The Texan trap
Page 6 of 25 -- Do you envision the Patriots and Bills making another deal this offseason?
New England has a lot of draft picks and Buffalo has Travis Henry, what do think?
-- Daniel Mateus, East Providence
A: I doubt it.
I recently read that Belichick's title with the Jets was Assistant Head Coach/Secondary Coach. Why was he not the coordinator? Was Groh the coordinator? Was this a sign of disrespect by Big Bill?
-- Scott Burgess, Chicago, IL
A: Right. Al Groh was the coordinator.
This is a comment to the man who asked about where to watch the Pats in Montreal. Try Peel's Pub on the corner of Peel and St. Catherine's streets. I watched the Pats beat the Steelers there in 1998.
-- Dan Carter, Boston MA
A: Good choice.
What happened to the Brady meter??? I thought it was pretty funny, and there are endless episodes to reference.
-- Carlos Gomez, Amherst
A: I know. I guess the Boston.com folks got a lot of requests to get rid of it.
I'm taking a trip to Miami the weekend the Pats play the Colts. Do you know any sports bars there where Pats fans gather to watch the game? I'm a season ticket holder and don't want to miss a minute of another great season.
-- Ken Macek, Narragansett, RI
A: Ken, let's see if the power of this forum can help you find a place. I'm sure our readers will come through for you prior to the Colts game.
In regards to the Rush Limbaugh comment about Donovan McNabb. I know what Rush said was wrong. But, I honestly don't think he meant it in a hurtful or racially degrading way. On the other hand, why can Warren Sapp call the NFL commissioner and those "higher up" who run the league "Slave Masters"? I don't think that Warren Sapp and his multi million dollar contract knows the first thing about slave masters or being a slave. I find his comments much more slandering than those of Limbaugh. Why is it okay for Sapp to say these things?
-- Joe Sawhill, Des Moines, Iowa
A: Joe, it's a great point. I don't think either comments are appropriate.
I know, I know, everyone says it but Nick, I really mean this. I thoroughly enjoy your column and the insider feel it has. Keep up the good work!
I have a question and a comment. In last weeks column, both in the opening section and in an answer to at least one question, you seem to place the blame for the rift between Parcells and Belichick squarely on Belichick's shoulders. You mention how he left the Jets even though he had been groomed for the head coach position and given a $1 million bonus. I see it this way, Belichick was tired of working in Parcells shadow for so many years and wanted to do things on his own in his own way. Was he wrong to not want to be Parcells puppet? After all isn't that what he would have been with Parcells still in the Jets front office? I firmly believe he would have been head coach in title only and his only way out from under Parcells thumb was to move on. Granted it was handled poorly but I certainly don't blame Belichick. The shabby way Parcells left the Patriots was, in my opinion, far worse. Spending half his time in New Orleans, Super Bowl weekend, on the telephone to the Jets main office (I read he placed more than 50 calls to Hempstead NY that weekend). My comment is a minor one but because I look forward to your insights I have to ask. You publish a writers list of questions and often times you will only answer one or two of them in your column. It would be better if you either answered all of an individuals questions or only printed the ones you answered. Thanks again Nick!