PatsCast Episode 24 with Jay Shields

Wednesday, 12. January 2011

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We’re back with Jay Shields for a preview of the divisional round. In this podcast, he dissects how the Patriots have evolved since our last podcast, and what this means for the Pats/Jets matchup.

PatsCast Episode 22 (with Matt Noonan)

Thursday, 30. September 2010

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PatsCast Episode 21 (with Jay Shields)

Tuesday, 28. September 2010

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This week, we wanted to take some time to go back over episode 20 and explain the conclusions that we reached re: what happened at the end of the Jets game. This leads to a far more detailed explanation of why we feel that the Patriots’ offense was both out-strategized and out-executed by Rex Ryan’s defense.

PatsCast Episode 20 (with Jay Shields)

Tuesday, 21. September 2010

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In this week’s podcast, we give Jay Shields a call following the loss to the Jets, and get his perspective on why the Pats lost and what we can take away from the game.

PatsCast Episode 19 (with Jeff Howe from NESN)

Wednesday, 15. September 2010

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Our guest this week is’s Jeff Howe, who came on to discuss takeaways from the Pats’ week 1 victory over the Bengals, with specific attention paid to Randy Moss, Stephen Neal, and Brandon Meriweather.

Furthermore, Stephen and I proceed to discuss the breaking Laurence Maroney trade, and what that might mean for the Patriots.

PatsCast on Noontime Sports podcast

Friday, 3. September 2010

Following JR Sportsbrief’s take on why the Jets should win the division, I went on Noontime Sports to offer a counterpoint for why the Pats are the class of the AFCE. You can check it out here.

PatsCast Episode 18- With Jay Shields

Saturday, 28. August 2010

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We called Jay up directly after the game, to get his insight on what happened and see if we couldn’t have some tempered analysis injected into the inevitable overreaction. The general theme of what follows is that young players will play like young players, and some of the guys who might have looked alarming will be fine, while some of the guys who looked fine may have been showing some cause for concern. Topics include:

  • McCourty: why he made the mistakes that he made, and what we can read into it
  • Brace: can he be an impact DE for us?
  • Chung: can he be the playmaker that we need in the middle
  • Vollmer: should we read anything into his struggles against Chris Long?
  • Gronkowski: is he even human?

Definitely give this one a listen; it contains some very specific insight that you simply won’t get anywhere else.

PatsCast Episode 17- with Christopher Price from WEEI

Wednesday, 25. August 2010

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In this episode, we have Christopher Price on to talk Patriots, give us some key observations leading into preseason game #3 against the Rams. Main topics include:

  • How can the Pats replace Ty Warren’s production?
  • What can we expect from Brandon Tate and Aaron Hernandez?
  • How do the Pats stand to successfully replace Jabar Gaffney’s production from 06-08?
  • Does the pass defense stand to improve, even with question-marks at OLB?
  • What’s the best nickname for Sebastian Vollmer?

We also discuss the book that Chris has coming out next week- New England Patriots: The Complete Illustrated History. This includes talking ¬†talks a fair amount about the history behind the Pats, specifically the QB lineage extending from Plunkett through to Brady, as well as his experiences moving on up in he ranks on the local Patriots beat, in an environment with a lot of talented writers. Definitely check it out, and be sure to check out Christopher’s daily blog, It Is What It Is, over at!

PatsCast Episode 16- with Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders

Tuesday, 24. August 2010

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As some of our listeners may know, we’re huge fans of Football Outsiders, so we’ve been looking forward to this one for a while. In the podcast, we discuss Aaron’s optimistic outlook on the Pats for 2010. Specifically, we look at Brady and the offense in general from 2009, the relative impacts of Ty Warren and Logan Mankins, and the abundance of young talent on defense. We also go into some depth on Football Outsiders advanced statistics such as DVOA, YAC+, and SackSEER (with a discussion of Jermaine Cunningham’s prospects, too).

As Aaron points out, no one loss can end an era, and ultimately that’s what the Ravens game was. It was an ugly loss, but anyone who’s written the Pats off is being set up for a reality check over the next few months.

If you find this stuff interesting, I’d definitely recommend heading over to and grabbing a copy of the 2010 Football Outsiders Almanac. 600+ pages worth of content makes it a ridiculous bargain:¬†

PatsCast Episode 15

Monday, 23. August 2010

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Some initial thoughts on Pats/Falcons: Spikes still looking good, Chung and McCourty both showing a ton of promise in the secondary. McCourty is quickly becoming one of my favorite players, and I’m already kicking myself for not liking the pick when it was made just a few months ago. Brace was up and down, and very slow off the line, but all things considered, it was a very encouraging start to his season. Between he and Brandon Deaderick, I think that one will have to step up for us.

And, of course, what’s left to say about Fred Taylor and Kevin Faulk? Awesome players, both, and I couldn’t be happier that the Pats have both of them.