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  1. MassPats38

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    Re: Good ESPN Article

    ESPN has been slobbin' on the Pats' knob for about a week now.

    My favorite article of the day:

    http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/new-england-patriots/post/_/id/4689828/mccourty-hopes-to-play-sunday

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    Re: Good ESPN Article

    Watching Moss play pitch and catch in 2007 was awesome, but this sounds even better to me long term:

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    Thanks for posting this article. Great insights and commentaries in that article, especially discussing the formations. I thought there was something wrong with how I looked at the game when I saw more than 20 different formations in last week's game- but this confirms it.

    Having so many formations gives you a lot of motion options to get the D to tip its hands, and as the article says, that is what is so great about the TE sets we have, they are not strictly nubs- they can be split wide, and that helps to betray the coverages and get the chains moving, because when you know what is coming, you can hit your first read 9 out of 10 times.
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    Re: Good ESPN Article

    The New England Patriots seem to be unstoppable, but are they? - ESPN

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    Re: Good ESPN Article

    thats some BS, how do these analysts suck this much?

    there are HUGE differences between ANY game last year and this year, and its the same difference between the jets 1st game this year and the jets 2nd game this year

    we have more options, plain and simle, against the saints last year (and jets first meeting this year) we had welker and we had moss (a much fading moss), what does that mean? it means taht tate, gronk and hernandez were all learning

    not anymore, and now we have branch instead of moss

    you can double welker all you like, the other guys will kill you, which was not the case against new orleans, that gameplan will no longer work against us
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    And for some reason the image of the Pats on ESPN associated with this article cracked me up.

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    By far the best thing about this was this picture, and now it's my desktop. For once I can actually say "Thanks ESPN"
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    Wow, Trent Dilfer set me straight. Turn the football over and have lots of penalties and you don't usually win????
    Now thats 50 seconds I really wish I had back.
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    Re: Good ESPN Article

    One funny thing -- on this dreadlock-happy team, the guy in the lower right could be almost anybody. :)
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    Yeah, I'm really not 100% sure who that is, Green-Ellis? Branch? Mayo? Meriweather?
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    Re: Good ESPN Article

    The facial hair is a giveaway that it's the BJGE though.
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    I was wondering about that as well, but I think I figured it out. Notice how he has the ball doubly secured? Nobody is fumbling that ball, which means it can only be BJGE

    Edit: Dufflez beat me to it.
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    The bank vault he's creating for the football makes me assume it's BJGE. But as for the facial hair, he's hardly alone among the dreadlock boys. Spikes has pretty much the identical beard, for one.
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    The most interesting part of the story was the impact of the new guys - Gronk, Hernandez and Branch to make the receiver sets impossible to scheme against. So what if you take away A and B? Brady's got C, D and E to throw too and they could be lined up almost anywhere. Moss leaving and being replaced by Branch who is a precise short and medium route-runner makes it very tough to limit options in the passing game.

    Great story.
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    Re: Good ESPN Article

    But who's the guy holding the football with the nice hair cut
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    Re: Good ESPN Article

    this was obviously taken before the season. ;)
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    Re: Good ESPN Article

    Somehow I don't think those wings could generate enough lift to get Vince airborn.
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    See those guns? Gotta be BJGE--:D
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    I'm surprised they put him in a throwback uni. I love it. Those jerseys jump off the screen on t.v. killer contrast to the other team's and the field.
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