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Patriots Talk: Eric Mangini Told ESPN He Still Wishes to Reconcile With Bill Belichick After 10 Years

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Patriots Talk: Eric Mangini Told ESPN He Still Wishes to Reconcile With Bill Belichick After 10 Years

It’s pretty incredible that over a decade ago, the Patriots and SpyGate scandal was all the NFL and sports media would talk about. Back then, it was a never ending torrent of potential implications that painted the Patriots organization as cheaters and law breakers. When in reality, this was simply Bill Belichick spiting the newly elected Commissioner Roger Goodell. On the latest ESPN news for the off-season, Eric Mangini was asked this past Saturday at his alma mater, Bulkeley High School, for his youth training camp, about his current status with Belichick. Mangini confirmed that since 2007, Belichick and him have not once spoken to each other.

“Look, Bill is a big part of my life. Bill gave me a tremendous opportunity, and I enjoyed that experience, and I respect him. It’s disappointing, the way it’s been. Hopefully, it can change at some point.”

“It was never supposed to go the way that it went,” he said. “It was more about, ‘Hey, don’t do this here.’ It wasn’t about reporting it. Sometimes things get out of hand and get rolling in one direction. It was never, ever supposed to go that way.”

Mangini’s relationship with Belichick began in the NFL under him while with the Cleveland Browns. (which spawned many NFL Head Coaches, Coordinators and even General Managers for many years to come) In many ways, Belichick had known Magini arguably longer than many of his former staff from that era. And despite his lack of discussions with the Patriots Head Coach, he is apparently still on good terms with the other staff such as offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia who was an instructor at the Saturday training camp.

While Mangini has been out of coaching, it not difficult to see why Belichick hasn’t exactly let go of the whole ordeal. Before the SpyGate scandal broke, Mangini decided to leave the Patriots in 2006 to become the New York Jets’ head coach, which massively strained their relationship.  But the relationship was severed during Week 1 of the 2007 season. Before the Patriots played against the New York Jets, Mangini told the Jets security to keep an eye on the Patriots’ sideline, where they were illegally videotaping opponents’ game-plan signals.

And this started one of the biggest controversies in NFL history and one of the biggest stings against the Patriots that dubbed them ‘the Cheatriots’ to the rest of the NFL. Belichick and the PAtriots were fined Belichick over $500,000(the most ever fined by a Head Coach in NFL history), the Patriots organization received $250,000 and removed their 31st overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft. What has followed has never left the Patriots even today, despite the team winning two Super Bowls in the last 3 seasons, its a label that the Patriots seemingly will never be rid of.

What Mangini did was the very definition of betrayal of his former mentor’s trust, but he wishes things could have gone differently. It doesn’t matter what Mangini does now, he is out of the league and is unlikely to be given any favors from anybody. When someone rats out his former team and coach like what Mangini did, it will never get you anywhere in the league because trust needs to be earned.

This writer has very little sympathy for the man as what Mangini created was something that went way further than it really should have, but nothing can turn back time. In many ways, Mangini may be earnest about trying to salvage his destroyed relationship with Belichick but there are no signs of it ever happening. The ESPN writer had mentioned in a news conference in 2016 where Belichick listed every single coordinator that he had in New England since 2000. The only name that was not listed was Mangini’s, I think that right there is all that needs to tell any reader where Belichick stands on this.

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Patriots Talk: 27-23 Loss To Texans Shows Need For Improvement

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Patriots Talk: 27-23 Loss To Texans Shows Need For Improvement

It’s hard to believe that the Patriots still won their fifth Super Bowl at NRG Stadium (the second time in the team’s history this has happened since Super Bowl 38).

With this game, the Patriots were competing with the Houston Texans lead by former Patriots OC Bill O’Brien but the difference between the two was fairly clear: The team still has a lot of question marks on their depth chart. After Saturday night’s game, much of the team showed some good but there was quite a bit of bad.

Despite, this being the first preseason game that Rob Gronkowski played since 2012, he was relatively non-factor since the starters were only in the game for the 1st quarter only. In fact, the majority of the Patriots starters including Malcolm Butler, Stephon Gilmore, Julian Edelman, Brandin Cooks were among those who played in the first quarter.

Here is who stood out and what ultimately burned out. Just click the next button to continue.

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Patriots Bits and Pieces- Super Bowl Confetti and More

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The Bits and Pieces of a Patriots Weekend

Well, you know what they say about pre-season football in the NFL?

No really, do you know because I do not. I do know that it is never a good indication of how the regular season may pan out for any team. It is still a trial period for most teams and coaches to try new plays, let some rookies and newbies get some playtime, and for the New England Patriots, return to the site of last year’s Super Bowl and remember their amazing second-half come from behind victory in which I am still awe-struck.

Here some bits and pieces of what went down in Houston. And with a fumbling backup quarterback, a star defensive end not in action, and a 27-23 loss; I hope the Patriots don’t have a problem in regular season.

The Patriots got a friendly reminder of Super Bowl LI when they returned to Houston’s NRG Stadium Saturday night. Red and blue confetti were found in the Microsoft Surface phone system along the sideline. Could this be a sign from the football gods that the Pats are destined to go the distance again this year?

Tight End Rob Gronkowski played his first preseason game since 2012. The Gronk’s non-play up until now was based on coach’s decisions to limit exposure to injuries the star tight end was recovering from. Gronkowski for 14 of the team’s first 16 plays, but he finished with no catches and no targeted passes.

“It felt good to be out there, get my feet wet, to get the speed of the game. I love to play football,” Gronkowski said.

On the other side of the football, defensive end Trey Flowers did not play Saturday night. Flowers led the team with seven sacks last season. It is not believed that he is dealing with an injury, as he is one of the few top players that was not in action.

Quarterback Tom Brady also started Saturday night in Houston, playing for two drives and completing 6 of 9 passes with 67 yards and one touchdown.

In a post-game news conference, Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s ended with a question on if there was a feeling of nostalgia returning to NRG Stadium, the site of Super Bowl LI.

“That’s all in the past,” he responded. “I mean, it was great, but we’re on to 2017. I don’t think last year, two years ago or 12 years ago is that important. Trying to get this team ready to go, and this year’s team is this year’s team. It’s my responsibility to make a strong commitment to this group. I’m not trying to live in the past. I’m not trying to live in the future. I’m just trying to do a good job with the team we have today.”

New England Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was hard on himself following Saturday night’s 27-23 loss to the, as he lost a fumble on a crunching sack and later threw a sideline interception when he was attempting to throw the ball away.

“I was just trying to throw it away, but didn’t put enough on it,” he explained, as he was on the move to evade an oncoming defensive end. “It was just a bad play.”

The back-up to Tom Brady did look to stand tough in the pocket, taking some huge hits and leading New England on a scoring drive. The miscues, however, gave the Texans two scores and a 27-23 victory.

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Patriots Talk: Odd Brady Video, Gillette Sign Moved

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Patriots Talk: Odd Tom Brady Video, Gillette Stadium Sign Moved

Sunday was an off day for the New England Patriots, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t any news.

At Gillette Stadium on Sunday the Patriots had the stadium sign raised in order to create room for the new banner placement.

With the franchise winning its fifth Super Bowl title this past February the location where the banners were kept was simply not big enough.

This is what the current banner location looked like.

FOXBORO, MA – SEPTEMBER 10: Fireworks go off as the New England Patriots reveal their Super Bowl XLIX championship banner before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium on September 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Here is what the team did on Sunday. As you can see below they lifted the Gillette Stadium sign up with the banners presumably going right underneath it.

New England will unveil their Super Bowl banner in week 1 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

In other Patriots news, QB Tom Brady posted an odd video to Instagram on Sunday afternoon. His words, “No Day’s Off”.

#nodaysoff 😂@tb12sports

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Video looks to be taken in the gym in Brady’s Brookline house. A little odd, but what else is new with the 40-year-old future hall of famer.

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