By: Ian Logue
A quiet morning links-wise thanks to the fact yesterday was an off day for the team, but here are today’s top stories:
Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald has an article on cornerback Devin McCourty. who she writes has been in a position to make a play each week, but so far it just isn’t working out as well as it did during his rookie season as he continues to struggle through the first two weeks of the season.
Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com also has an article on McCourty and writes that the second year cornerback has been wearing a bulls-eye so far through two games.
Christopher Price of WEEI.com writes that McCourty is just battling through some growing pains after his successful rookie season.
Price also has a breakdown of the receivers, and points out that Deion Branch has been a ‘sure thing’ for Brady so far this season.
Guregian files her “notebook” for this morning which leads off with the fact the Patriots will need to be wary of Buffalo this weekend, with Belichick pointing out that their 15-0 streak is meaningless and won’t help them win this game.
Guregian also has an article on Matt Light’s annual celebrity shootout, which brought all the players together last night.
Jill Radsken of the Herald has an article on Tom Brady’s sons, who she writes is molding them in his own fashion image.
Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe has his “On Football” article for this morning which leads off talking about Albert Haynesworth, and the fact the Patriots need more from him than he gave during Sunday’s game. He also goes on to break down each position and gives a rating for each one.
Bedard also breaks down the “Play of the Game”, which was the interception by Vince Wilfork, which stopped San Diego from potentially pulling within three and allowed New England to kick a field goal at the end of the first half.
Glen Farley of the Taunton Gazette has a look at the defense, and writes that when opponents pass, the Patriots have failed during the first two games.
Bedard also has an article on the Bills, who he feels will be a tougher battle this time around after taking another look at their first two games.
Andrew Mooney of the Boston Globe has a deeper look into Brady’s hot start, and points out that Brady completed 71.4% of his passes against the blitz vs Miami in week one, among some other interesting numbers.
Monique Walker of the Globe has her “notebook” for this morning which leads off with the fact the Patriots punting situation remains up in the air, as Zoltan Mesko’s status remains uncertain.
Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com ponders some emergency punters in this entry.
Forsberg also has an article on the Patriots offensive line and writes that they’ve been impressive so far through the first two games.
Jeff Howe of NESN writes that Chad Ochocinco shouldn’t be compared to Randy Moss, along with 19 other thoughts this morning.
Walker also has a quick entry on the fact that Bill Belichick said yesterday that despite the continued stops in the game due to injuries, the team still has to be able to stay focused and execute when play resumes.
Mark Farinella of the Attleboro Sun Chronicle writes that the Patriots has a good column this morning on the state of the team, and writes New England has been a little “Jekyll and Hyde” through the first two games so far this season.
And finally, I ignored this yesterday but noticed it’s everywhere now so I figured I’d include it because people seem to care. The Globe has an article on the fact Gisele got pulled over for speeding on the Cape over the weekend for doing 70 in a 55. If it’s a highway one would have to assume whoever it was saw her car and recognized her – because that certainly didn’t seem out of the realm of normalcy considering how everyone else drives with that speed limit. Needless to say it seems a bit odd to pull her over for going that fast. According to the report, she was just given a warning.
That’s it for this morning. We’ll have more later on so be sure and check back for updates. Also be sure to check out our new stats database, which has sortable stats on the offense based on down, quarter, direction, etc. So be sure and try it out, and pass it along to your friends.