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  1. It is too early to tell for sure, but I commented in another thread it is nice to see all of the QBs being somewhat successful.  Sure QBs should be successful against 3's, but remember the last 3 or 4 preseasons? How many TDs did we have then?  Is it the WRs being better? Probably.

    But also, the QBs and the offenses look comfortable and in-sync.  Even Flynn (who only started practicing a few weeks back) and Johnson (who wasn't even on the team a few weeks back).  Also, notice how the offensive scheme and play calls changed from one QB to another.  Finally an offense geared to the type of QB/players we have.  We stretch the field both Vertically and Horizontally.  It is refreshing.

    Again, too early to tell and PS is meaningless, but it is at least optimistic.  Last few seasons we were explaining away why the Offense looked so flat in the PR.

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  2. Personally, I think we need to move on from Geno; forget his play, clearly his is still immature, can't read defenses ("you are not going to do anything" and he should duck next time -LOL) and he has lost the locker room (except maybe Marshall).

    Either way (and regardless of who makes the team), it was refreshing to see all of the QBs looked good; yes, sometimes it was against the 3's, but they are supposed to look good there.  Last few years, none of the QBs looked good even when playing with the scrubs.  We have some rhythm and consistency and seem to move the ball well.  Flynn just started practicing and Johnson was only on the time for a week.  Yet there was still some rhythm, consistency, and the offense played like a team.

    Looks like we finally have an OC and a system that the QBs can thrive in (even if they aren't very good).  I also liked how the schemes and play calling adjusted to the personality of the QB.  Flynn stayed in the pocket, they rolled Johnson out and had him run QB sneaks.  Wow, and OC that adjusts to the QB and players - amazing.  It is also amazing on how good the OL and run game is when the offense isn't predictable and they stretch the field both horizontally and vertically.  The days of 4 guys running a 5 yard pattern when they need 6 are finally over.

    I am not saying we are playoff bound, but the Offense looks promising for a change.

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  3. I think the Pats cheated (not sure what Brady knew before the accusations came out), but if you read the ruling, you can't really argue with it.  The NFL messed this up big time.  The investigation was a joke, Goodell is a ....

    That being said, the problem with this isn't Brady getting to play - hey the prosecution stunk, the problem is that some judge just told a corporation how to run their company.  Also, I still feel that this isn't an equipement issue, but hey Goodell is a bully and a thug, and eventually (or often) these guys fall hard.

    Best thing can happen now is that Goodell steps down and the NFL comes up with a clear set of rules, regulations, and punishments and prepares proper investigations.  Due to this mess up, no team or player is ever going to admit anything anymore unless the NFL gets its act together.

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  4. You will be immediately outed as a non-Patriots fan (I'm sure that would be horrible, lol) if you try to pass off that characterization of the "everybody does it defense".  As all true Pats fans know, the everybody does it defense does not go to liability -- it goes to the magnitude of punishment and the accompanying self-righteous indignation. 

    So, the more accurate experiment would be if the cop, after he pulls you over for speeding, berates you for what a horrible person you are, says repeatedly that you are violating the "integrity of the road", then arrests you and impounds your car.  At that point, I think it's fair to say, "c'mon man, everyone does it". 

    Actually, in MA if you are speeding fast enough, they can arrest you and impound the car.  Not saying NFL is right, just everyone does it isn't an excuse for not being punished.


    But I get your point.

  5. QBs like QBs at different levels, some like it overinflated(Rodgers likes it overinflated, is that cheating?) and some under.  it's not a big deal, I like how they are starting to discuss WR gloves which have basically been legal cheating for a long time. 

    Yes QBs like the ball to be inflated differently; that is not a crime.  The rule allows for some variation.  Overinflated is 't cheating if it in the proper range. The problem is that this variation was too much; worse, if they did what they are accused of, they inflated the ball correctly, got it inspected, and then altered it.  I don't know what Brady knew or didn't know before the fact, but it appears he has been helping to cover it up since then.

    Wearing the gloves isn't illegal, yet so no harm, no foul.

  6. Strong, quick and mean but also knew how to wrap guys up and go for the ball at the same time.  Wish he had been a Jet.

    I seem to remember, had we lost one more game that year, he would have been a Jet; Giants picked before us, we then picked Freeman McNeil.

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  7. Trust me, every team is looking for an edge.  whether it was using stickum way back when or bill walsh messing w/ headsets or not covering a field w/ a tarp.  teams always look for any edge they can gain.


    comparing using PEDs to a slight deflation of a football is a bit of a stretch.

    1. I think there is a difference between looking for an advantage and plain out cheating.  When the Pats used the weird formation against the Ravens that was pushing the envelope.  What Minn did with the footballs (putting them in front of the heaters) is an equipment violation (it wasn't explicitly forbidden) but they got caught and fined; Inflating balls, having them inspected and then deflating them is outright Cheating.  It is doctoring the balls with an intent to hide it.

    2. If a SLIGHT deflation of the balls isn't a big advantage then why do it?  Really, if the Pats didn't think it was going to help, they wouldn't risked getting caught

    3. I am tired of the everyone cheats BS; if anyone thinks it is okay because everyone cheats try this experiment: Take you car and drive it 15 MPH above the speed limit, when you get pulled over yell at the cop that everyone does it and then refuse to cooperate - see what that gets you; I assume that he will just let you go (sarcasm).

    4. People complain about the investigation, how long this has taken and that Brady was dragged through the mud; consider this, if every team is looking for an edge and this was all that it was, why not fess up when it happened.  You didn't hear Atlanta and Cleveland whining this year when they got caught.  They admitted it, took their punishment and it was over.  When the Pats got caught, the complained, stalled, destroyed evidence, and failed to cooperate.  Had the Pats pushed the deflator under the bus and admitted it instead of hiding them, this would have been over months ago and the punishments would have been much much smaller.

    Why if the Pats are soooooo good do they need to cheat so much?  If it wasn't for the Pats arrogance about with the NFL (you tell me what you want to ask these guys and I will see if I will allow it).  They never admitted to doing anything wrong (in fact BB never admitted to wrong doing in SpyGate); the fought this every step of the way and then complain that they get slammed.  Man up and take your punishment... it will go easier.


  8. some QBs like them overinflated, some under.  it's not a big deal either way.  if people think that is why Tom is the best QB of his generation and possibly the best of all time they would be mistaken.

    It may not be why Tom is a great QB, but it could explain why the Patriots fumble rate went from about normal to well below normal once this new rule went into place.  It may also explain why their fumble rate doesn't increase dramatically when it gets colder like other teams.


    Either way, cheating is cheating.  If a ball happens to be a little low - yes, that isn't a big deal, but if the Pats did what they were accused of and properly inflated them, got them inspected, and then tampered with them, then it is a huge deal.

    Imagine if baseball players substituted balls with harder cores to hit the ball father, or softer cores when their pitching sucked.  Or bobsledders messing with weight after inspection, or F1 messing with the cars, etc.  Any other team/sport and they would be banned for a year if not a lifetime.

    I don't know what Brady did or knew (since the NFL messed this up badly), but if he did this than he got off easy with 4 games.  If he didn't know at first, but is stonewalling to protect his team or legacy he deserves to be suspended as well (just ask the Saints and Peyton).  And the fact that he is so good makes it more ridiculous as he shouldn't have to cheat to win.

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  9. It’s an important point, because the failure to investigate or to discipline Feely under similar circumstances shows that the NFL may have been acting arbitrarily in Brady’s case.

    - the Pats were also caught with improperly inflating kicking balls, but since they weren't tested and then tested again, there was no further investigation; a different ball was used.


    I think it is important to differentiate between an equipment error and bringing balls to be tested, and after they are approved, changing them.  That isn't an equipment issue that is all out cheating.  You can argue that the NFL didn't determine who did the cheating, but they are different things...

    Of course if the NFL weren't a bunch of buffoons, this would have gone a lot better for all parties.

  10. hmm; not sure i would get the FBI involved; yeah the NFL sucked on this, but do you really want a full  investigation about deflate gate?  Most NE fans are calling this a sham, but if the Pats had nothing to hide, why stonewall the investigation?  If that FBI gets involved and there is a real case, subpoena will be issued; I am pretty sure nobody wants that...

  11. wtf are they going to settle?  Please, tell me.  A ruling was made because the NFL thought a rule was broken, a punishment was handed out. 

    So the only possible thing that 'settle' means in this case is a reduction of the suspension so that the issue goes away.  And since this is the case one side of the 'settle' issue that being Brady has zero to lose and everything to gain.  The NFL has nothing to gain and everything to lose.

    If I was a lawyer for any player from here on out that gets suspended I would insist on the same court proceedings afforded to Brady and get the league to settle.

    In a settlement, both parties gain that the are guaranteed to not have the worst case scenario: for the NFL it is no suspension and everyone is going to always appeal, for Brady it is a 4 game suspension.

    What does Brady have to gain by settling?  If they agree to a 2 game suspension, he gains back 2 games, the process is no longer over his head, he and the team know exactly what is going to happen and when it is going to happen so that they can plan accordingly.  So, if he doesn't settle and looses, he looses 2 extra games, has this hanging over him and distracting him for several more months, and possibly has to serve the suspension during the end of the season or even the post-season.

    Brady may decide that he would rather not settle and loose and claim that he never settled or agreed to wrong doing and the possibility of pushing the suspension out until next year (and maybe retire); so I am not suggesting the Brady should settle, but to suggest that Brady has nothing to loose by not settling is a bit silly in my mind.

  12. I also live in New England and I am amazed at the level of ignorance on sports radio up here from otherwise usually smart guys.  These guys have been worshipping at the Brady altar for just a little bit too long and when you combine this with an ignorance about burdens of proof and deference to arbitration rulings they aren't able to perceive the posture of this matter.  They are convinced that because there is no "smoking gun" and there may have been flaws in the reports that Brady will get no suspension whatsoever.  They even trot out some "lawyers" to support this position.  The merits aren't entirely irrelevant but the real question is whether the NFL acted within its rights under the CBA, which I think it did.

    Some of the talk radio is quite funny; Brady wouldn't do it; they even talk about 'beyond reasonable doubt' (which applies to criminal activities) but some of the programs are reasonably objective (all things considered).

    My favorite argument is that the NFL should give in because this has been going on too long and it didn't take this long for any of the other cases and that everyone else gets a break when they appeal.  When someone points out that unlike the other recent situations (Atlanta, Minnesota, etc) the Pats didn't admit doing anything wrong, they stonewalled the investigation, refused to cooperate and Brady filed the appeal, and then appealed again and refused to give and that is why it is taking so long - well that person get scrucified.

    In fairness, however, the investigation and the wells report was a joke; not complete and certainly not impartial.  The only ones who messed this up worse than the Pats and Brady is the NFL.  Goodell made a mess of this.

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    My read of this case is that the Judge saw that the NFL was being particularly stubborn so he proceeded to point out everything that they did wrong in order to try to get them to yield.  He could rule in Brady's favor, but I wouldn't read too much into what he said at the settlement hearing.  He could think that Brady got screwed or the investigation was shoddy but still uphold the suspension because the NFL was within its rights under the CBA.  Indeed, I think that is the most likely outcome.


    I don't know why people don't get this; well actually I do; I blame the media.

    I was watching NFL channel for a bit and they had some lawyer on stating that the case is only about whether Goodell had followed CBA rules, etc. and it had nothing to do with deflated balls or Brady's innocence, and then they asked Dukes and some other ex-player what they thought and they said that Brady will win, the balls didn't effect them beating Indy, blah, blah, blah.

    So, after providing real information from an actual Labor lawyer (or maybe some analyst retelling what a labor lawyer said), they give the final word to some ex-player yahoos who don't know what they are talking about.

    Public opinion keeps tying the outcome of this ruling to Brady's guilt/innocence and that is why Brady is fighting it, but in reality this hasn't been about Brady since Goodell ruled  and Brady filed the appeal in Federal Court.

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  14. Dee does not suck; he has just been injury prone but at least he can play when he is on the field.  Pryor has shown NOTHING to indicate he can even be a decent back up. If he wasn't a 1st round pick him would get cut in next round of cuts.  He still might. 

    New GM, new coach; if he doesn't 'earn' a spot, they will let him go; no question in my mind.  Mac gets a pass on Idzik's draft (as long as the player doesn't perform).

  15. Face it, Coples is an OLB, and that's not going to change any time soon.  With brand new systems in place, the coaches are using the preseason to get players up to speed for the regular season.  They are not going to waste this precious time to conduct an experiment or as some sort of deception tactic.  It would be a different story if there was an established system, coach, and players in place for multiple years.

    With that being said, Coples is at his best with his hand in the dirt, so that's where I expect him to be much of the time.  Either way, this will be Coples' last year here.  He's a decent player, but his motor sucks.  I believe the new regime will be moving on when he becomes a FA after this season.

    Davis doesn't have any motor issues, but his instincts aren't great.

    Both players will be starters in 2015, but there is no guarantee either of them are here long term.  Davis has a better chance to stick around after this year because he'll still be on his rookie contract.

    Here is the problem the way I see it, Coples isn't a great OLB, but he is likely better than what we have (especially with the injuries); while he is better at DE, he isn't close to the best DL we have.  We are stacked at DL, and not at OLB; this is why he was moved before; this is why AA was moved to CB.  He is in a bad place here.

  16. so your opinion is if he felt either way, one side is right and would either uphold or vacate it would be right, he would be a judge by telling them to settle?  Ok, then I just don't agree that's what a judge should do, thought he should dispense justice and this would be justice.  

    I 100% agree with you on that.  I said earlier on, law doesn't seem to be about justice or common sense.  But, either way it isn't justice.

    That is the rub here; no matter what the Judge ruled it wouldn't be a guilter/not guilty verdict.  It is just a question of was the NFL right in their interpretation of the CBA. And unfortunately that is why neither side will give an inch.

    Goodell won't budge because he doesn't want to loose the power to appeal and appear weak

    If you think Brady is guilty this case doesn't mean anything (other than he didn't get away with it); if you think he is innocent he doesn't get vindication.  It sucks all the way around.

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