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

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...

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.

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