A .500 Bill due in Foxborough
Page 16 of 18 -- A: I think you're right about the star syndrome. Don't get me wrong, it's not that Belichick wouldn't mind coaching Lawrence Taylor again, but with that team and with so many stars around LT, those guys kept him in line as did the iron fist of Parcells. But times have changed. Belichick doesn't like one guy being bigger than anyone else. If you think about it, he's the star. He makes more money than anyone with the exception of Ty Law and Brady. And Law will likely be gone. I would guess in the off-season, they part with Smith and draft a kid.
Two things: Denver's losing Plummer and Buerlein seems to me that the Pats will be able to overload the line and focus on Portis in two weeks. Since Denver has a great, but small offensive line, will the Pats let Ted Washington have the extra time to heal even if the leg seems to be in good shape at the time? Also, I liked when you included the cities that people are writing from. It gives us an idea of how widespread the fans in the Patriots Nation are.
-- Will Thimes, Chicago, Ill.
A: Washington will likely have some time. They're doing fine without him.
Seeing that only the officials in the booth can request a replay with under two minutes to go or in overtime, how do you explain them allowing the Dolphins to run a play so quickly after the 'so-called' catch in overtime against the Pats when he was clearly out of bounds? Don't you think that on plays like that the booth should request a replay before the next play is run? It looks so silly seeing a team rush up to the line of scrimmage to run a play before the officials call for a replay when we all know why they are doing it. They were lucky that the Patriots won the game. One more thing, it doesn't make sense to me that the coach can not request a replay in those circumstances if he still has an available time out. What's your thoughts?
-- Jeff Carter, Boston
A: Obviously the refs didn't see it, and the guy in the booth didn't see it. I'm wondering if the Patriots saw it because you'd think Belichick would be yelling for the play to be looked at. I'm not sure that happened either.
Hello, Nick. I was just looking at our schedule for the rest of the season and can only come up with two more losses -- at Denver and at the Colts. Do you think 12-4 is within reach this season?
-- Todd Zaino, New Britain, Conn.
A: Within reach, but highly unlikely. They will probably win some games they aren't supposed to win, and lose some they should win. Haven't we played this schedule game before? Does it ever work out like it's supposed to in the NFL? Continued...