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Posted on: September 12, 2011 4:35 pm
Edited on: September 12, 2011 4:47 pm
 

7-Point Preview: Dolphins vs. Patriots

Posted by Will Brinson


1. Miami Dolphins (0-0) vs. New England Patriots (0-0)
Rumblings started to form on Twitter Monday that the Dolphins are taking a look at David Garrard. Even if this doesn't happen, it is perfect, because the Dolphins are in the middle of their 15th quarterback controversy of the year, and they haven't even played a game yet.

It's a mess in South Beach, theoretically, but there's reason to be hopeful. I continue to believe that Chad Henne can evolve into a good NFL quarterback. He's been freed from the shackles of Dan "Third and Draw" Henning and has been given "full reign" by new OC Brian Daboll to call audibles at the line of scrimmage.

Last season's game in Miami is viewed as a blowout. That's because the Patriots won handily, 41-14. But what folks don't remember is that without a Miami special-teams implosion, this game was actually pretty close.

The Patriots scored on a 103-yard kickoff return from Brandon Tate (no longer with New England) and a Kyle Arrington 31-yard blocked field-goal return. To dump a pound of salt in the wound, Patrick Chung also took a pick 51 yards to the house to finish off the rout. Take away those three touchdowns (I know, I know but just play along) and it's a much closer game in which Henne was respectable before getting pressed into throwing the ball in bad situations.

Add in the fact that he's got more versatile weapons (read: Reggie Bush) than 2010, and it's not unreasonable to expect an alright game out of Henne this evening. Brady, as you may know, is capable of doing damage to other teams.

2. What the Nerds and Degenerate Gamblers Say:
This is kind of amazing: according to Sportsbook.com, 94 percent of the public's money is on the Pats -7. If we were talking about the Pats money line, that's one thing. But we're discussing a seven-point road favorite playing a division rival who's beaten said favorite a bunch of times when they come down to Florida.

Things could go either way, really -- Tom Brady over the last six years (we're going six instead of five since he missed 2008) has vacillated wildly in Miami. In 2006 he went 12 of 25 for 78 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions. In 2007 he went 21 of 25 for 354 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions. In that time, though, he's only 3-2 in Miami.

"He’s human, right?" Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake asked of Brady Sunday, per Omar Kelly of the Miami Sun-Sentinel. "He has two eyes and red blood? If you cut him, will he bleed? He puts his pants on one leg a time."

He may actually put his pants on differently and HOW DARE YOU TALK ABOUT TOM'S EYES, SIR? Er, wait, sorry. Yes, Brady is human. He's been vulnerable against the Dolphins in the past and he'll be vulnerable now.

There's no real logic why everyone's slamming their money after New England favored by a touchdown on the road even if they could easily cover, other than "the Patriots are always awesome, win games and usually manage to be flashy and smart while the Dolphins are typically the opposite and quite boring and therefore will lose."

3. Key Matchup to Watch
The aforementioned defensive end, Cameron Wake, is one of the scariest players in the NFL. Were it not for the Dolphins lacking relevance in 2010, Wake probably would have gotten pub as the Defensive Player of the Year in the NFL.

With Wake and Dolphins-turned-Jet-turned-dancer-t
urned-Dolphin Jason Taylor lining up to terrorize Brady, the Patriots offensive line has a serious task on its hands -- both left tackle Matt Light and right tackle (and rookie) Nate Solder, replacing starting right tackle Sebastian Volmer, will require additional help in doubling up on Wake.

Fortunately for the Patriots, they have a pair of tight ends who are capable receiving options and pretty good blockers in Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski, so don't be shocked to see lots of two tight end formations out of New England as they look to bolster their pass defense.

If Wake and Taylor crank up the pressure on Brady, the Patriots could be in a for long day, especially considering they aren't typically the type of team that counters quarterback pressure by pounding the rock. Their answer is a dynamic short-passing game that chews up clock and wears opponents down.

It's much harder to pull off if Brady's ending up on his ass every two or three plays and/or doesn't have time to get through his progressions. And when Brady slows his progressions down, the Patriots aren't pushing the tempo and the defense has more time to adjust and, generally speaking, a much better chance of stopping New England.

4. Potentially Relevant YouTube

So, this weekend some ridiculous bizness went down with the Notre Dame-Michigan game, in which roughly 735 points were scored in 10 seconds. Or something like that -- Denard Robinson (he of sure-fire future NFL Draft scrutiny!) led the Wolverines to a stunning victory. He then jumped in the crowd and a weirdo fan decided he need to rub Robinson's arm and share the magic with the world.

In case you're scratching your head, both Tom Brady and Chad Henne went to Michigan and they will need magic from their arms to win tonight. Do you see? (Via Spencer Hall's Alphabetical)



5. The Patriots will win if ...
They can protect Brady and give him time to get the ball in the hands of his playmakers and subsequently control the tempo against the Dolphins. The Patriots passing game was fine in the preseason, but Chad Ochocinco was a bit underwhelming (to say the least) and having him step things up in Monday night's would be pretty typical of how the Pats role with respect to bringing wide receivers and sandbagging their production before the season starts.

6. The Dolphins will win if ...
Reggie Bush makes the most out of his 20 touches. Well, he's supposed to get 20 touches anyway, and it's hard to imagine that if he's successful that this game won't be close. Bush not only can break off explosive plays, but his ability as a passcatcher out of the backfield will be tremendous for Henne -- he provides a safety valve and will keep the Patriots secondary honest and not able to double-team guys like Brandon Marshall.

7. Prediction: Patriots 24, Dolphins 17

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Posted on: August 1, 2011 8:59 am
Edited on: August 1, 2011 10:16 am
 

Patriots, Matt Light agree to 2-year deal

Posted by Ryan Wilson
 
It looks like Matt Light will again be protecting Tom Brady's blind side in New England. According to various reports, the left tackle agreed to a two-year deal with the Patriots Sunday night.

Light, 33, has played his entire 10-year career in New England and appeared to have no interest in leaving via free agency. He didn't visit other teams, although it wasn't immediately clear if the Patriots were interested in bringing him back.

The team selected offensive tackle Nate Solder in the first round of the April draft, a move that initially puzzled some draft experts because more polished, ready-to-start tackles like Anthony Castonzo and Gabe Carimi were available. Then again, in 2009 New England plugged rookie Sebastian Vollmer in at left tackle when Light went was injured and Vollmer played well.

For now, though, Solder remains unsigned and Light is back in the fold.

"Matt's been a good player for us for a long time," Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio told the Boston Globe Sunday.

It also means, as the Globe points out, that the five offensive linemen that ended the 2010 season return for 2011: Light, left guard Logan Mankins, center Dan Koppen, right guard Dan Connolly and right tackle Vollmer.

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Posted on: May 7, 2011 1:22 pm
 

AFC East draft truths revealed

Posted by Andy Benoit

One of the best things about the draft is that from it we can find out what teams really think about their current players. Excluding examples of teams filling obvious needs, here are some of the more revealing draft picks from 2011, with a quick blurb of what the team was really saying by making this pick.

Buffalo Bills

1st round, Marcel Dareus, DT, Alabama
Deep down we know we’ll never really run a 3-4 defense.

3rd round, Kelvin Sheppard, ILB, LSU
But just in case we do….

4th round, Da’Norris Searcy, SS, North Carolina
Replace Donte Whitner? Heavens no, we wouldn’t have him do that! We’ll have Searcy replace backup George Wilson…and let Wilson be the guy to replace Whitner.

Miami DolphinsM. Pouncey (US Presswire)

1st round, Mike Pouncey, G/C, Florida
We’re still not entirely sure if Richie Incognito is a guard or a center. So, we got an even better tweener to shape that decision around.

New England Patriots

1st round, Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
The hints of decline that veteran left tackle Matt Light showed last season are only going to get worse. No way we’ll pay him market value.
P.S. Sebastian Vollmer’s future is at right tackle.

2nd round, Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia
It’s a tradition around here to draft corners in the second round. Plus, Kyle Arrington has no ball skills.

2nd round, Shane Vereen, RB, California
We need to replace Sammy Morris and Fred Taylor. Also, we wouldn’t mind letting some other team overpay BenJarvus Green-Ellis once he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

3rd round, Stevan Ridley, RB, LSU
Just in case Vereen turns out to be a flop.

3rd round, Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas
Even we’re not sure exactly why we did this. But we’ll figure something out.

New York Jets

4th round, Bilal Powell, RB, Louisville
We can’t shake the images of Joe McKnight throwing up at camp last year.

Check back throughout the week for other division’s Draft Truths Revealed. To see all Draft Truths Revealed, click the “Draft Truths” tag.

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Posted on: March 20, 2011 4:42 pm
Edited on: March 20, 2011 4:45 pm
 

Hot Routes 3.20.11: Light upset with Kraft



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Here’s an update on former Patriots DE Jarvis Green and whether he’s going to continue playing football. Right now, he says he’s “in between.”
  • Should Broncos QB Tim Tebow (or Kyle Orton, for that matter) be worried that Denver’s front office – which holds the No. 2 pick in next month’s NFL draft – is checking out Jake Locker, Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert and Ryan Mallett? Maybe, but probably not.

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Posted on: December 4, 2010 2:15 pm
Edited on: December 4, 2010 2:16 pm
 

Union: 'Internal deadline' for new CBA has passed

Posted by Will Brinson

So, as it turns out, there IS some sort of deadline involving the NFL labor strife -- and, according to NFLPA Union leader DeMaurice Smith, it's passed.

Except it's just an "internal deadline," and it was discovered by the Associated Press on Saturday, in the New England Patriots locker room, in the form of a letter and written by Professor Plum Smith himself to the players, urging them to save now that a lockout is all but certain, as the time has come and gone for negotiating a new CBA.

"That deadline has now passed," he wrote. "It is important that you protect yourself and your family."

According to the AP report, the letter was dated Wednesday and just happened to be "strewn across a table" in the Pats locker room in the middle of Saturday media availability. When a reporter inquired as to, you know, what the hell the letter was doing out in the open, a Pats employee "flipped the copies face-down."

A couple of things: first, football players should be saving money anyway, regardless of the labor situation in the NFL. Irrationally plowing through millions of dollars with nary a thought to the future is just begging for Chapter 7.

Secondly, it's worth noting that the union claimed in the letter that the league plans to cancel healthcare for the union and they'll file a grievance with the NFL over the cancellation because of language in the CBA specifically requiring teams to provide health insurance "through the Plan Year in which they are released or otherwise sever employment." Healthcare plans typically refresh at the start of the calendar year, meaning teams would technically owe through the end of 2011 when it comes to health coverage, unless there's an argument that the CBA is negated and therefore it's not a requirement (or something along those lines). Either way, healthcare coverage will be a sticking point for friendly negotiations once this gets heated.

"You're going to cancel somebody's health insurance and maybe they've got a baby that's due in the offseason?" Patriots offensive lineman Matt Light said. "Yeah, it gets personal."

Finally, are we really supposed to bite on this as being a legitimate "accidental find"? That's not to say the AP reporter didn't actually discover the letters, but the players want us to believe that a ton of copies distributed from the union to the players just happened to get left on a table in a locker room (frequently inhabited by the press, mind you) for five days without anyone thinking "Hey, maybe we shouldn't let the world know about our internal deadline?"

Because that seems about as plausible as the notion that these two sides can't figure out a way to split up a ton of money before the 2010 season ends so that fans can go on their merry way and keep caring about football as the NFL's popularity continues to reach new heights.

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