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New England Patriots links 1/18/21 - Bucs take page from Patriots, allow opponent to beat themselves

Daily news and links for Monday

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Happier times: Tom Brady with Philip Rivers after the Patriots beat the Chargers in AFC Divisional Round, January 13, 2019
Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald


  • Mike Dussault wraps up the Patriots’ 2020 season through the lens of the five moments that defined it. 1. Meet the new Pats, same as the old Pats? “...In many ways, their performance in the 21-11 win over the Dolphins was a clear indication of how the season would go. Many of the characteristics, good and bad, would stick with the team for the rest of the schedule.”
  • From the Vault: Andre Tippett mic’d up in 1987. (2.38 min. video)
  • Pats from the Past podcast with Dante Scarnecchia. (1 hour)
  • Community: Reflecting on past 10 months as vaccinations begin at Gillette Stadium. (3 min. video)


  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: Mac Jones as Patriots’ QB of the future? Decision at 15 could be telling; Opt-outs back in town; Mayo’s time will come; Ziegler’s return; More.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Sunday Patriots news, AFC East notes: Despite their flush checkbook, the Patriots haven’t exactly been big spenders at the WR position. So the Allen Robinson, JuJu, pipe dreams may end up being exactly that; More.
  • Mark Morse (PatsFans) Mark’s Morsels: Big news on the head coaching front as Urban Myers has taken the Jacksonville job, Arthur Smith was hired in Atlanta and SF D coordinator Robert Saleh by the Jets; More.
  • Ryan Hannable relays a story from The Athletic on more details emerging from Josh McDaniels potentially being the next Eagles head coach.
  • Evan Lazar’s Patriots Mailbag: Assessing the top of the 2021 QB class; Trade up scenario; More.
  • Michael Hurley writes, Sunday will not go down as an all-time performance from Tom Brady. Yet with all due respect to Jameis Winston, Brady was the best quarterback on the field. what Tom Brady is doing is beyond the scope of human understanding.
  • Sean T. McGuire looks at how the Bucs’ win over the Saints was similar to Tom Brady’s Patriots days: Letting the other team implode while playing mistake-free football was the New England recipe.
  • Michael Hurley highlights Sunday night’s divisional round matchup: Drew Brees falls apart, Tom Brady hangs on as Bucs beat Saints.
  • Adam London mentions Bruce Arians’ comment about Tom Brady: “New England didn’t allow him to coach. I allow him to coach. I just sit back sometimes and watch.”
  • Doug Kyed looks at how Tom Brady’s Bucs weapons rate next to the 2007 Patriots.
  • Zack Cox highlights the Rams two-point play vs. the Packers and why Patriots fans should recognize it. Everyone loves a hook-and-lateral.
  • Karen Guregian presents some lessons the Pats could learn from the final eight playoff teams.
  • Doug Kyed considers whether Saturday’s Rams-Packers game could feature future Patriots.
  • Justin Leger reports Pats players didn’t hide their support for Tom Brady on Sunday.
  • Rob Bradford admits he was rooting against Tom Brady, tells us what he didn’t like about him in New England, and how he then remembered the best parts of Brady and reasons to appreciate him. /’Eesh...
  • Doug Kyed notes how some of the Patriots instantly reacted to the Browns’ fumble and reveal how Bill Belichick would have handled it with the team.
  • Dakota Randall reports Patriots WR Marqise Lee opted out of the 2020 season but apparently is excited to return.
  • Doug Kyed points out that there is no obvious candidate to replace Josh McDaniels at offensive coordinator if he leaves New England.
  • Zack Cox wonders if Deshaun Watson is destined to join the AFC East.
  • Zack Cox notes Jack Easterby has told people inside the Texans organization that Patriots owner Robert Kraft and the Kraft family are “behind the negative press about him.” These claims reportedly are “untrue.”


  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: chad Henne puts away a Chiefs win; Conference title game matchups; Plus, coach and GM hiring nuggets, including performances in the interviews, and much more on Urban Meyer’s staff in Jacksonville.
  • Peter King (ProFootballTalk) FMIA Divisional Round: Chiefs prove Hennething is possible, beat Browns.
  • Gary Gramling (SI) Divisional Round Takeaways: Brees-Brady dud, Chiefs lose Mahomes, Henne heroics, Bills D dials up a big one, unstoppable Pack; Plus, a ridiculous rule and an unfortunate missed call; Taron Johnson’s pick-six the play of the postseason; More.
  • Gary Gramling (SI) Conference Semifinal Sunday: Why Brady’s deep ball got good; More. /Um... he has downfield receivers?
  • Around the NFL ( Divisional Round: What we learned from Saturday’s and Sunday’s games.
  • NFL Research ( NFL stats and records, Divisional Round: Brady, Rodgers set more records.
  • Judy Battista ( Tom Brady back in familiar postseason spot after Bucs beat Saints in Divisional Round.
  • Jeff McClane (Inquirer) Inside Carson Wentz’s turbulent season and the forces behind his regression.
  • NFL Nation (ESPN) 2020 NFL season in review: What went wrong, what’s next for eliminated playoff teams.
  • Kevin Seifert (ESPN) NFL playoff officiating decisions: Why was Rashard Higgins’ fumble out of the end zone a touchback?
  • Conor Orr (SI) The handling of Lamar Jackson’s and Patrick Mahomes’s concussions shows progress.
  • Greg Bishop and Jenny Vrentas (SI) How Jack Easterby held on, and why Deshaun Watson might slip away from the Texans.