Last night, at approximately 9:32 pm, the Patriots official Twitter account tweeted out an interesting piece of tweetformation. And it went a little something like this:
This year, the Patriots became only the 2nd team in @nfl history to win at least 10 games in 10 straight seasons. New England Patriots (@Patriots) January 3, 2013
Pretty cool, right? Right. Not that you needed it, but this tweet is just another reminder of the ridiculous, dominant and nearly unprecedented nature of this era in Patriots history. It makes you appreciate just how fantastic this run has been, leaves you anxious over how much longer it could possibly last. Ten straight ten win seasons? The Bills haven't had ONE 10-win season in 14 years! The Lions have ONLY one 10-win season in the last 17 years! Unreal.
But here's the question: Who's the other team in NFL history with 10 straight 10 win seasons?
That would be the 49ers, and they give this Patriots team a few things to strive for.
First of all, the Niners won 10 games in 16 straight seasons from 1983-1998.
Second, the Niners won FIVE Super Bowls over that streak.
But there's one aspect of San Francisco's historical stretch that the Pats will hope to avoid. After their first sub 10-win season, the 49ers went on to miss the playoffs in 10 of the last 12 years, and over that time they burned through five head coaches and 13 starting quarterbacks. They were a total disaster and didn't turn things around until Jim Harbaugh rode into town last year. And . . . I don't know. That's all I have to say.
Can it just be Saturday already? We need something else to talk about.
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After being traded to the Washington Redskins this week, former Patriots center Bryan Stork broke his 35-day Twitter silence to say farewell to New England.
For those who are wondering, the acronym "HTTR" stands for "Hail to the Redskins," the team's fight song. #HTTR is used by the team and fans on social media.
Stork was reportedly mulling retirement after being dealt, but has decided to report.
The Patriots informed Stork of his release early Wednesday, but the Patriots and Redskins were able to work out a deal for a conditional 2017 seventh-round pick before the move was processed.
Ray Ratto joins Chevrolet SportsNet Central to discuss Colin Kaepernick's decision to not stand during the national anthem before the San Francisco 49ers preseason game.
Bill Belichick was expansive Saturday when asked on a conference call how he'll split the quarterback reps for the Patriots final preseason game Thursday in New York.
"I think that’s a good question, it’s a fair question, it’s one that we really have to give some good consideration to," Belichick began. "As I said before, I think whatever we do will benefit whoever does it. We want to get Jimmy [Garoppolo] ready for the Arizona game. Tom [Brady] isn’t going to be playing for a while, so it’s kind of his last chance to play until he comes back after a few weeks. Jacoby [Brissett] certainly could use all the playing time that he can get. I think that whichever players we play will benefit from it and it will be valuable to them. We could play all three quarterbacks a lot next week and they’d all benefit from that and it would all be good, but we can’t."
Since they can't, Belichick said there will be situational work done with whoever isn't going to get the game reps.
"We only have one game and so many snaps, so we’ll have to, between practice and the game, put them in some situations that are somewhat controllable like a two-minute situation or things like that that you know are going to kind of come up one way or another," said Belichick. "You can sort of control those in how you want those broken down, what’s best, what does each guy need and how can we get the best we need for each guy. I need to let them get the reps that they need, but it’s how do we get the team ready for what they need to be ready for. They all need to get ready for different things.
What Jimmy’s role is in a couple weeks is going to be a lot different than what Tom’s is, and it’s going to be a lot different than what Jacoby’s is. At some point later on, those roles are going to change again. So again, there’s no perfect solution to it. We’ll just do the best we can to try to have our individual players and our team as well prepared as possible at whatever point that is that we have to deal with, and whenever those situations come up."
As I wrote earlier today, this is the sticky and uncomfortable situation arising from Deflategate. It's not a Tom Brady penalty. It's a team penalty when one considers the ripple effects. And there's no handbook to consult.