start out there on the field.  Because you know, now each game counts!

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

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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

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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

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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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