Brady still unhappy with lackluster victory


Brady still unhappy with lackluster victory

A day after saying the Patriots "didn't compete" and were "lucky to win" in a 23-16 victory in Jacksonville, it was more of the same from quarterback Tom Brady in his weekly appearance on the "Dennis & Callahan Show" on WEEI radio in Boston.

"We've got to do a better job," Brady said. "We've got some pretty important weeks of football ahead, and that's when we really need to play our best. We just came out and got behind early, something you never really want to do on the road, and didn't really do too much to help our cause. That started really from the beginning of the game all the way to the end of the game. I wish we would have played better. We didn't."

Brady wasn't backing away from his pointed postgame comments.

"The self-inflicted errors, that's the biggest problem," Brady said. "There was just a few too many times yesterday that we could've done something better that we just didn't really handle as well as we're capable of."

After his second consecutive two-interception game, Brady put some of the blame on himself.

"Turnovers hurt," he said. "We had two turnovers in the first quarter Sunday. When we don't turn the ball over, we're pretty good. We've got to do a better job protecting the football and certainly I've got to do a better job protecting the football."

Brady took some hard hits for the second week in a row and sat out a day of practice last week. Still, he said it's nothing more than the normal bumps and bruises of a long season.

"That's part of football, and that's part of playing this long," he said. "Nineteen weeks we play, so you have those little bumps, but I'll be fine."

Looking ahead to the regular-season finale at Gillette Stadium against the Dolphins on Sunday -- a game that has been moved to a 4:25 p.m. start -- the Patriots (11-4) still have a shot at the top two seeds in the AFC, depending on how they, the Broncos (12-3) and the Texans (12-3) do.

Brady said he's not focused on playoff positioning.

"I don't really care who we play," Brady said. "I would just like to go out there and play our best football here next week and beyond. I don't care who we play or where we play or when we play or the time or the place or the opponent. It's about us. We've lost four games this year. We were pretty capable of winning all four of those games. If it wasn't for some of our own mistakes that we made, we could have."

Van Noy: 'I was shocked" to be traded from Lions to Patriots


Van Noy: 'I was shocked" to be traded from Lions to Patriots

FOXBORO -- It's not often that NFL teams make deals before the trade deadline. Seeing starters get dealt before the deadline is a veritable rarity. It's no wonder linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who started in all seven Lions games this season, reacted the way he did when he was dealt to the Patriots earlier this week.

"I was shocked to go from starting there to traded," Van Noy said during his first back-and-forth with Patriots reporters. "I was shocked. I respect everybody with the Detroit Lions, they'll all be my guys there. Just grateful for the opportunity to come here and get it going."

Van Noy has been working closely with Patriots linebackers and linebackers coach Brian Flores since his arrival, even getting some last-minute notes from Flores before meeting with reporters and heading out to Thursday's practice. 

The 6-foot-3, 243-pounder wasn't completely unfamiliar with the operation in New England before being sent to Foxboro along with a seventh-round pick in exchange for a sixth-rounder. He admitted he had "a lot" of contact with the Patriots before being taken in the second round by Detroit.  

Now he's playing "catch-up" to learn the Patriots playbook, which could include learning multiple positions within the team's defense. He played mostly as an off-the-line linebacker in Detroit, but when he entered into the league out of BYU, he was considered to have the tools to be a productive pass-rusher as a pro. 

Van Noy, who lost about 15 pounds going into this season, indicated that the Lions didn't get the most out of him because of how he was used. 

"I mean, they didn't know where to put me," he said. "Here, they want me here, and I'm happy to be wanted." 

Van Noy was injured for much of his rookie season and had a hard time making an impact last year. He was relied upon to fill a more substantial role this season, playing in 60 percent of the team's defensive snaps. It's unclear just how Van Noy will fit in as a member of the Patriots, but he says he's willing to do whatever it takes to work his way back up another depth chart.

"I'm here now, and I'm gonna do whatever they have me [do], and whatever they want my weight to be at," he said. "Whatever they want me to do I'm gonna do it because I want to win and be part of this team."

Goalie update: Tuukka Rask dealing with hamstring AND groin injury?


Goalie update: Tuukka Rask dealing with hamstring AND groin injury?

In Episode 22 of "The Great American Hockey Show" podcast hosted by Joe Haggerty and Jimmy Murphy, we try to figure out if there is any light at the end of the tunnel for the Bruins with their goalie situation in a very bad place.

Former Bruin Aaron Ward joins Haggerty to talk about his appreciation for Claude Julien as a coach, entertains us with a great story on captain (and defensive partner) Zdeno Chara, and makes a bold statement on how good Brad Marchand has developed into as a player.

Plus, Ward has some insight to the injury goalie Tuukka Rask is dealing with, which he believes is a hamstring AND groin problem.

Ward also discusses his relationship with "Toucher & Rich" and the "Cuts for a Cause" charitable event that he helped start.

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