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What national pundits were saying about Patriots, Tom Brady on Sunday: ‘I could close my eyes and think it was 2006′ 10.10.16 at 12:28 pm ET
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Rodney Harrison

Rodney Harrison

Here’s a sampling of what national pundits were saying about the Patriots before and after Sunday’s win over the Browns.

CBS analyst Tony Gonzalez on Tom Brady before Sunday’s game: “Once they get that timing down, Tom Brady is going to throw. I say he has an opportunity to throw for the most touchdowns in the NFL after missing four games. I give him 40 touchdowns on the year and an MVP-type season.”

NFL Network analyst Shaun O’Hara on Rob Gronkowski with Tom Brady returning before Sunday’s game: “I don’t think that they were worried about [Jacoby] Brissett or [Jimmy] Garoppolo throwing to Gronk – I just think Tom Brady just knows where to put the football when it comes to Gronk. …Gronkowski is going to be a factor in this offense and I think right out of the gate.”

NFL Network analyst Michael Robinson on Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett before Sunday’s game: “I don’t know how you cover this team? Both of these guys can block so the run game is there, and both of these guys can stretch the field vertically so the pass game is there.”

Robinson before the game on LeGarrette Blount: “He’s developed a work ethic. He’s grown up, he’s matured on the field and off.”

NFL Network analyst Michael Irvin on Brady, before Sunday’s game: “You can’t tell me a guy that got picked where he did and has accomplished what he has does not take everything personally. He takes it personally and the last four weeks he’s been sitting. … Even if Bill [Belichick] calls 50 handoffs, we won’t get 50 handoffs. He’s going to show that he’s a difference-maker in this game.”

Irvin on Garoppolo before Sunday’s game: “They did learn that they have their future in pocket right now in Jimmy Garoppolo. Whenever the time is for Tom to step away, you have the man that you’re invested in right now that can really lead you after Tom Brady.”

NFL Network analyst Marshall Faulk before Sunday’s game on what he learned about the Patriots in the absence of Brady: “I think we learned what Bill Belichick’s focus was in the offseason: it was let’s play good defense, let’s run the football. I think this is going to be how they’re going to play regardless of Tom [Brady] coming back or not. Their identity has been forged.”

NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth after Sunday’s game on Brady, Gronkowski and Bennett all playing together: “It was sort of wow, and it looked like it could be even wower. … They’re going to be the team to beat as you look at the AFC.”

NBC analyst Rodney Harrison after the game: “One thing about Tom Brady is that he demands accountability from everyone. And everyone raises their level of play when he’s there, and I think we saw that today.”

NBC analyst Tony Dungy after the game: “I could close my eyes and think it was 2006. Accurate, poise, play-action passing game was on target. He got the ball to a lot of receivers today.”

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What pundits were saying about Patriots on Sunday: Matt Patricia deserves consideration for head coaching gig 09.25.16 at 2:23 pm ET
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Boomer Esiason

Boomer Esiason

Here’s a quick sampling of what some of the national analysts were saying about the Patriots on Sunday before the action kicked off.

Bart Scott on CBS on the Patriots’ coaching staff: “We hear a lot about Josh McDaniels and he deserves a lot of credit. But let’s give some love to Matt Patricia. Let’s talk about that defense pitching a shutout against the Houston Texans offense that was pretty prolific. … And let’s talk about him as a possible head coach in this league. Matt Patricia might deserve a shot too.”

Chris Simms on CBS on the Patriots: “At the end of the day, what still amazes me — forget the quarterback situation. New England is a phenomenal team.”

Boomer Esiason on CBS on the state of the running game in the NFL: “I would tell you the three top guys right now … it has to be (LeGarrette) Blount, (DeAngelo) Williams and Matt Forte. But they’re all over 30. Will they make it the entire season? That’s the big question.”

Marshall Faulk on the NFL Network on the Patriots and Bill Belchick: “Bill Belichick has shown us you think it’s about quarterbacking – it’s about coaching in this league. And if you coach the right way and you teach players, you win.”

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Marshall Faulk still bitter about loss to Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVI 02.02.16 at 5:49 pm ET
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Former St. Louis running back Marshall Faulk took another swipe at the Patriots regarding Super Bowl XXXVI on Tuesday, hinting that he still believed New England gained an edge via videotape.

Appearing on Pro Football Talk Live with Mike Florio, Faulk discussed a variety of topics, and was asked what he thinks of more — the win in Super Bowl XXXIV over the Titans or the loss in Super Bowl XXXVI to the Patriots. Faulk said the victory against Tennessee, but then reversed field to talk about the 20-17 defeat at the hands of New England in February 2002.

“The only time — I shouldn’t say the only time, because it happens all the time — the loss in (Super Bowl XXXVI) comes up is when people talk about things that the Patriots did,” he said.

Asked to elaborate as to what he believes the Patriots did, Faulk played coy.

“Before any of that came out, it was another loss to me,” he said, clearly hinting at Spygate. “A big one, but another loss.”

Faulk was also asked if there was anything anyone can say to him that would prove that there was “nothing suspicious” about that game.

“Yeah. We could all the see the tapes and see what they saw,” he said. “That would end it. But we know that’s not possible.”

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What pundits were saying about Patriots on Sunday: ‘Bill Belichick is the greatest coach ever’ 01.19.15 at 1:28 pm ET
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Here’s what the pundits were saying about the Patriots after their win over the Colts in the AFC championship game Sunday:

NFL Network’s Michael Irvin on Patriots head coach Bill Belichick: “I think [Bill] Belichick is the greatest to ever coach. Bar none.”

NFL Network’s Marshall Faulk: “[Bill Belichick] is changing what you call ‘good coaching.’ Good coaching was having a system and finding players to fit it. Good coaching is now coaching the players you have and doing things to make them better.”

NFL Network’s Deion Sanders: “I’ve never seen a matchup that you didn’t check off the New England coaching staff with [Bill] Belichick. He always wins the coaching matchup … [The New England Patriots] have veteran players that they put in the right situations to be successful. They outcoach everybody.”

NFL Network’s Marshall Faulk: “Bill Belichick finds an identity for his team regardless of what it is, who it is, who the players are, and he gets the win. Once again Bill Belichick [and] Tom Brady they’re in the Super Bowl.”

NFL Network’s Deion Sanders: “[Tom] Brady is the attitude of the offense and Bill Belichick is the attitude of the defense. Collectively what these guys do, week in and week out, year in and year out, they’re consistent with who they are.”

NBC’s Al Michaels after the game on the upcoming Super Bowl matchup: “So many great early storylines to think about: Two chess masters, Belichick and Carroll, going head-to-head. Two hugely successful quarterbacks, Brady and Wilson, with vastly divergent styles. Two teams that will come to the Super Bowl with anything and everything in the back of their playbooks — fake punts, wide receivers throwing passes, eclectic formations and who knows what else. In Marshawn Lynch and LeGarrette Blount, the equivalent of identical twins at running back. Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman against ‘The Legion of Boom.’ Darrelle Revis matched up against anybody. Richard Sherman matched up against anybody. And two teams that rarely face each other — only three meetings in the last 21 years. These are just the appetizers.”

NBC’s Cris Collinsworth: “This will be a legacy Super Bowl. Will it be Seattle winning back-to-back Super Bowls with a young team capable of many more, or Tom Brady and Bill Belichick winning their fourth? … This is the first Super Bowl in a long time that I have no idea who will be favored.”

NBC’s Tony Dungy: “The Patriots are hitting on all cylinders. They do so much on offense and show so many different looks. Every game plan is a little different, and it’s a huge advantage. … This will be a chess match that boils down to how the Patriots defense will handle the Seahawks run-option offense, and how the Seahawks defense handles the precise, inside passing game of the Patriots.”

NBC’s Rodney Harrison: “The Patriots returning to the Super Bowl is no surprise. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick were prepared and the team is confident. There’s no set game plan with Belichick. He’s always trying to find the right mix to win the next game.”

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What pundits were saying about Patriots this weekend: ‘This team just doesn’t flinch’ 01.12.15 at 4:15 pm ET
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Here’s a quick rundown of what some NFL analysts were saying about the Patriots before and after Saturday’s playoff win over the Ravens:

Shaun O’Hara on NFL Network after the game on the Patriots overcoming two 14-point deficits to defeat the Ravens: “This team just doesn’t flinch. That’s the biggest thing that came out of that game in my mind. … You look up and you’re down 14 points, but there was no panic, nobody flinched, and the reason why is because Tom Brady doesn’t flinch.”

Sterling Sharpe on NFL Network after the game on the Patriots defense: “I learned that this defense with a bunch of no-name guys other than Darrelle Revis and Vince Wilfork can still get it done. … Darrelle Revis played probably his worst game in his entire NFL career and the New England Patriots made the plays.”

Sterling Sharpe on NFL Network before the game: “You look at Tom [Brady] and this football team, they need to make a statement. They’ve stood up to a lot of the big teams; they took care of the Denver Broncos earlier in the year. I just think this football team needs this victory more than air itself.”

Willie McGinest on NFL Network before the game, talking about Darrelle Revis: “I expect him to never leave. I told him this will probably be his last destination.”

Marshall Faulk on NFL Network before the game on Tom Brady and the Patriots: “That 10-0 [record to start his playoff career], that was Willie McGinest, it was [Mike] Vrabel, it was [Tedy] Bruschi — it was a lot of guys carrying the Patriots on defense. Tom, pretty much it was a lot of showing up, not turning the football over — we’re going to win games. The 8-8 [since], that’s a bunch of Tom Brady-led teams where, ‘Tom, this is on your arm, you have to go out there and win these football games.'”

Marshall Faulk on NFL Network before the game on Tom Brady: “[The Ravens] get to Tom, like the games against the Jets. He’s worried in the pocket. I’ve seen Tom stand in the pocket flat-footed like nobody is going to touch me. In games against the Ravens and games against the Jets [with] defensive coordinators who throw different things at you, I’ve seen Tom just duck sometimes when nobody has been around him.”

Marshall Faulk on NFL Network before the game on the Patriots: “They sound so confident in who they are and what they are as a team. At the Kansas City game, they looked defeated. … How they have answered by not just winning games but taking over the number one seed in the AFC, it’s unbelievable what they’ve been able to do.”

Rodney Harrison on NBC Sports before the game on John Harbaugh‘s comments that Joe Flacco is best QB in the NFL: “If I was in this locker room, I’d get about 30 copies of that newspaper, and put it in Tom Brady‘s locker. It would absolutely upset him.”

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What national pundits were saying about Patriots Sunday 11.03.14 at 1:13 pm ET
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Here’s a quick rundown of what some NFL analysts were saying about the Patriots after Sunday’s game against the Broncos:

Michael Irvin on NFL Network after the game: “Right now, the New England Patriots are the best team in the AFC.”

Irvin on NFL Network after the game:Julian Edelman has stepped in and he’s been playing so well. I talked to him last offseason, and he said, ‘Michael, I’ve been waiting on this chance to prove my worth.’ You are proving your worth, Julian.”

Deion Sanders on NFL Network after the game on Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner: “These guys may be arguably the best tandem of cornerbacks in the game today.”

Sanders on NFL Network after the game: “There’s only several teams in the NFL who really think that they can make it to the promised land — to the Super Bowl — and [the Patriots and Broncos] are two of them.”

Marshall Faulk on NFL Network after the game:Jack Del Rio can’t just put guys out there and say go get Tom Brady. No, that’s not going to work. John Fox, being the defensive head coach that he is, they have to come up with a better game plan against a Tom Brady than they did.”

Dan Patrick on NBC’s “Football Night in America” after the game: “Extreme gamesmanship there towards the end. It looked like (Bill) Belichick wanted 50 points.”

Tony Dungy on NBC’s “Football Night in America” after the game: “He’s trying to put up points, John Fox is calling time outs, they’re throwing the ball at the end of the game. I’m not sure what all that was about.”

Rodney Harrison on NBC’s “Football Night in America” after the game: “He preaches they play 60 minutes.”

Harrison on NBC’s “Football Night in America” after the game: “This is a big win for the Patriots, not just to build confidence but … this is a win for home-field advantage. You don’t want to have to go to Denver in January.”

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Michael Irvin: Bill Belichick ‘just a masterful, masterful coach’ 10.09.14 at 9:06 pm ET
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On the Thursday Night Football pregame show, analysts Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin offered their thoughts about the current state of the Patriots and coach Bill Belichick. Here are their quotes.

“€œ[It’€™s] masterful how they alter a game plan to use what they have now. He’€™s just a masterful, masterful coach.” –€“ Irvin on Belichick on NFL Network’€™€™s NFL Total Access Kickoff

“This is Bill Belichick. This is what he does. We’€™re going to win football games however we need to win football games and he doesn’€™t care what people have to say about it. The points put up against Cincinnati, they sent a message to a young team about if you want to win, if you want to be here, you have to come through us.” €–“ Faulk on Belichick on NFL Network’€™€™s NFL Total Access Kickoff

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