The Patriot Way: New England Patriots News, 7/11


Hello, and welcome to another edition of ‘The Patriot Way’, your number one source to New England Patriots news and analysis from around the web.

What does Greg Hardy’s reduced suspension mean for Tom Brady?

Mike Reiss-ESPN Boston

"News from another team normally wouldn’t find its way into this space, but the reduced suspension of Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy indeed has a few New England Patriots twists.First, with Hardy’s suspension reduced from 10 games to four, it makes him eligible to return for the first time on Oct. 11 against the Patriots."

New England Patriots position battle: Wide receiver spots behind Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell

Kevin Duffy-MassLive

"During the Patriots’ 2014 Super Bowl run, Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell established themselves as a formidable 1-2 punch. Edelman excelled on quick-hitting, underneath routes and LaFell developed a chemistry with Tom Brady on the outside. Both were also aggressive and successful in blocking downfield when the ball went elsewhere."

Coaching Advice: Patriots Bill Belichick Should Call Jim Schwartz

Rich Hill-Pats Pulpit

"New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has never had a problem with picking the brains of the people he trusts. He spoke with Chip Kelly, when theEagles head coach was with Oregon. He speaks with Alabama head coach Nick Saban. He picks up schemes and game plans from unlikely locations, and will implement them into his weekly game plan.Belichick also has no issues with dipping back into the same well, as shown by his rehirings of Josh McDaniels and Brian Daboll on offense, and Mike Lombardi into the front office."

Best of the Belichick Era: Number 18 — Roman Phifer 

Tom Curran-CSNNE

"After the Patriots won their first Super Bowl in 2001, Bill Belichick said, “”I feel good for a lot of people on our team,” he said, ”but I don’t think I feel as good for anyone as I do for Roman Phifer.” It’s been 11 years since Phifer wore a Patriots’ uniform. But the brilliant and versatile linebacker – marooned on a bad Rams team from 1991 to 1998 and then with the Jets for two fruitless seasons – who got his late-career payoff when the Patriots signed him as a role player in 2001 has had a lasting impact."