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The Patriot Way – New England Patriots News 1/29

– Former Bears GM Jerry Angelo has a critical view of Bill Belichick’s roster building from this past season, specifically in the passing game.  More on this in a separate post.

– Per Tom Curran,  the Patriots were interested in dealing for WR Larry Fitzgerald last offseason.  This would have instantly made the Patriots a dynamic dangerous offense with an outside threat the likes of which Brady has not had since the days of Randy Moss.  Alas, given how much Fitzgerald makes and the compensation it would take, a deal will likely not take place.

– As part of his mailbag, NESN’s Doug Kyed discusses the notion that cutting WR Danny Amendola does not make any sense.  From a cap perspective it does not, but why keep a player that Brady has issues trusting and cannot stay healthy?

– In the story that just will not go away, Wes Welker says of his hit on Patriots corner Aqib Talib, that they ran the same play in New England.  I never doubted that more than one team runs that play, the Patriots included, nor do I think that Welker intended to injure Talib.  I questioned why a penalty was not called when he was quite clearly blocking, initiating contact while the ball was in the air.

– Seahwaks coach Pete Carroll says that there were limitations in New England that kept him from reaching his coaching potential.  I can see that as a possibility, given how prominent a role Robert Kraft plays in the Patriots organization.

– Christopher Price has an interesting piece on how Welker’s leaving the Patriots is unique and different from the other veterans that have left Patriots teams.

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