Tom Brady and the Patriots got their 2011 season off to a rousing start last night in South Florida as the Patriots QB set personal, franchise and Monday Night Football records with his 517 passing yards in the Patriots 38-24 opening win over the Miami Dolphins.
Get all of the coverage from last night’s game over at PatriotsLinks.com.
Ten Things We Learned Monday: Tom Brady never ceases to amaze – Christopher Price looks at what we can take away from last night’s game. Karen Guregian and Mary Paoletti have some of the best and worst from last night.
QB easily passed muster – Bob Ryan says that it is reassuring to know that Brady still has it.
Defense working on progress – Greg A Bedard looks at the defense, which is still shuffling pieces, but had their moments last night. Chris Forsberg says that while there is certainly room for improvement on defense, there were a few silver linings last night. Karen Guregian says that we didn’t see enough from the defense last night to say that it has improved over last year.
Changing times always seem to fit the Bill – Ron Borges notes that Bill Belichick has made adjustments to his defense to keep in sync with offensive tendency changes.
Two-Minute Drill – Hector Longo runs down the ups and downs from last night.
Gronkowski, Hernandez make Miami ill – Chris Perkins has the second year tight ends doing a number on the Dolphins last night. Zuri Berry has more on the pair. Paul Kenyon says that the best may be yet to come from his duo.
Spikes a surprise scratch – The Globe notebook suggests that Brandon Spikes might be out of shape to start the season. The Herald notebook from Ian R. Rapoport has Dan Koppen suffering a broken ankle last night. The Patriots Journal has Matthew Slater gathering his first regular season catch.
Ron Jaworski apologizes for on-air gaffe – Yes, the ESPN analyst did use a four-letter word on the air last night.
Can the Rays’ Surge Top the Red Sox Collapse? – On Grantland, NH resident (and Tampa fan) Jonah Keri looks at whether the Red Sox can really miss out on the playoffs this season. (Glenn Ordway is convinced that the Red Sox will miss the playoffs)
Red Sox need a remedy and quick – Mike Fine looks at whether the Red Sox can turn things around.
Listening to the Patriots pregame show on 98.5 yesterday afternoon, one of the segments featured NFL Films director Ken Rodgers, who directed the two-part film on the Patriots head coach which debuts this week and next.
Rodgers was asked what surprised him about his time following the Patriots for an entire season. Rodgers noted that the perception that the Patriots are a mysterious organization is inaccurate, and cited his film and books such as the one by David Halberstam on Belichick. Gary Tanguay countered by saying that Belichick respects NFL Films and that he respected the intellect of Halberstam and thus allowed them greater access than anyone around here would get.
Rodgers disagreed, saying that he was very surprised at how open Belichick actually was in press conferences when intelligent football questions were asked. He noted how the coach would go on for minutes, even a half hour on almost any football history or strategy or position question that he found interesting. Tanguay scoffed and said “Well, we can’t ask him about Albert Haynesworth, we know nothing was coming out of that…” unintentionally making Rodgers very point in the process.
If the rumors are true that Tanguay is already in line to replace Gil Santos in the booth someday, I’ll be very disappointed. On the other hand, the decision to bring Scott Zolak into the broadcasts right now, as a sideline reporter/third man is a great decision for the here and now.