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Pats sink a little deeper, Chiefs tend to business Listening to the various televised talking heads prattle on over Bill Belichick almost leads one cynic to wonder how Bob Kraft could so much as blink at the thought of firing the GOAT. Italicize the word almost. Unlike the mass of football intelligentsia intoning the gravity of such a call, it really is rooted in simplicity. So simple, in fact, that it was probably etched in pigskin weeks ago. The Patriots are a bad team. No team totes around a 3-11 record because it has had too many bad breaks, Bill ...

Nov. 28, 1983

Nov. 28, 1983 Tony Eason made his first start as an NFL quarterback, against the New York Jets at Shea Stadium. It was one that was best forgotten, and he likely did. Otherwise he may have burned his football duds the moment he put on his street clothes. Steve Grogan, sidelined with a broken leg, could only watch and offer consolation to his young protege as the Jets pounded Eason in a 26-3 whooping. New York sacked Eason five times and pressured him into a dreary 13-for-27 showing for 159 yards and an interception. The Pats ambled over to Laguardia ...

Oct. 22, 1988

Oct. 23, 1988 Tony Eason returned to active duty for the Patriots after having surgery to correct nerve damage in his right arm. Well, sort of. He was reactivated and back on the roster, but was third out of three quarterbacks on the depth chart. Eason wasn’t exactly a beloved figure in Foxboro, On the one hand, he quarterbacked the Patriots into a Super Bowl. On the other, he too often performed as he did in Super Bowl 20: Six passes, no completions, three sacks, one lost fumble.  All that in less than two quarters ...

October 23, 2023|Categories: History, NFL, Patriots|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Aug. 6, 1983

Aug. 6, 1983 Ron Meyer was preparing for his second season as head coach of the New England Patriots and already, as the first exhibition game beckoned, had personnel problems. Between injuries and contract holdouts, the Pats’ most acute deficiencies heading into a game against Pittsburgh (being played in Knoxville, of all places) were their corps of lineman, on each side of the ball. The offensive line was particularly wobbly. Guard Bob Cryder, who was to start for John Hannah, was out, as was tackle Shelby Jordan. Understandably, Meyer was not anxious to expose veteran quarteback Steve ...

April 2, 1988

April 2, 1988 As the NFL Draft loomed, the Patriots went about taking care of the veterans they expected to be on their Opening Day roster. They wrapped up a six-year deal with linebacker Andre Tippett that would pay him, in total, as much as $6 million. Most observers considered that a wise business decision. Word also came that the Pats’ offered to re-sign Tony Eason for the 1988 season for $350,000 less than he made in 1987. Most observers also considered that a wise business decision. Eason’s agent, Leigh Steinberg, fought hard for his client (and, ...

April 3, 2023|Categories: NFL, Patriots|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Feb. 1, 1988

Feb. 1, 1988 Just for yuks, here’s what Tony Eason said while attending Super Bowl XXII in San Diego between the Redskins and Broncos. Asked by a Boston Globe reporter how he felt about Pats coach Raymond Berry’s proclamation earlier in the week that Steve Grogan would be his starting quarterback next season, Eason oozed with indignation. “I’m not a backup quarterback,” he spat. Eason was right. He deserved to be the backup for the backup. You May Have Missed... Fresh Content Direct to Your Inbox Subscribe Now ...

February 2, 2023|Categories: History, NFL, Patriots|Tags: , , |0 Comments
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