Law on the Corner
The Boston Globe's Michael Smith takes a look at the technical aspects of Ty Law's game.
"I pretty much try to look the same all the time," said Law, who usually squares up on the receiver. "I want them to believe, `He's going to jam.' When you think I'm going to jam, it's going to make you sit there and think, `I've got to get off quick,' and I'll just soft jam. Then, you're thinking I'm doing that, and all of a sudden -- bam! -- I'm coming to get you. It's all a mind game.
Any big play, Law said, starts at the line of scrimmage. "You win and lose most battles in the first 5 yards," Law explained. "I feel like I can catch up with anybody in the first 20 or 30 yards. That's my quickness and explosion. But holding it to 50 or 60 yards, that's where I have to continue to work on my game because I'm not a top-end speed guy."
Defending the Fun'n'Gun
The Patriots matchup versus the Redskins Sunday pits Coach Belichick's defensive schemes versus Steve Spurrier's NFL leading offense. Mark Maske in the Washington Post looks at the challenge ahead for QB Patrick Ramsey and the Redskins.
Now comes an intriguing test for Ramsey and Redskins Coach Steve Spurrier on Sunday when they face perhaps the league's most respected defensive wizard, New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick. Belichick won two Super Bowls as the New York Giants' defensive coordinator and another as the Patriots' head coach, and he is renowned for designing game plans that befuddle quarterbacks and take away the opposing offense's top weapon -- in this case, Redskins wide receiver Laveranues Coles.
Ty Law is also quoted in this piece on the coaching matchup.
I think it's going to be as competitive for the coaches as it is for the players,'' Law said. "I can see them now, going in there and trying to fool us, Belichick trying to fool them.''
Tony Kornheiser looks at the zebra's at the Redskins practice this week after 17 penalties in the overtime loss to the NY Giants last week. He parodies Coach Spurrier.
"When I was in Florida we used to do a funny thing to players who consistently drew penalties. We carried them down to the pond on campus where they had live alligators, and we tossed them in, hahaha. Those fellas snapped to after that. But Mr. Snyder says I can't do that here
Jody Foldesy in the Washington Times looks to the Redskins attacking the middle of the Patriots defense.
Defensive guru Bill Belichick is devising strategies to ground the Fun 'n' Gun. Beefy nose tackle Ted Washington is out. And Ted Johnson, the New England Patriots' 253-pound inside linebacker, won't play either.
So maybe the best way for the Washington Redskins to attack the Patriots is right up the gut.
In the local press, Tom Curran of the Providence Journal looks at Redskin standout Lavar Arrington.
What the 'Skins do with Arrington and how well the Patriots anticipate that is the game within the game that will help decide who goes to 3-1 Sunday and who falls to 2-2.
How about some good injury talk?
Last time I checked, broken bones were not contagious. Maybe it's all that incessant talk about another local team's curse that make Patriot fans think that the injury bug is as infectious as Dominician pharyngitis.
The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo keeps on his injury theme.
I don't think the team is focusing on who's out or who's not practicing," said veteran defensive end Anthony Pleasant. "We have to go out there and play with the guys we have. Two years ago, key guys were hurt and we still won.
"It's an opportunity to see what guys can do. By playing and gaining experience, you will get better. Well, let me put it this way, you're either going to get better or you're going to get worse. Guys backing up get opportunities to show their skills. You might be surprised. Sometimes you have hidden talent that's not on display because it's on the back burner."
Patriot fans depressed about the spate of defensive injuries, check out on ESPN.com, Len Pasquarelli report on the Saints defense.
"Because you know (the injuries) are going to happen, although not in the numbers that we've experienced so far, you spend the offseason trying to build depth," Haslett said. "At some positions, yeah, you succeed. And at others, let's face it, you don't. The salary cap makes it impossible to have great (depth) all over your roster. You look at us, and it's obvious we've got depth in some places, and we're not as solid at other spots. That's just how the game is anymore."
Helter Skelter Steve Grogan!
All you need to know about Steve Grogan is that he was the only quarterback to wear a neck-roll. Ever!
The Boston Globe's Nick Carfado measures Tom Brady up against the GTM (Grogan Toughness Meter).
You won't find too many QBs past or present any tougher than old No. 14 Steve Grogan, who played 16 years for the Patriots with neck injuries, broken bones, and myriad pulls and strains. He was the ultimate spit-on-it-and-go-back-out-there football player. John Hannah calls him the toughest guy he ever played with.
To explain GTM a little better, here's a partial list of Grogan's ailments: five knee surgeries; screws in his leg after the tip of his fibula snapped; a cracked fibula that snapped when he tried to practice; two ruptured disks in his neck, which he played with for 1 1/2 seasons; a broken left hand (he simply handed off with his right hand); two separated shoulders on each side; the reattachment of a tendon to his throwing elbow; and three concussions ("I lost parts of my life," he said.)
The Kansas State Wilcat's web site has a terrific highlight reel of Steve Grogan's college career.
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Readers should not confuse the 'good' Steve Grogan with the 'bad' Steve Grogan. Patriot Report tracked down another Steve Grogan aka Clem Tufts out at the Spahn farm in recall country.
Who knew the Manson family had their own Steve Grogan?
Cielodrive.com has the story of the only Manson family member convicted of murder to be released from prison.
[Grogan] crashed Wilson's uninsured Ferrari ...While many at the Ranch viewed Clem Tufts (an alias used by Grogan) as nearly retarded, others felt that he was just playing dumb.
Clem was arrested in the October 10, 1969 Barker Ranch raid. When police realized the family's involvement in the Tate murders, Grogan became an early suspect. In 1971, Steve went on trial for the Shea murder, was convicted, and sentenced to death by the jury. However, on December 23, 1971, judge James Kolts changed the sentence to Life imprisonment, stating "Grogan was too stupid and too hopped up on drugs to decide anything on his own."
Grogan then went on to give rehabilitation a good name.
In prison, Clem[Grogan] transformed from a drugged-out zombie to a mature, remorseful young man.
Doctoring the Report with Trapper John
Monday's Patriot Notebook by Nick Cafardo spread the rumor that Rosie Colvin's career might be in jeopardy.
While the Patriots have told Roosevelt Colvin's agents to zip it on details of Colvin's hip surgery, Dr. Rick Herman of Brockton Hospital, and medical expert on the WBCN pregame show, said he believes Colvin's injury could be career-threatening. Herman referred to a Duke University Medical Center study last summer that researched hip injuries and their severity to professional athletes
Did Dr. Herman examine Colvin? No.
Did Dr. Herman examine Colvin's medical chart? No
Could Cafardo not find Pernell Roberts phone number? Apparently.
These simple facts did not stop the good doctor issuing his diagnosis based on a medical study and Cafardo to use this as another piece of fabricated evidence that the Patriots are hiding the severity of the injury.
Colvin's agent, Kennard McGuire had a press conference today with Colvin in Foxboro.
“As you all spoke with Bill early on he continued to tell you that he was really not sure what was going to happen,” McGuire said. “We wanted to make sure everyone realized [the surgery] was exploratory in the beginning and once they did that they witnessed the fracture and it was taken care of. That's all that was done.”
There had been concern expressed in some reports that the injury was similar to one former Raiders standout Bo Jackson suffered several years ago where a loss of blood flow in the hip area led to a serious condition that eventually led to replacement surgery and the end of his promising career. McGuire said that nothing of that nature took place in Colvin's case.
The comments above support exactly what Belichick was saying all last week. The exact nature of the injury wasn't known until they did the exporatory surgery. I hope that Coach Belichick is not waiting around for apologies from the arm chair doctors in the press.
Give Me a Break
Coach Bill Belichick opened his news conference Monday with his friends in the media by asking;
"Any football or non-injury-related questions?"
This brought laughter to the legion of scribes who after two straight wins on the field continue to dog the SuperBowl Championship Coach more about off-field injury reports than X's and O's.
Fresh off the Joumana Kidd beat, Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe weighs in on Injurygate.
OK, his team did win the game, but everyone who saw it, and who has the best interests of the New England Patriots at heart, knows this could have been a classic case of winning the battle while losing the war
Ryan goes on to credit the Patriots last two oppenents for the Patriot victories.
...in the National Football League the key to accumulating a good win-loss record is schedule, schedule, schedule. Very often it isn't about you; it's about them.
Bob, have you missed the first three weeks of the NFL while breaking down the Serbia & Montenegro team for the Athens 2004 Olympics?
Week 1 Houston Texans 21-20 victory at Miami Dolphins
Week 2 Carolina Panthers 12-9 victory at Tampa Bay Bucanneers
Week 3 Arizona Cardinals 20-13 victory over Green Bay Packers
How did you think these three games looked on the schedules of Green Bay, Miami, and Tampa? The NFL is the most competitive balanced league in professional sports. Injuries or no injuries, no game is a gimme. To discredit the Patriots last two wins by crediting the losing team is nonsense. The Eagles and Jets may be banged up but so were the Patriots. The Eagles are the defending NFC East Champions and the Jets are the defending AFC East Champions.
What fans care what and when the coach knew about certain injuries? He doesn't like to tip his hand about injuries to anyone and the rules don't say he has to list them until the NFL injury report comes out on Wednesday. It's only the Belichick haters in the press that somehow want to portray him as a liar and slant the truth to forward their personal agendas.
Patriots Win Home Opener 23-16 over Low Flying Jets
The Patriots upped their record to 2-1 on the young season beating the Jets 23-16 in the Gillette Stadium opener. The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo has the game story and a report on the new injuries facing the Pats.
The effects of mounting injuries may take their toll down the road, but for the second straight week, the New England Patriots looked at the casts, wraps, and braces square in the eye and laughed. Roosevelt Colvin (hip) out for the season? Ted Johnson (foot) out until Week 12? Mike Compton out with a foot injury? Injuries yesterday to Ted Washington (fractured left leg), David Patten (right leg), Mike Vrabel (arm injury, extent unknown), and Ty Law (right ankle sprain)?
Cafardo sums up the key play of the game:
Jets failed to convert on New England's mistakes. It was nickel back Asante Samuel's 55-yard interception return for a touchdown to open the fourth quarter that ultimately did in the Jets (0-3).
Other keys to the victory included the Patriot Defense holding the Jets to one 3rd down conversion in 13 attempts and the running performance of Antowain Smith and Kevin Faulk. Faulk ran for 79 yards on 17 attempts and Smith for 55 yards on 13 carries.
The Globe's Ron Borges takes some shots at Coach Bill Belichick about player injuries reports.
Bill Belichick keeps insisting "I'm no doctor," but yesterday he was at least a doctor's assistant. Or maybe, in a weak moment, a reporter's assistant. Last Friday a beleaguered Belichick said linebacker Roosevelt Colvin's doctors were "going through the process that they go through, whatever that is exactly I'm not sure, to determine what the best course of action is and what is the best way to handle this particular injury" while Colvin was already in surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital to have his fractured hip repaired by a team of surgeons.
Belichick had been badgered by a pack of reporters on Colvin's condition all week and had a testy Wednesday exchange with a reporter from the Worcester Telegram. Friday he ducked the issue until he released a statement at 3:38 p.m. that announced Colvin's surgery had taken place after the coach had implied he had no idea what was going on barely 90 minutes earlier.
Ron Borges is flat out calling Coach Belichick a liar. Is Belichick lying or is the Globe scribe pushing the truth in his ongoing personal agenda against the Championship Coach? Only Ron Borges can turn a storyline of broken bones into an attack on Belichick.
So what did the Coach know and when did he know it?
The Providence Journal's Tom Curran looks at that question.
Walked like a lie, talked like a lie, smelled like a lie. But as it turns out, it wasn't really a lie.
While Rosevelt Colvin was on an operating table in Boston Friday, undergoing surgery that would end his season, Bill Belichick was holding a press conference.
Instead of acknowledging that Colvin was under the knife, this is what Belichick said when asked about his prized outside linebacker: "The medical people that (Colvin) is working with are going through the process that they go through . . . to determine what the best course of action is and what is the best way to handle his particular injury. . . . I think they are just trying to determine what's the best thing to do. . . . It is more important to do the right thing than to do it five minutes ago. But that's not going to affect the rehab or his situation. So, I think that's what they are doing."
Why then had he not said his player was having surgery when asked directly about Colvin?
This all smelled like deception. To say, "they are just trying to determine what's the best thing to do," while his player's hip was opened up on an operating table is, to say the least, spin doctoring.
As it turned out, the doctors actually were still determining the best course of action. Belichick used his pregame radio interview on WBCN to clarify why he didn't acknowledge Colvin's surgery, explaining that the procedure was exploratory.
He said that if they went in and found something, they would fix it (as they did), and Colvin would be out. If they went in and found nothing, Colvin's season may not have been over.
With the Lawyer Milloy saga temporarily, on the back burner, this week will be dominated by the old football cliche "The Locker Room looks like a MASH Unit" stories in the New England press.
Aside from the Coach/Injury Report nonsense Ron Borges had a couple of good quotes today from Damien Woody and Troy Brown.
"What good will it do focusing on injuries?" Woody said. "Those guys limping around won't help us beat Washington. Too many guys in here have worked too hard to just let the ship sink. We can't throw our season away because a few guys go down."
"This is the NFL," Brown said. "You hate to see people hurt, especially the real serious injuries, but it's a part of our sport. Hopefully guys don't get caught up in that. It happens all the time, though. You see guys thinking, `What are we going to do without so-and-so?' What you're gonna do is play without him. That's the only way to look at it. There's no time to look at it any other way.