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2005 New England Patriots season

2005 New England Patriots season


The 2005 New England Patriots season was the 36th season for the team in the National Football League and 46th season overall. They finished with a 10 6 record and the division title before losing Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale in the playoffs to the Denver cheap wedding dresses Broncos.


Two weeks after earning a victory in Super Bowl NFL Jerseys Wholesale XXXIX, linebacker Tedy Bruschi suffered a stroke and initially planned on missing the entire season; Bruschi returned to the field against the Buffalo Bills on October 30. Ty Law was released in the offseason, and injuries at cornerback, as well as a season ending injury to safety Rodney Harrison in Week 3, forced the Patriots to start a number of players in the secondary early in the season. , injuries caused the Patriots to start 45 different players at one point or another during the season, an NFL record for a division champion (breaking the record of 42 set by the Patriots in 2003).[1]


Beginning the season with a 4 4 record, the Patriots lost their first game at home since 2002 against the San Diego Chargers in Week 4. The team ended the season on a 5 1 run to finish 10 6, earning their third straight AFC East title. Bruschi, who awoke to blurred vision and temporary numbness, was rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital after a 9 1 1 call by his wife, Heidi.[3] Without any long term effects, Bruschi underwent heart surgery to repair a congenital condition in his heart known as an atrial septal defect.[4]


Bruschi announced his intentions to sit out the 2005 season on July 20, while still citing his ongoing health improvement following the stroke.[5] Following this announcement, Bruschi was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list, keeping him inactive for a minimum of six games to begin the 2005 campaign. This is particularly notable, as the Patriots decided to forgo placing Bruschi on the injured reserve list, which would have prohibited him from playing in any 2005 games. With the window left open for his return, Bruschi returned to the practice field on October 19, during the Patriots' bye week.[6] Only three months after announcing his plans to sit out the entire season, Bruschi returned to the Patriots for their next game against the Buffalo Bills on October 30. Offensive coordinator Charlie Weis left to become head coach at the University of Notre Dame,[7] while defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel was named head coach of the Cleveland Browns.[8] Belichick only cheap evening dresses online replaced Crennel for the 2005 season, promoting defensive backs coach Eric Mangini to defensive coordinator.[9] Assistant offensive line and tight ends coach Jeff Davidson followed Crennel to Cleveland,[9] and was replaced as tight ends coach by Pete Mangurian and as assistant offensive line coach by offensive coaching assistant Matt Patricia.[10] Also departing was assistant strength and conditioning coach Markus Paul,[9] who was replaced by former Canadian Football League star Harold Nash,[10] and defensive coaching assistant Cory Undlin, who followed Crennel to the Browns as a defensive quality control coach.[11] Undlin was replaced as a defensive coaching assistant by Mike Judge. s Chad Brown and Monty Beisel started six games together to begin the season,[19] but both were benched in favor of Mike Vrabel and Tedy Bruschi, after returning from his stroke.[20] Veteran quarterback and New England native Doug Flutie returned to the Patriots for the final season of his career, having last played for them in 1989.[21] In November, facing multiple injuries to their defensive backfield, the Patriots signed veteran defensive back Artrell Hawkins, who would go on to start six games, including both of the Patriots' playoff games.[22] Other arrivals were Chad Scott,[23] Wesly Mallard,[24] Tim Dwight,[25] Antuan Edwards,[26] Chad Morton,[27] and David Terrell,[28] but only Scott and Dwight finished the season with the Patriots.


Free agents or potential free agents Brandon Gorin,[10] Patrick Pass,[10] Stephen Neal,[10] Tom Ashworth,[10] Don Davis,[10] David Givens,[28] Jarvis Green,[28] and Troy Brown (after being released) were all re signed,[29] while Tom Brady,[30] Mike Vrabel, and Green all received long term contract extensions. Defensive lineman Richard Seymour held out for the first four days of training camp but returned after receiving a raise.[31] Kicker Adam Vinatieri signed and played the full season under his franchise tag tender.[28]


On March 4, the Patriots traded a third round pick and a fifth round pick in the 2005 NFL Draft to the Arizona Cardinals for defensive back Duane Starks and a fifth round pick in the 2005 draft. Starks started six straight games for the Patriots before being placed on injured reserve in November.[32] Also, during the preseason, the Patriots traded their fifth round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft to the Cleveland Browns for wide receiver Andr Davis, who started four games for the Patriots in 2005 after being released and re signed.[33]