|Richard Sherman takes shot at Robert Kraft-Roger Goodell relationship regarding Deflategate||01.26.15 at 1:02 am ET|
PHOENIX — The Seahawks wasted no time calling out the Patriots, as at their first availability in Arizona, Richard Sherman called out Robert Kraft when it comes to the Patriots’ possible discipline for Delfategate.
“Will they be punished? Probably not,” Sherman said. “Not as long as Robert Kraft and Roger Goodell are still taking pictures at their respective homes. I think it was just at Kraft’s house last week before the AFC championship, you know. Talk about conflict of interest.’
Sherman said the events in New England this past week haven’t impacted the Seahawks‘ view of the Patriots at all.
‘It was indifferent. It doesn’t really affect us at all,” said Sherman. “It wasn’t like we cared either way, honestly. It didn’t really affect us either way.’
As for his injured elbow, Sherman says he will be good to go come next Sunday.
‘It’s getting better. I had a good week of practice so it should be good,” he said.
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|Robert Kraft issues Deflategate statement, says Patriots taking ongoing investigation ‘very seriously’||01.23.15 at 3:16 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Roughly an hour after the NFL released its statement of an ongoing investigation of Deflategate, Patriots owner, Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft pledged complete support and continued cooperation with a statement of his own.
“On Monday, I received a letter from the league office informing me that they would be conducting an investigation into the air pressure of the game balls. Immediately after receiving the letter, I instructed our staff to be completely cooperative and transparent with the league’s investigators.
“During the three days they were here, we provided access to every full- and part-time employee the league’s representatives requested to speak with and produced every communication device that they requested to search. It is an ongoing process that the league and our team are taking very seriously. I very much support the league’s desire to conduct a complete investigation and welcome the appointment of Ted Wells to lead the process.
“Competitive balance and the integrity of the game are the foundation of what makes our league so special and I have the utmost respect for those principles. Our organization will continue to cooperate throughout the league’s investigation. Meanwhile, our players, coaches and staff will continue to focus on our preparations for Super Bowl XLIX and the many challenges we face as we prepare for the Seattle Seahawks.”
|Boston City Hall Plaza to host Patriots Super Bowl send-off rally Monday morning||01.21.15 at 8:53 pm ET|
The Patriots will get a Boston send off this time for the Super Bowl.
Mayor Marty Walsh announced Wednesday evening that his city will host a Super Bowl send-off rally for the Patriots on Monday morning at 11 o’clock in City Hall Plaza. The team’s last two Super Bowl send-off rallies were inside Gillette Stadium, and both resulted in Patriots losses to the New York Giants.
Perhaps a change of venue will result in a change of luck.
Another reason for the rally in Boston is the fact that the Patriots, because of Sunday’s Pro Bowl in Phoenix, are leaving on a weekday. Having it in City Hall Plaza will allow thousands of fans working in the city to make it over for the rally before and during lunchtime.
City Hall Plaza has often been the hub of post-championship celebrations in years past, as was the case with the Celtics and and Bruins in the 1970s and 80s before the Patriots started the tradition of the Duck Boat rallies in Feb. 2002, following their victory in Super Bowl XXXVI.
Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, President Jonathan Kraft, Head Coach Bill Belichick and Patriots captains Tom Brady, Dan Connolly, Vince Wilfork, Devin McCourty and Matthew Slater will address the fans in celebration of the Patriots’ AFC Championship before the team leaves for Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Arizona.
“I am thrilled to host our conference champion New England Patriots at City Hall to rally before we send them off to another Super Bowl,” said Mayor Walsh in a statement. “This is an exciting time for Boston, and I remind all fans to celebrate responsibly and make our City proud.”
The rally will be hosted by Patriots public address announcer and WEEI.com contributor John Rooke, and will include performances by the New England Patriots cheerleaders, an appearance by New England Patriots‘ mascot Pat Patriot, and the Patriots End Zone Militia.
|Robert Kraft on blowout loss in Kansas City in Week 4: ‘I wasn’t optimistic’||01.19.15 at 5:11 am ET|
FOXBORO — Even Robert Kraft admitted Sunday night following the Patriots’ 45-7 win in the AFC championship game things didn’t look good for the Pats when they lost to the Chiefs, 41-14, in Week 4, dropping their record to 2-2 in the process.
But, the Patriots rallied around one another and won seven straight following the game and came away with their sixth straight AFC East title at the end of the year, and now after Sunday, their sixth Super Bowl trip in the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era.
“I wasn’t optimistic,” Kraft said in the locker room after the game. “I love these guys, but in the end, this is a game of execution. You can practice well, do everything well, but you get a report card every Sunday or Monday night. But this is pretty special.”
“It was a bad game, and one thing I’ve learned in this business, losing is the worst, but you never get too high or too low,” he added. “That was a devastating loss and it got me in the gut, but they came back against Cincinnati and then rattled off I think seven games I believe against the best teams in the league with excellent quarterbacks.”
With the Patriots advancing to the Super Bowl, Kraft has now set the record for most Super Bowl appearances by an owner with seven. Kraft has 23 career postseason wins, which ties Eddie DeBartolo. Jr for the fourth most in NFL history by an ownership group. The Rooney Family is No. 1.
“I pinched myself,” Kraft said. “This is our 21st season and this is our 10th AFC championship game, so it’s almost every other year, which I never would have dreamt that. How privileged we’ve been to have such great people associated with us.”
“I don’t think of us stopping them, I think of us trying to win our fourth Super Bowl. They have a pretty good coach,” Kraft said.
|Jets owner Woody Johnson ‘misspoke’ on Darrelle Revis comments, calls Robert Kraft to clarify||12.29.14 at 5:28 pm ET|
Earlier on Monday during his press conference announcing the firings of head coach Rex Ryan and general manger John Idzik, Jets owner Woody Johnson talked about Darrelle Revis and how he would “love” to have him back with the Jets.
“Darrelle is a great player and if I thought I could have gotten Darrelle for that, I probably would’ve taken him,” Johnson told reporters of the one-year deal Revis signed with the Patriots in March. “And it was our best judgment to do what we did. Darrelle’s a great player — I’d love for Darrelle to come back.”
Since Revis is currently under contract with the Patriots, and has a team option for next season ($20 million), the comment could be viewed as tampering. Johnson released a statement through the Jets’ official team Twitter account early Monday evening addressing his comments.
The statement read: I misspoke today when I commented on Darrelle Revis. I would never interfere in the contractual relationship of a player with another team and I should not have used those words. I called Robert Kraft this afternoon to emphasize those points.
Bill Belichick was asked of the comments of Revis by Johnson on WEEI’s Dale & Holley Monday afternoon, before the statement was released by Johnson.
“I would think that the league would look into those comments … I’m sure that’s something that they would look into,” Belichick said.
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|Setting the scene from MetLife: Patriots look stay on track against Jets||12.21.14 at 10:09 am ET|
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the low 40s are expected for what could be the final road game of the year for the Patriots until the Super Bowl. There is no significant precipitation in the forecast and winds should be light out of the northwest at 8 MPH.
The 11-3 Patriots are 10.5-point favorites against the 3-11 Jets in what many expect to be the home farewell for Rex Ryan in the Meadowlands.
But the Patriots will not be in a sentimental mood, realizing they need a win to cement their place atop the AFC as the No. 1 seed, which carries home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Patriots will clinch the No. 1 seed With a win over the Jets and a Broncos‘ loss in Cincinnati Monday night to the Bengals. The Patriots and Broncos enter their Week 16 games with identical 11-3 records, with the Patriots holding the tiebreaker by virtue of their win on Nov. 2 at Gillette Stadium.
The Patriots clinch at least a first-round bye with a win.
For the first time since 2012, the Patriots will play a game without Julian Edelman. He did not make the trip due to a concussion. Tim Wright, Brian Tyms and Danny Amendola are expected to see more reps. Also out are LeGarrette Blount with a shoulder injury and Kyle Arrington with a hamstring injury. Jonas Gray figures to see a heavier load in the run game. If rookie running back James White is activated, it would mark just the third game this season he’s been active, and the first time since Oct. 26 against the Bears.
The Patriots are no doubt aware of what the Redskins accomplished on Saturday against the Eagles at FedEx Field. The Eagles entered the game with a 9-5 mark and with hopes of winning the NFC East. The Redskins were 3-11 and finishing out the string on another miserable season.
This game has significance for Patriots owner Robert Kraft. With a win, he would earn his 250th win in his 368th game as owner. According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, that would tie Chicago Bears‘ legend George Halas for the fastest to 250 wins as an NFL owner.
The Patriots are naturally looking to extend their dominance of the AFC East as well. The Patriots are 66-18 (.786) in the division since 2001, the best intra-divisional record of any team in the NFL over that period. The Colts are second at 62-23 (.729).
This is the 108th matchup between the two old AFL rivals, with the Patriots holding a 54-52-1 win. The Patriots have dominated the rivalry of late, winning 21 of the last 29 games.
Chris Price has a complete breakdown of what to look for in today’s positional matchups.
It figures to be a somber pregame, with a moment of silence expected for the two Brooklyn police officers murdered while in their patrol cars Saturday.
|Bill Belichick on report he told Tom Gill to delay Jonathan Fanene surgery: ‘That case has been over for a long time’||12.12.14 at 10:08 am ET|
Given the chance to respond to a Washington Post report that he told former team doctor Tom Gill to delay knee surgery on Jonathan Fanene to save bonus money due the player, Bill Belichick had little to say Friday.
“That case has been over for a long time,” Belichick said.
That may be the case in Belichick’s mind but not necessarily in the eyes of the NFL Players Association.
In a recently filed court document, the NFLPA alleges that former Patriots team physician Tom Gill changed his medical treatment of Fanene in an effort to strengthen a legal case that would force Fanene to return his $3.85 million signing bonus to the team.
The case appeared to be resolved in Sept. 2013 when the Patriots and Fanene reached a settlement on what the now-retired defensive lineman was owed
ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss initially reported the team and Fanene resolved a grievance over Fanene’s 2012 signing bonus, allowing Fanene to keep the $2.5 million already paid out while the team will not have to pay him the remaining $1.85 million.
After signing him in the summer of 2012, the Patriots claimed that Fanene did not disclose a knee injury. The team gave him a contract that included a $3.85 million signing bonus. The team was looking to recoup the $1.85 million and the full $2.5 million already paid.
On Friday, the Washington post reported that a grievance letter sent by the players’ union cites an e-mail from Gill that the NFLPA believes shows proof of Gill telling Patriots owner Robert Kraft and President Jonathan Kraft that he was ‘trying to put together a case’ that would compel Fanene to return the money after he suffered a knee injury in 2012.
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