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Tom Brady explains Patriots’ blueprint: ‘When it comes to our team, you’re brainwashed’ 01.23.17 at 8:16 am ET
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Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have had quite a run. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have had quite a run. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports)

It has become one of professional sports’ greatest accomplishments.

The run of success the Patriots have experienced during the time Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have led the organization continues to be a marvel. The latest example was the ticket punched to participate in the franchise’s NFL record ninth Super Bowl.

So, how have they done it?

Making his weekly appearance on the Kirk & Callahan Show, Brady offered an interesting look at the blueprint for his team’s unprecedented success.

“I would say in general on our team we have a sign on our wall that says, ‘Doing the right thing for the team when it might not be the right thing for you.’ That’s just putting everything aside. Ignoring the noise, the positive things people may be saying about you, or the negative things people may say about you. Just believing in yourself and not making excuses. There’s always an excuse you can build into why you lose a game. We’re only playing on six days rest. We have this person hurt. Or we didn’t get that call. There are a million of them, and they’re all built in and you can pick them all off before the game,” he said.

“I think our coach does a great job of never buying into the B.S. He never makes it about one player. He never makes it about one play. He never makes it about one call, or one situation. It’s all about all of us collectively trying to do the best thing we can for the team to try and help us win. He never lets his foot off the gas pedal. So when it comes to our team, you’re brainwashed. That’s just the way it goes. You need everybody, and in this era in football with players changing teams and so forth, it’s so great to be able to see guys who come from other places, then come to our program, and experience it. They may not get all the accolades that they may have gotten at their old place. But to see the smile on their face when we win. It’s like, ‘Man, we’re playing meaningful games in December and a first-round bye, division game, AFC championship and now we’re going to the Super Bowl.’ It makes it all worth it. I think that pretty much sums it up.”

The Patriots’ next step? Break yet another record in claiming their fifth Super Bowl win.
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Tom Brady on what he might say to Roger Goodell: ‘Maybe I’ll tell you after’ 01.23.17 at 8:03 am ET
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Tom Brady and Roger Goodell. (John Camporeale/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady and Roger Goodell. (John Camporeale/USA Today Sports)

Perhaps the most powerful storyline for the Patriots heading into Super Bowl LI? Roger Goodell.

And that’s why Tom Brady was asked during his weekly appearance on Kirk & Callahan Monday morning if he had thought about what he might say to the NFL commissioner if the two meet following a Patriots Super Bowl win.

“Hopefully we’ll finish the deal. Hopefully we can finish it off and we’ll see. Maybe I’ll tell you after,” Brady said. “But I don’t want to get into winning something before we’ve won it, because it’s going to be hard to win this thing.”

Goodell wasn’t in attendance for the Patriots’ AFC championship win over the Steelers Sunday, instead watching the Falcons beat the Packers in the NFL championship.

Typically, the commissioner wouldn’t present Super Bowl trophy the quarterback immediately after the game, but has typically presented the game’s MVP his award the day after. (To read more on the protocol, click here.)

Brady said he didn’t hear chants of “Goodell!” when asked after the win over the Steelers. Some of the quarterback’s teammates, however, didn’t mind touching on the topic.

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Tom Brady offers new insight to relationship with Donald Trump, recent phone call 01.23.17 at 7:17 am ET
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Tom Brady. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

When Tom Brady was asked last week about Donald Trump’s declaration that the Patriots quarterback had offered a congratulatory phone call the day before the presidential inauguration, the quarterback’s response was minimal.

Appearing on the Kirk & Callahan Show Monday morning, Brady relayed more detailed thoughts on both the communication, and where he stands with Trump.

“I’m a pretty positive person, so I don’t want to create any distractions for our team and so forth,” Brady said. “I just try and stay positive and actually this world could use a little more positivity. Everything’s not great in this world and everything is not great in life. But if you try and take a positive approach … I try to do that. I try to do that in practice. I try to do that with my team. I try to do that with my family. That’s how I go about life. I don’t like negativity. I don’t like a lot of confrontation. Those things don’t make me feel very good. I wouldn’t be a good talk show host.”

Brady was subsequently asked what the negative aspects of his life might be.

“I wouldn’t even tell you what those things would be,” he said. “There’s nothing for me to complain about. I don’t have any complaints. I’m a human being like every other person. I have family, and the same things that every family goes through. Life is good and it’s very precious. You have different things in life that keeps things in perspective of how precious life is, things that happen with your family and your friends. I’m very blessed to have support and love and to do what I love to do, and for that I’m very grateful.”

Then, for clarification sake, the quarterback was offered the opportunity to confirm or deny the phone call in question.

“I have called him, yes, in the past. Sometimes he calls me. Sometimes I call,” Brady said. “But, again, that’s been someone I’ve known. I always try to keep it in context because for 16 years you know someone before maybe he was in the position that he was in. He’s been very supportive of me for a long time. It’s just a friendship. I have a lot of friends. I call a lot of people.”

And just when it appeared the conversation regarding Trump and the phone call was taking a turn elsewhere, Brady jumped back in.

“Why does everybody make such a big deal? I don’t understand it,” he added.

That brought back the topic of his relationship with the new President.

“I don’t want to get into it, but if you know someone it doesn’t mean you agree with everything they say or they do. You have a lot of friends in your life,” Brady noted. “I think there are things that are based in your own dealings with someone that is a personal dealing, not a public dealing. Because you have personal experiences.”

Brady was reminded that at least part of the controversy was due to his friendship with a very public figure that has taken stances which many might believe the QB wouldn’t want to be associated with.

“I don’t believe in a lot of things,” Brady said. “Not to denounce anything. There are different things … I’ve known Gerry [Callahan] for a long time and I would consider, I don’t know friends, but would be very cordial if I saw you and I think we would have a lot of things to talk about. I don’t agree with everything. That’s fine, right?

“I just don’t want to be a distraction for our team. There are too many guys that are working hard in one direction to help us win games to help us get to the point where we are now. You just don’t want to be a distraction. There are too many distractions in life.”

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Colin Cowherd offers most insane Tom Brady take yet 01.17.17 at 8:38 pm ET
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Heading into the AFC and NFC championship games, everybody is trying to find an angle. Colin Cowherd found a doozy.

The Fox Sports Radio host is suggesting that if the Patriots lose to the Steelers Sunday, Tom Brady’s tenure in New England could very well come to an end.

His reasoning? Brady has been subpar in two straight postseason games and Jimmy Garoppolo is a good backup. So there you have it.

“If Pittsburgh wins this game and Brady is average, you’re darn right Kraft and Belichick are having that, ‘Let’s have lunch and talk,'” Cowherd said.

What we can’t see in the video if Cowherd’s co-host, WEEI.com alum Kristine Leahy, is rolling her eyes during the radio guy’s proclamation. (After her months of training while working at Guest St., we’ll assume that she was.)

Wondering what Tom Brady drinks on sidelines? It’s not Mountain Dew 01.02.17 at 9:49 am ET
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Monday morning reminder: As far as Tom Brady is concerned “sugar” is a four-letter word.

All we know of the liquid Tom Brady can be seen guzzling down on the sidelines during games is that it’s light green. Outside of the color, the contents were a mystery … until Gerry Callahan asked the quarterback what the drink contained during Brady’s weekly interview on the Kirk & Callahan Show.

In case you wanted a definitive description of those electrolytes, we turn to Dictionary.com (click here for definition)

eletrolytes

One visit to the TB12 online store, and you will get more evidence that Brady LOVES his electrolytes! (Click here to go to the store’s home page.)

TB12

With NFL coaching vacancies now defined, Josh McDaniels Sweepstakes kicks into high gear 01.01.17 at 10:46 pm ET
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Sunday started with some teams already looking for next season’s coaches, and a few rumors suggesting the list of openings would be growing by day’s end.

Now we have that list.

Buffalo, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Denver.

So, with the six jobs now identified, Albert Breer of The MMQB reported that the Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels’ name has already officially surfaced with at least three teams.

Using the information at our disposal, here is a crack at ranking the best potential fits for McDaniels:

1. San Diego: You have Philip Rivers and a decent defense. McDaniels also went to college with Chargers GM Tom Telesco at John Carroll.

2. San Francisco: Out of conference, and the ability to bring in his own quarterback.

3. Los Angeles: Jared Goff has talent at QB, and Todd Gurley might actually find his 2015 self.

4. Jacksonville: Being locked into Blake Bortles isn’t a drawing card.

5. Buffalo: Having to rely on Tyrod Taylor, EJ Manuel and Cardale Jones, along with coaching in the AFC East, doesn’t make this a likely landing spot.

6. Denver: Not going to happen.

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What coaching rumors involving Gary Kubiak, Chip Kelly, Chuck Pagano might mean for Josh McDaniels 01.01.17 at 12:19 pm ET
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Josh McDaniels' future continues to be the talk of the NFL. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Josh McDaniels’ future continues to be the talk of the NFL. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

With the annual Black Monday less than 24 hours away, a flurry of rumored head coaching shakeups with various organizations surfaced Sunday morning.

Perhaps the most shocking is a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Broncos’ head coach Gary Kubiak will likely step down due to health concerns. Kubiak has had health issues the past, suffering what he often refers to as a “mini-stroke” while with the Texans in 2013.

Other coaching rumblings emanating from Schefter include a report that both Chip Kelly and his general manager, Trent Baalke, are likely out in San Francisco. Kelly does have three years left on his contract, but has suffered through a 2-13 season in his first go-round with the Niners.

San Francisco would be the first NFL team to fire coaches in back-to-back years since it did it back in the 1976-77 seasons.

Another possible change might also come in Indianapolis, where owner Jim Irsay is getting antsy. While Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reports it is likely Chuck Pagago — who signed a four-year extension last year — will remain, one of Patriots’ fans least favorites executives, GM Ryan Grigson, could very well be gone.

So why should New England football fans care about all of this (other than the obvious satisfaction taken with the Grigson rumors)? Because they want to know where Josh McDaniels is going to be next year.

As Chris Price and Pete Sheppard pointed out on NFL Sunday (click here for the conversation), the Denver news really shouldn’t mean much when trying to decipher McDaniels’ next move. He isn’t likely to have another go-round with the Broncos.

The Niners, however, should be an intriguing conversation. With the heat CEO Jed York will be taking for moving on from his second coach in as many years, McDaniels would represent the biggest and best name on the coaching market and be an easy sell for that organization.

From McDaniels’ standpoint, the uncertainty at the quarterback position could be a deterrent. But at least he would be able to find his own quarterback without any strings attached, thanks to Colin Kaepernick being on the outs. That wouldn’t seem to be the case in some of the other potential landing spots such as Jacksonville, Buffalo or Los Angeles.

As for Indy, that would obviously instantly be a favorite for McDaniels, in large part because of the presence of Andrew Luck. But odds are that Pagano isn’t going anywhere.

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