The Boston Globe Year 2

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  1. coachgaddy

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    The Boston Globe Year 2

    Patriots enter Season II with high expectations.

    Foxboro, MA

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    Fans look on as the Patriots practice.

    Training camp opened in New England a week ago and already the buzz is being felt throughout the Boston area of a special season to come.


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    Brady brings the offense out on the field for drills.


    Brady has return back to the starting lineup after a forearm injury that cut his season short last year.

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    Gore looks on at Patriots practice.

    This time he has more weapons at his disposal with the Patriots adding superstar running back Frank Gore. Patriots have a solid core of running backs even after trading Lawrence Maroney as Fred Taylor has impressed many in camp with his offseason conditioning. Patriots are looking to add 4th back to the mix to use more like Kevin Faulk who retired at the end of the season to take some pressure off Gore from having to play a lot of downs.

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    Moss catching pass from Brady during practice.

    With Gore in the backfield this should open up things deep for Randy Moss who spent his summer working with Brady during his rehab. Don’t forget the Patriots have superstar slot receiver Wes Welker and scouts say there is serious camp battle going on for the 3rd WR position with Julies Elderman and Matthew Slater, keep in mind also that the Patriots have added 6"5 rookie Azaveus Phelps to the mix with a possible 2nd 6"5 receiver on the way. The offensive line took a hit when it lost LG Stephen Neal to the Titans but were able to get a capable replacement in Matt Kupar to fill the void. The Patriots enter this season as the most explosive offense in the OMFL but this team who was once pass heavy will not stray away from there trademark style says Bledsoe. Bledsoe "We will be more balance this year, we may use the pass to setup the run or the run to setup the pass either way we are going opposing defenses to commit to play one of the two." It will be interesting to see how Bledsoe utilizes they array of talent he has on the offensive side of the ball this year as he can go big at the WR spot or just power running with Frank Gore and Fred Taylor. Either way it can be a nightmare for defenses.



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    Trevor Pryce.

    On defense the Patriots had a big void to fill when Vince Wilfork parted ways to the 49ers in the Gore deal. They think they have found a capable person for the job in Trevor Pryce in the deal with the Ravens. Pryce will joined a upgraded defensive line that has Raheem Brock and veteran Ty Warren. Pryce knows the shoes he has to fill are great but he is up for the task and has the support of the veteran leaders around him.


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    Jarod Mayo and Wesley Woodyard take a break in LB drills.


    Patriots still have Pro Bowl LB Jarod Mayo who will continue to play along side A.Thomas, R.Jeanty, and W.Woodyard. This veteran cast should provide more stability to a good Patriots defense but the real change is not in the front seven but in the Patriots secondary.

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    Whilite looking like a starter in WR/DB drills.

    The camp battles that everybody is watching is at the corner position with Butler, Wilhite, Springs, Greer. Each practice these corners are going head to head with the Patriot WR's trying to establish themselves on the team in the top 3 spots.

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    Butler running press coverage drills in morning practice. Coaches say he may start week one.

    Right now the star of the camp is Darius Butler who is poised to be a starter come week one. Who will be the #2 is still undecided coaches say, right now the race is pretty even with Wilhite and Springs. Coaches like Wilhite because of his speed and aggressiveness which at times can get him in trouble but older coaches prefer the veteran leadership of Springs as they trust him not to make mistakes. Greer seems to be the odd man out in practices but has been making positive strides to get back in the rotation. Patriots also added SS Roy Williams former Cowboy player and also FS Tom Zbikowski a young and upcoming 2nd year player who could make an impact next season. Coaches are hoping that Roy Williams can slid into the lineup for run support but for the starting spot we seen Leigh Bodden taking most of the reps. Bodden had some quick stints last year at the safety spot where he impressed coaches with his ability to make a quick transition into the position.


    In all the Patriots have improve greatly on offense and will have to earn their stripes again on defense. Fans are gearing up for the season that looks to bring much promise to the Boston area and maybe even a parade. If the Patriots offense can score tons of points and their defense can play solid like they did last season then all signs point to New England going to the OMFL bowl.


    Follow your Patriots
    Column 1
    vs Vikings W 35-23
    vs Dolphins W 27-19
    at Colts L 21-24
    at Steelers W 44-14
    vs Bills W 30-6
    vs Jets W 34-7
    at Browns W 41-31
    vs Bengals W 31-17
    vs Ravens W 31-9
    at Bears W 44-24
    at Lions W 27-24
    vs Packers W 38-13
    at Jets W 34 -7
    vs Chargers W 42-24
    at Bills L 37-10
    at Dolphins L 63 - 45
     
  2. coachgaddy

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    Colts, Patriots Ready To Renew Rivalry

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    Boston Globe

    Things are back to normal among the OMFL elite. Brady is healthy, Manning is back to throwing touchdown passes, the New England Patriots are unbeaten and the Indianapolis Colts are trying to avoid a 1-2 start.

    Patriots will again hit the road to face off against conference rivals the Colts next week in Indianapolis. After a hard offseason for the Colts were experts say this is not a team that can compete with the leagues elite they will try to prove the critics wrong when they play the Patriots in week 3. The Patriots on the other have not lost any of the major pieces from last seasons team and for what they did lose in Wilfork they gained in Frank Gore. Colts will be trying to avoid a 1-2 start a major turnaround compared to a undefeated start till they meet these same Patriots last season, they will face a loaded Patriots team that is looking to get that offense on track and switch into high gear. The last two games have been slow starts for the Patriots as the offense has not been able to generate the spark that critics were expecting after there offseason moves. Frank Gore who voiced his concerns about the lack of touches in the last couple games said later that those concerns were immediately addressed by coach Bledsoe and he should see major improvement in the weeks to come. For what the Colts lack in defense they too have added some playmakers on offense by trading for Brian Westbrook. The Colts also will be showcasing a rejuvenated running game to go along with the high powered passing attack something that they lack all last season. Indeed the Patriot defense will have its hands full trying to contain the Colts offense but it’s a task that Darius Butler says the team is well prepared for. I expect nothing but another classic showdown between these two teams with critics speaking once again on the hottest topic "Who is the better QB? Brady or Manning".
     
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    Patriots Have 3rd Ranked Defense In The OMFL. They Give Full Credit To Their Young Corners.


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    Brandon Meriweather and Jonathan Wilhite combine on a tackle.


    In Season I veteran corners Shawn Springs and Jabari Greer were the starters for the Patriots. While youngsters like Jonathan Wilhite and Darius Butler watched and learned on the sidelines from their veteran teammates. This season Darius Butler was moved into the starting lineup and now Jonathan Wilhite was promoted to #2 corner last week vs. the Jets. Wilhite who started last season 4th on the depth chart was moved to 3rd this year at starting nickel corner when Jabari Greer moved to SS to replace Bodden. In the first 5 games he has played solid at the nickel position matching up against some of the best slot receivers in the game and also lining up against the teams #1 receiver when they would rotate to the slot. Through it all Wilhite has shown that he has learned a lot from his rookie season and has progressed nicely for the Patriots into a possible starting corner next season. This past week vs. the Jets he got his first start of the season opposite Butler and again proved that he is an emerging corner in the OMFL. Although he is still looking for his first interception of the year he has defended 6 passes and caused a one force fumble, a majority of those stats came from his nickel position. Coach Gaddy has stated that Wilhite will most likely start the remainder of the season to get more experience at the position and could play a key role down the stretch to make the Patriots secondary one the best in the league. Wilhite "Springs and Greer have been great for me during my time with the Patriots. I learned a lot last season from them and mainly I didn’t want to disappoint them this year with a lackluster effort after all they did for me. Coach has also shown a lot of confidence in me and Darius during games by calling a lot of press coverage. We both take that as a challenge to show him we can get the job done and so far we have." Jonathan Wilhite is just one piece to a young Patriots secondary that is showing they can be the best in the league in seasons to come.


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    Darius Butler embracing his superstar status.


    Another young corner that is already getting superstar status in the OMFL is Darius Butler. Butler so far is continuing a trend from last years success of the Patriots defense where a defensive player has led the league in interceptions. Last year Jerod Mayo a MLB led the OMFL with 13 interceptions topping all other defensive backs in the league. This year Butler leads the OMFL currently in interceptions with 8 is on pace to set an OMFL record of 20+ interceptions to finish the year. His first pick he took it to the house for a touchdown and in his first start he had 3 interceptions. Coaches were impressed in practices with his improved play and knew right then that this kid was going to be a superstar in the OMFL. Gaddy "We knew we had to incorporate some of our younger guys in the rotation because we were getting older there. What we didn’t know is how good Wilhite and Butler would be in their second year. In scrimmages vs. the Jaguars we would isolate Butler on Steve Smith at times to see how he could handle the pressure. At times Smith would give him the business but also at times Butler would give it right back" A lot of quarterbacks in the OMFL still have no idea of how good Butler is and continue to test the young corner at every chance they get. Butler knows at this early stage in his career that teams will not treat him as a lockdown corner but he is strongly moving forward to becoming that type of player.

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    Meriweather and Mayo provide the leadership this young defense needs.


    Overall the Patriots defense is getting younger and the young players are performing great under the defensive system. Star players like Brandon Meriweather and Jerod Mayo continue there solid play and also look after the younger players correcting them on mistakes they make during the game. Wesley Woodyard is also off to a good year improving his numbers from last season, he has already tallied 4 sacks and 2 interceptions on the year. Rookie LB Chad Campbell has also been getting some reps at OLB in a move to replace Adalius Thomas if he retires next season. Patriots also added in a trade from the Steelers a young DT 343 lb Lamonte Lewis to help solidify the DT position that was left in the trade of Vince Wilfork. For a Patriots defense that critics said they would be weak coming into the season is ranked #3 in defense in the OMFL so far this year. Mayo "We will only get better as the season moves forward. We look at every game as a way to prove that we can dominate defensively. We want other teams to know that the Patriots are much more than Tom Brady and Randy Moss."
     
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    Patriots Arrive In Chicago To Face The Bears At Solider Field.



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    Brady walking from the team plane at Ohara Airport



    Boston Globe

    AP: Fresh off the Ravens win at home the Patriots wasted no time booking their flight to Chicago to get ready to play the Bears. The Chicago Bears will host a red hot New England Patriots team that is effective on both sides of the ball where the Patriots are top 3 in both offense and defense this year. Chicago is looking to gain ground on the surging Detroit Lions and with a win next week they can increase that lead another game. The Bears who have a (6-3) record on the year have not proven they are among the leagues elite mostly in part because they have lost to every playoff team they have faced this year with losses to Philadelphia and New York, als on top of that they lost to the Detroit Lions under their new coach already. The Bears are looking at this as a game to make a name for themselves in the OMFL and have all teams on guard as the playoff come around. The Patriots on the other hand are looking to keep the momentum they have generated and keep winning.

    The Patriots secondary are just too skilled for the receivers of Chicago and experts say they will have not have any trouble shutting this unit down. It will take timely throws by Cutler to move the ball effectively vs. the Patriots secondary and his receivers must create the chances for him to do that. The key for the Bears will be to work Olsen into the offense as much as possible but again the Patriots defense has very little holes as there linebackers can cover the most elite tight ends in the game. This will be tough test for the Bears offense in which I know they are looking forward to the challenge.

    The Patriots offense gets 4 stars over the Bears defense as experts say the Bears don’t have enough defense to contain the Patriot receivers. The key to the Bears would be to unleash the two sack leaders on the defensive line and hopefully generate enough pressure to get Brady to make the bad throw. Lately the Patriots offensive line have been providing Brady with enough time to check down to his 5th receiver if available which the Bears must prevent. The Bears will have to be mindful of both the Patriots running attack and passing attack as both can take over a game and dominate at anytime. Patriots right now are head and shoulders above the Bears right now and it will take a almost perfect game by the Bears on both sides of the ball to beat them. The only factor the Bears have is that they will be in front of their home crowd which they are (5-0) and perhaps that factor could be what they need to finally get a win vs. a playoff team.
     
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    Patriots High Octane Offense Roars Into The Motor City To Face The Detroit Lions.


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    Sure handed Moss hold on tight to his fries and he enters the team hotel in Detroit.


    AP: Another week of Patriots football and another big game this time vs. the resurging Detroit Lions (5-5). The Patriots (9-1) arrived in Detroit this morning and did a light walk thru at a nearby practice facility before heading to the team hotel. This will be a first visit to Ford Field for most of that Patriots but Randy Moss is quite familiar with the Lions from his days playing with Minnesota. The Patriots who just left Chicago coming off a 44-24 win over the Bears last week decided to stay in Chicago a couple more days to prepare for the short week. Meanwhile in Detroit Coach Moogle has went 5-1 since taking over the Lions which has placed them right in the thick of a NFC playoff race. In order for the Lions to keep that playoff momentum with the other teams in the NFC they will have a huge mountain to climb this coming week in the Patriots.

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    Calvin Johnson at a Detroit Practice.


    In a recent Detroit practice Calvin Johnson was all smiles with his teammates but also knows there were be no smiling on Thursday against the #1 defense in the OMFL, Calvin "I will save my smiles for when the clock says all zeros in the 4th and were up." Stafford has also been reviewing game film on the Patriots to prepare against the OMFL's best secondary who has two players (Mayo and Butler) combining for a leagues best 21 interceptions. It will be key to get balance in the Detroit offense so Stafford is not forced to pass all game long, if the Patriots force the Lions to be unbalance on the offensive side this will favor the Patriots defense. Calvin Johnson who some think is the sole generator of offense for the Lions don’t be fooled as Reggie Wayne and the running attack by committee which will be without Kevin Smith who is out with broken collarbone for 4 more weeks have stepped up to help the offense. Another side note is that even though the Patriots lead the league in turnovers it also helps that they have allowed only one 100 yard rusher all season. This will require a total team effort by the Lions a challenge they are willing to step up and take. The Patriots will throw punches on defense but Coach Moogle will definitely have the Lions offense punching back.

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    Wes Welker doing some light stretching at the Patriots practice in Detroit.

    Another Key is the Patriots #2 ranked offense vs. the Detroit Lions defense. There are not many big names on the defensive side for Detroit unlike the Patriots offense but what they have been able to do is generate pressure, 17 sacks over 6 games an pace they need to maintain to rattle Tom Brady. The Bears last week who had two solid defensive ends were only able to get to Brady once and he went 20-28 for over 300 yards passing on the day. This is something the Lions cannot allow to happen as their secondary may not be skilled enough to contain the Patriots onslaught of WR talent. Also if the Lions are force to drop more in coverage that will only open things up for Gore and the Patriots running game. It’s a two headed monster the Patriots bring to the table which is something that Detroit must be prepared for a threat that already had past defensive coordinators struggling to contain. If the Detroit can stay discipline on defense and balance on offense they will give the Patriots a run for their money, if not the Patriots may pull away and never look back. This season Coach Gaddy has the Patriots focused on each and every game not looking forward to the next week something they did last season by doing that they have been well prepared for their games not taking any team lightly.

    Ford Field will be rocking this Thursday as millions around the world will put a hold on eating that Turkey dinner until this game is over not wanting to miss any of the action.
     

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