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Bills defensive assistant coach Rob Ryan: ‘Bring [Bill] Belichick on. We got him’ 05.27.16 at 10:14 am ET
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Coaching with his brother Rex, Rob Ryan feels the Bills can beat Bill Belichick and the Patriots. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

Coaching with his brother Rex, Rob Ryan feels the Bills can beat Bill Belichick and the Patriots. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

Rex Ryan hasn’t been afraid to poke at Bill Belichick and the Patriots over the years, and now his brother Rob is joining in.

Rob joined the Bills this past offseason as a defensive assistant and within a long interview with MMQB along with Rex, Rob took aim at Belichick and the Patriots.

At the end of the interview the Ryan brothers were discussing their dad and how he’s struggling health-wise, but they hope he can make it through a few more seasons.

“He’s not going to be able to watch us coach for much longer, I don’t think,” Rob said. “But hopefully he can see this one, because we have got big plans. Bring Belichick on. We got him.”

Going into this season, the Patriots have won 23 out of the last 25 meetings between the two teams and the last loss was the final game of the 2014 season and had no impact on playoff seeding so the Patriots rested the majority of their players.

It wasn’t all shots at the Patriots and Belichick as Rob noted he worked under Belichick for four years and learned a lot, but still feel the Bills can take New England down.

“All the respect in the world for Bill Belichick,” Rob said. “That was fantastic training working for him for four years, and I learned a ton. Look, he is the No. 1 nemesis of every coach in this league. So it’s not just Rex. Now, I think if you ask their offensive staff, the worst they ever play is against Rex. People say, ‘well, he hasn’t beat them [nine out of the last 10] tries.’ Yeah, well, he has beat the hell out of that offense. I am sure the respect is mutual.

“But I know one thing, we are going to beat them. We are together, we’re going to beat the best. It’s two against one. Him one on one against any coach in the league, that guy is pretty damn good. And he’s also got his best buddy Tom Brady with him. He trained him, and he single-handedly made him great as well.”

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Chris Berman reportedly retiring from ESPN after 2016 season 05.26.16 at 10:02 pm ET
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ESPN's Chris Berman reportedly will retire at the end of the 2016 season. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

ESPN’s Chris Berman reportedly will retire at the end of the 2016 season. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

ESPN’s football coverage will see some significant changes this coming season — and it won’t be the only year with a change.

According to The Big Lead, Chris Berman will retire from ESPN after the 2016 season.

Berman has been with ESPN since 1979 and his contract is up after this season. Instead of looking to join another network, he will retire at age 61.

The report adds the network has already begun to plan Berman’s send-off as he’s one of the longest tenured employees the company has.

As for potential Berman replacements, the two names mentioned in the story were Trey Wingo and Suzy Kolber.

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NFL disciplines Ravens for breaking rules during rookie minicamp 05.26.16 at 6:58 pm ET
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The NFL has come down against the Ravens.

Earlier this month, the Ravens held rookie minicamp practices in pads, which is against NFL rules. On Thursday, the NFL imposed the discipline against the organization and coach Jim Harbaugh.

As a team, they have to forfeit one week of their organized team activities, which had been scheduled June 1-3. In addition, the team was fined $343,057 and Harbaugh was fined $137,223, according to ESPN’s Jim Trotter.

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Roger Goodell reaffirms NFL’s role in concussion research 05.26.16 at 6:37 pm ET
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Roger Goodell reaffirmed the league's commitment to concussion research. (Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports)

Roger Goodell reaffirmed the league’s commitment to concussion research. (Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports)

On Thursday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter obtained a letter Roger Goodell sent to the owners and presidents of the NFL’s 32 teams where he emphasized the league’s commitment to the treatment of head injuries and independent medical research.

Following is the complete letter:

As discussed during our recent meeting, the NFL has a unique responsibility and opportunity to drive change and advance progress in the prevention and treatment of head injuries. That is our unwavering commitment to our players, former players, athletes at all levels, and society more broadly.

At the core of that commitment is your continued and robust support of independent medical research, including the $30 million contribution to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for scientific research on concussion and head injury. I want to reaffirm in the strongest possible terms my comments to you during the league meeting and my public statements this week reaffirming the NFL’s commitment to the NIH of the $30 million in grant funding we pledged to accelerate scientific understanding of concussion and head injury. There was no consideration given to anything other than honoring that commitment in its entirety.

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Report: 3 NFL owners unhappy with Robert Kraft following amicus brief filing supporting Tom Brady 05.26.16 at 6:29 pm ET
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Robert Kraft

Robert Kraft

According to Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole, three NFL owners have expressed “extreme disappointment” in Robert Kraft and the Patriots after they filed an amicus brief on behalf of Tom Brady and the NFLPA in the quarterback’s appeal of the Second Circuit pertaining to his four-game Deflategate suspension.

Cole says the owners view the move by the Patriots and Kraft as a publicity stunt to get more fans back on their side. He adds the owners don’t believe Kraft was serious with the filing as it goes against commissioner Roger Goodell’s ability to punish players and undermines the league’s CBA.

One owner told Cole if Kraft thought it mattered he and the team wouldn’t have made the filing.

The Patriots filed the amicus brief on Wednesday supporting Brady and the NFLPA.

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5 takeaways from Patriots’ amicus brief supporting Tom Brady, NFLPA against NFL 05.25.16 at 4:03 pm ET
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The Patriots filed an amicus brief supporting the NFLPA against the NFL with Deflategate. (Kevin Jairaj/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots filed an amicus brief supporting the NFLPA against the NFL pertaining to Deflategate. (Kevin Jairaj/USA Today Sports)

On Wednesday, the Patriots filed an amicus brief supporting the NFLPA in their case against the NFL pertaining to Deflategate in the Second Circuit. The purpose of the brief is to encourage the Second Circuit to rehear the case.

Here are a few takeaways from the brief:

1. The brief, written by Patriots attorney Daniel Goldberg who is behind the Wells Report in Context, noted the impact the ruling has on the team. “Under the existing 2-1 decision, the Patriots stand to lose their All-Pro quarterback for 25% of the upcoming regular season based on a severely flawed process,” Goldberg wrote. “But the impact of the majority opinion is not limited to professional football. It threatens to undermine vital principles governing arbitration of collective bargaining agreements throughout the national economy.”

2. It also attacked commissioner Roger Goodell saying he treated Brady’s appeal “not as an appeal but as a continuation of the investigation.” Goldberg wrote: “The Commissioner made new findings and shifted the basis for his discipline of Mr. Brady in a decision from which Mr. Brady then had no appeal rights.” It also noted Paul Weiss didn’t allow Brady to see the notes of its interviews with NFL officials who observed the halftime testing of footballs in the 2014 AFC title game.

3. Goldberg went on to attack the Wells Report. “In short, the Commissioner relied on the Wells Report,” he wrote. “The Wells Report relied on Exponent’s ‘conclusion’ that science did not explain the PSI of the Patriots footballs. Exponent based that conclusion on assumptions from Paul Weiss. Those assumptions could only be tested by having access to the interview notes sought in discovery. The Commissioner refused to allow that discovery.”

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Patriots take on NFL, file amicus brief supporting NFLPA’s appeal of Tom Brady’s suspension 05.25.16 at 3:00 pm ET
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The Patriots are going at the NFL.

On Wednesday the team filed an amicus brief supporting the NFLPA’s appeal of Tom Brady’s suspension in the Second Circuit. This is a legal brief against NFL and its legal position.

One of the footnotes in the brief states: From the outset of this matter the League’s conduct reflects less than a search for the truth than pursuit of a pre-determined result and defense of a report, which despite no direct evidence of tampering or Mr. Brady’s involvement, was relied on to impose penalties with no precedent or correlation to the alleged defense.

The last time an NFL team took such action against the league was Al Davis and the Raiders, ESPN’s Adam Schefter notes.

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