Let the real games begin
Page 11 of 19 -- A: Well, I can't speak for Ron, but I can speak for our football coverage in general. I think we have great football coverage because when things are going well we can be very positive, and when things aren't going well or if there's an issue that requires a critical story, we're certainly not afraid to write that. Since Ted Washington arrived it's hard to put a spin on it that the Patriots have trouble stopping the run, because the addition of Washington has likely improved that. We react to what's happening. When you go 4-0 in the preseason and appear to have improved the biggest concern - your run-stopping - it's hard to put a negative twist on that one.
Hi, Nick. I know why the Patriots missed the playoffs last year. Payton Manning does to because he must have been pushing for a divisonal change after the beatings he has taken from New England over his first five or six years. I really think the Patriots had the Colts number. I would mark the calender every years twice with a victory epecially when Payton Manning visited Foxboro and even before that Jeff George. Your thoughts on this topic thanks.
-- Eric J. Moss, Warwick, RI
A: Yes, I agree. I think the Patriots defensed Manning much like they did Bledsoe. The Patriots do play Indy this year, but I think the Colts have a much better team. They have a very good running game, an excellent offensive line and a very fast defense.
Nick, Thanks for a great weekly series. As a long term Pats fan (since 1972) and former season ticket holder now living in SC, I crave any and all information I can get my hands on. It is very frustrating that all the pre-season games are not shown nationally (NFL ticket only carries regular season) and the Pats are rarely on Internet Radio. In reading the play by play I am concerned with Brady's completion percentage - Washington 9-18 Eagles 14/24 can you help me out with what the problem might be? Is Brady inconsistant or are the receivers droppng the ball or both? The scoring has been good, but incompletions can kill a drive and ball control. Thanks and keep up the good work!
-- Harry Patterson, Beaufort, SC
A: He completed just under 61 percent of his passes in the preseason, threw six TDs and no INTs. Not bad. It was only preseason, too. I think he's trying to work through an offensive line that has had some instability, especially on the right side because of injuries. Brady has said he feels the offense has been inconsistent, but they have scored a lot of points. Continued...