|Marshall Faulk still bitter about loss to Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVI||02.02.16 at 5:49 pm ET|
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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|Mike Florio on D&C: Broncos ‘going to want to move on once and for all’ from Peyton Manning after season||01.22.16 at 10:14 am ET|
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk and NBC sports made his weekly appearance on Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Friday morning to preview the AFC championship game. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
With Manning vs. Brady XVII on the horizon, one of the big questions this week has been whether or not this will be Peyton Manning‘s final season in the league.
“If he had never come back and played, if November 15 against the Chiefs had been all we had seen of Manning this year, I think he would have been far more inclined to try to play next year to eliminate the whole Willie Mays stink that would have attached to him,” Florio said. “Just to come back and show, ‘I’m going out on my own terms, I can still play at a high level.’ But now I think it’s harder for him to play anywhere else next year, because he made it to the AFC championship game. And he came back and he acquitted himself well Week 17, and he played well enough to win last week. I mean, it wasn’t beautiful, but he played well enough to win. so I think it makes it harder for him to go somewhere else next year.
“I don’t think the Broncos want him in 2016. John Elway already is refusing to talk about it, they’re not going to want to pay him $19 million, they’re going to want to move on once and for all and find a guy that fits Gary Kubiak‘s system better. So I just think that the fact that he came back and played in two games and played well enough to advance to the AFC championship game is going to make it very hard for him to go somewhere where he doesn’t believe he can get as far or farther. And I can’t think of a team out there where he jumps right in and they’re immediately a final four team.”
“With Polian, it’s obvious. Polian drafted the guy. He’s hardly objective, he’s hated the Patriots for years, he lobbied for rule changes after the Patriots kicked the Colts’ butts in the playoffs back 10, 12 years ago. I don’t take anything Polian says on the topic with any degree of credibility,” Florio said. “How can he be credible on it? How can he be? … He obviously has a bias, and he should preface anything he says about Manning and Brady with that reality.”
|Mike Florio on D&C: ‘Don’t be shocked if [Rob] Gronkowski is a lot closer to fine than the injury report suggests’||01.15.16 at 10:43 am ET|
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk and NBC Sports made his weekly appearance on Dennis & Callahan with Minihane and predicted a Patriots victory over the Chiefs, while suggesting Rob Gronkowski‘s injuries might not be as severe as reports this week imply. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Gronkowski is dealing with knee and back problems that caused him to miss some practice time this week, and there was a report that he had an injection into his knee. Florio said this might be a case of the Patriots trying to create some confusion so the Chiefs don’t know what to expect.
“Here’s the thing that I was told last night by someone very familiar with the dynamics of the Patriots organization: You get to this stage of the season, and it’s winner take all, don’t believe everything you see and hear, basically,” Florio said. “I don’t want to call it chicanery, per se, and I don’t call want to call it cheating. There’s just gamesmanship that occurs. I think that’s the right word for it. … Don’t be shocked if Gronkowski is a lot closer to fine than the injury report suggests. That’s all I’m saying. Don’t be shocked if that’s the case.”
Added Florio: “It’s just creating uncertainty, creating confusion. Go back to Bill Belichick‘s background — Military Academy, Navy. Cloak and dagger, the whole thing. Just keep ‘m guessing. They don’t know what’s coming. They don’t know what we’re going to do. They don’t know who’s healthy. They don’t know who’s not healthy. And the irony is, as Bill Belichick would say, ‘We prepare for everybody as if they’re going to be a hundred percent, everybody on the roster, that’s what we do.’ But still, you have to ultimately figure out what you’re going to do in practice, how you’re going to divvy up the reps with the scout team, how you’re going to focus, how you’re going to defend, how you’re going to do this. And if this confusion is being thrown out there as the Chiefs are trying to finalize their plan for Saturday, that is useful.”
Looking at Sunday’s game, Florio said the Patriots get the nod despite their injuries and because of their history of success at home in the postseason.
“I picked the Patriots in this one just because it’s the Patriots playing at home in the playoffs,” Florio said. “I know they’re not invincible at home in the postseason. But history and their experience — you look at the Chiefs’ experience in the postseason, Andy Reid‘s experience in the postseason, Alex Smith‘s experience in the postseason. I think that the more of these games that you’ve been through as an organization — head coach, quarterback — the more likely you are to be sufficiently prepared to win.”
|Mike Florio on D&C: Broncos coach Gary Kubiak ‘has been deceitful and dishonest and obtuse about his quarterback position. And from a strategic standpoint, that’s brilliant’||01.08.16 at 8:47 am ET|
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk and NBC Sports made his weekly appearance on Dennis & Callahan with Minihane to discuss the Broncos‘ quarterback controversy and the NFL playoffs. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
“I said two weeks ago they should play both guys. And they did [this past] Sunday,” Florio said. “And the key is to make the opponent think they’re not going to see the other guy. I think that’s why they announced more than a week in advance of the divisional round, they don’t even know who they’re going to be playing. Unless this is some sort of an apology to Peyton Manning for letting him twist in the win for the last few weeks when it looked like they were nudging him to the curb.
“This is a strategic move aimed at making everyone think it’s Peyton’s job again, it’s not Brock Osweiler’s, Brock has been sent back to oblivion, it’s Peyton Manning, Peyton Manning, Peyton Manning. So if Peyton struggles in the divisional round, just like Rocky switching from righty back to lefty, here we go, and the opponent’s not ready for it. Because the one clear thing that came away from Sunday, the Chargers were not ready to see Peyton Manning. Why? Because no one thought there was any chance we were going to see Peyton Manning.
“Gary Kubiak, he gets the benefit of the doubt here. He’s played this thing the right way. He has been deceitful and dishonest and obtuse about his quarterback position. And from a strategic standpoint, that’s brilliant.”
|Mike Florio on D&C: ESPN’s Chris Mortensen ‘only as good as his sources, and we know from January his sources aren’t too good’||12.30.15 at 9:15 am ET|
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk and NBC Sports checked in with WEEI’s morning show on Wednesday to discuss the Peyton Manning HGH controversy and criticize ESPN’s handling of it. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, already not popular in these parts due to his mishandling of the Deflategate coverage, was quick to defend Manning after speaking with the future Hall of Famer.
“To put it all in context, Mortensen’s been kind of like the unofficial Manning family scrivener for 15 years or more,” Florio said. “He goes to the Manning Passing Academy every year, he broke the news that Peyton was signing with the Broncos. He’s almost embedded with the Mannings, so anything he says has to be looked at from that perspective.”
Asked about Mortensen’s trustworthiness, Florio said: “He’s only as good as his sources, and we know from January his sources aren’t too good. And look, he’s mad at me and he’s mad at anybody that’s questioning how he handled that. Why would he not be mad? Why would he not be mad at his source for hanging him out to dry back in January with that whole ’11 of 12 footballs’ thing. So, yeah, do I look at everything he reports now as not entirely 100 percent reliable? Sure, and I’m trying to give him the benefit of the doubt. I suspect anybody out there who’s upset because of association with the Patriots or just being a Patriots fan, I don’t expect them to ever believe anything the guy ever says again.”
Charles Sly, the onetime Guyer Institute intern who was taped by Al Jazeera making the accusations about Manning, retracted those comments this week. However, Florio said for people to now take Sly at his word doesn’t make sense.
“The whole idea that this Charles Sly recanted — you turn on ESPN and pretty much anyone on there takes that recantation as a conclusive presumption that the guy was lying when he was being secretly recorded. Well, no. All it means is he lied at some point. He either lied when he was being secretly recorded or he’s lying when he’s recanting,” Florio said. “Do we know anything yet about why this guy recanted? Do we know anything about what Peyton Manning‘s lawyers or [Manning adviser] Ari Fleischer or anybody else said to Charles Sly to get him to recant — if anything? We don’t know. …
“So, whether it was threats, either overt or subtle, made to this guy of litigation or prosecution, whatever the case may be, I tend to believe that he was telling what he believed to be the truth when he didn’t know he was being recorded. Now, he could be wrong, he could be misinformed, it may be stuff of urban legend at the Guyer Institute. But the idea that just because this guy recanted makes everything he said false is a little bit ludicrous to me. But that’s kind of the world we live in now where people want to jump on anything they can that allows them to slam the book shut on a story and move on, and I feel like that was the agenda at ESPN, to slam the book shut on this, accept everything that Peyton is saying as completely true, and move on to the next thing.”
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|Mike Florio on D&C: ‘Essentially in legalese, Tom Brady is a piece of crap, in the opinion of the NFL’||12.23.15 at 10:32 am ET|
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk and NBC Sports checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show on Wednesday morning to discuss NFL news and blast the league for its latest move regarding the Deflategate case. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
The NFL filed its reply brief this week in its Deflategate appeal, continuing to accuse Tom Brady of participating in a scheme to deflate footballs prior to games.
“What [Roger Goodell] would say is, this isn’t about any one player, this is about our rights under the collective bargaining agreement,” Florio said. “Now, that makes sense in isolation, until you pick up the brief and start reading it. Essentially in legalese, Tom Brady is a piece of crap, in the opinion of the NFL. And he not only was generally aware — and this is what amazes me, and I’m going to try not to get too worked up about this, but the hypocrisy and the inconsistency and just the B.S. sets me off. …
“The idea that Ted Wells investigates this thing for months and does hundreds of interviews and processes the information, and the best he can do is, ‘Tom Brady was generally aware’ of this scheme to deflate footballs. And somehow, in one day of taking testimony, Roger Goodell is able to supplant the entire Ted Wells investigation and say Tom Brady actually was a participant in this scheme of which there is still no conclusive or even persuasive scientific proof, that is astounding to me. And that’s the centerpiece of their factual argument, that Roger Goodell, through handling the appeal, went even farther than Ted Wells and determined that Tom Brady was actively involved in this scheme to deflate footballs even though the evidence of any scheme is still questionable at best.”
|Mike Florio on D&C: ‘It’s stupid to sign on to a guy’s politics simply because he’s your friend’||12.18.15 at 8:27 am ET|
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk and NBC Sports made his weekly appearance on Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Friday to discuss the Tom Brady-Donald Trump controversy and other NFL news. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
The big news out of New England this week was Brady refusing to criticize or endorse Trump after the Republican presidential candidate continued to make controversial comments during his campaign. Florio said Brady could handle this situation better.
“Well, he says he’s supporting Trump: ‘I support my friends.’ Frankly, all due respect, it’s stupid to sign on to a guy’s politics simply because he’s your friend. You can put the two things in different buckets. There’s a way to stickhandle your way through the situation by saying: ‘He’s a friend of mine; politically I really don’t have an opinion or I don’t support what he does or whatever, but he’s a friend of mine, and you want your friends to do well. I just, when it comes to politics I either don’t care or I disagree with where he’s coming from — or I accept and endorse his politics.’
“I don’t think you can have it both ways if you’re Tom Brady . You can compartmentalize and you should compartmentalize. It doesn’t get all blended together into one thing because, ‘Hey, he’s my friend, I stand for whatever he stands for.’ That is a fundamental misunderstanding of the way the political process works. It’s like running for class office in high school. No, no, no, no, no, this is a bigger deal than that. This guy is running to be president, and he’s going to have his finger on the button. Just because he’s your buddy doesn’t mean you should be behind him.”
Asked if Brady might be concerned about causing a distraction for the team, Florio said the QB should be able to manage it.
“I don’t know how much of a distraction it is even if he is politically involved,” Florio said. “A lot of these players and coaches, they make major political contributions. Let’s call it what it is. … A lot of these folks are Republicans, because ultimately the one issue they care about is how much money Uncle Sam takes out of those gigantic paychecks they get.”
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