New York state of mind
Page 5 of 19 -- -- Laura Badgett, dorchester
A: Good attitude, Laura. What I would say is since the Patriots have come this far, they need to finish it off. I know the prevailing thought is the Patriots should be a playoff team for many years to come, but when you get the chance to win another ring, you've got to do it because you have no idea what will happen year-to-year.
Hi, Nick. Happy holidays to you and your family and congratulations on finally weeding the yahoos out of the mailbag. They need to get a life. My question is regarding Tom Brady's touchdown ration at home vs the road. If my stats are correct, he has only thrown for one touchdown at home. Is this just a fluke or is there a reason for it? Also, what's your opinion on the field conditions during Snow Bowl II. I think the field held up pretty well, no doubt aided by the underground heaters. Thanks!
-- Delinda Deline, Peabody
A: Right. He now has three TDs at home after the two vs. Jacksonville. Interesting. I hadn't noticed until you brought it up. Part of it is the dominance by the defense at home, overshadowing the need for offense. Otherwise, I'd consider it a fluke. The field has been fine for this time of the year. It's chewed up, but what can you do?
Bill Belichick is no longer the co-QB coach and now gets to spend a lot more of his time with the defense. I haven't seen this written or talked about once all year and I think it is a major reason why the defense is performing at this level. What do you think of this? I know last year Belichick was quoted as saying he spends very little time with the defense and much more with the offense because he was also the QB coach. If you agree with my point, I think it would make a great Wednesday "On football" column. Thanks
-- Jerry Cohen, N.Y., N.Y.
A: It would be a good column, but I don't think he's spending any more time with the defense. The players tell me that Romeo does the game plans and makes the calls during the games. I'll keep checking, but I'm not sure anything has changed.
Nick, Are we seeing the end of Troy Brown in New England? I think this year reminds me of his career, sort of reminds me of Ben Coates in '99, when his production dropped off a lot.
-- Sean McLaughlin, Hazleton, Penn.
A: Great question. A lot of people speculating that Troy won't be around next season, but as you can see by his play vs. Jacksonville, he's such a clutch player. Continued...