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Owens, McDaniels, and Bills, Oh My!

By Patriots Blog Writer Doug Cutler Jr.

First, a word about Terrell Owens

Good riddance.

Now, a word about former Patriots’ offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels

Word out in Denver is the natives are restless. They are also beginning to question McD’s (their own term of semi-endearment) early personnel decisions, most notably the million-dollar signing of former Patriots’ long snapper Lonie Paxton and the trade rumors surrounding Jay Cutler.

Why would the signing of free agent Paxton be such a big deal? Apparently it’s a big deal when your own long snapper is already considered to be among the league’s best at that position. Throw in (no pun intended) the fiasco over Josh’s peddling of his pro bowl quarterback and you’ve got a near epidemic of white stuff falling in the Mile High City and it isn’t falling from clouds but from people’s heads.

It isn’t just the fans and media that are scratching their noggins. Josh McDaniels isn’t Bill Belichick. At 32, he can’t play the stone cold tough guy yet. The players, many of whom are about the same age as him, will tone him out. If he isn’t careful, he runs the risk of “losing the locker room” and then it’s just a matter of time before Pat Bowlen pulls the plug on the whole thing. Call me crazy, but if there’s a meltdown of epic proportions this year I can envision Bowlen making a phone call to Mike Shanahan and no one else.

One last thought on “McD.” I wonder what ol’ Bill thinks of him after the Paxton signing. Remember, Paxton was a mainstay here in New England going all the way back to Belichick’s first season with the Patriots. This is going to be a rather substantial hole to fill, as good long snappers tend to be highly coveted players. From what I understand, former Broncos’ long snapper Mike Leach might be available.

Hey, all’s fair in love and war…right?

What “The Trade” Means

Given that most everybody outside Belichick’s inner sanctum doesn’t really have a clue as to what he’ll do heading into the draft (yours truly included), speculation is the best you’re going to get on the subject.

One thing that Bill seems to be predictable on is his penchant for low first round picks and second round picks of any flavor. This year he’s got quiver full of them (23rd, 34th, 47th, and 58th overall). What you undoubtedly want to hear is who he’ll take with each of those picks. Problem is, he’s also known to use picks in trades for key players like Randy Moss (for the low, low, low price of a fourth rounder) and Wes Welker (still the steal of the decade for second and seventh rounders).

Having said all that, smart money says the Patriots absolutely keep the 23rd pick. Again, smart money suggests they choose a defender with that pick. Taking it even further, I believe a linebacker (Clay Matthews Jr?) will be selected. After that, it’s anybody’s guess. However, with the quality of players slated to be available all the way through the first round, it wouldn’t surprise me if Belichick swapped two of his three second round picks for another shot at a spot in the early-to-mid 20s.

Regardless of what the Patriots decide to do, they are clearly in the driver’s seat as draft day approaches.

But please, Bill, whatever you do, just don’t take another tight end on day one.

Guess I Spoke Too Soon…

…About the Jets having too many holes to fill. Not only did they acquire CB Lito Sheppard and LB Bart Scott in the same week, but they still have the 17th pick in the draft. If Rex Ryan can get a firm handle on that team, the AFC East just might be the new “Black and Blue” division of the NFL.

Answer to last week’s question:


Question of the week:

Which Patriots’ player was known as “the AFC’s Lawrence Taylor?”

(Answer will be provided next week)


  1. Cool site!

    Andre Tippett. What do I win?

  2. Yikes!!! You write a column better than most anyone I've ever seen. I don't worship the Pats or "Bill", but love reading your columns. As far as T.O. is concerned.....he stinks! It's funny that everyone who leaves the Pats is "the bad guy", players and coaches included! Oh well, they let go players before and succeeded, but not in a while if people do their research. When was their last superbowl win??? No not their "almost win", cuz they "almost lost to the Panthers and Rams.......anyone remember that?