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Josh McDaniels ‘focused on Chiefs,’ not interviewing for other head coaching jobs 01.11.16 at 10:52 am ET
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While not coming out and saying it, Josh McDaniels had no interest in seeking other head coaching jobs around the NFL. He’s much more interested and focused on getting Tom Brady and his offense ready for the Kansas City Chiefs this Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

McDaniels’ name once again came up in early talk about coaching vacancies in cities like Miami, Cleveland and New York (Giants). But word leaked late last week that he was taking his name out of consideration.

“I’m focused on the Chiefs and there’s nothing to report,” McDaniels said in a conference call Monday morning. “I’m excited for this week right now and don’t really have nothing to add to it.”

McDaniels, like Matt Patricia with the Browns, had a chance over the weekend to interview while the Patriots were resting on their bye. Why is this different for McDaniels?

“I think each year is different,” McDaniels said. “My focus is on the Chiefs and getting our team ready this year for this game. I’m excited to get a start on that preparation with the players this week.

“I think that there’s a lot of experiences that you have in coaching. If you learn from the experiences as you go through them, whether it’s as a coordinator, a position coach, a quality control coach, a head coach, whatever it might be, and you learn from those experiences, and take the good and take the bad and try to assess what you can do to be a better coach, a better staff member, what have you. Then hopefully we’re all improving. That’s the goal. Right now, my focus is on being the best coordinator and quarterback coach I can be for us so that we can get ready and have our best game of the year against the Chiefs right now.”

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Bill Belichick on interest in Josh McDaniels, Matt Patricia: ‘Those things are really out of our control’ 01.05.16 at 11:02 am ET
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Bill Belichick is once again watching as his assistants are considered for other head coaching jobs in the NFL. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Bill Belichick is once again watching as his assistants are considered for other head coaching jobs in the NFL. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Bill Belichick has seen this all before.

The Patriots post another impressive season and are getting ready for another push to the Super Bowl. Envious teams looking for a new head coach to lead them to where the Patriots are come calling in New England’s playoff bye week.

In 2004, offensive coordinator Charlie Weis and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel interviewed and wound up leaving after the Patriots beat the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX. Weis took over at Notre Dame while Crennel took the seemingly endless revolving door job in Cleveland.

Two years ago, as the Patriots were getting ready to play the Colts in the divisional round, McDaniels was pursued by Cleveland but withdrew interest.

Now, reports have surfaced that McDaniels has drawn interest in Miami and Matt Patricia could be a candidate in both Cleveland and Miami.

Belichick noted Tuesday that his this is something that he is more than accustomed to by now.

“I’ll leave any comments about any coaching [interviews] on any other positions with any other teams or anything related to that subject [to others]. [This] is really about the other teams and what they’re doing,” Belichick said. “We have an important game to get ready for here in a week and a half and that’s what we’re going to do. Whatever anybody else is doing, we’ll abide by the rules that the league has set up for those situations. Those things are really out of our control.”

What about the disruption in planning for the playoff game on Jan. 16?

“There are things that go on throughout the course of the year that you periodically have to deal with, one way or another,” Belichick added. “This is one of them. Certainly, it’s not unprecedented. There are a lot of other teams in the league that are going through the same thing. We’ve gone through it before. So, we’ll just take it as it comes. We know what our goals are and what our focus is and we’ll take these other things as they come through. I don’t think it’s anything that’s that unprecedented.”

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Mike Petraglia, Ryan Hannable on Patriots’ no-show in Miami, Tom Brady health 01.03.16 at 7:39 pm ET
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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Ryan Hannable explain how the Patriots were manhandled by a Dolphins team that had nothing to play for except pride. The Patriots lost 20-10 to finish 12-4 on the season, losing four of their final six games to end the season. Tom Brady said after the game that his right ankle is “pretty sore” but added that he’ll be “all right” in two weeks when the Patriots open their playoff season at Gillette Stadium in the AFC divisional round.

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Setting the scene: Patriots look to wrap up No. 1 seed in Miami at 7:56 am ET
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While the Patriots are off to the playoffs, the sun is setting on another disappointing season for the Dolphins. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

While the Patriots are off to the playoffs, the sun is setting on another disappointing season for the Dolphins. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — It will feel like a sauna when the 12-3 Patriots take the field at Sun Life Stadium in an effort to wrap up the No. 1 seed in the AFC.

Forecasters are calling for a game-time temperature of 79 degrees and a 60 percent chance of showers. That combined with 70 percent humidity in the air will make it feel like 84 degrees.

The Patriots missed their chance to wrap up the No. 1 seed last week when they fell, 26-20, in overtime to the Jets. They can also claim a No. 1 seed with a Broncos loss to the Chargers. Whatever happens today, they know they will be home resting next week when the playoffs begin. Their next game will be at Gillette Stadium on the weekend of Jan. 14-15. A limited number of tickets for that game go on sale Monday morning.

The Patriots haven’t won in Miami since 2012, when they walked away with a 23-16 victory. In 2013, Tom Brady threw two touchdowns and was intercepted once as Dolphins came from behind and beat the Patriots, 24-20. In the 2014 season opener, the Patriots built a quick 10-0 lead and led 20-10 at halftime. They were outscored 23-0 in the second half as Brady was sacked four times. Brady is just 6-7 all-time in South Florida.

The Patriots won the first meeting this season, 36-7, on short rest when they pounded Miami on Oct. 29 at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots will be looking for their tenth series sweep of Miami, and sixth since 2007.

The 5-10 Dolphins are an abject mess. This week, defensive back Brent Grimes had to come out and say that the words of his wife, Miko, are her own after she took to Twitter last week and said that quarterback Ryan Tannehill couldn’t complete a pass against the practice squad in the team’s two-minute drill in practice. The $120 million free agent signing of defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh hasn’t exactly produced a top-tier defense they were hoping for in Miami. The Dolphins are allowing 129.9 yards per game on the ground, which ranks them 30th in the NFL. Overall, they are giving up 388 yards per game.

If Tannehill is to have any success at all, he will most likely be targeting receiver Jarvis Landry. The LSU product caught seven passes last week in the loss to the Colts. He has 104 on the season, extending his single-season franchise record. The next closest was O.J. McDuffie with 90 in 1998. Landry has caught 70.4 percent of the passes throw his direction since the start of 2014 (31 games), including nine touchdowns.

The Patriots will be playing the game without several regulars as Dont’a Hightower (knee), Sebastian Vollmer (ankle), Julian Edelman (foot) and Sealver Siliga (personal) will miss the contest. Defensive end Rob Ninkovich reportedly made the trip and is likely to play.

Chris Price has the complete scouting report while Ryan Hannable has 10 fun facts about the regular-season finale.

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Jamie Collins: ‘We’ve all come together as one on defense’ 01.02.16 at 9:38 am ET
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Game by game, Jamie Collins can sense himself and the Patriots defense getting stronger and stronger.

The third-year linebacker, who missed four games with a stomach illness, says he’s still not back to full strength but is feeling better with every practice and every game.

Collins has been back four games and has been the Patriots leading tackler in that period, amassing 32 tackles, good for an average of eight per contest.

“It took a while,” Collins admitted. “I just keep working everyday, trying to get better and everyday and hoping. But I’m still working everyday. No matter what, I”m going to do what I’ve got to do.”

Despite missing four games, Collins made a big enough impression on those choosing the Pro Bowl to join Malcolm Butler and Chandler Jones as first-time Patriots selected for the AFC squad.

“It’s pretty cool. Not everybody gets elected to the Pro Bowl,” Collins said. “So, that’s the best in the league. That’s cool. I’m happy. I’m excited. I’m not really trying to be there.”

Collins is naturally referring to the fact that he is hoping to be otherwise busy getting ready for the Super Bowl in Santa Clara and not an exhibition game in Hawaii on Jan. 31.

“I was happy. I’m still happy. But we still have something else to strive for. I didn’t dream of it but it’s a pretty good thing. I’m really excited.”

“Nah. There’s always room for improvement. There’s always room for improvement.”

Dont’a Hightower, another Patriots linebacker whom many felt was having a Pro Bowl-caliber season, was not chosen. Hightower said this week he’s not worried about it. But Collins still felt his linebacker brother deserved the selection.

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‘It Is What It Is’ podcast: Dolphin dysfunction reminds New England fans of greatness of Patriot Way 12.30.15 at 8:38 pm ET
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In this week’€™s It Is What It Is Podcast, WEEI’€™s Mike Petraglia fills in for Chris Price, who was filling in on air during the Dale & Holley show. Mike is joined by WEEI stat guru Ryan Hannable and they talk everything from Tom Brady to Brent Grimes and his opinionated wife, Miko, to how badly the Patriots will beat the Dolphins to the Winter Classic at Gillette. Mike and Ryan discuss how the Patriots can function with the NHL running one of its jewel events around Gillette Stadium while the Dolphins can’€™t even get out of their own way as they try to finish up another miserable season in South Florida. Do Patriots fans know how good they have it?

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Mike Petraglia, Ryan Hannable talk Tom Brady, No. 1 seed and Brent Grimes silliness at 3:54 pm ET
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FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Ryan Hannable discuss Tom Brady health heading into the season finale with the Miami Dolphins, what the No 1 seed means to him and how the dysfuctional Dolphins are symbolized by cornerback Brent Grimes and his wife who went on Twitter criticizing Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

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