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Tom Brady pays tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. with social media video 01.16.17 at 5:40 pm ET
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On Monday, Tom Brady took time to pay tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. on social media.

The quarterback posted a video both to his Facebook and Instagram with the caption: Find your blueprint and follow it.

Click here to see the video.

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Antonio Brown reportedly could be fined for Facebook Live video 01.16.17 at 5:35 pm ET
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Antonio Brown reportedly could be fined for his Facebook Live video. (Jay Biggerstaff/USA Today Sports)

Antonio Brown reportedly could be fined for his Facebook Live video. (Jay Biggerstaff/USA Today Sports)

Although Antonio Brown’s Facebook Live video has been deleted, the damage is already done.

Following the Steelers’ win over the Chiefs, Brown posted a video from the locker room lasting well over 17 minutes. Within the video coach Mike Tomlin calls the Patriots a-holes.

It drew the attention of the Patriots, most notably Julian Edelman, who said it shows how the Steelers are run.

Bill Belichick also responded and responded in typical Belichick fashion.

“Yeah, as you know I’m not on SnapFace and all that, I don’t really get those,” he said on Dale & Holley with Rich Keefe. “I’m just really worried about getting our team ready to go. I’m not really too worried about what they put on InstantChat, or whatever it is.”

Not only did it get the attention of the Patriots, it also may get the attention of the league.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Brown violated the league’s social media policy, as it prohibits players from posting messages on any social media platform 90 minutes before kickoff through postgame interviews. As a result, Brown may be fined for what happened.

The Steelers will travel to New England for the AFC title game this Sunday night.

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Bill Belichick on D&H responds to Steelers’ Facebook Live video: ‘I’m not really too worried about what they put on InstantChat’ 01.16.17 at 4:46 pm ET
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Bill Belichick responded to the Steelers' Facebook Live video as only he could. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Bill Belichick responded to the Steelers’ Facebook Live video as only he could. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined Dale & Holley with Rich Keefe on Monday to look ahead to the AFC championship game against the Steelers. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.

After their win over the Chiefs Sunday night, Steelers receiver Antonio Brown posted a Facebook Live video, which has since been deleted, inside the locker room where coach Mike Tomlin was captured calling the Patriots a-holes.

Belichick was asked for his thoughts and responded in typical Belichick fashion.

“Yeah, as you know I’m not on SnapFace and all that, I don’t really get those,” he said. “I’m just really worried about getting our team ready to go. I’m not really too worried about what they put on InstantChat, or whatever it is.”

The coach was asked if the Patriots have any rules on social media in the locker room, but he remained focused on Sunday’s game.

“We’re really just focused on trying to play well and win this week. The AFC championship game is really what it is about,” Belichick said.

As for the Patriots getting a head start on game planning by way of playing Saturday night, Belichick didn’t offer much on that, either.

“When the games are scheduled we show up and play them,” he said. “We don’t have anything to do with the schedule. When we’re supposed to be there, that is when we’re there.”

New England will be facing a confident Steelers team, as they have won nine games in a row. They are led by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le’Veon Bell and Brown.

Belichick knows the Patriots defense will have its hands full.

“Well, Roethlisberger looks good,” he said. “He’s as healthy as I’d say we’ve seen him all year. He didn’t play in our game, but going into that game he wasn’t quite the same. Last night he had a play, first I thought was a quarterback draw, but it wasn’t. He just missed a hand off, but took the ball and ran it up the middle with what looked like a draw play he turned it into a quarterback draw. His ability to move around is good. Not sure that’s been like that in other games we’ve played him. He certainly looks mobile and can extend plays. That’s always a bad thing for the opponents.

“Bell is a special guy. He is really hard to tackle. Great runner. Good vision. Very patient. Has a real good burst through the hole. Brown is a top receiver in the league. Great punt returner. Big play guy in the passing game, but as a catch and run player he is equally dangerous like we saw in the Miami game — take a slip screen, take an under route, catch a ball two or three yards down field and turn it into a 60-yard touchdown. Those three are elite players. They can hurt you in a lot of different ways.

“They have a good receiving group. They have good tight ends. The offensive line is big, physical and they do a great job in the running game. They do a great job protecting Roethlisberger, so it’s a very high-powered offense. Very explosive. They can do a lot of damage in different ways.”

CLICK HERE FOR THE COMPLETE BELICHCK INTERVIEW

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Julian Edelman on OM&F: Antonio Brown Facebook Live video from locker room is ‘how that team is run’ 01.16.17 at 1:35 pm ET
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Julian Edelman said there would never be a Facebook Live video from the Patriots locker room. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Julian Edelman said there would never be a Facebook Live video from the Patriots locker room. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Julian Edelman joined Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Monday to preview Sunday’s AFC title game against the Steelers, while also addressing the Facebook Live video surfaced from their locker room after the game. To hear the interview, go to the Ordway, Merloni & Fauria audio on demand page.

Following taking down the Chiefs on Sunday night, Antonio Brown posted a long Facebook Live video from the locker room (it has since been deleted). The video captures head coach Mike Tomlin calling the Patriots a-holes when saying they will have more time to prepare for the game.

Edelman said he caught clips of the video.

“Hey, people have different rules,” he said. “That’s how that team is run. I personally don’t think that would be something that would happen in our locker room, but hey whatever. Some people like red and some people like blue. Some people like tulips and some people like roses, whatever.”

Added Edelman: “Hey man, I wouldn’t do that so I personally — I wouldn’t do that. Let’s just say that and I’d be more worried about just trying to celebrate with my teammates and keeping it internal.”

The receiver understands why Tomlin would say what he said given the teams will be meeting in a huge game Sunday to decide who goes to the Super Bowl.

“Hey, we’re one of their competitors,” Edelman said. “We’re about to be stacked up against each other. I mean when you were a kid and you were playing against another kid he wasn’t your friend, so like I said it is what it is. I am not going to be worried about what they are saying, I am going to be worried about what they are doing. I am going to be worried about my week of prep and what I have to do to out and contribute for this team.”

As for the game itself, the Steelers have won nine straight games. Many believe their defense is weak, but the fact of the matter is they have allowed 16.5 points per game over the nine-game win streak.

“Their defense is good,” Edelman said. “Let’s call a spade a spade here. They have a lot of speed, athleticism, they are young. Coach Tomlin is going to have them with their eyes pinned back trying to come out — they swarm, they play a lot of different stuff. They have some veterans in key positions that know football, been in the situations, been in this atmosphere. They’ve won on the road in the playoffs so they have confidence. Any time you have stuff like that man, it’s going to be a battle.”

TO LISTEN TO THE ENTIRE JULIAN EDELMAN INTERVIEW, CLICK HERE

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Dont’a Hightower on OM&F responds to Mike Tomlin calling Patriots a-holes: ‘Is that supposed to hurt my feelings?’ 01.16.17 at 1:00 pm ET
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Dont'a Hightower responded to the Steelers' Facebook Live video. (Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports)

Dont’a Hightower responded to the Steelers’ Facebook Live video. (Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports)

Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower checked in with the Ordway, Merloni & Fauria show on Monday to look ahead to Sunday’s AFC title game against the Steelers. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.

Following the Steelers win over the Chiefs Saturday night, Antonio Brown posted a Facebook Live video (which has since been deleted) from the locker room.

In the video coach Mike Tomlin is captured calling the Patriots a-holes when discussing how they will have an extra day to prepare for the game.

Hightower didn’t see the video, but was told what was said in it.

“I don’t care,” he said. “Is that supposed to hurt my feelings?”

Hightower and the Patriots defense will have their hands full Sunday with running back Le’veon Bell, especially with his patient running style. Since Week 10, he has an insane 1,565 yards from scrimmage.

Even with his different running style, Hightower said he won’t change the way he plays.

“I don’t have to switch to stop it, but he does a really good job with his patience,” he said. “He lets his linemen do a good job of climbing up over the top of the linebackers and he does a good job of getting those guys to shift in one direction and he takes the gap and he shoots it.”

Bell ran for 81 yards on 21 carries in the previous meeting between the two teams this year.

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TO LISTEN TO THE ENTIRE HIGHTOWER INTERVIEW, CLICK HERE

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Josh McDaniels confirms he is staying in New England, won’t take 49ers head coaching job 01.16.17 at 11:41 am ET
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Josh McDaniels will be staying with the Patriots. (Ron Chenoy/USA Today Sports)

Josh McDaniels will be staying with the Patriots. (Ron Chenoy/USA Today Sports)

Josh McDaniels is staying in New England.

The Patriots offensive coordinator interviewed with the Rams, Jaguars and 49ers last weekend and every job has been filled besides the 49ers job.

On Sunday night, it was reported he was conflicted about taking the job, or staying in New England, but he won’t be taking the job after all.

“I was really impressed with Jed York and Paraag (Marathe) and Brian (Hampton), the people that came from the 49ers organization,” McDaniels said on a conference call Monday. “They did a great job with their presentation. I was humbled to be included in that process. At this time it’s just best for my family and myself to remain in New England and focus on this year’s playoffs and finish out the year however it turns out.”

McDaniels previously was a head coach with the Broncos in 2009, but was fired after 12 games in the 2010 season. He was with the Patriots from 2001-08 (last three as offensive coordinator) before returning to the team in the same position in 2012.

“I’ve always said how grateful I am to have this opportunity to work here with Mr. Kraft and his family, and coach under Bill with a lot of great guys on our staff, and to have the privilege to get to work with the players that we work with each day,” McDaniels said. “It’s a great opportunity. I’m very thankful to be here, and very much looking forward to this week against Pittsburgh.”

Given head coaches don’t typically get three chances in the league, he needs to make sure the job he takes is the right one and given his situation in New England, he will likely always have his choice of where he wants to go. The 49ers could have been viewed negatively because it’s all the way across the country and the organization having three coaches in 24 months.

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Tom Brady on K&C: ‘It’s going to be a tough game’ vs. Steelers 01.16.17 at 9:27 am ET
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Tom Brady

Tom Brady

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on Kirk & Callahan Monday morning to discuss Saturday’s win over the Texans and also to look ahead to Sunday’s AFC championship game against the Steelers. To hear the interview, visit the K&C audio on demand page.

The Patriots beat the Texans 34-16 on Saturday night, but it wasn’t one of the better performances of the season. Brady threw two interceptions and had his lowest completion percentage ever in a playoff game at 47 percent. (He took responsibility for his first interception when he led Michael Floyd too far.)

“Yeah, I said after the game the overall execution just wasn’t as good as we would have liked,” Brady said. “There were a lot of good plays that were made and there were plenty of bad ones. It was just inconsistent by us. We’ll talk about that pretty much all week. We’ll try and play a lot better against Pittsburgh next week.”

The quarterback said he stayed up to watch all of the Steelers-Chiefs game Sunday night and knows it will be a tough game Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

“Yeah, I did. I wanted to watch the end of it,” he said. “It was a good game. It was two hard-nosed, tough football teams that battled all the way to the end. It was a good game. I think that is what you expect this coming week. I feel like we are a tough, hard-nosed football team. Certainly, we know the Steelers are. They have a lot of tough guys. They run the ball well. Ben [Roethlisberger] is an incredible player. They have a lot of good skill players and they’ve always had a great defense. It’s going to be a tough game.”

On Saturday night, Seattle safety Earl Thomas and former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis went after Brady on Twitter. This didn’t seem to bother the quarterback.

“I don’t think I have ever been one to say anything negative about anybody,” he said. “That’s just not my personality. I love Earl. He is a helluva player. I wish him the best in his recovery.”

“We had a lot of battles with Ray on the field,” Brady added on Lewis. “I would love to make sure the officials are paying close attention because if we can get one of those 15-yard penalties, those are important.”

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