Tyms trying to make the most of chance with Patriots


Tyms trying to make the most of chance with Patriots

FOXBORO -- What do Toni Basil, Tommy Tutone or Kajagoogoo have in common? Come on children of the '80s, work with me. They were one-hit wonders; “rock stars” with a brief moment but no sustained success. Brian Tyms doesn’t want to be in their class, but the Patriots wide receiver currently fits the bill, coincidentally, for his spectacular touchdown catch versus Buffalo in Week 6.

That moment spawned talk of the Pats finally having someone to “take the top off” the defense, but it never materialized. Now Tyms wants to prove there’s more to him than just the home run ball.

“I don’t really look as myself as just somebody who can just go downfield,” said Tyms after practice Monday. “i just try to work on my game altogether because i want to be great at this. I put a lot of work, heart, desire and passion into this.”

You can see that from the way Tyms carries himself in practice. He emotes. A great catch leads to an excited response. A drop, and the wideout will give himself the business long before anyone else does.

“I put everything in into this. When it’s football time, it’s football time. Nothing else is more important other than my faith and my family.”

That includes trying to impress us in the media tent (or me on my beach towel and flip flops. Hey, this isn’t my first rodeo). Tyms knows what he’s capable of, and that body of work is more than we’ve seen, at least when it comes to gameday.

“When I’m out there, no disrespect to you guys, but that’s like the last thing on my mind,” said Tyms. “Like the first thing is just to do my 1 of 11. Just do what I’m suppose to do when i get the call….when I get my opportunity to run something short, I run it as hard as I can. That’s just how I look at it.”

So Tyms' way of thinking, the are a lot more “hits” to come, and with Aaron Dobson hurt again, he’s getting that chance and doing his best to make the most of it.

EX-PATS PODCAST: Why does it seem Patriots secondary is playing better without Gilmore?


EX-PATS PODCAST: Why does it seem Patriots secondary is playing better without Gilmore?

On this episode of The Ex-Pats Podcast...

0:10 - Mike Giardi and Dan Koppen give their takeaways from the Patriots win over the Falcons including the defense coming up strong against Atlanta but New England still taking too many penalties.

2:00 - Why it felt like this game meant more to the Patriots, their sense of excitement after the win, and building chemistry off a good victory.

6:20 - Falcons losing their identity without Kyle Shanahan as offensive coordinator and their bad play calling and decisions on 4th downs.

10:00 -  A discussion about Matt Ryan not making the throws he needed against the Patriots and if he has falling off the MVP caliber-type player he was last season.

14:00 - How and why the Patriots secondary seems to be playing better without Stephon Gilmore and why Malcolm Butler has been able to turn up his play as of late.

Mother Nature gets between Belichick and his Patriots-Falcons film study


Mother Nature gets between Belichick and his Patriots-Falcons film study

If your team makes a goal-line stop in the fourth quarter, but you can't see it on the All-22 tape, did it even happen? 

Bill Belichick said the fog that hovered above the Gillette Stadium turf on Sunday night didn't impact the play on the field, but it did make its imprint on the game in other ways. First of all, spotters and coaches up at the press level had some difficulty relaying information to coaches on the sidelines. Video on the hand-held tablets for sideline use -- as well as the old-school still-frame pictures Belichick prefers -- was also obstructed. 

Then on Monday, as coaches tried to digest the film, the fog butted in on the process again. 

"It affected us a lot this morning because it’s hard to see the game," Belichick said during a conference call. "The fourth quarter is – I don’t know – pretty close to a white-out on the sideline film. The sideline cameras are at the top of the stadium, so that’s a tough shot.

"The end zone cameras are a little bit lower and they get a little tighter shot, so the picture is a little bit clearer. But, on that shot, a lot of times you’re not able to see all the guys on the perimeter. It’s kind of an in-line shot.

"Yeah, the first half, start of the third quarter, it’s all right. As they get into the middle of the third quarter and on, for those of us with aging eyes, it’s a little strained to see it, and then there’s a point where you can’t really see it at all, especially from the sideline. So, yeah, it affected us."

Belichick re-iterated that the fog didn't do much to the product on the field (other than maybe making life difficult for kick and punt-returners), refuting Julio Jones' claim from late Sunday night. When it came to digesting the film, though, that was another story.

"It was more, I’d say, just tougher for, whether it be our video camera or the fans that were sitting in the upper deck. It’s just there was too much interference there," Belichick said. "It was probably hard to see the game. I know when we tried to look at the pictures in between series – you know, I don’t look at the tablets, so I won’t get into that – but the pictures, it was kind of the same thing. It was hard to really be able to make out exactly what you were seeing."