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New England Patriots links 3/28/18 - Belichick speaks at NFL coaches breakfast; Digesting rule changes

Daily news and links for Wednesday

Divisional Round - Tennessee Titans v New England Patriots
Illustration of Bill Belichick speaking at coaches breakfast
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  • Erik Scalavino shares some Patriots-related news and notes from the 2018 NFL Annual Meeting in Florida: Breakfast with Belichick a stand-up routine.
  • Don Banks Snap Judgments: Musings, observations and the occasional insight gleaned from Tuesday’s coaches media breakfast.
  • Don Banks discusses the NFL’s surprising move to expand and significantly sharpen its rules against players lowering their head and using their helmets to make contact.
  • John Rooke’s View from Above: An open letter to NFL ownership.


  • Jeff Howe talks about Bill Belichick and his plan for the Patriots that includes not only the current season, but also looks years ahead.
  • Ryan Hannable puts the kibosh on those post-Super Bowl LII rumors of Bill Belichick’s imminent retirement.
  • Mike Reiss considers Cordarrelle Patterson as an intriguing possibility on special teams and on offense.
  • Zack Cox speculates on what we can expect from Cordarrelle Patterson in his first year with the Pats.
  • Mike Reiss looks at the Patriots options at left tackle, a position Belichick acknowledges the team hasn’t had to worry about very often.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Will the right left tackle fall to the Pats?
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) 5 Patriots draft needs and prospects.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots Draft Profile: Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond.
  • Doug Kyed says anything is possible since the Patriots signed Tim Tebow five years ago, so now we have to consider the rumors of their interest in Johnny Manziel.
  • Tom E. Curran believes the new NFL catch rule will only create more uncertainty.
  • Zack Cox NFL Rumors: Super Bowl LII refs were ‘legislating on the fly’ with catch rulings. /Pats fans caught on to that immediately.
  • Michael Hurley opines on how the new helmet rule figures to significantly impact both sides of the ball. “Defensive players instinctively lower their head when attempting to make tackles, while running backs and ball carriers often lower their heads in an effort to run through opponents.”
  • Logan Mullen notes Adrian Clayborn is not a fan of the NFL’s new helmet rule.
  • Mike Reiss reports the owners tabled the ‘McDaniels Rule’ which could change hiring practices during the playoffs.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: LaAdrian Waddle is leading candidate to take the left tackle job; More.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Patriots Notebook: Some disguise on defense in 2018?; Pats visit with Manziel again; More
  • Ryan Hannable reports the Patriots are hosting potential first-rounder Texas A&M WR Christian Kirk.
  • Mark Farinella checks in to remind readers (once again) how long he has been covering the Pats and see what they’ve been up to this offseason.
  • Tom E. Curran highlights a Wall St. Journal interview with Gisele Bundchen, conducted just prior to the Super Bowl, in which she indicated she wouldn’t attempt to persuade Tom Brady, to retire.
  • Kevin Slane previews the upcoming story in The Wall Street Journal Magazine in which Gisele Bundchen revealed plenty about her and husband Tom Brady.
  • Joshua Schrock recaps Jason Whitlock’s wild rant predicting the crash of the Patriots dynasty in 2018 and comparing New England to Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War. /lols.