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Sports fans love dynasties. And hate them
Irving Fryar Jerseys Stitched , too.That a team could be so dominant for a long period as the New England Patriots have been should be admirable. Their detractors point to scandals such as “Spygate” and the deflated footballs saga. Their supporters focus on Tom Brady’s brilliance and a resilience that all great teams share.Regardless, the facts are the Patriots are in their ninth Super Bowl since 2001 and have won five.Here’s a look at what makes for a dynasty in the major U.S. team sports:SPORT: Pro FootballTEAM: New England PatriotsYEARS: 2001-presentKEY PLAYERS: Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Troy Brown, Adam Vinatieri, Stephen Gostkowski, Willie McGinest, Ty Law, Rodney Harrison, Devin McCourty, Tedy Bruschi, Vince Wilfork, Deion Branch, Mike Vrabel.FRONT OFFICE: Owner Robert Kraft gave coach Bill Belichick nearly complete control over the team’s football operations when he hired him in 2000, basically also making him the team’s general manager.WHAT MADE THEM GREAT: It all starts with Belichick and Brady and goes from there — year after year after year. The cast on the field has changed several times, of course, except for Brady. The five-time Super Bowl champion and three-time NFL MVP has been the constant in an unprecedented string of success in the league, playing at an elite, record-breaking level even into his 40s. Belichick has also been masterful at restocking and reshuffling his roster and still having a perennial contender. The Patriots, who have won 10 straight AFC East titles and 15 out of 16, even have two “mini-dynasties” within this 18-year span. They won three championships in four years from 2002-05 and are now looking for their third in five years — a stretch that includes three straight appearances in the Super Bowl.SHINING MOMENT: Little did the sports world know at the time, but New England’s first Super Bowl win to cap the 2001 season was just the beginning of what has become the most impressive stretch of consistent winning in NFL history. A victory this year over the Rams — fittingly, also the Patriots’ opponent in that first one — would tie Pittsburgh for the most Lombardi Trophy wins in the league with six. Nine of New England’s NFL-record 11 Super Bowl appearances have also come during this 18-season span.SPORT: Women’s BasketballTEAM: UConnYEARS: 1995-presentKEY PLAYERS: Rebecca Lobo, Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Maya Moore, Breanna StewartFRONT OFFICE: Coach Geno AuriemmaWHAT MADE THEM GREAT: Auriemma built the team into the best in the sport, having won 11 national championships in the past 23 years, including four straight with Stewart. Even more impressive, in the past decade the Huskies have gone 388-15, with six of their titles. It’s easy to say he’s had the best players in the sport Infant Yodny Cajuste Jersey , but he’s also developed them into some of the best in the world. The coach has built a culture of winning where one loss is seen as a bad year. How impressive have they been? They haven’t lost consecutive games in more than 25 years. That’s right: UConn has not had a losing streak since 1993.SHINING MOMENT: Lobo led UConn to its first national championship in 1995 and the first of six undefeated seasons. During this 23-year run, UConn has had a 111-game winning streak and a 90-game winning streak — the top two all-time in men’s and women’s college basketball.SPORT: College FootballTEAM: AlabamaYEARS: 2007-presentKEY PLAYERS: Julio Jones, AJ McCarron, Derrick Henry, Rolando McClain, Minkah Fitzpatrick.FRONT OFFICE: Coach Nick SabanWHAT MADE THEM GREAT: Alabama was a storied program long before Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa after venturing into the NFL. Since his arrival, the Crimson Tide has won five national titles over the past decade and played for two more. Alabama has gone 139-15 over the past 11 seasons using his famed “Process” built with his unwavering focus and intensity. It’s widely regarded as the best run in major college football history. Saban has consistently brought in the nation’s top recruiting classes, replenishing the roster annually after his biggest stars move on to the NFL, often as underclassmen. Alabama’s only two Heisman Trophy winners, tailbacks Mark Ingram and Henry, have come during his reign. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was the runner-up last season.SHINING MOMENT: Alabama won the 2009 national title, the first under Saban, with what remains his only undefeated season as a head coach. It was a vintage performance for the Tide, with an overpowering defense and a running game led by Ingram and Trent Richardson, both eventual first-round draft picks.SPORT: BaseballTEAM: New York YankeesYEARS: 1996-2001KEY PLAYERS: Derek Jeter, newly elected Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera, Bernie Williams, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, Paul O’Neill, Tino Martinez.FRONT OFFICE: GM Brian Cashman followed the George Steinbrenner model of spending big to make championship teams even better; Hall of Fame manager Joe Torre kept the egos in check in the clubhouse.WHAT MADE THEM GREAT: Restored the mantle of the Bronx Bombers, putting together runs that rivaled the days of the Babe, Joe D, the Mick and Reggie. They never gave away an at-bat, never beat themselves. Roger Clemens and David Cone boosted strong rotations, games were over once “Enter Sandman” greeted Rivera. The whole team seemed to play even better once the calendar flipped to October — the backhanded flip by Jeter in the playoffs, who else does that?SHINING MOMENT: Won a record 14 straight World Series games from 1996-2000 en route to four titles in five seasons. Went an incredible 125-50 overall in 1998. Came within two outs of another crown in 2001, losing Game 7 at Arizona.SPORT: HockeyTEAM: New York IslandersYEARS: 1980-83KEY PLAYERS: Hall of Famers Mike Bossy, Billy Smith, Denis Potvin, Bryan Trottier, Clark GilliesFRONT OFFICE: GM Bill Torrey made brilliant draft choices and trades; coach Al Arbour went on to win 781 games. Both also are Hall of Famers.WHAT MADE THEM GREAT: Versatility and camaraderie as much as talent. The Islanders had the big-time gunner in Bossy Yodny Cajuste Jersey Draft , their greatest player; the staunch and super-aggressive goalie in Smith; the creative playmaker in Trottier; the hard-hitting overseer and passing genius on defense with Potvin; and the banger who would score key goals in Gillies. Thanks to Arbour, a solid defenseman as a player, they also had a dedication to protecting their own end — sharpshooter Bossy even became a strong penalty killer. And they were deep, with such clutch performers as Butch Goring, John Tonelli, Bob Nystrom, Bob Bourne and two of the Sutter brothers (Duane and Brent) on second and third lines.SHINING MOMENT: The Islanders won four straight Stanley Cups, 1980-83, and played for a fifth in ’84, losing to an Edmonton team they swept in the previous year’s final. Their 19 consecutive postseason series victories is an NHL record that might never be challenged.SPORT: Pro BasketballTEAM: Chicago BullsYEARS: 1991-98KEY PLAYERS: Hall of Famers Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman; Horace Grant and Toni Kukoc.FRONT OFFICE: GM Jerry Krause was the architect who wasn’t beloved by the players within the organization or perhaps appreciated enough outside of it. He was not enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame until a few months after his death in 2017. Coach Phil Jackson relied on the triangle offense and his calm demeanor to win an NBA-record 11 championships as a coach, following his six in Chicago with five more with the Lakers.WHAT MADE THEM GREAT: The ultra-demanding Jordan is one of the leading scorers and greatest players in NBA history, and the Bulls won three straight titles from 1991-93 and 1996-98 when they had him for full seasons. That run of titles was interrupted only when he retired for 1½ years and played minor league baseball. He was also a dominant defensive guard, and when he, Pippen and Rodman were on the floor, the Bulls could simply shut down teams, with seven-time rebounding champion Rodman often chasing down the missed shots they forced.SHINING MOMENT: Stung by a loss in the 1995 Eastern Conference semifinals shortly after a rusty Jordan returned from his first retirement, the Bulls came back with a vengeance the next season. They won their first 37 home games and 72 overall, the latter a record that stood until Golden State surpassed it in 2016. Unlike the Warriors, the Bulls capped their season with a championship, beating Seattle in the 1996 NBA Finals to kick off their second three-peat. Jonathan Jones, a restricted free agent, has appeared in all 48 games over the past three regular seasons."WhitePatriots News Opinion and Analysis Contribute! FanPostsFanShotsAbout the Site List of Patriots Twitter AccountsWrite For Pats Pulpit!New User Welcome and Commenting GuideCommunity GuidelinesMastheadTopics Patriots Off-Season CoveragePatriots Opinion/AnalysisPatriots NewsPatriots Draft CoverageSportfolio ManagementPatriots Opinion/AnalysisPatriots Free Agency CoveragePatriots Off-Season CoverageUndrafted Patriots arrival Jonathan Jones gets his dueNew,10commentsJonathan Jones, a restricted free agent, has appeared in all 48 games over the past three regular seasons.EDTShareTweetShareShareUndrafted Patriots arrival Jonathan Jones gets his dueKirby Lee-USA TODAY SportsThe New England Patriots drafted nine prospects in 2016. Six no longer reside on the roster.Joe Thuney, Elandon Roberts and Ted Karras still do.But so does Jonathan Jones.Jones officially received the second-round tender on Wednesday, as Ben Volin of the Boston Globe first reported, putting the former undrafted rookie out of Auburn on track for a salary of $3.095 million in 2019.In the event Jones goes on to sign an offer sheet elsewhere as a restricted free agent, and New England declines to match it within five days, a second-round pick would go the organization’s way as compensation.That won’t be easy between the opening of the league year and the April 19 restricted deadline.The Patriots didn’t make it easy. And that says what it should about Jones.He’s appeared in all 48 games over the past three regular seasons. He’s accrued 1,018 snaps on defense and 856 on special teams. His lone missed time came during the 2017 playoff run Yodny Cajuste NFL Jersey , when an ankle injury in the divisional round sent the cornerback and gunner to injured reserve.There have been other undrafted free agents before Jones who’ve found a similar production in New England. There have been more after him.“I just think that goes to the scouting department and the coaches, getting guys in no matter their draft status and giving them an opportunity,” Jones told me during Super Bowl LIII week in Atlanta. “Just putting football players on the field. Starting from the scouting department, the coaches and everybody – guys show up and compete. It’s a good culture here. Everybody knows you get what you earn, and I think the culture definitely helps that.”Jones, whose 4.33-second 40-yard dash at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine was fastest among corners, signed a three-year, $1.630 million deal with the Patriots in the months that followed.It included a $10,000 signing bonus, $25,000 in guaranteed salary and the minimum bases of $450,000 in 2016, $540,000 in 2017 and $630,000 in 2018, according to OverTheCap.com.Jones was once projected to be taken in the fourth or fifth round.“Obviously, you know if a team drafts you they really want you,” added Jones, who got his first start for Auburn as a true freshman and was twice named second-team All-SEC. “But getting to make that choice, and choosing where you want to go and where you feel fits best for you definitely, definitely helps.”This past campaign, Jones notched a career-high five starts, 56 tackles, 1.5 sacks and three interceptions. The 25-year-old also forced one fumble and was credited with seven passes defensed.Jones’ defensive usage was subject to change on a depth chart featuring veterans Stephon Gilmore, Jason McCourty and Eric Rowe, now a Miami Dolphin, as well as rookies in J.C. Jackson, Keion Crossen and the redshirted Duke Dawson. It ultimately saw Jones tasked with covering the Kansas City Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill both outside and in the slot during the AFC Championship Game. It then saw him serve as a starting safety against the Los Angeles Rams in February.It’s been a good fit. New England’s decision to tender Jones at the second-round level should allow for that to continue.That is, unless another team is willing to invest far greater capital than all 32 were willing to in 2016.A total of 51 defensive backs had draft cards filled out that spring. Jones, in hindsight, should have been one of them.
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