Alan Branch played in only his second game for the Patriots, after a quick intro to a complex defense and not having played in a long time. But he is already getting praise as one of two "big defensive tackles (who) helped control the line of scrimmage"…."making the Colts one-dimensional and holding their RB’s ..to four yards on 14 attempts. That’s absolutely unreal, and it’s as big a reason for the win as any. Credit …Alan Branch (and others)."
FYI, here's a more detailed article on Alan’s journey from MI through the NFL. He said that before signing with the Pats, he “had a couple (Michigan) friends that tried out for the team and met [Bill] Belichick [before]." They told him 'Don’t pay attention to [perception of him].' They kind of said he had a Lloyd Carr approach. I enjoyed Lloyd Carr..."
PS In related news from the UM-Patriots connection, Giselle recently shot down rumors that ex-UM QB Tom Brady was renting out their pretty amazing $14 million NYC condo for a mere $40,000 a month ($42,500 furnished). Yes, it sounded too good to be true. :-)
A Branch (aka Alan Branch) just signed with the Pats. He has an opportunity here. The Pats just lost their star DE, Chandler Jones for the next month due to a hip injury. Also, Branch may play some DT, as the Pats badly need help with their run defense. Whatever you want to say about the guy, he did play with an attitude at UM.
We could use some of that this weekend.
Also on the Pats roster is rookie LB Cam Gordon, who has been out with an undisclosed injury since August. I wonder if or when he will get a chance, since the Pats lost for the season their LB/defensive leader, J Mayo. The Pats did just trade for a more experienced but only fair LB.
In any case, with Tom Brady, the Pats now have three UM players.
Local paper finally coming through with some useful information.
And, because this is mandatory...
Nice to see Alan Branch getting some recognition!
From the article:
He wasn’t a starter at first and now that he is he’s really flourished,” said Lawson “He’s taking on double teams, making plays in both A gaps. He lets the linebackers run free. That goes unseen, but if there was a stat for that, he’d be in the upper echelon. He’s been a dynamic player.
I never get to post stuff like this first, but because of basketball and such perhaps people's thoughts are elsewhere, understandably (edit: OT removed). Contract: 1 year, 3 million:
Branch on playing in Buffalo: "They say it’s a lot like Michigan, and it kind of is similar to Ann Arbor, more like kind of a college town. In Buffalo they love their football here, so its going to be crazy wild in the stands. The opportunity to play with this defense, and the scheme that they’re planning on putting in is pretty exciting as well."
And of course you can't have any alan branch news without the other:
Take a break from deciding our next coach. Enjoy a Monday Night Football game. Alan Branch is starting tonight. I would love to see him give Troy Smith a sack sandwhich a couple times.