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New England Patriots links 2/02/21 - End the debate! Brady AND Belichick made the magic happen

Daily news and links for Tuesday

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  • Patriots 2021 Mock Draft Tracker: Check who the ‘experts’ have the Pats picking in the first round.
  • From the Vault: Our first McCourty Twins interview at 2011 Pro Bowl. Devin: “I grew up with a twin brother. I was the older one by 27 minutes. I guess you could say, a starter from day one.” (4.37 min. video) /Lolz.


  • Alex Barth looks at the tough questions facing the Patriots on veteran free agent running backs.
  • Alex Barth offers a Senior Bowl recap for Patriots fans, in case you missed it.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) A look back at the Patriots Super Bowl XLIX Championship six years later. /Hm... maybe Belichick had a little something to do with the Pats’ success?
  • Evan Lazar reads the early tea leaves and isn’t seeing a monster move by Bill Belichick to address the gaping need at quarterback.
  • Ryan Hannable talks about the Mac Jones to the Patriots hype, “If the Patriots land Jones, it likely would come with the No. 15 overall pick, which may be a little high for the Alabama QB.”
  • Ryan Hannable says the backlash towards Bill Belichick is getting excessive.
  • Karen Guregian writes the hits keep coming for Bill Belichick and Tom Brady is now the poster boy for all that’s wrong with the Patriots.
  • Michael Hurley notes Tom Brady is well aware his accomplishments happened because of Bill Belichick’s support, and writes, “[Brady] was, of course, a driving force to the success, but the overall operation run by Belichick was a much larger undertaking. And the results — six Lombardis — will last in the history books far longer than any spirited talk radio debate.”
  • Ryan Hawks (LastWordOnSports) Tom Brady, Buccaneers Super Bowl takes nothing away from Bill Belichick.
  • Dakota Randall highlights a Boston Sports Journal column on why Matthew Stafford said no to the Pats. One NFL executive suggested, “New England has absolutely NO weapons. They’re slow everywhere. When’s it changing? No one wants to go play there without Brady. I personally think that this is going to be when everyone realizes the reality of no Brady. Less guys willing to put up with everything.”
  • Will Burchfield passes along a report that Stafford was ‘mentally and physically drained’ after Matt Patricia.
  • Sean T. McGuire hear’s predictions from the analysts on how far the Patriots are from a return to the Super Bowl.
  • DJ Bean picks out the positives in missing out on the Stafford derby.
  • Michael Hurley speculates Matthew Stafford’s rejection might be a jarring reality check that folks around the league might not be so optimistic regarding the Patriots’ future.
  • Mike Luciano (MusketFire) Latest free agency buzz is good news for the Pats’ offense.
  • Mark Daniels reports Rob Gronkowski says the Patriots hold a special place in his heart, ‘Those years in New England mean everything to me.’
  • Nick O’Malley relays Rob Gronkowski admitting how he tricked the Bucs strength coach so he wouldn’t have to tape his offseason workouts every day.
  • Michael Hurley notes Danny Amendola downplays Bill Belichick’s impact, insisting “Tom Brady is the Patriot Way. And that’s the reason why Tom Brady’s in the Super Bowl right now and the Patriots aren’t.”
  • Andrew Callahan notes Patriots great Tedy Bruschi hired as senior advisor to Arizona coach Jedd Fisch.
  • Gary Tanguay proves that any one of you Patriots fans reading this right now could have a career as a beat writer and your takes would be a million times more reasonable than this guy.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Marshall Faulk can’t go a Super Bowl week without taking a shot at Bill Belichick and the Patriots. /MeanwhileWho’s still listening to Marshall Faulk?
  • Phil Perry lights the draft fireworks with his latest NFL Mock Draft covering the first two rounds and features four trades — two of which feature the Pats — who get their answer at quarterback.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike and Murph discuss the “Stafford Effect” on the Pats, if Jimmy Garoppolo or Jacoby Brissett could find their way back to Foxboro; and Murph offers his thoughts on Super Bowl LV. (40 min.)