|It Is What It Is Podcast: Chris Price talks to former Patriots backup QB Jim Miller about Tom Brady, Deflategate and how New England looks for 2016||05.25.16 at 10:59 am ET|
In the latest It Is What It Is podcast, Chris Price talks with former Patriots backup quarterback Jim Miller about Tom Brady and his mindset as he continues to battle Deflategate. Miller offers up his own thoughts on Brady’s play and what sets him apart from other signal-callers of his generation, and also talks about what it’s like picking out game balls with Brady. Miller also breaks down New England’s offseason to this point on the calendar, and offers his thoughts on which team might be poised to challenge the Patriots in the AFC East.
|It Is What It Is Podcast: Chris Price talks to Comcast’s Phil Perry on Tom Brady, latest Deflategate news, and how 2016 roster is shaping up for Patriots||05.23.16 at 3:25 pm ET|
In the latest It Is What It Is podcast, Chris Price talks with Comcast’s Phil Perry about the latest Deflategate news, what’s next for Tom Brady and what chance he might have when it comes to playing in the opener. The two also take a look at some guys on the roster bubble and which rookies have the best chance of having an impact in 2016 and beyond.
|Malcolm Butler with Butch and Tomase on contract: ‘I’m not going to discuss that right now’||05.22.16 at 4:22 pm ET|
If the Patriots hadn’t signed Malcolm Butler as an undrafted free agent two years ago, there’s no telling what he’d be doing. But it probably wouldn’t involve the NFL.
Speaking to Butch and Tomase on Saturday before attending an event at Premier Fence in Canton, Butler discussed his fortuitous arrival in New England, explained why he’s been so driven not to be defined as a one-hit wonder, and chafed when asked to address his rookie contract, which runs through the coming season.
“I’m not going to discuss that right now,” Butler said of his contract. “Whenever the time comes, it comes. I’m a football player. I’m not a GM.”
Butler has one year remaining on his deal before becoming a restricted free agent in 2017. He made his first Pro Bowl last season.
Butler was happy to rewind to May of 2014, when the Patriots came calling after he had gone undrafted out of West Alabama. He officially signed on May 19 of that year.
“I didn’t watch the draft until the last couple of rounds on the last day,” he said. “Just being honest with myself, I knew I [probably] wasn’t going to get drafted, so if I was going to get drafted, it would be in the late rounds and I’d get a phone call later. I was just at home, just got done working out, watching the draft. I’m thinking it’s going to be a good little while before someone calls me, and I see a 508 number. I get the call, and I came up to try out and I think Nick Caserio called me into his office. He’d liked what I’d done, and we went on from there.”
Surprisingly, not a single other team contacted Butler after he went undrafted. If the Patriots hadn’t signed him, he’s not sure where he’d be.
“Only team,” he said. “Only team. I hate to even think about it. I hate to think about it. I’m just glad it happened. I’m just glad the New England Patriots called me and everything happened the right way, which it has.”
As for his breakout season last year, Butler was determined not to be defined by his game-sealing interception against the Seahawks in the Super Bowl.
“AIE — that’s my motto. Attitude is everything,” Butler said. “I just put my mind to it that I wasn’t going to fall off from that play. That was an awesome play. I’ll never be able to do that again. I don’t think so, no I don’t think so. But when you’re doing that and that’s what you’re known for doing, that play, it’s kind of hard to replace that moment and live up to that moment. I’m not going to be able to go out there and do it over and over. I just kept the drive and just wanted to be a great player. I didn’t want to be defined by that one play, which I haven’t. I still have a lot more that I want to prove.
“I’ll never be able to do that again. Man, I just want to go out there and be a great football player. I got tired of the noise, talking about we’ll never hear from him again, lucky play and all that. I just used that as motivation to be a better player, and I always knew I’d be a good player in this league. I’ve still got a lot of work to do, and I’m looking forward to this season.”
|‘It Is What It Is’ podcast: Chris Price talks to salary cap expert Miguel Benzan about dollars and sense of succeeding in NFL||05.20.16 at 6:00 am ET|
In the new “It Is What It Is” podcast, Chris Price talks with capologist Miguel Benzan of Patscap.com about some of the biggest misconceptions about the NFL salary cap, why some media members don’t want to talk to him, the Patriots cap situation for 2016 and beyond, and the looming payday for the likes of Dont’a Hightower, Jamie Collins and Malcolm Butler.
|It Is What It Is Podcast: Chris Price talks to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network about Patriots offseason, Tom Brady, Deflategate, and rest of AFC||05.18.16 at 9:06 am ET|
In the latest edition of the It Is What It Is podcast, Chris Price talks with Ian Rapoport of NFL Media about the Patriots offseason, the major questions facing the team going forward, the health of receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola and the mindset of quarterback Tom Brady as he continues to fight Deflategate.
|Sean McDonough added to Monday Night Football, Randy Moss joining ESPN amid changes to football coverage||05.09.16 at 3:03 pm ET|
Significant changes are coming to ESPN’s football coverage.
Mike Tirico, who has voiced Monday Night Football since 2006, is leaving ESPN for NBC. He is being replaced by former Red Sox play-by-play man Sean McDonough, who will work alongside incumbent Jon Gruden.
That’s not the extent of the changes, however. According to The Big Lead, Mike Ditka will no longer be on ESPN’s Sunday Countdown program, though he will remain with the network. Cris Carter and Ray Lewis are reportedly done at ESPN, with The Big Lead reporting that Randy Moss will join ESPN after working for Fox Sports last season. Matt Hasselbeck and Charles Woodson are being added to ESPN’s Sunday coverage.
|Bill Simmons wants Tom Brady to fight Deflategate ‘until he’s 80′||05.07.16 at 2:24 pm ET|
Bill Simmons, forever in these parts ‘The Boston Sports Guy,’ joined Colin Cowherd on Fox radio on Friday and said that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady should fight Deflategate to the bitter end.
Simmons, who recently left ESPN and is starting a new venture at HBO, believes Brady is the target of a smear campaign. He bristled when Cowherd suggested that Brady should, “just let it go.”
“He got railroaded,” Simmons said. “It was a smear campaign. Why should he let it go? If someone did a smear campaign on you, would you let it go? Would you be like, ‘You know what, I’m going to take it. Somebody made something up about me. The general public thinks that I’m a cheater, and it hurt my marketability, it’s hurt my legacy, I’m going to let this one go.’ Why would he do that? I would be mad at him if he let it go. At this point, just keep going. I want it to keep going until he’s 80.”
Brady recently had his four-game suspension reinstated by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He’s currently appealing that decision, but if the entire court won’t hear it, his only recourse would be the Supreme Court, which is a longshot.
Simmons wants him to take it as far as he can. He rattled off the science he feels supports the contention that nothing happened, citing the Ideal Gas Law, and also noting that Brady has been convicted on general awareness as opposed to hard evidence.
“I think the whole thing’s insane,” he said.
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