November 30th, 2011
Referee explains timeout confusion from Pats-Bills game
Referee John Parry explained to pool reporter Mike Reiss the back-to-back timeout calls by the Bills at the end of the first half did not warrant a penalty, but should not have been allowed.
With the first half winding down Patriots trade down, get two picks from Texans_161, Bills PK Rian Lindell kicked a 34-yard field goal but Patriots head coach Bill Belihcick was irate. He believed a penalty should have been called on the Bills for calling back-to-back timeouts.
Parry said there is no foul for calling a second timeout in the rulebook, but that the referees should not have granted the second timeout. "There is no five-yard penatly for what we did Alpinestars A-10 Air Flo Pants," he said. "(The procedure is to) get the players reset, the second timeout is not allowed Sale Alpinestars Motorcycle Jackets - Cheap Alpinestars Jackets Store, resume play, which is what we did."
The Bills had called a timeout after getting an apparent first down. When instant replay reversed the call, making it fourth down Patriots place focus on long term_148, a Bills player called another timeout. Parry said that timeout should not been allowed, and the Bills likely would have been penalized for a delay of game with the play clock winding down.
Patriots players of the week
The Patriots' offensive 2007 numbers not in store for Patriots of today_899, defensive and special-teams players of the game in their Week 14 win over the Bears.
Offense: QB Tom Brady
Defense: CB Devin McCourty
Special Teams: PK Shayne Graham
Patriots add LB Brown
The Patriots announced they signed veteran LB Ricky Brown on Saturday. Brown reportedly had a workout with New England on Friday.
Brown has spent all five of his NFL seasons with the Raiders. Last season Brady (foot) probable for Sunday_477, he played in 14 games with one start and recorded 13 tackles.
The way we see it
The Patriots needed more depth at linebacker. Dane Fletcher injured his thumb in Thursday's preseason game and the team placed undrafted rookie Christian Cox on injured reserve. Brown will have to impress Alpinestars A-10 Air Flo Pants, though Patriots put franchise tag on QB Cassel_951, to make the 53-man roster.
Patriots-Steelers matchup of the day: Tuesday
Here's a matchup to watch in the Week 10 game between the Patriots and Steelers:
Patriots NT Vince Wilfork vs. Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey
Wilfork has moved around a lot this season, playing nose tackle as well as end. He played the nose in Week Eight and then went back to the end spot in Week Nine atriots sign LS Katula_, but expect him to play some snaps on Sunday night against the impressive rookies.
Pouncey, who won the starting spot in the preseason Alpinestars A-10 Air Flo Pants, has impressed everyone around the league, playing a tough position and snapping to three different quarterbacks. "He's shown that he can compete at this level — no question about that — and I think he's getting better eport- Pats' Burges," said Patriots head coach Bill Belichick when asked about Pouncey.
The Pats' D-line played poorly in Sunday's loss to the Browns, and that's being generous. Losses at the point of attack opened up holes for RB Peyton Hillis to rumble 184 yards on the ground in an embarrassing effort. Wilfork is the stalwart of the line Sale Alpinestars Motorcycle Jackets - Cheap Alpinestars Jackets Store, the veteran of the defense. He is a mammoth player that generally attracts double teams. When he is moved to the end, he can stop off-tackle plays, but he can also force runners to bounce outside with his penetration up the gut.
While it is unknown where Wilfork will start along the line, the veteran will likely want to take some shots at getting past the rookie into the Steelers' backfield. After the Browns gashed the Patriots on the ground, the Steelers will look to do the same, so the Wilfork-Pouncey battle should be an entertaining one to watch.
Report: Patriots sign ex-Bears S McGowan
The Patriots signed veteran S Brandon McGowan to a two-year deal Sale Alpinestars Motorcycle Jackets - Cheap Alpinestars Jackets Store, ESPN.com reported Tuesday morning. McGowan comes to New England after spending his first four career seasons with the Bears. Nine of his 13 career starts came in 2007.
The thumping safety is the physical type of back-end player coach Bill Belichick favors and is looking for with Rodney Harrison's career likely finished. In addition to the addition of McGowan Defensive coordinator Pees parting ways with Patriots_827, the Pats spent their first pick in the draft on Oregon S Patrick Chung.