A .500 Bill due in Foxborough
Page 12 of 18 -- A: It's frustrating. Graham has more talent than McMichael. It's just one injury after another. There are some players who go through this and then are OK. Remember Paul Molitor? Always hurt in his first few years with the Brewers and then he settled into a Hall of Fame career.
Incredible Miami game! Quick question: What does the NFL do with the money they get from player fines? Do they donate it to charity?
-- Brian Loughlin, Watertown
Did David Patten play against the fish or is he still injured? I didn't see him in the game. Also, with the release of FB Larry Centers, do you think we'll finally see more of my underused favorite, Patrick Pass? With the current edition of the Pats playing so well, do you think that any of the eligible players (Gessner, Neal, Jones, Mruczkowski) will now come off the PUP list, or will they be moved to the IR?
-- Steve Alpert, Norwell
A: Patten was dressed but didn't see much action. Still nicked up. As for Pass, I think you'll see him on special teams only now because McCrary will be the primary fullback.
Hi, Nick, Great column! That Pats' win in Miami was clutch, with the D-line really shining. Can you tell me, though, what the heck they were doing on offense at the end of regulation? Brady starts the drive with a bullet for 20 yards or so and then they huddle up, waste lots of time, and run twice? With no timeouts left? What a wasted opportunity. Luckily it didn't come back to haunt them.
-- Don Buck, Hyannis
A: Well, Charlie Weis' offense, in part, has the component of running the play the defense least expects. Except now the defenses are watching for those draw plays and sweeps. They did it with Larry Centers, and the defense caught up to it. I know the element of surprise was a big factor, but nobody was fooled.
Hi, Nick. A very special win against Miami, but if Mare had made the field goal in OT wouldn't we be talking about the play calling by Charlie Weis? Specifically the two running plays on the pats last possesion at the end of the fourth quarter? I would have felt better if we had at least made an effort to throw the ball (re: get out of bounds and stop the clock) and failed.
-- Ken D., West Boylston
A: Ken, we just addressed it. You're right, Weis would have been Grady Littled.
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-- John Aliapoulios, Palm Desert, Calif.
First, what a game. Second, did you hear the CBS postgame show after the Miami game? If you listened to Marino, you would have thought that the Marlins had beaten the Dolphins. He and Sanders refused to give the Patriots any credit for the victory, preferring to complain about the baseball dirt. At one point Esiason implored them: "You have to give Belichick and New England some credit." Esiason is the most unbiased national sportscaster that I know, not because he plugs the Pats, but because he seems to call it like it is. What the Pats have done in the past 3 weeks is pretty incredible, and he simply acknowledged it. And the Fox show is an even bigger joke. It's clear that those guys don't even watch the games.
-- Chris Brown, Chicago, Ill. Continued...