Patriots among admirable company as sports dynasty
Sports fans love dynasties. And hate them, too.
That a team could be so dominant for a long period as the New England Patriots have been should be admirable. Their detractors point to scandals such as "Spygate" and the deflated footballs saga. Their supporters focus on Tom Brady's brilliance and a resilience that all great teams share.
Regardless, the facts are the Patriots are in their ninth Super Bowl since 2001 and have won five.
It was 13 years ago that the Philadelphia Eagles punched their ticket to Super Bowl XXXIX, before losing to the New England Patriots in a 24-21 heartbreaker.
The lead-up was a joyous time for Eagles’ fans — young and old — as Philadelphia was back in the big game for the first time in 20-plus years — putting the bitter 1981 memory of the 27-10 defeat at the hands of the Oakland Raiders behind them.
Rodney Harrison’s advice to Marcus Williams? Watch all the good tape from his rookie year
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Rodney Harrison knows what it's like to be on the wrong side of NFL history.
Harrison was the man in coverage when David Tyree made the Helmet Catch, the iconic grab that helped the New York Giants upset Harrison's undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.
Now an analyst on NBC's Sunday Night Football, Harrison has some advice for Marcus Williams after the Saints rookie's missed tackle on Stefon Diggs played a central role in the Minneapolis Miracle.
Before our Patriots took on the Kansas City Chiefs in last night’s opener, the NFL wrangled together a bunch of Pats legends, as well as Boston-raised band Guster for the 2017 NFL Kickoff concert.
But first, they had to talk about that Super Bowl comeback.
“I didn’t think we were going to overcome it,” said ex-safety Rodney Harrison to the crowd collected at Christopher Columbus Park, with the Vince Lombardi Trophy prominently displayed in front of Boston Harbor.
There’s a group of 26 Patriots looking to create their own championship legacy in New England — and perhaps create a second wave of the Patriots’ dynasty — by joining the dozens of other players who have won multiple Super Bowl rings during the Bill Belichick era.
Number of Rings players Notables
4 Tom Brady
3 Troy Brown, Tedy Bruschi, Kevin Faulk, Ty Law, Matt Light, Willie McGinest, Richard Seymour, Adam Vinatieri, Mike Vrabel
Guregian: With Collins and Jones gone, Patriots defense in dire need of some playmakers
FOXBORO — Something’s broken with the defense, and Bill Belichick aims to fix it.
Forget the nifty points allowed per game average, the Patriots defense doesn’t get a pass, or a passing grade from Belichick. That much seems pretty obvious. It’s just interesting to see how the Hoodie is tackling the problem.