|02.14.17 at 11:32 am ET|
There are not many holidays that can go by without Tom Brady posting about them social media.
Valentine’s Day was no different as the quarterback posted a picture of his wife Gisele Bundchen and daughter Vivian with the caption: My littlest valentine and my Numero Uno…happy Valentine’s Day!
|02.14.17 at 11:07 am ET|
Tom Brady has certainly bought into Bill Belichick’s “No days off” mantra.
The quarterback joined Mike Florio on PFT Live Tuesday morning and gave the indication he won’t be taking much time off this offseason because as a 39-year-old he needs to work extremely hard to keep his body in shape to able to withstand an entire NFL season.
“At this point in my career the best thing to do is just to do it year-round,” Brady said. “I don’t think the ebbs and flows, get in great shape and then get out of shape and then see if you can get back into shape is a good thing. So I prefer to keep my arm always ready to go.”
Added Brady: “I really love training and being in good shape and it’s so much a part of my life now, so it never really feels like work to me. It’s a real strength for me that I’ve never minded the training process. It’s something I enjoy I really like being in the gym or, certainly, on the field.”
Brady’s training is much different than many other NFL players as he focuses on flexibility and does a lot of work with resistance bands. He hopes his success with his method will become something other players use in the future.
“Hopefully I can be a real ambassador for change in this area,” he said. “I’ve felt like outside of playing football the one thing I love to do is to prepare for it. Probably the way that I do it has been different than the way it has always been done. I think I have been getting results that no one has ever got. I think that has been something that has been really motivating for me because as a 39-year-old player this year every week I want to be out there on the field with my teammates playing at a high level. Durability is such an important aspect of our sport and it’s a game of contact. It is a collision sport. You have to do everything that you can to try and help your body to sustain those impacts.”
|02.14.17 at 8:44 am ET|
On Monday, Robert Kraft spoke on Patriots players potentially not wanting to go to the White House for a Super Bowl ceremony with President Donald Trump, and on Tuesday so did Tom Brady.
Brady joined Mike Florio on PFT Live and was asked what his message would be to players who don’t want to go.
The quarterback said each player can make their own choice and he understands it is the offseason and some players may want to do other things.
“Well, everybody has a choice,” Brady said. “There’s certain years like I remember a couple years ago — I wanted to go and then didn’t get the opportunity based on the schedule. We didn’t get told until I think like 10 days before we were going. At that point I had something that I had planned for months and couldn’t get there. I was able to go, we were part of the ’97 National Championship team in college and went. I really is a great experience.
“Putting politics aside, it never really was a political thing. At least it never was for me. It’s just always something that was a privilege to be able to do because it really meant you won a championship and you got to experience something cool with your team and with your teammates. Everyone has their own choice and everyone, it’s their offseason. These days are valuable for everybody. You only get so much time with your family and friends. If people don’t want to go, they don’t want to go and that is their choice.”
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|02.13.17 at 3:40 pm ET|
In just a week since the Patriots won Super Bowl LI, there have been six players who have said they will not attend a ceremony at the White House with President Donald Trump.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Monday this is the first time media attention has been given to players going or not going. One person who doesn’t agree with players who aren’t going is former NFL tight end Tony Gonzalez.
“If they don’t want to go, that’s their right,” Gonzalez told TMZ. “For me, I think that’s silly. If you’ve got a problem, go there and meet him. Say something. That’s your opportunity to get your voice out there. To get heard. … Tell him what’s on your mind. Maybe he’ll listen. Probably not, but maybe he’ll listen.”
Martellus Bennett, Devin McCourty, Chris Long, Dont’a Hightower, LeGarrette Blount and Alan Branch have all said they will not be going.
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|02.13.17 at 3:06 pm ET|
The Patriots didn’t lose any of their coordinators for head coaching jobs, but they could lose a position coach.
According to ESPN’s Bruce Feldman, Patriots tight ends coach Brian Daboll is expected to interview with Alabama to be its next offensive coordinator.
It’s worth noting Daboll has a connection with Nick Saban as he was his graduate assistant when Saban coached at Michigan State and Bill Belichick also has a good relationship with Saban.
Daboll was viewed as the Patriots’ next offensive coordinator if Josh McDaniels were to leave. He has called the plays in the Patriots’ final preseason game each of the last few seasons, typically a sign he would be the next man up if something were to happen to McDaniels.
The 41-year-old has plenty of experience, including being an NFL offensive coordinator with a number of teams — the Browns (2009-10), Dolphins (2011) and Chiefs (2012). Daboll has been with the Patriots since 2013.
Without reading too much into things, it could be a sign that McDaniels will stay with the Patriots as offensive coordinator for at least a few more years because if McDaniels was expected to leave soon, then it would make sense for Daboll to stay in New England.
Also, there’s no indication of how serious the interest is on both sides for Daboll or Saban/Alabama.
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|02.13.17 at 1:13 pm ET|
It wasn’t the greatest of rookie seasons for Patriots cornerback Cyrus Jones.
The Alabama product had major issues returning punts over the course of the season, which led to confidence issues on the defensive side of the ball as well. Jones was inactive for games much of the second half of the season, including Super Bowl LI.
Jones reflected on the season via Instagram on Monday, calling it embarrassing and disappointing, but vouched to be better in 2017.
The cornerback wrote: Reflecting back on my rookie season, this was by far one of the most challenging times in my life. I experienced a lot of pain, disappointment, embarrassment and overall dissatisfaction with myself. But through this time, I learned many lessons that as a man I can say I truly needed to learn..”Failure is another opportunity to begin again more intelligently” and the things I went through this year made me better and wiser. Regardless, I was blessed to be apart of something far greater than myself! I experienced the ultimate measure of success in this game we play…and did it with an even greater group of men and I’ll never take that for granted. I was quickly reminded how much love and respect I have for this sport and also how much it means to so many people. So with that being said #patsnation , in 2017, 24 will be back and ready to work for the best fans in football! #revenge #godstimingnotmine
Reflecting back on my rookie season, this was by far one of the most challenging times in my life. I experienced a lot of pain, disappointment, embarrassment and overall dissatisfaction with myself. But through this time, I learned many lessons that as a man I can say I truly needed to learn..”Failure is another opportunity to begin again more intelligently” and the things I went through this year made me better and wiser. Regardless, I was blessed to be apart of something far greater than myself! I experienced the ultimate measure of success in this game we play…and did it with an even greater group of men and I’ll never take that for granted. I was quickly reminded how much love and respect I have for this sport and also how much it means to so many people. So with that being said #patsnation , in 2017, 24 will be back and ready to work for the best fans in football! #revenge #godstimingnotmine #seeyallinyear2
|02.13.17 at 12:52 pm ET|
One of the bigger storylines from Super Bowl LI was something that didn’t even happen in the game.
Tom Brady’s jersey was taken from the Patriots locker room after the game and hasn’t been found since.
On Monday morning, Patriots owner Robert Kraft showed his frustration on Fox Business Network’s Mornings with Maria, but believes it should turn up sooner rather than later.
“It’s very sad to me that someone would do something like this, and it’s like taking a great Chagall or Picasso or something. You can never display it. And somehow, I feel there’ll be some news that’ll clear this up in the not too distant future,” Kraft said via The Boston Herald. “I hope it’ll be cleared up soon. I think that a lot of people spend a lot of time looking into the matter and what happened, and I’d rather not say anything that would cause any problems in the work that’s been done. One way or another that jersey will be back.”
Kraft also said despite trailing by 25 points, he never gave up hope the Patriots would comeback and beat the Falcons.
“When the score was 28-3, I think there were roughly three minutes to go [in the third quarter]. Our chance of winning was 0.04 percent, so 99.6 percent [to lose], but given the organization we have, I never give up,” Kraft said. “I always believe, and especially having the privilege of having a coach like Bill Belichick and Tom Brady at the helm, both of their games move up as the pressure mounts and just a lot of things happened the right way – the catch by Julian Edelman was… sort of made up for the two catches over the last few years where we lost at the last moment with miracle catches.”
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