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Patriots Talk: Is Darrelle Revis Really Returning Back to the Patriots?

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Patriots Talk: Is Darrelle Revis Really Coming Back to the Patriots?

Since free agency began, many NFL analysts felt that the New England Patriots would be the perfect team for many veteran players to get their last chance at earning a Super Bowl ring. After his case in Pittsburgh was dismissed a week ago on a non-monetary bond, NFL analysts talked about New York Jets [cornerback] Darrelle Revis making a return back to the team. CSB Sports’ writer Jason La Canfora was told by an anonymous NFL executive, that Revis can still play.

 

We did our work on him. He can still play. He can cover. He doesn’t have that long speed anymore; he’s not going to cover a No. 1 receiver deep. But he can cover in tight spaces and he has great instincts. The film is not as bad as some would have you believe. He’s a perfect fit in that quarters scheme Belichick runs, and they have the kind of safeties who can help him out, too. We’re convinced he’s going back to New England. It just makes too much sense.”

 

However, the issue is that Revis had already played for the New England Patriots two seasons ago, which resulted in winning Super Bowl XLIX. Revis earned his ring, and that is all there really is to it. He spent only one season with the Patriots in 2014 which resulted in New England winning Super Bowl XLIX. The Patriots did not pick up Revis’ second-year option in the 2014 off-season, and he signed back to his former team, the New York Jets, in free agency. His contract was signed for five years, worth 70 million (39 million guaranteed) with the New York Jets. In 2016, Revis played 15 games and finished his season with 53 tackles, five pass deflections and one interception. That is a huge dropoff from where his production has been for the past several years.

 

Former Patriots Cornerback Darrelle Revis and Patriots Owner Robert Kraft

Former Patriots Cornerback Darrelle Revis with Patriots owner Robert Kraft after winning Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks 28-24

 

Revis Island seemed to be sunk by this point in his career since he is 31 this year. It seems that with his decline and the question of whether he can transition to safety, its not in the Patriots interest to sign him. However, [Quarterback] Tom Brady commented after the Patriots 22-17 victory in week 12 on WEEI’s Kirk and Callahan Radio show about his thoughts on Revis and his decline over the season.

 

He’s still very competitive out there,

I think he’s still — when I watched the film after the game — he’s still close on a lot of plays. We made some good throws and catches on him. I thought the one that Julian made late in the game was really critical. We were second-and-10, backed up, we needed to go down and score points. Jules did a good job separating from him.

 

The discussion was ignited due to recent talks of Malcolm Butler being traded to the New Orleans Saints. If the Patriots lose Butler, there will be a huge drop within the secondary at the cornerback position. That can’t be addressed with the NFL draft, especially with the Patriots lacking a first and second round pick. According to CSNNE writer Tom Curran, there is has been no deal made with Revis at this time, so until there is any further confirmation, I will say this is a very doubtful scenario. If you consider the fact that team’s like the Dallas Cowboys have effectively lost more than half their starting secondary this off-season, it seems even less possible.

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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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