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|Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis rips Rodney Harrison for saying he’d take Cam Newton out||02.05.16 at 3:53 pm ET|
A Carolina Panther has a bone to pick with Rodney Harrison, and it’s not loud-mouthed cornerback Josh Norman, but NFL Man of the Year Thomas Davis.
The Panthers linebacker fired back at the former Patriots safety on Friday in response to Harrison’s contention that if he were to face superstar quarterback Cam Newton in the Super Bowl, he’d “try to take him out.”
“How can you sit there and say you would intentionally try to hurt another player?” Davis tweeted, per the Charlotte Observer. “#NoRespectForTheGame get this clown off the air!!”
Davis didn’t stop there, also ripping Harrison for his 2007 suspension over the use of human growth hormone.
“It’s crazy to think that I actually (used) to look up to a guy like @rodney_harrison even after he got caught cheating!” Davis tweeted.
Davis was responding to comments Harrison made on Wednesday to radio host Dan Patrick, noting that he’d try to injure Newton as a means of winning Super Bowl 50.
“If I was playing against Cam Newton, I would try to take him out,” Harrison said. “I would try to take him out. I would try to hurt him. I would go right at his knees. That’s the goal. That’s the goal: you want to knock him out. That might be the difference between winning and losing the Super Bowl.”
|Adam Schefter on D&C: ‘The league made up the rules as they went along’ regarding checking footballs||02.03.16 at 11:42 am ET|
ESPN’s Adam Schefter checked in with Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Wednesday morning to discuss Roger Goodell’s comments to the media about Deflategate. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
While addressing the media on Tuesday, Goodell announced that he would not be releasing the PSI data the league had previously claimed to be collecting. He said that the league only conducted “spot checks” and that no violations were found. This has left Patriots fans outraged, wondering if that data could have helped prove Tom Brady‘s innocence.
“I’ll say this, if the numbers came out and supported the league’s contention, I’m just guessing here, we probably would have heard more about that … but that didn’t happen,” Schefter said, adding: “The league has been, I think, inconsistent. In this particular case, the league made up the rules as they went along.”
Around this time last year, deflated footballs seemed to be of the utmost importance to Goodell and the NFL. Now, it seems the league has changed its tune.
“The league made a huge deal out of the Patriots’ footballs, but then this year I think it probably got a little bit more educated on the topic, more educated than it was at that particular time,” Schefter said. “I think that reflected that it was more along the lines of what people in New England thought and not along the lines of what people across the rest of the league might have thought.”
|On 16-year anniversary of his hire, Bill Belichick calls joining Patriots ‘one of the best days of my life’||01.27.16 at 4:24 pm ET|
Bill Belichick isn’t happy about the end of the Patriots season, but that doesn’t mean he can’t do a little reflecting.
Informed during his final appearance of the season on Dale & Holley on Wednesday that he was hired on this date in 2000, Belichick got contemplative.
“Sounds right,” he said. “One of the best days of my life. I look back on that with great pride and a lot of positive reflection. The opportunity Robert [Kraft] gave me to coach this team is one that I respect and treasure and take very seriously, and I’ve tried to my best over that period of time. I’ve certainly made my share of mistakes, and I’m sure I’ll make more going forward, but I’ll always try to do what’s in the best interests of the team. I hope that we can continue to improve and be competitive every year.”
Told that in the time since he has joined the Pats, the other teams in the NFL have combined to employ 130 head coaches, Belichick chuckled.
“I guess that means I’ve been doing it a long time,” he said. “It means I’m getting older. I appreciate the opportunity here, the support, the stability, the stability with ownership.”
|Patriots head coach Bill Belichick confirms departure of offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo||at 4:14 pm ET|
Coach Googs is officially out.
Appearing on Dale & Holley, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick confirmed the club has parted ways with offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo, just days after quarterback Tom Brady absorbed over 20 hits and the offensive line was flagged for two costly penalties in a season-ending loss to the Broncos.
“Dave’s contract is up and we talked after the game and we’re going in different directions on that one,” Belichick said. “I really have a lot of respect for Dave. We obviously had a lot of success offensively last year and this year. We appreciate all his efforts and all he did for us. We wish him well in whatever his future brings. There will be some type of a transition at that position.”
The Broncos overwhelmed the Patriots up front in Sunday’s AFC title game, sacking Brady four times, hitting him 20 times, and leaving him literally bloodied and bruised. Center Bryan Stork was flagged for a 15-yard personal foul early in the game to negate a gain, and right tackle Marcus Cannon got hit with a false start that turned a second-and-1 into an eventual turnover on downs on fourth-and-6.
|Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on D&H: ‘I felt like we had control of the game, we just didn’t have control of the score’||at 3:51 pm ET|
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick joined Dale & Holley for his final appearance of the season on Wednesday and broke down some of the breakdowns that led to a disappointing 20-18 loss to the Broncos in the AFC title game.
“I felt like we had control of the game,” Belichick lamented. “We just didn’t have control of the score.”
Repeatedly noting that the game came down to the final seconds, Belichick bemoaned all of the little mistakes that added up to defeat.
“In a game that close, that comes down to the wire like that, it’s a lot more than one thing,” he said. “It’s quite a few of them, any one of which would’ve helped us.”
He noted that had the distance been greater, the Pats would’ve kicked a field goal. But when Danny Amendola caught a 10-yard pass on third-and-11 to set up the pivotal fourth down call, there was no doubt what the Pats needed to do.
“We were going to do that if it was fourth and short,” Belichick said. “Third and 11 play before, something like that, if it had stayed there, somewhere in the neighborhood of fourth and 11, fourth and 8, we would’ve taken the points. Fourth-and-1? That’s a relatively high percentage of conversion, in the 75-80 percent range, generally speaking.”
With only six minutes left, and the Patriots trailing by eight, Belichick feared the Patriots might not drive that deep into Broncos territory again.
“We hadn’t been down there a lot,” he said. “I don’t know how many more opportunities we’re going to get with six minutes left in the game. Down by eight, I don’t think there was a whole lot of second thoughts about that. . . . Fourth and longer, it would’ve been a different decision. Play the percentages.”
With roughly two and a half minutes left, the Patriots again found themselves facing fourth down. This time it was fourth-and-6 at the Denver 14. Once again, there was no doubt they had to go for it. The Broncos swarmed Rob Gronkowski as Tom Brady‘s pass fell incomplete.
“I’m not sure we’re going to have another possession,” Belichick said. “One more first down would pretty much — it depends on how it happened — but if they were to run three plays and get a first down, that would make it hard for us to win.”
|Report: Patriots parting ways with offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo||01.25.16 at 7:42 pm ET|
Things evidently aren’t remaining status quo for the Patriots after their season-ending 20-18 loss to Denver in the AFC Championship game Sunday.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Patriots are not going to be bringing back offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 26, 2016
DeGuglielmo, who took over for longtime offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia after the 2013 season, guided the group that came under the most fire after the defeat in Denver.
Using a NFL-high 37 different offensive line combinations — and 13 different starting groups — the Pats‘ offensive line struggled for most of the year, particularly after the loss of left tackle Nate Solder on Oct. 11.
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