I’ve reached a new low here at the d-bag, mailbag. Or is it a high? I can’t decide. Anyway, I spent around 90 minutes last night searching the Internet for Spaulding Smails information and clips. And I enjoyed every second of it.


That’s about all you need to know about my life right now. 




The Patriots haven’t really swung and missed on a first-round pick in several years, but history tells us that when they’ve missed, they’ve missed badly. Here’s our list of the five worst first-round picks in franchise history:

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Now, more than ever, it’s all about Bill Belichick.

We assume that's a good thing.



(The second in an occasional series that looks at college players who could be selected by the Patriots in next month’s draft.)

Clay Matthews III has heard it all his life.

The Patriots will open their 2009 training camp in just over four months. With the understanding this list may need to be tweaked between now and the last week of July because of personnel decisions, here’s our take on who’s going to be drawing extra attention when the heat is on this summer.

Say this for the Patriots so far in free agency: They’ve been active.



Jason Taylor could be the next player to attempt a career renaissance under Bill Belichick. Since the coach first took over in New England before the 2000 season, several other players have been rejuvenated with the Patriots.

After making a big move at the end of last month where they traded away Matt Cassel and Mike Vrabel, the Patriots could be on the verge of another blockbuster deal.

A report yesterday from Vic Carucci of NFL.com indicated New England and Carolina

While in New England, Troy Brown and Mike Vrabel resisted labels: Under Bill Belichick, they were wide receivers or linebackers in names only.