A .500 Bill due in Foxborough
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Hey, Nick, I really, really like Mike Cloud. But the Pats are acting like Kevin Faulk is the running back of the future. Mike Cloud has the power of Jerome Bettis in his prime and the speed of Emmit Smith in his prime, and I think he is the future of the Pats running game. Why won't the Pats play him more when he does start?
-- Jeremy Koss, Comstock, Mich.
A: I think they're trying to be fair to Faulk. He hasn't done anything to lose playing time.
nfl.com (the words "field goal blocked" just aren't the same as seeing it play out on TV), I saw Ty Warren's name pop up as being involved in a number of plays. How's he gelling with the team? In your opinion, was he worth top pick and is he going to be a long-term impact player? Love the column! I miss the Red Sox already. Did we have a great team or what?
-- John Kraska, New York, N.Y.
A: Warren is really coming on. Not as good as a rookie Seymour yet, but he was in on some plays against the Fish.
Do you know how the Patriots won last Sunday? You can thank the Cubs fan who caught the foul ball. If the Cubs were playing in the World Series Pro Player stadium would be an all grass field. Easy field goal for Mare.
-- Les Wilker, Deerfied Beach, Fla.
A: Can't believe Mare missed that. Can't believe he had it blocked. Even when Seymour isn't blocking the kick, he's in a field goal kickers head.
Hey, Nick to bad Bill couldn't manage the Red Sox! How much longer can we keep this great play up with all the injuries?
-- Andy Falvey, Scottsdale, Ariz.
A: Great question. You almost feel its unfortunate they have a bye coming up in two weeks. You just hope they're not peaking too soon.
Nick, I love your q/a weekly; it makes the l-train ride home faster every week. I think that the owner, coaches, and players on the present team (you can even throw in the waterboys and girls and fans for that matter) are simply incredible and deserve a ton of credit when you consider that they have been able to go 5-2 (we really should be 6-1) given the injuries, distractions (i.e. Milloy release and the incredibly wrong Tom Jackson comment) and the brutal schedule the first half of the season. Heck, Belichick even looks like he is having fun and our season looks even brighter when you look at today's modern athlete such as Terrell Owens in San Francisco and can only think someone has to give T.O. a time out just to curb his selfishness in a team sport. Just watching Owens is sufficient proof for me that the Pats should keep on spending the high draft picks on the less glamorous - albeit critical -- positions on defense (i.e. the Seymour's of the world) - and not on the media enhanced and more glamorous positions such as quarterback, wide receiver, and running back. My question is when Ricky Williams was traded to Miami, did New England attempt to get him? In addition, if you are the Pats general manager, who do sign as a free agent running back or draft to solidify the running back position? (Maybe the bills will give us a gift and trade us Travis Henry). With the winter months fast approaching, I just cannot see us advancing deep into the playoffs or making the playoffs without the running game vastly improving which would require a healthy and hungry Antowain Smith). I apologize for the long e-mail and would like to know your thoughts.
-- Bart F. Higgins, Chicago, Ill. Continued...