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New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick walks on the field during an NFL football training camp practice at Gillette Stadium, Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo)

Tim O’Sullivan: Even in the offseason, Patriots (and their rivals) are right in the spotlight

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Offseason? What offseason? Sure, we know the NFL gets year-round coverage now, but the chatter and headlines swirling around the Patriots in the last month has taken the attention to another level. There’s been a tampering charge counter punch, rule changes pointing toward Foxborough, rivalries rekindled and seismic free agent moves. Here’s a breakdown of the recent action, starting with the laughable and ending with the essential. ∎ When New York Jets owner Woody Johnson filed tampering charges against the Patriots on Tuesday, it had the feel of kindergarten name-calling gone wild. Johnson claimed New England owner Robert Kraft was tampering when he commented on Darrelle …

Patriots linebacker Hightower has shoulder surgery, could miss season opener

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower could miss the start of the 2015 season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn right labrum. According to the Boston Globe, the surgery was performed on Feb. 10; the expected recovery time is 6-7 months. Hightower played through the injury during the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory and made a game-saving tackle on Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch in …

Revis: Patriots’ offer ‘wasn’t in the ballpark’ of what he was looking for

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Darrelle Revis provided some insight into the negotiations he had with the New England Patriots before and after free agency yesterday, and said the Patriots weren’t close to the competition in their efforts to keep the All-Pro cornerback. “We tried to work on a deal, and the deal, we felt that it wasn’t in the ballpark of what we were looking for,” Revis …

Seahawks repeat a scary prospect for NFL

Sunday, February 1, 2015

PHOENIX – Here are some scary thoughts for the rest of the NFL: A win tonight will stamp the Seahawks as one of the best teams of the Super Bowl era. And, given Seattle’s makeup and philosophy, the …

Record defense is why Seattle will win second straight

Sunday, February 1, 2015

PHOENIX – The sideshow is over, which means Marshawn Lynch can go back to not talking and this realization can become obvious again: The Seattle Seahawks are still the best defensive team in football. And as we saw …

Patriots should edge Seahawks for fourth Super Bowl win

Sunday, February 1, 2015

PHOENIX – Go ahead, pile on the Patriots. Declare the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era over after they split their first four games this season. Call them cheaters when their footballs lose too much air. Predict the Legion of …

Monitor staff split on outcome of Super Bowl

Sunday, February 1, 2015

You’ll have to go back decades to find a Super Bowl predicted to be this close. Let alone one with this much riding on it. The game that will either return New England to glory and establish Bill …

Tim O’Sullivan column: Ground attacks could determine Super Bowl outcome

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Super Bowl Sunday, at last. Time for deflated balls, Tom Brady sniffles and Marshawn Lynch mumbles to take a back seat. Time to focus on a game that deserves it. Okay, sorry, one last thing about the allegedly …

Super Bowl capsule

Sunday, February 1, 2015

NEW ENGLAND (14-4) vs. SEATTLE (14-4) 6:30 p.m., NBC OPENING LINE – Seahawks by 3 RECORD VS. SPREAD – New England 10-8, Seattle 10-7-1 SERIES RECORD – Tied 8-8 LAST MEETING – Seahawks beat Patriots, 24-23, Oct. 14, 2012 LAST GAME – Patriots beat Colts, 45-7, for AFC …

Pats backup QB Garoppolo helps defense prepare for Wilson

Sunday, February 1, 2015

PHOENIX – A rookie who probably won’t play in the Super Bowl could help the New England Patriots win it. By the time the game starts tonight, Jimmy Garoppolo will have done his primary job of preparing the …

Tim Dahlberg column: Brady the greatest ever in Super Bowl? Not so fast

Sunday, February 1, 2015

PHOENIX – His teammates were mostly showered and gone, but Tom Brady was having trouble even bringing himself to move. He sat in front of his locker in Indianapolis, pulling on a pair of boots with a pained …

Former Patriots linebacker Seau among eight voted into Hall of Fame

Sunday, February 1, 2015

PHOENIX – Junior Seau, Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley and Will Shields were elected yesterday to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The class of 2015, announced a day before the Super Bowl, also includes a pair …

Pot charge dropped against Patriots’ Blount near Pittsburgh

Saturday, January 31, 2015

PITTSBURGH – Prosecutors have dropped a marijuana charge against New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount that stemmed from an August arrest with former Pittsburgh Steelers teammate Le’Veon Bell. West View District Judge Richard Opiela told Blount at a court appearance last month that the misdemeanor marijuana possession …

Doug Baldwin headlines group of unheralded receivers

Saturday, January 31, 2015

PHOENIX – Doug Baldwin led the Seattle Seahawks in catches and yards receiving. He ranked 42nd in the NFL in both categories. Forty-second. It’s no surprise that Hall of Famer and NFL Network’s Deion Sanders dissed Baldwin and the rest of Seattle’s receiving group. Few analysts give them …

Special teams could determine Super Bowl champion

Saturday, January 31, 2015

PHOENIX – While Russell Wilson was throwing interceptions in the NFC championship game, punter Jon Ryan kick-started Seattle’s rally with his arm. Could the Seahawks try another fake field goal against New England in the Super Bowl? “This …