It Is What It Is

Rob Bradford
September 21, 2008 - 10:35 am
If you were wondering where the Dolphins' idea to use direct snaps to running back Ronnie Brown came from, look no further than Miami's new quarterback coach, David Lee . Lee, who had experience with Miami head coach Tony Sparano w hile both were coaching with the Cowboys, served as the offensive...
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Mike Petraglia
September 21, 2008 - 3:24 am
The Patriots apparently paid their bill to Mother Nature. For the second straight home game and the third straight game overall, they have a perfect day on which to play football. Temperatures are expected to hit 70 for kickoff with sunshine and just a slight breeze out of the north. About the only...
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Mike Petraglia
September 20, 2008 - 6:02 am
Let's be honest here. Barring turnovers, there is no way the Patriots lose this game. The Patriots have too much talent, too much experience, too much depth and the urgency to head into their bye week with a 3-0 record. Everyone on the football planet respects Bill Parcells (his new title is...
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Mike Petraglia
September 19, 2008 - 12:42 pm
Call them the longest yards. The last 20 yards before hitting paydirt in the end zone. The red area as Bill Belichick prefers to call it. It's where a quarterback and his offense has to be precise or settle for field goals attempts. And it's the part of the game that takes the most time to refine...
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Mike Petraglia
September 18, 2008 - 9:48 am
By his own admission, Patriots owner Robert Kraft never thought he would be where he was standing on Thursday afternoon. Kraft recalled the day in 1994 that he bought the team , before three Super Bowl titles, an undefeated regular season and a place in New England sports history. Kraft, along with...
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Mike Petraglia
September 18, 2008 - 6:20 am
Nothing spices up an otherwise mundane and typical NFL week than a player on the opposing team coming out and challenging them by telling them what they're going to do to said opponent to win. Give Joey Porter this much, he doesn't care about recent history of such proclamations against Bill...
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Mike Petraglia
September 17, 2008 - 6:27 am
Now we know how good Steve Gostkowski can be. Gostkowski injured his left (plant) ankle in April 2007 and missed key portions of off-season training and conditioning which he admitted on Wednesday affected him . "Last year (2007) I had twisted my ankle and there was about a month where I couldn't...
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Mike Petraglia
September 16, 2008 - 6:09 am
These are not your grandchildren's 1-15 Miami Dolphins . Bill Belichick will strongly advise his team this week to be ready for a fight. While 0-2, the Patriots head coach is already seeing big differences between this Miami team and the version that, last season, threatened to become the first 0-...
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Mike Petraglia
September 15, 2008 - 9:42 am
Before I leave Foxboro today: Matt Cassel was one proud man walking through the Patriots locker room as Mike Vrabel was coming in the other direction. Not because he led the team to a 19-10 win over the Jets on Sunday but for what happened the night before. Matt Cassel's No. 1-ranked USC Trojans...
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Mike Petraglia
September 15, 2008 - 6:22 am
Nothing pleases Bill Belichick more than watching his team execute like a machine. And on special teams Sunday, the Patriots looked well-oiled and efficient. Here are some thoughts on that and other nuggets from Monday's Belichick media stand-up at Gillette. It started with Stephen Gostkowski who...
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