|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|
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.
Multiple reports now indicate the NFL is looking into the report of deflated footballs being used in Sunday’s AFC title game.
|Mike Petraglia, Chris Price break down Patriots’ demolition of Andrew Luck, Colts in AFC title game||at 1:14 am ET|
FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price break down how the Patriots dismantled Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts, 45-7, Sunday in the AFC Championship at Gillette Stadium. Tom Brady threw three touchdowns and became the first quarterback in history to reach six Super Bowls while LeGarrette Blount ran for 148 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries. The Patriots advance to Super Bowl XLIX where they will face the Seattle Seahawks on Feb. 1 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
|Tom Brady reflects on Super Bowl wins: ‘To do what we accomplished in a short period of time was amazing’||12.31.14 at 3:29 pm ET|
FOXBORO — It’s been almost 10 years since Tom Brady and the Patriots last won a Super Bowl, and when he did — Feb. 6, 2005 — it was his third title in four years. Brady was just 27 years old at time time, and all he really knew about the NFL was winning.
Now, almost 10 years later, he has a better appreciation of just how special those Patriots teams were and how tough it is to win in the league.
“I think when you’re young, there is no perspective,” Brady said Wednesday. “Now that I have a little perspective on it, yeah, it’s hard to do. To do what we accomplished in a short period of time was amazing. But we’ve had a pretty good run for a while now. We’ve won a lot of games. We’ve come up short a few times in some big ones, but we’re lucky to be in those games, too. I think it’s a great accomplishment.”
The Patriots finished the year 12-4 and have earned the No. 1 seed in the AFC, thus earning a first-round bye — the 10th time in franchise history, which is also the most in the NFL.
The Patriots averaged 29.2 points per game, the fourth-most in the league, and had a stingy defense — led by the new additions of Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner — which held opponents to 19.6 points per game, the eighth-fewest in the league.
Brady and the Patriots certainly are made aware that they haven’t won a Super Bowl in almost 10 years, and the quarterback knows the postseason is all about making the most of opportunities.
“We’ve got a great football team, so we’ll see,” Brady said. “We’ve got to go out there and earn it. Nobody is going to give it to us. You’ve got to play your biggest at the biggest moments against the best teams in the toughest conditions. You’ve got to see what you’re made of. That’s what this tournament all shakes out. It shakes out which team has played the best over the course of this season and put themselves in the good position this season to play your best in the postseason.
“We’ve had a couple of good days of practice to prepare for it. We’ve talked a lot about the things that we need to do better, the things that we needed to be at our best. And then whenever we figure out who we play, then you really hone in on the opponent and go after it.”
|Patriots to honor 3-time Super Bowl champions during Sunday’s game||10.28.14 at 2:09 pm ET|
During the Patriots’ three Super Bowl titles in four years during the mid-2000’s, 22 players were on the team for all three. 18 of those 22 players will be honored Sunday during halftime of the Patriots’ matchup with the Broncos, as it is the 10th anniversary season of the accomplishment.
“Collectively, these 22 players will always share a special bond,” said Robert Kraft in a press release. “While individual Super Bowl teams will certainly be celebrated in the future, these 22 players represent the greatest era in franchise history and one of the greatest accomplishments in NFL history. It is always fun to participate in reunions with former players. The stories they share from their playing days are always entertaining and it is always fun to see the ovations the players get from our fans. I look forward to seeing them and sharing those experiences with them.”
The 18 players who will be honored at halftime are: Joe Andruzzi, Tom Ashworth, Troy Brown, Tedy Bruschi, Matt Chatham, Je’Rod Cherry, Kevin Faulk, Ted Johnson, Ty Law, Matt Light, Willie McGinest, Stephen Neal, Patrick Pass, David Patten, Lonie Paxton, Roman Phifer and Richard Seymour.
Tom Brady and Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri are still playing, while Larry Izzo (New York Giants), Mike Vrabel (Houston Texans) and Adrian Klemm (UCLA) are currently on active coaching staffs and will not be able to attend.
|Setting the scene from Super Bowl XLVIII: Warm weather awaits Broncos and Seahawks||02.02.14 at 4:52 pm ET|
EAST RUTHERFORD — For all the concerns about the first outdoor Super Bowl in a cold weather climate, apparently Roger Goodell has the ear of Mother Nature.
A game time temperature of 44 degrees is expected for kick-off, which would be officially five degrees warmer than the coldest Super Bowl ever played when the Cowboys beat the Dolphins, 24-3, in Super Bowl VI in Jan. 1972 at Tulane Stadium. As a matter of fact, three years later on the same field, they held the second-coldest outdoor Super Bowl, as the Steelers beat the Vikings, 16-6, with a game-time temperature of 46 degrees. Super Bowl XXXIX, won by the Patriots, 24-21, over the Eagles was played at a game-time temperature of 59 degrees in Jacksonville, Fla.
The temperature actually reached 56 degrees with a mild breeze around 2 p.m. ET before cooling off.
Wind should not be a significant factor as it will be coming out of the west-northwest at 4 MPH. According to weather.com temperatures should remain fairly steady throughout the three and a half hours, bottoming out at 39 at around 10 p.m. ET.
Here are the conditions for the previous 47 Super Bowls, courtesy the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
|I||Green Bay 35||Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA)||
|Kansas City 10|
|II||Green Bay 33||Orange Bowl (Miami, FL)||
|III||New York Jets 16||Orange Bowl (Miami, FL)||
|IV||Kansas City 23||Tulane Stadium (New Orleans, LA)||
|V||Baltimore 16||Orange Bowl (Miami, FL)||
|VI||Dallas 24||Tulane Stadium (New Orleans, LA)||
|VII||Miami 14||Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA)||
|VIII||Miami 24||Rice Stadium (Houston, TX)||
|IX||Pittsburgh 16||Tulane Stadium (New Orleans, LA)||
|X||Pittsburgh 21||Orange Bowl (Miami, FL)||
|XI||Oakland 32||Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)||
|XII||Dallas 27||Louisiana Superdome (New Orleans, LA)||
|XIII||Pittsburgh 35||Orange Bowl (Miami, FL)||
|XIV||Pittsburgh 31||Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)||
|Los Angeles Rams 19|
|XV||Oakland 27||Louisiana Superdome (New Orleans, LA)||
|XVI||San Francisco 26||Pontiac Silverdome (Detroit, MI)||
|XVII||Washington 27||Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)||
|XVIII||Los Angeles Raiders 38||Tampa Stadium (Tampa, FL)||
|XIX||San Francisco 38||Stanford Stadium (Stanford, CA)||
|XX||Chicago 46||Louisiana Superdome (New Orleans, LA)||
|New England 10|
|XXI||New York Giants 39||Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)||
|XXII||Washington 42||Jack Murphy Stadium (San Diego, CA)||
|XXIII||San Francisco 20||Joe Robbie Stadium (Miami, FL)||
|XXIV||San Francisco 55||Louisiana Superdome (New Orleans, LA)||
|XXV||New York Giants 20||Tampa Stadium (Tampa, FL)||
|XXVI||Washington 37||Metrodome (Minneapolis, MN)||
|XXVII||Dallas 52||Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)||
|XXVIII||Dallas 30||Georgia Dome (Atlanta, GA)||
|XXIX||San Francisco 49||Joe Robbie Stadium (Miami, FL)||
|San Diego 26|
|XXX||Dallas 27||Sun Devil Stadium (Tempe, AZ)||
|XXXI||Green Bay 35||Louisiana Superdome (New Orleans, LA)||
|New England 21|
|XXXII||Denver 31||Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego, CA)||
|Green Bay 24|
|XXXIII||Denver 34||Pro Player Stadium (Miami, FL)||
|XXXIV||St. Louis 23||Georgia Dome (Atlanta, GA)||
|XXXV||Baltimore 34||Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, FL)||
|New York Giants 7|
|XXXVI||New England 20||Louisiana Superdome (New Orleans, LA)||
|St. Louis 17|
|XXXVII||Tampa Bay 48||Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego, CA)||
|XXXVIII||New England 32||Reliant Stadium (Houston, TX)||
|XXXIX||New England 24||ALLTELL STADIUM (Jacksonville, FL)||
|XL||Pittsburgh 21||Ford Field (Detroit, MI)||
|XLI||Indianapolis 29||Dolphin Stadium (Miami, FL)||
|XLII||New York Giants 17||University of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, AZ)||
|New England 14|
|XLIII||Pittsburgh 27||Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, FL)||
|XLIV||New Orleans 31||Sun Life Stadium (Miami Gardens, FL)||
|XLV||Green Bay 31||Cowboys Stadium (Arlington, TX)||
|XLVI||New York Giants 21||Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, IN)||
|New England 17|
|XLVII||Baltimore 34||Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans, LA)||
|San Francisco 31|
|Richard Sherman puts Aqib Talib in his class||01.30.14 at 1:51 pm ET|
What started out as a simple question Thursday about his relationship and rivalry with Darrelle Revis turned into an interesting window on the players Richard Sherman believes are the best at his position in the NFL.
Revis was one of the most outspoken about Sherman’s comments to FOX’s Erin Andrews about Michael Crabtree after the NFC championship on Jan. 19 in Seattle.
“I didn’t think that was good on his part,” Revis told the Tampa Bay Times. “If you listen to what the reporter asked him, it was nothing about him, it was about the team, and he put himself ahead of the team.
“Other than that, he’s an entertainer. He talks. He probably talks in his sleep. I thought he shouldn’t have said all that.”
On Thursday, Sherman responded.
“We’ve had a few conversations,” Sherman said. “He’s a great guy and we squashed all the nonsense. As a corner, at the cornerback position, I think every one of them out there is going to say that they’re the best, and that’s the way you’ve got to play the position.”
Sherman was referring to the fact that Revis this week said he still feels he’s the best corner in the business. Sherman definitely put Revis in that class along with several others, including New England’s Aqib Talib.
“I’m sure every corner out there that’s playing good football right now – the (Cleveland CB) Joe Haden’s, the (Arizona CB) Patrick Peterson‘s, the Darrelle Revis‘s, the (New England CB) Aqib Talib‘s, the (Tennessee CB) Alterraun Verner’s – feels like they’re the best corner in football. In order to play this game at the highest level, that’s how you’ve got to feel.
“That’s the confidence you feel. Now they may not go out and say it out loud and proclaim it like I do, but I’m 100 percent sure they feel that way. They play some great football and they deserve to feel that way as well. Like I said, I’m going to feel the way I am and they’re going to feel the way they are, and that’s just good corners playing football.”
As for any hard feelings Sherman has for Revis?
“No, not at all,” Sherman said. “I think one of those things, just like a lot of other things, is a lot of media fabrication more than anything. People make it more of a big deal than it really is. Guys have conversations off the field and are good friends. People would be surprised. They think they’re really mortal enemies, and it’s really not like that.”
|Pete Carroll says limitations in New England ‘kept me from being the kind of coach I could be’||01.28.14 at 6:13 pm ET|
NEWARK — His time in New England was brief and not altogether unsuccessful.
Pete Carroll stepped in for Bill Parcells and took his first two teams to the playoffs in 1997 and ’98. But when 1999 ended in 8-8 mediocrity and no playoffs, owner Robert Kraft decided it was time for a change. He was 10-6 in 1997, 9-7 in 1998, a season that ended with Scott Zolak as the starting quarterback against Jacksonville in a 25-10 playoff loss. He was 27-21 in three regular seasons with a playoff win over the Dolphins in his first season.
On Tuesday, at Super Bowl media day, Carroll reflected on those days in Foxboro.
“I never lost sight of what the possible opportunities were,” Carroll said. “I never had a thought where something like this couldn’t happen. But after getting immersed in the college world, that was everything. That was my whole life, so I lost sight of it a little bit there. But when opportunities came up, I’d revisit the thought and then let it go, because they weren’t right until the situation happened with Seattle. As soon as Seattle, when we came together on this thought coaching there, this resurfaced. We know that we’re where we’re intended to be and we’re excited about being here.”
“A lot of things were going on that made it difficult for him to stay, some of which were out of his control,” Kraft said at the time, “and it began with following a legend.”
What did he learn from working with Robert and Jonathan Kraft?
“I think I learned a lot. I think I learned a lot of things,” Carroll said. “Robert and his family are a great family to play and coach for. But I also learned what it takes for a person like myself to operate at my highest level and I also realized some limitations that were going on that kept me from being the kind of coach I could be. It allowed me to refocus and formalize some plans that I was able to put in at USC and then at the Seahawks.”
Of course, Carroll bridges the two greatest coaches in Patriots history, with Bill Belichick succeeding him in 2000.
Carroll said goodbye to the NFL for 10 years after the 1999 season with the Patriots. He took over the USC program and left that program just before the bottom fell out in 2009 and the school was hit with sanctions by the NCAA for numerous operations infractions, most centering around Reggie Bush.
Now he’s back in New York, where his NFL head coaching career began in 1994 with the Jets, a run that lasted just one season after his 6-10 record.
“You know, I think I do a pretty good job of not doing that,” Carroll said of looking back. “I don’t really care about trying to figure out where we are right now, just keep moving forward. Someday we’ll look back and that’s when you can kind of make an assessment of what’s happening.
“It’s very special to be here. Look at this event that our players are having to take part of. The game, the matchup, the culmination of the season, all of this is just extraordinary. It goes deeper than that. It goes way back to when we were little kids. There’s a lot to it. All in all, we’re just going to enjoy the heck out of it and try and play a good football game.”