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Artificial Turf: Patriots Keep at It, Suck on 3rd Down, Clutch on 4th.

Making Mondays not suck.

Making Mondays not suck.

This was a pretty good football weekend, even if you hate Favre as much as I do. Last night’s game was good enough to keep my attention till Green Bay’s final missed onside kick with under 2 minutes remaining. For a non-Pats game to hold my attention that long is truly a miracle. Monday night football has gotten exponentially better with the current trio in the booth, particularly the commentary between Jaws and Gruden. One of the most interesting thing they talked about was the history of teacher-student quarterback match ups through the years, most notably Joe Montana as a Cheif beating Steve Young and the 9ers. Jaws was recalling just how badly it seemed the Chief players wanted to do that for Joe, and how that same sense of elevated play could be felt in Minnesota’s dome last night.

Like I said, great game, even if you hate Favre and especially if you hate Green Bay.

But I digest.

Go. Patriots. They’re effing awesome. (And don’t worry, I’m not jinxing them because I’ve already been talking sh!t.) For the second week in a row, I headed to Gillette Stadium, this time as a guest of Katfish, thinking I was about to see the Patriots get it handed to them. Joe Flacco is a tough young QB and McClain, Watchyu Talkin Bout McGahee & Ray Rice are a formidable thunder, lightning and rain combination. Though if McGahee is the rain, he was held to a spitty New England mist, limited to 11 yards on 5 carries… Ray Rice however burned us for 103 yards that included a 50 yard scamper on 3rd and 20.

Pierre Woods and Ty Warren after a 2nd half defensive stand... Love to see em... need more of em.

Pierre Woods and Ty Warren after a 2nd half defensive stand... Love to see 'em... need more of 'em.

Though there were various frustrating points about yesterday’s game, there seem to be just as many positives. One such yin & yang is Lawrence Marony’s inability to move the ball the ball north & south as Sammy Morris’s skills as a backfield receiver improve. This is, of course, a nod to Coach Bill who elected to keep 5 running backs on the 53 man roster. (BJGE was inactive again last week.)

The most atrocious part of the team is 3rd down D. The Ravens converted on 9 of 14 3rd downs on Sunday and 4 in a row on their first sustained possession after  giving the Patriots the ball on the 12 freakin yard line and holding them to a g-d damn field goal. Perhaps the game would not have come down to the last Ravens drive of the game and some stellar defensive back play if we had stopped the Ravens on 3rd down earlier in the game. All I’m saying: I’m not all wet about this defensive unit like every single talk show host seems to be. Nut I am encouraged by the play of Guyton, Marriweather, and now Darius Butler who saved two touchdowns with solid corner play on two very good receivers. (Leigh Bodden also picked off the Patriots first INT of the season).

Thanks guys. That was awesome again.

Thanks guys. That was awesome again.

Randy and Tom got it going a little bit as well, exploiting a goal-line one on one which I was screaming about pre-snap from the stands. I’m almost certain they heard me. My favorite offensive look is Moss, Welker & Edelman, Watson and Faulk, though I don’t think we’re seeing enough Fred Taylor who only had 7 rushing attempts. That said, the Pats backs did exactly what I said they were supposed to do, combine for 100+ yards and a score. (Brady also ran one in. Go Him.)

I cant remember where I heard this... but of course the NFL has to protect the quarter backs... Ray Lewis killed a dude.

I can't remember where I heard this... but of course the NFL has to protect the quarter backs... Ray Lewis killed a dude.

Every positive factor will need to keep improving this week. Next week we fly to Denver to take on Josh McDaniels (who I told Denver they were lucky to have), Brandon Marshal (who has since stopped beating his girlfriend and teammates and is playing some sweeeeeet football) and Big Broski (who I can’t stand the thought of losing to because he throws temper tantrums… and that type of behavior can never be rewarded).

For the 5th week in a row, including week 1, the Patriots will take on an undefeated opponent. And this 3 game stretch is a huge test: ATL, BAL, DEN. But the Pats have reached the first quarter mark of the season with a low key 3-1 win/loss, some flashes of defensive fortitude and even a few offensive breakouts. We’re 3 wins into a long season and we’ve been given the perception that things are only getting better from here. At least we know the Denver offense pretty damn well.

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Artificial Turf: I’d like to be Mark Sanchez for 23 Hours…

Right up to the point when he’s told an inoperable and incurable STD is going to take his life.

The Patriots took a spanking from a (New Jersey) Jets team that flat out, out-everythinged the Patriots. Special teams, we’re letting Leon “The Kevin Faulk Impersonator” Washington squirt his way to the 40 yard line; Offense, can’t score a touchdown when they get the ball inside the Jets 15! Even the defense, who did only give up 16 points, couldn’t make a big play to save their lives.

Retool it.

Retool it.

The subtraction of Jerod Mayo and Wes Welker, and the inability to adequately replace them, led to the Patriots loss. It’s simple science: Welker is good for .75 TDs per game and Mayo prevents at least .25. There it is, reverse those to injuries and the score’s reversed, 9-16 good guys, the Pats cover and the discussion of The Tin Man Baby Making Brady and his 12 month old rust couldn’t shake off the cob webs continues as planned. Unfortunately, we’re having the same discussion only Broadway Mark Sanchez is waking up next to 17 of Hef’s ex-wives and thirteen front loaders of cocaine and champagne.

But I digest.

I would first like to give my formal reply to Rex Ryan for all that go-eff-yourself who-hah and all that “We beat the best coach  in the league” stuff.

Yes, Bill Bellichick is the best coach in the NFL. And I’m not buying your self-pitying, self-deprecating rally to arms bullshit, Rex Ryan. You have been eating chicken nuggets out of a soft-serve machine for 25 years. As result, you look like an over stuffed industrial sized trash bag.

DOINK

DOINK

Secondly, Julian Edelman, our second string white guy. I’ve remained very interested in this guy because he was a 7th round selection. The actual pick was part of a trade (of which i forget the details of, but reported on in my draft review… and am too lazy to go look up), which means that he was picked by design, not by defualt. There are always some athletic pics, generally pure athletes that will be molded into different positions, down towards the bottom of day two.

Edelman stepped into the slot role and did his best Wes Welker face, reeling in 8 receptions for 98 yards and a would be TD that the Tin Man over-threw.

Thirdly, Joey Galloway: Get on the same page as your quarterback or you will be a retired and failed sideline analyst before the season is 6 games old.

This asshole here, to the left of the butt, is the guy who has been murdering our playbook for the first two weeks.

This asshole here, to the left of the butt, is the guy who has been murdering our playbook for the first two weeks.

Lastly; Our play calling sucked. Really really badly. (As I mentioned last week). Two weeks in a row. The Tin Man is forced to throw 49 thousand times when his best receiver is being centerfielded over the top (great defensive schemeing by the Jets) and then entirely shut down by Darrelle Revis who played like the best Corner in football. Moss had 3 catches for who cares and 2 fantasy points. Furthermore, the one guy that gets it going a little bit on the Ground, Fred Taylor, we see gash the Jets for 2 quick medium gainers… and then we never see him again! And where is Ben Jarvis!?

Please take the headset back, Bill. O’Brien sucks.

OK. I am sufficiently depressed enough for a Monday.

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Artificial Turf: At it Again! Pat’s Off Season Training Begins.

As always, Bill and the staff are out evaluating the new squad.

As always, Bill and the staff are out evaluating the new squad.

Off season Training Activities got underway at the start of this week. OTA’s are a way to bring in the rookies and new teammates to jump them up to speed on the complicated systems before mandatory camps start. Media hasn’t been allowed in yet, but the cameras and (real) sports writers will be let in tomorrow. I look forward to reading the reports and then funneling them into my own opinions for you.

The notable facts so far are the players that went into camp early. All the rookies, of course, and they will not be permitted to speak to the press tomorrow, per team rules, but we should all look forward to hearing from Fred Taylor. He’s like the Sean Casey of the Patriots. Not that he’s an old first baseman… he is a team-first player, only cares about winning, and is a terrific professional locker room presence. Great addition. Buy his jersey.

Line backers Tully Banta-Cain and Shawn Crable -who was injured for a huge portion of last season after a promising start- were both present and joined by defensive back Tank Williams, a former college linebacker, I might add. Veteran tight end Alex Smith participated as well. In total, 48 players reported and former Kent State QB Julian Edelman worked out with receiver groups and the word is he looked pretty confident on the field.

More to come as the reports continue to stream from Foxboro.

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Artificial Turf: More on the Kids

Just so we’re clear, SMC’s Patriots Draft Grade: B+. Nut Riding Mel Kiper’s Patriots Draft Grade: B+. Thank you for reading Mel.

Here are links to all of our draft picks’ scouting reports:

Pick 34: P. Chung, S – Born in Jamaica

Pick 40: R. Brace, DT – Went to Boston College, very well spoken according to Pro-Day interviews

Pick 41: D. Butler, CB – 2 Year Capt. at UConn

Pick 53: S. Volmer, OT – Spoke almost no English when he arrived at Houston, Majored in Communications

Pick 83: B. Tate, WR – Smokes pot

Pick 97: T. McKenzie, OLB – All heart, great motor

Pick 123: R. Ohrnberger, G – Starter-like-talent two seasons down the road

Pick 170: G. Bussey, OT – Initial walk on who earned a scholarship

Pick 198: J. Ingram, LS – Best Long Snapper in the Draft

Pick 207: M. Pryor, DT – 2nd team All-SEC in 2008

Pick 232: J. Edelman, QB – Fast QB

Pick 234: D. Richard, DT – All Academic Honors

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