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QUICK SLANTS THE PODCAST: Jerod Mayo on if Bill Belichick has turned into a dictator

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QUICK SLANTS THE PODCAST: Jerod Mayo on if Bill Belichick has turned into a dictator

Jerod Mayo joins Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry to give his reaction to Tom’s article, and give his opinion on whether he thinks Bill Belichick is listening to anyone anymore.

  • (5:00) Jerod Mayo reflects back on 2009 season under Bill Belichick, and whether or not that locker room was unlike any of the other locker rooms the Patriots have had under Belichick.
  • (8:00) Jerod Mayo talks about why Bill Belichick has earned the right to make all football decisions for the Patriots. Did any coaches push back to his decision to bench Malcolm Butler?
  • (13:45) Is Bill Belichick wanting to only work with players he likes going to hurt the Patriots?

Patriots list no players on injury report for Sunday's game against Steelers

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Patriots list no players on injury report for Sunday's game against Steelers

An injury report with no Patriots on it?

Never thought you'd see the day, did you? After all, this is the team that listed Tom Brady on the injury report every week for three consecutive seasons -- 2005-07 -- with an unspecified right shoulder injury, even though Brady played each game during that stretch. But, after removing tight end Dwayne Allen and cornerback Stephon Gilmore from the list today, the Pats declared themselves to be completely healthy for Sunday's crucial AFC matchup with the Steelers in Pittsburgh. 

If you're looking for bad karma, here it is: The Pats removed Brady from the injury for the 2008 season opener . . . and that was the game he suffered the knee injury that knocked him out for the rest of the year.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

REMOVED FROM LIST
TE Dwayne Allen (knee)
CB Stephon Gilmore (ankle)

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

OUT
T Marcus Gilbert (knee)

QUESTIONABLE
RB Travis Swanson (ankle)
WR Ryan Switzer (ankle)

REMOVED FROM LIST
S Sean Davis (knee)
C Maurkice Pouncey (not injury related)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (ribs)
LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle)

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Patriots get totally shut out in fan voting for Pro Bowl

Patriots get totally shut out in fan voting for Pro Bowl

Fan voting for the 2019 Pro Bowl ended Thursday, and players from six different teams finished in the Top 10 at the ballot box. None of those players are Patriots. Zip. Zero. Zilch.

Seventeen (17!!) different teams had a player finish as the leading vote-getter for his position. The Patriots were not one of those teams. 

So while also-rans like the Bengals (5-8), Giants (5-8), Browns (5-7-1), Jets (4-9) and 49ers (3-10) saw at least one of their players lead the fan balloting at a particular position, the 9-4 Patriots couldn't get any love. 

Not Tom Brady, who has been a Pro Bowler in nine straight years. Not Rob Gronkowski, a Pro Bowler in five of the last seven seasons. Not even Matthew Slater, a veteran of seven straight Pro Bowls.

Does it matter? Absolutely not, especially considering the Patriots would much rather head to a championship game in Atlanta in February than an exhibition contest in Orlando in January.

But it's still interesting that the dominant franchise for the better part of two decades couldn't get any love from the fans.

The official rosters will be announced Tuesday, with votes from the fans, players, and coaches each accounting for one-third of the final vote tally.

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