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Tom Brady backing idea of Jim Harbaugh as new Michigan coach 12.29.14 at 3:48 pm ET
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In the wake of his interview with WEEI Monday morning where he expressed excitement about the possibility of Jim Harbaugh becoming the new head coach at his alma mater, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady took to Facebook Monday afternoon to apparently give Harbaugh another boost.

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NFL Black Monday roundup: Jim Harbaugh reportedly heading to University of Michigan at 11:26 am ET
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Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers parted ways Sunday night, and how he's reportedly heading to the University of Michigan. (Don Feria/Getty Images)

Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers parted ways Sunday night, and how he’s reportedly heading to the University of Michigan. (Don Feria/Getty Images)

It’s officially Black Monday in the NFL with a number of coaches and general managers already being let go — less than 24 hours after the regular-season ended.

— It all began Sunday night when Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers mutually parted ways. Harbaugh had one year remaining on his five-year, $25 million contract. He ends his tenure in San Fransisco with a 49-22-1 record, including a Super Bowl appearance in the 2012 season.

In a move that has been talked about for weeks now, it seems almost a certainty that Harbaugh will be the next coach at the University of Michigan. ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting the school plans to announce the hire on Tuesday.

— The Jets officially fired both head coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik on Monday.

Ryan lasted six seasons in New York, going 50-52 (including the postseason). The Jets rallied around him Sunday in their win in South Florida against the Dolphins.

“After extensive thought and reflection about the current state of our football team, this morning I informed Rex Ryan and John Idzik that they will not be returning for the 2015 season,”€ owner Woody Johnson said in a statement. “€œBoth Rex and John made significant contributions to the team, and they have my appreciation and gratitude for their efforts and commitment. Over the years, Rex brought the Jets a bold confidence and a couple of great postseason runs, which all of us will remember.”

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Tom Brady on D&C: ‘We’ve just got to play better’ at 7:08 am ET
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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning, following Sunday’s 17-9 loss to the Bills, and talked about his approach to the regular-season finale and the playoffs. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Brady played the first half of Sunday’s meaningless game as the Patriots rested a bunch of players in preparation for the playoffs.

“It was nice to see the other guys get an opportunity to play. They’ve been working hard all season,” Brady told guest hosts Greg Dickerson, Steve DeOssie and Andy Hart. “We really afforded the opportunity to do that based on the previous 15 games. Obviously our playoff position wasn’t going to change, so I thought it was great to see a lot of other guys try to step in and make some plays, and a lot of guys made a lot of good plays. So that was good to see.”

Brady is known for his eagerness to play every snap of every game. His attitude did not change Sunday, even though the offense was missing some key players.

“I was going to play the whole game if he’d let me. I love being out there no matter what,” Brady said. “A lot of guys didn’t play, a lot of guys were dealing with a few nicks. It was good for those guys to get some rest so hopefully they’re at full speed here in two weeks. These things, it all happens pretty quick now. All the records, those are gone. The teams that play the best advance. Hopefully we’re at the best, most healthiest we can possibly be here in two weeks, and then we’ve got to go out there and we’ve got to let it rip and try to go out and have a great day of execution and see where we’re at.

“But I’m excited. I’m excited for this time of year. It’s a great opportunity for us.”

Brady said it never entered his mind to not play at all in Sunday’s game.

“No, it didn’t. No, not at all,” he said. “Look, I love playing football. So the more opportunity I can have to do it, the better it is for me. I love being out there. I wish we would have gone out there and scored touchdowns every time we had the ball, but we just didn’t execute well enough to be able to do that.”

The Patriots have started slow the past couple of games, and Brady said that’s something they’ll look to avoid in the playoffs.

“We’ve just got to play better. I think it’s just everybody executing at a high level. It’s no real magic ingredient or anything like that. I think it’s us players making the plays that it takes to move the ball down the field to score points. We’ve done it at times this year. We’re going to need to do it in obviously this next game. And if we don’t start fast then we’ve got to come from behind and finish strong. Whatever it takes to win these games — special teams, defense, offense — it doesn’t matter. You’ve just got to advance.

“We’re going to try to do the best we can to start fast, we’re going to try to play our best for 60 minutes, and whatever it takes, whatever mental toughness we need to come through to win the game, that’s what we’re going to have to do.”

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Tom Brady on D&C: Jets ‘certainly played their best’ Sunday 12.22.14 at 7:40 am ET
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Coming off an ugly 17-16 victory over the Jets that clinched a first-round playoff bye, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning and talked about why the Pats have so much trouble vs. their division rivals. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Brady was 23-of-35 for 182 yards with one touchdown, one interception and four sacks in Sunday’s game as the Patriots struggled to turn away the 3-12 Jets. Afterward, New York coach Rex Ryan said his teams give Brady and the Patriots “the biggest challenge.”

“I think the last four games we’ve played against them we haven’t played very well, and they’ve all kind of come down to the last possession,” Brady said. “It’s frustrating to be in those situations where we’re just not playing to the way we’re capable. But it’s hard to win in the NFL and it’s hard to win on the road against a good division rival.

“It was a great win for our team. I thought our defense really made some huge plays. We made a couple plays there in the second half to help us win. I would loved to have played a lot better in the first half and put a lot of pressure on those guys. But they did a good job kind of keeping us off balance and ended up making it a pretty tough game.”

Asked what the Jets do to give the Patriots trouble, Brady pointed to a number of factors.

“They’ve got a good team,” he said. “They’ve got a good defensive front. They put pressure on the quarterback. They’ve got good guys in the middle of the defense that get things coordinated. They’ve got a good scheme and they keep you off balance. They give you a lot of looks, and we know them really well. They’ve been in a lot of close games with us, so they have a lot of confidence they can play us well. And certainly after the first half, us being down 10-7, they feel like they’re in the game and they’ve got a great chance to win.

“I know their record was what it was, but they certainly played their best yesterday. When you watch them play the Bills and get beat by 38 points, I don’t really think we played the same team. Like I said, we kind of sputtered early and gave them a lot of confidence, and that’s never a great thing to do. But like I said, I’m glad we made some pretty key plays there in the fourth quarter.”

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Greg Doyel on D&C: Bill Belichick ‘shows no loyalty to anybody’ 03.19.13 at 10:39 am ET
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CBSSports.com writer Greg Doyel talked with Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday to discuss his recent column about Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, in which he suggests Belichick is overrated and Brady deserves the credit for the team’s success.

“[Belichick is] walking across that tightrope every single year, thinking, ‘Look how brave I am on this tightrope, I’m going to get from here to there,’ and there’s a huge safety net three feet below him named Tom Brady, only he doesn’t even seem to get it. … He’s got the greatest quarterback of this generation and has had him for 10 or 12 years,” Doyel said. “Up and down in the NFL, history shows, great quarterbacks win, period. Great quarterbacks do not lose, they do win, and my feeling is the coach pretty much gets too much credit.

“The way he jettisons everybody, the way he shows no loyalty to anybody, the list of Patriots he’s just cut loose or franchised and chased them out of town or whatever. From [Wes] Welker, all the way back to Asante Samuel  before, the arrogance of that suggests to me that he’s arrogant not because he knows Tom Brady lets him get away with it. He’s arrogant because he thinks he gets away with it.”

Doyel also discussed the comparisons between Brady in 2001, when he won his first Super Bowl, and Brady today.

“Clearly the Brady that evolved after 2001 was better than that one because players do get better, and the [Matt] Cassel thing is a feather in Belichick’s cap,” Doyel said, adding: “But about 2008, I think the Patriots had superior talent on both sides of the ball, but on defense, too, in large part because players go where Brady is. But in 2001, yeah, Brady wasn’t the Brady he is now, but he’s still Brady.”

While Doyel does believe that Belichick is a good coach, he does not classify him as “great.” Two coaches who he would put in that category are the Harbaugh brothers.

“Both Harbaughs are great,” Doyel said. “I think Jim Harbaugh, specifically Jim, even though he didn’t win the Super Bowl, Jim Harbaugh is the greatest football coach in the world.
“When I say that about Harbaugh, yeah it’s about what’s now, but it’s everywhere. It’s everywhere. He went to San Diego — not San Diego State, San Diego. Terrible program, and they won, and then when he left they kept winning because whatever does, he puts his culture of winning that continued after he was gone. He goes to Stanford, can’t win. They win there, they keep winning after he’s gone, the culture continues. San Francisco, too. There’s something about him that’s just really, really special.”

To hear the interview, go the the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. For more Patriots news, visit the team page at weei.com/patriots.

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Niners’ Michael Crabtree, Jim Harbaugh convinced refs blew call on critical fourth-and-goal pass 02.04.13 at 10:16 am ET
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The 49ers mounted a furious comeback in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday night, but they fell just short in losing to the Ravens, 34-31. There also was some controversy, as a fourth-and-goal pass fell incomplete after what might have been a hold on Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith.

“It was a missed call,” stated the intended receiver, Michael Crabtree. “[The referee] missed two or three in the game, but that was it right there, the Super Bowl was right there.

“I don’t want to talk about it. I don’t want to think about it. I don’t know, man. What do you think? I thought it was holding.”

Should the Ravens have been called for holding on the 49ers' critical fourth-and-goal pass late in Sunday's Super Bowl?

  • Yes, it was holding (68%, 1,674 Votes)
  • Technically it might have been holding, but the refs were right to let it go in that situation (25%, 623 Votes)
  • No, it was not holding (7%, 184 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,477

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Added 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh: “You know, I really want to handle this with class and grace, and we had several opportunities in this game. We didn’t play our best game, and the Ravens made a lot of plays and battled back. They competed to win. But there’s no question in my mind that it was a pass interference and hold on Crabtree on the last one.”

Niners running back Frank Gore isn’t convinced the best team won.

“They got away with one,” Gore said. “We showed we were the better team. It was just a couple plays here, a couple plays there.”

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LaMichael James on late kick return: ‘We needed a boost’ 12.17.12 at 1:52 am ET
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FOXBORO — The Patriots had completed the near-unthinkable; coming back from a 28-point deficit to tie the 49ers, 31-31, with less than seven minutes left to play on Sunday night at Gillette Stadium. The crowd, which had thinned just a bit after San Francisco jumped out to such an astonishing lead, began to electrify the stadium.

After Danny Woodhead scored his second rushing touchdown of the night to tie the score, rookie running back LaMichael James thought to himself, ‘€œDon’€™t flinch.’€

James was back to return the Stephen Gostkowski kickoff, and recognized that his team needed a spark. He took the ball down the left sideline, got a few blocks, and sprung a 62-yard return that set the 49ers on the Patriots’€™ 38-yard line.

One play was all it took for Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick to capitalize, as he hit Michael Crabtree for a 38-yard score that put his team up for good.

After the game, James said that he knew in his mind what his team needed after letting a four-touchdown lead disappear.

‘€œWe needed a boost. That’€™s exactly what I was thinking. I was thinking I was going to take it to the house,’€ James said. ‘€œI just kept telling myself that I was going to get down there. I believed in it, and it happened.’€

On the very next drive for the Patriots, Tom Brady was sacked twice and Zoltan Mesko was forced to send the ball back to San Francisco. It was the first drive that the Patriots didn’€™t score on since midway through the third quarter.

James said that they couldn’€™t let the fact that they had blown a huge lead get to them, because they knew who they were up against, and whose territory they were in.

‘€œThey’€™re a great team. You know, Tom Brady is a great quarterback, and they have great players. You have to keep fighting; nobody said it was going to be easy,’€ he said.

‘€œGreat return by LaMichael,’€ 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said on Sunday night. ‘€œ’€¦ Not where he was supposed to go with the ball, ‘€¦ but he saw what we saw, kicked it out to LaMichael and then LaMichael made a huge play.’€

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