|Rodney Harrison on OM&F: Tom Brady ‘out for vengeance’ against NFL||09.22.15 at 12:01 pm ET|
NBC Sports NFL analyst Rodney Harrison made his weekly appearance on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Tuesday to discuss Tom Brady‘s start to the season and how this year’s team compares to 2007. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.
Brady is off to a tremendous start to the season, as through the first two games he has gone 63-for-91 passing (69 percent) for 754 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions. He hasn’t let his age affect his play and has used the Deflategate saga as motivation.
“I’ve always said, when you obtain the level of success Tom Brady has obtained, you need something to push you, and I think this was a mistake by the entire league. I think he’s out for vengeance,” Harrison said. “He’s not going to ever come out and say anything, but it’s a focus that even when I was on the field opening night, I saw it in his eyes. I saw that special look. I saw that same look I saw in ’03 and ’04 in the Super Bowl, and it’s scary when Tom Brady gets like that.
“When you get older people start to say you lose it, but I think you become a lot more focused on taking care of your body, not partying, not drinking, not hanging out. You’re more structured. You have family life and things are kind of slowing down for you. Tom Brady, I mean, the work he and Alex [Guerrero] have been doing is absolutely fantastic. He looks tremendous and I am so happy and so proud of him.”
Brady torched the Bills defense for 466 yards passing in Sunday’s win. Harrison was surprised at how successful Brady and the Patriots were.
“I was surprised. I thought on the defensive side of the ball they would be a lot more prepared,” he said. “I was really surprised because all summer we heard about Miami and Buffalo being the two teams to challenge the Patriots. It was a flat out embarrassment and shows you can talk all you want during the week, but in order to beat the Patriots you have to execute on Sunday.”
“The one thing that I kind of noticed with the Buffalo Bills — you get into a situation where you’re up 37-13 or whatever it was, I was a little surprised that he kept passing the ball because that is an opportunity to run the ball, milk the clock, maybe run some play action and lessen the chances of someone getting hurt,” he added. “When you’re playing against hot heads like the Buffalo Bills and those young guys in the secondary, I was just so afraid someone was going to try and take a cheap shot on Rob Gronkowski, go at his knee and try and take him out for the season. I looked at the Patriots and I felt like they should have ran the ball more and really worked on milking the clock.”
|Evan Mathis, Wes Welker top list of veteran NFL free agents still in search of work||08.24.15 at 12:34 pm ET|
With summer winding down and the regular season fast approaching, there still are some veteran free agents on the market who have expressed an interest in playing in 2015. Here are eight intriguing veteran possibilities who could find themselves in uniform again between now and Labor Day.
Evan Mathis — The 33-year-old guard, who was released by the Eagles earlier this offseason, probably is best offensive lineman currently available. While there are questions about how much he’d command, he’s had no shortage of suitors to this point. Reports have linked him to the Seahawks, Dolphins, Titans and Chiefs. The 6-foot-5, 301-pounder is a two-time Pro Bowler who has played for the Eagles, Bengals, Dolphins and Panthers.
Wes Welker — When he blew through town last spring on a promotional tour, Welker said that he’d gladly re-sign with the Patriots if given the chance. A reunion with Tom Brady would be fun to write about, but at the same time, the 34-year-old Welker has had concussion and other injury issues the last season-plus with the Broncos, which might take him out of the picture, at least as it relates to New England. However, like Wayne and some other veteran receivers still on the market, he could get a phone call because of the recent injuries to the likes of Nelson and Kelvin Benjamin.
Randy Moss –– Why not? He teased everyone the last few days with the thought of him returning. It’s debatable how much he has left in the tank, but if we can seriously talk about the idea of Wayne coming back, why not Moss? The 38-year-old played 14 seasons in the NFL, including three-plus years with the Patriots from 2007 through the early stages of the 2010 season. With New England he caught 259 passes for 3,904 yards and 50 touchdowns. If he can still play, he would likely have a short list of contenders, and you figure given his past history with the Patriots, New England would be on that list.
|Ex-Pats WR Randy Moss leaves door open when asked about possible comeback||08.23.15 at 8:35 pm ET|
Randy Moss left open the possibility of a comeback when he met with reporters last week in West Virginia. On Sunday night, he fueled more speculation about an attempted return to the NFL.
Speaking on the FOX pregame show, he told host Curt Menafee he has “not lost the itch” to play, and that he’d been working out over the offseason.
“I have been retired for the last two years, but you never know, Curt,” he said. “It’s the love of the game that I still have inside of me.
“The sky’s the limit for me, Curt. So we’ll just have to wait and see.”
The comments come at an interesting time for wide receivers across the league: Green Bay lost Jordy Nelson for the season in Sunday’s preseason action to a knee injury. In addition, Kelvin Benjamin, considered to be Carolina’s top pass-catcher, also went down for the year with a knee issue. And the Patriots have reportedly decided to kick the tires on Reggie Wayne in an attempt to add some veteran depth at the position.
Moss, 38, played 14 seasons in the NFL, including three-plus years with the Patriots from 2007 through the early stages of the 2010 season. With New England, he caught 259 passes for 3,904 yards and 50 touchdowns. He said last week he remains close with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
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|Randy Moss shows love for Tom Brady: ‘I’m going to stand by him, regardless of what happens’||08.20.15 at 2:17 pm ET|
Randy Moss did a lot more than just show up at Patriots joint practice with the Saints Thursday. He offered unconditional support for one of his best friends.
Moss said Thursday that no matter what happens with Tom Brady in the Deflategate saga, he will stand by the quarterback with whom he made NFL history in 2007. That was the season that Moss caught 23 touchdown catches and Brady threw 50 touchdown passes, both NFL records at the time.
Moss knows Brady as well as anyone in football and says that he stays in close touch with him to this day.
“One thing that you all have to realize is that Tom is human,” Moss told reporters Thursday after practice in West Virginia. “I’m not going to sit here and tell you that it doesn’t affect him, I think not only does it affect him, it affects everybody in his circle. It’s just something as a professional you just have to just live with it and move on from it. We talk every month but that something we don’t talk about. I told Tom, first and foremost, that I’m going to stand by him, regardless of what happens.
“I don’t call him to talk about anything negative. Friends are supposed to stay positive and move you in the right direction and that’s what I’m there for.”
This isn’t the first time Moss has defended Brady in Deflategate, showing his support in July. The only difference Thursday is that he had the chance to do so in person.
Moss said Brady, only six months younger than the 38-year-old Moss, even suggested Moss get in formation and run some routes.
“He wanted me to. He threw me the ball a couple of times,” Moss said. “It was great being around the guys. I think I reached out to Coach a couple of months back and just told him I was in the area and being nice. I wanted to bring a few kids up here. It was a short-notice thing. Just by seeing the love and just hearing the fans, [for] the state of West Virginia, I think this is a good thing that The Greenbrier is putting on.”
What was even more interesting from Moss Thursday is that he feels Brady could be in line for his best season ever.
|Randy Moss: ‘I’ve always stood in Tom [Brady’s] corner’||07.14.15 at 7:00 am ET|
Another former teammate is backing quarterback Tom Brady for his role in Deflategate. This time it is former wide receiver Randy Moss.
“I’ve always stood in Tom’s corner,” Moss said to the Fay Observer. “I called myself a professional but that man was definitely a letter grade above me.”
Brady was suspended four-games for his role in Deflategate, something Moss seems to disagree with.
“Over some air?” Moss said. “If he did it, so what? He hasn’t shown me anything but how he carries himself as a professional man, husband, father and athlete.
“Tom Brady is a pro’s pro. I love the man and everything he’s accomplished.”
Moss finished his four-year career with the Patriots totaling 259 catches for 3,904 yards and 50 touchdowns, including 23 in the historic 2007 season.
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|Tom Brady to Randy Moss on early season media criticism: ‘Great opportunity for me to dig deep’||11.25.14 at 6:00 am ET|
What a difference two months makes.
Obviously a lot has changed since that Sept. 29 game, led by Brady’s play, as the Patriots have rallied with seven straight wins to now have the best record in the AFC at 9-2.
In an interview with old friend Randy Moss on the FOX pregame show prior to last Sunday’s game, Brady spoke of the criticism — acknowledging it may have been the first time he was criticized during his 15-year pro career.
“Really for my career I’ve never had a lot of criticism,” Brady told Moss. “We won the first year that I played and then we won two more shortly after that. This was really the first time people came down on me. I took it in stride and I thought it was really a great opportunity for me to dig deep. I think I’ve always had that chip on my shoulder and there probably always will be because I was a sixth-round draft pick — that never goes away. I was the one no one really wanted in college. They really didn’t want me in the pros. Now I am always like, ‘Why do they want me to go away so quick?, Why do they want me to go away so quick?’ I just have fun playing.”
Brady is now 37 years old and in his 15th season in the league. Moss, who is now retired, asked Brady how much longer he has left playing and why he has a desire to play for as long as he can.
“I think there is nothing I’d rather do,” said Brady. “I don’t have a lot of hobbies. There’s something in my DNA that loves this game because I feel like I am 27. I just want to keep doing it. I’m having a lot of fun. We get to play football for a living and what would be any better than that?”
|Tom Brady on D&C: ‘We’ve got a lot of good things going’||11.24.14 at 9:40 am ET|
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady checked in with Dennis & Callahan for his weekly chat Monday morning, following Sunday’s dominant 34-9 victory over the Lions, and talked about Darrelle Revis, Jonas Gray, Odell Beckham Jr. and Randy Moss. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
With their seventh straight win, the Patriots are 9-2 and look like they have established some separation from the pack. Brady cautioned that there still is plenty of room for improvement.
“I think it’s a week-to-week thing,” he said. “At different times over the course of the year we’ve done a lot of things really well, and you really want them to all come together on game day. I’m sure there’s always things we can get better at. I thought we did a lot of good things offensively yesterday, but I think we could have been even better. You’ve just got to go out there every week trying to improve and stay sharp and improve things that have shown up over the course of the season and we haven’t done as well consistently.
“It’s great to win, but as always when you win it’s never as good as you think, and when you lose it’s never as bad as you think. We’ll go in today and watch the film and talk about all the things we can do better. We obviously are playing well, we’ve got a lot of good things going. We’re continuing to be tested, because we’ve played a lot of good opponents here the past bunch of weeks, and now we’ve got another one coming up on Sunday.”
Running back Jonas Gray, the star of last week’s win over the Colts, sat out Sunday after arriving late to practice Friday.
“Those are always coach’s decisions to do certain things,” Brady said. “It’s unfortunate for everybody involved. You never want to see those things, because all these guys are important to us, and Jonas is a big part of our team and a big part of the reason why we won a huge game in our season. You just hate to see someone disciplined, but that’s just the way coach decided to handle it.”
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