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Adam Schefter on MFB: ‘New England dictated’ Seattle’s decision to pass on goal line 02.06.15 at 1:08 pm ET
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ESPN’s Adam Schefter joined Middays with MFB on Friday to discuss the Patriots’€™ Super Bowl victory. To hear the interview, go to the Middays with MFB audio on demand page.

The most talked-about play of the game is the Seahawks‘ decision to throw the ball on the goal line instead of letting Marshawn Lynch run. The play resulted in the Malcolm Butler interception that sealed the victory for the Pats.

“I thought the real key part of that play was that New England brought on its goal-line defense, and when New England brought on its goal-line defense, that was when Seattle went to the three-wide receiver package,” Schefter said, adding: “The bottom line for that is that New England dictated to Seattle rather than Seattle dictating to New England the type of play that was going to be run. … Obviously that worked out very very well for the New England Patriots.”

Schefter expressed a belief that Seattle coach Pete Carroll is receiving too much blame for the play call.

“If they had thrown a touchdown there, I promise you people would have said, ‘Look at how smart Pete Carroll is, and how creative, and going outside the box, and running their play on that spot,’ ” Schefter said. “But it didn’t. If the play worked no matter what he ran, he was going to be brilliant. And if it didn’t work no matter what he ran, he was going to be ripped.”

The Super Bowl championship is the Pats‘ fourth in 13 years, solidifying them as one of the greatest dynasties in NFL history.

“[The Patriots] have done this in a free agent era that is designed to promote and implement and have parity,” Schefter said. “This league is built for everybody to finish 8-8, for teams with great players to lose great players. And yet New England during that time has still managed to find a way to go to six Super Bowls. … The only one of those dynasty type of situations that we’re talking about that’s had to fend off the salary cap and the parity that the league always is striving for.”

Leading up to the Super Bowl, the Patriots were under scrutiny for the Deflategate controversy.

“There are people in the Patriots organization, multiple people, that are adamant that nothing happened, they did nothing wrong, this is an overdone, blown-up situation that got carried away when they did nothing,” Schefter said.

With the season over, one of the most interesting decisions the Pats will have to make has to do with the future of corner Darrelle Revis.

“I don’t think that they’re going to exercise the $20 million option,” Schefter said. “I’ve always thought that to be unlikely. So I think they sit down, they try to get something worked out. … If they don’t and he gets out in the market — you can take this to the bank — the Jets and the Bills are going to make major runs at him.”

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Jonathan Kraft talks Tom Brady’s greatness, Darrelle Revis’ contract, on D&C at 12:14 pm ET
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Patriots president Jonathan Kraft joined Dennis & Callahan on Friday to discuss the Super Bowl and all things Patriots. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Kraft discussed the importance of the Pats‘ fourth Super Bowl victory.

Tom [Brady] is the one after we won the first Super Bowl who said that the one that’s sweetest is the next one,” Kraft said, adding: “I think that it felt good, but I think those emotions come at the minute and you experience them but then you’re focused on what’s going to happen in the future. And if you’re lucky enough to win another one, I think that one feels probably in the moment sweeter than anything you’ve experienced before.”

Added Kraft: “The bottom line is we had a hell of a Super Bowl game. … It was an awesome football game, and ultimately, that’s what the National Football League is about. Just incredible competition and entertainment.”

Kraft praised the Pats quarterback after his third Super Bowl MVP performance.

“You got to see why Tom Brady is the greatest of all time,” Kraft said. “Whether we had won or lost that game, it didn’t matter. To go to nine AFC championship games and six Super Bowls, and now to have won four, in an era of a hard cap and unrestricted free agency and coaching staff turnover. These other guys he gets compared to played in a totally different era where you had much greater consistency and there were fewer teams in the league and the level of competition just wasn’t what it is now. And, you know, that fourth quarter is Tom Brady, and he is as great a competitor as has ever played the game, he’s the greatest leader, he is the greatest quarterback. … He deserves it and the team deserves it.”

In the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, Brady and the Patriots were brought under scrutiny for Deflategate.

“It was more a feeling of displeasure at how the whole thing had started and been handled,” Kraft said when asked about the controversy, adding: “Throughout that week, there was just a lot of stuff that was in the media which we didn’t feel was appropriate. You’re supposed to be, in the world, innocent until proven guilty.”

One of the most important decisions the Pats will have to make in the offseason is what to do with cornerback Darrelle Revis, who has a team option for 2015 worth a reported $20 million.

“I think we’re about to get started on the offseason,” Kraft said. “He is under contract for next year. I realize that it’s probably, people understand that that’s a placeholder. We’ll get to work on trying to make that happen and hopefully both sides will want to make a deal and we’ll get that done. He’s been everything and more since he’s been here.”

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Report: Seahawks DC Dan Quinn to be introduced as Falcons coach Tuesday 02.02.15 at 1:45 pm ET
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Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn reportedly has agreed to a five-year deal to coach the Falcons and will be introduced in Atlanta on Tuesday.

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was one of several other candidates to be interviewed for the job.

Seattle has reached the last two Super Bowls. The Seahawks beat the Broncos to become champions last year. Quinn’s defense, which has become famous for the Legion of Boom secondary, has been one of the main reasons for the team’s success.

Recently, Seattle coach Pete Carroll offered his opinions on Quinn.

“He’s had a great history,” Carroll said. “He’s a great communicator. He’s a fantastic teacher. He’s got a real toughness about him — innovative. He has all of the attributes of being a successful guy moving forward, so when that time comes we will expect to see him land one of those jobs and we will look forward to playing against him.”

Quinn will be replacing Mike Smith, who was fired at the end of this season, in which the Falcons went 6-10.

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Super Bowl XLIX sets viewership record at 12:48 pm ET
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According to the NBC Sports Group, Super Bowl XLIX set the record for highest viewership in Super Bowl history, with a 49.2 overnight rating.

In Boston, the game received a 61.0 rating, the highest in Super Bowl history for this market.

The ratings peaked between 10 and 10:15 p.m. ET, when the Patriots completed their comeback and stopped the Seahawks on the goal line with an interception by Malcolm Butler. Between those times, the ratings reached 52.9.

Last year, the Super Bowl between the Seahawks and the Broncos received a 47.6 rating. The previous record was 48.1, set in 2013 during Super Bowl XLVII between the Ravens and 49ers.


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Seahawks favored over Patriots for next year’s Super Bowl at 10:55 am ET
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Despite scoring 14 unanswered fourth-quarter points and winning Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, the Patriots are not the favorites to win next year’s championship.

Instead, Westgate SuperBook and the William Hill sports book gave the Seahawks the best odds to become champions in 2016. Seattle’s odds are listed at 5-1 to win Super Bowl L.

The Patriots are next on the list, with 6-1 odds.

After recovering from a 24-14 deficit heading in to the fourth quarter, the Pats held off Seattle in the final minute of Sunday’s game with an interception on the goal line by Malcolm Butler. However, the late-game heroics were not enough to convince Las Vegas oddsmakers that the Patriots can repeat.

Additionally, the early spread given by Westgate gives the NFC a 2.5-point advantage.

According to Westgate, division rivals of the Pats in the AFC East have much larger odds to overcome if they are to win a championship next year. The Dolphins are given 30-1 odds, the Bills are listed at 50-1 and the Jets are 100-1, the fifth-longest odds in the league.

Rounding out the top five with the Seahawks and Pats are the Packers (7-1), Broncos (8-1) and Cowboys (12-1).

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Adam Schefter on MFB: Deflategate leaves NFL in ‘no-win situation’ 01.30.15 at 1:12 pm ET
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ESPN’s Adam Schefter joined Middays with MFB to discuss Deflategate and preview the Super Bowl. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

Schefter discussed how the close relationship between Patriots owner Robert Kraft and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will be affected by the Deflategate controversy.

“The majority of fans outside of the New England area, they don’t like the Patriots, they don’t want to believe the Patriots, and they think the Patriots did wrong,” Schefter said. “And you have this public at large that wants to see New England hung for this. And then you’ve got Roger Goodell’s biggest supporter owning that football team. So it leaves Roger Goodell and the NFL in a real no-win situation. … The challenge here may be if there is any evidence to make sure that all sides are satisfied with the outcome of this particular case.”

Last Saturday, coach Bill Belichick held a press conference addressing the controversy and passionately defending his team and organization.

“No. 1, Bill Belichick truly believes that his team did no wrong,” Schefter said. “There may have been something that went on, but I don’t believe that he had any idea that anything happened. I really believe that.”

Added Schefter: “I think [Belichick] wanted to make it very clear that he didn’t know about it and I think No. 2, he wanted to put everything that he had out there defending his team in the strongest manner possible so that they could go to Scottsdale and then say, look, I did two press conferences last week, I answered all these questions, and before the week kicks into high gear, he’s got it out of the way.”

With Deflategate still dominating the national media, Schefter discussed how the Pats should approach the Super Bowl in the midst of the controversy.

“You can’t go into a game thinking of the enormity of it,” Schefter said. “You can’t think that this game has more significance on our legacy and this season than anything else. … It has a ginormous feel. It feels different, but you can’t approach it that way, you just have approach it like it’s Week 1 or Week 8 or Week 12 or whatever it may be.”

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Bill Belichick insists Patriots will ‘cooperate fully with whatever the league wants [to know]’ about game balls 01.19.15 at 3:38 pm ET
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Bill Belichick said the Patriots will cooperate fully with the NFL during a conference call Monday. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Bill Belichick said the Patriots will cooperate fully with the NFL during a conference call Monday. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — The Patriots will cooperate with the NFL investigation to the use of game footballs used in the AFC championship game Sunday night.

Bill Belichick said during a conference call Monday that he wasn’t aware of the investigation by the league until Monday morning.

“We would cooperate fully with whatever the league asks us, wants us to do.” Belichick “I didn’t know anything about it till this morning.”

Asked specifically if he were aware the Patriots were using intentionally deflated balls, Belichick responded with:

“The first I heard about it was this morning. Whatever we need to do to cooperate we’ll do,” said Belichick, who did not indicate whether he had been formally contacted by the league on the matter.

Patriots players were more dismissive of “Deflate-Gate” Monday afternoon when speaking with reporters at Gillette Stadium.

Multiple reports now indicate the NFL is looking into the report of deflated footballs being used in Sunday’s AFC title game.

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