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Never been to England. And, as someone who's spoken English for most of my 44-plus years (with intervals of infancy, French classes and inebriation being the main exceptions), I look forward to witnessing first-hand the condescension of snaggle-toothed Brits. Wrong attitude going in? Yeah. I'll work on that.

Devin McCourty's got safety skills. And while he may be the team's best corner, he's average (and too often below average out there) at the position and the gap between he and the guys behind him is small enough to make it a negligible difference.

Additionally, he's also the team's best safety - ball skills when the play is in front of him, excellent range, good size and a willingness to hit. He's wasted on the perimeter while the team is trying to find someone to button down the downfield support.

After the Patriots' first fourth quarter drive went south on Sunday, you could hear the boos at Gillette. Which is fine since an ongoing issue had returned and fans spoke directly to players and coaches that it was unacceptable.

So far, I'd say the addition of Brandon Lloyd has been a positive relative to the production the position got before he came. But he insists on leaving his feet to make catches that he could just as easily run through and part of that may be that he appears completely terrified of contact.

While on the topic of contact, I'll be surprised if Brandon Spikes gets fined for his thunderous hit on Shonn Greene on Sunday. Greene had turned, taken a step and was lowering his helmet himself at Spikes' chest more to initiate contact than defend himself.

As Cam Newton slogs awkwardly through his first true stretch of professional adversity, it's worth pointing out the predraft assessment of Pro Football Weekly expert Nolan Nawrocki that foretold Newton's maturity issues. We're not saying we should throw out the good Newton has done as a player and personality and conclude he is an egomaniacal fraud, but Nawrocki did theorize he might have issues like this and was scorned.

Nick McDonald, Ryan Wendell and Donald Thomas deserve credit for the way they played Sunday against the Jets and Wendell deserves it for his work all year. Very underrated.

I love that Pete Carroll pointed out the hypocrisy of Niners coach Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh was mad that the Seahawks were rough with his wideouts and complained to the league about it; a week earlier, Harbaugh was mad that the Giants had called attention to the grabbiness of defensive lineman Justin Smith.

The conversation about whether or not Tom Brady is aging or declining is incessant. Is he closer to the end of his career than the beginning? Certainly. But can someone show me the plays where he truly looks like a quarterback whose age is getting to him? The ones where he looks old, frail, unable to throw with velocity and afraid to stand in and take a hit while delivering the ball? Show me his unsettledness. Then turn on Aaron Rodgers film and see how often he and every other quarterback in the league gets active in the feet trying to buy time and keep a play alive. The anticipatory dodging of rushers from his blind side? Celebrated when he did it successfully a few years back.

Cheerio!

Jets lose, Patriots guaranteed 1st place in AFC East when Brady returns

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Jets lose, Patriots guaranteed 1st place in AFC East when Brady returns

When Tom Brady returns to the Patriots following his four-game suspension, his team will be in sole possession of first place in the AFC East.

That became the reality as soon as the Jets fell to the Chiefs in Kansas City on Sunday, 24-3. The Jets committed eight turnovers in the loss to fall to 1-2. 

The Bills and Dolphins each won their first games of the season on Sunday, taking down the Cardinals and Browns, respectively. 

With the Patriots record at 3-0 following their win over the Texans on Thursday night, and with all three of their AFC East rivals sitting on just one win thus far, even if Bill Belichick's club was to fall to Rex Ryan and the Bills in Week 4, it would still be alone atop the division.

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Surely the Patriots would like to have a zero in the loss column when Brady returns. Regardless, to be in first place when Brady's Deflategate punishment is finished -- and having achieved that mark with two different starting quarterbacks -- has to be a point of pride for the organization . . . and a source of agita for those who doled out the punishment.

Rex Ryan: 'If Belichick's playing quarterback, we're coming after him'

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Rex Ryan: 'If Belichick's playing quarterback, we're coming after him'

Must be Bills week. 

After Rex Ryan's club put together an impressive win at home over the Cardinals, 33-18, it wasn't long before the Bills coach was yapping about the Patriots and their coach Bill Belichick.

Ryan was asked about the quarterback situation in New England since both Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett are dealing with injuries at the moment. Who might the Bills see when they visit Gillette Stadium?

"Look, I can sit back and say I don’t care who plays quarterback, cuz I know (Tom) Brady ain’t," he said. "I don’t care who plays quarterback; Steve Grogan can play quarterback. If Belichick’s playing quarterback, we’re coming after him. I promise you that."

There's no indication yet as to whether or not Garoppolo or Brissett will be unavailable for Week 4. When asked about his level of concern when it came to his quarterbacks, Belichick didn't say much during a conference call on Sunday

Ryan, like the rest of us, will probably have to wait for the Patriots to release an injury report before he learns about the status of either young passer. And until then, he'll have to prepare for both.