Patriots Report: Breaking News and Notes
by Jon Scott, Patriots Insider
As word on the street broke that Chris Redman, QB; Louisville had been to Foxboro for a workout, many an interested fan came by to find out more on the story. It's true, Redman, has been to see the Patriots and negotiated a deal to join the club for the 2005 season. According to sources, Redman appeared on the NFL transaction wire as a reserve / future candidate this week. Thi sstory had been reported by the Boston media earlier in the week.
Redman's agreement will not become official until after the 2004 season concludes due to the impact on the salary cap, and the Patriots roster. For more on Redman, check out his player bio. Originally drafted by the Baltimore Ravens out of the University of Louisville, Redman has yet to complete a full season. His career numbers are less than impressive but not for lack fo trying.
Redman has had an on-again off-again career as a quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens. A chronic back injury hampered his ability to remain on the field. When healthy, he was unable to secure a starting position on a QB deficient team. When the Ravens traded draft picks with the Patriots in the 2003 draft to select Kyle Boller, the writing was on the wall. The Ravens we're looking for someone who could stay on the field and had the talent, which coach Brian Billick could help develop.
"Obviously, it was frustrating and disappointing not getting to play as much as you want," Redman said. "But that is life in the NFL, and you just got to learn from it. I met a lot of great guys and good quarterbacks I learned from. "I love Baltimore. The community has been great, and it's been a great place to stay. But I'm going to do what's best for me."
Boller ended up beating out Redman for the starting QB position, and when Kyle went down with an injury, Anthony Wright was given the opportunity to see what he could do. The Ravens decided not to pursue Redman when he became a free agent for the 2004 season, and he has been out of football since.
Redman seems to be either following or leading New England quarterbacks in his brief NFL career. He was drafted by the Ravens in the 3rd round of the 2000 NFL draft, 3 rounds ahead of Tom Brady. Earlier in 2004, when he was pursuing free agent opportunities, he was invited for a visit to the Atlanta Falcons who had also worked out former New England backup QB, Damon Huard.
Finally, Redman will get an opportunity to join a franchise looking for a solid backup to Brady. It seems ironic that Redman, once thought more highly of than Brady will end up carrying the clipboard for the former 6th rounder.
For now, you can look for Redman to have another opportunity to showcase the talent that enabled him to set passing records at the University of Louisville and in Conference USA for the 1998-9 seasons.
News and Notes:
Aside from working out Louisville product Chris Redman, the Patriots also had Ohio State QB, Joe Germaine in for a look. It appears they liked what they saw in Redman better than what the former Big Ten MVP had to offer.
The Patriots are using the Bye week to take care of some things they may not have a chance to address for another month if they're lucky.
Linebacker Rosevelt Colvin has been selected by his New England Patriots teammates as the recipient of this year's Ed Block Courage Award. The award is given to one player from each of the NFL's 32 teams who best exemplifies the principles of sportsmanship and courage. "I feel very honored to win this award and represent the New England Patriots," Colvin said in a statement released by the team.
Corey Dillon who has rushed for more yards in a single season than any other running back in Patriots history was awarded the NFL's Offensive Player of the Month in December for the AFC. Dillon has amassed 1635 yards rushing this season in 15 games, which lead the NFL in yards per game. While Dillon has been nominated for Player of the Week in the past, he has never received Player of the Month before.
QB, Tom Brady's recent comments to the press regarding preparation for the playoffs only serve to enhance his image around the league as a hard worker and a team player. Brady has helped the Patriots become one of three teams to accomplish the feat of winning 14 games in a season back-to-back. The last team to pull off that feat was the San Francisco 49ers, who posted identical 14-2 marks in 1989 and 1990. The only other team to accomplish back-to-back seasons of at least 14 wins was the Chicago Bears, who went 15-1 in 1985 (their Super bowl year) then had a 14-2 season in 1986.
Speaking of Brady, with his 102.9 passer rating against the San Francisco 49ers in the season finale, Tom Brady has managed to finish with 8 passer ratings over 100.0 this season. This marks the 24th time in his career he has eclipsed the 100 mark. The Patriots are a perfect 24-0 when Brady breaks 100.0.
Record Snapped; The Patriots set an NFL-record by scoring first in 20 consecutive regular-season games, beating the mark previously set by the Miami Dolphins in 1978.The Dolphins scored first in 15 straight games.In week 17, the 49ers' score at the 2:54 mark in the first quarter brought the streak to an end. Of course it took two Patriots missteps to give the Niners the opportunity to break the streak, but credit must go to San Francisco for capitalizing when the opportunity presented itself.
Patriot's defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel is slated to interview with the Cleveland Browns for their head coaching vacancy. While Crennel has had previous experience in Cleveland as a defense coordinator under the guidance of former Browns coach Chris Palmer, Crennel, 57 has never held a head coaching position in the NFL. He has however had plenty of practice interviewing for head coaching opportunities, with some of them coming the same time last year (San Francisco, Oakland and Atlanta). Crennel is reported to be a leading candidate in Cleveland if they don't give the job to current Interim head coach Terry Robikie.
Breaking news also has San Francisco now in the running for an interview with Crennel. Now that Dr. John York, the owner of the San Francisco 49ers, has fired head coach Dennis Erickson and GM Terry Donohue, he and his group of advisors are considering Crennel a potential candidate should Cleveland pass him up.
Irony, recently signed Chris Redman was one of six QBs selected ahead of Tom Brady in the 2000 NFL draft. Can you name the others?
Here's a hint: The six quarterbacks are - Chad Pennington, Chris Redman, Tee Martin, Marc Bulger, Spergon Wynn and Hofstra QB, Giovanni Carmazzi. Only Bulger and Pennington managed to stay with their teams.
As reported in recent local media, Charlie Weis has a lot more than the Patriots next AFC opponent to think about this week. Weis, who has agreed to become the new head coach at the University of Notre Dame, has to assemble his staff in prime recruiting season, which just happens to overlap with the NFL playoffs. Weis also has the Senior bowl to consider in two weeks and to top it all off, he is being sued by a local contractor who is claiming Weis never paid for work done on his house.
While he says it isn't a distraction, one can only wonder where his attention will be over this bye week.
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