Pick a side Shaughnessy...

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    Pick a side Shaughnessy...

    Brace yourself, NFL. It looks like Bill Belichick plans to come back from the lockout with guns blazing.

    There's always fear and loathing around the Patriots. NFL coaches don't like the presumption that Bill is smarter than everyone else in the fraternity. Any time New England falls it's a happy day for the rest of the league. There was much titillation when the undefeated Pats lost the Super Bowl in Glendale, Ariz., in February of 2008. Seeing the Patriots lose a home playoff game to the Jets last January no doubt made a lot of Pats haters happy.

    Hope you got it out of your system, people. Because it looks like the Patriots are loaded. Again.

    "Belichick is through screwing around,'' an NFC executive told The Boston Globe's Greg Bedard during last Thursday's 31-14 New England drubbing of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "What we saw tonight, if that's the way they continue to go into the season, is a complete departure from what we saw last season. They're not reacting. They're dictating.''

    The book on the Pats last year was that they were soft defensively. They were woeful on third down and couldn't mount any kind of a pass rush. Sure, they went 14-2 during the regular season, but the Jets attacked Tom Brady and beat the Pats in Foxborough in the playoffs.

    Losing to Rex Ryan and the Jets in January was abject embarrassment for the Patriots. It was like getting fired by your ex-wife's new husband.

    Playoff failure is a sore subject in Foxborough these days. While putting together some pretty nifty regular-season records, the Pats haven't gone anywhere in the tournament. Fact is, they haven't won a playoff game since the 2007 AFC Championship Game. This means that 13 teams -- the Seahawks, Jets, Ravens, Packers, Steelers, Bears, Cowboys, Cardinals, Colts, Vikings, Eagles, Chargers and Giants have all won playoff games since the last time Belichick and Brady won a playoff game.

    The Pats can't even claim to be dominant in their local market anymore. This is the high renaissance of New England sports and despite winning three Super Bowls in this century, the Patriots have the longest championship drought among greater Boston's four professional sports teams.

    So now Belichick is back. With a vengeance.

    Talk Eagles all you want. Philadelphia has assembled a Dream Team of veteran talent, drawing comparisons with the Miami Heat.

    I say the greater threat comes from New England.

    In New England's first preseason game, the Patriots scored on their first eight possessions en route to a 47-12 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. And that was without Brady. Mr. Gisele played in the second game against Tampa and led the Pats to a 28-0 first half lead. The first touchdown drive lasted five plays. The first two touchdown passes were caught by Aaron Hernandez and Chad Ochocinco and there was not a Buccaneer in the same Zip code on either play.

    "They did not treat this like a preseason game,'' said Tampa defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. "That's why they are who they are.''

    But it is not New England's offense that should worry the NFL. We all know about Brady and weapons Wes Welker, Deion Branch, Danny Woodhead and now, Ochocinco.

    The new threat is on defense. Belichick has gone back to working on what made him great in the first place; stopping the other team. Hoodie won't admit it, but he's gone to a 4-3 defense and he's bringing the house on just about every play. He's brought in every lineman he can find. Albert Haynesworth and Shaun Ellis haven't played yet, but fourth-year linebacker Jerod Mayo looks ready for a breakout season and it's clear that changing packages and pressuring the quarterback will be priorities.

    Defensively, the Patriots are deep and their swarming attack made the Bucs look pathetic.

    "I think the score is a little bit deceiving,'' Belichick deadpanned after the rout in Tampa. "The first half probably wasn't quite as good as it looked. ... We can do better and hopefully with this long week (the Pats have eight work days between preseason games) we have in front of us now we'll be able to allocate more time to getting things done at a higher level and also putting in some new things and expanding our installation as we head closer to the start of the regular season.''

    Preseason is not regular season. The Jaguars and Buccaneers might be terrible teams. Nothing really counts until a team starts winning playoff games. The Packers are the defending champs and the Eagles are the flavor of the month and Rex again says his Jets are Super Bowl bound.

    All that said, it looks like the worst fears of Patriot-haters might be realized. The lockout figured to help teams with veteran coaches and tested quarterbacks. The Patriots have both, in spades. They have a system unlike any other system.

    They have a coach who loves to scheme, a coach who's had too much time to think about that loss in the desert almost four years ago.

    We are only halfway through a preseason after a protracted lockout. There is so much we do not know. But the Patriots look like a monster team. A lot like 2007.

    Be afraid, NFL. Be very afraid.

     
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    It's about time Hoodie got some fire back in his belly. I think spygate and the crushing loss of a perfect season on a freak play took a lot of wind out of his sails. Maybe he has woken up from his malaise and is ready to go to war again.
     
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    I don't care for Shaughnessy.  He writes with a chip on his shoulder.  Watch out if his predictions don't come true.  
     
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    [QUOTE]Brace yourself, NFL. It looks like Bill Belichick plans to come back from the lockout with guns blazing. There's always fear and loathing around the Patriots. NFL coaches don't like the presumption that Bill is smarter than everyone else in the fraternity. Any time New England falls it's a happy day for the rest of the league. There was much titillation when the undefeated Pats lost the Super Bowl in Glendale, Ariz., in February of 2008. Seeing the Patriots lose a home playoff game to the Jets last January no doubt made a lot of Pats haters happy. Hope you got it out of your system, people. Because it looks like the Patriots are loaded. Again. "Belichick is through screwing around,'' an NFC executive told The Boston Globe 's Greg Bedard during last Thursday's 31-14 New England drubbing of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "What we saw tonight, if that's the way they continue to go into the season, is a complete departure from what we saw last season. They're not reacting. They're dictating.'' The book on the Pats last year was that they were soft defensively. They were woeful on third down and couldn't mount any kind of a pass rush. Sure, they went 14-2 during the regular season, but the Jets attacked Tom Brady and beat the Pats in Foxborough in the playoffs. Losing to Rex Ryan and the Jets in January was abject embarrassment for the Patriots. It was like getting fired by your ex-wife's new husband. Playoff failure is a sore subject in Foxborough these days. While putting together some pretty nifty regular-season records, the Pats haven't gone anywhere in the tournament. Fact is, they haven't won a playoff game since the 2007 AFC Championship Game. This means that 13 teams -- the Seahawks, Jets, Ravens, Packers, Steelers, Bears, Cowboys, Cardinals, Colts, Vikings, Eagles, Chargers and Giants have all won playoff games since the last time Belichick and Brady won a playoff game. The Pats can't even claim to be dominant in their local market anymore. This is the high renaissance of New England sports and despite winning three Super Bowls in this century, the Patriots have the longest championship drought among greater Boston's four professional sports teams. So now Belichick is back. With a vengeance. Talk Eagles all you want. Philadelphia has assembled a Dream Team of veteran talent, drawing comparisons with the Miami Heat. I say the greater threat comes from New England. In New England's first preseason game, the Patriots scored on their first eight possessions en route to a 47-12 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. And that was without Brady. Mr. Gisele played in the second game against Tampa and led the Pats to a 28-0 first half lead. The first touchdown drive lasted five plays. The first two touchdown passes were caught by Aaron Hernandez and Chad Ochocinco and there was not a Buccaneer in the same Zip code on either play. "They did not treat this like a preseason game,'' said Tampa defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. "That's why they are who they are.'' But it is not New England's offense that should worry the NFL. We all know about Brady and weapons Wes Welker, Deion Branch, Danny Woodhead and now, Ochocinco. The new threat is on defense. Belichick has gone back to working on what made him great in the first place; stopping the other team. Hoodie won't admit it, but he's gone to a 4-3 defense and he's bringing the house on just about every play. He's brought in every lineman he can find. Albert Haynesworth and Shaun Ellis haven't played yet, but fourth-year linebacker Jerod Mayo looks ready for a breakout season and it's clear that changing packages and pressuring the quarterback will be priorities. Defensively, the Patriots are deep and their swarming attack made the Bucs look pathetic. "I think the score is a little bit deceiving,'' Belichick deadpanned after the rout in Tampa. "The first half probably wasn't quite as good as it looked. ... We can do better and hopefully with this long week (the Pats have eight work days between preseason games) we have in front of us now we'll be able to allocate more time to getting things done at a higher level and also putting in some new things and expanding our installation as we head closer to the start of the regular season.'' Preseason is not regular season. The Jaguars and Buccaneers might be terrible teams. Nothing really counts until a team starts winning playoff games. The Packers are the defending champs and the Eagles are the flavor of the month and Rex again says his Jets are Super Bowl bound. All that said, it looks like the worst fears of Patriot-haters might be realized. The lockout figured to help teams with veteran coaches and tested quarterbacks. The Patriots have both, in spades. They have a system unlike any other system. They have a coach who loves to scheme, a coach who's had too much time to think about that loss in the desert almost four years ago. We are only halfway through a preseason after a protracted lockout. There is so much we do not know. But the Patriots look like a monster team. A lot like 2007. Be afraid, NFL. Be very afraid. Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/dan_shaughnessy/08/21/belichick.patriots/index.html#ixzz0xRyQdDRT ...but yet he rips them every chance he gets.
    Posted by norichcrybabies[/QUOTE]

         Oh, God...talk about the kiss of death! Shaughnessy is almost always wrong.
     
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    [QUOTE]It's about time Hoodie got some fire back in his belly. I think spygate and the crushing loss of a perfect season on a freak play took a lot of wind out of his sails. Maybe he has woken up from his malaise and is ready to go to war again.
    Posted by BabeParilli[/QUOTE]

    In 2008 they lost Brady and ended up 11-5. That was a hell of a coaching job. They were essentially rebuilding and still won their division the last two years even to the point of having the BEST record in football last year! Yes they choked in the playoffs and we can point to that and say the coach and the team did not live up to their potential. But you can't say BB has had a bad year since perhaps 2002.
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Pick a side Shaughnessy... : I can't believe that's a Shaughnessy column.   He'll do that nationally and then turn around here and talk out of the other side of his mouth like a corporate fraud.
    Posted by RidingWithTheKing[/QUOTE]

    The other side of his mouth is his sphincter.
     
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    I don't read this guy anymore.  The Boston Globe knows exactly how many hits his articles get. If you don't want him on the staff anymore, simply don't read his column. If you click on his article, your feeding his fiction.
     
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    I don't like Shaughnessy, he walks around like a pompass azz - not the only Boston writer to do this - but the worst. I've seen this guy get boo'd out of places, locked out of Gillette and spit on. It's a lame thing watching a sports writer think he's a celebrity and he's at the top of that mountain.
     
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    [QUOTE]I don't read this guy anymore.  The Boston Globe knows exactly how many hits his articles get. If you don't want him on the staff anymore, simply don't read his column. If you click on his article, your feeding his fiction.
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    [QUOTE]It's about time Hoodie got some fire back in his belly. I think spygate and the crushing loss of a perfect season on a freak play took a lot of wind out of his sails. Maybe he has woken up from his malaise and is ready to go to war again.
    Posted by BabeParilli[/QUOTE]

    I'm fascinated by those kind of statements--what's the motivation?  It's so wildly stupid as to give pause, not in terms of the content, but how it could makes sense for a fan of a team to be resentful for having the best coach ever.  There's a small but visible coterie of Pat fans that have this weird resentment of BB (and TB) and it just puzzles. 

    That's beyond bizarre--you have the best QB in the league, and the best coach ever, which is what you pray for if you're a fan an NFL team.  The Colts for example have one of the great QBs of all time, and at least under Dungy, had very good but not great coaching.  At least they won it all one time, but nothing like what Patriot fans have been graced with.  Imagine having Jack Del Rio and Garrard.  Cause that's the alternative--as much as stinks to go to the SB and have your team lose (and I was there in Glendale--one of the worst days of my life), no team has the the odds we have each season, because of those two people, but mostly because of BB. 

    I kind of understand how a Patriots fan might be resentful of TB, out of naked jealousy.  You're a complete schlub, some total stiff in a crowd of stiffs, likely hecka fat, with a tubby wife and a crappy job, and TB is everything you will never be--he's the Football Hero writ in the largest of letters.  So if you're kind of a gash, you're yanking your panties up as hard as they can over his haircut, his hat, whatever.  Each time you see how hot his wife is, you bleat something moronic out of your jealousy: "Uhh, well, the OLD TOM BRADY wouldn't have spent time with his kid.  He'd be at Gillette earning that parking spot!!!  I will now eat eight more sliders out of self-pity."

    But BB?  Come on.  All he does is be the best.  Ever.  And he's our coach, and it's just grace, literally--how did we luck out this way?

    Anyway, I'm sort of befuddled by whiners like the above poster.  I could only wish to punish them in a way that truly fits their crime: make 'em have to be fans of the Jaguars.
     

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