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Rodney Harrison on D&C: NFL domestic abuse cases ‘sickening,’ ‘heartbreaking’

09.19.14 at 11:02 am ET
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NBC Sports NFL analyst Rodney Harrison joined Dennis & Callahan on Friday to discuss league news, including the domestic abuse problem. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice, among others, have dominated the headlines the last couple of weeks because of their domestic abuse cases and the league’s reaction. Harrison said the few players who have done bad things off the field have overshadowed the good people in the league.

“It’s really unfortunate because you have five or six guys involved in these domestic disputes,” Harrison said. “It’s really sickening because you have some of these guys doing positive stuff across the league. Unfortunately four or five guys take away the body of work that everyone else is doing. It’s unfortunate, it’s sad. There’s never a room or space to hit a woman, to lay your hands on a child like that. It’s heartbreaking. It’s heartbreaking for the victims. It’s heartbreaking because these young men are putting their careers on the line, their reputations, everything they worked for. It’s sad. I feel bad for everyone.”

The recent domestic violence cases in the league have made some wonder whether these issues are only known because of modern technology. Many believe incidents like the ones occurring lately have been happening for years throughout the league.

Said Harrison: “I think with the emergence of social media and cameras, there’s a chance of it getting out a lot more. Back when I played, when I first came into the league, things would happen and you would hear conversations in the locker room. Players would say certain things about what’s going on at home. Some guys would say, ‘Hey, man, you shouldn’t be in that situation. Hey, man, you should walk away.’ Obviously with the social media thing everything comes front and center with the public.”

Callahan was surprised Harrison did not have fiery comments regarding the NFL’s problems this week during the pregame show on “Sunday Night Football.”

“People want me to say something controversial, people want me to say something they can take and run with,” Harrison replied. “I’m a football analyst. Yes, I have to analyze certain situations that go on. And I’ve done that. I’ve talked about this. I just told the guys, ‘Hey, let’s just talk football. There are a lot of great things going on in the football world.’ ”

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IT guru Dan Famosi: The most important Patriot you don’t know

09.19.14 at 10:56 am ET
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Bill Belichick has embraced the use of a tablet on the sidelines in games. (Getty Images)

Bill Belichick has embraced the use of a tablet on the sidelines in games. (Getty Images)

FOXBORO — Without technology, most in today’s society would be lost. Without Dan Famosi, Bill Belichick would be lost when it comes to preparing his team in today’s NFL. That’s what the Patriots coach admitted Friday when heaping praise on the Patriots IT guru.

“We’ve had to adjust to new methods of technology, teaching, apps and different things we’re not familiar with that our players are that will help them,” Belichick said.”I think the apps are certainly convenient. Guys can be getting treatment in the training room and watching iPad. It’s a lot easier than when I came into the league when you had to take a projector and a roll of film home and watch it. Now everybody has that. They have the access to it where before they had to take our film and put it on VHS, not that any of our players would know what a VHS is.

“They would pop it in their TV and watch it. That’s what we had to work with. We progressively worked through those stages and now we’re into another stage. It’s been very educational for me and I’d say I’ve learned on a lot of our IT people, like Dan Famosi. He’s done a tremendous job in coordinating all of this. Also, our coaches who have, in some cases, have used it with other teams or organizations they’ve been with. It’s been brought to our attention this is how another team is doing it and then one of our coaches or scouts will then go and find out how somebody else is doing it and see how we can apply it to us.”

Starting in the preseason and now in the regular season, the Patriots coaching staff has started to use Microsoft Surface tablets [pictured] on the sidelines. That’s a move Belichick would never consider if he didn’t feel his staff was prepared for going into games.

And before a play is called on Sunday, Famosi is the guy Belichick turns to if he needs a play, team or player on film processed on his tablet device for distribution to the team or even his coaching staff.

“Dan’s really been the guy for us who has taken all that stuff to the level that we’re at and just daily handling all the moron coaches like me who can’t turn it one or can’t get from one view to another to our players, the compatibility and accessibility of all the information,” Belichick said. “There’s a ton of information, and being able to access and utilize it is the key to doing that. We spend a lot of time on it and the organization is committed to it but on a daily, hands-on basis, he does a tremendous job.

“You think about people like Paul [Brown], Vince Lombardi, Sid Gillman in a picture, I think of them next to a projector with a film running. I have still a lot of films in my personal possession. I don’t even know if I have anything to watch them on. It’s been obviously a huge change. Film technology and teaching and being able to do cut-ups and I do something and I can share with somebody else.”

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Tom Brady’s old boss tells TMZ QB ‘was the hardest worker that I’ve ever had’

09.19.14 at 1:11 am ET
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Tom Brady, hard-working man

With the events of the last two weeks, it’s now become stop-the-presses news when an NFL star shows up on TMZ.

But the latest “bombshell” involving a member of the Patriots turned out to be harmless, when the news outlet tracked down one of Tom Brady‘s old construction bosses.

In the wake of Brady releasing his college resume via Facebook Thursday, TMZ apparently found one of his old employers, Dudlar & Sons Inc., where he spent the summer of 1997 doing manual labor in Michigan. The boss, Frank Dudlar, told TMZ that Brady was a model employee, despite the fact that he had long hair and “was a real skinny kid.”

“He’d scrape concrete curbs with a push broom and shovel,” Dudlar told TMZ. “Brady was the hardest worker that I’ve ever had. I remember my son Gunnar came in one day and said, ‘That Brady kid’s a worker.’ ”

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Revis Report, Week 3: ‘The Raiders always come to play’

09.19.14 at 12:49 am ET
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Darrelle Revis and the Patriots will meet Oakland on Sunday. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Darrelle Revis and the Patriots will meet Oakland on Sunday. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Each week, we’ll present The Revis Report, a look at what’s on tap for the Patriots cornerback. This week, New England welcomes the Raiders to Foxboro for the first time since 2005.

Overview: Revis and the Patriots open up their home slate Sunday at one against the Raiders. With rookie quarterback Derek Carr at the helm, Oakland is coming into the game with an 0-2 mark, having lost its first two games by scores of 19-14 (at the Jets) and 30-14 (home against the Texans). For Revis, it will be a chance to play a regular-season game in front of a home crowd for the first time with the Patriots, as well as catch up with a few old friends in the Silver and Black.

“It’s finally here,” he said Thursday when asked about the home opener. “I think the team is excited. We’re looking forward to playing in front of our home crowd.

“I know a lot of guys on that team, so I’m really looking forward to it,” he added. “The Raiders always come to play. We just have to be ready for what they’re going to bring. They’re 0-2 right now, and I’m sure they’re searching for a win coming off 0-2. We know they’ll be ready — we just have to be focused and make sure we don’t let one slip away at home.”

Last week: Per NFL gamebooks, Revis played 58 of a possible 66 defensive snaps on Sunday against the Vikings. (In terms of overall snaps, he played 88 percent, which was tied with Devin McCourty for highest playtime percentage among the defensive backs. Logan Ryan was first with 66 snaps.) While he was utilized mostly on one side in the preseason, as well as the opener against the Dolphins, last Sunday against Minnesota, it was mostly Greg Jennings. (He told the CBS broadcast crew the night before the game that he was going to be matched up against Jennings for most of the afternoon.) The nine-year veteran caught just one pass for 4 yards (in the fourth quarter) on four targets while matched against Revis. By the looks of the All-22 film, Revis did not allow another catch to any of the other receivers he was against, either in man or zone coverage. (It was a group that included Cordarelle Patterson.)

Perhaps the highlight of the year to this point for Revis came when he picked off Matt Cassel for his first interception of the season. With just over 13 minutes left in the second quarter and the Patriots holding a 10-7 lead, Cassel and the Vikings faced a 2nd and 10 situation at their own 38. The Vikings quarterback dropped back and fired a pass deep down the right side for Jennings, only to see it picked off. It was the 22nd career pick for Revis, and New England quickly cashed it in — seven plays later, Tom Brady found Julian Edelman for a 9-yard touchdown pass to make it 17-7, giving the Patriots a double digit lead they would enjoy the rest of the afternoon.

Including what he yielded in Week 1, to this point in the season — when matched in man coverage — Revis has yielded three catches on nine targets for 40 yards, with one interception and three pass breakups.

Possible man matchups this week (with the understanding that it won’t be solely one-on-one): This week, it appears likely that the primary candidate for Revis Island will be veteran receiver James Jones. Called a “savvy vet” by the Patriots corner on Thursday, the 30-year-old Jones is a 6-foot-1, 200-pound presence out of San Jose State who is in his first season with Oakland after spending the last seven in Green Bay. A solid combination of size and speed, his performance last week likely moved him to (or at least near) the top of the wide receiver depth chart in Oakland.

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Jerod Mayo, Don Jones return as 10 limited at Patriots practice

09.18.14 at 5:42 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Jerod Mayo returned to full participation in practice Thursday after being away Wednesday due to the birth of his third child.

Safety and special teams player Don Jones returned Thursday after nursing a hamstring issue that caused him to miss Wednesday. Jones was one of 10 Patriots listed as limited. That list also included tight end Rob Gronkowski (knee), linebacker Jamie Collins (thigh) and offensive lineman Ryan Wendell.

For the Raiders, linebacker Sio Moore (ankle) and receiver Rod Streater (hip) missed their second straight day of practice. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew (hand), corner Carlos Rogers (knee) and defensive lineman Justin Tuck (illness) all returned after missing Wednesday.

Here’s the complete report:

S Don Jones (hamstring)
DE Michael Buchanan (ankle)
LB Jamie Collins (thigh)
OL Dan Connolly (knee)
CB Alfonzo Dennard (shoulder)
WR Julian Edelman (back)
TE Rob Gronkowski (knee)
DT Sealver Siliga (hand)
RB Shane Vereen (shoulder)
OL Ryan Wendell (knee)

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Video: ‘4th & Goal’ breaks down Patriots-Raiders

09.18.14 at 5:19 pm ET
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Darrelle Revis: ‘Much respect’ for Charles Woodson

09.18.14 at 3:45 pm ET
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Darrelle Revis has a ton of respect for Oakland defensive back Charles Woodson. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Darrelle Revis has a ton of respect for Oakland defensive back Charles Woodson. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — Darrelle Revis has “much respect”€ for Oakland’€™s veteran defensive back Charles Woodson, but isn’€™t sure he wants to spend 17 years in the league.

“I’€™m still in year eight right now,”€ Revis said with a laugh after practice on Thursday. ‘€œI’€™m a big fan of him. Watched him at Michigan and looked up to him. He’€™s … hopefully, he’€™s a future Hall of Famer. The guy has played great ball in the league, and [is] still making plays. Bill [Belichick] put up some plays and he’€™s still making them, in year 17. I tip my hat off to him. I have much respect for him.”€

Revis won’€™t have to worry too much about Woodson — that’€™s more for quarterback Tom Brady. Instead, his focus is going to be the Oakland passing game, led by rookie quarterback Derek Carr. On Thursday, the veteran crier talked about the challenges that come with facing a rookie signal-caller for the first time.

‘€œThe material that we have, you just have to rely on that and go from there,”€ Revis said of Carr. “We’€™re doing the best we can with game planning against that offense, and we have to stick to the material we have and go from there.

“€œHe’€™s running their offense. He can throw every route.”

Of course, Revis has been known to bait a young quarterback into a bad throw from time to time. Could that be the case again on Sunday?

“€œI can’€™t give you all of that,”€ he said with a laugh. “Like I said, we’€™re going to do what we think is best to make sure we’€™re successful in the game plan. We’€™re still going through it. We have another day tomorrow to finish up red zone. So far, it’€™s been going good with the game plan and we just have to go through some more film study and figure out come Sunday where our best matchups are the best game plan on defense.

‘€œTheir receiver corps, they have [Denarius] Moore, who’€™s very fast. I’€™ve played against him in the past. Him, you have to watch him at all times on the deep routes. [Rod] Streeter — we don’€™t know, but we’€™ll figure that out. Then you’€™ve got James Jones, the savvy vet. We feel like we give them a lot of respect, their receiving corps. We’€™re just looking forward to the matchup and covering those guys. Like we said, there’€™s not a lot of material on Carr. We just have to focus on what we know about Jones, Moore and Streeter.”

In the end, while the Patriots figure to be favored heading into this one, Revis knows this sets up to be a classic trap game.

“€œI know a lot of guys on that team, so I’€™m really looking forward to it,”€ Revis said of Oakland. ‘€œThe Raiders always come to play. We just have to be ready for what they’€™re going to bring. They’€™re 0-2 right now, and I’€™m sure they’€™re searching for a win coming off 0-2. We know they’€™ll be ready — we just have to be focused and make sure we don’€™t let one slip away at home.”

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