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Dave Brown is a freelance correspondent who covers the New England Patriots for the Concord Monitor.

Season not over: The Patriots can survive the Alex Smith fiasco

9/8/2017 2:16:56 AM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Surely, at some point, the New England Patriots were going to have to part ways with the much-hyped, but implausible dream of a perfect season.
But who though...

Pats are prepared for loss of Edelman because they've been preparing for loss of Edelman

9/6/2017 11:04:30 PM
IMG_6003-JPG.jpegChris Hogan is a potential Plan B for Julian Edelman.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — A Patriots training camp that began with spirited predictions of perfect dominance ended with the sober reality that anterior cruci...

Done with Twitter, done with critics, Pats CB Cyrus Jones hopes a revival is in the stars

8/31/2017 2:02:24 PM
FOXBORORUGH, Mass. — Cyrus Jones is a Sagittarius.
We know this because his Twitter feed has told us nothing else since October 6, 2016. That’s when the Patriots’ cor...

Patriots' deep receiving corps will be tough to crack

8/11/2017 6:00:25 PM
IMG_6347-JPG.jpegPhoto By: Dave Brown. Austin Carr has an uphill battle to make Pats roster.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Slicing up the Jaguars for a collective 12 receptions, 160 yards and one of the best touchdown catches you’ll ever see, Jacob Hollister and A...

40 stats that prove Tom Brady is better than Peyton Manning

8/3/2017 11:34:32 AM
Photo courtesy New England Patriots
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — On his 40th birthday, Tom Brady stands alone as the most iconic player in NFL history.
Brady is the enduring hero in football’s narrative. Long after the game has beco...

Ninkovich ends improbable career on his terms

7/30/2017 3:04:54 PM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Underestimated by professional, college and high school coaches — not to mention his own mother — Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich willed his way to an improbable 11-year NFL career. Nearly derailed many times by non-believers, he ended that career on his own terms Sunday, announcing his retirement at Gillette Stadium on the fourth day of training camp....

The Patriots will never escape the obsession with perfection

7/26/2017 9:40:16 PM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — History has not let the New England Patriots outrun the perturbing, unfinished business of 2007.
Even with three AFC titles and two rings since Bill Belichick’s Irish Goodbye at the end of Super Bowl XLII, there still looms an obsessive-compulsive fixation on the one thing Belichick and Tom Brady have not done: Finish a season with a...

SBLI: These Patriots surmounted countless obstacles and never figured out how to quit

2/5/2017 10:53:37 PM
HOUSTON — On the second day of training camp, Bill Belichick rolled his eyes toward the Heavens and appealed to a higher power.
“Jesus Christ,” he said. And it was good.      
Blessed or not, the 2016 Patriots played like a team under divine protection. Beset on all sides by the inequities of NFL disciplin...

Ryan's MVP award has 24-hour shelf life

2/5/2017 1:08:41 AM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Matt Ryan just won an MVP Award that has a 24-hour shelf life.
The Falcons quarterback beat out runner-up Tom Brady for the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award on Sa...

A Walk with the Only Homeless Man In Houston

2/4/2017 6:47:29 PM
HOUSTON — This is the third-largest city in America. Its busiest neighborhood has two professional sports facilities, a world-class convention center, a dozen major hotels and seven fast burger joints, including two McDonald’s, a Whataburger and a Wimpy’s. Three days before Super Bowl LI, it has only one homeless person.

SBLI: Falcons will need Beasley and help to get pressure on Brady

2/4/2017 5:32:42 PM
HOUSTON — Blueprints are far less useful in football than they are in architecture. Ten-year-old blueprints will almost certainly build you a stable home today, but as time moves on, designs become less structurally sound in the NFL.
That said, there is one enduring schematic for defenses that oppose Tom Brady: Your chances of winning are better if you make him throw ...

SB LI: Why Belichick was right about Julio Jones

2/3/2017 11:59:55 AM
HOUSTON — You should always start with the premise that Bill Belichick knows what he’s doing.
The greatest football coach of all time is quietly the greatest general manager in NFL history. The Patriots have sustained excellence during his tenure not only because of cutting-edge football tactics, but also because Belichick mastered the art of team building in th...

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