|Tom Brady on paparazzi photos of him sunbathing nude: ‘It was a little invasive’||10.10.16 at 7:53 am ET|
Two weeks ago people got to see more of Tom Brady that they ever have before, as paparazzi photos of the Patriots quarterback sunbathing in the nude became national news.
— New York Post (@nypost) September 27, 2016
Brady, who was secretively photographed while on vacation in Italy with his supermodel wife, Gisele Bundchen, said he was not aware of the pictures until he returned stateside.
“I didn’t know until I got home,” he said during his Monday morning appearance on Kirk & Callahan. “That must have been from two miles away. There was nothing within … I mean, however long that lens was was … I mean, it must have been the closest thing was miles, miles away.”
Brady, normally very good about protecting his privacy, said the photos caught him surprise.
“It was a little invasive, you know, because you’re just on a holiday with my wife,” he explained. “But, like I said, until you have that experience you don’t know. And then when you have that experience you go, ‘OK, I’ll probably never do that again.’
“Normally I’m very aware of those things. Especially if you’re in New York City or something like that, they make it pretty obvious when they’re following you. But I didn’t necessarily think there was anybody there. You might say you live and you learn.”
Brady said he has not yet accepted that he can never have personal moments.
“Sometimes I think when you think there’s things that you’re just doing that are private, then they’re private,” he said. “Then in hindsight, until you have that experience you really don’t know. Again, it’s just one of those things you learn from.”
Added Brady: “I didn’t think my whole month [while suspended] would be documented, but I think that’s the world we’re living in.”
|Mike Lombardi on K&C: Tom Brady will ‘play under control’ in return from suspension||10.07.16 at 10:18 am ET|
NFL analyst Mike Lombardi, making his weekly appearance with Kirk & Callahan, predicted Tom Brady would have a good day Sunday in his return to the Patriots but warned against taking the Browns lightly. To hear the interview, go to the Kirk & Callahan audio on demand page.
With Brady returning from his Deflategate suspension, many are suggesting this will lead to a big day for the New England offense.
“I think he’ll play well. I really think Tommy will play good,” Lombardi said. “I don’t know if he’ll go nuts. I think he’ll just play good. I don’t think he’ll try to overextend himself and put himself in a dangerous position where he can turn the ball over. Look, the only way they lose the game is if they lose the game turning the ball over. I think he’ll be careful and he’ll play under control.”
The Browns come in at 0-4 and are starting their third quarterback, rookie Cody Kessler, following injuries to Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown in the season’s first two weeks.
“I think they’re a 45-minute team,” Lombardi said of Cleveland. “I don’t have power rankings, I break teams down [by] the amount of minutes they play really good football and then they kind of fall apart. And I think the Browns are about a 45-minute team.
“They run the ball. They have two running backs on the team that average over six yards a carry [Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson]. So they can run the football, they’re running game is really good. They’re able to make some plays offensively, [Terrelle] Pryor’s been outstanding. Cody Kessler, I think what you’ll see out of him is he’s playing his third game, he’s not a big man, he wears down, his arm strength isn’t great, he can’t really throw the ball down the field. I think this is a good game for the Patriots to prove that their defense can take a step up.
“Offensively [for the Patriots], look, they’ve played against this scheme a long time, going back to Dick LeBeau in Pittsburgh, and Brady knows it well, Josh McDaniels knows it well. They’ll move the ball on them. And I think the key is going to come down to the red zone, getting it in there.
“But this is not a game where you can take this opponent lightly, because as you said, they clearly could have beaten Miami. Washington’s defense isn’t very good, but [the Browns] moved the ball effortlessly on Washington, they just couldn’t finish drives. I think it will be a game where they’ll play hard and the Patriots are going to have to beat them.”
|Josh McDaniels on K&C dismisses rumor that Patriots aren’t happy with Jimmy Garoppolo: ‘I’ve never had a question of any of our players’ toughness’||10.03.16 at 10:48 am ET|
Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels checked in with Kirk & Callahan on Monday morning to dissect Sunday’s 16-0 loss to the Bills and discuss the team’s quarterback situation, with Tom Brady set to return from his four-game suspension. To hear the interview, go to the Kirk & Callahan audio on demand page.
McDaniels said it was not clear until “a few hours before kickoff” who would start at QB, as both Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett have been dealing with injuries.
“We were getting everybody ready to go, and those two guys certainly were involved in the preparation,” McDaniels said. “Anytime you’re dealing with the things that they’re dealing with, it really comes down to ultimately a medical clearance the day of the game. When we’re going through our meetings, our walk-throughs — and both of them were limited last week in practice to what they could do — the best thing you can do as a coach is try to prepare them to play as they’re cleared and have them ready to go mentally. And wherever they’re at physically, you try to manage that the best you can if they’re cleared to play. So that’s what we were doing. Our process was the same as it normally is.
“Then yesterday when I was told that that was the situation, that Jacoby would play and Jimmy would be inactive, then we move forward at that point with that scenario.”
Added McDaniels: “Both guys were involved in all of our meetings, all of our practices, all the practice films. They were both ready to go in terms of understanding the game plan and knowing exactly what we were going to ask them to do and how we were going to try to play the game. So there was no change at that point. Just the decision was made, and so Jacoby was up. We had a couple of final quick meetings about a couple of things and that was it.”
McDaniels dismissed the rumor that Bill Belichick is not pleased with Garoppolo’s willingness to tough it out and play through his shoulder injury.
“Jimmy worked hard to get ready to go all week,” McDaniels said. “I don’t have any knowledge of any of that stuff. I just know he was trying as hard as he could to prepare to play. And then yesterday they told me that Jacoby would be the starter.”
Added McDaniels: “I’ve never had a question of any of our players’ toughness.”
|Mike Lombardi on K&C: Patriots might be planning to play both QBs vs. Bills||09.30.16 at 10:16 am ET|
NFL analyst Mike Lombardi, making his weekly appearance with Kirk & Callahan, said the Patriots are justified in waiting to decide until shortly before game time who will start at quarterback against the Bills on Sunday. To hear the interview, go to the Kirk & Callahan audio on demand page.
Lombardi said the Patriots need to wait as long as possible to see if Jimmy Garoppolo can play through the injury to his shoulder.
“I don’t know if anybody can know that until Sunday,” Lombardi said. “I really don’t. And I don’t mean to be skirting the issue. But I think that Garoppolo is in such an iffy situation. I think Jacoby Brissett’s fine. I think whatever the rumors were about Brissett were wrong. I think Brissett’s fine, I think he can play. I think they probably tried to split reps [in practice].
“But I think the key’s going to be, it’s going to be windy on Sunday, can Garoppolo throw the ball all the way around the field, and how much pain can he tolerate. I don’t know if they’re really going to know that until Saturday — at least Saturday, or Sunday [after] another day of treatment. And if he can go, I would suspect he’ll go, but I have a feeling they’ll play both quarterbacks. … I don’t know if Jimmy’s going to be able to play for 60 minutes, and I don’t think they’ll want to risk that.”
Lombardi said this game likely will come down to New England avoiding mistakes and winning a low-scoring battle.
“They’re going to manage the game,” Lombardi said. “The first thing they’re going to do is not lose the game. So they’re going to protect the ball, not turn it over. And look, they’re not playing a juggernaut, they’re not playing the greatest offense on turf, So you’ve got to look at them and say, ‘OK, look, if we keep them in the pocket, if we don’t turn the ball over, if we don’t give up a big run, the game’s going to be in the teens.’ They’re not going to score very many points. So that’s how you have to approach the game plan: ‘Look, we’re not going to give up a big play down the field. If [wide receiver] Marquise Goodwin comes on the field, everybody on the sideline, play the deep ball. You’ve got to handle that. We’ve got to handle the down-the-field throws. Keep them in the pocket, don’t let them get out of the pocket.’
“It’s the law of inversion. This is what makes [Bill] Belichick so brilliant, is he operates under the Charlie Munger law of inversion. He asks what he must eliminate before he can win. And that’s what he does. They’re going to eliminate the big play, they’re going to stop the run, they’re not going to turn the ball over, and one of my pet peeves of all time is they typically are not going to get penalties on special teams.”
Following are more highlights from the conversation. For more Patriots news, visit the team page at weei.com/patriots.
On Rex Ryan: “I think he’s a really good defensive coordinator. As a head coach I think there’s a lot to be desired.”
On which team is second best in the AFC East: “The Jets are clearly the second-best team. Their defense is good. The Jets have no depth. That’s the problem with the Jets.”
|Josh McDaniels on K&C: ‘I have a lot of respect for Rex [Ryan], and what he says is usually the truth’||09.26.16 at 10:36 am ET|
Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, checking in with Kirk & Callahan on Monday morning, heaped praise on Bills coach Rex Ryan, who already has started talking tough as the teams prepare for next Sunday’s matchup in Foxboro. To hear the interview, go to the Kirk & Callahan audio on demand page.
After his Bills knocked off the Cardinals on Sunday, Ryan said he doesn’t care who starts behind center for the Patriots, his team will come at the QB regardless.
McDaniels took the high road.
“I have a lot of respect for Rex, and what he says is usually the truth,” McDaniels told K&C. “They’ll blitz, they’ll bring a lot of different packages each week to try to disrupt the quarterback, whichever team he’s playing. They obviously played very well yesterday against Arizona.
“We’re going to have to be ready for all that stuff, because he always keeps you on your toes, makes it difficult. Certainly one of the best defensive coaches that we’ll ever play against. His team played very well yesterday.”
With Jimmy Garropolo and Jacoby Brissett nursing injuries, McDaniels said it isn’t clear who will be calling signals next Sunday.
“I don’t know that. I haven’t seen them in a few days,” he said. “Hopefully all those guys continue to get better. We’ll see them tomorrow. Hopefully they’re all ready to go. That would be the goal, that would be the hope as we head into this week. But as of right now, I don’t know that.”
|Mike Lombardi on K&C: ‘Team won last night. Culture won last night. Chemistry won last night. That’s what won’||09.23.16 at 9:18 am ET|
NFL analyst Mike Lombardi made his weekly appearance with Kirk & Callahan on Friday morning, following the Patriots’ impressive 27-0 victory over the Texans, and defended his former boss Bill Belichick against accusations that he was pressuring Jimmy Garropolo to play in Thursday’s game. To hear the interview, go to the Kirk & Callahan audio on demand page.
Lombardi dismissed a report that Belichick was questioning Garropolo’s toughness because he was not able to play with a sprained AC joint he suffered in Sunday’s win over the Dolphins.
“Not even remotely close, OK?” said Lombardi, who was an assistant to the Patriots coaching staff last season and was an executive with the Browns alongside Belichick in the early 1990s. “First of all, I’ve known Bill since 1991, and his philosophy — as is mine — if a player’s not a hundred percent, if he’s 80 percent and you put him out there, you’re better off playing a backup.
“How can you make that statement when your whole emphasis is team? If you believe in team and you believe in the next man up, why would you ever pressure a guy? Why would you ever believe that? It goes counterintuitive to what your whole emphasis of the program is? It’s team. That’s what won last night. Team won last night. Culture won last night. Chemistry won last night. That’s what won.”
Lombardi wasn’t surprised the Patriots stuck with rookie Jacoby Brissett at quarterback rather than signing a free agent during the week, because adding a player on such short notice would be “wasting a roster spot.” The Patriots kept things relatively simple for the third-round draft pick because, “He just doesn’t have enough reps yet. So they’ve got to manage him and they’ve got to manage the game. Those are the challenges that come across,” Lombardi said.
|Josh McDaniels on K&C: Bringing in QB ‘not a thing we have to do,’ but experienced signal-caller ‘would surely help’||09.19.16 at 10:33 am ET|
Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels check in with Kirk & Callahan on Monday morning to discuss the team’s quarterback situation, including whether the team might bring in an emergency fill-in for the next couple of weeks. To hear the interview, go to the Kirk & Callahan audio on demand page.
The Patriots are down to their third-string signal-caller, rookie Jacoby Brissett, after Jimmy Garoppolo’s shoulder injury during Sunday’s 31-24 victory over the Dolphins. Assuming Garoppolo is out for a while — McDaniels said he didn’t know the extent of the injury, but he expected to learn more later Monday morning — there has been a lot of speculation about what the Patriots might do as they look to survive the next two games before Tom Brady returns from his suspension. McDaniels did not rule out bringing in a new player despite having a short week of preparation, with the Texans on their way in for a Thursday game at Gillette.
“We haven’t had this situation here a lot, but I’ve actually experienced it before,” McDaniels said, referencing a situation that occurred when he was offensive coordinator with the Rams in 2011. “In St. Louis we had guy we brought in a short week, actually on a Wednesday to play on a Sunday because we had a couple of freak things happen there. He had no experience in our system, and [we got] him ready to do the things we thought he could do. [He] went out there and did the best he could — it was Kellen Clemens — at the time.
“Experience in our system, I don’t know how many guys [are] out there that have it. There’s not many. But if somebody’s out there that does have experience in the system and we felt like that was the best alternative or the best option that we could get, that would surely help. But it’s certainly not a thing we have to do.”
McDaniels had some good things to say about Brissett, who completed 6-of-9 passes for 92 yards after being rushed into action late in the second quarter.
“Jacoby’s really a calm individual,” McDaniels said. “He’s been that way since we brought him in for his interview. We tried to put him under pressure when we first brought him in here before the draft. He didn’t flinch then. Really, he’s a guy that is very difficult to fluster. He’s young, doesn’t have much experience, obviously and is learning every week and every day. But I thought his poise and his composure yesterday showed. I didn’t feel like he was rattled on the sideline when it was his opportunity to get in there. I felt like he handled the huddle and the line of scrimmage from critical situations well, threw the ball accurately.
“That’s what we saw in the preseason. When we gave him an opportunity to play and do the things that he does well, he executed his job. And that’s really going to be the focus. If he’s out there playing then we’ve got to do a good job of putting him in position to do the things that he does well, and not worry about trying to do things that we wish we could do. If there’s something that we have to cater to a specific position, whether that’s a lineman, a tight end, a quarterback or a receiver because those are the things that they do well, then that’s what we’re going to try to do each week.”
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