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    weeisports: Vince Wilfork on Belichick's decision to bench Wes Welker: "Biggest game of the year so far.... I wouldn't have done it"

    Ian R. Rapoport RapSheet Patrick Chung on the fake punt: "I take full responsibility. Leave Bill alone. Leave Scotty O. alone. My mistake."

    Mike Reiss MikeReiss Veteran DL Gerard Warren, a free agent, says he wants to play an 11th season. Hopes it is in New England.

    shalise manza young shalisemyoung Gronk: 'it hit us now - we don't have football this week?'

    Mike Reiss MikeReiss Good news on injury front: OLB Rob Ninkovich says his knee injury is not serious. Six weeks to recover. He thought it would be worse.

    Christopher Price capeleaguer Feels like the last day of school here in the Patriots locker room. Kyle Love takes the nameplate down from above his locker.
     
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    2011 Patriots Draft Picks

    This is the list of the Patriots draft picks going into the 2011 NFL Draft:


    1st Round – #17 (OAK – Richard Seymour)
    1st Round – #28
    2nd Round – #33 (CAR – 2010 3rd Round)
    2nd Round – #60
    3rd Round – #74  (
    MIN – Randy Moss)
    3rd Round – #92
    4th Round
    5th Round
    6th Round (NO – David Thomas)

    Picks traded away:

    4th Round (SEA – Deion Branch) (via DEN (Maroney)
    6th Round (DEN – Laurence Maroney)
    7th Round (ATL – Quinn Ojinnaka)
    Conditional Draft Pick – Round Unknown (KC – Jarrad Page)

     
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    Brady: I didn't have the flu

    January, 17, 2011

    By ESPNBoston.com

    Boomer Esiason
    of CBS Sports, speaking on WEEI on Monday morning, said he was struck by Tom Brady's uncharacteristic performance on Sunday against the Jets and questioned whether the league's probable MVP was battling the flu.

    "Tom Brady was off," Esiason said. "I don't know what was wrong with him yesterday. I don't know if he had the flu, he had the cold, or whatever it was. He just didn't look like the player that we have seen in the last eight weeks at any point in that game."

    Esiason added, "He just wasn't right. There was something -- I don't know if he wasn't feeling right or wasn't comfortable, or if it had anything to do with the Wes Welker [punishment]. I don't know."

    For his part, Brady quietly denied being sick when asked about it during his appearance on WEEI later in the morning.

    "I didn’t have the flu. I felt fine. I’ve been dressing warmer as the season’s gone on. I felt fine," he said.
     
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    Quick hits from Belichick

    January, 17, 2011

    By Mike Reiss

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Quick hits from Bill Belichick’s season-ending news conference:

    No regrets on offensive approach in fourth. Belichick was asked about the team’s run-first approach in the fourth quarter, and how the offense chewed valuable time off the clock instead of going to a no-huddle attack. Looking back on it, would he have done anything differently? “If we score on that drive, it’s a one-score game with five minutes to go,” he said. “It’s not the position you want to be in, but it’s not a bad position to be in.” Asked a follow-up on going to the hurry-up, Belichick said: “I wouldn’t have done that."

    Adjusting to the Jets’ approach. With the Jets playing more zone coverage, Belichick was asked how long it took to adjust. He pointed to the Patriots’ first two offensive drives and how they moved the ball down the field. “We had an opportunity to score a lot of points on those two drives and we ended up with three,” he said. “That’s not what we hoped to end up with based on the way those two drives started. We felt like we should have had more points than that. I didn’t think it was something we couldn’t handle or didn’t have the adjustment to as the game went on.”

    Fake punt questioned. Belichick would not get into details about the costly fake punt in the second quarter, which punter Zoltan Mesko said was called by personal protector Patrick Chung. “We could go through 1,000 hypotheticals. What happens, happens.”

    Coaching in the Pro Bowl. The Patriots’ coaching staff will lead the AFC team in the Pro Bowl. The losing team in the divisional round of the playoffs that has the best record gets the assignment. “It’s definitely not where we want to be, but we’ll go out there and do it.” Asked if he will do some free-agent scouting, Belichick said: "Based on the level of tempo of those practices, no," he said. "We'll scout the golfing."

    Returning for a 12th season. Belichick was asked his thoughts about returning for a 12th season. His answer: “Pretty much the same as being here for an 11th season or a 10th season."
     
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    Branch reflects on season, future

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. --Wide receiver Deion Branch spoke to reporters in the Patriots' locker room on Monday, as players cleaned out their lockers and departed for the start of the offseason.

    "We have something to look forward to -- next season. You can't dwell on one year," Branch said. "The season didn't end the way we wanted it to end. But once we look at it, we still have a lot of stuff to hang our hats on.

    "We had a great year. 14-2. Best team in the league in the regular season, but it wasn't in the postseason," Branch continued. "We see some things we have to tighten up on. You also look at the fact that of the teams that are still playing, we beat all of those teams."

    Asked about head coach Bill Belichick's final speech to the team on Monday, Branch said he sent players a positive message.

    "He spoke about a lot of positive things. He hit on every subject," Branch said. "It was worth-while and I think all the guys took it in and understood exactly what was going on."

    Unlike past offseasons, the upcoming months are full of uncertainty, as the NFL and NFLPA have yet to reach an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. A lockout for the 2011 season looms.

    "The only thing we can go off of right now is that we're not close," Branch said of the negotiations. "But I'm optimistic that a deal can get done. I'm optimistic that there will be football next year. When? I don't know. I can't say. But I will and I do believe that at some point next year you all will be in the locker room again."

    With the current CBA set to expire, players will not be able to take part in normal offseason activities. Instead, players will take their development into their own hands.

    "I think in the meantime, the nucleus guys -- the receivers, all the skill guys -- are going to try and get together at some point and start getting some stuff together," Branch explained. "If there's no league then we will have to take that initiative upon ourselves."
     
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    Kyle Love KyleLove74 Never will forget what #FOXBORO has done for me, thanks for all the LOVE and SUPPORT!
     
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    Patriots.com PATRIOTSdotCOM [audio] Brandon Meriweather on WEEI - 1/17/2011

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    The Big Nickel: Patriots still in shock over loss as rookies discuss playoffs and team faces looming labor questions 
    By Christopher Price (WEEI)

    Aaron Hernandez cleans out his locker as the offseason started for the Patriots on Monday. (AP)

    FOXBORO — The five most important things to know about the Patriots on Monday:

    1. Patrick Chung (whose appearance was covered here by colleague Mike Petraglia) was one of several players who took time out from packing up their lockers to reflect on the end of the season. It was a group that included wide receiver Deion Branch, tight end Rob Gronkowski and cornerback Devin McCourty, as well as linebackers Rob Ninkovich and Tully Banta-Cain.

    Chung’s admission that he was the one who botched the fake punt was the big news of the day, as the safety, who was working as the up man for punter Zoltan Mesko, said “blame me” for what happened.

    “Of course, there are regrets,” Chung said. “That’s part of the game. That’s all on me, not Bill, not [special teams coach Scott O’Brien], none of them. I take full responsibility. I just saw a look we have. That’s how it goes. Make the call and it didn’t work out for us. Leave [Patriots coach] Bill [Belichick] alone, leave Scotty alone. I take responsibility, blame me.

    “There’s no if. There’s no if. I didn’t catch it. That’s part of the game. That’s part of the game. Some things happen, you have to bounce back from it. That play is over now and it didn’t work out for us. I take full responsibility. No one else.”

    Meanwhile, 12 hours after the loss to the Jets, the rest of the locker room was still dealing with the aftermath of the defeat.

    “We obviously are all in shock. We weren’t expecting this to happen. It was one of those things where all you can do is just reflect and hope you do better going forward,” said Banta-Cain. “We had gained some momentum from the regular season going into the playoffs, and it kind of felt like we had some good steam behind that momentum, and for it to come to a screeching halt, no one was expecting that.”

    “I think everybody different thought process on how the season was going and how it ended,” said Branch. “But I think it all comes down to the fact that it ended the way we didn’t want it to end. I think that’s the biggest thing. We can all put our own spin on it, but it just didn’t end the way we wanted it to end.”


    2. Belichick and the Patriots are now in a curious spot — the uncertain labor situation involving the new Collective Bargaining Agreement has the league facing murky future.
    Belichick does have some history in this area, having worked an assistant coach when work stoppages altered the 1982 and 1987 schedules, and he knows enough to know that as a coach, he has very little control over the situation.

    “It’s different, but similar to two other situations I was involved in in ‘82 and ‘87. It’s the same type of thing,” Belichick said. “I’d say if you are in the business long enough, that’s part of it. It’s uncertain in that situation. I’m certain it will get resolved in time … whenever that is, at some point. In the meantime, you do what you can do. Those things are all out of my control as a coach. I don’t deal with any of that. Whenever it’s resolved, it’s resolved. In the meantime, we’ll do the best that we can with the opportunities and the information that we have.

    3. As far as the players were concerned, there was guarded optimism in the New England locker room that a new labor deal will get done in time for the 2011 season.“Hopefully something gets done. I know there’s going to be football next year —  there’s going to be an NFL season, so you’ve got to prepare yourself like there is, and hope for the best,” said linebacker  Banta-Cain. “A lot of guys have contract situations and different offseason situations. That being said, you know there’s going to be a season next year, so I think the best thing is to just prepare yourself to be the best player you can be next year.

    “There’s been many strikes. There’s been many work stoppages. There’s just too many people that love football and too much going on … I don’t see this as the end of football. But it’s going to have to get worked out somehow.”

    “There’s a lot of uncertainty. The only thing we can go off now is that we’re not close. We’re not close, but I’m optimistic that it’ll get done,” said Branch. “I’m optimistic that there will be football next year. I can say that. When? I don’t know. I can’t say, but I will and I do believe that at some point next year, you all will be in the locker room again.”

    Branch added that, at least among the skill position guys, there’s a plan on the table to get together, regardless of the labor situation.

    “I think the nucleus guys — the receivers and all the skill guys, we’re going to try to get together at some point and start getting with [quarterback] Tom Brady,” he said. “That stuff is going to come from within the guys. This stuff, if there’s no league, then we have to take that initiative upon ourselves to make that happen.”

    4. With Sunday’s loss, McCourty put the wraps on one of the most notable rookie seasons in Patriots’ history. Finishing with seven interceptions, he played in all 16 games, and developed into one of the best young cornerbacks in the league.

    “It’s been a good experience, going out there and being able to play as a rookie,” McCourty said. “I’ll take away all the different things I’ve learned on the field and off the field, and just go into the offseason work hard and try and get better.”

    McCourty was one of 16 Patriots players who were making their playoff debuts on Sunday. While he and fellow rookie Gronkowski acknowledged that the pace of the game changes in the playoffs, McCourty added it’s what’s at stake that’s even more important.

    “The intensity is a lot higher [in the playoffs].” Gronkowski said. “It’s a one-game season every single week. You can sense it out there that it’s a lot more hyped up. There’s a lot more intensity.”

    “You’re playing for another day of practice. You’re playing for another day here in the facility,” McCourty said. “I don’t know as much as a football game changes, but what’s at stake changes. I guess a little bit of the mentality changes because you’re playing for another day. You’re not just going out there and playing knowing you have another game next week. if you don’t have another game, that’s it.”

    As for Belichick, he doesn’t put stock in the idea that it was the mistakes of the younger players that ultimately doomed the Patriots against the Jets.

    “I think that collectively — as a team — we lost. I think that everybody that played in the game sure has plays that they would like to have back,” he said. “There were mistakes out there by rookies, veterans, players in between, coaches. In that game, I think there’s something that each and every one of us that participated in the game or competed in it, I feel like there’s something that we could have done better, something we’d like to have back. I think that includes everybody. I wouldn’t just limit it to any single player or any group of players. I’d include the veteran players in there along with everybody else.”

    5. It’s off to the Pro Bowl for the New England coaching staff, as the elimination from the playoffs means Belichick will guide the AFC squad for the second time in his coaching career, and it’ll mark the first time since the end of the 2006 season that he’ll be headed to Honolulu.

    “It’s definitely not where you want to be, but we’ll go out there and do it,” Belichick said on Monday morning.

    His first appearance at the Pro Bowl was an illuminating experience for Belichick. He has talked on several occasions about how it helped him get to know opposing players like Ed Reed, Adalius Thomas and Chad Ochocinco on a different level when it came to pursuing possible free agents. It even helped squash a simmering feud between him and LaDainian Tomlinson.

    Belichick was asked if he’ll be doing some free-agent scouting this time around.

    “Based on the level and the tempo of those practices, I think that’d be pretty minimal,” he said. “[I’ll] scout the golfing.”

     
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    NFLprguy
    Jets-Pats most-watched Div Playoff game ever-43.5m ave viewers.
    2)Dallas-Carolina, 1/5/97, 42.7m;
    3) KC-Houston, 1/16/94, 41.1
     
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    Mike Reiss MikeReiss Planning for next year underway, as Pats extend deals for OL Ryan Wendell, S Bret Lockett and DL Darryl Richard, our own Mike Rodak notes.

    Those players were all exclusive rights free agents. Only way they wouldn't be back was if team decided not to bring them back in fold.
     
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    shalise manza young shalisemyoung ProFootballWeekly/ProFootballWritersAssn postseason honors announced - Tom Brady voted MVP, Bill Belichick coach of year

    also, Brady and Jerod Mayo named all-pro; Devin McCourty and Rob Gronkowski named to all-rookie team

    Zoltan Mesko named all-rookie as well
     
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    Patriots start offseason of uncertainty

    Reiss By Mike Reiss
    ESPNBoston.com

    http://sports.espn.go.com/boston/nfl/columns/story?columnist=reiss_mike&id=6032343
     
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    Patriots roster by contract length

    January, 18, 2011

    By Mike Rodak


    http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/new-england-patriots/post/_/id/4692100/patriots-roster-by-contract-length-4?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
     
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    You're a well of Info Rocky. Good stuff
     
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    Rocky, I just want to thank you for all your condensed posts during the season.

    I have not posted since Sunday, I feel really gutted. Until next time...take care.
     

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