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Mike Florio on Kirk & Callahan: Bill Belichick may be using Adam Schefter to increase Jimmy Garoppolo’s value 03.09.17 at 11:01 am ET
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Jimmy Garoppolo's future in New England promises to be a hot topic all offseason long. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Jimmy Garoppolo’s future in New England promises to be a hot topic all offseason long. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Last week, ESPN’s Adam Schefter sent shockwaves through the football world when he said the Patriots aren’t expected to trade Jimmy Garoppolo this year. In an interview with WEEI’s OM&F, Schefter doubled down on his report, saying he guaranteed Garoppolo would be with New England next season.

On Kirk & Callahan Thursday, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio said he doesn’t share Schefter’s certainty. While he thinks it’s possible Garoppolo could stay with the Patriots, he’s not ready to dismiss the possibility of a trade.

“It’s one thing to say, ‘I guarantee you that Garoppolo will be on the Patriots.’ It’s another thing to say they’re not expected to trade him,” Florio said. “When you say ‘not expected to trade,’ that very well may be true at the time, but a message that is being sent by Bill Belichick through Adam Schefter to the rest of the league that ‘I am not going to enter into any negotiations from a position of weakness. I am going to enter into those talks from a position of strength.'”

When informed about Schefter’s guarantee, Florio brushed it aside.

“I think that it’s a safe guess to make. What’s going to happen? Are they going to fire him if he’s wrong about that?,” he asked.

Later in the interview, Florio floated out his own Garoppolo theory. He says he can envision the 2014 second-round pick signing a contract extension with the Patriots and waiting to take over for Tom Brady –– even if it takes several more years.

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Rob Gronkowski’s workout routine is as wild as you imagined 03.08.17 at 4:17 pm ET
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If you want to work out like Rob Gronkowski, you need a lot of intensity –– and an apparent endless supply of electronic dance music (EDM).

In a video posted to his Instagram, Gronkowski gave everybody a peek into his rehab routine. The 27-year-old tight end is recovering from back surgery, at least his ninth operation since 2009.

Though he was sidelined for the Patriots’ victory in Super Bowl LI, Gronkowski has been front-and-center this offseason. He was the star of the Patriots’ parade and made a highly publicized appearance at the Daytona 500. This week, Gronkowski stopped by an elementary school, where he unleashed a special Gronk spike.

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Bill Polian says he had a first-round grade on Tom Brady. He’s almost certainly lying 03.07.17 at 3:55 pm ET
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It's safe to say Tom Brady is the best sixth-round pick in NFL history. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

It’s safe to say Tom Brady is the best sixth-round pick in NFL history. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

Maybe former Colts general manager Bill Polian did have a first-round grade on Tom Brady before the 2000 NFL Draft. But all discernible evidence says otherwise.

In an interview this week at the NFL Scouting Combine, Polian said he was “really high on Brady.” This statement correlates with comments he made to Sports Illustrated in 2015, when he was asked about which quarterbacks he would’ve drafted if Peyton Manning weren’t on the Colts.

“Well, Roethlisberger later on [in 2004]—we were really high on him. Aaron Rodgers the year after,” Polian said, via For The Win. “That’s the only name that comes to mind right away. And I don’t think there was a guy in between, but Tom Brady would have been a guy, and we were very high on him. Our guys really loved him, but we weren’t in the quarterback market, obviously. Those would be the guys I remember us giving solid, first-round, can-lead-you-to-a-championship grades.”

While it’s true the Colts weren’t looking for a quarterback in 2000, they still could’ve drafted one –– especially if they were so fond of Brady. Indianapolis’ final three picks in the 2000 NFL Draft –– center Matt Johnson, defensive tackle Rob Renes and cornerback Rodregis Brooks –– played a combined five games in the NFL. The Colts had a need for a backup QB in 2000 as well. According to the Football Database, the two pass-throwers behind Manning that season were Billy Joe Hobert and Kelly Holcomb. Indianapolis’ second-stringer quarterback in 2001, Brady’s first year as a starter, was 39-year-old Mark Rypien.

As the Patriots have shown over the last 15 years, it’s possible to draft a quarterback even if the No. 1  job isn’t open. They’ve selected eight QB’s since Brady took over under center, including Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round.

Considering Brady lasted until the Patriots took him with the No. 199 overall pick, it’s fair to surmise nobody was particularly high on him coming out of college. It’s laughable for Polian to say otherwise.

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Want to understand how Tom Brady thinks? Read his favorite book 03.06.17 at 1:58 pm ET
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"The Four Agreements" provides the ultimate insight into Tom Brady's mindset. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

“The Four Agreements” provides the ultimate insight into Tom Brady’s mindset. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

At the height of the Deflategate saga, Tom Brady turned to the work of a Mexican shaman. don Miguel Ruiz, who published “The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom” in 1997, is one of the guiding voices in the quarterback’s life. After one reads the book, it’s easy to see how Miguel Ruiz’s teachings influence Brady’s behavior.

Brady first mentioned his affinity for the self-help book in an interview with Dennis & Callahan in September 2015. He said it kept him grounded throughout that turbulent time.

“I read a pretty cool book about nine years ago that is kind of a mantra for my life,” Brady said. “One of the mantras in the book was ‘Don’t take things personally.’ Because a lot of times it’s not about you. It’s about how others may feel about themselves and not necessarily about me personally, Tom Brady.”

Shortly after the interview, “The Four Agreements” shot up the charts on Amazon. In it, Miguel Ruiz outlines four practices meant to help his readers achieve inner-peace and personal freedom. Throughout the 2016 season, whether he was faced Deflategate fallout or controversy over his friendship with President Donald Trump, Brady adhered to those cardinal rules. This is how he did it (quotes are taken from the book’s excerpted version, titled “Wisdom from The Four Agreements”):

Rule No. 1: Be impeccable with your word 

Key teaching: “Being impeccable with your word means using your energy in the direction of truth and love for yourself. If I see you in the street and I call you stupid, it appears that I’m using the word against you. But really I’m using my word against myself, because you’re going to hate me, and your hating me is not good for me. Therefore, if I get angry and with my word send that emotional poison to you, I’m using the word against myself.”

How it applies to Brady: While Tom Brady Sr. publicly condemned Roger Goodell in the lead up to Super Bowl LI, Brady largely kept his feelings about the commissioner to himself. According to Miguel Ruiz, nothing can be gained from speaking ill of others. All it does is fuel animosity, subtracting from our personal peace.

In this section, Miguel Ruiz also rails against spreading gossip. He relates the practice to a computer virus, saying misinformation can “break down communicating with people, causing every person it touches to become infected and contagious to others.” Perhaps this is the reason why Brady refused to criticize Trump, even when asked about the President’s salacious leaked “Access Hollywood” tape. He probably didn’t see any advantage to contributing to the conjecture about his friend.

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One movie director says Rob Gronkowski could be a star actor 03.03.17 at 10:10 am ET
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Rob Gronkowski reportedly wants to be a fixture on the silver screen. (Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports)

Rob Gronkowski reportedly wants to be a fixture on the silver screen. (Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports)

Earlier this year, the New York Daily News reported Rob Gronkowski wants to be an action movie star. One Hollywood director thinks silver screen fame is within his grasp.

In an interview with Bleacher Report’s Joon Lee, Andre Gordon, who directed Gronkowski in “You Can’t Have It,” an independently funded thriller set to be released March 17, says the Patriots tight end has the goods to succeed in Hollywood.

“How many people in life are 6’5″ and big? Whenever you have that type of size advantage, you can definitely carve out a niche for yourself on the screen,” Gordon said. “I could see him doing action comedies. He’s a funny guy, and he’s got a great spirit about him. I think he’d fit right in.”

Gronkowski made his acting debut two years ago with a cameo in the poorly received “Entourage” movie. He also played a small role in a Yahoo! movie called “American Violence,” which is currently sporting a two-star rating on IMDb. Judging by the trailer, it’s unlikely “You Can’t Have It” will enjoy much more critical acclaim than Gronkowski’s previous two endeavors.  According to IMBd, the film takes place in a bar where “drinking, sex and murder ensue.”

Even though Gronkowski only spent one day on set, Gordon says he was impressed by his preparation. It seems as if Bill Belichick’s tutelage has rubbed off on him.

“The expectation with any athlete was that they were just gonna come in, and it would be a fun day for them and not take a lot of interest in it,” Gordon said. “But I try not to keep any expectations. I try to be open. He plays for one of the greatest organizations in the history of sports with the greatest coach, so you have to be able to take direction and be able to follow through.”

The Boston Herald predicts the film will go straight to video, so Gronkowski may have to wait for his big Hollywood break. But still, this is a start.

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Bill Belichick is owning the offseason, and it’s all because he’s taking days off 03.02.17 at 9:50 am ET
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Bill Belichick seems to be enjoying himself this offseason. (Eric Seals/USA TODAY Sports)

Bill Belichick seems to be enjoying himself this offseason. (Eric Seals/USA TODAY Sports)

At the Patriots’ championship parade last month, Bill Belichick sent out a message to the masses. “No days off!,” he shouted, to thousands of people who took the day off.

But in the ensuing weeks since New England’s historic comeback win over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI, Belichick hasn’t followed his own decree, either. He’s been traveling from coast-to-coast, basking in the glow of perhaps his greatest victory yet. Usually, Tom Brady or Rob Gronkowski are the ones generating headlines for their offseason excursions. But this year, it seems like we’re in for the “Summer of the Hoodie.”

Less than 24 hours after the Patriots had hoisted their fifth Lombardi Trophy, Belichick was off to Manhattan for a visit with “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon. A couple of days later, he played a round at Pebble Beach, partnering with Ricky Barnes.

“I always say, if you’d have had the four of us out there today, you’d have thought it was four normal guys who play their weekend game, that BS and all,” Barnes told reporters after the round. “You could tell there’s the ‘coach’ in him. He always wants someone else who it’s their profession to reassure him. So we [Barnes and his older brother and caddie, Andy] kind of help him out with the yardage and where to go, and he trusts the line.”

While Belichick may be a little awkward on the golf course, he seems to be at ease aboard his new board, “VII Rings.” Two weeks ago, he was photographed lounging on the vessel, which was docked in Jupiter, Fla. Belichick donated his old boat, “V Rings,” to a public sailing center in Rhode Island, and left it stocked with beer.

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Bill Belichick donated his old boat, and reportedly left it stocked with beer 02.28.17 at 3:34 pm ET
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Last week, Bill Belichick was spotted lounging on his new boat, “VII Rings,” off the coast of Jupiter, Fla. But his old vessel, “V Rings,” is still docked in New England –– and contains some treats.

The boat is currently stationed at Sail Newport in Rhode Island, the region’s largest public sailing center. Belichick reportedly left behind his old New York Giants-engraved luggage tag, which is a cool item for football wonks. He also supposedly left a six-pack of beer in the refrigerator, which is a cool item for everybody.

Between his Pebble Beach excursions and Mara-a-Lago membership, it’s apparent Belichick is a more than a football cyborg. It seems as if he wants others to enjoy their time, too, considering he left beer on-board his old boat.

Or he forgot it. One of the two.

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