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Christopher Price has covered the Boston sports scene for more then a dozen years, working for ESPN.com, SI.com and Baseball America as well as The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The Miami Herald and Boston Metro. In that time, he’s established himself as an award-winning sportswriter who has been honored by Northeastern University, the New England Press Association and the North Carolina Press Association. In addition, he’s the author of the just published, “New England Patriots: The Complete Illustrated History” and two other books “Baseball by the Beach” and "The Blueprint: How the New England Patriots Beat the System to Create the Last Great NFL Superpower.”

 
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Christopher Price
10/16/2009 - 1:34am
Before there was Junior Seau, there was Clay Matthews. The 40-year-old Seau returned to the Patriots this week, giving new meaning to the term “veteran linebacker.” Previously, Seau has played portions of the last three seasons for New England. The last linebacker to play for Bill Belichick this late in his career was Matthews, who suited up for Belichick and the Browns in 1993 when he was 37.
Christopher Price
10/15/2009 - 12:51pm
FOXBORO — A longtime advisor to Tom Brady says the quarterback is “not in complete rhythm,” but the struggles he’s had through the first five weeks of the season are “repairable.”
Christopher Price
10/14/2009 - 8:42pm
FOXBORO — The addition of Junior Seau to the Patriots linebacking corps gives them some positional versatility they did not have before the arrival of the 40-year-old veteran.
Christopher Price
10/14/2009 - 2:43pm
FOXBORO — Buddy is back. Veteran linebacker Junior Seau — known to his teammates in the Patriots locker room as “Buddy” — officially returned to New England on Wednesday, signing a one-year deal with the Patriots. The 40-year old Seau has played parts of the last three seasons for New England. In recent months, he’s talked about possibly returning to pro football, but told people the only team he would return to play for would be the Patriots. He explained why Wednesday afternoon.
Christopher Price
10/13/2009 - 11:34pm
Welcome back to the mailbag. You guys really brought it this week, with lots of good Patriots talk. We had questions about the offensive game plan, who is exactly doing what when it comes to calling the plays, the relationship between the quarterback and his receivers and what — if anything — the Patriots might do before the looming trade deadline.
Christopher Price
10/12/2009 - 11:32pm
FOXBORO — At the end of Sunday’s Patriots-Broncos game, on one sideline, there was the quarterback who engineered a fourth-quarter drive to tie the game and eventually lead his team to a dramatic overtime victory. And on the other sideline, there was Tom Brady.
Christopher Price
10/12/2009 - 1:45am
For Josh McDaniels, it was just another football game. Sure. Like “The Godfather” is just another movie, Picasso just another artist and Jay-Z just another rapper. McDaniels had said in the days leading up to the game that playing the Patriots would not be different.
Christopher Price
10/08/2009 - 11:02pm
FOXBORO — It hasn’t been a good year for Laurence Maroney. In four games, the running back out of Minnesota has carried the ball 27 times for 78 yards. That an average of 2.9 yards per carry, with zero touchdowns. Nine of those 27 carries have gone for either no yardage or have ended up in a negative play. Almost half of his carries (11, to be specific) have gone for one yard or less. The next time he finds the end zone will be the first touchdown since Super Bowl XLII.
Christopher Price
10/07/2009 - 8:47pm
FOXBORO — Tom Brady has heard the critics, but is not going to be swayed. On Wednesday, the quarterback remained unapologetic in his feelings over the new rules designed to keep the quarterback safe. Specifically, the “Brady Rule,” a new directive handed down by the league in the offseason that protects signal-callers from defenders who might dive at a quarterback’s knees.
Christopher Price
10/07/2009 - 12:43am
It is a crisp, efficient football mailbag this week, with lots of good questions that got right to the point. A good football game can produce plenty of good e-mail. As always, feel free to join in the fun by sending your e-mails to cprice@weei.com. Now, on with the show … -- Christopher, Nice job picking the Ravens. Before the baseball playoffs start, let me know who you like — I want to make sure to bet the other way. Walker East Boston
Christopher Price
10/06/2009 - 9:05pm
While the Patriots pass rushers have been slow to pick up sacks this year — they have eight sacks through four games, 10th in the AFC — they still have done plenty to pressure the quarterback.
Christopher Price
10/06/2009 - 12:30am
FOXBORO — Patriots coach Bill Belichick has gone through this before. After all, when you’ve been a head coach in the NFL for 14-plus seasons, you’re bound to face a former assistant once in a while. But for Belichick, a game against a former assistant has almost become an annual event — whether it’s Eric Mangini, Romeo Crennel or Nick Saban, Belichick frequently has squared off against men who have worked underneath him.
Christopher Price
10/05/2009 - 12:58am
FOXBORO — A week ago, the Patriots offense had its chance to make a statement on a pair of fourth-down situations. On both occasions, it came through, converting twice on a key possession to keep an important second-half drive alive in a win over the Falcons.
Christopher Price
10/02/2009 - 1:26am
FOXBORO — For years, it was a job held by Rodney Harrison. Within the New England defense, the “safety/linebacker” hybrid is a difficult one with a myriad of duties. Some weeks, Harrison was asked to be fast enough to keep up with a tight end. Other weeks, he had to bring a punishing attitude into the box to try to stop a running back. And on other occasions, he was required to simply play the role of a traditional safety, providing the last line of defense for the Patriots.
Christopher Price
10/01/2009 - 6:49pm
FOXBORO — He’s only been a member of the Patriots for a few days, but Terdell Sands has already etched his name in the franchise record books.
Christopher Price
09/30/2009 - 11:15pm
FOXBORO — During a season in which keeping Tom Brady comfortable in the pocket has never been more important, the Patriots offensive line is doing its part. Buffalo defensive end Aaron Schobel sacked Brady late in the first quarter of the season-opener. Since then, the group — comprised mainly of left tackle Matt Light, left guard Logan Mankins, center Dan Koppen, right guard Stephen Neal and right tackle Nick Kaczur — has pitched a sack shutout. The group has no sacks allowed in the last two games, and an overall sackless streak of 11-plus quarters.
Christopher Price
09/29/2009 - 11:20pm
It took some time, but you guys responded to my request — I got some good e-mails this week (including two from outside the United States) about a variety of Patriots-related stuff, including questions if Terrence Nunn or Brandon Tate can contribute this season, the future of Joey Galloway, the state of the Pats defense and whether or not Stephen Gostkowski can set an NFL record. Keep sending your questions to cprice@weei.com — we’re going to do this every Wednesday, people. On to the mail. -- Hey Chris,
Christopher Price
09/28/2009 - 11:58pm
FOXBORO — He may have lost the championship belt, but Brandon McGowan can still pack a powerful punch. McGowan won Patriots Practice Player of the Week honors last week — and the belt that goes with it. He clearly was honored by the award, and hung it proudly from the top of his locker.
Christopher Price
09/28/2009 - 7:10pm
FOXBORO — Fred Taylor is up for a challenge. The 33-year-old running back was asked Monday if he could handle 20 to 25 carries the rest of the season for the Patriots. While he acknowledged the need to pace himself, he certainly sounded like a man who could warm to such a plan.
Christopher Price
09/28/2009 - 1:08am
FOXBORO — In a recent meeting, Patriots coach Bill Belichick stood before his players and threw down the gauntlet. “There will come a point in the season where we’re going to have to go for it,” Belichick told his team. “And we’re going to have to get it.”
Christopher Price
09/24/2009 - 1:35pm
FOXBORO — Joey Galloway knows all about getting acclimated to a new quarterback. In his 14 years in the league, the veteran wide receiver has played for four teams. He was selected by the Seahawks in the first round of the 1995 draft, and he also played for the Cowboys and Buccaneers before signing with the Patriots as a free agent in March. Before he got to New England, he was going through two and three quarterbacks a season.
Christopher Price
09/23/2009 - 11:47pm
FOXBORO — Tom Brady isn’t stupid. After seeing what the Bills and Jets did in the first two games of the regular season, he knows the word is out around the league: Blitz the quarterback and you can beat the Patriots. The Bills sacked him once, but hit him six times. The Jets didn’t sack him, but they pressured or hit Brady 23 times.
Christopher Price
09/23/2009 - 8:23pm
FOXBORO — For a team that prides itself on its special teams play, what happened to the Patriots on Sunday was inexcusable. Four special teams penalties — including two on special teams captain Sam Aiken. A game-changing, 43-yard return from New York's Leon Washington. An average of 29.3 net yards per punt from Chris Hanson. Just three total yards in punt returns. And because of poor returns and good work by their Jets counterparts, eight of New England’s 11 drives started at or inside the Patriots' 25-yard line. 

Christopher Price
09/23/2009 - 12:36am
Stand back — it's time to open up the inaugural football mailbag and dive in. I’ll be taking your Patriots-related e-mails here every week and publishing the best questions every Wednesday. I welcome any reasonable questions at cprice@weei.com. Knock yourselves out. -- Hey Chris,   
Christopher Price
09/22/2009 - 1:15am
Through the first two games of the season, the Patriots offense has had trouble finishing what it has started. For most of the season's eight quarters, New England has been able to move the ball up and down the field fairly easily. In the first half of the season-opener against the Bills, the Patriots had 217 net yards. On Sunday against the Jets, it was much the same story — the Patriots gained 197 net yards in the first half alone.


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