On Patriots Daily this morning, we’re urging you: Don’t Believe The Hype.
Mark Farinella makes the case this morning about why the term “joyless” when applied to Bill Belichick and the Patriots should read “businesslike.” A column that should be read by reporters outside of New England.
Mike Reiss talks to Titans coach Jeff Fisher, Raiders coach Lane Kiffin and Texans special teams coach Joe Marciano about the Jaguars and what they see unfolding in Saturday night’s playoff game in Foxboro. Karen Guregian has Richard Seymour hoping to keep peaking as the playoffs arrive, after working all season to come back from his knee surgery. Christopher Price says that the Patriots will be looking to lay some hits of their own against the physical Jaguars. Mike Lowe says that the Patriots might see a little of themselves in these Jaguars.
Steve Buckley has Tedy Bruschi reflecting on his career as he prepares for his 20th playoff game with the Patriots. Robert Lee goes a different route and looks at two Patriots playing in their very first postseason game – Wes Welker and Brandon Meriweather. David Brown has Donte Stallworth talking about his reduced role as of late, and that he hasn’t forgotten how to get open.
Reiss reports on Brady winning the Associated Press Offensive Player of the Year to add on to his MVP trophy. Guregian has more on Brady adding another award to his honor roll with the AP nod. Shalise Manza Young has Brady garnering the hardware from the AP. Farinella has Brady adding more hardware to his collection.
Eric McHugh says that there is no sure-fire blueprint for beating the Patriots, but he tries to come up with one. John Tomase has the Patriots hoping to bring some swagger to their defense for the playoffs. Farinella says that the Patriots might’ve turned to Kyle Brady this week for advice on his old team. Glen Farley has Tom Brady showing plenty of respect to the Jags. Tomase also polled the Patriots locker room for their thoughts on the Presidential candidates.
Reiss’ notebook has the Patriots appearing to get a little healthier with their time off, especially on the offensive line. Guregian’s notebook has the Patriots offensive line looking to answer the Jaguars toughness with some of their own. Heuschkel’s notebook has more on Brady getting the AP honor. Jennifer Toland’s notebook also looks at the award for the Patriots QB.
Jim McCabe has the story of Montell Owens, who played at the University of Maine, and now finds himself a contributor with the Jaguars. Shalise Manza Young has a look at Jags coach Jack Del Rio, who gets the best out of his players. David Heuschkel has a look at the Jaguars 1-2 running punch of Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew. Chris Kennedy also focuses on the Jags running game.
Jim Donaldson says that the Jaguars shouldn’t be overlooked or dismissed simply because of the fact that until yesterday they didn’t have a single player on the Pro Bowl roster. (Taylor was named to the squad yesterday as an alternate) Jennifer Toland looks at Jacksonville QB David Garrard and the confidence that his team has in him.
McCabe’s notebook has the Jaguars ruling out linebacker Mike Peterson for Saturday.
Dan Shaughnessy and Tony Massarotti weigh in on Jim Rice missing out on the Hall of Fame once again. Jon Couture also looks at Rice and whether he should be in. Joe Haggerty has quotes from a couple of writers on why they declined to vote for the former Red Sox slugger.
Mike Fine examines the Red Sox lack of depth at catcher.
The following came as an email from Karen J. this morning: