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Malcom Brown embracing ‘tough love’ from Bill Belichick 05.27.15 at 12:41 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Malcom Brown, like the rest of the 2015 Patriots rookie class, is learning fast.

He’s learning a new system. He’s learning a new way of life. And he’s learning about what Bill Belichick expects on a daily basis from his players.

Brown, the first-round (No. 32 overall) pick of the Patriots, was asked about his first impressions of Belichick Wednesday during his introductory press conference on the Gillette Stadium field.

“Great guy. He’€™s my new coach now and he shows everybody a lot of love ‘€“ tough love ‘€“ and sometimes you need that,” Brown said.

Something else that will come in handy – that Belichick will no doubt emphasize – is the value of wearing ear muffs and blinders whenever the news comes on. Blocking out distractions like Deflategate has always been a trademark of a Belichick-coached team. Brown has had the advantage of not being in tune with controversy as he is focused on doing what it takes to impress as a rookie.

“I haven’€™t really been focusing towards that,” Brown said. “I’€™m just here to work. That’€™s all I’€™ve been focusing on is getting better every day and learning the material and getting better and working hard.”

Belichick let all of his rookies know immediately after the NFL draft concluded that he expects everyone to get with the program and that their college days are over.

As for his boss’s boss, Brown was asked what was it like to walk through the offices with Robert Kraft and Jonathan Kraft on Wednesday for his press conference.

“It was great,” Brown beamed. “Those guys are at the top of the food chain. It’€™s great being around those guys. They sign my paycheck. It’€™s fun when you have somebody that’€™s like that, not just stuck up in an office and won’€™t to talk to you. They’€™re guys that will just sit there and talk to you.”

Despite coming in as a first round pick, Brown also made a point Wednesday that his mind isn’t on replacing Vince Wilfork but rather just working to earn his way onto the roster.

“I haven’€™t really thought about replacing anyone,” Brown said. “I’€™m just here to work. I can’€™t stress that enough, just compete every day and work because nothing is given to you.”
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Malcom Brown learns an early lesson on humility as vets take him ‘under their wing’ at 12:02 pm ET
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Patriots No. 1 draft pick Malcom Brown stands between Robert Kraft (left ) and son Jonathan (right) Wednesday at Gillette Stadium. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Patriots No. 1 draft pick Malcom Brown stands between Robert Kraft (left ) and son Jonathan (right) Wednesday at Gillette Stadium. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — Humility is one of the first traits any Patriots rookie learns. Even first round picks.

That was evident Wednesday as defensive lineman Malcom Brown was finally introduced to the media in a press conference at midfield at Gillette Stadium.

It was Brown who declared in a conference call hours after being chosen by the Patriots that he would show that he would be the best draft pick New England ever made.

On Wednesday, the man who will help replace Vince Wilfork admitted getting some unwanted attention over that bold proclamation.

“There’s a lot that’s been going on with all that but I just can’t focus on it,” Brown said. “I’m not really trying to. I’m just trying to work hard, contribute to the team and do whatever I’m asked to do.”

But Brown said he hasn’t been getting too much grief from his new Patriots teammates since everyone is too busy working and trying to get ready for OTAs.

“Everybody is just really focused,” he said. “There’s a lot to learn. There’s a lot going on right now, with OTAs. Everybody is just trying to learn, get better and work hard.”

“Everything is just on the fly here. Everything is on the go. You’€™ve got to learn, but you’€™ve got to take time out of your day to learn the stuff, too. You can’€™t expect to get it all in during meetings. You’€™ve got to be able to manage your time and learn everything.

Brown said not even Tom Brady gave him any serious grief about it.

“Nah. Actually, I just walked up to Tom, shook his hand and went to work. Everybody is trying to work right now,” Brown said. “It’s easy to learn right now because we’re doing everything stage by stage. Everybody is just trying to really focus and work towards being better [this] year.

“Obviously, there’s not one perfect player in the NFL but you can also work and get better at many things. After practice, whatever my coaches think I need work on that’s what I will take it to [heart] and will spend my own time working on that, after weights or after practice, get my own time in.”

If there’s one theme Brown kept repeating over and over it was the “hard work” needed to acclimate to the Patriots system in Foxboro.

“This is a great honor to be here and just to contribute to a team that’s hard-working and get in the program and work with them,” he said. “You get in here and I got in here two weeks ago and right from the get-go you see the hard work and you see everything that’s thrown at you. You have to grasp it and go. Read the rest of this entry »

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How Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick turned Willie McGinest into a great player 05.26.15 at 5:53 pm ET
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Willie McGinest (right) congratulates Bill Belichick after Super Bowl XLIX. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Willie McGinest (right) congratulates Bill Belichick after Super Bowl XLIX. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

To think Willie McGinest almost never came to the Patriots.

As he was elected to the team’s hall of fame Tuesday, one of the greatest defensive players in franchise history took a look back on that fateful day in the 1994 NFL draft when Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones almost moved up to the No. 4 spot and drafted the stud defensive end/linebacker out of Southern Cal.

As it turned out, the Cowboys couldn’t sweeten the pot enough for Patriots coach Bill Parcells and the organization to make it worth their while. The Patriots drafted McGinest and the rest is history.

“It’s a funny situation because Parcells never really called me or kept in touch. I had one visit and I thought I was going to Dallas just because of the all representatives I had in the room and what was about to take place,” McGinest recalled on conference call. “They were going to trade [Alvin Harper] and move up and I happened to be in New England. I really didn’t watch a lot of New England football. The only way I knew about it was because Drew got drafted No. 1 overall the year before. We’re in the same draft class. It all worked out pretty well.”

In Parcells, Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick, McGinest had the privilege of playing for three head coaches in New England who have won a remarkable seven Super Bowl titles while going to another four. He spoke at length about all three Tuesday, paying particular respect to Parcells and Belichick.

“Parcells is a different animal, of course,” McGinest said. “But his knowledge of the game at every position, what he expects out of every player, how he pushes you. I had coaches with his mentality and his demeanor growing up as a kid so it didn’t bother me at all. I was actually attracted to his style as well as Bill Belichick’s style. You can’t have thin skin but the one thing that he does is he prepares you, he teaches you and he expects a lot out of you. You have some success, but to get his approval you have to have consistent success. That’s why he’s won Super Bowls, he’s in the Hall of Fame and I think Bill Belichick carried some of those same traits as a head coach.”

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Willie McGinest elected to Patriots Hall of Fame at 2:49 pm ET
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Willie McGinest talks with his former coach Bill Belichick before Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Willie McGinest talks with his former coach Bill Belichick before Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale. (Elsa/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — One of the early building blocks of the Patriots dynasty is headed to the team’s Hall of Fame.

The Patriots announced Tuesday that Willie McGinest, a three-time Super Bowl Champion and two-time Patriots all-decade team member, has been voted by the fans as the 24th person to enter the Patriots Hall of Fame.

“Just a few months after I bought the Patriots, we drafted Willie McGinest in the first round of the 1994 NFL draft,” said Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft in a statement. “We came into the NFL together and will always share a special bond. During his 12-year Patriots career, Willie played a critical role in transforming us from a cellar dweller into a championship-caliber team. He was a leader of a defensive unit that propelled the Patriots to our first Super Bowl championship in 2001.

“His leadership during the season and dominance in the postseason proved principal to our success in winning back-to-back titles in 2003 and 2004. Willie was a part of so many memorable moments for Patriots fans during his career. Now, I am looking forward to Patriots fans giving Willie a memorable moment as we celebrate his induction into the Patriots Hall of Fame.”

McGinest will join defensive lineman Houston Antwine, who was selected on April 2, 2015, by the senior selection committee, as the 2015 Patriots Hall of Fame inductees. The induction ceremony will be held on the NRG Plaza outside The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon this summer.

The date of the ceremony will be announced once it is confirmed. The outdoor Hall of Fame ceremony is free and open to the public. Fans of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend. In addition, McGinest will be honored during a halftime ceremony this year.

McGinest was the fourth overall selection in the first round of the 1994 NFL draft out of Southern California. He played 12 of his 15 NFL seasons with the Patriots and was one of the cornerstones of the team’€™s success in winning the Super Bowl in the 2001, 2003 and 2004 seasons. He ranks third in team history with 78 sacks and led the team in sacks six times, including a career high 11 in 1995. Read the rest of this entry »

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Perfect weather greets fans gathered for ‘Free Tom Brady’ rally at Gillette Stadium 05.24.15 at 2:49 pm ET
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For Patriots fans, it was picture perfect weather to rally behind their picture perfect quarterback.

According to the “Free Tom Brady” rally Facebook page, 600 people committed part of their Memorial Day Sunday to show their support for the embattled Patriots quarterback in Lot 4 of Gillette Stadium. Estimates had the attendance actually on site less than the 600 figure.

Fans held signs that read “Free Tom Brady” and “Fire Goodell,” voicing their displeasure over the four-game suspension that was handed down to Brady by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for the quarterback’s role in Deflategate.

Brady has appealed the suspension through the Players Association, which requested last week that league commissioner Roger Goodell recuse himself from hearing the appeal. Goodell’s lawyers have suggested he deny the union’s request.

Patriots fans across New England and the country have rallied around Brady, whom they feel has been an unfair target of the probe by Ted Wells and the NFL to look into why footballs were under inflated in the first half of the AFC championship game against the Colts.

This week at Fenway Park, fans have broken out in spontaneous cheers of “Free Tom Brady,” including Friday night when the team was down 12-5 in the 8th inning of a loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

Fans showed their disgust for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and their support of Tom Brady. (Maggie Meyer/Getty Images)

Fans showed their disgust for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and their support of Tom Brady. (Maggie Meyer/Getty Images)

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Patriots fans to stage ‘Free Tom Brady’ rally Sunday at Gillette Stadium 05.23.15 at 6:16 pm ET
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Tom Brady will be getting support from Patriots fans on Sunday at Gillette Stadium. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Tom Brady will be getting support from Patriots fans on Sunday at Gillette Stadium. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Patriots fans will be taking time out of their Memorial Day weekend to show their support for their embattled superstar quarterback.

According to a Facebook fan page, fans will be holding a rally in support of Tom Brady at Gillette Stadium on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event, according to a post on the page, describes the event as a “peaceful rally to protest the unjust football arrest of half God half man Tom Brady.”

The rally takes place at Patriot Place Parking Lot 4, in the general area of the Patriots Pro Shop and Hall at Patriot Place, which houses the team’s Hall of Fame.

Brady has been suspended for the first four games of next season by the NFL for his role in Deflategate. Brady has appealed the suspension through the Players Association, which requested last week that league commissioner Roger Goodell recuse himself from hearing the appeal. Goodell’s lawyers have suggested he deny the union’s request.

Patriots fans across New England and the country have rallied around Brady, whom they feel has been an unfair target of the probe by Ted Wells and the NFL to look into why footballs were under inflated in the first half of the AFC championship game against the Colts.

This week at Fenway Park, fans have broken out in spontaneous cheers of “Free Tom Brady,” including Friday night when the team was down 12-5 in the eighth inning of a loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

A "Free Tom Brady" rally has been organized for Sunday on Facebook. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

A “Free Tom Brady” rally has been organized for Sunday on Facebook. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

As of Saturday afternoon, nearly 250 people had confirmed via the Facebook page that they were planning to attend. Fans are also encouraged to wear Tom Brady jerseys. Read the rest of this entry »

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Darrelle Revis speaks out on Tom Brady: ‘Tom was there when they did stuff in the past’ 05.20.15 at 6:56 pm ET
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Darrelle Revis has compared Tom Brady to Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson.  (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Darrelle Revis has compared Tom Brady to Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Darrelle Revis and Tom Brady have always had a healthy amount of respect for one another as competitors and teammates on the field.

But in an interview with Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Revis took some thinly veiled shots at Brady and the Patriots in the wake of punishment handed down for their alleged role in Deflategate.

“Everybody’s blowing it up because it is Tom Brady,” Revis told the Daily News Wednesday. “I understand that. But if [the NFL] feels he did the crime or he did something and they want to penalize them, then that’s that. [The Patriots] have a history of doing stuff. You can’t hide that. Tom was there when they did that stuff in the past.”

The remarks were the first from Revis since the punishment was levied by the National Football League.

Revis, according to Mehta, made it clear that he was unaware of any wrongdoing by Brady in his one season with the Patriots that ended with a Super Bowl title.

But Revis did hint that the franchise’s rule-breaking history, such as Spygate, likely played a role in this latest punishment.

“New England’s been doing stuff in the past and getting in trouble,” Revis told Mehta. “When stuff repeatedly happens, then that’s it. I don’t know what else to tell you. Stuff repeatedly happened through the years. You got SpyGate, you got this and that and everything else. Obviously in those situations in the past, they had the evidence. So they did what they needed to do.”

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