Titans pose tough challenge
Page 8 of 18 -- A: I don't think I ever wrote or said Harrison wasn't a suitable replacement. I would have preferred the both of them together. I blame the Patriots on Milloy. If you no longer feel Milloy is the player you signed to that contract, I think you knew that in March, didn't you? I'm not sure how anyone can justify cutting a player of that magnitude that close to the start of the season. If the Patriots miss the playoffs by a game, or miss home field advantage by a game, or go in as a wild card as opposed to a divisional winner, you can point to that decision affecting the outcome of that one game. All contracts get renegotiated. It was the intent of Milloy's former agent, Ray Anderson, that the contract would be renegotiated after this year and before a $2 million option bonus kicked in. Even Anderson didn't believe the deal would be redone prior to this season. As far as Poston fattening his own wallet, will we ever know? He did negotiate and he did present a bottom line number that he would accept on behalf of Milloy. He said he would accept an $800,000 pay cut from $4.4 million to $3.6 million. The Patriots wanted him to go (originally) from $4.4 to $2.5. They came up to $3 million.
Nick, After hearing all of the great preseason comments about Daniel Graham's development, he still appears to be "Missing in Action" as an important component of the passing game. Are the Pats simply not calling his number, or does he still not know the pro game. I hope he's not the tight end version of Hart Lee Dykes! I'm interested in your observations.
Bill Olsen, N. Chelmsford, MA.
A: They got him involved a little more against the Jets and Redskins. I've got to believe that role will expand. Graham blocks well and I think for the moment they feel they need max protection for Brady given his elbow injury. You also have a very productive Christian Fauria.
Hey Nick, Don't you think if Klecko lost 25-30lbs that he could be an excellent linebacker? Maybe of the Zack Thomas/Levon Kirkland variety?
Ed Johnson, Claremont, NH
A: I think that would be too much weight for him to lose. I don't really believe he's 280 pounds. I would make him a middle linebacker rather than mess around with the outside stuff and nose tackle.
Nick, Why do you hate the Patriots? Can you accept that they traded away Drew Bledsoe
Jeff Smith, Wellesley MA
A: Judging by your E-mail you're a student at Babson, which is a great school which is why I'm so disappointed in your question. I have to give you an "F" for a baseless question, and an "F" for not paying attention in class. I don't hate the Patriots and who cares whether I "accept" the trade of Drew Bledsoe? I've written a hundred, maybe a thousand times that I didn't agree trading Bledsoe to Buffalo, a divisional rival. So far, my opinion on that hasn't changed. Continued...