|Roger Goodell on Patriots’ win: ‘Spectacular game’||02.02.15 at 1:12 pm ET|
PHOENIX — Sunday night was a proud night for Roger Goodell.
With his sport’s biggest game in the national spotlight — both for sports fans and non-sports fans due to the events of the last two weeks — Super Bowl XLIX was one of the best Super Bowls of all time, with the Patriots coming away with an improbable 28-24 win over the Seahawks.
“We obviously had a spectacular game last night,” Goodell said at his Monday morning press conference. “One for the ages, as they say. The two best teams, I think, all season playing out to one of those classic Super Bowls. It was a great night for the NFL and our fans and our partners. As I understand, it’s the largest fourth-quarter comeback in Super Bowl history, so congratulations to both teams, but obviously in particular, our Super Bowl champs, the New England Patriots.”
“We’re obviously thrilled to have the Patriots here this morning,” he said. “Coach [Bill] Belichick and three-time [Super Bowl] MVP Tom Brady. Their fourth Super Bowl in 14 years. It’s an extraordinary performance on behalf of the Patriots. It was one of those games that demonstrated the resilience that makes the NFL special and makes this team special. Tom Brady has demonstrated that over his career and just an extraordinary performer, joining his boyhood idol Joe Montana as the only three-time Super Bowl MVP.”
|Report: Only 1 ball from AFC championship was 2 PSI low, others just ‘a tick’ below regulation||02.01.15 at 12:11 pm ET|
GLENDALE, Ariz. — As the Patriots prepare to take the field for Super Bowl XLIX, they are apparently looking more and more like winners in the Deflategate saga.
According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, only one of the 12 balls used by the Patriots in the AFC championship was a full 2 PSI below regulation while the other 11 found to be below spec were only “a tick” below regulation.
This news contradicts a report from Chris Mortensen two days after the AFC title game that 11 of the balls were found to be as much as a full 2 PSI below regulation.
There is an ongoing investigation being conducted by Ted Wells into how the balls were handled before the AFC championship game and if there were serious protocol violations by the Patriots. Patriots owner Robert Kraft sounded a confident tone Monday night upon the team’s arrival in Phoenix, expressing his support of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick and demanding an apology from the league if the report clears the team.
In his state of the league address on Friday, commissioner Roger Goodell said he’s not drawn any conclusions and will let the report speak for the league.
But the more that comes out, the more it appears the Patriots will be vindicated. Here is more from Rapoport on Sunday morning:
|Roger Goodell on Marshawn Lynch’s media antics: ‘There are a lot of things we don’t like to do in our jobs’||01.30.15 at 5:38 pm ET|
On media day he sat at his podium for less than five minutes answering every question with, “I’m here so I don’t get fined.” Wednesday at the team’s media availability at the team hotel he answered every question with, “You know why I am here.” Thursday, he changed up his answers, but never answered the questions he was asked and set his iPhone for 4.5 minutes before leaving the podium.
He also wore his “Beast Mode” hat, which is against NFL rules.
Goodell was asked if he would be disciplined for his actions during his state of the league address on Friday.
“I do not believe any decision has been made,” Goodell said. “Our staff probably will look at that following the Super Bowl and make a determination, as they have in the past.”
The commissioner made it clear he doesn’t approve of Lynch’s antics.
“I’ve been very clear. When you’re in the NFL, you have an obligation,” Goodell said. “It’s an obligation to the fans. It is part of your job, and there are things we all have to do in our job that we may not necessarily want to do. I think Marshawn understands the importance of the Super Bowl, the importance of his appearance, and the importance of him as an individual in this game. Fans are curious. Fans want to know and the media would like to make that story clear to our fans.”
“I understand it may not be the top of his list, but everyone else is cooperating and everyone else is doing their part because it is our obligation. As I said, there are a lot of things we don’t like to do in our jobs, but it comes with the territory and it comes with the privilege of playing in the Super Bowl.”
PHOENIX — As a part of his state of the league address on Friday, commissioner Roger Goodell addressed Deflategate and the ongoing investigation by Ted Wells.
Goodell said the investigation is centered around underinflated footballs used in the AFC championship game and if it was done deliberately. He said Wells and his team are hard at work on investigating the matter and release the findings when it is complete. He said they will do it “thorough” and “fair.”
“We take seriously anything that impacts the integrity of the game,” Goodell said.
“We have made no judgments on these points and will not compromise the investigation by engaging in speculation,” he added.
He added later in the press conference: “We don’t know enough in this investigation to know who is responsible, or even if there is an infraction”
Goodell said it didn’t matter how much of an advantage was gained by the possible use of underinflated footballs. He said rules are rules, also mentioning penalties, fines, suspensions and draft picks as possible measures of discipline.
The commissioner was asked if footballs have ever been tested in the middle of a game before for PSI, like they were at halftime of the AFC title game. He said he didn’t know the answer to that question.
Goodell was also asked about the comments made by Patriots owner Robert Kraft of he and the league owing him an apology if the investigation finds the Patriots did no wrong.
Goodell didn’t directly address the comments, but said the league needed to address the matter.
“This is my job, this is the job of the league,” said Goodell.
He was later asked about him being in a photo with Kraft the night before the AFC championship game and said he was there with sponsors, saying it was not unusual to do such a thing.
He added: “Professionally I have a relationship with [Kraft], and I also admire, respect and think very highly of him.”
|Mueller report finds ‘no evidence’ NFL received or watched Ray Rice video||01.08.15 at 2:20 pm ET|
Roger Goodell is off the hook, at least for now.
The independent report overseen by former FBI director Robert Mueller III and commissioned by the NFL in the wake of the Ray Rice scandal was released has found the league, including Commissioner Roger Goodell, did not know of the infamous video of Rice striking his then-fiancee Janay Palmer in an elevator before its release on TMZ in September.
Further, the report “found no evidence” that anyone in the league office had confirmed receiving the video, as The Associated Press had reported Sept. 7.
The report found, “(Despite) extensive investigation, we have found no evidence that anyone at the League received or viewed the in-elevator video prior to its public release. Likewise, we have found no evidence of a woman at the League acknowledging receipt of that video in a voicemail message left on April 9, 2014.”
So, Ray Rice isn’t playing this weekend but two days before the Ravens play the Patriots his story has reappeared.
|Rodney Harrison on MFB: Reggie Wayne ‘must’ve forgot’ old Patriots teams ‘flat-out kicked their butts’||11.18.14 at 12:30 pm ET|
NBC Sports NFL analyst Rodney Harrison made his weekly appearance on Middays with MFB on Tuesday to discuss the Patriots-Colts game and Adrian Peterson‘s suspension. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.
Last week, prior to the Patriots-Colts matchup, Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne called this year’s Patriots secondary the “best complete” he’s faced from a Patriots team in his 14 years in the league. Harrison, a member of the Patriots from 2003-08, strongly disagreed that this year’s team was better than the secondary of the Super Bowl years.
“I thought he was crazy and I texted Ty Law and said I said, ‘Ty, he’s crazy,’ ” Harrison said. “He must’ve forgot what we did in ’03-04 and just flat-out kicked their butts, and it was one of those things — I don’t know if he was trying to take a shot at us or what he was to do, or maybe too many hits upside the head — he probably forgot what happened in ’03-04. But, to say that that secondary is better than our secondary — and at that point it doesn’t even matter. Just go out there and play.”
Wayne finished Sunday’s game with five catches for 91 yards. Harrison liked the Patriots’ game plan against him.
“What a great game plan by [defensive coordinator] Matt Patricia putting Darrelle Revis on him, and Darrelle wasn’t even worried about Reggie Wayne going deep,” Harrison said. “I felt like Reggie Wayne, he works extremely hard, he’s trying to run routes, but because of age and injury he’s just no longer the same player than he once was. He had a great career and he’ll still continue to make plays and he will finish strong, but some things you just have to keep to yourself.”
The Colts came into the game 6-3 and looking to prove themselves as one of the elite teams in the AFC, but Harrison said he knew going in they weren’t up to the challenge.
“The Colts really disappointed me,” he said. “I just felt like this was a good game to gauge if they were ready to get to that next level of upper-echelon teams in the AFC and everyone was talking about their No. 1 offense and I just knew they had a lot of weaknesses on the defensive side of the ball, just like I told Tony Dungy. I just knew they weren’t ready. As good as your quarterback is, you have some weapons offensively — you need a total team effort consistently and they haven’t played consistent football on the defensive side of the field.”
|Adam Schefter on MFB: ‘If you’re not going to give [Tom Brady] an A-minus, I don’t know who in football deserves an A’||11.07.14 at 1:28 pm ET|
ESPN’s Adam Schefter made his weekly appearance on Middays with MFB on Friday to discuss Tom Brady‘s grade heading into the bye week and other NFL news. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.
WEEI.com’s Chris Price graded Brady with a B-minus through Week 9. Schefter said that’s grading the QB very tough.
“I would say an A-minus,” Schefter said. “And I mark him down from the A just because he struggled early on, the Patriots struggled early on, and it wasn’t very Patriot- or Tom Brady-like. But over the last four or five weeks, he’s arguably been the single best player in the entire league, right? They’re sitting there where they are because he’s been so good. So, no he was not perfect and they still have some work to do, but he was mighty impressive over the last month or so.”
Added Schefter: “To me, it’s a case where at the very least he gets a B-plus, probably gets an A-minus. Look, if you’re not going to give him an A-minus, I don’t know who in football deserves an A.”
While Brady has shined of late, the quarterback situation in Cincinnati is more concerning. Andy Dalton was historically bad in the Bengals’ Thursday night loss to the Browns, completing just 10-of-33 passes for 86 yards with three interceptions, two sacks and a passer rating of 2.
“Last night was one of the worst quarterback performances I’ve seen in a long time. I think anyone would agree that it was one of the worst performances they’ve seen in a long time,” Schefter said. “He had lowest completion percentage in Bengals franchise history for a single game. And if you watched it, there was almost never — almost never — any hope that anything was going to go the Bengals’ way. It was, it was, wow, I mean, again, it was a startling performance on a number of levels, not for good reasons.”