Brady: Offensive explosion made for 'fun' day in UK

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Brady: Offensive explosion made for 'fun' day in UK

Tom Brady met the media with a cheeky little smile at Sunday's press conference in London.
"It was a fun day. It was a fun day for us offensively," the quarterback said.
Right-o.
The Patriots demolished St. Louis, 45-7, at Wembley Stadium. They scored on seven of 10 total series, including five straight touchdown drives.
"This is a great venue, this is a beautiful stadium. I know how historical it is and it's a great atmosphere for football. I hope they enjoyed the game today, all the fans. I know it got out of hand there" Brady paused here for another smile. "But that's how the Patriots liked it. So it was a fun game for us."
You know it's a good night when he can spend the last eight minutes on the sidelines. Backup quarterback Ryan Mallett came in for the final two drives, with the last being three snaps down to one knee.
Brady finished the night completing 23-of-35 throws for 304 yards and four touchdowns. It was his 50th career game of 300-plus yards passing.
"It feels good," he said of the resounding win. "We've been close a few times but haven't closed the deal. We're playing a team today that beat the two teams that we lost to, so we knew it would be a challenge. It certainly was. They got out to a good start but we countered and never really looked back."
Patriots rushers added 152 yards of offense on the ground. With the 473 total on Sunday, New England made it 17 consecutive games with more than 350 yards. The previous record of 16, coincidentally enough, was a Rams record set between 1999-2000.
All the numbers seem to showcase just how good the 5-3 Patriots can be. But Brady was cautious in his cheer. It's on New England to continue finding wins at the end of all these offensive explosions.
"Coach Bill Belichick always says football season doesn't start until after Thanksgiving and it's not even Halloween yet. There's a lot of football that needs to be played. There's a lot of teams that are going to really start making improvements; there are going to be teams that go the other way.
"I hope we're one of those teams that continues to get better and uses the games they've played you learn from those and try to make your improvements there and move on from the bad things and get to the stuff that's working."

Brady remains undefeated against Father Time

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Brady remains undefeated against Father Time

The Old Man got the last laugh. Tom Brady has outlived his replacement.

Remember when Jimmy Garappolo was selected out of that football powerhouse, Eastern Illinois in the second round, 30th overall, in the 2014 draft? That was the beginning of the end for Tom Brady, remember?

Then Brady and the Patriots got off to that horrible start in '04 when they went 2-2, culminating with that butt whipping by the Chiefs in Kansas City.Good thing that the Hooded Genius was thinking ahead by drafting his boy Jimmy G., eh? Garappolo would learn from the wise master (Brady) and then be ready to go in a couple of years when father time would finally catch up with TB12.

Well, Father Time is still in Brady’s rear-view mirror and Garappolo saw his replacement drafted on Friday night: Jacoby Brissett out of North Carolina State. With Brady still playing at a high level and Jimmy G.’s contract up after the 2017 season -- two years before Tom’s new deal expires -- Garappolo's days here are numbered. He's on the market . . . and that might be a good thing for him. Replacing a legend like Brady isn't easy. Garappolo may leave here with three years of Belichick and Brady University under his belt, headed for a less pressurized situation.

Since, the Pats picked Brady’s understudy in 2014 Brady went on to win his fourth Super Bowl and could have won his fifth if his offensive line hadn’t wilted down the stretch and his head coach had not brain camped in the Eagle and Dolphin games.

I'm surprised. Brady is the greatest quarterback off all time but even the greatest has to make way for the future. That will happen eventually to Brady.

 I think.

Patriots OL coach Scarnecchia feels refreshed after two-year retirement

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Patriots OL coach Scarnecchia feels refreshed after two-year retirement

FOXBORO -- Dante Scarnecchia wasn't looking to get back into coaching. He wasn't sitting at home for the last two years, living and dying with each Patriots offensive snap as though he was still the team's offensive line coach. 

He was spending time with his wife and his grandchildren. He was traveling. He was going to bed early. He was retired, and he was loving it. 

But he got a call over the winter, soon after the Patriots lost the AFC title game to the Broncos, asking if he would return to his old job at One Patriot Place. He discussed it with his wife for more than a week before coming to the conclusion that he'd make his return. 

The team announced that Scarnecchia had been re-hired, replacing Dave DeGuglielmo, in March.

"It is a tough decision because you become very used to a very nice lifestyle," he said on Monday. "I like retirement, now. Retirement was great. A lot of fun. We saw things we hadn't seen ever. Took trips, spent a lot of time with our grandkids. All that was great. To a degree, it's very, very hard to give up.

"We talked about it, my wife and I, and we decided this would be a good thing on a lot of different levels, as far as the grandkids being able to come to the games for free and just be a part of it all. And I like coaching football. I love coaching football. I didn't retire because I didn't like coaching football. I retired because I got tired of the lifestyle. Two years off, I'm OK."

Scarnecchia was clear: He wasn't getting back into it if any other team came calling. 

"I think the No. 1 thing is, if you decide to go back into coaching, you're kind of at the mercy of the business. That is to say, who's going to hire you and where are you going to go? What makes it unique here is everything is the same. That really makes it easy.

"Honestly, I probably would not have gotten back into coaching had I had to go somewhere else. Because I was going by myself. [My wife] ain't going. Let's get that straight. I can't leave my kids and my grandkids. I'm not doing that."

Though he feels good, feels refreshed, Scarnecchia has been reminded very quickly of what the job entails. During one of his first days back on the job, the Patriots held a 14-hour personnel meeting. 

That part of the yearly routine, he did not miss. 

"It wasn't like I was sitting at home thinking, 'Boy, I wish I was there and I wish I could do this.' It wasn't any of that," Scarnecchia said. "I know what the job entails. Yeah it's fun being out on the field, it's fun being in the meeting rooms, it's fun being a part of the whole situation, but you know, the hours are long, the days are long. It's a tough business, it's a really tough business, and I was willing to step back into it despite all that."

Scarnecchia will have a few familiar faces in the offensive line meetings that take place during Phase Two of the offseason program, including Nate Solder, Sebastian Vollmer and Josh Kline. Most of the others, though, have been added to the team since Scarnecchia retired following the 2013 season. Centers Bryan Stork and David Andrews, as well as guards Tre' Jackson and Shaq Mason will all have to adapt to a new voice. 

Scarnecchia explained, however, that the system is still the same as it ever was under DeGuglielmo. And even though he's been gone for two years, the game itself -- and offensive line play in particular -- is as it always was.

"The game's pretty much the same," he said. "Get off the ball. Hit him. Do a great job of setting. Put yourself between the launch point and them, with inside out leverage . . . . We ain't building rockets."