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.

Blount on free agency: 'I definitely want to go back to New England'

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Blount on free agency: 'I definitely want to go back to New England'

LeGarrette Blount knows where he wants to be for 2017. Ever since he re-joined the Patriots in 2014 following a short stay in Pittsburgh, the 250-pound back has been very open about how he wants to play out the rest of his career in New England. 

Those feelings haven't changed, even as he faces free-agency after having recorded the best season of his seven-year career.

"I just want to make sure that I go to this free agency with an open mind, knowing that I definitely want to go back to New England," he told NFL Total Access on Monday. "I love it there. I love the culture. I love the players. I've become close with a lot of the guys. Obviously you know how my running back group is.

"We'll cross that bridge whenever we cross it. On that point, I feel great. I'm in amazing shape. I feel like I could play 100 more years if I have to."

Blount finished 2016 with career-highs in attempts (299) yards (1,161) and touchowns (18). His ability to help the Patriots close games in the fourth quarter was notable throughout the course of the season, and he was among the most effective goal-line backs in the league. His 18 rushing scores are a franchise record.

Toward the end of the season, as Dion Lewis worked his way back into the Patriots offense, Blount had his workload cut into, and his fumble in the Super Bowl was a near-catastrophic moment -- his devastated reaction to which was caught expertly by NFL Films. But a big-picture view of Blount's year would reveal that he  posted the most prodictive "big back" season the Patriots have had in more than a decade.

Blount signed a one-year deal with the Patriots last offseason after seeing his 2015 prematurely ended by way of a hip injury. He turned 30 in December.

Magic Johnson named Lakers president of basketball ops, Kupchak fired

Magic Johnson named Lakers president of basketball ops, Kupchak fired

Magic Johnson was named the Los Angeles Lakers' president of basketball operations after longtime Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak and vice president of basketball ops Jim Buss were fired, the team announced.

"Today I took a series of actions I believe will return the Lakers to the heights [late owner] Dr. Jerry Buss demanded and our fans rightly expect,” Jeanie Buss, Jerry Buss' daughter, Jim Buss' brother and Lakers president and co-owner, said in a statement. “Effective immediately, Earvin Johnson will be in charge of all basketball operations and will report directly to me. Our search for a new General Manager to work with Earvin and Coach Luke Walton is well underway and we hope to announce a new General Manager in short order. Together, Earvin, Luke and our new General Manager will establish the foundation for the next generation of Los Angeles Lakers greatness.”

Johnson, the Hall of Famer guard who led L.A. to five NBA titles, said in the same statement: “It’s a dream come true to return to the Lakers as President of Basketball Operations working closely with Jeanie Buss and the Buss family. Since 1979, I’ve been a part of the Laker Nation and I’m passionate about this organization. I will do everything I can to build a winning culture on and off the court. We have a great coach in Luke Walton and good young players. We will work tirelessly to return our Los Angeles Lakers to NBA champions.”

Johnson, part of a group that owns MLB's Los Angeles Dodgers, returned to the organization as an adviser earlier this month. Johnson coached the Lakers briefly in the 1993-94 season, going 5-11. 

Johnson's new job with the Lakers won't change his role with the Dodgers, according to the L.A. Times.

The current Lakers have the third-worst record in the NBA at 19-39 after finishing with the second-worst mark in the league (17-65) last season. Kupchak was named an assistant GM under Jerry West in 1986 and in 2000 took over for West as GM.