Chung's one-year sojourn to Philly proves that grass isn't always greener

Chung's one-year sojourn to Philly proves that grass isn't always greener

HOUSTON -- The perks of playing for the Patriots seem pretty solid: A typical season brings the playoffs, a good season brings the AFC Championship and a very good season brings the Super Bowl. 


Like any organization, there are going to be cases where leaving better suits the player's career. That can be scheme-related, usage-related or just a personal fit. 

Patrick Chung spent his first four seasons with the Patriots, a span that saw New England reach two AFC Championships and one Super Bowl. After perhaps being misused in an underwhelming secondary for the 2011 and 2012 seasons, Chung left to take a three-year deal in Philadelphia and play for his college coach, Chip Kelly. 

If things weren’t perfect in New England, his season in Philly provided some perspective. He couldn’t stay healthy and played poorly when he was. The team released him after one season, at which point he came back to New England on a low-money deal and won the Super Bowl in his first year back. 

“Timing is everything,” Chung said. “It all worked our for me. I was happy to come back, happy that Bill [Belichick] made me come back and I’m just trying to make the best of the opportunity now.” 

Chung’s career had reached a low point when things didn’t work out in Philly. Though he had the pedigree of being a second-round pick, his production and health meant he wasn’t in relatively high demand. Starting fresh somewhere else provided its own risk. Trusting that things would work in New England a second time around proved to be a safer bet. 

“I missed my friends, I missed the coaches, I missed the city, the fans, my son,” he said. “A little bit of everything, man. It was an honor to come back.” 

Chung’s return to New England, where he has played more strong safety, has leveled out his career. He’s had three seasons at least 52 solo tackles -- he had just one such season in his career previously -- and has missed only one regular-season game due to injury. 

Told that Belichick has admitted that Chung’s usage in his first stint wasn’t ideal, Chung redirected the blame on himself. 

“I appreciate everything Bill’s saying, but when it comes down to it, it’s about me being consistent,” he said. “So forget what Bill’s talking about; it’s about me being consistent. He gave me another chance and now I’m trying to be as consistent as possible. My first stint was on me.”

And now his second stint could bring him two Super Bowl rings. 

Shaq carries Gronk at Miami dance-off

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Shaq carries Gronk at Miami dance-off

Remember when Brandin Cooks rode Rob Gronkowski around like a horse to celebrate a Patriots touchdown back in November?

Well, Gronk doing Gronk things in Miami managed to find about the only person he could ride. 

Shaquille O'Neal, at 7-foot-1, gave 6-7 Gronk a ride on his shoulders as they celebrated the debut of "Shaq's Fun House" as part of the three-day Ultra Music Festival in Miami.

So, who won the dance-off?

Shaq vs @gronk dance battle you tell me who won

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Report: Patriots' Harmon detained in Costa Rica with pot

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Report: Patriots' Harmon detained in Costa Rica with pot

Patriots safety Duron Harmon has returned to the U.S. after he was reportedly temporarily detained when he tried to enter Costa Rica with 58 grams of marijuana.

The Costa Rica Star reports that Harmon, 27, was traveling from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and was temporarily detained Friday night in Costa Rica with the marijuana inside a can of Arizona ice tea, along with three pipes with cannabis oil, THC candy and four glass containers with compressed marijuana weighing a total of 4.3 grams.

"We are aware of the situation involving Duron Harmon Friday night in Costa Rica," the Patriots said in a statement. "He has since returned to the U.S. and we are seeking to gain more information. At this time, we have no further update."

Harmon, who has been with the Patriots his entire five-year NFL career, had four interceptions and 23 tackles last season.