As a player, Joe Andruzzi was a legendarily tough offensive lineman, someone who had to be dragged from the lineup. In his five seasons with the Patriots, he started 72 of a possible 80 regular-season games, including every game in each of New England’s three Super Bowl-winning seasons.

FOXBORO — It’s a rare event to see miscommunication between Tom Brady and Wes Welker.

So, what do you think?

Back in the summer, would you have taken a 5-2 record seven games into the season, as Tom Brady attempted to get his sea legs under him? Would you have felt good about wins over then-unbeaten Baltimore and Atlanta? Would you have lived with close losses in the Meadowlands and at Mile High?

Yeah, you would’ve.



No mailbag last week — my apologies. The funky week got everything turned around, and we weren’t able to get to the e-mails. Some of them were able to hold up for an extra week, while others had to be tossed out. Won’t happen again, people: I’m locked and loaded for the rest of the regular season, which is almost (gasp) halfway over.

Even with almost half a season in the books, the 2009 Patriots are a tough team to get a handle on.

Wes Welker knows he’s a rare commodity in the National Football League.

Here are the two things I think we absolutely know for sure after watching the Patriots beat Iron Mike Sharpe and S.D. Jones over the last two weeks.



FOXBORO — To this point, 2009 has been a forgettable season for Adalius Thomas.

FOXBORO — From the moment he turned around and addressed reporters on Wednesday morning in front of his locker, Adalius Thomas looked like he wanted to get something off his chest.



FOXBORO — Opportunity may be knocking for Brandon Tate and Terrence Nunn.