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

Deflategate's Bogus Journey: Lack of formal complaint thwarts NFL's quest for truth
12/12/2016 8:18:58 PM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Several centuries ago, the National Football League experienced a soul-quaking episode when it learned that certain footballs had less than the right amount of air inside of them.
As the internal air pressure of footballs is the single-most-important factor in maintaining competitive balance, the league locked down the facility of its Foxborough fr...

Bennett is one step ahead of NFL's complex shoe rules 
12/4/2016 8:13:17 PM
(Dave Brown Photo) The cleats Martellus Bennett wore for the NFL's My Cause, My Cleats promotion.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Martellus Bennett never set out to fill anyone’s shoes but his own. The NFL has made that a surprisingly difficult chore.
When the P...

After 10 years on FieldTurf, Brady expresses preference for grass
11/26/2016 3:26:05 PM
IMG_3378-(1).jpgAs of Saurday, the Patriots have played on FieldTurf for 10 years. This week Tom Brady said he'd like to see the team play on a natural surface again.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — In the f...

Pats defense closing in on worst turnover-free stretch in franchise history
11/22/2016 7:29:16 PM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Footballs bounce. They bounce wildly and unpredictably. They sometimes bounce to people they aren’t supposed to.
And yet, through the last 15 quarters, not one football has bounced into the hands of the New England Patriots defense. The Pats have not forced a turnover since Malcolm Butler picked off Steelers backup Landry Jones in the first q...

Seattle flips script at the goal line to beat Pats and their struggling D
11/14/2016 1:37:33 AM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Desperately needing a ratings boost for its broadcast partners, the NFL cued up one of its greatest hits on Sunday night, with a twist.
In the never-ending saga of goal-line strategies between Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick, it was Carroll’s team that won with a defensive stand inside its own 2-yard line as the Seahawks seized on a questiona...

The New England Patriots, and their racist friend
11/13/2016 8:35:16 PM
Can't shake the devil's hand and say you're only kidding.
— They Might Be Giants, Your Racist Friend

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Famous people are routinely admonished to stay in their respective corners. Stick to acting. Stick to sports. Stick to sports talk radio. Stick to taking photographs of yourself in a mirror and posting them on Inst...

Reviewing the film to see where it went wrong for Collins and Patriots
11/6/2016 1:35:20 AM

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady’s suspension brought a unique sense of intrigue to the first month of the Patriots’ season. There was mystery and mayhem. At one point it seemed Julian Edelman could wind up under center. Or maybe even you could wind up under center. It was a crazy time.  But then Brady returned, and the drama dissipated.

Win over Bills proves Patriots' value
10/30/2016 7:23:55 PM
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — At the beginning of October, Rex Ryan spent a week impersonating Bill Belichick, and his Bills beat the Patriots 16-0 at Gillette Stadium. For Halloween, the Buffalo coach arrived in a far-more-convincing Rex Ryan costume, and the Patriots humbled his team with a 41-25 victory at New Era Field.
While this is the conclusion of a revenge story that ...

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...

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