Patriots QB controversy?!

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Patriots QB controversy?!

By Jon Fucile
WickedGoodSports.com

The Patriots are on a bit of a slide and, as is the tendency with New England sports fans, everyone is overreacting. Trade Welker for Tim Thomas! Fire Bill and bring in Joe Paterno! Paul Pierce isnt doing anything; can he catch a football?!

But by far the most absolutely ridiculous group of fans is the surprisingly large group that wants Brady benched.

Wait, excuse us? You want Brady benched? In your mind the Patriots have a better chance to win with Tom Brady sitting his chiseled behind on the bench? As soon as we heard this we made a pie chart highlighting the percentage of people who believe this that might be stupid.

This same group of people thinks that rookie Ryan Mallett, he of the three pre-season starts where he looked great in one and awful in the other two, should start over Brady. Anyone who wants Mallett to start over Brady must have been fed nothing but peanut butter and lead paint sandwiches as a child. Here is a quick comparison chart for you people on Team Mallettt, assuming you can read:

Idiots. Plus, how it is Bradys fault that the Patriots are mediocre? Oh, wait, we understand your logic now.

Obviously it is Brady's fault that the defense is so awful that they can't hold a lead of any kind and might even give up 40 points to a local Pop Warner team full of pimple faced teens. When we look at Bradys totals this season he doesnt have a single interception.

Is Brady the one dropping passes left and right so that the quarterback is forced to only throw to Welker and The Gronk?

Is Brady making awful, uncharacteristic game-costing coaching decisions?

In case youre really stupid, the answer to every question is a resounding NO!

The issue here is that Brady has set standards so high that if hes just great instead of super great people get all pissy because hes not throwing 20 touchdown passes per game. Also, New England sports fans as a whole are ungrateful, short sighted, unappreciative fools. Sure Brady is on pace to break Dan Marinos record for most passing yards in a season despite having just two receivers, but yeah, he should totally be benched.

You buffoons are drunker than the Red Sox pitcher staff if this thought has ever entered your mind.

Farrell: Price to make first Red Sox start Monday in Chicago

Farrell: Price to make first Red Sox start Monday in Chicago

David Price may have allowed six runs in 3 2/3 innings Wednesday night during his second rehab start in Triple-A, but the Red Sox apparently liked what they saw.

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Manager John Farrell announced moments ago that Price will rejoin the Red Sox Monday and start that day's game in Chicago against the White Sox. Farrell said the Sox were more concerned with how Price felt physically after his rehab start, not the results, and they're satisfied he's ready to return.

More to come . . . 

Belichick: Patriots have caught up after starting offseason 'five weeks behind'

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Belichick: Patriots have caught up after starting offseason 'five weeks behind'

FOXBORO -- After starting the offseason "five weeks behind," as Bill Belichick put it, the Patriots have caught up. 

"I think we’re probably caught up to where we are now," he said before Thursday's OTA practice at Gillette Stadium. "I think it’s being behind in draft, free agency and that type of thing.

"I think at this point, we’re ready for OTAs. We’ll be ready for training camp. I think that part of it we’ll be on schedule on. It’s the catching up on all the spring projects, draft and free agency. It’s the initial part of it."

Belichick made headlines on the morning after winning his fifth Lombardi Trophy with the Patriots when he said, "As of today, and as great as today feels and as great as today is, in all honesty we're five weeks behind in the 2017 season to most teams in the league. Fortunately we have a great personnel staff

"Look, in a couple weeks we're going to be looking at the combine, obviously the draft, all-star games have already occurred, and in a month we're into free agency, not to mention all the internal Patriots players (whose) contracts are up and we're going to have to work with in some form or fashion like every team in the league does."

Leaning on evaluations of players that began in the build-up to previous drafts, Belichick and his staff opted to trade away some of this year's draft capital for veterans like Brandin Cooks, Kony Ealy and Dwayne Allen. They also gave up their fifth-rounder to sign restricted free agent Mike Gillislee.

Before heading out to the team's third practice of the week -- the first week the Patriots were allowed to introduce helmets and run offense versus defense periods -- Belichick said that part of his focus will be spent on finding out how those players he picked up this offseason are progressing.

"Yeah, that’s definitely part of it," he said. "Seeing the new players, how they’re doing and also how they’re doing relevant to the rest of the other players that I’m a little more familiar with. Again, each year is a new year, so even though we’ve seen some of these guys multiple years, it’s still starting all over again, seeing where they are, how they’re progressing in their training and preparation for the season."