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Updated: 2016-09-13T14:51:15-04:00

 



Pats Pulpit Joining the Best Buddies Challenge

2016-09-13T14:51:15-04:00

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Pats Pulpit is taking on a very worthy cause - and you can help!

When Tom Brady isn't busy throwing touchdowns, marrying supermodels, and being the subject of jealous hatred and clickbait tabloidery from the less-talented journalists out there, he's actively involving himself in a number of good causes and charitable acts. You might not hear about them all that much, because "Tom Brady donates time and money to help those in need" doesn't get the pageviews that "Tom Brady cheats" does, but Tommy B does his fair share for a number of fantastic charities and then some.

One cause in particular, Best Buddies, remains especially close to Brady's heart. Best Buddies is a global volunteer movement aimed at developing strong friendships, meaningful employment, and leadership skills for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Brady has been involved with Best Buddies for some time now, and I'm extremely proud to announce that Pats Pulpit is officially getting on board to help the cause. On June 3rd, 2017, I will be representing the Pulpit in the Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port – a bike, run, or walk event supporting Best Buddies programs. Now if you've been following my writing for even a little while, you know that the thought of running, biking, or walking in any capacity is enough to cause me to break out in hives, so that should say something about how much I believe in the cause.

Now in full disclosure, raising money for Best Buddies isn't without its perks; Tommy B himself will be there, as will some other Patriots legends, and there will be a big clam bake afterwards and the chance to maybe meet a few players. However, that's all fairly ancillary at the end of the day, as the amazing stories that come out of the program are worth their weight in gold.

If you'd like to contribute to the cause, click here to visit the Pats Pulpit team page - every little bit helps. Of course, anyone and everyone is welcome to join me for the event, so if you live in/plan to be in the area next June, I would absolutely love to have you aboard; just click on the "Join Team" button on that page, and we can all get to work. It would be a blast for Pats Pulpit to field a large team for the run/bike, and I can promise you no shortage of yucks as you watch me huff, puff, sputter, and cough my way across the finish line.

I know it's early, but the sooner we can start helping, the more we'll be able to give back. Tom Brady, and the Patriots, have given us all so much over the years; the least we can do is aid a very. very worthy cause.

I'll be doing periodic updates as the months go on, and hopefully I'll be able to provide some incentives for folks to donate, including but not limited to a Special Edition Alec Shane signed picture, a Fan Notes shoutout, and dinner and drinks on me for anyone either living in the NYC area or who is willing to foot the bill for airfare and lodging to NYC. But it's what we're donating to that's the real motivation, so give early and give often.

A million thank yous in advance for donating, sharing, and supporting, and as always, Go Patriots.




This trailer for Rodney Harrison: A Football Life gets me all sorts of excited

2016-09-13T14:00:04-04:00

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The former Patriots safety is being featured in one of the best documentary series around.

“Rodney is pretty much the perfect player,” New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick says to NFL Films about former safety Rodney Harrison.

This is going to be Must Watch Television, folks. Rodney Harrison: A Football Life is set to premiere on Friday, September 23rd at 9:00 PM EST, so set your DVRs and get your popcorn ready.

Harrison played 15 years in the NFL- 9 with the Chargers, 6 with the Patriots- won two Super Bowls and was one of the key defenders during the New England dynasty. This documentary is sure to be a great look at a future member of the Patriots Hall of Fame.

Watch the trailer below.

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Martellus Bennett is at Boston Children’s hospital – as a Pikachu

2016-09-13T13:00:11-04:00

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The Patriots’ quirkiest player is visiting kids and spreading some good vibes at Boston Children’s hospital today in a Pokemon costume.

If the story about Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas shooting some hoops last week with a kid playing by himself made you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, then you’ll get a double dose of the warm fuzzies once you see what Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett is doing today.

Patriots players frequently drop by Boston Children’s Hospital and visit with the kids, and today Martellus Bennett not only went to visit, but he did it in style.

This is the same guy that, less than 48 hours ago, was ruining the lives of various Cardinals as a blocker, and now Bennett’s putting a unique twist on the Patriots’ hospital visits with a getup that fans of the older Pokemon games and new-school fans alike should appreciate.

Well done, Marty, well done.

You can follow Martellus Bennett, which is highly recommended due to the frequent hilarity of his tweets, here.




LT Cameron Fleming, Patriots offensive line show promise in first game of season

2016-09-13T13:00:03-04:00

The line put two years of bad play in the past and put together a strong opening week against the Cardinals. Upon a second review, the New England Patriots offensive line did a lot better than I expected- or should I say that the left side of the line did an exceptional job. Left tackle Cameron Fleming, left guard Joe Thuney, and center David Andrews were outstanding. Right guards Ted Karras and Shaq Mason and right tackle Marcus Cannon left a lot to be desired. Fleming allowed a single hurry on the day, according to NESN’s Doug Kyed, while Thuney (strip sack) and Andrews (quarterback hit, tripping penalty) played well outside of their rare blemishes. Fleming deserves plenty of credit for holding down the left tackle position after serving as a right tackle in college and not knowing if he’d start this week. “We weren't sure of Nate [Solder]'s situation going into the game,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said in Monday’s press conference. “He practiced last week and so rather than switching everybody around, moving Marcus [Cannon] over to the left and making two moves instead of one, we weren't even sure who would have to make the one [move] depending on if Nate would've been able to turn the corner then that wouldn't have even necessitated that. I thought Cam did a credible job over there, again, blocking a couple of good pass rushers but he hung in there and gave us some plays in the running game and hung in there on pass protection, so I thought he did a pretty solid job.” Fleming will likely move back to the 3rd tackle position, although it’s possible he could step into the starting right tackle spot if Marcus Cannon’s leg injury is serious. Cannon allowed 1.5 sacks, 2 hurries, and was called for a holding penalty, so there was plenty of room to improve on the right side. Offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia has to be happy with the improvements on the line; this group is already far ahead of last season’s struggles and they will continue to improve with Nate Solder and Shaq Mason returning to full time spots in the near future. Mason was a back-up guard as he played just 14 snaps. Rookie Ted Karras was the starter with 57 snaps and he had his struggles. Karras allowed two pressures and was flagged for a holding call, so his performance alongside Cannon’s left a lot to be desired. Karras will improve as he gains experience, while Mason should help the line a serious way when his hand is healed. The continued growth of the line is a crucial job for Scarnecchia and Belichick thinks the unit if off to a good start. “[Scarnecchia] does a tremendous job with the individual techniques of the players and also in terms of making them aware of their assignments and adjustments and scheme things that come up, too,” Belichick said during Monday’s press conference. “Those two components are just huge for the offensive line, not only individually but so that all five guys understand the same thing at the same time because that's really what makes an offensive line a good line, is that they can all work together and do it cohesively. He does a great job of all of those things. “They [Arizona] have a good defensive line. They gave us some problems. We blocked them a lot but not always. They were able to have a couple of disruptive plays in there and they're a very talented group so, you know, we hung in there, we competed with them and we had some good ones and some not so good ones, but we hung in there and kept slugging it out.” The Patriots offensive line still has a long way to go, but they’ve started the season off on the right foot. The return of Solder will help the line, while the surprising performance from Fleming could strengthen the depth at offensive tackle. Cannon’s potential injury is worth monitoring as a Solder, Thuney, Andrews, Mason, Fleming line could be around the corner. Follow @PP_Rich_Hill Follow @PatsPulpit [...]



Pats Pulpit Joining the Best Buddies Challenge

2016-09-13T12:17:27-04:00

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Pats Pulpit is taking on a very worthy cause - and you can help!

When Tom Brady isn't busy throwing touchdowns, marrying supermodels, and being the subject of jealous hatred and clickbait tabloidery from the less-talented journalists out there, he's actively involving himself in a number of good causes and charitable acts. You might not hear about them all that much, because "Tom Brady donates time and money to help those in need" doesn't get the pageviews that "Tom Brady cheats" does, but Tommy B does his fair share for a number of fantastic charities and then some.

One cause in particular, Best Buddies, remains especially close to Brady's heart. Best Buddies is a global volunteer movement aimed at developing strong friendships, meaningful employment, and leadership skills for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Brady has been involved with Best Buddies for some time now, and I'm extremely proud to announce that Pats Pulpit is officially getting on board to help the cause. On June 3rd, 2017, I will be representing the Pulpit in the Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port – a bike, run, or walk event supporting Best Buddies programs. Now if you've been following my writing for even a little while, you know that the thought of running, biking, or walking in any capacity is enough to cause me to break out in hives, so that should say something about how much I believe in the cause.

Now in full disclosure, raising money for Best Buddies isn't without its perks; Tommy B himself will be there, as will some other Patriots legends, and there will be a big clam bake afterwards and the chance to maybe meet a few players. However, that's all fairly ancillary at the end of the day, as the amazing stories that come out of the program are worth their weight in gold.

If you'd like to contribute to the cause, click here to visit the Pats Pulpit team page - every little bit helps. Of course, anyone and everyone is welcome to join me for the event, so if you live in/plan to be in the area next June, I would absolutely love to have you aboard; just click on the "Join Team" button on that page, and we can all get to work. It would be a blast for Pats Pulpit to field a large team for the run/bike, and I can promise you no shortage of yucks as you watch me huff, puff, sputter, and cough my way across the finish line.

I know it's early, but the sooner we can start helping, the more we'll be able to give back. Tom Brady, and the Patriots, have given us all so much over the years; the least we can do is aid a very. very worthy cause.

I'll be doing periodic updates as the months go on, and hopefully I'll be able to provide some incentives for folks to donate, including but not limited to a Special Edition Alec Shane signed picture, a Fan Notes shoutout, and dinner and drinks on me for anyone either living in the NYC area or who is willing to foot the bill for airfare and lodging to NYC. But it's what we're donating to that's the real motivation, so give early and give often.

A million thank yous in advance for donating, sharing, and supporting, and as always, Go Patriots.




Pulling Bill Belichick’s press conference non-answers out of hat is extremely entertaining

2016-09-13T12:00:11-04:00

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The Patriots head coach loves to talk football, but if you ask him a dumb question you might get one of these standard responses.

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was downright cheery in his Monday press conference after defeating the Arizona Cardinals 23-21.

Great point, Bob Socci, Bill said. Well, Phil Perry, you understand our offensive line philosophy. I don’t have an answer for you, Mike Reiss, but that’s a good question.

Throw in a handful of thousand-word responses on special teams and coaching and you have another great Belichick press conferences.

I think that Bill gets an unfair reputation for his gruff responses to the national media because he’s usually open and willing to go deep on multiple topics if he believes in the question. Answering questions that were asked for the sake of a sound bite- How is Jimmy Garoppolo? Is Tom Brady’s job in jeopardy? Can you talk about the defense?- is not Belichick’s idea of a worthy question.

But when you get a hold of those one-word dismissals, sometimes you strike gold. SB Nation radio actually put Belichick’s responses in a hat and held a mock press conference and, well, it turns out Belichick has just a handful of non-responses that he uses all the time.

Listen below:

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Pats Pulpit Podcast Episode 048: After stunning Cardinals, what is Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo’s trade value?

2016-09-13T11:00:07-04:00

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What are some other key takeaways from the Patriots surprising victory?

The New England Patriots upset the Arizona Cardinals 23-21 and the dumbest hot takes are already surfacing. I won’t link to them, but some are actively trying to promote the idea there is a quarterback controversy in New England.

Slow yourself, folks. Garoppolo exceeded expectations and was good. He just wasn’t Greatest Quarterback of All Time good. Tom Brady’s job as starter is secure and that’s all you need to know for now.

What is more interesting is what the Patriots could get in return for Garoppolo in a trade. I’m thinking a first rounder just off of this past game. Another good game nets the Patriots an additional 3rd rounder. A third good game turns that into a 2nd. If the Patriots go 4-0, two first rounders are definitely on the table.

Outside of Garoppolo’s performance, there was an exciting football game that took place. Alec and Rich break down every aspect of the game and turn their focus on what has to improve before the Dolphins get to town in week 2.

Alec and Rich cover it all. Available in the iTunes store and via RSS Feed. Please subscribe and comment on what you want to hear about in future podcasts!

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New England Patriots links 9/13/16 - Martellus Bennett blocks out in Week 1

2016-09-13T09:32:39-04:00

Daily news and links for 9/13/16 TEAM TALK Erik Scalavino offers a quarter-by-quarter film breakdown of New England's Week 1 win in Arizona. Paul Perillo looks at who the matchup winners were on Sunday night. John Rooke View from Above: Nitpicks & Nitwits are a way of life. Andy Hart highlights Monday's Presser Points - Belichick: Dante Scarnecchia among the best ever. Infographic: Breaking down the win over the Cardinals. Lauren Williams tells us how some famous NFL fans showed their Twitter support during the game. Conference Call Transcropt: Bill Belichick. Patriots Today - Patriots locker room celebration. (1.16 min. video) LOCAL LINKS Ben Volin shares his weekly look at the key plays in the Patriots’ game after reviewing the film. Phil Perry posts five quick-hit thoughts from the Patriots' season-opening win in Arizona: 1. Garoppolo handles the moment. Mike Reiss cleans out his Patriots-Cardinals notebook: Dominating performance by Patriots special teams that contributed to winning the field-position battle. Eric Wilbur picks three things we learned after the Patriots stunned the Cardinals in Week 1: 2. Dante Scarnecchia has righted the O-Line's issues. Michael Hurley thinks the Patriots sure are a lot of fun to watch, along with other leftover Patriots thoughts. "You have to love the wrinkle of Bill Belichick messing with the new touchback rule. You give that man an inch and he will take your ruler and snap it over his knee and throw it back in your stupid face". Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Garoppolo leads the Patriots to huge upset win; Observations: Defensive game plan worked. Jerry Thornton is back with his knee-jerk reactions to Week 1, Pats-Cards. Jeff Howe looks at how Josh McDaniels played an essential role in Jimmy Garoppolo’s successful debut. Ben Volin explores how Josh McDaniels used gimmicks and deception to help Patriots win. Kevin Duffy calls New England's win over Arizona as impressive a regular season victory as Belichick has had. Mike Petraglia notes Bill Belichick proves again why no challenge is ever too big. Mike Reiss notes Bill Belichick tells WEEI in his radio interview Monday, that he probably should have called timeout quicker. Phil Perry observes Bill Belichick could have focused on any number of plays from scrimmage as the key to his team's victory. Instead he chose the final kickoff. Bruce Allen (Boston Sports Media Watch) Just like old times: A few thoughts and observations from Sun. night and the last week or so. Nick O'Malley knows the unit wasn't perfect, but the patchwork O-line held together against Chandler Jones and a legit Cardinals defense. Doug Kyed sees the Patriots' defense beginning to show untapped potential in Sunday's win. Christopher Price notes Tom Brady praised the performance of Jimmy Garoppolo while speaking with Jim Gray on Westwood One. "I thought he was great." 98.5 Sports Hub guest Boomer Esiason talks with T&R about the Patriots unexpected win in Arizona, and how he could see New England going 16-0 again this season. (2.11 min. audio) Ron Borges evaluates Jimmy Garoppolo's performance, says he was good enough to win but anxious to see what he does next. Steve Buckley has this delusion that the Patriots can "quiet their critics" with a 4-0 start. Levan Reid presents his gold stars and penalty flags from the Pats' Week 1 win. /Hey Felger, might want to read up on why Martellus Bennett gets a gold star. Ron Borges takes out his mean red pen to grade the Patriots... and puts the cap back on. Gold stars all around. Even the coaching earns an A-. Matt Dolloff knew they were coming, and the 'Tom Brady is a system QB' takes are already flying in hot. /Idiots!. Matt Burke wonders if Garoppolo vs. Brady will be 'a thing.' /Where is that eye-roll emoji? Henry McKenna (USA Today) Chandler Jones' depar[...]