The Patriots officially announced the re-signing of linebacker Junior Seau this morning. The 40-year-old linebacker will join the Patriots for his fourth season with the team.

Shalise Manza Young and Ian R. Rapoport have a look at Seau returning once again to the only club he said that he would play for. Mark Farinella has more on Seau set to begin his 20th season in the NFL. Andy Vogt has more on Seau.

Brendon Rosenau continues Patriots Daily’s celebration of the 50th season of the Patriots with a look at the 1985 team.

Kerry Byrne says that Bill Belichick has lost his mojo on defense. Michael Vega has Patriots defensive coordinator Dean Pees saying that his unit needs to improve. Rapoport has Pees particularly critical of the long drives the defense allowed. Glen Farley has Stephen Gostkowski moving on from his missed kick.

Christopher Price and Mike Reiss have their weekly Patriots mailbags. Reiss will be filling in on WEEI for Michael Holley this Friday alongside Dale Arnold on “Patriots Friday” from Gillette Stadium.

Vega’s notebook has more on the return of Seau. Young’s Patriots journal has Bill Belichick happy to have Jerod Mayo back out on the field. Rapoport’s notebook has some positive injury news on Matt Light.

Red Sox

Sean McAdam examines the lack of progress this year on a new deal for Jason Bay, and whether Bay might be headed elsewhere. He looks at some candidates for the Red Sox to sign if they can’t get a deal done with Bay. Johnny Damon? Rob Bradford looks at what lies ahead for these Patriots. Lenny Megliola says that a once promising season ended in disappointment for the Red Sox.

Joe McDonald says that Rocco Baldelli’s stint with the Red Sox might’ve been a one-and-done. Michael Silverman says that the Red Sox future is very bright, with a number of potential stars in the minors. John Tomase has Clay Buchholz looking forward to being a full time member of the rotation in 2010. Mike Fine says that Buchholz found himself this season.  Nick Cafardo says that the Red Sox and Daisuke Matsuzaka might finally be on the same page.

Mark Farinella’s pal, the Voice of Doom had a great time on Sunday.

Bill Ballou has the ever-quotable J.P. Ricciardi back home in West Bolyston and looking for work.

Silverman’s notebook has Billy Wagner considering retirement.

Celtics/Bruins

Mark Murphy has rookie Lester Hudson fitting right in with his veteran teammates. Frank Dell’Apa has Rajon Rondo putting on a show last night. Jim Fenton has Glen Davis back with the Celtics after a frustrating summer of inactivity on the free agent market. Paul Doyle has Ray Allen and the Celtics returning to the Hartford Civic Center tonight.  Murphy’s notebook has the Celtics putting together a reserved win.

Kevin Paul Dupont says that the Bruins problems are mostly mental. Stephen Harris has the Bruins looking to regroup on the road.

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2 thoughts on “The Return Of Junior, Part IV

  1. The defense has allowed 15.5 points per game.

    Look at Miguel’s salary cap page. This team is built for strength on offense. We are all waiting for Brady to come around. It’s unfortunate and unlucky, but part of the business that Moss and Welker are dealing with injuries at the same time that Brady is still working his way back to 100% timing and what not.

    In his first seven games last sesason, Peyton Manning threw 0, 2, 2, 1, 0, 2 and 2 interceptions. After that he threw just two more in the regular season.

    It has a little something to do with scheduling as well.

    The first game was against Buffalo, ok not a great D, but it was Brady’s first full on game in 17 months.

    The Jets, Denver and Baltimore are three of the top 9 defensive units in the NFL according to the Football Outsiders.

    Brady was off against the Falcons, but Welker didn’t play at all and Edelman had his share of non-catches too.

    Give it time, give it time.

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  2. I don’t think Dean Pees should be critical of anyone but himself. If he’s truly in full control of this defense, he’s been way too conservative and apt to put his players in positions to fail. The NFL knows the Patriots Defense is soft and until they change things up, it will remain that way.

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