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September 20, 2007

The Pete Carroll Era, now that was criminal

On Pro Football , Hector Longo

Some stray shots while waiting for Roger Goodell and his U-Haul to come clean out my basement.

Sticking with the subject of the NFL Commissioner and his witch hunt against Bill Belichick: Let's hope all those tapes he confiscates are from 2000 and later. If he goes back into the late 1990s, the Pete Carroll Era? Wow, now that was criminal.


Can you imagine J.P. Losman this week? After watching the angry Pats besiege Philip Rivers of the Chargers last week, you can hear the Bills quarterback begging to let the attacks on the Pats go ... for his own health and well-being.


For the record, Randy Moss is on pace for a 136-catch, 2,304-yard, 24-TD season. Not bad for a fourth-round pick and Moss' renegotiated short-money contract. If he had only run those gassers a little bit harder in training camp.


Considering Donte' Stallworth (3 catches for 38 yards) comes at a price tag four times as much as Moss', the long-time underachiever might not want to get too comfortable in the Foxboro area.


As more and more of the paper trail leaves that Albany pharmaceutical company, you get the feeling that Rodney Harrison now might have wished he gave a bit more serious thought to retirement.

The latest Albany Times Union report says Harrison first inquired about HGH (human growth hormone) back in January of 2004, on the road to the Pats' second Super Bowl title.

When he was hit with the four-game suspension prior to this season, Harrison intimated that he took the human growth hormone to help him recover from his most recent barrage of injuries. He said nothing of the 2003 or 2004 seasons, other than the fact that he didn't use the HGH to gain an advantage on the field.


Both Tedy Bruschi and LaDainian Tomlinson had plenty to say after the Pats walloped San Diego on Sunday.

First from Bruschi: "This is one of the most satisfying victories of my career. This victory was for all Patriots past and present. We trust our preparation. We trust what we do. We trust the players in this room. He's our head coach. We stand behind him. I think all of you should back off."

And then from LT: "The Patriots may be better than they ever have been. With Randy (Moss), Wes (Welker), Donte' (Stallworth). On defense, they got Adalius (Thomas) and in a couple weeks they get Rodney (Harrison) back. They may be better than they've been before."


If you need to panic about something, watch safety Eugene Wilson, who didn't practice yesterday due to an ankle injury.

Wilson has been banged up the last couple seasons, and with Harrison down for at least two more games, you're looking at a Brandon Meriweather-James Sanders safety combo.

As good as Meriweather has looked, he's still a rookie. And Sanders is a journeyman at best.

Hector Longo is an Eagle-Tribune sportswriter. E-mail him at hlongo@eagletribune.com.