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Brandon Browner breaks down difference between Richard Sherman and Darrelle Revis 01.28.15 at 6:57 pm ET
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Brandon Browner has helped spark the Patriots secondary to new heights with a physical style of play. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Brandon Browner has helped spark the Patriots secondary to new heights with a physical style of play. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

CHANDLER, Ariz. — Darrelle Revis and Richard Sherman are considered the two best cornerbacks in the NFL. They’ll be playing on the game’s biggest stage Sunday.

They’ve shown over the course of their careers that they are both great but play the game with different approaches.

How are they different? Let someone who’s played with both explain.

“We play a lot more man to man over in New England,” Brandon Browner said Wednesday. “They play a lot of cover three in Seattle. [Sherman] plays to his leverage, knowing where help is coming from. He is a cerebral football player and so is Revis. Revis, he just has a nice balance about his game. It never seems like he takes a false step left or right. His game is pretty smooth and polished. It seems like he isn’€™t running as hard as the guy he is covering. The guy he is covering always seems like he is sprinting and (Revis) kind of has a jog about his game.”

Browner admitted he doesn’t watch them during games because he’s busy with his own responsibilities.

“€œI haven’€™t learned too much, but I do watch them because I am a fan of the game,” Browner said. “I do like to compare and contrast things that I do good and things that they do good. I can’€™t say I learned too much. We kind of talk to each other, both guys, we kind of bounce ideas off each other.”

Much was made of Browner saying he would go after the injured elbow of Richard Sherman this week. But he reiterated Wednesday that statement was taken out of context since reporters don’t have a personal understanding of his friendship with Sherman.

“I couldn’€™t have drawn it up any better,” Browner said. “Those guys are my best friends. It is a blessing to be in this game with those guys.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Mike Petraglia, Chris Price talk Darrelle Revis, Richard Sherman, Rob Gronkowski from Phoenix 01.28.15 at 6:28 pm ET
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PHOENIX — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Day 3 of Patriots Super Bowl week in Phoenix, including the latest on Darrelle Revis, Richard Sherman, LeGarrette Blount, Rob Gronkowski and Bill Belichick.

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Darrelle Revis on his contract limbo: ‘I’ve just got to make the best of it’ 01.28.15 at 6:14 pm ET
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Darrelle Revis speaks with reporters during his first Super Bowl week. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Darrelle Revis speaks with reporters during his first Super Bowl week. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

CHANDLER, Ariz. — With reports from both his camp and the team that the Patriots are ready to let him play out his $20 million option next season, Darrelle Revis said Wednesday he just has to take it as it comes.

“Just experience, growing as a professional athlete and not really focusing on off-the-field situations or my off-the-field situations,” Revis said. “I feel like I’€™ve got a great team behind me, and they do a great job of where I need to be or where I want to go. I mean do I want any of the attention? No, but at the same time, this is how my career has been panning out. I’€™ve just got to make the best of it.”

It was thought as late as the end of the season (when Jets owner Woody Johnson forgot he was signed through 2015) that the Patriots would never let Revis play for that money and would try to re-negotiate an extension. That feeling apparently has changed for the time being.

If the Patriots pick up the option, does he like his chances for a better deal somewhere else after the 2015 season?

“It’€™s very risky to take that chance, but I believe in myself,” Revis said. “I have faith in myself, in what I bring to the table, in how I prepare and just me overall as a person. This is what I love. This is what I do. If I don’€™t believe in myself, who will?’€

Revis said again Thursday that while financial details are important, the Super Bowl is what his ultimate goal has always been.

“This is where I always wanted to be. It took eight years,” Revis said. “In New York it was two back-to-back AFC Championship games that we failed to win, and that was it. After that I tore my ACL. I had to worry about other things and focus on my health. It’s a sigh of relief, but this is the biggest game of this year. It’s great to be a part of it.”

Revis and Richard Sherman are considered the best two corners in football. The showcase game is the showcase for the two stars.

“It’s great to have that stage but it’s not about me going up against him. We’re not on the field together,” Revis said. “He’s a great player. He makes plays all the time.”

As for Sherman’s personality?

“I guess that’s him. I don’t really have an opinion,” Revis said. “That’s him.”

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Vince Wilfork says Bill Belichick has gotten ‘a little softer’ over the years 01.28.15 at 3:31 pm ET
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Bill Belichick speaks Wednesday at Patriots Super Bowl headquarters. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Bill Belichick speaks Wednesday at Patriots Super Bowl headquarters. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

CHANDLER, Ariz. — If you think Bill Belichick is cold as ice, Vince Wilfork would like to change your mind.

Wilfork has known Belichick for 12 years. The Patriots coach he knows now is a little different from the taskmaster that drafted him in 2004 out of Miami.

“Yeah, I’€™ve seen the difference in Bill in the 11 years that I have been here and I tell him he is getting soft,” Wilfork said Wednesday. “But this is a different era of football now with how the team is shaped up and how a lot of guys are younger guys. You don’€™t really have that veteran team that he used to have. When I first came in the league, he had a veteran team that didn’€™t take much to get those guys going.”

Those veterans included defensive players like Rodney Harrison, Tedy Bruschi, Mike Vrabel and Ty Law. What’s impressed Wilfork has been the ability of Belichick to roll with the flow and adapt to a very different NFL from the league Wilfork entered in 2004. Wilfork says Belichick realized he needed to rely more on younger players due to the economics of the league.

“But if I have to say anything, I think over the years he got a soft heart,” Wilfork said. “But he’€™s more understanding now. I think when you get so used to having a certain quality of players and it changes, it’€™s hard for you to adapt to change. And I think Bill had to do a good job of that ever since I’€™ve been in the league because we’€™ve changed so much. We were a veteran team, it was a younger team, at one point we were the youngest team in the league.

“So I think he had to try to find the identity in what works for that team. And I think he’€™s done a great job over the years of doing that. But at the end of the day, he is still Bill. He coaches the same way. He demands everything the same way. But I think he’€™s got a little soft heart now. Over time, he got a little softer though.”

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Bill Belichick says there’s ‘a little extra level there’ with Rob Gronkowski 01.28.15 at 3:22 pm ET
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CHANDLER, Ariz. — Bill Belichick may have to motivate some players but that’s never been an issue with Rob Gronkowski.

The Patriots coach Wednesday gave the tight end props for the way he’s battled back from numerous injuries that slowed him between 2011 and 2013. The sprained ankle hindered his 2011 Super Bowl against the Giants. His broken forearm kept him out of the 2012 AFC championship and a torn ACL forced him to miss the 2013 AFC title game.

Belichick hinted Wednesday that Gronk’s enthusiasm and love of the game has been one of the factors in helping him get back on the field to such a high level.

“Rob always has a great energy and enthusiasm for the game, is always ready to go, loves to practice, loves to work, works hard in the weight room, competes well all the time,” Belichick said. “You never really have to get on Rob and go, ‘€œYou know, that wasn’€™t your best,’€ or that kind of thing. He’€™s always out there working hard. But I do think that being said, there’€™s maybe just a little extra level there, just like what you referred to. Coming back multiple times, he’€™s come back from various setbacks, and I think the fact that it’€™s gone well, that he continues to feel better and better each week.”

As Gronkowski pointed out Wednesday, there are those who underestimate his intensity for the game because he’s portrayed as a partier. But Belichick knows better. The coach said there’s not a harder worker on the team than No. 87.

“I think that certainly any time you either lose something or go without something for a little while, you have that appreciation when you’€™re able to regain it or even possibly move up to a little bit higher level, which I would say probably is the case with him. His hard work and diligence in all areas from training to technique to just a lot of little things.

“And I think that he and (tight ends) Coach (Brian) Daboll have a great relationship and Brian’€™s done a great job with all of our tight ends, but obviously Rob in particular. But there are a lot of little coaching points that ‘€“ things that Rob does better now than he did a year ago or two years ago. Part of that’€™s experience, part of that’€™s just a little bit better understanding and harder work on those little things ‘€“ they become big things. But, you know, in the end, the credit goes to Rob. He works hard, he competes well, he listens, we tell him to do something and he really tries hard to do it. I have tremendous respect for Rob and the way he goes about his job.”

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Bill Belichick references Christian Peter in praising Robert Kraft’s morals 01.28.15 at 2:43 pm ET
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Robert Kraft has his team in a sixth Super Bowl. (Getty Images)

Robert Kraft has his team in a sixth Super Bowl. (Getty Images)

CHANDLER, Ariz. — At first, Bill Belichick hesitated in answering the question posed to him Wednesday morning about a new domestic abuse prevention ad that will air while his team is playing in Super Bowl XLIX Sunday.

But then he recognized an opportunity to pay respect to both the seriousness of the issue and the work owner Robert Kraft and his late wife Myra did in promoting a non-tolerance of domestic violence.

“I mean, the advertising and all that, that’€™s not really my field,” Belichick began. “But we certainly support the league’€™s efforts in that area. We’€™ve always done that with our team. That’€™s always been a priority. It’€™s been a priority for (owner) Mr. Kraft.”

Belichick’s relationship with Kraft didn’t begin in 2000 as head coach. He was the assistant head coach under Bill Parcells in 1996, the same season that the Patriots drafted Christian Peter in the fifth round from Nebraska.

Just a month before the draft, Peter was convicted for the eighth time in seven years, for grabbing a woman’s throat in a Nebraska bar. The pick set off a firestorm of criticism from the Boston media and Myra Kraft, wife of the Patriots owner. After learning more about Peter’s violent history, the Patriots relinquished the rights to Christian only a week after the draft. The team said that Peter’s behavior was “incompatible with our organization’s standards of acceptable conduct.”

Belichick recalled that decision and the impact it made on him.

“Going all the way back to 1996, the first year I was with the Patriots, we had an incident in the draft that’€™s well documented. So it’€™s always been that way for us, for our organization, and obviously we support everything in that area. But what the league decides to do relative to things like that, you know, it’€™s not really my pay grade.”

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Vince Wilfork says he would ‘take family over football any day’ 01.28.15 at 2:32 pm ET
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Vince Wilfork has his sights set on his second Super Bowl ring. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Vince Wilfork has his sights set on his second Super Bowl ring. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

CHANDLER, Ariz. — This may be the Super Bowl but Vince Wilfork speaks like a man with perspective.

Asked Wednesday about how he keeps things together in his busy life, Wilfork said finding the right balance is the key to everything.

“It benefits me because it keeps everything in perspective for me,” Wilfork said. “I wouldn’€™t have football if it wasn’€™t for my faith or my family. That’€™s one of the things that I always lean on when things get rough, when things get tired, when I really don’€™t want to practice, have got to do this, when my body is feeling like this. (If) I have a bad day at work, I go home and see my family. My kids, they’€™re so innocent. The only thing they want to do is play, they want to tell me about school.”

Perspective and perseverance is something Wilfork has been through a lot this year, overcoming an Achilles injury from 2013 and pulling a trapped woman from an overturned SUV after the AFC championship.

“It kind of puts everything in perspective when you look at it because no matter what I’€™m going through in life, I can always go home and have that feeling that I’€™m not a loser or that I’€™m not this or I’€™m not that. And that’€™s the luxury of having a good family. That is one thing I cherish the most.

“Everybody who knows me knows how I feel about my family. I would take family over football any day. My family and faith, I would take it over football any day. But I’€™m lucky to be at the level I’€™m at just because of what I’€™ve accomplished just because of my family and my faith and being dedicated to what I do and that’€™s football. Without them, I wouldn’€™t be who I am and I understand that and I cherish those moments with my family and my faith and my friends. I cherish all of that.”

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