Pats go 10 x 10


Pats go 10 x 10

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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Jeff Howe: Good move by Patriots to see what price is on Richard Sherman trade

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Jerod Mayo: 'Cyrus Jones will probably be most improved this year'

Jerod Mayo: 'Cyrus Jones will probably be most improved this year'

Jerod Mayo still has faith in New England Patriots cornerback Cyrus Jones.

The cornerback, who was the Patriots' top pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, struggled mightily in his rookie season. He fumbled his way out of a role on special teams, where he served as a returner.

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He then failed to perform at nickel cornerback, and the Patriots traded for Eric Rowe, who pushed Jones down the depth chart and often onto the inactives on game day. Jones' emotional outburst during Week 5 when he got ejected for punching Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins didn't help.

Despite all that, Mayo thinks Jones will turn things around.

"I think Cyrus Jones will probably be most improved this year," Mayo said in the latest edition of "The Ex Pats" podcast. "I want people to remember a rookie [Matthew] Slater. A rookie Matt Slater was terrible. He would sit here on this podcast and tell you he's terrible, and I think Cyrus Jones is more athletic than Matthew Slater. I think -- I know for a fact, because I've seen it time and time again, the biggest leap not only in athleticsm but also in confidence is from year one to year two."

Jones admitted to the Baltimore Sun that his rookie was "hell." He added he felt "embarrassed." The 23-year-old cornerback said he didn't feel like he was a part of New England's Super Bowl LI win.

“Failure is another opportunity to begin again more intelligently,” Jones wrote in a now-deleted Instagram post.

Mayo seems to think Jones has learned his lesson, and will rebound with the help of Bill Belichick. And the Patriots may need Butler to be the most-improved player. Malcolm Butler's future with New England has become uncertain, and the remaining top cornerbacks are over 6-feet.

The Patriots need a slot corner. Jones is the next man up.

"As much as the media has kind of battered this young kid, Bill's going to boost him up this entire offseason," Mayo said. "Bill -- he's the best at putting lowlights up after a game . . . But during the offseason, he kind of -- it's individualized coach. He knows this guy's confidence is in the toilet. He's going to boost him up as much as possible.

"You know [Jones] can play football. He played in the SEC. He played on the top team on the country, and was a standout performer. So this is a confidence issue. This entire thing is a confidence issue, and I think they fix that."