On Patriots Daily this morning, Bill Barnwell examines how teams are using the draft chart to build franchises.
Christopher L. Gasper has Wes Welker and Kelley Washington eager for their first shot at playoff football. Karen Guregian talks to three defensive backs who lined up against Randy Moss this season to get their thoughts on how to best defend the Patriots All Pro receiver. Shalise Manza Young notes that the Jaguars are physical, but that the Patriots will play that game as well. Mark Farinella and David Heuschkel have Junior Seau looking forward to getting back in the playoffs, and seeking out that elusive Super Bowl ring. Rich Garven writes that special teams is going to play a large role in this game at some point.
Tony Massarotti reminds one and all that if the Patriots don’t go 19-0, 16-0 won’t mean as much. Now there’s a fresh angle. Ellis Hobbs has been labeled at the Patriots “weak link” on defense. Robert Lee goes below the surface a little bit and examines to numbers to reveal that Hobbs might actually be a lot better than people give him credit for. Douglas Flynn says that the Patriots defensive line and linebackers equip them to slow down the Jags vaunted running attack. Ian M. Clark has Richard Seymour rounding into form just in time for the postseason. Jeff Howe looks at the crop of new Patriots seeking their first Super Bowl.
Michael Vega has Kyle Brady getting ready to face his old teammates on Saturday night. Jeff Horrigan talks to Rodney Harrison about getting another chance to perform in the playoffs, after he had to miss last year’s postseason games. Chris Kennedy has Seau seeking a better Super Bowl memory than his only previous one. Horrigan also has a look at Ty Warren, who saw his numbers dip slightly this season, but is still the same force on the D-Line. Kevin Thomas says that it is going to take a complete team effort to slow down the Jaguars running game.
Vega’s notebook has a look at the five Patriots selected to the All-Pro team. Guregian’s notebook has more on Kyle Brady sharing his knowledge of the Jaguars, plus some concern about Rodney Harrison’s leg. Lee’s notebook has Tedy Bruschi talking about how persistence has gotten him where he is today. Garven’s notebook has more on the All-Pro selections.
Jim McCabe examines how David Garrard has made the Jaguars QB role his own since taking over for Byron Leftwich at the start of the season. David Brown says that the move to Garrard was a huge upgrade for the Jaguars. Tom King looks at Fred Taylor as the key to the Jacksonville offense. Mark Long has the Jaguars very confident about this game, feeling that the Patriots are “beatable.”
Playing without Ray Allen and Glen Davis last night, the Celtics were shocked by the lowly Charlotte Bobcats, who came into the Garden and played a relentless style of ball led by Jason Richardson’s 34 points in the 95-83 Charlotte win.
Marc J. Spears calls this one possibly the biggest win in franchise history for the Bobcats, who came into the game with a 12-21 record. Mark Murphy calls this one a strange way to have a nine game winning streak ended. Bill Doyle observes that the Celtics played with little life last night. Jeff Howe has more on the Bobcats getting only their second road win of the season.
Steve Bulpett says that this was just one of those nights in a long and otherwise special season. Peter May gets political and compares the loss to Barack Obama losing in New Hampshire. Probably a bit of a reach. Buddy Thomas submits a surprisingly readable effort, looking at some all-time Celtics. Lenny Megliola says that this loss isn’t the end of the world for the Celtics. Howe has Tony Allen getting a chance to start with Ray Allen out.
Spears’s notebook looks at the injuries that sidelined Ray Allen and Glen Davis last night. Murphy’s notebook has former BC star Jared Dudley staying positive in his rookie year with the Bobcats. Doyle’s notebook has Paul Pierce not expecting to be a starter in the All Star game.
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