Monster Keys to Patriots v. Jets


I don’t care what Tom Brady says, Thursday Night Football SUCKS. Don’t get me wrong, it could be great as I outlined (here), but as it’s set up now its atrocious football to watch. But I’m not here to expound on that and I’m not here to fix the Patriots depth issues. Bills famous for his next man up mantra – he drills into everyone heads so that’s his problem – I’m here to run through my Key Ring and show you and Bill exactly how to beat Rex and his J.E.T.S. (Just Eat The Snacks) crew.

Reservoir Dogs: Mr. Bolden, Mr. Devlin, Mr. Gray, Mr. White, Mr. Vereen and Mr. Pink – hey, I like Mr. Pink. Anyone smart enough to grab the diamonds gets some dap here. With Ridley gone for the season, running back by committee will be in full effect and it had better produce more than they did a week ago in Buffalo. Sexy Rexy is going to try to spellbound Tom with multiple blitzing schemes and this crew is going to have to be on point. Chip blocking and screen passes to both Vereen and Devlin should be a huge part in the Pats game plan in helping Brady battle the blitz packages that the Jets will utilize Thursday night. Bolden is going to have to get plus yards when he hits holes and takes tosses to the edge. I’m not expecting a hundred yards out of anyone this week. But they have to keep the Jets honest.

Win the turnover Battle: I warned you…every week.

Lights, Camera, Play Action: Again, the Jets DB’s are a mess. Blitzing Tom is going to be the game plan from the fist drop back till the last. Getting the passing game going with play action is high on my list of musts. Running backs picking up the Jets blitz packages is going to open up the of the field for Tom to exploit and allow Wright and Gronk to bust down open seams and create that YAK we all love so much.

Next Open Man Up: We all loved the game Brandon LaFell played Sunday. The reason he had such a great day? Rob Gronkowski was dragging DB’s across the field and Tom didn’t lean on just him and Edelman. When time allows, Tom needs to again look for the single coverage and hit it – HARD.

Lock Down: To say Eric Decker struggles against press coverage is like saying Butchie kind of likes a good root beer float. The reason Decker isn’t a Bronco anymore is the fact that when he gets any kind of press coverage he pulls a hammy gets a migraine or burses his “ego”. (I actually typed something different there but you know editors). Get in his face and force Geno to check down and make mistakes. Trust me, he will…

Stack That Line. With the corners pressing, Bill can take away the only hope the Jets have – running the ball. How will he do that now that his best run-stopping linebacker is gone for the season? Patrick Chung. As thin as this team is at linebacker is how deep it looks in the secondary. Using Chung in a mutant Godzilla style three safety set could be just the ticket to slow down the Jets running game. He’s fast, hits like a ton of bricks and you know, why not? Moving Collins or Hightower would only weaken a second spot across the second level and two weak links is never better than one. Lets Wang Chung Thursday Night.

Don’t Lose Your Edge: I’m not talking offense or defense here. The last two weeks the Pats came out of the tunnel with an edge – an attitude we didn’t see in the first four weeks of the season. Every year the Jets come here with something more than they show the rest of the season. Don’t let that happen – keep that edge.

That’s it folks my keys to Thursday night Patriots victory. Go Pats


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Monster Keys to Patriots Bills


There isn’t a home field advantage in the AFC as big as Buffalo’s. And I’m not just talking about the frigid winter trips to upstate NY. Sorry New England but Foxboro has become to civilized. Maybe it’s the high-ticket prices, maybe it’s ownership hoping to high five funky bunch front men and billionaires with bad hair or coaches hanging out with poor excuses for rock stars, maybe it’s the ratio of supermodels to luxury suits? All I know is you don’t see any of this in Orchard Park. Bills fans fill Ralph Wilson stadium rowdy, after hours of tailgating and doing shots of hot sauce, wearing hard hats they live in from Monday till Friday. Their teams may not have been very good over the past decade or two but their fans are always there on Sunday and this season they have something to get rowdy about. So lets get to my keys and see if Tom and the boys can quiet this crowd.

Containment Area: yes new QB new OC new Fantasy Football Toy in Sammy Watkins Blah-Blah-Blah .. The number one key to stopping the Bills will be stopping RB’s Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller, Jackson is not by any means done and Spiller is as dangerous as ever. Jackson averaged 4.9 yards a carry and last week the two combined for 83 yards, receiving. these backs are talented and versatile, putting a coat on them when they pop out of the backfield and into the passing game is as important as putting a hat on them when they find holes to work in the line.

Don’t try to prove me wrong: I HATE THAT. Last week Bill took my words to heart and put Revis heads up on AJ Green and what do you know it worked, this week in multiple press conferences Bill took acceptation to being ask why Revis island was in full effect. Don’t try to get cute now bill don’t try to show everyone what a genius you are.. keep Revis on Watkins and be done with it.

Win the turn Over Battle: yes it will be someplace on my key ring every week people

Limit the Laundry: I came back to put this here , it was further down the ring but its more important that that, Last week the Pats gave 114 yards to the bungles by way of the flag. This has to stop..

Hit the Open Man: Last Week 4 Patriots had crooked numbers next to their names in the receptions category. Shock none of them were named Amendola, but I digress. Tom obviously targeted and used every weapon at his disposal, but he missed some wide-open receivers. This is very understandable, as Tom hasn’t actually had an open wide out to throw to since 2007. While his numbers last week were great they coul dhave been legendary. Hit that open guy Tom

Don’t ignore the running game: yes I KNOW the Bills have a great rush D, so don’t flood my email account, but guess who else does? Right Cincinnati. Last week the Pats dynamic duo rushed for 200 yards so Run Ridley Run.. And Slash Shane Slash? Yea I’m working on that one folks but you get my drift …did you like the way the line looked last week? Did you enjoy seeing Tom be able to stand in the pocket and pick apart the Bungles? The running game and play action allowed all that beauty to come to fruition

Come On Fatso lets Bust a Move: The Bills D is playing at a high level. Getting them off their game by getting them to shift and chase with multiple moving parts before the snap is just the ticket to getting Ridley,Vereen and Wright space to maneuver and take pressure off the running game. Audible on every down get this Bills D to look like it’s doing the electric slide at their second cousins open bar wedding.

That’s it folks , if bill continues to listen to me the Pats will have their their way with this team, quite the crowd and come home 4-2 …

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Am I Elitist?

Brady Manning

I was asked a very simple question last night: “Is the word elite used too often?” In a word, yes.

I should have left it at that. This question should be filed away along with religion and politics. But expounding is my job – it’s what I do, and more often than not when I do that thing I do, I am bound to upset a few people. In a sports discussion that is this subjective I assure you, it will happen almost 90% of the time.

What you may consider elite most certainly won’t make the cut in my book. That doesn’t make you wrong and I certainly would never call your criteria ridiculous. Just don’t expect me to drop my standard for using that word to yours. The book of elite I keep on top of my nightstand is quite thin. Only the best of the best are mentioned within its pages. The criteria is not by any means set in stone, but I assure you, to get there on numbers alone your name had better be spoken in the same sentence as Banks, Griffey, Sayers or Williams without a chuckle or two coming from the crowd.

Championships play a huge roll in becoming elite, but you can’t stand on that mountain alone either. Would I put Jim Plunket or Phil Sims in the elite book? Not if you held a gun to my head. Getting to Everest and not planting your flag can also play a roll in not being included. Before winning back-to-back Superbowls I would be hard pressed to put Elway into my book. Getting there again and again and not taking your place is a mortal sin in my world – and remember, it is my world. Sports save tennis and golf may be team efforts, but when trophies and rings are on the line, the elite put their teams on their backs, command those final drives, hit the late inning home runs, strike out the side in the eighth with a 2-1 lead and knock down threes with no time left on the clock.

As I said, you can get into my book without rings, and you can be left off my pages with them, just remember they are my pages. Write your own book, I won’t tear out any pages and I wont scribble names in the margins – I just ask you treat my book with the same respect.


Monster Keys to Patriots Bengals


So “We’re on to Cincinnati” that’s the statement the lemmings allowed the Hoodie to get away with at Wednesday presser, “We’re on to Cincinnati “ this is why Patriots VP of media relations Stacy James keeps me as far away from Bill as humanly possible. Rumor has it there have even been attempts to get restraining orders, but that’s all rumor. Anyway here are the once mighty Patriots 2-2 coming off their worst beating in recent memory staring down the barrel of a 3-0 Bengals team that’s rightfully feeling pretty good about itself. Will they pull this one out? If someone wakes up and listens to me they just might dodge that bullet coming out of that Bengal barrel.

Here Are My Keys

Win The turnover battle , got that out of the way early this week ..

Man up: I don’t know about you but I’ve had it with zone looks semi zone looks and zone diets. Its time to man up or the Pats might be shut up once again. Last week in KC the pats dropped back in zone way to often and five-yard receptions turned into easy fifteen-yard gains. This Cincinnati team is more talented at the WR position believe me, this QB Is no game manger. If you give Dalton space he is going to hit his targets IN STRIDE and be it AJ Green Mohamed Sanu or Gio Bernard they will get yards after those easy catches, its time to let Revis off the porch, shadowing AJ should be his only job come Sunday. let the rest of the DB’s shut down the secondary options. And the Linebackers worry about stopping the run.

Don’t get caught watching the Paint Dry: to often Patriots linebackers looked like they were standing in Mud Monday night. The KC offensive line set the edge again and again and J Charles and Knile Davis both had a field day. Gio Bernard is not Jamal Charles but he isn’t exactly Charlie Brown either. This crew needs to be quicker to the edge and into the whole. They need to start stopping running backs at the point of contact. Or the stat lines Monday morning could be as ugly as there were Tuesday.

Desperate Measures: On Monday afternoon the news broke that the offensive line from left to right would be Nate Solder, Dan Connolly, Bryan Stork, Cameron Fleming and Sebastian Vollmer, I said to Steve Balestrieri and Russ Goldman on our Patriots Central Radio pre game show I thought this much change and starting two rooks reeked of desperation. And Boy did it reek. I have no idea if that starting group will hold true for this match up god knows they don’t deserve to but what are the options? Whatever incarnation Bill trots out there this week they need to keep Tom calm and all will be well. With TB not ducking for cover or auditioning for dancing with the stars, he might be able to find an open man and not going with option one.

Pick a card Any Card; no one ever said pick five! Monday night bill dressed 5 running backs, FIVE. You can look at this in a number of ways. He was going to go run heavy , he was going to get Vereen more involved in the passing game. I’m going to look at it like this : Bill you Ignorant Slut. Anything this team wants to do, anything, can be done with Vereen, Ridley, and James Devlin.. Anything else is overkill. Cincy can be run on. Ridley can run the ball Do it. Do it often does it well… Run Ridley Run /// yes Jumbo Hart I said it first LOL

Options: Amendola? LaFell? Edelman, you notice no question mark after that last name because Julian is never a question. Monday night Danny Amendola was on the field in the slot and should have seen more targets than he had all year. NOPE. Again, one target. And that turned out to be a pick six, Danny being on the field forced Edelman to the outside and weakened two spots. Amendola has no business being on this field before Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Tompkins I don’t car if Dobson talked back to a coach I don’t care if Tompkins was caught smoking in the boys room, they belong on the field, Edelman belongs in the slot this is Brady’s best chance to turn this season around.

Finally : get out first get out fast… in all four games this season the pats have gone three and out in their first possession. I want to see points on the board.. I’m not kidding

That’s it folks my key for the Pats to get back to their winning ways

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My Monster Keys to Patriots Chiefs


Smooth, Clean, Exciting – three words that thus far cannot be used to describe this Patriots season. So far, the Pats have run a rocky dirt road to a 2-1 record. The team they lost to week one (Miami) is already talking about benching their starter. Week two and three wins came at the hands of a AP-less Vikings team and the raiders … yes, I didn’t capitalize that on purpose. This week the ugly, confused non-executing bunch from Foxboro travel to KC. You know Kansas City, that town where they don’t have to build special stadiums to enhance the noise because the crowd is just that amazing. Issues abound – lets hope the Hoodie used his extra prep day to address some of them before they walk into Arrowhead…can you still say Arrowhead? Someone check with the PC cops down in legal…moving on. Here are my keys to a Patriots week 4 win.
Pound That Rock: Run the ball and don’t stop. I’ve got an appetite for Ridley this week and Bill should too. The Chiefs gave up 141 yards to the Dolphins last week – 141 yards to a Miami team sans Knowshon Moreno. That’s 7 yards a carry boys and girls. This same group gave up 162 yards on the ground to the Titians – yeah, the Titians. Force this team into its nickel and dime packages and then let Steven go off.
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Lights, Camera, Play Action: The KC linebackers are young, inexperienced and looking to make up for the aforementioned yardage totals. Once Bill and Tommy have KC worried about the run, use those three wide sets you’re in to pick apart underneath when the kids bite on play-action.
The Line – Know your Job: The Chiefs ran all over the Dolphis OL last week – 4 sacks and Tannehill was laid out another 6 times after he got rife of the ball. I know its difficult, you’re a huge man there’s a huge man in front of you trying to kill your bread and butter, that’s the guy shouting signals over your head. What do I do? What do I do? BLOCK THE FAT GUY. That’s what you do. I’m sick to death of hearing these statements from broadcasts: “Oh he got beat badly there”, “Brady will be hurting tonight”, and “Another missed assignment”. ENOUGH. Do your job – protect the franchise – I’ve already have the Chiefs D in Nickel and Dime, I’m just asking for 3.5 seconds.
Rob Ninkovich
Set The Edge: its no secret that this team will use all pro RB J Charles to set the tone of this game. Keeping Charles from getting outside has been the key to keeping this KC team in check for years. The talent on the outside needs to be quick to the ball contain Charles at all costs.

But wait…the Chiefs have a new Knile to twist – Knile Davis. I love that name. Davis is a between the tackles kind of bruiser who, if/when he gets past the line of scrimmage, can do some serious damage. Willfork and company need to keep the holes tight and force Smith to throw the ball.

If one TE is good, then three is Aggravating as all get out: Fasano, Harris and Kelce – Oh My…More and more, Andy Reid is going with two tight end sets, and now he is even going to three TE alignments. Kelce is a beast with the ball and is leading the Chiefs in all receiving categories. Fasano can block and catch, and the new kid, Harris, looks like he came straight out of a Monster Movie – 6’7, 255 lbs. When Reid gets creative like this, it makes for a serious dilemma. Holding them up at the line of scrimmage is going to be an important, but tough task Monday. Shedding them when they are blocking for this running attack may be even tougher (ask Miami). When they do get off the line, the safety’s are going to need to be quick to jump routs and try to make a play or two when any combination of the three are on the field together.

Win the turnover Battle: Wash, Rinse, Repeat…win the turnover battle.

That’s it folks. I can write them up, but only the Hoodie and his charges can listen and execute…
Prediction ?
Pats 24-16


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Monster Keys to Patriots Raiders


At the end of Sundays game against the Vikings, you had to ask yourself where was this D last week against the Dolphins? The Pats wreaked havoc on the field Sunday against a Peterson-less Vikings squad that just didn’t know which way to turn because, quite frankly any way they turned, Chandler Jones was there. But we aren’t here to pat Bill’s crew on the back for last week; we are here to break down what they need to do this week against the Raiders. So lets get into it.

Limit the Laundry: I can’t believe this key is first on my ring this week but its something that has to be fixed. There are far to many camera shots of refs during Patriots games. And far to often, those refs are pointing fingers at whatever side of the ball the Pats are on. New England is FIRST in the league in yards panelized (263) and second in penalties (24). They would easily be first if Refs could march off multiple penalties, but the opposition can still, thank God, only accept one at a time. Yes, I’m looking at you Nate Solder…knock it off…most of these calls are moronic personal foul calls or even dumber mental errors in jumping off sides or moving too soon. Yes, I’m still looking at you Nate…

Fist down Patriots: I didn’t hear enough of this last week. Five rushing, nine passing and a third down efficiency rate of 35 %…the team that lost Sunday was 36% on third down -get my drift?

Pats Ridley

Run Ridley, Run: Steven Ridley reminded everyone Sunday what kind of talent he is. The line opened up holes for Steve and he got into the second level and made things happen. Ridley touched the ball early and often his 101 yards and a Score was 32 % of the Pats total offence. This week he gets a chance to build on that against one of the worst rushing D’s I’ve ever seen.

Time to Split Shane: Alan Ladd (Shane) knew when it was time to go. Vereen can’t call his own number or plays. We have to let Tom and Josh McDaniels (God Help Us) handle that, but the Pats need more balance to this attack. I think this week they can do that by utilizing Vereen more in the passing game. Shane had one catch last week. If Tom isn’t going to look at Amendola and Dobson, lets use Vereen in the way Hernandez was – and leave the Raiders yelling “Come Back Shane, Shane come back”.

Win The Turn over Battle: Worked last week didn’t it?

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Paging Dr’s Dobson & Thompkins

Don’t Settle: The Pats got into the end zone three times last week. One of those scores was Chandler Jones blocked FG and mad dash. Another was Ridley going in from the one after D-Mac ran an INT back 60 yards. The Pats managed just two field goals after the half. That’s not going to get it done every week. That’s the mark of an 8-8 team.

Utilize the whole field: yes I’m getting on Tom Brady’s case. Its my job, its what I do. In the first two weeks, Brady locked in on his primary target and refused to look anyplace else. Wide open receivers in both the Vikings and Dolphins games were not seen because Brady had to get the ball to his trusted first options – Edelman and Gronk. What did this get the team? One scoring drive over 60 yards in two games. Brady needs to get back to hitting the open man and don’t be fooled, they are out there.

Paging Dr’s Dobson & Thompkins

The D: Excuse me while I rub some Icy-Hot on my shoulder. I’ve been blatantly patting myself on the back since 5 pm Sunday and it’s killing me.

Keep it up, but Mix it up: While the Pats weren’t exclusively in the 4-3 I called for them to use, they were in it a lot – and shock, it worked. Chandler Jones looked like an All Pro as he was all over the field. The DB’s were trusted to make plays – and they did. The Raiders are going with Rookie QB David Carr and the Pats need to confuse this kid with different looks and bring pressure again from all over the field. Force Carr into bad decisions.


Stuff & Wrap: We all saw week one what can happen when holes are opened up and even bad running backs get to the second level. The Raiders line isn’t great, but I didn’t think the Miami line was either. The fat men need to plug those holes up and the GQ cover models at LB need to stop anyone that squeezes through or try’s to sweep around.

Win the turn Over Battle: I’m superstitious I said it twice last week so here we are.

That’s it Folks, simple and to the point. Asking for solid football from a team with this variety of talent isn’t a lot to ask …Is it?


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My Monster Keys to Patriots Week Two Victory


I have to admit for the first time in my writing career that was hard. to hard a headline to write. I had to channel my inner child and go back to 1975. When it didn’t matter that the Pats couldn’t run the ball, pass the ball, block or defend. Thank god back in the day the NFL season was only 14 games. The Pats Finished 3 – 11 in 75’ and I cant remember how they won the three games. But every Sunday I sat in Andy Dunn’s family room and we were both sure that this week the Pats were going to “ Kick Ass “ that a 22 year old Steve Grogan was the greatest QB ever. We knew that Russ Francis, Darryl Stingly and Steve Vataha would grab everything Grogan tossed at them and we absolutely knew that Sam “Bam” Cunningham was going to the Hall of Fame some day. Even if he did fumble 12 times that year.. But it didn’t mater, the losses mounted it didn’t matter INT’s and Fumbles didn’t matter. So here I am 8 year old Murph ready to tell you how the Patriots will win Sunday … it doesn’t matter that they are the only winless team in the AFC East. I’ve been here before.

So here are my Keys to Patriots getting back to 1-1

Scrap the 3-4

If your going to run a 3-4 defensive front you had better have two things a lot of FAT GUYS and Linebackers who can stop the run. The Pats don’t have either . Big Vince while pretty Big cant play all three of those spots up front Chandler Jones is wasted in this alignment. to get the most out of him you need to let Jones play his natural 4-3 End Spot where he can rush off that wide edge. While I was as shocked as anyone that first rd pick Dominique Easley was active week one he also was used about as wrong as possible this kid needs to be inside where he can spit through gaps instead of trying to read and react. Sealver Siliga ? OMG PLEASE. Put these guys back. ALL of them put them back where you found them in 4-3 do it now. Right now

Okay I Know Bill wont do this but I had to get that out of the way

The D

Find # 28 and Stop Him.. You all know who this is? After all we are still talking about the Vikings and as Adrian Peterson goes so go the Vikings, Stop Peterson easy right? RIGHT, they way the Patriots need to do this is to clog the middle and force AP outside. The trick is, there has to be someone there. The Pats OLB’s have to stay at home not get sucked into the middle of the field so when AP does bounce out and HE WILL, someone is there to stop him. Jamie Collins and Dont’a Hightower need to be quick to the outside when AP makes his bounce move and limit his yards after contact. Some strong safety help here would be nice …. Easy right? Right

Shadow Cordarrelle Patterson: Okay Mr Revis you didn’t show up last week so you own me double duty this Sunday.. I want to see Revis following Patterson all day long negate the Vikings Sweeps by shadowing this guy like covert soviet operative. The thing we all know Darrell can do better than any CB in the league is move around the field. This week you’re going to earn your paycheck Sir

Special Teams D: stay in your lanes, yes I’m preaching like a Pop Warner coach. Hold your lanes stay there and make tackles. The Vikings are one of the best teams in the league on punt and kick returns. This needs to be limited Sunday, make them play the length of the field. The longer the field is the more opportunity you have to get that ball.. that brings us to …

Win the turnover battle… easy to understand.. No explanation necessary,

On Offense : Stop Doing the electric Slide w the OL

Enough with the shuffling back and forth in and out side to side find the best player put him there and let him play. ALL DAY. It’s going to be tough enough finding and stopping Linval Joseph without worrying all day long who am I? by the way Stop Linval Joseph

Get Aaron Dobson Activated: Dobson Looked pretty good in week 4 and this team needs people to stretch the field this week to keep Harrison smith busy and not pressuring TB12. Amendola is not that guy Brandon LaFell is definitely not that guy. Rob Gronkowski is not yet that guy. Edelman can’t be wasted trying to do this when he is the only receiver on this team getting any YAK… (Yards After Catch) yes I know it’s a C. If BB left him on the field, Kenbrell might be that guy .

Win the turnover battle… easy to understand.. No explanation necessary .. Yes I said it twice. This is important damn it

Tom needs to be Terrific: this team is not going to do a damn thing if Tom Brady cant do the things Tom Brady does…. nothing I said above this paragraph is going to mean a damn thing if Brady doesn’t hit open receivers. To often last week balls sailed over wide outs heads. To often they were tossed at their feet, to often they were tossed at his targets backs… Brady was not Tom Brady. And there is no one to blame for that but Tom Brady

That’s it folks those are my Keys.. Bill didn’t listen to me last week if he had he would have won and no one would be freaking out over this Sunday.

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Protect The Shield Protect The Shield


Mounted on a segway NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell rode through NFL offices Monday like Paul Revere crying out TMZ is coming TMZ is coming. The message was clear. Once again it was time to “ Protect the shield “

As news broke that TMZ released the interior elevator camera footage and Mr and Mrs America would get to see woman beater Ray Rice’s counterpunching skills for themselves. Goodell and his minutemen went into action. Calls were placed to Ravens ownership, coaches and front office people that the cover-up was over and real action had to be taken. The two game suspension of Rice and get tough on crime against woman speeches would no longer be enough and a sacrifice had to be made.. Now don’t get me wrong Rice is not getting any sympathy from this writer nor does he deserve any. But this moment in crime belongs to the Ravens and Mr. Commish. Do any of you truly think that either the Ravens or the league had not seen this horrific footage before Goodell laid down the law and gave Rice a paltry two games off for bad behavior? Or ravens ownership coaches and the front office people hadn’t seen this and just gone along with that judgment and stood behind Ray in “His time Of Need “. You’re fooling yourselves

Lets for the sake of argument say that SURE no one at league or team level had ever seen that footage. What did Goodell the Ravens his teammates you and I for that matter think he did before dragging his fiancé limp lifeless looking body out of that elevator? Knock her out with his breath? Did Rice tell Roger sure we argued but it was the speed and rush of the elevators rise to their floor that made her dizzy and she fell into his clenched fist. Or any other story you I or a 4 year old could come up with to get out of trouble. No we all knew what happened a Man closed his fist and punched a woman into

They all Knew: Video or not, team league and fans alike knew what ever happened before those doors opened was abhorrent, but The Team still had use for Ray Rice the League wanted to protect their teams investment and productivity and quite frankly the Fans who gave Ray a standing ovation when he took the practice field wanted to also.

But now thanks to the Washington Post of the 21 century TMZ everyone now sees. It’s in your face and there is no fooling yourself anymore. And the Call rings out again.

TMZ is coming TMZ is coming Protect The Shield Protect The Shield

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My Keys To Patriots Week one Victory

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Its here people, its time for Real football , no more camp updates no more speculation about who’s on what bubble or what the final roster will look like. No more meaningless preseason games no Semi Pro College games to tease us with. It’s the Pats it’s the Dolphins and here are my keys to Patriots Victory week one

On Defense

Bring the Noise: Ryan Tannehill has flaws , who doesn’t ? His biggest flaw is getting flustered in the pocket. The Miami QB tossed 17 INT’s last year and more than half of those came with someone in his face. This new Dolphins OL has not been together long, getting in Tannehill’s head shouldn’t be that difficult and Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich need to live in the Miami backfield all afternoon. Pressure from the middle needs to come from Big Vince and yes rookie Dominique Easley . We will find out week one if I was right and cutting Tommy Kelly was the wrong move to make.

Don’t Bite: I don’t mean don’t stink – suck or take a chunk out of someone leg. Don’t bite on Play-Action. Collins, Mayo and Hightower need to stay at home and not commit to stopping the run (too soon). This new Miami offence is predicated on fast paced quick strike passes, how New England handles play action is going to play a huge roll in Sunday’s success or failure.

Safety Play whatever the rotation is come Sunday the Strong safety is going to have to be on their toes. If the LB trio does get suckered into Play action fakes someone needs to be there to help with TE Charles Clay. Or the chains will keep moving.

Speaking of: Don’t let them keep the chains moving.. Stepping up on third downs has been a Patriot’s issue over the past few years. With the heat index in the 90’s on Sunday the D is going to have to help themselves get off the field and in front of those cold zones on the sidelines.

On Offence:

Keep Brady upright and not uptight. To often last year Brady looked more like a weatherman than a quarterback. Sitting on his backside looking up at the clouds will not get the Pats a week one win. How do we do that you ask ?

Find Cameron Wake and give him something else to do. Run at him double team him let him hold the TV remote. I don’t care Wake needs to be busy doing other things than chasing down Tom Brady

Keep it short and Sweet: if the Pats can do what I asked above third and long situations shouldn’t be a problem. Make first and second downs count for something and move the chains on third down.. Exhaust this dolphins D have them sucking wind in the forth quarter.

Let Ridley be Ridley and Vereen be Vereen: don’t get cute Bill run Steven Ridley between the tackles and use Vereen the way god intended get him in space and let him make DB’s look foolish

Gronk Up: Robs Healthy? Play him. Now I know a lot of people call for the team to limit his exposure and I understand that. no one wants to see a healthy Gronk in the super bowl more than I do, but there are other ways to do this. Let Gronkowski clear out space for Tom’s pigmie warriors. Even without the ball Rob can have an impact on every play. Targeting the big man doesn’t have to be an every down option, no matter how good it looks.

That’s it folks those are my Keys to going 1-0 .. not a lot to ask ? pretty simple don’t you think ? yea will see …

Go Pats

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Brady Has Ninety Nine Problems – But Gonk Ain’t One


Here we are on the cusp of Tom Brady’s 15th NFL season, and a decade removed from his last Lombardy Trophy. A decade of reloading – ten years of scraping, fighting and clawing his way back to Super Bowls and AFC title games, only to come away without that elusive forth. Four – the number that keeps him up at night, the number his idol Joe Montana holds over his head, the number the detractors in the unenlightened bar circles around the league use to put lesser QB’s ahead of him in the great debate.

This season will be no different than the last ten. Tom Brady has issues to face and obstacles to overcome. I know he can and Patriots Nation prays he will.So lets take a look at what we have:

A Head Coach that is better than his GM: this is hard on any QB but when that amazingly gifted head coach is his GM its even more difficult to overcome. Ownership can’t change one to help the other. They can’t fix one issue without creating another. And again, in this year’s draft, Bill took his three-year plan into the Patriots War Room and came away with depth and future stability – not weapons that would help his team win now. Moves that had repercussions as recently as the Pats trade of All-Pro Guard, Logan Mankins to Tampa for second year TE Tim Wright – a need that could easily have been addressed in the draft.

An offensive line that is in complete flux and disarray: Last years line put Brady on his backside more than forty times – and that’s just sacks. I’m not counting knockdowns and idiots stepping on Brady’s foot as he comes out from under center. Now the trade of Mankins has weakened two spots, as rumor has it Sebastian Vollmer will slide over to the vacated guard spot and Marcus Cannon to the tackle position. I would keep going here but it would turn into a who’s on first – what’s on second – I don’t know third base skit in three more lines. Ryan Wendell, the worst pass blocking C in Patriots history is still the starter, and oh my God, I’ve got a headache… why not put Kline at guard? Add in the swap of longtime coaching super genius Dante “ Scar” Scarnecchia for new OL Coach Dave “Googs” DeGuglielmo … yeah, Wicked Headache.


A nervous off-injured RB Corp: Steven Ridley is one of the most talented backs in Patriots history, and what does this young talented 1200-yard rusher have on his mind? “Damn, if I drop a ball I’m out of a job”. His counterpart Shane Vereen, while talented in his own right, has spent more time in tubs over the past two seasons than he has on the field, and Brandon Bolden just never seems to be fully healthy. James White? Yeah, the question mark speaks for itself.

The Wide Out Walk on Walking Wounded: Over the years, the lack of stud wide-outs at Tom Brady’s disposal is well documented. This year’s crop is no different. Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola have one healthy season between them. Aaron Dobson is a plant or cut away from needing another screw inserted in his foot and UDFA Kenbrell Tompkins and Free Agent Bryan Tyms ( health wise ) might be the best of the bunch. No, I didn’t forget about Brandon “dropsy” LaFell…I wish I could. Not exactly Rice Swan or Stalworth for Toms targets.

That brings us to the title character of this rant.

Rob Gronkowski: Gronk is healthy, ready for week one – so he says, and I’ll take him at his word. With Gronk on the field dragging linebackers and DB’s all over the place, it opens up the passing game for the rest of the aforemethened. When Gronk is healthy, It springs open options and audibles for the running attack. Vereen gets split out and Ridley gets an easier path to daylight,rookie running backs have more opportunity to make their late round selection look like genius. Without Rob Gronkowski, Tom Brady will get the job done. Because he’s Tom F’ing Brady. He will use what he has and Win the division, get you to the playoffs that AFC title game or even to the Super Bowl…with Gronk? This team is a red zone nightmare a force to be reckoned with – and Tom Brady gets number four.


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