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Patriots Talk: NFL Head Coaches Comments on Bill Belichick and Former Players

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Last week, Bill Belichick was off checking out prospects at the Pro Days for the Miami Hurricanes and Florida Gators. However, the other 31 NFL Head Coaches were had other priorities. All were required to attend the annual NFL meetings held in Phoenix, Arizona.

 

Many were not surprised with Belichick’s absence as he has done this previously. However, The NFL coaches were not afraid to voice their opinions about Belichick and his numerous trade acquisitions this off-season. Among many of the notable head coaches was New Orleans Saints‘ [Head Coach] Sean Payton. He was a large story due to his deal with the New England Patriots regarding [cornerback] Malcolm Butler. Here is the full quote that he stated on the situation:

 

“We had a chance to visit with him. Currently, it’s my understanding he hasn’t signed his tender, so it was just that. We can sign him to an offer sheet, but I don’t think we’re going to do that and give up the 11th pick. In fact, I know we’re not going to do that. It is what it is right now.” – Sean Payton

 

As of now, there has been no deal established according to Payton’s comments. Based on this, it is unlikely that a deal will be made before Butler officially signs his tender. Until then, talks will be on hold for now but Payton did address that the interest in Butler didn’t originate from the Brandin Cooks trade.

 

Another coach that drew attention was Cincinnati Bengals [Head Coach] Marvin Lewis regarding [running back] Rex Burkhead. His comments regarding the player were mostly concerns over his health during his 4 seasons with the Bengals. According to the Lewis, Burkhead had difficulties with maintaining his health especially during game time.

 

“Even in preseason opportunities and so forth like that where you’d go into the game, and it’d be Rex’s — in my mind, Rex’s ballgame — to carry the ball in the first or second quarter, and he wasn’t able to suit up that day.” – Marvin Lewis

 

Ravens' Head Coach John Harbaugh

Baltimore Ravens’ Head Coach John Harbaugh (Photo credit: NESN)

Concern over players health has always been part of the sport even now. However, one coach who was nothing but praise was shockingly Baltimore Ravens‘ [Head Coach] John Harbaugh. When he was talking about former [defensive tackle] Lawrence Guy, he stated:

 

“Don’t sleep on Lawrence Guy. Don’t underestimate this player. He is a really good football player, run and pass. I love him to death. Every time I see him, he gives me this big giant Lawrence Guy hug. He is a great guy, will be a leader in the locker room. I thought it was a great signing by the Patriots.” – John Harbaugh

 

To add further to the praise, Indianapolis Colts [Head Coach] Chuck Pagano also gave the media his comments and thoughts on former [tight end] Dwayne Allen.

 

“Dwayne is an excellent football player. I know he has a lot of great years left in him. We’re fortunate to have had him for the past five years. We wish him well, grateful for what he has done for the organization, but we feel good with the guys we have and this draft is loaded with talent at that position.”

 

Despite the praise for Guy and Allen from their former coaches, the opposite could be said for former Carolina Panthers [defensive end] Kony Ealy. His former head coach, Ron Rivera, showed concern for Ealy’s inability to handle coaching. He believes that Ealy will learn better in the Patriots’ system.

 

“I think being around a program like what coach (Bill) Belichick has established in New England will be really good for him. I think it will be an opportunity for him to grow and take another step. I think it’s a good situation. I really do. The biggest thing, more than anything else, is do things the way coach Belichick wants them done.”

 

His comments trailed more towards Ealy’s potential as he has not lived up to his status as a prolific pass rusher since he was drafted three seasons ago. Rivera ended his discussion when referring to Ealy’s Super Bowl performance and how replicating that performance will make him into an explosive weapon for the Patriots for certain.

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Patriots Win Means It Is Business As Usual

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The New England Patriots defeated the New Orleans Saints 36-20 on Sunday to pick up their first win of the season. The win brings the Patriots record to 1-1. Notching this win against Drew Brees and crew means it is business as usual at Gillette Stadium.

Despite having some players knocked around the Patriots offense showcased a number of different looks and was very effective against a piss poor Saints defense.

New England attacked the Saints defense with their running backs starting the game with a power style of running behind fullback James Develin. Like CBS color analyst Tony Romo pointed out, this style felt old school 2001 Patriots. This allowed the Patriots to run the ball right at the Saints front seven and then later open up the field in the passing game.

With the wideouts being battered, Tom Brady relied on his receiving backs like James White who snagged 8 catches, and Rex Burkhead who had 4 catches of his own including an opening drive touchdown catch. Brady also relied heavily on tight end Rob Gronkowski who had 6 catches en route to 116 yards and a 53-yard touchdown on the second Patriots drive of the day.

The first quarter was the one of note for Brady as all three of his passing touchdowns on the day game in the first quarter. it was the first time in the future hall of famers career that he had a first quarter with three passing touchdowns. His final line of the day was 30-39 with 447 passing yards. This was the 10th time in his career that he has eclipsed the 400+ passing yard marker.

Defensively the Patriots held a Sean Payton offense to 20 points. A solid effort with the defense limiting the big plays that cost them in their first game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

While it was key not to overreact to the Patriots week 1 loss, it is also important to not overreact to their week 2 win. The Saints defense is bad, really bad. And the Patriots are truly battered at the receiver position with now Gronk and Burkhead dealing with injuries in addition to Julian Edelman who is out for the year along with Malcolm Mitchell and Danny Amendola who will return at some point.

Brandin Cooks, the newly acquired receiver was quite against his former team. To me, the injuries paired with Cooks lack of a breakout game is still a concerning matter. But seeing the Patriots defense remain strong and hold Brees and the Saints to 20 points is huge.

Eyes must now point forward to next Sunday’s matchup against the Houston Texans.

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Patriots 1st Win For the Season In New Orleans 36-20

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It was an exciting day inside the dome.  Of course I’m talking about the Patriots playing in the Super Dome, against the New Orleans Saints.  They played well today on [Sunday] and seemed to be well prepared in the 10 Day week.  Here are some take aways from the game on Sunday’s [36-20] Win:

Rob Gronkowski was huge.  Tight End Rob Gronkowski had a huge game against the Saints.  He had a 50+ yard Touchdown in the 1st Quarter.  It was spectacular, to say the least!  This is a guy who refuses to get tackled.  Gronk got open on the sideline and evaded the tackle for the TD.  It was just what they needed at the right time.  He would go on to catch over 100+ yards for the game.  Although he went out of the game with a Groin Injury.  Hopefully he’ll be back for next weeks game.

Chris Hogan had a good game.  He made a TD reception in the end of the 1st Quarter.  It was a beautiful pass to the corner of the field.  It could have been called back because of a pick play at the line of scrimmage but luckily the Officials got the call right.  They gave them the touchdown and boy was every TD score important.

Tom Brady had a great game on Sunday.  He threw for 3 TDs in the 1st Quarter of the game.  Which was a first for him, I mean have a game will ya!  TB12 was laser sharp today.  He was quiet inside the pocket as Tony Romo pointed out.  He has a quiet on your feet type approach.   Something we have come to identify from Tom Brady.  He holds on to the ball as long as possible before making a play.  He shifts slowly in the pocket to get room to throw.  How he does it is masterful.  I mean this is a guy who isn’t effected by defensive pressure.  He steps in the pocket and is calm, cool, collective while throwing a pass.  He is just automatic!

The Defense came to play!  Yes, the defense made some fantastic stops against a Drew Brees Offense.  It was something that we have come to expect from a Bill Belichick Team.  They button down the mistakes and learned from last week.  This week the Defense made the Saints’ Running game non existent.  It was great!  Adrian Peterson was held to just a few yards.  They played against him just perfectly and forced the Saints’ to throw the ball more.  Their stops on 3rd and long were just incredible.  And their stops in the Red Zone were particularly impressive.  The Saints had to settle for Field Goals, which didn’t help against a Brady led offense.

The Patriots went old school on New Orleans.  New England lined up several times with the Fullback in the I formation.  With injuries at Wide Receiver, the Offense used the back field a lot more.  They weren’t afraid to use Devlin in the back field or as a wide out.  Yep, it was old school offense from 2001.  And you know what?  It worked!  The Pats found a way to work around their lack of slot receiving.  Their line ups exploited what coverage their opponent’s Defense was.  It was a way for Tom Brady to audible before the snap.

In all I’d have to say that the Patriots did everything right.  Look for their Backfield to get more Receptions.  As they are looking to replace their Slot Receivers of Julian Edtilman and Danny Amandola.  Their next game is Sunday, September 24th against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium, at 1pm ET on CBS.  With today’s Win they should be good to go!  Hopefully Gronk and Amandolo will be healthy for it.

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Patriots Talk: Injury Reports heading into Week 2

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Patriots Talk: Injury Reports heading into Week 2

 

The New England Patriots are, in under an hour, going to be facing off against the equally win-less New Orleans Saints. Belichick and the team are going to have some serious adjusts today according to Mike Reiss, ESPN Reporter around the New England Patriots. He reported that team captain and Linebacker Dont’a Hightower, who was sidelined last week against the Kansas City Chiefs with a minor MCL sprain, sought a second opinion on his injury from Dr. James Andrews.

 

While many assumed that the injury was merely minor, it could be something likely worse. Dr. Andrews has connections within the Pats organization, specifically with Patriots’ medical director, Dr. Mark D. Price, a former colleague in Alabama years ago. If Ian Rapoport’s initial report was from Dr. Price’s personal diagnosis on Hightower, then we can hope that Dr. Andrews agrees and Hightower’s injury is nothing severe. Many athletes in this sport know injury leads to lost minutes to play on the field, which means lost income. Hightower being on the sidelines for today’s game and possibly into next week depending on the severity of the injury, is a blow to this team’s defense no matter what is said.

 

And among the current inactives list for the New England Patriots heading into this game:

 

  • LB Don’ta Hightower (Defensive Team Captain)
  • WR Danny Amendola
  • OT Cole Croston
  • ST Nate Ebner
  • ST Matthew Slater (Special Teams Captain)
  • DT Vincent Valentine
  • OT LaAdrian Waddle

 

The New Orleans Saints inactives list is also available:

 

  • LB Stephone Anthony
  • OT Terron Armstead
  • WR Austin Carr
  • CB Ken Crawley
  • QB Taysom Hill
  • DE Al-Quadin Muhammad
  • OT Zach Strief (Offensive Team Captain)

 

 

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