Opinion: 5 New England Football New Years Resolutions for 2021

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January 1, 2021

2020 is over and like every other year, there is renewed optimism surrounding the new year. Of course January is known for resolutions so here are five resolutions for New England football in 2021. 1. Patriots get back on track: 2020 stunk for a lot of reasons that have already been stated but one of the biggest reasons the year was awful was the Patriots. Tom Brady left in free…

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New England Football Journal’s Naughty and Nice List

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December 27, 2020

Christmas is here! That means it is time for our year end New England football naughty and nice list. We will pick five individuals affiliated with football in New England that made our nice list and our naughty list. We are going to start with our nice list and then do the naughty list. Nice Jeff Hafley, HC, Boston College: Hafley went 6-5 in his first season at the helm…

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Opinion: Let’s use the same criteria we did with Tom Brady before labeling LeBron the GOAT in the NBA

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October 12, 2020

LeBron James won his fourth NBA title last night with the Los Angeles Lakers and immediately after the game, the question of who is the greatest player in NBA history was brought up once again. Michael (Jordan) or LeBron? Those that know me know that I think Michael Jordan is the greatest player in NBA history. While I appreciate LeBron’s greatness and see him as the second greatest player of…

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Opinion: Enough with the fake crowd noise talk

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June 8, 2020

By Kevin Stone/@kstone06/@newftbj Alright, enough with the idea of piping in crowd noise using actual stadium speakers. For some mind boggling reason, adults can’t seem to be able to live with the fact that there is a real possibility that every NFL game this season will look, sound and feel different. In a time where nothing is normal, dealing with empty football stadiums on Thursday, Sunday and the occasional Saturday…

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Opinion: Random thoughts on the week that was

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May 30, 2020

By Kevin Stone/@kstone06/@newftbj For the first time since what feels like March, we’ve had a bit of a dead period this past week in terms of football news. As both college football and the NFL continue to try and navigate the pandemic and get athletes back into buildings to safely begin working out with teammates, here’s a few random thoughts on the world of football as we head into June:…

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Opinion: NFL’s diversity draft pick strategy is insulting and it does not solve the hiring inequality problem the league has

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May 18, 2020

The NFL announced on Friday that owners will be voting on a new proposal next week that would reward teams for hiring minority head coaches and general managers. In the proposal, teams could move up six spots in the third round of next year’s draft if they hire a minority head coach and ten spots if they hire a minority general manager. Naturally, the reaction to this news has not…

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Opinion: The new NFL playoff format waters down the playoffs

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April 1, 2020

By Kevin J. Stone/@kstone06/@newftbj Could Jarret Stidham make the playoffs his first full year as a starter? We have no way of knowing how good he is until he’s actually under center and all eyes are on him as the new leader, but the NFL sure made it a much more realistic possibility for the second-year QB out of Auburn with the adoption of a new playoff format Monday afternoon….

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Opinion: The NFL faces a scheduling dilemma when it comes to the coronavirus

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March 26, 2020

By Kevin J. Stone/@kstone06/@newftbj As the coronavirus pandemic continues to leave us with nothing but questions, the same can be said for the professional sports leagues in this country. Over recent days the NBA’s Mark Cuban and commissioner of baseball Rob Manfred both put rough estimates on when games might start back up with no fans, but of course no one truly knows when any of us will see sports…

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Opinion: It is time for Julian Edelman to go

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March 23, 2020

By Kevin J. Stone/@kstone06/@newftbj If it’s a full blown rebuild that Bill Belichick wants on offense, then there’s one guy still left on the roster that shouldn’t be if and when the NFL begins its season. Now that Tom Brady and Stephen Gostkowski – the longest tenured Patriots remaining, an honor that now belongs to Matt Slater – have departed, there is a seemingly clear emphasis on turning the page,…

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Patriots: The Patriots and the NFL try to navigate around COVID-19

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March 13, 2020

By Kevin J. Stone/@kstone06/@newftbj So now what? With the sudden shock of professional sports being shut down around the country, instead of dwelling on the current state of the world, we’re a football website so why not take a look at the football ramifications? In what is arguably the most important offseason in Patriots history, the team is now in a state of limbo. NFL franchises have begun pulling coaches…

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