The Patriot Way: New England Patriots News, 5/9


Here are some links from around the football universe that New England Patriots fans should be aware of this morning.

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Over at, Andy Benoit questions why the NFL is so rigid when it comes to air pressure in footballs. This is worth a look because it really puts Deflategate in perspective, and takes Tom Brady out of his villain costume.

In case you have yet to see it, here’s the Damien Woody-Tedy Bruschi tiff. Both former Patriots make good arguments. Give it five minutes of your time, it’s worth it.

Mike Pettine didn’t beat around the bush, calling Brady “a cheater” and that he has lost respect for No 12. It’s funny hearing that from the head coach of an organization that was caught—you know, with hard evidence—breaking NFL rules in the form of TextGate. But no, the Patriots are the only team that sins. All the other teams in the NFL are squeaky clean.

CSNNE’s Mike Giardi warns that Brady’s suspension could be in the six to eight game range; at least, that’s what the Patriots are preparing for. If that is the case, it will be Jimmy G. time in New England. That’s not something we were expecting 72 hours ago.

Speaking of Garoppolo, Darin Grantt of tells us personal coach Jeff Christiansen is confident that the sophomore will be ready to step-in as the starter. All eyes will be on Garoppolo should he start. It will be reminiscent of Brady assuming the starting job after Drew Bledsoe’s injury back in 2001.

Be sure to frequent Musket Fire throughout the day for Deflategate coverage and analysis. If you missed it yesterday, check out Jed Ober’s assertion that Roger Goodell should leave his post. And if you’re tired of Deflategate and want to read about real football, find out the recent moves the Pats have made to bolster the front seven.