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Draft Day; Don’t Wait Up

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Sorry for the long hiatus. I’m still adjusting to the new schedule and really sleep in the morning weighs much heavier that spitting out a blog post.

But that being said, I couldn’t let today come without offering a little something. I mean it’s draft day. If you go back through my blog’s years of posts you’ll see, the draft is one of my favorite events. I still hate that it starts on a Thursday but what I can I do, they’re not changing it.

So tonight the Patriots hold the 32nd overall pick. The last pick in the first round. The pick that will be selected around 12:30AM. Maybe I’m exaggerating a little but it’ll definitely be late and definitely be picked long after I’ve gone to bed.

Here’s the deal, the people saying the Pats are going to keep the pick because Belichick values that extra year they get on a first round pick are nuts. When what he’s picking at 32 can easily be had in the mid 40’s for the same caliber of player, zero chance he picks when he can add a seventh round pick to his draft load but jumping back 10 picks.

The need exists desperately for a corner. My fanboy hope is that the Pats trade up, get into the teens and get a game changing corner. But realistic me knows that the three third round picks Belichick can get for his first is far too enticing.

So I recommend you get your sleep tonight, stay with it as long as you can, but don’t count on the Pats ending the night. I don’t think it’s going to happen.

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Happy Trails Vince

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When the Pats passed on Vince Wilfork’s option earlier in the month we all knew the end could be near. But there were the whispers that the Pats were still working to bring him back, and we hadn’t heard any announcement from the team which fueled speculation that he could still return.

It turns out the Pats were still trying to bring him back but only on their terms for short money. Meanwhile the Texans still thought he had enough in the tank to merit a legit offer. Two years at $9 million with $5 million guaranteed legit.

So Vince took a job with the Texans. He leaves a pretty decent size void on the defensive line.

Belichick had this to say:

“Few players reached or will ever reach the special level of Vince Wilfork. He is a great champion and one of the classiest people I have ever been around — just a kind, genuine and giving person who was all about our team, football, winning and bringing joy to others,” Belichick said in a statement. “There may have never been anyone at his position with as much strength, toughness, intelligence, instinctiveness and athleticism…He is the best defensive lineman I ever coached, an all-time great Patriot whose place on our team will be missed but whose remarkable career as a Patriot will be remembered forever.”

Very high praise from Belichick. Here’s hoping that he has a plan to replace him. Early rumor is BJ Raji from the Packers. He’s only 28 and can still bring it. It’ll be interesting to see if the Pats go down that road or just wait until the draft to try and replace Wilfork.

Good luck Vince. You’ll be missed. You were a class act.

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Revis Headed to NYC

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We’d heard rumors most of the afternoon that Revis was gone. Then yesterday evening it was official, Revis to the Jets, five years $70 million with $39 million guaranteed.

It prompted me to post this on FB:

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The Pats also lost Shane Vereen and Jonathan Casillas to the Giants, and declined Brandon Browner’s option.

So they have no starting corners and they’re down their starting running back (unless you have Blount as your #1 on the depth chart). Either way you don’t have your Kevin Faulk back. Rumor is the Pats are looking at Reggie Bush or Roy Helu. Percy Harvin could also help fill the void.

But the team’s defense has quite a few holes now. You go from the top CB in the league to a bag of crap, it’s not encouraging. I hope there’s a plan.

We’ll just have to keep watching.

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Corner Overhaul?

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The Patriots took care of their own in re-signing McCourty. As the fans were celebrating that signing the news started leaking out that Darrelle Revis’s $20 million option was not going to be picked up and he’d be a free agent.

I’m in the we want Revis back camp (I’m sure most everyone is). If the rumors are true that it’ll take $40 million guaranteed over three years, or even $50 million guaranteed, I’m pulling the trigger if I’m the Patriots.

But then the report came out that the team told Brandon Browner to explore his value with other teams.

I know he’s not a #1 cornerback but with the potential loss of Revis, don’t you think you should hang onto him??

Butler had a career highlight interception, but do you think he’s ready to start on the outside? Me either.

I would sign Revis, keep Browner, and call it a day. But the frugal Pats may not do that. So we’ll watch today and see what they do. We’ve lived the patchwork secondary, and I for one don’t want to go back to it.

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McCourty Staying

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My Facebook friends know that Saturday night I got my picture taken with the Lombardi trophy when I was gigging in town for the Boston Police. I was going to press my luck and try to get a picture with Robert Kraft but given the fact I was working and not a cop, I decided against it.

Jonathan was there with him and I joked to my buddy that he was on the phone with McCourty’s people pushing to get a deal done.

Maybe he was.

All of the reports I had read had him heading to Philadelphia. But I thought of Asante Samuel. He was a product of the system and didn’t have the success he had here when he left. Maybe McCourty had the same thought. I’ve succeeded in New England in two positions, maybe I should just stay.

Beats an aging Troy Polamalu trying to replace him. And you know for a fact that Belichick would’ve pressed hard for him (still may).

Now the big question mark is Revis. We should know more today on that front as his bonus is due tomorrow. Here’s hoping championships are tops on his agenda and he’s back next year and beyond.

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Where’s The Outrage?

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I’m waiting for these stories to lead the evening news and yet I’m not seeing it. When the whole Deflategate saga started it led the NATIONAL news ahead of the king of Saudi Arabia dying and the economical impact it would have on the world’s oil.

And again, the story is/was the Patriots are being investigated for possibly having played with underinflated footballs. Everything else we heard were rumors, leaks (no pun intended) from the NFL, or stuff the Patriots wanted out there to get in front of this. It’s still an “ongoing” investigation which I’m going to assume will come up flat (pun totally intended).

So the first story is the Falcon’s owner Arthur Blank admitting that his team pumped in crowd noise. A much more egregious from of cheating as it affects the visiting team. Just ask the Patriots about this one. THey were victims of this for years in Indianapolis and even when the broadcast totally picked it up, the NFL denied it because for some reason Jim Irsay has stroke with the NFL.

The next one was the Browns GM texting from upstairs to the sideline. This is a no-no to the level of video taping your opponents defensive signal calling. Something everyone was doing but the Patriots got caught doing as Eric Mangini was on a sinking Jets ship and sold out everyone to try and keep his job.

The NFL doesn’t allow any communications like that on the sidelines during games. Yet the Browns are texting defensive formations to whoever during the game to get them an advantage.

Yet, there’s no outrage on these stories. They’re not leading national news broadcasts and are barely getting any press in the sports news. But if it was the Patriots there would be a press corps 200 deep at Gillette waiting on an explanation and pressure at the league offices for Roger Goodell to come down hard on the Patriots.

Both instances much worse than underinflated footballs (which the refs likely just did the melon test to before the game. Why else wouldn’t Goodell let the NBC cameras in at the Super Bowl? BECAUSE THEY NEVER CHECK THE STUPID PRESSURE!!!). Yet because it’s not the Patriots it doesn’t make headlines.

By this logic the Raiders could steal signals, pump in noise, have players with knife tipped cleats and no one would even know.

Really time for the media to back off the Pats and pull their heads out of their ass.

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Gronk Kills It

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As I continue basking in the Patriots Super Bowl win, I really forgot that the parade was yesterday. I mean, I heard all the talk on my ride into work about how the team should have waited till OTAs or even Training Camp to have the parade because of all the snow. But as I was working while the parade was going on, I didn’t even remember.

But the above picture showed up on my sports news feed. Gronk caught a Natty Light from a fan. Popped it open and killed it. Which is just awesome.

I know people expect Gronk to continue this party in Boston for the next few weeks and months but I don’t see it. Gronk is too big a star and the Krafts have talked to him about that kind of behavior.

So if you’re looking for a guy to take his shirt off in bars and party it up in Boston like Brad Marchand. You’re better bet is Julian Edelman. Just wait.

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