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New England Patriots links 2/13/18 - Offense in pretty good shape

Daily news and links for Tuesday

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Marcus Cannon
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  • Evan Lazar notes that amid all the holes to patch in rebuilding the team, the Patriots have Tom Brady still at an MVP level, McDaniels back at his side, and the type of offensive stability that most teams can only envy.
  • Ryan Hannable gives us a position-by-position breakdown of what lies ahead for Patriots this offseason.
  • Zack Cox takes a position-by-position look at the Patriots roster - Quarterbacks: Pats must prepare for life after Brady, and Running backs: Is Dion Lewis as good as gone in free agency?
  • Mike Reiss follows through on his Super Bowl review with his snap-count analysis that shows where the Patriots’ game plan came up short: ‘Big nickel’ didn’t pay off.
  • Ryan Hannable takes a look at how Bill Belichick hasn’t maximized the Patriots’ assets in recent years.
  • Ben Volin shares his thoughts about all that’s been going on with the Patriots as they progress into the offseason — and not much of it is positive. /yeesh.
  • Doug Kyed ranks all 62 Patriots players who took the field for the 2017 team.
  • NBC Sports Boston passes along a report that Patriots assistant QBs coach Jerry Schuplinski is returning in 2018.
  • Nicole Yang thumbnails the two leading candidates to be the Patriots’ next defensive coordinator.
  • Mike Reiss identifies some career parallels between Tom Brady and Paul Pierce, who have both taken financial cuts to help out their teams and both respond to hard coaching.
  • Kyle Gaudette believes Michael Jordan is an Eagles fan because they stopped Tom Brady from getting his sixth championship, the only thing Jordan can cling to in the Greatest Athlete of All Time debate. “Brady is the greatest athlete we’ve ever seen.”
  • Michael Muldoon disagrees. “Tom Brady is the greatest athlete among mortals. But Michael Jordan never seemed a mere mortal.”
  • NBC Sports Boston hears Tedy Brushi with some advice for Eagles’ Lane Johnson on how to celebrate a world championship.
  • WEEI notes Patriots LB Marquis Flowers had quite the morning on Twitter, which included going off on a reporter, the Eagles’ Lane Johnson, as well as his critics. /Flowers is my new favorite follow.
  • NBC Sports Boston notes LB Marquis Flowers takes aim and jabs back at Lane Johnson.
  • talks with Marcus Cannon and his wife Alyssa who just bought and renovated a house in Wrentham after six years of shuttling between a rented farmhouse in Foxborough and their hometown of Fort Worth, Texas.
  • Julian Edelman posted on Instagram that he was “truly honored tonight to be inducted into the College of San Mateo Hall of Fame.”
  • Troy Brown (TB80) Have a ‘Gansett with Troy at Bar Louie! Thursday, February 15 6:30-8:30.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Andrew Luck is apparently extra-motivated to face the Patriots following Josh McDaniels staying in New England. /Get back to us when you start throwing again, Mr. Luck.