New York state of mind
Page 2 of 19 -- Pennington is well-schooled in New England. He helped knock them out of the playoffs last season. he didn't play in the first Pats-Jets meeting at Gillette when Vinny Testaverde was at the helm.
"I think the Patriots have a unique ability to find a way to win a football game. No matter what the situation is, somebody is always coming up big for them and it is not necessarily the same guy every week. Someone always finds a way to make a play and get the momentum in their favor and they turn up on the winning side. That is a tribute to their team and to their coaches, how they stay focused for 60 minutes. This is going to be a 60-minute battle. You cannot let up one second, because that one play could be the deciding factor in the game," he said.
If Brady wasn't the Pats QB, you'd want this guy running your offense.
Tom Coughlin looks to be the choice to replace Jim Fassel in New York (Giants), but it appears Charlie Weis is going to get a lot of support from the media. Weis' dream job would be to coach the Giants. He's learned a lot from Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick. Steve Serby of the New York Post asked this week who I thought Weis reminded me of. I told him that you can definitely see the Parcells personality except nicer.
Rosevelt Colvin was on the Patriots sideline for the Miami game. The Patriots star free-agent signing is progressing from a hip fracture incurred in the Philadelphia game in Week 2, and it appears there are positive signs based on his level of healing, that Colvin should be a factor next season. "From what I'm hearing," said Colvin's agent, Kennard McGuire, "he's going to be ready to play next year. He seems to be coming along fine." What is not known is exactly when Colvin would be able to resume normal football duties. Training camp still appears to be an optimistic goal, but nobody is willing to project definitively Colvin will make it back by then. Colvin's salary and salary cap hit go up next season. He's due to earn $2.105 million in compensation which includes a $1.6 million base salary, the second payment of his original signing bonus ($500,000) and a $5,600 workout bonus. His cap will rise from $1.56 million this season to $3.1 million.
McGuire also represented Antowain Smith. In his discussions with the Patriots, McGuire believes the Patriots like Smith on the team and will want to work something out to keep him. Smith is due a $2 million bonus in March. "We're certainly mindful of what's ahead for him, and we understand it's something we would have to work through," McGuire said. Continued...