Let the real games begin
Page 10 of 19 -- A: To be honest, if you saw a nose tackle that looked like Washington in the draft, you wouldn't touch him. Washington is anywhere between 375-400 pounds. Teams would consider that too much of a risk.
Nick, Enjoy your column. Keep up the good work. I had a question about the Patriots' running game. Over the past four seasons (just regular season games), when NE has more rushes than passes (or the same #) in a game, they are 17-3 (including 11 straight wins). When they have more pass attempts than rushes, they are 16-28. Is it safe to say, then, that what NE needs isn't necessarily a great running game, but just a balanced attack that focuses more on running than passing? I think NE has one of the deepest receiving corps in the NFL, but they definitely need to runthe ball more to control the clock.
-- Adam Nelsontthews, NC
A: Balance is what Charlie Weis is striving for. You have to be able to control the clock. Now the Patriots feel they can do it with a shorter passing game. But what you've outlined is what they're looking for.
If the patriots sign Big Cat Williams from the Bears all we need is a running game. Go Get Terrell Davis. Is there anyone else that could, help our running game. we need a break away threat, do you want a ring , Barry Sanders? Join the patriots, we are headed back to the big dance........
-- Rayford C. Robinson, Jackson, MS
A: Doesn't look as though Big Cat will be signed. Davis can't even start working out until November and Barry Sanders is all done. I checked on that recently. So if they're heading back to the dance, they'll have to get there with what they have.
Nick, What has gotten into Borges lately? Did the Pats management threaten to shut him out? Did the Globe editors tell him to lighten up? I always look forward to his articles as a chance to give me a sober dose of reality to balance the giddiness I get after a Pats victory (and after reading the rest of you guys wax poetic about how great everything is with the team- "Hooray for Everything!")(although I will say that none of you football guys are as bad as Hohler is in that respect). After the Giants game, Borges reminded everyone that we STILL can't stop the run, or run the ball. Which was glaringly obvious, but yet for whatever reason he was the only one from the Globe who pointed it out. About two days later, he wrote an article to the effect that "it isn't all that bad" that was sounded almost like a retraction of his previous article. Since then, he has had nothing but positive things to write about the Pats. What happened?!? Yeah, the Pats look good, but there HAS to be some cause for concern with the team, right? They aren't perfect. Why isn't he pointing it out anymore? It bothers me. I have told anyone who will listen (and many agree) that the Globe has gotten too "rah-rah" lately with its sports coverage. Borges was the last voice of "reality" who balanced the coverage to an extent. If we've lost that, as his recent articles make me fear) I may as well read the Providence Journal (the Herald, as always, is trash). Please pass this sentiment on to Ron. Thanks, Nick!
-- Matt Smith, Whitefield, ME Continued...