|02.02.16 at 12:12 pm ET|
NBC Sports NFL analyst Rodney Harrison made his final weekly appearance on Ordway, Merloni and Fauria on Tuesday to discuss Super Bowl 50 and if Tom Brady should attend, as well as the Patriots offseason. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.
Over the last few days there has been much debate as to whether or not Brady should attend the Super Bowl, as the NFL is honoring all of the living MVPs of the big game. With Brady’s current situation with the Deflategate matter still ongoing, some feel he shouldn’t go to the game.
Harrison said Brady should go to the game as it is about more than just the NFL — it is about Brady’s family, friends and even Patriots nation.
“Well, I’ll just put it like this. I mean, to be honored as a Super Bowl MVP, it transcends I think a little deeper than just the NFL,” Harrison said. “It’s something that he worked so hard for and he deserves to be recognized for that. The guy was a sixth round draft choice and the type of work that guys played with him saw him put in on a daily basis — everything that he had to go through to get to the point that he is at. I think he’ll be doing himself a justice, his family, representing. It doesn’t have to be just about the NFL. Represent Patriot nation. Represent all the people who supported you, your family. You deserve that. They deserve to see you on that field because a lot of people spent a lot of money, a lot of time and effort rooting and praying for Tom Brady so he can have the level of success.
“I think it would be appropriate if he showed up regardless of what the NFL is doing because you’re not doing it for the NFL, you’re doing it for your family, friends and your fans. The people that really love you and care about you.”
As it relates to the Patriots’ offseason, Harrison believes the team needs to address the running back position, as well as wide receiver and even said they should look into adding a hard-hitting safety.
“I know Belichick doesn’t believe in balance, but I still believe they need a young bruiser, like a young version of a Steven Jackson,” Harrison said. “A guy that can come in there about 220 pounds that can bang through the hole and get them some really tough yards. I also think they need a wide receiver that can stretch the field. I think that would help greatly. I love [this] short, intermediate, quick passing game, but it’s not like having that home run hitter. Somebody that can stretch the life of that defense and scare those safeties. You see these guys with Denver, they weren’t afraid of the Patriots going deep. I mean Rob [Gronkowski] made some big plays down the field and he is just incredible, but I do believe — obviously they need to get healthier on the offensive line, but that wide receiver and that running back.
“I wouldn’t mind, you know, I love Patrick Chung and I thought he had a great year. I want somebody back there that is just a head-hunter. Somebody, when you saw Denver’s safeties hit, you cringed at home. Like, ‘Oh my God I hope [Danny] Amendola, I hope [Julian] Edelman get up from those hits.’ Those are the types of hits that wide receivers see on tape and they are fearful about coming across the middle and I feel like they need someone like that.”
|02.02.16 at 9:52 am ET|
“I’m happy for my teammates. I’m happy to be here this week and happy New England is not here, to be honest with you,” Clady said via Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez.
The Broncos beat the Patriots twice this past season, including in the AFC championship. They have now beat the Patriots in two of the last three AFC title games.
“[The rivalry] is definitely real,” Clady said. “Just my generation, I’ve never won in Foxboro. Just that tension and rivalry when you get your butt whipped there a few times, you’re not going to like the team. It’s kind of how it is.”
Despite his dislike for the Patriots, Clady does respect them for how much success they have had over the years.
“They’ve been very successful with it so you can’t exactly knock them,” he said. “But they’re not here.”
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|02.01.16 at 10:32 pm ET|
As expected, Manning was asked more about these comments Monday night at Super Bowl media day.
Manning explained what happened and in his explanation said he told Tom Brady the same thing before Belichick.
“That was not pre-planned. It was a spontaneous reaction,” Manning said via CSNNE.com’s Tom E. Curran. “Sometimes you want to tell somebody something man-to-man, it’s better than telling them via text or even a handwritten letter, or seeing them at a banquet and saying, ‘Boy, it sure was great playing against you. I told [Tom] Brady the same thing previous to telling Belichick. I understand there’s people (nearby) but what I said was true. This could be it. I’m aware this could be it and I wanted to tell both of them I really have enjoyed these games. It’s been part of my football life and both of those guys have been part of good for me and not so good for me and so I took the time to tell them.”
Manning then joked about how long Brady intends to play the game.
“Hey, Brady’s gonna play till he’s 70, Belichick’s gonna coach till he’s 90,” said Manning. “Maybe I hit the fountain of youth in the next month and I play another 10 years. Maybe we play in 10 more championships against each other. But just in case we don’t, I took the time to look them in the eye, man-to-man, shook their hands and I’m glad that I did it because it was important to me that they knew that. There in the moment, face-to-face, man-to-man, that’s all that that meant.”
|02.01.16 at 10:04 pm ET|
Harris feels Denver should be getting more respect after their two wins against the Patriots this year.
“We beat the champs twice,” Harris told reporters. “Nobody cared, I guess. … I do feel like we deserve more credit.”
After Denver’s win over the Patriots in the AFC title game, Harris said the Broncos used the disrespect they were getting as motivation.
“We know defense wins championships,” Harris said. “All week everyone counted us out. They said I couldn’t cover [Julian] Edelman, they said we couldn’t cover their receivers and their tight ends or whatever. We held them to 18 points. That is number one offense in the league and we shut them down.”
“We definitely were angry,” he added. “Everybody said we couldn’t cover (the Patriots receivers). We wanted to come out and prove that we could. They still made a couple of plays, but at the end of the day they only had 18 points.”
Only time will tell if the disrespect card will work two games in a row.
|02.01.16 at 9:44 pm ET|
Speaking Sunday night with CBS’ Bill Cowher for an interview that will air as part of the network’s pregame show on Super Bowl Sunday, Cowher asked Peyton Manning about the NFL’s investigation of HGH reportedly being sent to his home under his wife Ashley’s name in 2011.
Like he’s done since the Al Jazeera report first came out, Manning firmly denied the allegations.
“Absolutely. And as far as I know that is going to start after the season, as far as my role, and I welcome the investigation,” Manning told Cowher. “I understand when an allegation is made that the NFL has no choice to investigate it. I get that. But I can tell you what they are going to find — a big fat nothing. It’s been completely fabricated as far as the allegations, what they suggested that I did. It’s been nothing but pure junk and I welcome that investigation. I think that will start right after the season.”
On media day Monday night, Manning got a few more questions on the matter and gave essentially the same response he gave Cowher.
The New York Post’s Bart Hubbuch did ask Manning if he would be willing to allow the Guyer Institute to share all relevant information with the NFL as part of the pending investigation.
“They can have whatever they want,” Manning said to Hubbuch.
It will be interesting to see what happens with the investigation if Manning does retire after Sunday’s game, which he has been rumored to be doing.
|02.01.16 at 6:03 pm ET|
On the one-year anniversary of his last Super Bowl win, Tom Brady made it clear where his focus his. The quarterback posted this photo to Facebook on Monday afternoon, signaling that despite the fact the season-ending loss to the Broncos was just over a week old, he’s back in the gym.
|02.01.16 at 5:08 pm ET|
Former NFL referee and current CBS analyst Mike Carey has heard a lot of the criticism he’s received this year for his analysis of plays that have gone to instant replay, but Carey defended his work and even said he is getting “90 percent” of his calls right.
“I’m happy with how I’ve synced up with New York,” Carey said during a CBS press conference in San Fransisco Monday via Pro Football Talk, estimating he thought he was at about “90 percent” on replay review analysis.
The ex-NFL ref acknowledged he has got a few calls wrong, including one in the AFC championship game when he said Peyton Manning threw a forward pass and it should have been incomplete. The play was overturned, as it was ruled Manning threw a backwards pass and the Patriots recovered the loose ball.
“There are plays I’d like to have back,” Carey said. “There are days I’d like to have back.”
Carey will be contributing to Super Bowl 50 as CBS has the rights to the game. There are already prop bets in Vegas on whether he gets a call right or wrong during the game. The current odds according to Bovada are +145 for yes, he will be wrong about a challenge and -195 for no, he won’t be wrong about a challenge.
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