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New England Patriots links 11/03/20 - 2020 Patriots paying the price for past three Super Bowls

Daily news and links for Tuesday

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  • Mike Reiss highlights Bill Belichick’s WEEI interview: “We sold out and won three Super Bowls, played in a fourth, and played in an AFC Championship Game. This year we have less to work with. It’s not an excuse. It’s just the facts,” When told it seemed unusual that he was providing a big-picture assessment of the roster in the middle of the season, Belichick said: “It’s pretty obvious. It was an honest answer to an honest question. No more, no less than that. I’m sure you can read a lot into it if you want to. That wasn’t the intent.”
  • Doug Kyed found Bill Belichick to be surprisingly open and honest Monday, and tells us what to make of his ‘sold out’ for Super Bowls comments.
  • Doug Kyed looks at if Bill Belichick was right to blame the team’s struggles on the salary cap. “Certainly partially. It has played a role, and the Patriots had an extremely unlucky offseason. But some of those issues could have been easily cured with better player acquisition.”
  • Jerry Thornton points out how the Belichick haters are not passing on the opportunity to kick him when he’s down.
  • Evan Lazar’s Advanced Stats Report: Patriots early-down defense is in shambles.
  • Michael Hurley serves up some still-warm leftover Patriots thoughts: The dropoff from Tom Brady World to No Tom Brady World in Foxboro has been staggering.
  • Jerry Thornton’s knee-jerk reactions to Pats-Bills: The Patriots have become one of the teams this franchise could always count on to beat themselves... They lack five things that have been the load-bearing columns upon which the Dynasty was built: clutch plays, situational awareness, smart decisions, toughness and discipline.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) 5 Thoughts on the Patriots loss to the Bills: Belichick has a reason to be optimistic.
  • Michael Hurley tells us the sad state of the Patriots through seven games of the 2020 season, and how the road to respectability turned into a crash and burn.
  • Luke Ervin (PatsBuzz) Winners and losers from the Patriots Week 8 defeat. Up until the last play of the game, Newton’s play didn’t warrant a spot in the “losers” section. He wasn’t perfect, but he had a very solid game.
  • Phil Perry issues his Week 8 Patriots Report Card: While it wasn’t a complete failure, the Patriots didn’t really excel in any area in a must-win game Sunday in Buffalo.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots Week 8 Report Card: While yes they played better and actually showed life on offense, there’s no curve for moral victories.
  • Tom E. Curran’s message to the Patriots: Don’t go to Stidham just yet.
  • CBS Boston reports Bill Belichick revealed yesterday that DT Beau Allen won’t play this season
  • Eric Wilbur has a message to bandwagon Patriots fans: This will all be worth it (probably).
  • Chad Finn explains why win or lose, Cam Newton is still the most interesting part of this Patriots team.
  • Jordy McElroy (PatriotsWire) Years of questionable personnel decisions by coach Bill Belichick has left the Patriots looking more vulnerable than ever.
  • Mike Reiss explores whether the Patriots would consider dealing Stephon Gilmore at trade deadline?
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Report: Patriots set an asking price for a Stephon Gilmore trade - First-round pick and a player.
  • Chad Finn chooses who he thinks has been the Patriots’ best draft pick in the last 5 years.
  • Mike Reiss says that after decades of dominance, the Patriots are now a long shot to win the AFC East.
  • Bob George (PatsFans) Bills fans can stop whining now, you finally beat the Patriots in your stadium.
  • Marcus Kwesi O’Mard points out Bill Belichick’s record without Tom Brady worsens.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate and Steve Balestrieri discuss Cam Newton’s ups and downs, some questionable coaching decisions and the porous Pats run defense. (44 min.)


  • Bill Barnwell (ESPN) Is this the end of the Patriots’ dynasty? How we got here, what’s next, why it’s not an easy fix.
  • SJ Lynn (Sporting News) Rex Ryan says the Patriots’ dynasty is over. /Dynasty ran you straight outta the NFL, Rex.
  • Kevin Patra ( Belichick not making excuses for Pats’ struggles: ‘We sold out and won three Super Bowls’
  • Frank Frigo (edjsports) Risky business, Week 8: Is Belichick sinking in the rising tide of analytics?
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Cam Newton: Vibe in locker room is we need one win to get back on track.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Afternoon QB: The 49ers’ injury issues should have them thinking about their future; Plus, notes on the players who have been traded the last few days and others who could be on the move soon.
  • Jonathan Jones (CBS Sports) NFL Week 8 notes: Broken Patriots ready to deal after worst start since 2000, the amazing Mike Tomlin and more.
  • Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) NFL insider notes: Steelers and Chiefs in a class by themselves, while Ravens and Titans have a major problem; More.
  • Dan Graziano (ESPN) Why the NFL trade deadline is different in 2020: COVID-19 tests, cap-space questions; More.
  • Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News) 15 players most likely to be traded at the 2020 deadline.
  • Conor Orr (SI) NFL Trade Deadline: Grading every move as it’s announced.
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Tom Brady regains all-time passing touchdowns record from Drew Brees. /The football version of Sammy Sosa vs. Mark McGuire, without the corked bats & steroids.
  • Jenna West (SI) Report: Jimmy Garoppolo expected to miss extended time with ankle injury. /Jimmy G was never “the one” to replace Brady.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL sees an increase in Tier 3 positives. /Tier 3 includes personnel that has no contact with Tier 1 or Tier 2 individuals.
  • Michael Shapiro (SI) Report: NFL considering 16-team playoffs as COVID-19 contingency plan.