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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
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.
Christopher Price
09/21/2009 - 2:37am
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The last time Tom Brady walked out of Giants Stadium a loser, it was Sept. 11, 2000, and he was a rookie sitting behind Drew Bledsoe (and John Friesz and Michael Bishop) who watched Vinny Testaverde and Wayne Chrebet lead the Jets over the Patriots, 20-19. In that game, the Jets were able to beat New England because of what one local columnist called “endless pressure” on Bledsoe. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Christopher Price
09/19/2009 - 2:38pm
If you’re a Patriots fan, it’s almost impossible to get nostalgic about the Meadowlands. Even the most hard core of Red Sox fans could appreciate the history and the backdrop that old Yankee Stadium provided for some of the great battles between the Sox and Yankees. Likewise for Bruins fans and the Montreal Forum. You could even get a Celtics fan to work up some fine memories of the Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles.
Christopher Price
09/17/2009 - 11:20pm
Different uniforms, same defense. The Patriots will be facing a stern test with the all-new Jets defense on Sunday, but when it comes to putting together an offensive game plan, there’s no need to start from scratch. Instead, they just need to call up some film of the great Baltimore defenses of the last few years.
Christopher Price
09/16/2009 - 8:22pm
FOXBORO — Jerod Mayo is the leader of the new school, the acknowledged chief of a younger generation of Patriots linebackers. Over the course of the 2008 season and into the offseason, Mayo took the rest of the young linebackers, including Pierre Woods and Gary Guyton, under his wing. They were an inseparable group, developing an easy chemistry with each other that was expected to carry into their second full season together. In training camp, Mayo talked up his comrades, saying he was “trying to get all my guys on the same page”
Christopher Price
09/15/2009 - 10:32pm
The calendar says mid-September, but as far as the Jets are concerned, it’s looking more like the first weekend of February. Jets defensive tackle Kris Jenkins racheted up the pregame intensity level for this week’s New England-New York matchup by saying the Jets are approaching this week “like it’s the Super Bowl.”
Christopher Price
09/15/2009 - 3:52am
FOXBORO — There was 5:32 left in the fourth quarter Monday night and the Patriots were down 24-13 to Buffalo when Tom Brady stepped into the huddle. “We’re going to win this game,” the quarterback told his teammates. Brady speaks from experience. Entering Monday night, he had 28 previous games where he had led the Patriots to a win after a fourth-quarter deficit or a tie. Year off or no, why would this time be anything different? Same as it ever was.
Christopher Price
09/14/2009 - 1:34am
Based on six-plus weeks of training camp and preseason, we can say with some certainty that we’ve learned a few truths about the 2009 Patriots even before they’ve kicked off the regular season.
Christopher Price
09/13/2009 - 11:42pm
While much has been written and said about the dynamic turnover of the Patriots defense this offseason, no position has undergone greater change than the secondary. Three of the four players who started at defensive back for the Patriots in the 2008 opener — cornerbacks Ellis Hobbs and Deltha O’Neal and safety Rodney Harrison — have either been traded, been released or retired. The only holdover is safety James Sanders.
Christopher Price
09/13/2009 - 10:54pm
It’s the opener for everyone, which means that whether you are getting set to play your first game in the NFL — like Pat Chung, Ron Brace or any one of the other Patriots rookies who made the 53-man roster — or starting your 35th season in the league — like Bill Belichick — there are going to be some nerves. “Yeah,” Belichick said when asked if he still got nervous before an opener. “I think everybody’s got the butterflies on opening day. Certainly, the coaches do.”
Christopher Price
09/11/2009 - 12:26am
The letter has been delivered. According to multiple reports Thursday night, the Raiders officially have sent disgruntled defensive lineman Richard Seymour the much-discussed “five-day letter,” which gives Seymour five days to report to Oakland to take his physical.
Christopher Price
09/10/2009 - 2:17pm
FOXBOROUGH -- Michael Matthews is probably going to do a little redecorating. The former Giants’ tight end -- who won a title with New York in Super Bowl XLII -- has what he calls a “Super Bowl shrine” at his house. In that collection of mementos is a picture of him from that game delivering a block to Patriots’ outside linebacker Adalius Thomas. “Now, I’m probably going to take that picture down because I’m a Patriot,” Matthews said with a sheepish grin Thursday.
Christopher Price
09/09/2009 - 11:03pm
FOXBOROUGH -- Terrell Owens never disappoints. On a conference call with Boston-area media Wednesday afternoon, the Bills’ new receiver took a playful jab at the Patriots and “Spygate,” joked that he wasn’t a fan of Buffalo’s new no-huddle offense and wondered if New England went out and acquired veteran cornerback Shawn Spring specifically to “check me.”
Christopher Price
09/09/2009 - 7:53pm
FOXBOROUGH -- Logan Mankins can recall the moment like it was yesterday. The Patriots’ rookie left guard stepped out onto the field at Gillette Stadium for his first regular-season game in the NFL on Sept. 8, 2005. He wasn’t cowed by the noise, the fireworks or the fact the game was a Thursday night opener broadcast to a national television audience.
Christopher Price
09/08/2009 - 11:33pm
More details about Sunday’s trade of Richard Seymour to Oakland started to come to light Tuesday -- particularly the timeline of events that ended with the five-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman becoming the property of the Raiders. Speaking Monday afternoon on WEEI’s “Big Show,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Oakland initiated the trade talks last month about the same time the two teams pulled off the deal that brought defensive end/outside linebacker Derrick Burgess from the Raiders to New England.
Christopher Price
09/07/2009 - 11:21pm
Holiday or no, the Patriots continued their roster-tweaking Monday, cutting veteran wide receiver Greg Lewis, signing rookie defensive back Bret Lockett and officially adding seven players to their practice squad. The biggest move was the release of Lewis. Acquired by the Patriots on March 5 along with a seventh-round pick from Philadelphia for a fifth-round pick in the 2009 draft, it was expected he would be in the mix for the No. 3 receiver position if he could come close to replicating his career-best numbers from 2005: 48 receptions for 561 yards.
Christopher Price
09/07/2009 - 1:13am
The news came on a quiet Sunday morning of Labor Day weekend, complete with multiple exclamation points: Richard Seymour traded! Five-time Pro Bowler shipped to Raiders! Patriots losing respected leader! But after a second or two of reflection, the first response was an obvious one: Should we really be all that surprised?
Christopher Price
09/04/2009 - 2:43am
FOXBOROUGH -- If Benjamin Watson is released Saturday after five seasons with the Patriots, he sounds like a man who has made peace with his situation. Speaking slowly and carefully in the wake of Thursday’s 38-27 preseason win over the Giants at Gillette Stadium, the veteran tight end said he’s allowed himself to think about the fact that he might not be a part of the roster when the final cuts are announced.
Christopher Price
09/02/2009 - 9:29pm
FOXBOROUGH -- Before the final Patriots’ preseason game at Gillette Stadium a few years ago, the captains were at midfield before the game for the coin toss joking with each other about how little they were going to play. Linebacker Tedy Bruschi flashed the opposing captains the bottoms of his shoes -- no cleats.
Christopher Price
09/01/2009 - 11:46pm
FOXBOROUGH -- They weren’t a bunch of lasers, but Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw a series of easy passes during the start of practice yesterday, four days after his right shoulder was squashed under the weight of Washington’s 350-pound defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth.


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