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Old 03-02-2006, 11:42 AM   #1
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Default 2006-2007? The Patriots will do it again.

You can't do it every year. Even the best need to refocus every once and awhile. This years pretenders to the thrown had their time in the sun. I hope they enjoyed it because that's all their going to get. You can bank on this. The Patriots will take the Super Bowl again next season.


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"Dwelling on why the Patriots didn't make the Super Bowl this season is loser talk, because it's nearly impossible to remain on top year after year. And it takes away from the accomplishments of teams that did better, including the Colts, Broncos and especially the Steelers.

The issue here is maintaining a level of excellence over a long period of time. Using that measuring stick, the Patriots currently have no equal.

Next year they will win the Super Bowl because they will be hungry and vengeful. They will want to atone for a bizarre season that included one of their top linebackers suffering a stroke and then returning to play, and their star quarterback playing the second half of the season with a hernia.

Quite frankly, much of the Patriots' undoing this year had little to do with specific areas of weakness, like the surprise retirement of linebacker Ted Johnson right before the season, or the knee injury that caused Richard Seymour to miss four games, or the season-ending injuries to Rodney Harrison and Tyrone Poole, or the suddenly aged wheels of Corey Dillon.

Rather, it was about a collective mentality. The Patriots tried to will themselves to the title because they're used to doing just that. This time they didn't have enough will to go along with a shortage of healthy bodies.

Next year will be different. The Patriots will re-tool their roster and come back as strong as ever. Instead of starting off the season a mediocre 4-4, as they did in 2005, they will be stronger, more focused and more determined to post the best record in the AFC so they can entertain playoff opponents on the tundra that is their home field."
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Old 03-02-2006, 11:51 AM   #2
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Default Re: 2006-2007? The Patriots will do it again.

Yep its true - the Steelers were the best team this year.

Personally speaking, I think it was the winner mentality and strong will that allowed the Patriots to recover from such a poor start to challenge in the playoffs.

It was all to do with getting hit hard by injuries in the wrong areas.

The Patriots certainly have a great shot at the title next year - surely we cant have the same amount of bad sh*t happen to us again in the first 5/6 games?!

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The Patriots didn't bother with swagger to start this NFL season; they went straight to defiant. Either you're one of them or you're about to get crushed.
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Default Re: 2006-2007? The Patriots will do it again.

wow, you sure this article wasnt about the yankees of the past 5 years?

i never knew the patriots had a monopoly on desire and can flip a switch to prevent any future injuries, especially since they got them all out of the way in 05. that is good, they met their quota. also good is that success dulls the competitive edge of all teams BUT the patriots.

"Yet a load of success has a way of dulling a team’s competitive edge, especially when it is assaulted by wannabees like Cincinnati, Miami, Indianapolis, Denver and possibly San Diego, Kansas City and Jacksonville. If players don’t exactly get fat and lazy after reaching the Super Bowl, they at least get more comfortable than they had been."



pretty bogus article.
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wow, you sure this article wasnt about the yankees of the past 5 years?

i never knew the patriots had a monopoly on desire and can flip a switch to prevent any future injuries, especially since they got them all out of the way in 05. that is good, they met their quota. also good is that success dulls the competitive edge of all teams BUT the patriots.

"Yet a load of success has a way of dulling a team’s competitive edge, especially when it is assaulted by wannabees like Cincinnati, Miami, Indianapolis, Denver and possibly San Diego, Kansas City and Jacksonville. If players don’t exactly get fat and lazy after reaching the Super Bowl, they at least get more comfortable than they had been."



pretty bogus article.
I think the basic premise behind the article is that the Patriots, all things being equal, should not suffer the kind of crazy scenario's they did last year.

Hopefully we wont have:

A key player on D retire right on the brink of the season

A Defensive leader miss half the season with a stroke

To lose 80% of our O-line to injuries at some stage

To lose our starting centre for the 2nd half of the campaign

To start a Free agent RB that only signed the week before

Our QB play with a hernia for half the season.

To lose our best D-Lineman for large portions of the season.

Seems like your average season wouldnt contain all these mishaps.

I am pretty sure that the Patriots have set of record for the most injured players the last few years, the first 2 times they were able to overcome them - last year it was a little too much for them.

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The Patriots didn't bother with swagger to start this NFL season; they went straight to defiant. Either you're one of them or you're about to get crushed.

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I think the basic premise behind the article is that the Patriots, all things being equal, should not suffer the kind of crazy scenario's they did last year.

Hopefully we wont have:

A key player on D retire right on the brink of the season

A Defensive leader miss half the season with a stroke

To lose 80% of our O-line to injuries at some stage

To lose our starting centre for the 2nd half of the campaign

To start a Free agent RB that only signed the week before

Our QB play with a hernia for half the season.

To lose our best D-Lineman for large portions of the season.

Seems like your average season wouldnt contain all these mishaps.

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And if it were'nt for the almighty afc east! Give me a break, you think that because you were dealt a bad hand with all of your injuries and still made the playoffs makes you a top contender for next year! If the nfl has shown us nothing, it has shown us that good teams fall the next year and bad teams can get much better.

Just give thanks to who ever you do, that you're in the afc east! Actually you know what if miami can get brees........Oh hell your times over!
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If the nfl has shown us nothing, it has shown us that good teams fall the next year and bad teams can get much better.


Really? I guess that takes care of the Steelers. Hope you had a good time. Of course since the Patriots have won 3 out of 5 it doesn't look like that applies to us.
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I think the basic premise behind the article is that the Patriots, all things being equal, should not suffer the kind of crazy scenario's they did last year.



I am pretty sure that the Patriots have set of record for the most injured players the last few years, the first 2 times they were able to overcome them - last year it was a little too much for them.

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hmmm. i smell a trend. stuff it catching up. the authors premise is bunk. it is sugarcoated with the fact that the patriots will wear the cloak of invincibility next season and will themselves to homefield advantage, ignoring all competition and actually playing the games. you think carson palmer wanted to get hurt? too bad he didnt have the will and desire of the patriots.

i am gonna use 3 other recent success stories in sports as examples of why i think this story is flawed in its thinking. the lakers after their 3 peat, the yankees up until 2000 and jeff gordon after his 4th winston cup champ. these 3 were all expected to be able to flip the switch and will themselves to another championship cause of an air of superiority based on past success. it still hasnt happenend for them though. other teams, owners, players etc. pay and get paid to catch up. but like the yankees do every year the pats should be happy they are the favorites to win it all again.
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Really? I guess that takes care of the Steelers. Hope you had a good time. Of course since the Patriots have won 3 out of 5 it doesn't look like that applies to us.

What happen after the 2001 season. You can go on and on with examples. At this time of the year on paper the pats and steelers look like a lock for the playoffs and as contenders for the sb, but you know that does'nt always work out.
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And if it were'nt for the almighty afc east! Give me a break, you think that because you were dealt a bad hand with all of your injuries and still made the playoffs makes you a top contender for next year! If the nfl has shown us nothing, it has shown us that good teams fall the next year and bad teams can get much better.

Just give thanks to who ever you do, that you're in the afc east! Actually you know what if miami can get brees........Oh hell your times over!
The AFC East has been a very strong conference for a number of years - last year was the first year it got hit real bad with injuries - the Jets and the Bill had a real hard time.

Yes, I think if you can struggle through lost of injuries and still make the playoffs it does make you a real contender for the year after...seems logical to me.

Miami will be a very decent outfit next year, especially if they can add a good QB to the mix.

The Jets and Bills are probably still some way off challenging for the playoffs but you never know I guess.

The Patriots have been consistently good for the last 5 years - no reason to believe they will be anything other than that next year.

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What happen after the 2001 season. You can go on and on with examples. At this time of the year on paper the pats and steelers look like a lock for the playoffs and as contenders for the sb, but you know that does'nt always work out.
Of course. We don't even know what effect the current labor problems will have. They could seriously hurt the Patriots. You probably know more about what they could do to the Steelers.

My post was to have a little off season fun, and to point to a very real truth about the Patriots. They still have a lot left, and I highly doubt they're finished.
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