New York state of mind
Page 19 of 19 -- -- Matt Maslin, Reading, MA
A: Great point Matt. When a respected guy like Tom Donahoe says the Patriots have set a high standard, you know teams are trying to duplicate what the Patriots have around the league. There's no question that among the many coaches and executives I've spoken to the past few weeks, they all want the Patriots have. I've had GMs ask my opinion on whether I think Charlie Weis or Romeo Crennel would make good head coaches. Other teams looking for a model, definitely have the Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles in mind.
Nick, Why isn't Tom Brady getting the MVP consideration that he deserves? Can you imagine the Pats offense without him? We'd certainly not be 12-2 and the #1 seed in the AFC. Why aren't the Boston sports media promoting MVP consideration for Brady? Are they too consumed with A-Rod talk?
-- Rob Hazelton, Salem, NH
A: I think you're right about the A-Rod talk. I think it's consumed the majority of the sports public in New England. As for Brady, I think he is the MVP of the Patriots. But when you compare him to Manning or McNair, in the eyes of the national audience which includes players, coaches and media, he comes up third, and sometimes fourth behind Trent Green.
Nick, I feel that the only way Drew Bledsoe can revive his career is getting out of Buffalo. here is why, I think each game he plays he is trying to prove Bill Belichick made a mistake and each week he presses more and more and makes more and more mistakes. A move for him say to an NFC team would do wonders for his career and it would take the pressure of him a great deal.
-- Patrick Flynn, Granby, MA
A: Good point Patrick. But it might just be that he's seen better days.
For some reason it just seems week in and week out that sports commentators and analysts are waiting for the Patriots to stumble and say, "See I told you they weren't that good. I told you they couldn't win without a dominant running back or big play wide-out." And each week, they seemingly climb up hill through all the non-hype (they must be the least talked about 12-2 team in the history of the NFL) and go out and win. Assuming they hold true and go deep into the playoffs and - NFL Gods willing - win it all. What do you think the team looks like next year with regard to Ty's contract situation, coaching changes, the age at LB and the number of draft picks we have. Also, are they any college punters worthy of a third of fourth round pick?
-- Joshua Dessalines, LA, CA
A: Well, you know the team will look a little different next season. They're trying to get younger gradually, so it's likely you'll see some of the 30something players disappear. Ty will restructure but he won't take a cut. Ty Poole also goes year to year because of his family situation. And if Charlie or Romeo get a head job, the offense/and or defense may look a little different. Nothing stays the same which is why dynasties are tough nowadays. As for punters, the Pats certainly have enough picks to draft one, but at this time I couldn't tell you who the guy would be and I doubt they know either.