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Making Lemonade out of Prunes

By Patriots Blog Writer Doug Cutler Jr.

First, a word about Terrell Owens’ signing in Buffalo

Now he gets to play two games each against the Patriots, the Rex Ryan-led Jets, and Bill Parcells’ Dolphins. That’s six games versus teams that for one reason or another will be head hunting for the loud mouth legend.

Given his history, it won’t be much of stretch to envision a meltdown considering half his games will be played in the wind tunnel known as Ralph Wilson Stadium. Throw in snow that falls not by the foot, but by the yard, and we might even be able to witness July Fourth fireworks at Thanksgiving.

I’m looking forward to seeing this train wreck.

Out with the old and in with the…

Everybody this side of Mars knows the Patriots need help in the secondary. Last year the defensive backs were largely really young (Terrence Wheatley, Jonathan Wilhite), really old (Rodney Harrison), or really mediocre (Ellis Hobbs, James Sanders, Fernando Bryant). Some of those names thankfully will be missing in 2009, but even the replacements seem to leave a lot to be desired. Hopefully Harrison can coax one more year out of his body before he calls it a (Hall of Fame) career.

Last week we received news that CB Shawn Springs was signed to bolster the defensive backfield. That’s right, all 34 years of him. Can he still perform? Obviously Bill Belichick seems to think so and he’s the only guy that matters at this point. Father Time will tell.

We also learned that CB Leigh Bodden was brought into the fold. At 6’1” and 195lbs he will be bigger than most of the previous CBs Belichick has resorted to using and at 27 he’s in the prime of his career. However, the downside to this signing is his injury history (he missed large portions of the ’04 and ’06 seasons) and the fact that the 0-16 Lions deemed him unnecessary. Come to your own conclusions with this guy, but I’m not a member of his fan club yet.

Just yesterday the news broke that backup linebacker and special teams ace Larry Izzo was signed away by the Jets. Patriots Nation should undoubtedly be glad Izzo played in New England during the prime of his career (2001-2008) but he’ll be 35 in September so it’s not like there’ll be a huge sucking sound as he pulls out of Foxboro.

One last note about a departure, but this one’s from the offense. WR Jabar Gaffney hopped the trans-continental rail-road for Denver not long ago. In my opinion, this is one loss that will hurt. Gaffney may have had a few costly drops during his short stay in New England, but his contributions far exceeded his detriments. He was reasonably big for a receiver (6’1” and 200lbs) and he fit the offense nicely. Don’t forget it was his last second catch that saved the undefeated season in Baltimore in ’07. This loss is going to hurt.

Early prediction for the Patriots on draft day

I still say Belichick & Co. will trade two of their second round picks for a mid-to-late first round selection. That would give them two first round picks and one second. Still not a bad haul.

Nothing screams “I’m important” like…

Every time Terrell Owens opens his mouth.

Answer to last week’s question:

Andre Tippett.

Question of the week:

In the aftermath of the “Tuck Rule” game during the 2001 playoffs, it was said that it was Karma for a previous game in which the Patriots lost largely because of one call. What was that previous game, who was the opponent, and what was the call?

(Answer will be provided next week)


  1. Another good article, Doug!

    There's a reason the Bills only gave TO a one-year contract. His career is now on the line. This will be his last stop unless Al Davis picks him up after the train goes off the tracks in Buffalo.

    I said previously that the Pats have the most leverage of any team in the upcoming draft, and it'll be fun to see how the work it.


  2. Great job! I would think that the LB position will need to be addressed in the draft since the signings of WR Greg Lewis, Joey Galloway and the previously mentioned CB's. I suppose they could always draft a tight end too lol.