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31 Oct 2011

MMQB: Midseason Truths

A bonus ten things from Peter King this week, as he starts off the column with his ten evident truths from the first eight weeks of the season. Later in the column, referee Ron Winter is described as "one party animal."

Posted by: Tom Gower on 31 Oct 2011

18 comments, Last at 01 Nov 2011, 4:22pm by DEW


by justanothersteve :: Mon, 10/31/2011 - 1:42pm

The guy, quite conscientious, wrote back, and I quote, "I am sorry for incontinence cost to you.''

Has there ever been a sports writer more obsessed on bodily functions than this guy? On a better note, I did enjoy the front office book excerpts with Belichick and Paoli. Found the Suck for Luck comments interesting. And can't figure out what he didn't get from Cowher's comment on returning. Maybe it was his eight espresso shots.

by PatsFan :: Mon, 10/31/2011 - 2:51pm

I thought it was interesting to find out that Belichick overruled his scouts on Maroney (scouts didn't want) and his receivers' coach on Chad Jackson (Daboll didn't want).

by Alexander :: Mon, 10/31/2011 - 3:42pm

Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are an interesting case study. They remind me of the elite X's and O's college coach who can't recruit and wins a national title in his 1st 2 years of his tenure but can't make it back afterwards.

Belichick was initially vaunted as a defense guy, won his titles as a defense guy, and now has an anemic defense and a ridiculous offense.

Tom Brady won his titles early on, with the help of a great defense, evolved into an elite quarterback and stopped winning titles.

Obviously winning a SuperBowl is more complex, but it is bizarre IMO.

by The Voice (not verified) :: Mon, 10/31/2011 - 4:26pm

This is a very astute and interesting comment.

by Southern Philly :: Mon, 10/31/2011 - 7:52pm

I think it's that Belichick is the coach and the GM, and that combination has never worked. Case in point the drafting of Maroney. A GM would listen to the consensus of his scouts and not make that pick.

by Independent George :: Tue, 11/01/2011 - 10:42am

The 2011 Patriots remind me most of the 2003 Colts, which I find incredibly amusing.

by Felton (not verified) :: Mon, 10/31/2011 - 4:30pm

Actually, the Rams were up 17-0 at half. AJ Feeley's last QB win before Sunday was 12/26/2004. His career record is 8-9 from 2001-2002, 2004, 2006-2007 and 2011. He last threw a TD pass 12/2/2007 before Sunday. Chris Long looked like he was back at Virginia, terrorizing Duke.

by dmstorm22 :: Mon, 10/31/2011 - 7:40pm

If I'm not mistaken, that game where he last threw a TD pass was when the Eagles with Feeley nearly beat the at the time 10-0 Pats on Sunday Night. That was a bizarre game, since Asante had a pick-6 on the first drive. I thought it was going to be another 38-13 type game after that, but Feeley was on fire, until his awful pick to end the game. Also, that was in a run of three straight night games for the Pats (@BUF, vs PHI, @ BAL). I don't think I've ever seen a team play three straight night games before.

Okay, I looked it up, I was mistaken. That game was the week before. Anyway, those were the days in the NFL, when the Pats nearly lost to AJ Feeley and Kyle Boller in back to back weeks.

by Raiderjoe :: Mon, 10/31/2011 - 4:47pm

Wany to gett drunk with Ron Winter anx break bottles and throe lamp out window

by Dave Bernreuther :: Mon, 10/31/2011 - 6:03pm

I was too drunk to pay attention to any games other than the Colts yesterday. Which teams had the extreme pleasure of playing before Winter's crew?

(is there a site out there that actually lists the ref crews in their box scores? Years ago there was a pretty complete listing of the crews and games at a site called Bad Zebras. I wish a site like that still existed.)

by White Rose Duelist :: Tue, 11/01/2011 - 10:10am

I miss "Ask Jerry Markbreit".

by DEW (not verified) :: Tue, 11/01/2011 - 4:21pm

MIA/NYJ got Winter

by DEW (not verified) :: Tue, 11/01/2011 - 4:22pm

er, NYG, I mean. (Hm, there would be a benefit to registering...could edit these posts when my typing descends into NFL officiating quality.)

by Kevin from Philly :: Tue, 11/01/2011 - 4:14pm

Well, who wouldn't?

by Mr. Guest to you (not verified) :: Mon, 10/31/2011 - 10:12pm

This was the first time in a very long time that I entirely read MMQB. It actually a real good addition that I would recommend.

by PatsFan :: Tue, 11/01/2011 - 12:46pm

You know, if what Holley's book said is true, then McDaniels might have had a hand in screwing up two teams' drafting... (though BB bears the ultimate responsibility for listening to him, of course)

by GlennW :: Tue, 11/01/2011 - 4:02pm

That was just with one player (Laurence Maroney) though five years ago, a pick that was totally out of character for Belichick/Pioli, who had successfully (and not surprisingly) picked up RBs off the scrap heap in the past. Since then Belichick has been all over the map in his personnel decisions in all departments, not just with the draft. At this point I really think he needs some help in the form of a real GM, and there's no shame in that.

by Kevin from Philly :: Tue, 11/01/2011 - 4:13pm

"The woman gave me a disgusted look and said bitterly, "Jesus Christ.'' And walked away. Ohhhhh-kay."

So, only one person in NY reads his column?

"I must be the most interesting man in the world, because I have recently given Dos Equis a shot."

This was probably what she read.