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Back at Gillette for Day 2 07.31.09 at 9:19 am ET
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Hey everyone … we are here at Gillette for Day 2 of training camp, where both Randy Moss and Tom Brady are expected to speak to the media after the morning session — we’ll have the details as soon as they come down.

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Countdown to Camp: Quarterbacks 07.26.09 at 10:48 pm ET
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With training camp looming at the end of the month, WEEI.com will look at the 2009 Patriots in a daily position-by-position breakdown we’€™re calling ‘€œCountdown to Camp.’€ In today’€™s installment, we take a look at New England’€™s quarterbacks.

CURRENTLY ON THE ROSTER: Tom Brady, Kevin O’€™Connell, Matt Gutierrez, Brian Hoyer.

A LOOK BACK: Brady went down in Week 1 with a left knee injury, and Cassel stepped in to lead the Patriots to an 11-5 record. Cassel, who was dealt to Kansas City in the offseason, finished the season with a 63 percent completion rate, 3,693 passing yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. In limited action, O’€™Connell was 4-for-6 for 23 yards, while Brady was 7-for-11 for 76 yards in almost two quarters of play. Gutierrez did not see any action in the regular season last year, while Hoyer threw for 2,404 yards and nine TDs as a senior at Michigan State.

A LOOK AHEAD: This year, it’€™s all about No. 12. This spring, Brady said he was ‘€œfeeling really good’€ as he went through the organized team activities. He didn’€™t appear to be hamstrung in any way possible, going through every one of the same drills the other quarterbacks went through. Through most of the spring practices, there was the same zip on the football. And there was no discernible limp.

‘€œI feel as good as I could possibly feel — I don’€™t think about it. It doesn’€™t bother me doing anything. It’€™s feeling really good and it’€™s about as good as I can say,’€ Brady said when asked about his knee. ‘€œI’€™m real happy with where I’€™m at.’€

One person who might offer some unique insight into Brady’€™s rehab is Tom Martinez. Brady’€™s personal throwing guru, who currently lives in the Bay Area, said the New England quarterback will likely struggle out of the gate, but finish the year looking like the same old Brady. As a template, Martinez points to the rehab process that Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning went through last season after the Colts’€™ quarterback came off offseason surgery of his own.

‘€œDo I anticipate Brady having trouble? Yes,’€ Martinez said. ‘€œWill he correct it? Yes.’€

‘€œI think if he was concerned and it showed early, I wouldn’€™t panic. The same thing happened with Peyton. He was holding back early last year, not attacking the throw and leaving a little off it. By the end of the season, he was back to where he needed to be.’€

If the Patriots aren’€™t yet comfortable with the idea of O’€™Connell as the No. 2 quarterback, New England could always go out and get a veteran backup. The Patriots reportedly met with Patrick Ramsey earlier this year before he signed with the Titans, while Brian Griese is still available. But at this moment, O’€™Connell is your No. 2. Gutierrez and Hoyer will likely battle for the No. 3 spot — for more on that, click here.

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ESPN showers praise on Pats 06.25.09 at 11:38 am ET
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It was a clean sweep for the Patriots Thursday morning: ESPN.com named them the team of the decade, Tom Brady as the all-decade MVP and Bill Belichick as its all-decade coach.

The honors were bestowed with consultation from NFL general managers, coaches, scouts and players.

“You have to recognize championships because, ultimately, that’s what we’re playing for,” Belichick said when informed of ESPN.com’s selections.

Belichick captured the honor for leading the Patriots to three Super Bowls wins and four AFC championships, and at least tying for the AFC East’s best record each year since 2001. ESPN.com’s Tim Graham had a chance to catch up with Belichick, who asked him about being mentioned in the same breath as other “all-decade” coaches like Weeb Ewbank, Don Shula, Bill Parcells and Bill Walsh.

“It’s certainly flattering to be mentioned in the same breath as those guys, but honestly I don’t sit around and think about it a lot,” Belichick told Graham. “We’re so in the moment. We always have another bridge to cross.

“But I’m certainly proud of what our teams have done, proud to have been a part of them. I understand that it’s not run-of-the-mill. We’ve had some great moments in this franchise. I’ve been pretty fortunate.”

According to Graham, other candidates for coach of the decade included Tony Dungy and Bill Cowher. Belichick’s 102-42 record in the regular-season this decade (good for a .708 winning percentage) actually falls short of Dungy, who won two more games this decade for a .722 win percentage, while Cowher had a .647 win percentage.

But in the end, Belichick’s three championships (as opposed to the one each from Cowher and Dungy) were more than enough to tilt the scales in his’s favor.

“It’s definitely an honor when you consider the other great people that are involved in that, Coach Cowher, Coach Shanahan, Coach Dungy, a lot of great coaches there,” Belichick told Graham. “It’s certainly an honor to be placed among the coaches of that time.”

As for Brady, he beat out Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning and San Diego running back LaDainian Tomlinson for all-decade honors. Miami defensive end Jason Taylor — a good friend of Brady — wasn’t surprised.

“The guy’s just a winner,” Taylor told Graham. “He knows how to win, period.

“He’s got the talent. But everybody at this level has talent. … Maybe he does have a little more God-given ability than some others, but between the ears he’s as good as they come.”

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Highlights of Tom Brady with D&C 05.29.09 at 12:57 pm ET
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Thanks to Sam Chamberlain, here are a few highlights of Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady’s Q&A with D&C this morning. (For the complete audio of the interview, click here.)

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Getting their ‘best player back’ 05.28.09 at 5:05 pm ET
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FOXBOROUGH — Wes Welker had the best year of his career in 2007 with Tom Brady calling the signals. He caught 112 balls for 1175 yards. Both numbers were just a tad better than his 2008 Pro Bowl season, spent without Brady under center for 15 3/4 games.

“Anytime you can get back your best player on the team and have him out there, it’s a great deal and we’re definitely excited about it,” Welker said on Thursday during the Patriots organized team activity outside Gillette Stadium.

Last week Randy Moss — who declined to speak on Thursday as he came off the practice field — declared this offense could be even better than the record-setting 2007 bunch that saw Brady throw for a record 50 touchdowns and Moss catch a record 23 touchdowns.

But Welker agreed with Brady in saying there’s a lot of work to be done before jumping to that conclusion.

“We’re just trying to get better right now,” Welker said. “What happened in the past happened in the past and we just have to make sure we’re pushing forward and getting ready for the future.

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Complete Tom Brady Q&A, 5/28 at 2:19 pm ET
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Here’s the complete transcript of the Q&A between Tom Brady and the media from this afternoon at Gillette Stadium. (Thanks to NESN’s Jeff Howe for part of the transcription.)

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Brady speaks… at 1:31 pm ET
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FOXBOROUGH – Tom Brady made his long-awaited debut before 14 TV cameras and countless reporters and photographers Thursday on the practice fields outside Gillette Stadium.

Here is the audio of what he had to say.

Brady just happy to be back on the field.

Brady managed to stay positive throughout everything. Read the rest of this entry »

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