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Patriots Talk: Comparing 2000 Team To 2017 



Patriots Talk: Comparing 2000 Team To 2017

The Patriots first preseason game takes place on August 10th, but the Jacksonville Jaguars will be coming into town to do joint practices with New England. This is something that the Patriots coaching staff will be building the team towards this week.

“OK, well this is a big week for us here. We’ve got five practices before Jacksonville and we’ve got a lot of work to do. We’ve got a lot work to do with third down, down-and-distance, moving the field, situations, kicking game and so forth. So, we need to have a real productive week. I think we got some fundamentals started last week and feel like we’re ready to dig into this week here and get after it, but that’s what we need to do. Hopefully, we’ll get out there and get off to a good start today and start stringing them together.”

In the audience at Tuesday’s press conference to open the day was former Patriots long snapper, Lonie Paxton. Paxton was on the first Championship team and created a nice sentimental moment for Belichick.

Belichick was asked about how it feels to walk in and see Paxton at the press conference.

Always under the gun, huh, L.P.?

Paxton was at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday to officially retire as a member of the New England Patriots. His presence at Belichick’s presser sort of caught him off guard. But it gave the Patriots HC time to reflect on the 2000 camp.

Oh yeah, sure. Yep, yeah, that was a great camp, the 2000 camp – the start of building. It didn’t start off too well, but we eventually got it going. Always a good feeling knowing the ball’s secure going from the snapper to the holder to the punter to the goal post or wherever it needs to go.

2000 was his first year as the Head Coach in New England, when asked about the sentimental value of seeing a player from that year Coach Belichick was done getting hit with the hard questions, jokingly of course.

Yeah, absolutely. So, now we’re done with the hard-hitting questions.

Belichick was asked to compare the 2000 camp to this year’s camp. He talked about the differences and the changes of the group of guys in the locker room.

Well, I mean, I’d say, first of all, the biggest difference is in 2000, a quarter of the team couldn’t pass the conditioning run, so that wasn’t a very good start. We don’t really deal with that now or haven’t dealt with that in a while. Yeah, I don’t think there was a lot of commitment with that group. We obviously made a lot of changes from 2000 to 2001, and a lot of the guys that we stuck with from that team became pillars of the program, the organization in later years. That was a pretty slow start. I mean, it wasn’t a very good football team on a lot of levels. So, we’ve moved past that hopefully.

To end Tuesday’s presser, Coach Belichick was asked to talk about the areas that could use some work over the next week. He talked about the various challenges his team faces.

Well, I think wherever we are now is fractional to where we’re going to be in five days. So, it’s four days of training camp, the first two without pads. I mean, I wouldn’t say this is – I mean, it’s challenging, but it’s going to get a lot harder than this. We have five days this week and we’ve got four days against Jacksonville – three in practice, one in a game. We’re going to start stringing number of days together here, so when we get up into the high teens and we’ve strung a lot of practices together competitively against each other, against Jacksonville, against Houston, we’ll have a lot better indication of where we are in terms of mental toughness, consistency of fundamentals, conditioning – not just track conditioning but football conditioning – being able to push against other people, being able to handle contact, run through contact, deliver contact on the run, things like that.

We’ll have a lot better evaluation. That’s what training camp is for, instead of go out there and do it for a day or a practice or flash a couple plays here or there. I mean, that’s good and all, but that’s just I would say probably not very many players in the league that aren’t capable of that. I mean, if they’re in this league, they would have the ability to do that. The question is, who can do it over a sustained period of time versus who can just put one or two out there but a long time in between those flashes? I’d say we have a long way to go. I think the evaluation process is, to me, kind of underway here the last couple days, but it will really, truly come to light on how the sequential performances go day after day, competitive period after competitive period, going against other quality players with different playing styles, not only our players, but players from other teams that change the matchups a little bit and how we’re able to adjust and handle those subtle but different matchups. That’s what training camp’s for. That’s the evaluation part of it. I think we’re just getting starting on that.

There will be other content coming from Coach Belichick’s press conference along with an update from training camp.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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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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