February 5, 2008


After loss come more decisions (Mike Reiss, February 5, 2008, Boston Globe)

The Patriots have 13 players scheduled for unrestricted free agency, with cornerback Asante Samuel and receiver Randy Moss topping the list.

There are questions about potential retirements with receiver Troy Brown, a longtime fan favorite, and linebackers Junior Seau and Tedy Bruschi.

Salary cap considerations could also play a part in the team's plans, as they did with Willie McGinest two years ago, when he left the organization. Linebacker Rosevelt Colvin, whose scheduled $7.6 million cap charge in 2008 is second-highest on the club, will be one player to watch in this regard.

Potential changes on the coaching staff will also be something to watch; there is seemingly movement every year there.

Then there is the one question that will, and should, trump all: Does quarterback Tom Brady's contract need to be addressed?

...is that the Giants won't even be picked to make the playoffs next year, while the Pats, who went to the AFC Championship last year will be Super Bowl favorites again next year. One bad game doesn't change reality.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 5, 2008 8:32 AM

Yes, the Giants weren't picked this season either.

How'd that work out?

The best thing about the Giants unflukish domination of the not-as-good-as-everyone-in-NE-and-at-ESPN(but I repeat myself)-thought Patriots was that -- given recent history -- its the Superbowl losers who won't make the playoffs next year.

And given the Patriots age on defense, that teams now have a template for stopping their offense thanks to both the Eagles and the Giants, that Moss won't be back, and the fact that Belichick might end up suspended for the season, well . . . (of course the thing that might save them is that they play in a woeful division in an inferior conference, which makes them the new Bills)

Meanwhile, the Giants are young and only likely to get better . . . witness the number of impact rookies, especially on offense, who came into their own in the playoffs. (Told you to watch out for Steve Smith, didn't I!)

That Pats fans like oj still don't get it is a testament to the parochialism, and delusion, of Ne'ers in general.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at February 5, 2008 9:46 AM

Jim, you're too hard on New Englanders. Of course the Giants will be predicted to make the playoffs. Whether they will is another story, as they play in a tough division.

And the AFC is still a superior conference, though that domination will be coming to an end soon. The good young QB's are all in the NFC (except for Vince Young).

Posted by: Brandon at February 5, 2008 10:49 AM