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Podcast: The Patriots 2014 Schedule And The NFL Draft Approaches

In this episode of Patriots Fourth And Two, we broke down the entire Patriots schedule. Later on, we had a discussion of the upcoming NFL Draft.

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Podcast: Patriots Players Coming And Going

In this episode of Patriots Fourth And Two, we talked about the latest player to return to the Patriots and a few players leaving the team. We also had the latest edition of the “Lunatic Fringe” which is a section of stories out there about the team.

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Podcast: The Patriots Free Agent Signings And More

In this episode of Patriots Fourth And Two, we discussed the latest in Patriots news which included a discussion about Vince Wilfork. This was followed up by giving a rating to all of the players so far signed in free agency by the Patriots.

Later on, we did a section on the upcoming NFL Draft for the Patriots. We finished up with another installment of the “Lunatic Fringe” that you have to listen to.

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Podcast: Patriots Sign Darrelle Revis And The Beginning Of Free Agency

In this episode of Patriots Fourth And Two, we discussed the signing of Darrelle Revis. We also talked about many subjects dealing with the beginning of free agency for the Patriots.

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The Patriots Fourth And Two Podcast: The Patriots off-Season Continued

In this episode, we discussed many Patriots related topics which included an in depth look at the NFL Combine.

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Patriots Fourth And Two Podcast: The Patriots Off-Season Begins

In this episode we discussed several topics dealing with the beginning of the Patriots off-season.

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The Patriots Should Not Change Their Business Model To Maximize The End Of The Brady Years

I have seen and heard talk by several media members and fans that the Patriots need to maximize the end of the Tom Brady years by bringing in high priced free agents, and loading up for one more run before Brady retires. I could not disagree with this philosophy more, and I will explain why I think the Patriots should add a few pieces to their roster, but also build for the future.

For some reason I am not enamored by what the Patriots became in 2007 when they did load up, and brought in a high priced free agent, but also brought in several offensive weapons through trades and free agency. That team was about the offense totally, and the Patriots became the Indianapolis Colts.

When the Patriots won their titles, they were much more balanced with neither side of the ball being more dominant. The offense was solid, and the defense was very good, but it wasn’t far above the level of the offense. The Patriots won their rings with balance.

I am not one that wants the Patriots to go back to the Randy Moss and Wes Welker years. You have three young wide receivers who unfortunately got injured late in the season, but there is the potential for the Patriots to have a Deion Branch and David Givens tandem once again. Neither one of these receivers were a true number one but they were good enough.

You also have Rob Gronkowski coming back, and if I am the Patriots I look for a replacement for Aaron Hernandez either in the draft or free agency. You should be trying to go back to that two tight end tandem that terrorized defenses.

Also, you do have decisions to make at slot receiver. You will have Danny Amendola back, and he was playing hurt the entire season with his groin injury. I expect once his injury is taken care of in the off-season, I will see the player I saw in pre-season. You can bring back Julian Edelman as well, but that is a decision that the Patriots need to make.

The point of this is that the cupboard is not bare like I have been reading in the papers, and hearing on the radio and television. Injuries do happen, and the Patriots offense should not look like it did in the AFC Championship Game.

I am not against the Patriots bringing in players in free agency, but they should not be bringing in these huge high priced names to appease the media and the fans. They need to put the organization first, and that means finding players that will fit into their system physically and financially.

Do not buy what the media is selling regarding that the Patriots have short changed Brady, and have not given him enough toys. This is simply not true, as unfortunately the Patriots were undone by injuries, and the Hernandez situation offensively this season.

The Patriots have a young nucleus on both sides of the ball, and honestly the future is very bright. I disagree with mortgaging the future to push for one more ring for Brady. I do believe you can get that title with the current plan, and build for life after Brady.

The Boston Celtics went for it as they made some moves to win a title, and I guess you can say it worked, but now the Celtics are back to square one. My fear is that by going for it in one season, it could jeopardize the future of the Patriots.

I have lived through a terrible drought for the Patriots which during that time in the eighties, and the early nineties, the team was the joke of the NFL. Bob Kraft is not cheap, and he is trying to keep the Patriots competitive each and every season. He has done this and whether you like it or not, his business model works.

Look at the New York Jets who went for it over the course of two seasons. They bought several high priced free agents, and it got them to the AFC Championship Game twice. However, look at the Jets now as they are basically back to square one. Ā The business model for the Jets ultimately failed them.

So, when we look forward to the new season for the Patriots, there are several needs that should be taken care of, but I would stick to the Patriots business model, and find the right players that fit for next season and beyond. Just ask yourself, do you want to become the Jets?

Patriots Fourth And Two Podcast: AFC Championship Game Recap

In this episode, we looked back at the AFC Championship Game, and discussed what went wrong for the Patriots. At the end of the show, we discussed the needs for the team as we look forward to next season.

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Five Things To Look For: Pats vs. Broncos

After a convincing win against Colts, the Patriots are back in the AFC Championship Game, and they face the Broncos. Here are Five Things for you to look for in this match-up.

1. Can the Patriots score points early and often against the Broncos?Ā Scoring early was a key last week against the Colts, and it was a huge factor in the victory. When the Patriots are playing from ahead, the confidence level lately with the team goes way up.

Facing a Broncos team on the road, the best thing they can do is to score early, which could take the crowd out of the game for a bit, and really put the pressure on the Broncos to respond to adversity.

Peyton Manning and his offense has the ability to control the pace of this game, but so does Tom Brady with the Patriots. If the Pats score early and often, I like the chances of the team to get to the Super Bowl.

2. Can the Patriots have a consistent passing attack?Ā The Broncos happen to be pretty good at stopping the run on defense. They also are without one of their best cornerbacks in the secondary, as Chris Harris was recently put on injured reserve. The Patriots over the years have been excellent at taking advantage of a weakness they identify with their opponent.

Even without Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots should be able to take advantage of the Broncos pass defense. A player to watch in this game could be Danny Amendola. You would figure that the Broncos will key on Julian Edelman. Amendola could be huge in this game for the Patriots.

If I were the Patriots, I would take some deep shots early to loosen up that defense. The Patriots have enough weapons to expose this defense, and if they are successful, it will open up the running game. This game could be about throwing the ball, to open up the ground game.

3. Can the Patriots defense be physical with the Broncos wide receivers at the line of scrimmage? I think this is a huge key in this game, as the Broncos offense is all about timing patterns. If you can press these players at the line, you might be able to throw off the timing of these routes, which could lead to mistakes by Manning.

If the officials let them play, the Patriots could have a way of slowing down this Denver offense by playing physical. The Patriots defense in general needs to be very physical today.

4. Can the Patriots defense contain tight end Julius Thomas? HeĀ did not play in the first match-up, and is a handful to deal with. This is a player you might have to double-team to slow down. He might not be Rob Gronkowski, but he is a rising star in the league, and a player extremely difficult to defend.

I have a feeling linebacker Jamie Collins will be covering him with help. If they can limit his receptions, that could be a huge help as well in slowing down the Denver offense.

5. Can the Patriots win the turnover battle? In a Championship Game, turnovers can honestly change the game. If the Patriots can win this battle with the turnover margin in their favor, the Super Bowl could be the next step for this team.

In concluding, it is easy to say that this game could go either way, but I feel the Patriots will win this as a team, because Championship Games are usually won by all three units, and not just one. I see the Patriots winning the AFC Championship Game 34-24, which would see them back in the Super Bowl.

If you are looking for more of an extensive preview of this game, please take a listen below to Patriots Fourth And Two.

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Patriots Fourth And Two Podcast: AFC Championship Game Preview

This is our preview of the AFC Championship Game.

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