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02.07.16 at 12:10 pm ET
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Nice weather set for Super Bowl 50 Sunday in Bay Area

02.07.16 at 9:00 am ET
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According to Sarah Wroblewski of Fox 25, it sounds like weather isn’t going to be an issue for Sunday’s Super Bowl contest between the Broncos and Panthers in the Bay Area.

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Carolina QB Cam Newton wins MVP, Tom Brady gets one vote

02.06.16 at 10:25 pm ET
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Carolina quarterback Cam Newton was named the NFL MVP, it was announced Saturday.

Newton, who has the Panthers to the NFC title and a 15-1 record in the regular season, got 48 of a possible 50 votes. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer each got one vote.

Brady can tell you that winning the NFL MVP is no guarantee of a Super Bowl title. Brady has won the award twice ‘€” 2007 and 2010. In fact, the last NFL MVP to win the Super Bowl in the same season was Kurt Warner in 1999.

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Curtis Martin on Bill Belichick: ‘I didn’t know he would be as great as he is’

02.06.16 at 2:17 pm ET
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Curtis Martin finished as the 4th leading rusher in NFL history. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

Curtis Martin finished as the 4th leading rusher in NFL history. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

SAN FRANCISCO — If Curtis Martin weren’t so loyal to Bill Parcells, he wouldn’t just be a Hall of Fame running back. He’d likely be a Super Bowl champion.

This week at Super Bowl 50, Martin took time to reflect on his days in New England with WEEI.com and recalled the days in the late 90s when he had a chance to stay in New England but chose instead to follow Bill Parcells to the Jets after the 1997 season.

Martin’s first year was in New England in 1995, when he was selected in the third round out of Pittsburgh by Bill Parcells. The first year in New England was great for Martin, finishing as the AFC’s leading rusher with 1,487 yards and 14 touchdowns. But the team was just 6-10 under Parcells. The next season, he continued his dominance with 1,152 yards and 14 rushing touchdowns as the Patriots made it to the Super Bowl before losing to the Packers. That ’96 season, Martin met Bill Belichick, who joined Parcells’ staff as an assistant.

“I remember all the guys that he coached telling me that he was a genius,” Martin said. “He was on the other side of the ball but I always knew that Belichick was going to do something great. But I didn’t know he would be as great as he is, though.”

Martin played just one season for Pete Carroll before leaving as a restricted free agent to join Parcells. Belichick, with the likes of Antowain Smith and Corey Dillon as lead backs, led the Patriots to three Super Bowl titles while Martin was playing for the Jets in the early 2000s.

“I don’t know that it changed. I just think that it continued to evolve,” Martin said of his playing style. “I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I was so against leaving the Patriots because I was loyal to the team. I was willing to take even less money [to stay in New England]. But the fact that it was Parcells made it very appealing to me.

“I’m the type of guy who I’m going to be able to function with whatever coach because I’m a coachable guy. I just think that’s our job. That’s what we get paid to do. But Parcells, he knew how to get out of me what I don’t if any other coach would be able to get out of me.”

“That’s something that I’ve always been proud of because before I came there [the Patriots] along with the Jets were the two teams I never wanted to play for. But Bill Parcells restored some pride to the organization. I just think ever since then, the franchise has just increased from year to year.”

Martin looked at Parcells as a father figure who could get the most out of his extraordinary abilities.

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Ted Johnson has advice for protecting Tom Brady next year: Don’t ‘skimp’ on the offensive line

02.06.16 at 12:25 pm ET
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Tom Brady took a beating in the AFC championship. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady took a beating in the AFC championship. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

SAN FRANCISCO — Former Patriots linebacker Ted Johnson watched like everyone else as Tom Brady was hit some 20 times in the AFC championship, including four sacks.

His main takeaway?

If the Patriots quarterback wants to keep playing at a high level and the Patriots want him as their quarterback, they need to seriously address the offensive line.

The team has already taken one step in addressing the unit with the dismissal of offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo. But Johnson believes reinforcing the unit with some fresh faces through free agency and the draft is necessary as well.

“If Tom wants to play for nine more years like he says, one area you cannot skimp is that offensive line,” Johnson told WEEI.com. “If you’re going to have him as your quarterback for a long time, you’ve got to make sure you keep him upright. In 2014, the season started out 2-2, and I’m getting calls from EEI, ‘What needs to change here for the Patriots to turn this around?’ Protect Tom Brady. Just keep him upright and they went on to win the Super Bowl so that’s the key thing. You’ve got to have an offensive line to protect him if you want him to be your quarterback for the next five-to-seven years.”

Johnson, who works in Houston as a sportsradio talk show host, believes it wasn’t all on the offensive line. He says Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was the one who made adjustments to make it very hard for Brady to consistently find open receivers.

“I give it up to Wade Phillips, who I’ve been critical of as defensive coordinator of the Texans, the team I cover,” Johnson said. “Wade never changed what he did schematically [in Houston]. He kind of ran the same type of coverages, blitzed a lot and just never changed. I kind of thought that’s what he’d do in this game. If you blitz Tom Brady, and you play a lot of man-to-man, he will eat your lunch. By blitzing him, it makes the reads simpler for Tom and the ball comes out fast.

“So when you have an offensive line that is struggling and you have a lot of backups out there, when the ball comes out fast, it really negates their deficiencies. But what Wade did was only rush three guys, four guys, flooded the zones. Tom’s back there holding the ball, holding the ball, holding the ball. He put a really good game plan together.”

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Robert Kraft explains Tom Brady’s reasons for attending Super Bowl 50

02.06.16 at 10:23 am ET
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Robert Kraft

Robert Kraft

One of the biggest Super Bowl 50 topics in New England this week wasn’t about the game itself, rather would Tom Brady attend the game where all the previous MVPs would be honored?

The announcement came Thursday that Brady would in fact be in San Fransisco for the game despite his ongoing Deflategate case between he and the league.

WBZ-TV’s Steve Burton caught up with Patriots owner Robert Kraft on Friday in San Fransisco and Kraft explained why Brady is attending the game.

“I chatted with him about it and he was his usual selfless self, saying he represents all of the players on the team, the coaches and the New England market,” Kraft said. “Without that sense of team, he wouldn’€™t have gotten those MVP awards.”

The Patriots owner is already looking ahead to 2016 with the hope the Patriots are playing in Super Bowl 51 in Houston.

“We still have a pretty good team and there are a lot of young players on the team. We’€™re blessed with the best coaching staff in the NFL,” Kraft said. “We’€™re going to have some fun next year, I promise.”

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Ted Johnson on Peyton Manning and HGH allegations: ‘I feel bad he has to deal with it. I’m a proponent of [HGH]’

02.05.16 at 8:14 pm ET
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Ted Johnson is still outspoken on HGH and brain injuries. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Ted Johnson is still outspoken on HGH and brain injuries. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

SAN FRANCISCO — Ted Johnson has made a name for himself after winning three Super Bowls with the Patriots by being outspoken.

He’s at it again.

Speaking to WEEI.com Friday, two days before Super Bowl 50, the linebacker-turned-Houston sportsradio host said that Peyton Manning shouldn’t be dealing with allegations of HGH use, in part because he thinks it should be legal.

“I’m a proponent of HGH,” Johnson said. “I think HGH should be allowed and maybe be regulated. It helps guys recover. There’s so many good things in being able to use HGH for guys that play football because your bodies just get beat up. Now, it’s got to be used within reason and regulated. I don’t have a problem with it. I think it’s much to do about nothing.

“I feel bad that he has to deal with that distraction but I’m a proponent of it. Used carefully and regulated, I don’t have a problem with HGH.”

Johnson said he is doing very well for himself now after some very dark days following his football career, which ended after winning his third Super Bowl in Jan. 2005 in Jacksonville.

Johnson told the New York Times in 2007 that he suffers from amphetamine addiction, depression and headaches related to post-concussion syndrome and Second Impact Syndrome. He then suggested Bill Belichick pressured him to participate in full contact practice drills three days after suffering a concussion in an exhibition game against the Giants in Aug. 2002.

Johnson said during those drills, he suffered a second concussion, and that Belichick asked him to participate against the advice of the team’s head trainer. Belichick denied those allegations. Johnson told WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan that he was only joking when he said he’d consider returning to football in 2006 after Junior Seau was injured. Those five years were an emotional roller coaster for Johnson, a ride he admitted again Friday involved Adderall and cocaine.

“A lot of people know my story. I sought out drugs to feel better,” Johnson recounted. “I was having headaches. Cognitively, I wasn’t firing on all cylinders. Behaviorally, I was changing, depression. You have a lot of impulse issues. And so, I sought out drugs to feel better. And the first drug was Adderall. It made me feel better. It was not prescribed for what I was feeling because it’s not a medication used to treat that. But I started using that. It made me feel better. Cognitively, I was sharper. It just cleared things up. My headaches went away.

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