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Tim Hasselbeck says Deflategate subject John Jastremski is no longer with Patriots 10.17.16 at 8:59 am ET
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Tim Hasselbeck

Tim Hasselbeck

The conversation on the Kirk and Callahan Show Monday morning started with a debate about whether or not ESPN analyst Tim Hasselbeck was correct in his assessment of Deflategate.

But when it was suggested that he was wrong because equipment manager John Jastremski, one of the key subjects in the controversy, was still with the Patriots, Hasselbeck shot back with, “No, he’s not.”

Asked again if Jastremski was indeed no longer with the team, Hasselbeck reiterated, “Nope.”

The former Boston College quarterback wouldn’t elaborate on the matter, only following up with, “I’m not getting into that guy’s personal situational.”

As for the other key Patriots employee in the Deflategate situation, Jim McNally, Hasselbeck said he had no information on his status. “I don’t know about McNally’s situation.”

Both Jastremski and McNally were reinstated by the Patriots at the beginning of the 2015 season after initially having their jobs suspended while the Deflategate investigation unfolded.

Tom Brady talking Bengals on Kirk & Callahan: ‘Their whole game is just to hit you’ 10.17.16 at 8:37 am ET
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Rob Gronkowski and Votaze Burfict mixed it up on Sunday. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Rob Gronkowski and Votaze Burfict mixed it up on Sunday. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

While the Patriots improving to 5-1 with their win over the Bengals was obviously a big deal, so were some of the confrontations between the teams throughout Sunday’s contest.

Most notably was Bengals’ linebacker Vontaze Burfict’s hit on Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett, who was tackled by the defender right at the receiver’s knees. Later in the game, Rob Gronkowski would be flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct after getting into a heated exchange with a flurry of Bengals.

Appearing on the Kirk and Callahan Show Monday morning, Tom Brady suggested the tone wasn’t out of the ordinary for when teams play take on Cincinnati.

“You have to deal with that sometimes, too. I think we were dealing with that most of the day,” Brady said. “I haven’t seen [the Burfict hit], so I’m sure I’ll have some different thoughts …”

Brady went on to suggest that the best course of action against teams like Cincinnati is to live to fight your battles later, while prioritizing the ultimate payback: winning on the scoreboard.

“Their whole game is to just hit you,” Brady said. “They may not be the quickest team out there on the field, but a guy like Burfict or [Rey] Maualuga, but if they can line you up they’re going to try and take your head off and that’s why they have a good defense. We’ve played a lot of defenses like that over the years. They are big, physical defenses and that’s their trademark. I think when you’re playing those teams you have to understand, especially that they are playing a lot of zone coverage so with zone coverage they can all drop back, read the quarterback and break on the throw. They have more guys on the ball who are ready to hit you, where if it’s man to man there’s usually one guy there to make the tackle. With zone, there’s usually two guys on the side of the recovers and one guy on the receiver, so you have three guys closing on the ball.

“I do tell our guys, ‘Look, we have to be smart with how much we’re trying to gain here. The more we’re trying to gain, the more you stop, you cut back and now there’s four guys in pursuit. It does no good if you play three games and then you’re out for three more games, then you play two more games and you’re out for two more games. You have to make those smart decisions … You want to be out there for every game, that’s how I’ve always looked at it. You want to be durable, and part of being durable is decision-making. Especially when you’re a 190-pound receiver and you have a 250-pound line back, there’s only so many hits you’re going to be able to take.

“It always gets kind of chippy with the Bengals. They’ve had a history of that with particular players on their team and it just kept going back and forth. Gronk’s making a bunch of good plays on them, and I’m sure they didn’t like it. I would rather us not take those. I would rather be poised, get back to the huddle and make them pay on the scoreboard. But sometimes in football it just happens.”

Brady, however, stopped short of suggesting the Bengals were a dirty team.

“I think they play a tough, physical style and when they hit you, they hit you hard. I don’t say ‘dirty’. I’ve never said that about any team,” he said. “It’s football. It’s a physical sport. Some teams play more physical than others. The trademark of that team is to read the quarterback, break on the ball and hit hard. That’s how it’s been for a long time. That’s how they build their team. They have two safeties who are 220 pounds. They have big, physical linebackers. They have big corners and a huge D-line. They have a lot of good players. The best way to make a statement is always to play well, execute well, score points and win the game, because that’s what they are there for.”

Tom Brady insists on Kirk & Callahan Show he likes absolutely everybody, maybe even Roger Goodell 10.17.16 at 7:51 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)

Some eyebrows were raised when Tom Brady offered a one-on-one interview with ESPN following the Patriots’ win over the Bengals Sunday. It was the network, after all, that seemingly went out of its way to side with the NFL during the entirety of the Deflategate controversy.

But, appearing on the Kirk and Callahan Show, Brady clarified his approach when it comes to picking and choosing which media outlets he may, or may not, be holding a grudging against now that his four-game suspension is over.

“I haven’t thought about that much. I do know a lot of things are asked to do on a weekly basis. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t,” Brady said. “I wouldn’t say I’ve done a ton of things over the years. Even going back to five or seven years ago, I’m not somebody you see a lot of the Sunday Night Football’s prelims and stuff like that. I do try and conserve my energy, I’ll say that. I realize I need my energy for my team and my teammates. The more you do the less time you have to prepare. Sometimes it takes five minutes, but when there are five things that are asked of you that are five minutes it becomes a lot longer than that. I’m just kind of playing it by ear to be truthful.”

He then added, “I really have tried to move on. Things are just in the past with me. I’m just trying to move on. I think that’s how I look at it. There have been so many people who have been so great to me over the years and I’ve had so many people who have supported me as a player for 17 years. I’m a very positive person I think for the most part. I just try and live my life that way. I kind of like everybody. Even you don’t really like me, I kind of like you. That’s the way I am.”

Asked if he ever held past actions against anybody, Brady explained, “If I hold a grudge it bothers me more than it bothers the person.”

So, there isn’t anybody Brady doesn’t like?

“No,” he said.

Then came the ultimate test: How about somebody with the initials “R.G.” (Which was obviously a reference to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.)

“I don’t think about it,” Brady said softly.

Kirk & Callahan interview: Tom Brady offers insight into his relationship with Donald Trump 10.17.16 at 7:22 am ET
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Tom Brady (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Tom Brady (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

The topic of Tom Brady’s relationship with Donald Trump has been routinely brought up ever since the real estate magnate announced he was running for President of the United States.

Monday morning, during his weekly interview with the Kirk and Callahan Show, Brady took anoather step forward in clarifying how he viewed the controversial Trump.

“I met him probably 15, 16 years ago,” Brady said. “We’ve played golf together many, many times and I’ve always had a good time with him. He’s been a friend of mine. He’s supported our team. He’s supported the Patriots. He’s been on the Patriots sideline a lot. He’s always called me after games to encourage me over the course of 15 years. That’s kind of the way it is.”

And while Brady once again wouldn’t reveal which presidential candidate he was going to vote for, the quarterback did confirm he was no going to be sitting Nov. 8 out.

“Yeah, I’ll vote,” he said. “Maybe we’ll talk about it after Super Tuesday or whatever it is.”

Of course, the Trump storyline came up with Brady once again last Wednesday when the Patriots’ QB was asked about some of the candidate’s comments. Brady didn’t answer the question, simply thanking the media and walking off the podium.

Monday, Brady further explained his thought process when responding to the Trump question.

“It’s just the way it is right now,” he said. “Obviously there’s a lot of headlines to make, and I’ve tried not to make a lot of headlines. I’ve been in an organization where we’re taught to say very little, we have respect for our opponents and we don’t do the trash-talking. The thing I’ve always thought is I don’t want to be a distraction for the team. That’s what my goal is. Not that there are things I’ve said and done that haven’t been, but you try not to be. It’s just hard enough to win and prepare without the distractions so when you start having the distractions it’s even harder to prepare. You try to do the best that you do. I don’t hold grudges on anybody, I never have. I think because I use a lot of all those things that have happened to me over the years as motivation. Like people saying I could never go to college and play quarterback. You’ll never play at Michigan. You’ll never play in the NFL. You’ll never sustain a career in the NFL. I think those things have been helpful, so why should I be mad.”

Donald Trump wants Tom Brady to speak at Republican National Convention 06.11.16 at 4:33 pm ET
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Donald Trump wants Tom Brady to speak at the Republican National Convention. (Glenn Russell/The Burlington Free Press via USA TODAY)

Donald Trump wants Tom Brady to speak at the Republican National Convention. (Glenn Russell/The Burlington Free Press via USA TODAY)

Tom Brady still hasn’t said whether or not he is supporting Donald Trump for President of the United States. But it sure looks like the presumed Republican nominee is banking on it.

Speaking at a rally in Richmond, Va., Friday, Trump said he hopes to include a group of athletes to speak at the RNC.

Some of the names of sports figures the candidate said he has the support from are Brady, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Nascar chief executive Brian France and Dana White, the president of Ultimate Fighting Championship.

According to the New York Times, Trump identified the potential wave of non-politicians at the event in Cleveland as “a winner’s evening,” adding, “Our country needs to see winners. We don’t see winners anymore. We have a bunch of clowns running this country. We have people who don’t know what the hell they’re doing running our country.”

The Republican National Convention is scheduled to be held in Cleveland, July 18-21.

Jenny Dell to serve as sideline reporter for Patriots-Vikings 09.08.14 at 7:03 pm ET
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Former NESN Red Sox sideline reporter Jenny Dell is slated to serve as the sideline reporter for the CBS Sports broadcast Sunday when the Patriots visit the Vikings in Minnesota.

Dell is in her first season working with CBS Sports, joining the broadcast crew that features Dan Fouts and Ian Eagle.

The trio spent Week 1 of the NFL season broadcasting the Steelers’ win over the Browns in Pittsburgh.

Bernard Pollard calls entering into Patriots history once again ‘just a coincidence’ 01.21.13 at 12:06 am ET
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Bernard Pollard managed to add to his already-lengthy history with the Patriots in his Ravens’€™ 28-13 AFC championship win over the Patriots on Sunday night in Foxboro.

Pollard was first introduced into Patriots lore when his tackle of Tom Brady in the 2008 season-opener ended the quarterback’€™s season due to a torn knee ligament.

Then, in ‘€™10, the safety was credited with the tackle when Wes Welker tore up his knee in the final game of that season.

Last year it was a tackle of Rob Gronkowski in the AFC title game, hampering the tight end heading into the Super Bowl with a high ankle sprain.

This time, Pollard left his mark via a fourth-quarter hit of Pats running back Stevan Ridley with 12:55 in the game and hosts trailing by eight. The head-to-head tackle forced a game-changing fumble, while driving Ridley from the game with a head injury.

‘€œIt’€™s just a coincidence, I guess,’€ said Pollard when asked how he keeps finding himself involved in these Patriots’€™ injuries.

Talking about the specific hit to Ridley, which ultimately resulted in another Baltimore touchdown four plays later, Pollard said, ‘€œHe got loose and for me as a safety, and for us as safeties, our job is to take down a guy. If you get to our level we have to hit you and I got a chance to kind of unload. In the moment we’€™re competitive, but right now we have to hope he’€™s OK.’€

The Ridley fumble would be reviewed, but referee Bill Leavy upheld the decision, handing the Ravens the ball at New England’€™s 39 yard-line.

‘€œWhat I saw was the receiver was going to the ground, had both legs off the ground, no body part was on the ground,’€ said Leavy in a pool report. ‘€œThe ball hit his knee and dislodged from his hand before the rest of his body hit the ground, therefore it was a fumble and we confirmed it.’€

‘€œThis is what it’€™s about, playing football, going out there hitting hard,’€ Pollard added. ‘€œWe know what we signed up for. Anybody can drop on any play. It’€™s just about going and executing. When it’€™s all said and done, we want those guys to be OK and I hope [Ridley] is good.’€

While Pollard was fairly diplomatic when it came to discussing the latest of his controversial plays against the Patriots, he was a bit more pointed when asked about Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’€™s slide at the end of the second quarter.

Brady finished off a three-yard run by sliding down the Baltimore 7 yard-line in front of Baltimore safety Ed Reed. At the conclusion of the play, the QB lifted his leg, allowing for Brady’€™s foot to hit Reed in the upper-leg.

‘€œYou have to keep them legs down,’€ Pollard said. ‘€œWe all know and understand what’€™s going on. As a quarterback when you go to slide we’€™re taught we can’€™t do anything. We kind of run it off. But when you come sliding, with your leg up in the air trying to kick somebody, that’€™s bullcrap. We talked to the ref. They saw it. You can’€™t deny it.’€

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