|02.01.15 at 4:45 pm ET|
“I’ve talked about that in the past, and I don’t want that to continue to be a story this particular game,” said Brady. “All the facts will come out after the Super Bowl. However the facts come out that will be news to me as well. That process will all take place at some point. I am excited about the Super Bowl and that is where my focus is.
“I think there was an energy drain with my emotions and feelings being involved early in the week. You have to be able to move past those things and compartmentalize those things and be mentally tough out there to move through.”
Brady is aware of the past history with the Patriots and Spygate, but said he is focused on the Super Bowl and wants all the facts to come out before commenting on the matter.
“I’d like to just wait for the facts to come out before talking about any of those things,” Brady said. “In some ways to make judgements on things I know nothing about is not really fair to whatever the process ends up being. We’re under tough scrutiny. We’ve won a lot of games and people are very critical of what we do.
“They are critical of what a lot of teams do. That is part of being in this profession, you have to take the good with the bad. I’m OK with it. Our team is OK with it. We’ve had great focus this week and hopefully our best is going to come through Sunday night. That is where our focus is going to me.”
The quarterback said he can understand why he’s been under a lot of scrutiny, but says those people don’t know his beliefs and what he’s all about.
“Everyone is entitled to their opinion and when you play for one NFL team, there are 31 other NFL teams out there and they are probably not much of a fan of you,” he said. “If people what to feel the way they feel, I have no problem, with that. They are certainly entitled to those beliefs and those feelings. I realize it’s not about me, not a lot of people know who I am and what I am about. The people that do, they do know what I am about and what I stand for.”
“Absolutely. I can understand why people feel that way,” he added. “There is an investigation going on. I am sure all those things will come out. It’s been a lot of speculation and that’s what led to my hurt feelings. Hopefully the facts come out and we understand whatever happened, happened and it is not going to affect this game and we can move forward.”
|02.01.15 at 4:39 pm ET|
GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Patriots announced the following players were inactive for Sunday’s Super Bowl matchup with the Seahawks: running backs Jonas Gray and James White; wide receivers Brian Tyms and Josh Boyce; offensive lineman Jordan Devey and defensive linemen Zach Moore and Joe Vellano.
No real surprises here, at least from a personnel standpoint, as all appear to be healthy scratches. One thing to look for is the fact that offensive lineman Cameron Fleming is active and ready to go ahead of someone like Tyms – it could be a sign that the Patriots are inclined to go with more of a run-heavy set with six offensive linemen as needed.
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|02.01.15 at 1:12 pm ET|
GLENDALE, Ariz. — As was the case seven years ago, when the Patriots last took the field here at University of Phoenix Stadium, weather won’t be an issue as the retractable roof is expected to be closed for Super Bowl XLIX against the Seahawks. Weather outside would be ideal for a football game as the forecast is calling for sunshine and 67 degrees. The weather is a nice reward for those in town after one of the wettest weeks in years in Phoenix.
The game will be played on the natural grass surface that has been grown outdoors and rolled in for the game.
The Patriots only other experience in the building came on Feb. 3, 2008 when the Giants beat the Patriots, 17-14, to win Super Bowl XLII and end the Patriots’ bid at a perfect season.
The Patriots enter the game with a chance to join the Giants and Packers as franchises with four Super Bowl titles. Pittsburgh has won six, while Dallas and San Francisco have won five apiece.
The Patriots are also trying to avoid making some dubious history. If they lose, they will match the Broncos for the most losses (5) in the big game. Currently, the Bills, Vikings and Patriots are just behind the Broncos with four Super Bowl losses. Of course, the Patriots are the only ones with four losses that have actually won a Super Bowl.
The Patriots are 3-4 in their seven previous trips while the Bills and Vikings are each 0-4.
The Patriots head into this game as healthy as they have been all season, with seven players officially listed as probable for the game, including starting center Bryan Stork, who was upgraded to probable from questionable on Saturday afternoon. The Seahawks have three key injuries worth monitoring in their secondary as Richard Sherman (elbow), Earl Thomas (shoulder) and Kam Chancellor (knee) practiced this week. Sherman and Thomas were banged up in the NFC title game while Chancellor tweaked his knee on Friday. All three are expected to start and play.
|02.01.15 at 12:11 pm ET|
GLENDALE, Ariz. — As the Patriots prepare to take the field for Super Bowl XLIX, they are apparently looking more and more like winners in the Deflategate saga.
According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, only one of the 12 balls used by the Patriots in the AFC championship was a full 2 PSI below regulation while the other 11 found to be below spec were only “a tick” below regulation.
This news contradicts a report from Chris Mortensen two days after the AFC title game that 11 of the balls were found to be as much as a full 2 PSI below regulation.
There is an ongoing investigation being conducted by Ted Wells into how the balls were handled before the AFC championship game and if there were serious protocol violations by the Patriots. Patriots owner Robert Kraft sounded a confident tone Monday night upon the team’s arrival in Phoenix, expressing his support of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick and demanding an apology from the league if the report clears the team.
In his state of the league address on Friday, commissioner Roger Goodell said he’s not drawn any conclusions and will let the report speak for the league.
But the more that comes out, the more it appears the Patriots will be vindicated. Here is more from Rapoport on Sunday morning:
|02.01.15 at 11:54 am ET|
According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the tempestuous running back known for his silent treatment of the media and his crotch-grabbing backward dives into the end zone has been offered a contract by the Seahawks that would make him the second highest running back in the game behind Adrian Peterson.
The deal is believed to include more than $10 million for Lynch in the 2015 season alone. Lynch currently is slated to make $5 million in 2015, the final year of what originally was a four-year, $31 million deal. The Seahawks believe that Lynch, who has rushed for at least 1,200 yards in each of the past four seasons, has outplayed his contract, sources say. They want to reward him for his work, according to Rapoport.
The new deal for Lynch has been a topic of discussion between Lynch’s agent Doug Hendrickson and the Seahawks for the last several weeks. He’s the heart-and-soul of their team, which they recognize, and they want him to retire in Seattle.
What makes this fascinating is that sources close to Lynch have said there’s a very good chance he will retire if the Seahawks win the Super Bowl tonight.
This is also remarkable for another reason. Midway through the season there were multiple reports that the Seahawks had grown tired of his act and were ready to let him walk away after this season. After his production this season and his performance in the playoffs, the team has apparently had a change of heart.
|02.01.15 at 11:11 am ET|
The star cornerback has a $20 million team option with New England for next season, and a report came out this week that the team might be interested in paying that, but Sunday morning it was learned that two AFC East teams are also interested in his services.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, both the Jets and Bills are interested in Revis. With this Bills he would reunite with old coach Rex Ryan, and the Jets are already reportedly being investigated for tampering with him last month.
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|02.01.15 at 9:23 am ET|
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