Seeds not yet planted
FOXBOROUGH Playoff seeding and the health of linebacker Tedy Bruschi have been hot topics among those emailing the Patriots mailbag. Despite the Patriots still being alive for the No. 3 seed which could happen with a Bengals loss at Kansas City and a Patriots win over visiting Miami -- some feel the Patriots would be better off with the No. 4 seed. A No. 4 seed would mean the Patriots host the No. 5 Jaguars on wild-card weekend, with the No. 3 Bengals hosting the No. 6 Steelers or Chiefs in the other game. A No. 3 seed would mean the Patriots host the No. 6 Steelers or Chiefs, while the No. 4 Bengals would entertain the No. 5 Jaguars. I think the best scenario for the Patriots is to get the No. 4. I could also envision the Steelers or Chiefs beating the Bengals on wild-card weekend, setting up potential divisional matchups of Steelers/Chiefs-Colts and Patriots-Broncos. Quite a few fans are curious when the Patriots will play their wild-card playoff game either Saturday Jan. 7 or Sunday, Jan. 8. Patriots executive director of media relations Stacey James said the team will officially learn the date of its first playoff game on Jan. 1. That is because the television networks have a significant say in the decision and want to see the matchups before making the call.
Due to the possibility of having a short week (season finale Sunday, playoff game Saturday), I dont think well see a core group of Patriots starters for much of the Jan. 1 game against Miami.
While e-mailers were looking ahead to the playoffs, several reflected on the injury to safety Rodney Harrison and inquired about his rehab. Harrison isnt conducting interviews at this time. He is currently at his home in Atlanta with family, attempting to work his way back into shape. He had surgery on his knee on Nov. 16.
And while Harrison was in their thoughts, so too was Tedy Bruschi after Monday nights game. Bruschi was carted from the bench area to the dressing room. He was seen limping after the game, although didnt have any crutches and was reportedly in good spirits.
A few quick hit thoughts before getting to questions:
On to the questions
Hey Mike. Happy Holidays! One question: What player do you think has been the biggest surprise this year in helping the team? A few weeks ago I would have said Heath Evans, but now it's looking more and more like Artrell Hawkins. Your thoughts?
Chris Warner, Bronx, N.Y.
A: Hawkins would be a candidate, but since hes only played five games (four starts), I think Ill give the award to someone else. What I value is a high level of play on a consistent basis, which is why Id like to see a little more of Hawkins, Ellis Hobbs (seven starts) and Russ Hochstein (six starts) before handing them Most Surprising honors. My candidates would be Tedy Bruschi (based on his surprising return from a stroke), Nick Kaczur, Rosevelt Colvin and Willie McGinest, with Patrick Pass just missing The cut. Ill vote for McGinest. Im surprised that a 34-year-old, now in his 12th season, is still playing at such a high level. McGinest has started every game, hardly leaves the field, and consistently brings his A game. That, to me, is most surprising.
I laughed when I saw the list of candidates for "Comeback Player of the Year" and Tedy Bruschi's name was missing. No one in the NFL has launched a comeback more remarkable than what this courageous player has done. Why not Tedy?
Stephen Hugh Foster, Friendswood, Texas
A: The Associated Press has an annual Comeback Player of the Year award Chargers quarterback Drew Brees won it last year but I havent seen a ballot for this season to know if Bruschi is eligible. Seems to me like he should be a leading candidate, missing the first six games of the season while on the physically unable to perform list.
Can you please explain why Bruschi is playing special teams, especially in a game like this? He is the main reason the defense has turned it around. We cant afford to lose him.
Dan Posternak, York, Maine
A: Bill Belichick said the reason was because the Patriots play to win. Its the same reason Mike Vrabel is playing goal-line tight end and Tom Ashworth is the short-yardage fullback. This has been the Patriots philosophy in the past as well; in fact, Bruschi was on the punt team in his first week back from his stroke. Mike Vrabel also plays on the punt coverage team. It ties into the Patriots team concept, that football players play football, no matter the position.
When will we find out which day the Pats will play on during wild card weekend? Do you think the NFL will give us the Saturday night game again to keep the Pats in prime time?
Steve Pye, Marlborough
A: The Patriots might get a hint later this week -- because of some of the planning that goes into hosting a game although official word likely wont come until after the season finale on Jan. 1.
Mike, How do you think the Patriots will treat the Dolphins game? I think the Pats would prefer the No. 4 seed. My thoughts are Jacksonville is a much better first-round opponent than Pittsburgh. Even if the Pats did beat Pittsburgh, the game would take its toll physically. What are your thoughts?
Marty Cormier, Chatam, Ontario
A: Jacksonville and Pittsburgh are two of the more physical teams in the AFC, so either way I would expect a hard-hitting game. I agree, however, that the No. 4 seed is a better spot for the Patriots. Also, Id be surprised if the Patriots play their regulars for much of the Miami game. Knowing the ultimate goal is another Super Bowl and that the team would have to win three games in three weeks (with two likely on the road) using that Jan. 1 weekend to recoup and rest some players seems like a smart decision. Also, the Patriots could be on a short week if they play a Saturday wild-card round playoff game.
How is Patrick Pass doing? He seems to be running well on the few plays recently where his number has been called. He's another one the Pats need for the postseason.
Bevan Manson, Santa Monica, Calif.
A: Speaking in the locker room last week, Pass said its been a roller-coaster of a season for him: It stinks watching the team go out there and fight to the end, and not being able to help. As a competitor and a football player, you dont want to feel like youre letting the team down. In my situation, you just dont want to rush back out there, because that wont do me or the team any good. But when I am out there, Im expecting to do what I do best putting the team in the best position to win games."
I was wondering what your take was on locker room leadership. It seems like some of the injured players sort of feel emasculated when they're not playing. When a player like Rodney Harrison gets hurt, does his credibility go down with the other teammates because he's not playing at that very moment or is it just in the player's mind?
Malcolm Wong, Tokyo
A: Receiver David Givens spoke about this a few weeks back, saying he went into a funk for the three games he missed this season, retreating into a shell and hardly speaking with anyone. Running back Patrick Pass expressed similar thoughts in this weeks mailbag, saying its difficult to watch teammates on the field and not be able to help them. I dont think a players credibility goes down when he is injured, but there is something to be said for backing up words on the field. In that sense, its hard for an injured player to be a leader.
I don't get it. The Pats are widely recognized as a dynasty and one of the greatest teams ever, and yet every year only a handful of players get elected to the Pro Bowl. Where's the love for Bruschi, Wilfork, Vrabel, Neal, McGinest, Colvin? Not to mention that Brady, despite essentially carrying the team on his shoulders during those injury-ravaged days and being the guy most responsible for the AFC East championship, probably deserves to be league MVP but likely doesn't have a shot. I just wonder why such a strong team gets so few individual postseason awards.
Craig Benson, Silver Spring, Md.
A: You nailed it, Craig. The Patriots are a strong team one that isnt set up for personal highlights and accolades. Take a player like Vrabel as an example. Here is a nine-year veteran who started the year at outside linebacker, where his specialty was rushing the passer and setting the edge on running plays. Now hes playing inside, shedding blockers as a run-stuffer while also chasing running backs in pass coverage. Hes played both at an extremely high level, a reflection of his mental aptitude and physical athleticism. I believe Vrabel is a Pro Bowl caliber player having a Pro Bowl caliber season. But those outside of New England probably cant appreciate what Vrabel has done maybe after Monday night they will because that would entail understanding the defensive philosophy/scheme and looking deeper than tackle and sack statistics. The Pro Bowl is all about those statistics.
Can you explain to us some of the details behind sub packages? What I mean is; how many different sub packages does a team like the Patriots have in their offense? How many on defenses? How many different players are in each package? Who on the sideline calls for the sub package to go into the game and how is it coordinated with the play calling? How is it handled with injuries? For example, does Troy Brown know going into the game that if any corner gets hurt he will then be the third corner in the nickel sub package? Or is it done more on the fly then that? When you think it through all the pieces that need to be coordinated, it makes this very complicated.
Tony Calderone, Franklin
A: This question has many layers. The first area to cover is that almost nothing is done on the fly; the team has depth charts and practices all its packages so players know when their number will be called. Also, they must be attentive on the sidelines because situations can change quickly during a game. Bill Belichick was asked specifically about sub defensive packages last week and explained that there is no easy answer. Unlike your regular defenses, your sub defenses are really segmented into your rush and your coverage because youre not defending that many running plays. So I guess I would say we probably have 3 to 4 different fronts [for rushing] and then maybe not counting the last play of the game maybe 3 different coverage combination packages."
As Gorin (a Super Bowl starter) and Ashworth seem to have done pretty well in the two games before the Jets contest, what are the chances of Kaczur being a backup? He's done well also, but Gorin and Ashworth have more pro experience.
Bevan Manson, Santa Monica, Calif.
A: Based on Monday nights game against the Jets, the Patriots want Kaczur as the left tackle and Gorin as the right tackle, with Ashworth playing the role of short-yardage fullback and occasional third tight end. Ashworth can also back up both tackle positions, so he is now the swing player at that spot.
How do the players and coaches vote for the Pro Bowl. Can they vote for their own teammates, only AFC guys, and do all the coaches vote for the players. Also, is there a chance the Pats will have a Circle of Honor or Hall of Fame building to honor the team's past accomplishments?
Sean McLaughlin, Hazleton, Pa.
A: Heard punter Josh Miller -- on his regularly scheduled guest appearance on ESPN Radios The Drive with Michael Felger -- explain how Patriots players voted for the Pro Bowl. You cant vote for your teammates and each player picks the player from the position he is most familiar. So Miller chose the punter, while offensive linemen would vote on defensive linemen, and so forth. Miller said it was a secret ballot type of set-up, with each player submitting a vote. As for the second part of the question, Patriots Executive Director of Media Relations Stacey James said there has been some initial talk about producing something like a Circle of Honor and that the first steps on something of the sort might be explored this offseason.
What made the Patriots brain trust think that Hawkins could make the transition from cornerback to safety? No one can replace Rodney, but it can't be just a coincidence that the D has jelled with Artrell back there.
Pete Clark, York, England
A: Bill Belichick said the team didnt envision playing Hawkins at safety, but depth concerns, plus Hawkins ability to quickly pick up the defense, led to the switch. He seemed pretty flexible to systematic changes and that seemed to come pretty easy to him. We talked to him about it a little bit and he felt comfortable doing it. So we started doing it and it really went pretty smoothly. He didn't have a lot of problems with it.
Love the blog. Great job. I recommend it to all my family members and fellow Pats fans. What looms ahead for the Pats in '06 in terms of player acquisitions and departures? With the Pats so close to the salary cap this year, can they keep players like David Givens? Which players do you think are most likely to go, and in what areas do you think the Pats will try to add players through trades or free agency?
Steven Weiser, Denver, Colo.
A: The big question is what will next years salary cap be? There is talk it could be as much as $7 million higher than this years figure of $85.5 million. So I dont think the Patriots current salary cap situation will strap the Patriots too much on next years cap, although there are always tough decisions to make. The uncertainty over a new collective bargaining agreement will also play a factor. Speaking with one agent last week, he said hes concerned that if an extension for a new collective bargaining agreement isnt reached, free agents will only be able to prorate signing bonuses over four years, meaning contracts might not include rich signing bonuses. Some Patriots players whose contracts expire after this season making them unrestricted free agents -- include: kicker Adam Vinatieri; offensive linemen Stephen Neal and Tom Ashworth; receivers David Givens, Tim Dwight, Troy Brown and Andre Davis; tight end Christian Fauria; and quarterback Doug Flutie. The team also has to look at restructured deals for outside linebacker Willie McGinest ($8.32 million salary cap hit) and possibly Rosevelt Colvin ($5.7 million cap hit), as well as some key players whose contracts expire after 2006 (e.g. Richard Seymour, Deion Branch, Dan Koppen). So the teams work is never done. I think Vinatieri, Givens, Seymour, Branch and Neal will be top priorities. In terms of acquisitions, Im thinking the Patriots will be looking very closely at all safeties and cornerbacks.
With the offseason quickly approaching, and many decisions for the Pats to make, do you think that Branch and Seymour will sign new contracts? I dont want to see them go.
John Freiberger, Slatersville, R.I.
A: Both players are signed through the 2006 season, which puts them in a unique spot. Because the league and the players association has yet to agree on an extension of the CBA, the possibility of a season without a salary cap exists for 2007. Assuming they want to maximize dollars, Branch and Seymour would be smart to wait until their contracts expire, thus putting them on the unrestricted market at that time (assuming they arent slapped with the franchise or transition tags). The Patriots have some other players whose deals expire after this season (e.g. Adam Vinatieri, David Givens, Stephen Neal), and Branch and Seymour will likely also be on the teams offseason radar. If I had to guess, I think both will be signed to long-term deals by the Patriots, with Seymours contract the tougher of the two to consummate.
Two questions. As much as I like Russ Hochstein's acting work on the Visa ad's "Why can't I be the director", I think he's actually a better center. Isn't the fact we're not talking about the offensive line after all that's happened this year, a good indication of the quality of their play? Also, did CBS really have a poll listing the "Top 5" coaches, and Bill Belichick was not on the list?
Steve McCarthy, Gray Court, S.C.
A: The offensive line has done OK despite not having continuity, although its also important to note quarterback Tom Brady does a great job both moving in the pocket and getting rid of the ball. Earlier this year, former offensive coordinator Charlie Weis noted that Brady put great effort into that fundamental moving in the pocket to give him an opportunity, a window, to still throw the ball. So while its fair to say the offensive line has done OK I thought they were average in pass protection on Monday night it ties in to Brady, too. As for Belichick, Im not aware of any CBS graphic that didnt list him in the Top 5 coaches, but Im guessing it was probably for Coach of the Year consideration. As you know, that award usually goes to the coach whose team has the most wins, when in actuality, the true coach of the year is the one who does the most with less, or guides his team through rocky times. Belichick would certainly warrant consideration in my book, although my final vote would go to Chicagos Lovie Smith.
Last year the Pats drafted a linebacker from UNLV, Ryan Claridge, in the fifth round. He went on injured reserve for this year, though. How is he doing and is he allowed to be at the facility learning whatever he can about his position, while not officially on the roster or practice squad?
Larry Keough, Freetown
A: Yes, per NFL rules, a player like Claridge is allowed to be at the facility while on injured reserve, yet there are restrictions to what he can do. Any player on IR is allowed to attend meetings and be a part of any physical activity that is a part of rehabilitation (including lifting weights with the team). However, the player cant participate in any part of practice with his team on the field. Any on-the-field activity that is a part of rehab must be done with trainers, apart from teammates.
Once again, a small number of late-season winning teams are confronted with the question of whether they should rest their starters as they prepare for the playoffs. Isn't it time the NFL reviewed this situation and created a scenario by which teams would have incentive to play their starters for the entire season? This would prevent late season games from being dull and predictable with pointless matches between second string players, and it would maintain fan enthusiasm. Baseball created incentive to win the All-Star game by figuring it into home field advantage during the World Series. Shouldn't the NFL consider the same motivating criteria for its teams with the best records late in the season?
Mark Gehrung, West End, N.C.
A: Interesting thought, although Im OK with the current set-up. Id be curious to know what more fans think. My feeling is that the ultimate goal is the Super Bowl and any team should do whatever it can, within the rules, to put itself in the best position to win it. If that means resting starters, rest em. Because of that, I dont expect to see a lot of key Patriots playing that much on Sunday against the Dolphins. Here is one thought should the NFL decide to act on your suggestion: How about instituting a playoff tie-breaker after head-to-head competition that gives the better seed to the team which wins its last game?
Hi Mike, I was wondering what the coaches think about the defensive secondary players. We see lots of stats on the offense and some on the defense but it is much harder to determine how the corners and safeties are doing. Sometimes there is a brief comment by a writer but not much more. And the TV views rarely gives you the type of full field shot that allows you to see how the coverage is working. So, how are they doing individually and how do they stack up to others in the league?
John Garbarino, Duxbury
A: It is harder to evaluate performance, especially with safeties. Bill Belichick once said safety is a position where the player could do everything right, and he still might not show up in a statistical sense. For example, the safety might be in the correct position every play and because of that, the ball never comes that way. As for the Patriots safeties, I think Eugene Wilson has been just OK this season. Depending on other offseason personnel moves, I wouldnt rule out a return to cornerback for Wilson next season. Artrell Hawkins has been a pleasant surprise for the short term, and has been the Patriots best player next to Wilson at safety. Asante Samuel has been up and down at cornerback and might be best suited as a nickel back. Ellis Hobbs has held up well despite being thrust into action. I believe adding to this group will be an area of focus in the offseason.
By my count the Patriots only have six players on the practice squad, not the full eight allowed. Is that for salary cap reasons?
Scott McCandless, Alexandria, Va.
A: As of two weeks ago, the Patriots were only $38,500 under the leagues $85.5
million salary cap. Practice squad players do count against the cap, and thats one reason the Patriots arent carrying eight players. Another reason is probably that, at this time, the Patriots feel they have enough healthy bodies to conduct productive practices.
With the recent loss of Theo Epstein from the Sox, and to see how the Red Sox team has fallen apart, don't you think the Patriots organization should learn from the Red Sox mistake and do everything to keep Scott Pioli. I read where the Giants are interested in him.
Mike St. Onge, Erie, Pa.
A: Pioli signed a contract extension in July that, according to author David Halberstam, runs through 2008. My take on Pioli is that there might come a time when hed like a new challenge, and if a team offers him a president title and a chance to build from the ground up (i.e. Phil Savage in Cleveland) it would be hard to pass up. But for now, I believe Pioli feels there is more work to be done in New England and hes committed to seeing that work through. Also, I believe he has a strong loyalty to Bill Belichick, who helped him break into the NFL.
I have two questions. Why does Tom Brady not get the MVP consideration compared to other quarterbacks? In my mind, the MVP this year is either LaDainian Tomlinson or Shaun Alexander, who are both touchdown machines, not to mention LT catches about as many balls as David Givens does (no offense to David, I am just giving credit to LT). I feel that Cincinnati (with Carson Palmer) and Indy (with Peyton Manning) can survive on their running game, not to mention their defense. Both are among the league's greatest. The Bengals are 7th in the NFL in rushing yards per attempt as of the end of Week 14, and the Colts can survive with any above average quarterback, with James in the backfield, and Harrison, Stokely and Wayne catching passes. If you subtract Brady from the Patriots, you are left with an aging defense, not to mention a team that is 26th in the league in rushing yards per attempt. This brings me to my next point. Corey Dillon is aging, and that means his productivity is decreasing, and will continue to decrease. I think we need to get a running back in the first round of the draft this year. Defense can wait until the second or third round. As we have seen this year with the Pats, a great (passing) offense can survive with an overall mediocre defense, although we are definitely getting better.
Dan Sullivan, Andover
A: Bradys candidacy for MVP has spiked in the last few weeks. Last week, I put Brady, Tomlinson, Alexander, Palmer and Manning as my top five MVP candidates. Probably should have Tiki Barber in there, too. My vote would go to Alexander, although I think Brady has been terrific. My question is whether the MVP award is really for the most valuable player, or is it for the best player? On the running backs, I would expect the Patriots to add a draft choice at that position to lessen Dillons load a bit. You can find some good ones in the middle rounds, though, so I wouldnt spend a first-round pick at that position unless I was sure it was a cant-miss prospect.
The defense has played well since the insertion of Hobbs at corner and the return of Seymour, but special teams are still a problem area. Entering the Jets game on Monday night, punt and kickoff returns have been mediocre and the coverage teams haven't been dominating. What can be done to improve performance in these two areas?
Paul Lynn, Missoula, Mont.
A: Bill Belichick said this was an area in which the Patriots struggled earlier in the season, improved in the middle of the season, and have since regressed. So I think the team has the personnel to play better, its just a matter of players elevating their level of performance. Staying disciplined in their lanes while running down the field, and polishing off tackles, is where I would start.
Do you think when the Patriots play the Colts in the playoffs, the Patriots will bring extra personnel in the box to shut down Edgerrin James and force Peyton Manning to beat them with his arm?
Anthony Powell, Boynton Beach, Fla.
A: First, there is no guarantee the Patriots will face the Colts in the playoffs. Should it happen, however, I think the Patriots will play the run primarily with their front seven, a group that is playing exceptionally well right now. Because the Patriots have been so solid in stopping the run with their front seven, it has helped the pass coverage.
Mike, Do you think the Colts may idle too long without playing competitively and hurt themselves? For example, knowing the Pats, they'll play hard through the Miami game to get momentum and confidence rolling. The Colts are taking the opposite approach. Interesting.
Jim Kelleher, Northford, Conn.
A: The Colts had a lot of momentum going before losing to San Diego in Week 14. I am a believer that confidence is a big part of the game and right now Indianapolis has a fractured confidence. Getting that restored, I believe, is the Colts biggest challenge at this point. I still believe the Colts will be favored in any game played in the RCA Dome; while their confidence has taken a hit, they remain the favorite in the AFC. On a side note, I fully expect the Patriots to pull back on some of their key players in the season finale, knowing they will have to play three games in three weeks (likely two on the road) to advance to the Super Bowl.
Following Ty Law's so-so season with the miserable Jets, wonder what the possibility is of a return to the Pats at safety if the numbers are right. The Jets wont pick up his huge option this spring, and Belichicks record converting cornerbacks to safeties looks pretty good these days with four corners in the defensive backfield. I recall Ty saying that he might move to safety if/when he lost a step.
Pete Clark, York, England
A: Its an intriguing possibility, and the key words were if the numbers are right. I think Law is going to look for big bucks and given the Patriots long list of offseason contracts to tend to (e.g. Adam Vinatieri, David Givens, Stephen Neal, and possibly Richard Seymour and Deion Branch), I dont think its a fit. Also, I think the Patriots preference at safety would be a younger player in the mold of Indianapoliss Bob Sanders, someone who can grow in the defense and lock down the position for years to come. I think Law would be a short-term fit.
Just want to ask about two supposed malcontents in Buffalo Eric Moulds and Sam Adams. The Pats always seem to be needing receiver depth, and Moulds traditionally seems like a good player who doesn't get headlines because of the Buffalo offense in recent memory. And I salivate at the thought of Sam Adams as the huge run stuffing DT paired with Wilfork. It would be a rehash of the 2000 Ravens with no linebacker help required on inside runs when the Pats would go into the 4-3. I don't know about Adams's history, but I always got the idea of Moulds as a blue-collar player, probably frustrated with the current regime along with Adams. I wasn't too clear on the context surrounding them, so though I would ask for your thoughts.
Alex De Nadai, Athens, Ga.
A: Two solid players. Adams is under contract through 2006 but could be cut ($3.8 million cap hit in 2006, including a $750,000 roster bonus), while Moulds is signed through 2007 although carries a $10 million cap hit in 2006. Like you, I dont know much about their current situations, but I think the Patriots would be very interested in Adams should he become available and the price is right. Bill Belichick called him one of the best in the league in October. As for Moulds, it would probably be tied into the Patriots ability to re-sign David Givens. Currently, the Patriots have only two receivers signed through 2006 Deion Branch and Bethel Johnson.
A question completely unrelated to anything happening at present with the Pats. Did Andy Katzenmoyer ever attempt a comeback and what's he doing now?
Robert Sedlack, Salisbury, VT
A: As of September of this year, Katzenmoyer was living in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio. He never did try a comeback after sustaining a cervical injury playing football. The agent who represented him, Neil Cornrich, previously said Katzenmoyer is involved in a number of activities.
I saw your comments on the injury reports, and my feeling has always been that Belichick fudges the injury reports. He probably does feel the system should be overhauled, but I guess he figures that as long as the league doesn't discipline him, he may as well take advantage of it. Many times over the past few seasons, I have witnessed Belichick listing about half the starting lineup as "questionable." Another teams "probable" or "doubtful" is all questionable for Belichick. He is trying to get away with as much as he can. I bet the Patriots use the probable and doubtful designations less than any other team. Other coaches have also been shady with their injury reporting, most notably Jim Mora Jr. with Michael Vick before the Patriots game. My opinion is that the NFL should discipline coaches like Belichick and Mora (and many others) who deliberately play games with the injury report. I think the reason Belichick uses questionable so much is that he figures that the NFL can't discipline him no matter what he does (whether he plays the player or not).
Sidney Mandel, Flushing, N.Y.
A: Technically, the Patriots reporting of injuries is within the NFL rules. So unless the NFL changes its guidelines, itd be hard to fine the Patriots. My feeling is that the Patriots reporting of injuries namely listing every player as questionable -- is an act of defiance toward what they feel are poorly written and executed rules regarding injury reporting.
I have one request for the Gillette Stadium crew, or whoever is responsible for the scoreboard. Bring back Ah-nuld! Remember that old footage of Governor Arnold screaming his lungs out from the Predator movie? That silly anvil thing they have been playing doesn't even make sense. If you want a boost in crowd noise on third downs and other big plays, Arnold will do the trick.
Andrew B, Stratham, N.H.
A: Well see if Arnold makes a return on Sunday against the Dolphins. Until then, hope everyone has a great new year.