Following a week in which your third down back Kevin Faulk was your starter at running back and you relied on your fullback Heath Evans to be your tailback (nothing screams tailback like a fat white guy), one has to ask the question; where is Corey Dillon?
Coach Belichick was interviewed a couple weeks back on the Big Show and was asked if the team would consider bringing back Dillon and coach Bill said that’s not something the team is interested in at this time. Well, then can you tell me what’s wrong with Maroney the Jabroni? Either he’s the most fragile back in NFL history, or is so stupid that he stays in Bill’s doghouse week after week.
Anyway you slice or dice it, there is an issue at running back for the Patriots. As Al Michaels pointed out Sunday night (thanks Eli for the reminder) Tom Brady’s passer rating is 150 on play action. It’s pretty tough to sell play action when your starting running back is riding the pine for the first half.
I know it seems like were pigeon holing it, but when you’re #1, people are gunning for you. You can’t have any weaknesses and going into the final 6 weeks of the season this seams to be a big flaw with the Pats. It wasn’t so noticeable when Sammy Morris was in there running like a young Corey Dillon, but since his injury the Pats look very thin at running back. So unless Maroney is going to smarten up or toughen up, I say you call Dillon and get him on the team. Ride him until the post season and then take San Fran’s #1 draft pick and get us a franchise running back.
After a brief hiatus I’m back to the action. Following the signing of Mike Lowell, there wasn’t too much on the hometown front. I attended Causeway Day on Friday. For those of you not familiar with Causeway Day I’ll supply a quick synopsis. The Bruins and Celtics both play home games every year the day after Thanksgiving (barring strikes and lockouts). Rule #1 is that it’s a marathon not a sprint. Beyond rule #1, there are other rules including no girls, if you mess up (like get arrested) you’re on your own and you must be sponsored by a veteran.
The Bruins handled the Islanders in the matinee and the Celtics whooped up on the Lakers in the evening. For the first time in my 8 year Causeway Day participation, I witnessed a Boston sweep. Amazing. The two teams took the show on the road Saturday night with the Celtics squeaking one out on a last minute Ray Allen three pointer while the Bruins blew a 1-0 lead losing to the Islanders on the back end of the home and home 2-1.
Now other business that surfaced over the long weekend. The 49ers finally won a game improving to 3-8 while preserving the Pats draft pick in the top 10.
Rumors from Yawkey way are saying the Sox are going after Johan Santana, hard. If history proved anything the Sox like to have this stuff wrapped up before December 1st having aquired Beckett before Thanksgiving and of course Mr. 38 PotatoPancakes on the Friday after Thanksgiving. It’s rumored that the Twins are enamored with Coco which would fill the void left by Torri Hunter who sign with the Angels for 5 years $90 Million. Obviously you’re not going to get Santana for Coco but is Buchholz and Lester too much? I say no. They’re printing money at the Fens and since it’s not my money, if you’re able to work an extension (6 years $120 Million) for Santana I say you do it. It keeps him out of Spankee land and jacks up your already awesome rotation.
Off to watch the 21 point favorite Pats beat up on the Eagles. Going for 11-0 an trying to stay undefeated. Should be in bed as early as 9:15PM.