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New England Patriots: Planning Prevents Poor Performance

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New England Patriots: Planning Prevents Poor Performance

With the re-signing of Dont’a Hightower, the New England Patriots are on course to be assembling the strongest all around team of this century. The reason behind the assemblage has brought some to question if this is Tom Brady and Belichick’s last hooray. While it may seem so, with the acquisition of such high priced players like Stephon Gilmore, and Brandin Cooks (from a draft capital standpoint); the route the Patriots are taking is not the result of the last grasp for a title.

This route is one that is the result of an advantageous GM who for years structured team friendly contracts that allowed for the Patriots to move on from a player with little future cap impacts. Decisions like these have cumulative effects. The near two decades of smart fiscal management have resulted in a year where the Patriots can take advantage of a hot free agent market, which just so happens to included one of their own players (needless to say, huge advantage).

Moreover, the Patriots not only held one of the top free agents (Hightower), but the highest valued restricted free agent (Malcolm Butler), and the most valued trade piece (Jimmy Garoppolo). In addition to all of this, they came into the year with a healthy amount of cap, and some new jewelry. This offseason is a perfect storm for the Patriots. The have the money, the leverage, and the winning program; this combination is a rarity to say the least. Most Super Bowl teams have to expense an immense amount of resources to be in a position to win the Super Bowl. The Tampa Buccaneers and, more recently, the Carolina Panthers are teams that expended everything to take a shot at winning the Lombardi.

If there is any more evidence that winning the Super Bowl requires an immense resource drain, especially in the salary cap era, is the fact that the last team to win back to back Super Bowls was the Patriots in the dawn of the century. The Seahawks came close, but bad play call can really derail championship hopes, well, play call and preparation.

What we are seeing isn’t the arms build-up of a head coach’s twilight era; rather we are seeing the advantage of not throwing money around like a drunken sailor on payday, throughout the years. When a franchise pays an awful quarterback a king’s ransom, there isn’t just short term repercussions in the wins column. Financial consequences aren’t nearly as sexy as talking about performance and wins, but they carry effects that can last years after the player moves on. The Patriots do not make these mistakes. The Patriots are being rewarded for their financial management.

Overall, this amazing offseason is the result of the great long-term planning by the Patriots. When great team contracts and cap space coincide with a Super Bowl season, the Patriots cannot help but be a magnet for any player. Throw on top of that holding the best trade pieces, the top restricted free agent, and the top free agent the Patriots reaffirm the truth of the 5 P’s: Patriots’ Planning Prevents Poor Performance.

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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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