|02.10.17 at 5:01 pm ET|
The Patriots apparently have some NFL executives upset.
According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, NFL executives are “seething” at the Patriots for their actions after winning Super Bowl LI.
The report says these executives didn’t like Robert Kraft saying his fifth title was “the sweetest” and also were upset Kraft didn’t stop Matt Patricia from wearing a Barstool Sports t-shirt of Roger Goodell as a clown on the team plane when they were returning from Houston.
The t-shirt really didn’t go over well with Goodell.
“The t-shirt really bothered him,” an ownership source told La Canfora. “The fact that Kraft didn’t stop him from wearing that ticked some people off, but did they really think he’s going to protect Goodell after all of this?”
The report also said Kraft still wants league counsel Jeff Pash out.
“Robert still wants Pash out,” an ownership source said to La Canfora. “The only way there will ever be a full reconnect between the Patriots and Goodell is if Pash was no longer there.”
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|02.10.17 at 2:39 pm ET|
While Patriots fans were celebrating the team’s Super Bowl victory on Sunday night, there were others who were not so happy, and it wasn’t just Atlanta Falcons fans.
On Friday, SB Nation posted some of the complaints viewers sent to the Federal Communications Commission, and plenty of people watching the Super Bowl postgame celebration weren’t pleased with what they heard.
Some of those complaints:
“At the end of the superbowl [sic] a black teammate congratulated tom brady and told him “YOURE THE GREATEST, YOURE THE [expletive] GREATEST, YOURE THE [expletive]GREATEST!”
“I cannot believe Willie McGinest is so uncouth he cannot find a better word than [expletive] while carrying the Lombardi trophy past players and fans. This happened after Superbowl 51 on Feb 5 2017. Obviously fox was unaware because it was not bleeped out. He told fans and players to kiss it, kiss this [expletive], tongue kiss it. I mean really. And while staring into camera.”
“The Super Bowl was perfect, even though my team lost. Lady Gaga was classy and even though I do not side with her politically, I felt her half-time show was spot on! I loved it. Patriots came back and deserved the win no doubt, however when Willie McGinest was walking the trophy to the stage all of my good feelings for the show were lost! I lost count how many times the “f-bomb” was dropped not to mention the innuendos. Many children stayed up to watch this great show and they were exposed to such vulgarity. Has our culture changed so much as to expect this as a norm? Not cool!”
It’s not the first time the Patriots have been criticized, as Tom Brady was caught on camera cussing in 2014, which similarly brought some FCC complaints.
It’s also not the first time the Super Bowl has been brought under FCC trouble, as Janet Jackson’s infamous wardrobe malfunction initially left CBS with a $550,000 fine.
Luckily for FOX, the Super Bowl ended after 10 p.m., which falls under the FCC’s “safe harbor period,” meaning they shouldn’t get fined for the profanity.
|02.10.17 at 1:35 pm ET|
It was a tale of two halves for the Patriots in Super Bowl LI.
The team, and Tom Brady for that matter, struggled in the first half, trailing 21-3, but things totally changed midway through the third quarter and led by Brady, the Patriots came from 25 points down to shock the Falcons, 34-28 in overtime.
One of the biggest keys for Brady with the turnaround was a much quicker release in the second half.
Overall, Brady averaged 2.27 seconds from snap-to-throw, but he averaged 2.52 seconds in the first half, compared to 2.08 seconds in the second half.
“It was a hell of a football game,” Brady said after the game. “We played our tails off all season to get to this point and it’s hard to win a game in the NFL. And to beat this team and to get down 28-3, it was just a lot of mental toughness by our team and we’re all going to remember this for the rest of our lives.”
The Falcons created havoc against Brady and the Patriots in the first half putting pressure on him up the middle and forcing him to be uncomfortable in the pocket. The second half was much different as Brady seemingly knew before every play where he wanted to go with the ball and got rid of it quickly.
Overall, Brady was 16-for-22 when taking less than two seconds from snap-to-throw and 16 of those attempts came in the second half — a clear sign Brady was more comfortable.
The quarterback was also on a mission on his last two drives — the one to tie the game at the end of regulation and then the overtime drive. Of his last 12 pass attempts, he was 11-for-12 with 126 yards and a touchdown. The one incompletion was his final pass, a fade attempt to Martellus Bennett in the end zone.
Super Bowl LI once again proved how maybe more than any other quarterback in the league just important the quick release is.
|02.10.17 at 1:31 pm ET|
The Browns need a quarterback, and they’ve been long connected to Patriots backup Jimmy Garoppolo. The Browns freed up a spot on their roster on Monday when they released veteran quarterback Josh McCown.
Now outside the organization, McCown said he thinks Garoppolo would be a good fit in Cleveland.
“I’ve seen him on tape because we had a common opponent in Miami,” McCown told Cleveland.com on Thursday. “He made some high level throws and did some things that would get you excited about his ability to maybe carry a franchise. That’s definitely on the tape.”
With reports the Patriots believe Brady will stick around for 3-5 more years, and no sign of him slowing down, there has been plenty of speculation that Garoppolo will be moved. The third-year quarterback got his first career start at Arizona to start the 2016 season with Brady suspended, and was injured in the next week’s game.
Still, with so many teams needing quarterbacks, including the Browns, Garoppolo has remained one of the premier options.
“I saw some things in Derek Carr early on in the 2014 draft that reminded me of Aaron Rodgers and I thought ‘this guy is going to be pretty good,”’ McCown said. “I see the same things when I watch Jimmy: quick release, strong arm, athletic. I’m not saying he’s Aaron Rodgers, but he’s got some traits in the same mold, and he’s got tremendous upside.”
Garoppolo has one year left on his contract before he is a free agent.
“He’s gained a wealth of experience from playing with a guy like Tom Brady, so I do think there’s a lot of potential there and a chance to be a very special player,” said McCown. “I certainly see why people would give him an opportunity to come in and be a franchise guy.”
|02.10.17 at 12:53 pm ET|
LeGarrette Blount is slated to become an unrestricted free agent this spring, and while he sounds like a man who wants to return to Foxboro, the 30-year-old running back understands the reality of the situation.
“I don’t know what the future holds,” he told The Rich Eisen Show on Thursday. “That’s for them and my agent to discuss. I love being here. They know I love being here. This is one of the best organizations in the entire NFL and sports in general. I don’t know of anyone who wouldn’t want to be a part of this. If you hear anyone saying they wouldn’t want to be a part of this, I don’t think they’re telling the truth. You play this game to win, and all they do here is win football games and win championships.”
Blount, who finished the year with a career-high in carries, yards and touchdowns, also talked with Eisen about a number of other topics, including his decision not to take part in the White House celebration, his relationship with Tom Brady, and what makes it easy for him and others to play for Bill Belichick and the Patriots.
“There’s just a lot of honesty there,” he said. “Bill is really up front and honest with you. It’s a really team oriented and family place. A lot of guys who come there from somewhere else, they’re accepted with open arms. I got that same kind of acceptance. I know Aqib Talib got that same kind of acceptance; we both came in from Tampa. Michael Floyd got that same kind of acceptance when he got here. It goes on and on. They keep it real with you.”
For a clip of his conversation with Eisen, see below.
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|02.10.17 at 11:42 am ET|
Everyone views Bill Belichick as the coach who gives short answers to the media and is all business all the time.
But, in reality that isn’t the case.
Away from his press conferences and serious football business, the 64-year-old has a personality and is said to be fun to be around.
This was on display Thursday, the first day of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am where he was partnered with Ricky Barnes, whose dad was a punter for the Patriots in the 1970s.
“I always say, if you’d have had the four of us out there today, you’d have thought it was four normal guys who play their weekend game, that BS and all,” Barnes told reporters after the round. “You could tell there’s the ‘coach’ in him. He always wants someone else who it’s their profession to reassure him. So we [Barnes and his older brother and caddie, Andy] kind of help him out with the yardage and where to go, and he trusts the line.
“But no, it’s total 180 from what everybody sees on camera. Good guy’s guy, personable, and pretty much will answer any questions when we’re out there. Because we want to ask as many as he wants to ask us.”
Barnes and Belichick combined to shoot a two-under 69. The coach was reportedly a bit rusty as he just got in Wednesday night and hadn’t played golf since July, but did chip in with a few net pars. Not bad considering the long layoff and brutal rainy, windy conditions.
“All things considered, I think he was pretty good,” PGA Tour Pro and Andover native Rob Oppenheim, who was also in the group, said. “I think you’ll see him get better as the week goes along.”
After the round Belichick signed dozens of autographs, including signing a deflated football. He personalized every single one, asking each person for their first name.
Then when leaving the grounds, a reporter asked the coach to stop and talk about the round and that was where the side everyone sees in Belichick came out.
“No thanks, I’m good,” he said.
|02.10.17 at 11:15 am ET|
Another day, another Instagram post from Tom Brady.
On Friday morning the quarterback posted a picture of Julian Edelman’s spectacular catch in Super Bowl LI with a caption of how that play and game showed how special sports are.
It read: This is why we love sports, right? No dogma, no blind faith, no rules you have to buy into — just attendance. Show up, and miracles happen. People of every race, religion, ethnicity, political POV and lifestyle share a singular experience for a few hours and become one.
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