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    I can't read the whole article because I am not an ESPN Insider, but here's the teaser. Now how is Rodney going to play the no-respect card? :p

    http://insider.espn.go.com/espn/blo...og/index?entryID=2787495&name=williamson_matt
     
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    Not with the schedule we have, I'd be happy with 17-2, repeat of 2003 & 2004. :)
     
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    i don't even care what record we have, as long as we get that Lombardi trophy back. but a perfect season would be icing on the cake :)
     
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    It's so funny how some free agent moves makes the media go ga-ga. I'm not saying the moves are bad or that they won't help, but there's a lot more to having a good team than signing free agent. If free agency was the decider the Redskins would win the Superbowl every year!
     
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    for non-insiders.....


    Patriots' pickups impressiveposted: Sunday, March 4, 2007 | Feedback | Print Entry
    filed under: New England Patriots

    Want an early favorite for Super Bowl XLII? Look no further than the New England Patriots. Of course, I am not going out on a limb writing that New England is a good team and a contender. But their improvement since free agency opened Friday matched with two first-round picks will put the Patriots at the head of the class in the NFL once again.

    The Patriots were very aggressive in locking up linebacker Adalius Thomas, a perfect guy for Bill Belichick's defense. He is extremely versatile and will contribute everywhere from linebacker to safety to defensive end. Belichick will move this guy all over the field to attack an offense's weaknesses. For the most part, Thomas will play outside linebacker in New England's 3-4 scheme, and he will surely make the job of getting to the quarterback easier for OLB Rosevelt Colvin.


    At this point, OLB/ILB Mike Vrabel's role is undefined, but make no mistake, Belichick must be excited about putting Thomas, Colvin and Vrabel on the field at the same time. Quarterbacks will have a difficult time deciphering which player is coming after him. The 3-4 defense could just as easily be called a 5-2 front, as the outside linebackers spend the majority of their time on the line of scrimmage. With the signing of Thomas, New England and San Diego have the best front fives in the NFL. New England's defensive line does not get the credit it deserves, but NT Vince Wilfork and DEs Richard Seymour and Ty Warren are an elite starting threesome.


    Thomas has been the only free-agent addition to the defense so far, but New England will surely address inside linebacker and secondary in the draft. Remember, the Patriots have the 24th and 28th picks in the first round. They will have plenty of ammunition to get players they covet. Excellent fits for New England in the draft include ILBs Paul Posluszny (wow, does he look like a Patriot) and Patrick Willis, CBs Darrelle Revis, Chris Houston and Aaron Ross and Ross' teammate at Texas, S Michael Griffin. Safety/cornerback/holder/special teamer/running back/receiver/do-it-all guy Eric Weddle from Utah also screams out as a Patriots pick, although he won't be selected in the first round.


    Although New England has added TE Kyle Brady, RB Sammy Morris and probably WR Wes Welker (once Miami declines to match his offer sheet), the Pats still could draft a wide receiver such as Robert Meachem, Anthony Gonzalez or Dwayne Bowe in the first round. An offensive lineman such as Ben Grubbs, Arron Sears, Joe Staley or Justin Blalock also could be attractive in the first frame of the draft.

    Brady still has enough gas in his tank to contribute with some short catches in New England's tight end-friendly offense, but his greatest contribution will be as a big, powerful blocker to open holes for Laurence Maroney. With the Patriots' wealth of talent at the position, Brady will not have to play a ton of snaps and should stay fresh and hungry.


    Morris is a versatile back who is also a fine special teams player. He has performed well in spot duty and could carry the load on a short-term basis. He is a fine acquisition to lighten the load on Maroney and Kevin Faulk.


    Wide receiver was clearly an area the Patriots were not up to par in 2006. Welker's addition could go a long way to providing New England's offense with a Deion Branch-type of weapon. Welker is also a fine returner, and the Patriots do a fine job adding players who are also valuable special teams contributors. Even with Welker in the fold, adding one more wide receiver -- possibly in the first round -- could still make a lot of sense. Oh yeah, the Patriots also have a quarterback named Tom Brady who is a pretty decent player who tends to raise the level of play of those around him.
     
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    Gawwwd, here we go again. Think for half a minute people.

    We added a much needed shot in the arm at linebacker. One guy. That's it, so far, really. We've exchanged a good blocking/pass catching tight end who wanted to catch more passes, for a good blocking tight end who can catch. We've added a backup running back to let the old vet go and try to be a featured back. And we might be adding a special teamer/wide receiver (Welker,) who, while extremely versatile as well, is right now just a guy you love for the versatility. He's a special teams ace (and gives you a warm fuzzy feeling if the kicker gets hurt, to boot...) But he's an intangible you'd rather have than not have, not some huge fortunes-reversing "answer."

    So what we have here is a great shot in the arm, but 17-0? Puh-leeze. It's always hubris, in my book, to predict higher than 13-3, or in most cases, 12-2, for a given season. I like what we've done so far, but for a super bowl favorite, talk to me next January.

    (grumble.)

    PFnV
     
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    Patriots' pickups impressiveposted: Sunday, March 4, 2007 | Feedback | Print Entry
    filed under: New England Patriots

    Want an early favorite for Super Bowl XLII? Look no further than the New England Patriots. Of course, I am not going out on a limb writing that New England is a good team and a contender. But their improvement since free agency opened Friday matched with two first-round picks will put the Patriots at the head of the class in the NFL once again.

    The Patriots were very aggressive in locking up linebacker Adalius Thomas, a perfect guy for Bill Belichick's defense. He is extremely versatile and will contribute everywhere from linebacker to safety to defensive end. Belichick will move this guy all over the field to attack an offense's weaknesses. For the most part, Thomas will play outside linebacker in New England's 3-4 scheme, and he will surely make the job of getting to the quarterback easier for OLB Rosevelt Colvin.


    At this point, OLB/ILB Mike Vrabel's role is undefined, but make no mistake, Belichick must be excited about putting Thomas, Colvin and Vrabel on the field at the same time. Quarterbacks will have a difficult time deciphering which player is coming after him. The 3-4 defense could just as easily be called a 5-2 front, as the outside linebackers spend the majority of their time on the line of scrimmage. With the signing of Thomas, New England and San Diego have the best front fives in the NFL. New England's defensive line does not get the credit it deserves, but NT Vince Wilfork and DEs Richard Seymour and Ty Warren are an elite starting threesome.


    Thomas has been the only free-agent addition to the defense so far, but New England will surely address inside linebacker and secondary in the draft. Remember, the Patriots have the 24th and 28th picks in the first round. They will have plenty of ammunition to get players they covet. Excellent fits for New England in the draft include ILBs Paul Posluszny (wow, does he look like a Patriot) and Patrick Willis, CBs Darrelle Revis, Chris Houston and Aaron Ross and Ross' teammate at Texas, S Michael Griffin. Safety/cornerback/holder/special teamer/running back/receiver/do-it-all guy Eric Weddle from Utah also screams out as a Patriots pick, although he won't be selected in the first round.


    Although New England has added TE Kyle Brady, RB Sammy Morris and probably WR Wes Welker (once Miami declines to match his offer sheet), the Pats still could draft a wide receiver such as Robert Meachem, Anthony Gonzalez or Dwayne Bowe in the first round. An offensive lineman such as Ben Grubbs, Arron Sears, Joe Staley or Justin Blalock also could be attractive in the first frame of the draft.

    Brady still has enough gas in his tank to contribute with some short catches in New England's tight end-friendly offense, but his greatest contribution will be as a big, powerful blocker to open holes for Laurence Maroney. With the Patriots' wealth of talent at the position, Brady will not have to play a ton of snaps and should stay fresh and hungry.


    Morris is a versatile back who is also a fine special teams player. He has performed well in spot duty and could carry the load on a short-term basis. He is a fine acquisition to lighten the load on Maroney and Kevin Faulk.


    Wide receiver was clearly an area the Patriots were not up to par in 2006. Welker's addition could go a long way to providing New England's offense with a Deion Branch-type of weapon. Welker is also a fine returner, and the Patriots do a fine job adding players who are also valuable special teams contributors. Even with Welker in the fold, adding one more wide receiver -- possibly in the first round -- could still make a lot of sense. Oh yeah, the Patriots also have a quarterback named Tom Brady who is a pretty decent player who tends to raise the level of play of those around him.
     
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    I'm pretty sure that when the guy said 19-0 he was being facetious.
     
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    aww jeez. Oh well, we will be a powerhouse next year. None of this media stuff really matters.
     
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    Right, 19-0.

    Maybe. You see every year a bunch of guys trotting around, trumpeting the names of the unbeatable players they like best, or last year reading through the schedule and saying who we "should" beat... and quite a few come up with the "perfect season" idea every year. So I'm really reacting to that, rather than to this guy in particular (my apologies, to the guy himself.)

    It's coming soon, especially after the draft is done. Imagine what happens when you add the brilliant-in-retrospect draft picks, to the world-beating free agency period (which ain't over yet!)

    It's a juggernaut I tell ya, a freakin juggernaut.

    PFnV
     
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    We're doomed!

    *UUUHHHH*
    DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMED!:eek: :bricks: :rolleyes:
     
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    WoW your right I forgot about the 2 first rounders can we do any better than 19-0. I guess we could go 4-0 in preseason too. While it is always fun to play the what if we went 19-0 game I was kidding it was a response to the media crowning us.
     
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    okay, point taken, grumbling rescinded...

    Wait, what if everyone on the AFC side of the Pro Bowl is a Patriot, then could we call it 20-0?
     
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    Good job..............
     
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    Luckily the Patriots have the draft picks, coaching, and management that the Redskins lack.
     
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    No AFC team will go 14-2 this season. The Colts schedule is very difficult. The Pats schedule is brutal. All the top AFC teams have very difficult schedules. 12-4 will win the #1 seed in the AFC.
     
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    We finally won March.

    We're doomed.
     
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    Patriots could go 19 - 0 and not have one player at the pro bowl.
     
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    You made sense for once:eek:
     

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