Patriots Quick Hits:
--The Patriots signed guard Dan Connolly, wide receiver C.J. Jones, offensive lineman Jimmy Martin and cornerback Tim Mixon to future contracts. Connolly, Jones and Mixon all ended the season as members of the Patriots practice squad.
--Patriots DB Willie Andrews was charged with marijuana possession on Monday. Andrews is one of the Patriots' standout special teams players. After his arrest, the team released the following statement:
"The conduct of our players is very important to the New England Patriots. We are aware of the report regarding Willie Andrews, but will not comment publicly on pending legal matters. As is our policy, team discipline will be handled internally."
--The Patriots-Giants Super Bowl was the most watched Super Bowl and second most watched TV show in television history. The game drew 97.5 million viewers. Only the series finale of MASH - which was watched by 106 million people - drew a bigger audience.
--"As I said after the game, it's a disappointing end to a lot of good things that happened this season. Players did a great job all year long. We played a lot of good football, but we're certainly disappointed about the way it ended. We came so close, but it just didn't work out. It takes a lot to get to this point, but now it's starting over, into the '08 season, it's already time to move on. We're into the offseason and that's just the way it is. We'll start moving ahead toward next year." - Coach Bill Belichick on the Super Bowl loss to the Giants.
-- Commissioner Roger Goodell has decided to follow up on reports indicating that former assistant Matt Walsh supposedly taped the St. Louis Rams walkthough before their Super Bowl against the Patriots. After fining the Patriots for their involvement in videotaping the New York Jets in week 1 of the 2007 season, Goodell felt the Patriots had turned over all evidence of their illegal taping activities. The Commissioner has indicated that he would be extremely disappointed should there prove to be more to the story than the Patriots admitted to previously. "If there is new information that is credible, new material that could be credible that would help us," Goodell told ESPN. "yes, we'll look at it."
QUOTE TO NOTE: "As Mike Tyson would say, 'Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face.' Today we punched them in the face." - Michael Strahan on the Giants physical approach to playing the Patriots.