|Adam Schefter on OM&F: ‘Little crazy’ to compare 2015 Patriots to 2007||09.24.15 at 1:54 pm ET|
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter checked in with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Thursday to discuss all things NFL, specifically the Patriots and comparing this year’s Patriots team to the 2007 team. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.
The Patriots have started the season 2-0 and Tom Brady has put up better numbers than he did through the first two games of the historic 2007 season. With that being said, Schefter said it’s too soon to compare the two teams.
“I think that it is a little crazy to compare right now,” Schefter said. “That 2007 team was so dominant and so good for so long. I mean, 16-0 in the regular season and then it seemed to run out of gas at the end of the season and into the postseason and wasn’t as dominant, nearly as dominant as earlier in the year was. They put 51 or 52 on Tennessee, I remember, a 50 burger against the Washington Redskins around Halloween I believe it was. I understand why you want to make those points and draw those parallels, but to me they are two different years and it is just a little early to do that.
“Do I think this Patriots team is PO’d? Yeah. Do I think they are playing with a chip on their shoulder? Yeah. Do I think they they have some offensive talent and major players? Yeah. All those things are true, but again, we’re two games into that. That Patriots team from 2007 was running away from every team. Now, if this game on Sunday turns into a blowout and it continues longer, then I think you’ll be comparing it more and more. I understand why you’re doing it, but it’s just too early for me to do doing that.”
Schefter was asked if media members have inquired to the league about randomly measuring PSI in footballs in games this season. He said people just want to move on from the subject.
“I frankly think that everybody is so over this idea and so past it and we’re so on to 2015,” Schefter said. “I can only speak for myself, I can’t speak for other media members — will we at some point inquire about numbers? I am sure it will come up in a topic. Do you think that if we have on “Sunday Insiders” this Sunday something about it with what the air pressure in balls that people care — that’s a real quick way to get people to turn off right now. I don’t think people care. We’re moving on.”
|Bob Kravitz on D&C: Tom Brady has ‘acted like a guilty person’||08.13.15 at 10:20 am ET|
Columnist Bob Kravitz of WTHR-TV in Indianapolis, the writer who broke the Deflategate story, checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show on Thursday to discuss the latest in the case after it was heard before Judge Richard Berman in New York on Wednesday. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Kravitz was surprised the public portion of the meeting Wednesday centered so much around the Wells Report.
“It’s hard to read where this judge is headed because I really thought this was going to be a process oriented hearing and instead they seemed at least based on the first meeting, they seemed to be revisiting the whole Wells Report, which really isn’t what he was charged to do,” he said. “He’s got the right to do that certainly. He may come out next Wednesday if they don’t reach a settlement and come hard after the NFLPA and [Tom] Brady. You just don’t know. He’s playing devils advocate.”
Looking at the Wells Report, Kravitz feels it didn’t do a good enough job of connecting the deflated footballs to Tom Brady, but did say the quarterback is acting like he’s guilty.
“I do think the Wells Report, if you look at it closely, I think it did a really good job of establishing the balls were deflated, that human tampering was involved,” he said. “I think where they came up short was in their effort to pin it on Brady. I think that there is some evidence. I think he’s acted like a guilty person, but I don’t know that there’s been a preponderance of evidence. That’s what is required in a situation like this.”
“If he had come out early and said, ‘Look, we weren’t trying to do any funny business, it kind of happened that way. We made it low. Maybe we stepped over the line a little bit, it was not intentional. My bad. It won’t happen again.’ I think this thing would have been over in about 10 minutes,” he added. “I really do.”
In the end, he predicts Brady will end up taking a one or two game suspension with no admission of guilt, but accepting a suspension for a lack of cooperation.
“If I was Brady I would probably disincline to accept much of anything, but I think his lawyers have to be smart and understand the NFL is pretty dug in and the NFL needs to save face … ,” Kravitz said. “I personally think in the end one or two games, no admission of guilt and those one or two games would be for a perceived lack of corporation.”
Here are more highlights from the conversation. For more Patriots news, visit weei.com/patriots.
|Ted Wells: No one at NFL initially took Colts’ complaints about underinflated footballs seriously||05.12.15 at 4:44 pm ET|
According to Ted Wells, the league did not try and run a sting at the expense of the Patriots when it came to Deflategate. Instead, he said Tuesday that the league didn’t intentionally wait until halftime to catch the Patriots allegedly tampering with game balls. Instead, Wells acknowledged that the NFL thought very little about the complaint submitted by Indy GM Ryan Grigson before the game.
“When the Colts made the complaint, no one at the league office took the complaint seriously,” Wells said in a conference call with the media Tuesday afternoon. “They flipped the complaint to the operations people so they knew about it. They told the refs. Walt Anderson thought it was just a normal complaint. You get these types of complaints all the time. Nobody paid that much attention to it.
“There was no sting operation.”
According to the Wells Report, attached to Grigson’s initial e-mail regarding the complaint was a message from Colts Equipment Manager Sean Sullivan, who said, “it is well known around the league that after the Patriots gameballs are checked by the officials and brought out for game usage the ballboys for the patriots will let out some air with a ball needle because their quarterback likes a smaller football so he can grip it better, it would be great if someone would be able to check the air in the game balls as the game goes on so that they don’t get an illegal advantage.”
|Jim Irsay not surprised Deflategate probe has taken this long||04.26.15 at 9:15 pm ET|
This week will mark the 100-day mark since Indy GM Ryan Grigson griped to the NFL about the air pressure in the footballs in the AFC title game against the Patriots, sparking Deflategate.
In the wake of the uproar, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell appointed Ted Wells as a special investigator to look into the matter, but there’s been no new updates on the situation since the Super Bowl. Goodell told reporters on Friday that Wells has not been given a timeline as to when he needs to complete his probe.
One guy who isn’t surprised that the Deflategate investigation has taken this long is Colts owner Jim Irsay. Speaking with reporters on Friday, Irsay said Wells is a “very thorough investigator” who is going to do his due diligence when it comes to getting to the bottom of what happened.
“I know that they are still finishing up their investigation, and there’s really nothing new to report,” Irsay told reporters on Friday. “It could be a few days, it could be a month or more. I really don’t know. They’re working to be, again, comprehensive and thorough, and when Wells gets done with it, he’ll let us all know.
“He’s going to do what he thinks — sort of in his vacuum, so to speak. He’s not concerned about when he gets the results, how long it takes. He wants to be thorough. So I know he operates that way. So it’s not a shock, but I think everyone has wondered exactly when he’ll come through and let us know what he’s learned.”
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|Colts GM Ryan Grigson: Indianapolis notified NFL with Patriots football concerns week of AFC title game||02.19.15 at 3:00 pm ET|
Apparently, at least according to Colts general manager Ryan Grigson, the NFL had suspicions the Patriots were using under inflated footballs prior to the AFC championship game.
Speaking at the NFL combine Thursday, Grigson said the Colts notified the league in the days leading up to the AFC title game they had concerns with New England.
“Earlier in that week, prior to the AFC championship game, we notified the league about our concerns,” Grigson said to reporters Thursday in Indianapolis. “We went into the game, we had some issues, but we are going to do what we can, and that’s to participate with the league in the investigation and wait until the Wells report comes out. We really have no other recourse but to wait until that investigation comes about.”
Grigson was asked about the specifics of why the Colts were concerned, but he didn’t want to get into anything, once again referring to the investigation by Ted Wells and his team. He said the Colts raised their concerns to make sure there was a level playing field.
“We had concerns,” Grigson said. “Just like I think any general manager would do — wants their team to play on a level playing field and we took the proper steps to try to ensure that. It’s up to the league to make sure that that happens. Again, if rules were broken, we’ll see. If not, that’s what the investigation’s for. Again, we are just doing our jobs and trying to ensure we give our team the best chance to win on a level playing field.”
As for coach Chuck Pagano, he didn’t want to get into anything, and is looking forward to the completion of the Wells report.
“I’m really not going to,” Pagano told reporters. “We all know there is an investigation going on right now. I don’t really have any comment as far as that goes. I’m as eager to hear the outcome of the investigation as I’m sure many of you are.”
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|NFL exec: Colts GM Ryan Grigson asked league to check footballs during AFC championship||02.03.15 at 12:54 pm ET|
After conflicting reports of how the referees were notified to check the footballs in the AFC championship game, it seems like there’s a real answer.
According to Pro Football Talk, in an interview that will air Tuesday night on Showtime, NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent said Colts general manager Ryan Grigson told the NFL in the second quarter of the AFC championship game that the Patriots might be tampering with the footballs.
It is still unclear of exactly how Grigson became aware of the deflated footballs and whether or not any other teams in the league had any involvement, or even if the Colts had suspicions from after the first game the two teams played earlier in the year.
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|Ready to kick things off at the Combine||02.21.13 at 9:59 am ET|
INDIANAPOLIS — Hello from Lucas Oil Stadium, where the annual scouting combine is underway.
On Thursday, offensive linemen, tight ends and special teamers will meet with the media. NFL coaches and executives will also address the media over the four days, with Ryan Grigson, Chip Kelly and Rex Ryan among those set to speak Thursday.
As far as players go, Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel figures to be the biggest name in focus Thursday. The 6-foot-6, 310-pound lineman figures to be in the mix to go first overall in April’s draft, though a lot of that will depend on whether the Chiefs bring back starting left tackle Branden Albert.
The workout schedule is as follows:
Saturday: Tight ends, offensive linemen, special teams
Sunday: Quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers
Monday: Defensive linemen, linebackers
Tuesday: Defensive backs
Check back for updates from Christopher Price and yours truly through Sunday.