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

Pats defense found the big play it's been looking for
10/16/2016 8:38:32 PM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Patriots defense has been a strange character this season.
Entering Sunday it was the most “bendable” defense in the NFL, which means it had the highest ratio of yards allowed to points allowed. For a number of reasons, bendability is a good statistic. High bendability usually correlates to winning. It means you’re not giving ...

Brady is back, but nothing ever changes in Foxborough
10/9/2016 12:51:29 PM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Bill Belichick’s most worthy adversary is probably human nature.
The Patriots head coach has been fighting an up-and-down battle against his players’ instincts since the day he arrived in Foxborough. The central theater in this conflict is the intuitive desire to compensate for another player’s inexperience or injury. Belichick wa...

Belichick urges armchair experts to check their facts, defends rookie KR
10/7/2016 3:05:36 PM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Bill Belichick sent a very clear message to people who questioned his decision to stick with rookie return man Cyrus Jones on Sunday: You have no idea what you’re talking about.
Sunday’s icky mess of a 16-0 loss against the Bills began with Jones making an epic error on the opening kickoff. Or did he? Well, he probably didn’t.

Indominus Rex: Ryan shines as time runs out on Brady's suspension
10/2/2016 8:45:19 PM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Rex Ryan began and ended this week with hollow impressions of Bill Belichick.
Ryan mimicked the Patriots coach on Wednesday with a dull voice and dead eyes, droning on about the injury report. On Sunday, he emulated Belichick’s knack for swiping a victory that seemed far beyond his team’s reach, beating the Patriots 16-0, the first time...

Why the media isn't asking white players about police and social justice
9/29/2016 1:15:07 PM

IMG_3129.jpg (Dave Brown photo) Patriots defensive lineman Chris Long.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — An ad hoc social justice think tank has evolved out o...

Belichick's wizardry guides Brissett, Pats to stunning win over Texans
9/23/2016 1:47:50 AM
(Dave Brown photo) Rookie Jacoby Brissett led the Patriots to a stunning win in his first NFL start.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Bill Belichick is not a doctor. He is a wizard.

Belichick clears up Pats QB situation by confirming that he is the coach, not a doctor
9/20/2016 4:16:22 PM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — In the face of uncertainty regarding the health of his interim starting quarterback and the possible need to acquire a backup, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick spoke out on Tuesday, confirming that he is the head coach of the Patriots and that he will do whatever is best for the team.
He also announced that he is not a doctor.

Despite the loss of brilliant Garoppolo, Pats continue to overcome setbacks 
9/18/2016 8:12:56 PM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Just when it seemed like the Patriots had outsmarted a cruel gauntlet of setbacks, fate threw them one more on Sunday, pinning Jimmy Garoppolo’s right shoulder between Kiko Alonso and the turf. Nonetheless, New England rose to the challenge once again, and the Pats are an improbable 2-0.
In light of all that has gone wrong for this team&mdash...

Bill Belichick Glower Rankings: Belichick does not want to talk about Tom Brady's face
9/16/2016 6:15:30 PM

(Dave Brown photo) The Brady Banner that Bill Belichick does not want to talk about.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Bill Belichick does not want to talk about the remov...

This Week in Martellus Bennett: Real social change, fantasy quidditch and stranger danger
9/15/2016 4:40:56 PM

(Dave Brown photo) Martellus Bennett wearing one of his eight NASA hats.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — When people say that Martellus Bennett speaks his mind, they don’t exactly do justice to the...

How 17th century British bartenders are helping the Patriots against Arizona
9/8/2016 12:19:50 PM

(Photo by Dave Brown) Patriots TE Martellus Bennett explaining the origins of "Mind your Ps and Qs."

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — In the midst of describing the Arizona ...

How Patriots surprised us with keepers instead of cuts
9/4/2016 5:17:57 PM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Generally, our football teams catch us off guard with one or two surprise cuts on the final day of training camp. The Patriots turned the tables this year surprising us instead with players they kept.
While the Patriots’ decision on Saturday to release wide receiver Aaron Dobson, a second-round pick in 2013, was certainly a headline grabber, ...

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