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New England Patriots links 1/23/20 - From 2010 to 2020, Comparing rebuilding years a decade apart

Daily news and links for Thursday

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Jerod Mayo spans the decade from player in 2009 to LB coach in 2019
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  • Tom E. Curran takes a detailed look back at what went wrong in 2009, the 2010 rebuild, and ahead to determine if the elements are in place for yet another rebuild in 2020 to embark on a third consecutive decade of dominance.
  • Phil Perry examines the hurdles facing the 2020 Patriots and reasons for optimism moving forward. “Given the way the current roster is constructed, this particular bounce-back could be even more challenging.”
  • Alex Barth addresses five non-Tom Brady offseason questions the Patriots need to answer. 1. How ‘all in’ do they want to go at pass catcher (WR/TE)?
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Why New England should not re-sign Joe Thuney.
  • Darren Hartwell wonders if the Patriots will re-sign Devin McCourty.
  • David Furtado (LastWordOnSports) Free agent team fits: Eric Ebron.
  • Evan Lazar’s Patriots Season in Review: Isaiah Wynn gives Pats an answer at left tackle.
  • Katie McInerney starts up the Tom Brady tracker: The latest news on the Patriots quarterback.
  • Andy Hart relays Joe Namath’s thoughts on Tom Brady’s possible ‘transition’.
  • CBS Boston notes a Brookline resident writes a post about Tom Brady the hockey dad in praise of his parenting.
  • Phil Perry profiles some Senior Bowl participants that look like prototypical Patriots.
  • Nick O’Malley notes RB Kenjon Barner only a Patriot for a short time and admitted he was ‘speechless’ when he got a Super Bowl LIII ring: ’I was like, Is this a mistake?’
  • Hayden Bird lays out the short version and the long version of the ‘tangled legacy’ of the Jimmy Garoppolo trade.
  • Ryan Hannable refutes the narrative that Jimmy Garoppolo was just a passenger with 49ers this year.
  • Ryan Hannable posts the trailer for ‘The Great Brady Heist’ being released Feb. 1st, and highlights WEEI guest Gotham Chopra of ‘Religion of Sports’.
  • Justin Leger notes that in a trailer for his upcoming E:60 special, Drew Bledsoe recalls thinking Tom Brady would simply be another Jason Garrett - a quarterback who barely ever started but would be ‘one of those guys that’s just going to be around forever’.
  • Matt Vautour highlights Tom Brady on ‘Peyton’s Places’: Brady, Manning trade wisecracks, stories, praise and Jim Nantz jokes on ESPN-Plus series. /Still won’t pay ESPN for it.
  • Alex Barth says when Eli Manning becomes eligible, he will become one of the most contentious Hall of Fame candidates in recent memory.
  • Nick O’Malley details the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown 2020: Start time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch.
  • Michael Hurley reignites the deflategate passions with a five-years-later look back the most nonsensical and preposterous scandal in the history of professional sports.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate is joined by Niners expert Brian Snow of ‘Snowman In The Morning’ to talk Jimmy G in SF. (27 min.)