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

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

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

 

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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 Talk: Patriots Shut Out Raiders In Mexico City

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What a day for the Patriots to secure a win in the most Patriot way possible. The game was effectively over before the 2nd quarter ended. The team was dominant throughout the entire duration of the game and it showed. In many ways, there were a number of factors within this game that caused the Raiders to ultimately fold early on in the game

The Altitude Difference

The Patriots had the smart idea to stay in Denver and travel to Colorado Springs to adjust their bodies to the pressures of high altitude. The Raiders took the same approach when they traveled to Mexico City to play against the Houston Texans in Week 11 of the 2016 season. Although, the method worked last year, you can’t deny that there was a lot of outside interference in that game.

This time around, it was very clearly from just the fact that CB Stephon Gilmore and WR Danny Amendola leaving the game due to dehydration showed how taxing the high altitude was on them. The Raiders were arguably worse with their team as they allowed 4 turnovers on the offense yesterdays. The sheer pressure the game put on most of the players was quite significant in this game for both team. But the Patriots ultimately minimzed the effect that it had on them.

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Patriots Football Talk: Patriots Dominance Continues In Mexico

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It was a sunny Sunday at the Estadio Azteca, Mexico’s Premier Stadium, in Mexico City.  The New England Patriots were facing off against the Oakland Raiders in what was called a Road Game.  It was a made for TV experience to draw in a more viewers and fans.  It was the NFL’s way to reach a larger market, that being fans in Mexico City.

The Game showed off the best in the NFL.  And you know what?  The best Team in the NFL showed what it means to be the best.  Of course I’m talking about the Patriots dominating yet another Team.  They continue to out preform their opponents on the field.  It’s something that this year’s Team has grown in to.  From being just a contender to being an all-out reigning champ; this Team has figured out how to be great.  Today’s game was proof of that!  I’d say they played perfect, but they didn’t get the shut out.  Hey you can’t have everything!

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NFL Talk: Week 11 Picks

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We are finally getting down to the last stretch of the season where teams will finally start to line up where they will make the playoffs and those who will simply tank for the higher pick in the 2018 NFL draft. At this point, most people have teams figured out and know how games should go from here on out. As of now, I got 11-3 correct last week, which puts me at 95-51 for the season.

Tennessee Titans @ Pittsburgh Steelers: Winner – Steelers

At this point in the season, I think the Titans will likely make the wildcard as Jacksonville will run away with the division. The Steelers are pretty much a lock for the playoffs. Their division has the Browns with the worst record in the NFL, and the Bengals and Ravens have fallen off. Even though the game was already played yesterday here was my thoughts before the game:

They are playing the Titans at home and the Steelers defense has been a hack of a surprise for this season. It’s mainly because of how much money was invested into their offense yet their defense has improved substantially from last year. The 2nd best passing defense in the NFL (allowing only 181.8 passing yards per game) and 11th against the run (allowing 102.7 rushing yards per game).

The Titans will have some serious difficulties holding the Steelers down while they are playing at home. Despite the Titans not having a bad team by any stretch (they have the 6th best rushing defense in the NFL), this is the Steelers game to lose and thankfully after what we have seen, that isn’t alot. Steelers won by 40-17 and my prediction was they would score 27-20. (Titans couldn’t even get me that)

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Cleveland Browns: Winner – Jaguars

If the Jags somehow throw this game away I will be so done with predicting their games this season. The Browns are a team that needs a massive overhaul and I don’t see it being enough for them to win this game. The Jaguars will win this game 24-21 with Blake Bortles somehow almost throwing the game away. Almost.

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