|Tom Brady, Roger Goodell showdown to be open to media||07.31.15 at 8:01 pm ET|
There will be no hiding from the media or spinning of the truth needed when Tom Brady and Roger Goodell sit down on Aug. 12 in New York.
According to Raffi Melkonian, an appellate lawyer with a Fifth Circuit appellate practice, the hearing will be open to reporters.
While a court stenographer was on hand for the Brady appeal hearing with Goodell on June 23 at NFL offices in New York, reporters were not allowed inside the room with the parties and their attorneys.
That led to leaks from presumably both sides as to how the hearing went, with Adam Schefter initially reporting that Brady came off looking “A-plus” kind of guy.
That was countered the next day with a report that Brady was “not entirely credible” and that not much had changed in the eyes of the NFL.
So who will win? You can be the judge.
By the way, that settlement conference, unless something happens, will be *public*. Real reporters? Make your plane reservations!
‘ Raffi Melkonian (@RMFifthCircuit) July 31, 2015
|Jerod Mayo just taking it ‘one day at a time’ after 2 straight season-ending injuries||07.31.15 at 3:03 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Jerod Mayo kept it short and sweet with the media on Friday. After enduring season-ending injuries in the midst of his last two seasons, he’d rather let his practice and playing time do the talking.
Mayo’s 75-second session with reporters after Day 2 of training camp began with an observation that he must be excited to speak publicly with many of the media on hand for the first time since a season-ending patellar injury to his right knee last Oct. 12 in Buffalo.
“So excited,” said with a wry smile.
In a bit of very encouraging news, Mayo, along with Chandler Jones and Dont’a Hightower progressed far enough in the offseason to avoid being place on the active physically unable to perform list. This is a major step forward after an offseason dedicated to recovery.
“Just rehabbing, staying around here and enjoying time with family and trying to get back to work,” Mayo said of his offseason. “Obviously, I’m just taking it one day at a time. I’m just trying to get better each and every day.”
In 2013, Mayo had his season end on Oct. 13 when he tore his pectoral muscle against the Saints in mid-season.
In the midst of his media scrum, Mayo was interrupted by teammate Devin McCourty. “Make way for some special guests,” McCourty said.
|Report: NFL, Union ask Federal Court to resolve Brady case by start of season||07.31.15 at 2:07 pm ET|
At least the NFL and NFLPA can agree on one matter in the Tom Brady Deflategate saga.
Both sides have proposed to Judge Richard Berman to find a “final resolution” to the matter before the 2015 NFL season begins.
In a letter to Berman, who sits on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, lawyers for the two parties requested the matter be expedited to Sept. 4, six days before the Patriots open the season on Sept. 10 against the Steelers at Gillette Stadium.
“The NFLPA and Mr. Brady had intended to file a motion for a temporary restraining order or a preliminary injunction,” the parties wrote in a document obtained by CBSSports.com. “However, the parties met and conferred and have agreed that a final resolution of this matter prior to the commencement of the 2015 NFL regular season would be in everyone’s best interest.”
The two parties proposed the following schedule:
- Aug. 7: NFLPA and NFL cross move to vacate and confirm the suspension
- Aug. 14: Both parties file “respective papers” in support of those motionsThe two sides would then schedule a date for oral arguments that would “enable a decision to be rendered by Sept. 4, when Brady’s team must prepare for its first regular season game.”This is significant since it would avoid an injunction to allow Brady play, while, presumably, a suspension or other discipline is negotiated.
|Julian Edelman on Tom Brady aerial banners: ‘It’s pretty funny, actually’||07.31.15 at 1:43 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Another day, another aerial banner over Patriots training camp.
Friday, on Day 2 of camp practice, another plane flew a banner over Patriots camp at Gillette Stadium. But unlike Thursday’s “Cheaters Look Up!” banner purchased by a Jets fan website, this one was in support of Tom Brady and the Patriots.
The banner read: “New England Aerial Ads support Tom Brady. Go Pats.” One thing that was the same as Friday were the loud cheers of support from Patriots fans and the “Brady, Brady, Brady” chants from many of the approximately 10,000 in attendance.
“It’s pretty funny, actually, to see those type of things,” Julian Edelman said. “It’s awesome to hear the fans, how they support everything. Ultimately, our minds are on just trying to get in here and get to work and mold our team. So, that’s what we’re thinking about.”
Edelman said there is no chance that head coach Bill Belichick and the coaching staff will allow the players to be distracted.
“Truthfully, you look up and [then] hear the whistle and you have to get to the next period,” Edelman said. “So, coach is over here yelling at us to run to over to the next period so you can’t even really think of it. Coach always has his tactics to keep us in the game.
“Our leader, Coach Belichick, always reminds us that it’s not about the future; it’s about what’s on our plate right now and what’s on our plate right now is going out and trying to get better each day in training camp. He’s been around a very long time as he always says, around this league, so you’re going to trust what he says and just try to continue to get better each and every day.”
|Bill Belichick isn’t thinking about revenge: ‘It’s not the time for it’||07.31.15 at 10:44 am ET|
FOXBORO — Bill Belichick says he’s not worried about exacting revenge on the rest of the NFL.
The working theory in the wake of Deflategate is that the Patriots coach would try to fire up his team and blow out the competition, much in the same way they did in 2007 after the Spygate scandal.
But Belichick insisted Friday before Day 2 of camp that that is the furthest thing from his mind.
“Right now, I’m really focused on what we’re doing today, not thinking about the past, not last week, not last year, not some other year,” Belichick said. “We have to prepare our team for the opener and a 16-game regular season schedule. We can’t do a lot of that right now. It’s not the time for it.
“I’m not going to worry about next month, next year, six years from now, six months from now or anything else. I know that’s real important to everybody else but it’s really not very important to me. It’s not really important to our football team. With all due respect, it’s not something I think about, I care about though that seems to be really important to everybody else. It’s just not on our radar.”
Belichick addressed a number of other topics, including his reaction to Day 1, which ended with a vocal correction toward the end of camp on special teams.
“Definitely underway after getting going yesterday with everybody out there,” Belichick said. “I think it was a first step. We made some corrections yesterday and try to build on that this morning and build on what we did yesterday. Just keep going here. We have a long haul, long way to go, one step at a time. We just keep trying to grind it out, put one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward. I think these guys have a good attitude, trying to get better, trying to do what we tell them to do, try to make the corrections. Hopefully, we’ll be able to string some days together that are good and keep getting our team ready.”
|Jimmy Garoppolo not concerned with Tom Brady suspension: ‘We’re not really looking that far ahead’||07.30.15 at 4:29 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Tom Brady may have had his four-game suspension upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday but Brady’s backup says that has no impact on him – at least, not yet.
Asked if he thinks he’ll be ready to start the season if he’s needed, Jimmy Garoppolo said Thursday that he needs to concern himself with one practice at a time.
“We’re not really looking that far ahead,” Garoppolo said after the first training camp practice of the summer. “I don’t think anyone is. It’s the first day of training camp; got out here with the guys and it felt good to get out here with all of them.”
Garoppolo and Brady split the snaps fairly equally on Thursday while third quarterback Matt Flynn was not taking active part as he is on the non-football injury list. Garoppolo said he’s talking to Brady but not too much since Brady is busy trying to get ready himself.
“There’s tons of stuff you try to learn. You don’t want to ask too many questions because he’s got a job to do, too, so you kind of want to see it from afar,” Garoppolo said. “See what he does, see how he does it and just put it towards your game, really.”
How important are the mental reps as he waits behind Brady as he’s taking snaps?
“Very important. It’s training camp and we’ve only got two of us [quarterbacks] right now, so we get a little more reps than usual, but your reps are limited so when you’re not in there you’ve got to take the mental reps and take advantage of when you are in there,” Garoppolo said.
Brady didn’t speak Thursday (and likely won’t for a while). But Garoppolo was asked his initial reaction to the Brady suspension being upheld since it directly affects his role on the team.
“Right. You know, not much of a reaction to it, really,” he said. “Just stayed focused on what I can control and what I’m trying to learn right now and improve on.”
Garoppolo is as close – at least physically – to Brady as anyone on the team. Has he seen any change in Brady’s demeanor and behavior under the pressure of Deflategate?
“I’m just focused on myself, really, to be honest,” he said.
Garoppolo was actually asked by some intrepid reporter whether he likes his footballs “hard or soft” and whether he has a “preference” on his game balls. He simply said, “no.”
|Bill Belichick will not engage in Tom Brady discussion: ‘We talk about today’||07.30.15 at 1:36 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Bill Belichick was in predictable form Thursday.
Asked to expand upon Robert Kraft’s comments from Wednesday and the uncertainty facing quarterback Tom Brady, Belichick said he was only ready to focus on getting prepared for the first day of practice.
“Right now we’re preparing for today, practice today,” Belichick said.
But that didn’t stop the line of questioning.
Q: But you have to think ahead, right? How do you plan for that?
“Right now we’re practicing for today,” Belichick repeated. “That’s all I’m thinking about. I’m not thinking about a month from now, a year from now, 10 years from now, six months from now. I’ll leave all that up to you guys and the experts. Just today.
Q: Do you find any sign of distraction or is getting to the field a welcome avoidance of distraction?
“Today we’re doing what we always do. We’ll prepare for practice and we’ll go out there and practice and evaluate it and make corrections and move on to this afternoon and tomorrow. It’s training camp,” he added.
Belichick was asked about whether he needs to remind players that last year’s Super Bowl season is in the past.
“We don’t talk about last year. We talk about today,” Belichick said. “Again, I’m not really worried about some other year or some other time. I’m trying to do the best I can to get our team prepared today to have a good practice, to take another step forward in our preparation so that we’ll be able to stay on schedule and do what we need to do tomorrow and the following day.
“That’s really what I’m worried about. I’m not living in the past or dreaming about something in the future. I’m trying to do a good job with our team today, and that’s what each of our players should be doing as well is making the most out of this opportunity that’s right in front of us because that’s the only thing we can do anything about.”