Former Patriots and Jets linebacker Matt Chatham joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to talk about Sunday's playoff game in Foxboro.

 

Chatham said he was "totally shocked" watching the Jets upset the Patriots. He said the Patriots' inability to execute and the "skittishness" of Tom Brady stood out to him more so than any strategical decisions. "If I were to think about one thing that I wish the Patriots would have done, it would be to execute the plays they did call," he said.

 

Trying to determine the legacy of the 2010 Patriots is a complicated process. Did they fall short of their ultimate goal, victims of the lofty standards set by their predecessors? Or were they dynamic overachievers, surpassing the expectations that pundits put on them at the start of the season?



I know that if lived in some other city, one where they hate Boston teams and Boston fans — which is to say, every other sports town in America — I know what I’d be doing this week. In the wake of the Patriots’ epic failure. I’d be perusing sites like this one.



The Rams have hired former Patriots assistant Josh McDaniels as their new offensive coordinator, the team announced via Twitter on Tuesday. McDaniels, who was an assistant in New England starting in 2001, was offensive coordinator in New England from 2006 through 2008 before taking over as head coach in Denver for nearly two seasons. He fired by the Broncos last month with a 3-9 record following a videotaping scandal.

 

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ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski, after reviewing the coaches' film of the Patriots' 28-21 loss to the Jets, credited New York for its defensive execution. At the same time, he expressed surprise at the number of opportunities missed by the New England offense, particularly quarterback Tom Brady.

 

CBS NFL analyst Phil Simms was a guest of the Dale & Holley show on Wednesday. Simms, who called the Patriots' 28-21 loss to the Jets with Jim Nantz on Sunday, was asked about Rex Ryan's defensive game plan, which clearly frustrated Tom Brady and the rest of the New England offense.

 

The Patriots announced that they have signed tight end Carson Butler, quarterback Jonathan Crompton, wide receiver Buddy Farnham, defensive lineman Marlon Favorite, wide receiver Darnell Jenkins, cornerback Thad Turner and defensive back Ross Ventrone to future contracts. All seven players finished the 2010 season on the New England practice squad.

 

Jets defensive tackle Kris Jenkins — on injured reserve since September — talked to ESPN on Monday and gave some thoughts on Tom Brady and what Jenkins feels are special rules designed to protect the New England quarterback.

 

"You can do little stuff, but it's hard because you have the Brady Rules now," Jenkins told ESPN. "You can't touch him. At the end of the day, if you're cocky and you have special rules and stuff, no one wants to hear it. Be quiet. Shut up, just keep it to yourself, if you've got special rules. 

 

According to KMOV-TV in St. Louis, former Patriots running back Laurence Maroney was being held Tuesday morning on unlawful weapons and drug charges. The station confirmed that Maroney and three other individuals were pulled over Monday night in St. Louis. Maroney, a St. Louis native, played in just four games with the Broncos in 2010, starting three, after being traded from the Patriots. With Denver, the former first-round pick gained 74 yards on 36 carries.

FOXBORO — The whole thing felt more than a little like the final day of school: Lockers were being cleaned out, guys were saying goodbye and making plans to meet up soon. All that was missing was someone passing around a yearbook to sign.