Brady will take the wins however they come

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Brady will take the wins however they come

FOXBORO -- New England's 29-26 overtime win over the Jets was ugly. No doubt about that.
But the Patriots don't really care.
"The winning is important because youve only got 16 opportunities," Tom Brady said Wednesday. "You can play really well for 58 minutes and then not play well for two minutes and thats the game. So the important thing is the win or the loss."
More importantly, the Patriots don't really care if you care.
"Whether the fans appreciate that or not, thats not really our concern," Brady continued. "Were trying to win every week, but whether you lose by 1 or 30, or win by 1 or 30, the record is the same. And really, it doesnt have any bearing on the next week either."
The quarterback isn't saying last Sunday's game didn't have problems. In the same press conference he talked about how the team will always identity areas of its play that need improvement. Fourth-quarter offense? Yeah, that's something that has to get better. The secondary's continued surrender of 20-plus yard plays? That needs fixing, too.
But working things out doesn't mean twisting the screws of last week's mistakes.
"Part of the mental toughness is putting what happened behind and moving forward to next week without wasting any time or energy spent thinking about last week and using all your energy to move onto the following week so you can be at your best that week" he said. "Thats how you string wins together. That's why you dont win one, lose one, win one, lose one, because at the end of the day, you're mediocre and you're watching all the good teams play. The good teams win, win, win, win, win."So maybe squeaking a three-point victory over a vulnerable Jets team didn't make the fans feel good. Maybe more flaws were exposed. For the Patriots, who've lost more close games than they've won this season, the walk off the field and into the locker room was a little piece of heaven."Thats a great part of the week," Brady smiled. "Probably the four minutes that you get to enjoy it after the game until you start thinking about the next game. So thats part of the marathon part of the football season. Its a game of attrition and its for the mentally strong and its for the mentally tough and the physically tough. That's where the good teams begin to separate themselves."
Talent aside, is this team mature enough to flex the kind of mental toughness Brady talked about? It's been noted that the 2012 opening day roster is the youngest ever put together in Bill Belichick's tenure. It can't be easy for players with little NFL experience to quickly master the reactionary aspect of their competitiveness.
But that's where old Patriots pros can step in. It happened for Brady in the past.
"I think I had a lot of great examples and mentors when I was a younger player, of guys that could put good games past them, could put bad games past them and you move forward as a team. We have a relatively young team. We have some great captains; we have some great veteran leadership that really has to carry the torch and say, No, guys, this is what we need to do. This is how we have to move on.
"The better the veteran leadership is, the better the younger guys understand what they need to do. And they do their job and you do your job and everyone is doing their jobs and you all move forward with hopefully winning games."

Bruins assign Noel Acciari to Providence

Bruins assign Noel Acciari to Providence

After sitting out the last month with a lower body injury, Bruins fourth liner Noel Acciari has been assigned to Providence presumably to get up to speed after missing a considerable length of time. It also means that Acciari has likely been cleared medically to play after appearing in B's practice over the last few days after missing the last 14 games. 

The 24-year-old former Providence College standout has appeared in 12 games with the Bruins this season after breaking camp with the team, and recorded two assists for two points with four penalty minutes and a plus-one rating before suffering a lower body injury.

By all accounts Acciari was a good energy player on a surprisingly good fourth line to start the season, wasn’t afraid to throw around his body for impactful hits and was having plenty of success aggravating opponents into losing their cool and taking penalties. Fellow rookie forward Anton Blidh has stepped in and played a similar role on the fourth line over the last couple of games for the Black and Gold, so that gives the Bruins plenty of time to get Acciari back up to speed at the AHL level without their fourth line’s level of play dropping in the meantime.

The Acciari demotion to Providence does mean that the Bruins head into Washington with 12 forwards, so it should again be Blidh, Dominic Moore and Jimmy Hayes as the fourth line barring any last minute wrinkles from Claude Julien. 

Are Patriots still 'pissed off' at Ravens for Deflategate role?

Are Patriots still 'pissed off' at Ravens for Deflategate role?

The Patriots should always be motivated heading into games against the Ravens. After all, Baltimore might be the team’s primary rival. 

Yet Monday’s matchup might be about more than past meetings. It could be a revenge game for the Ravens’ role in the Deflategate fiasco. 

As Tom E. Curran notes in the above video, the then-recently eliminated Ravens set off the ordeal when they tipped off the Colts entering the 2014 AFC Championship game. From there, the year-and-a-half-long saga played itself out, ultimately resulting in Tom Brady accepting a four-game suspension from the league. 

Curran and Mike Giardi discussed whether Monday could be a revenge game, with them both concluding that they feel the Patriots are still “pissed off” at the Ravens. 

"I’m just reading the tea leaves,” Curran said. “Bill Belichick will usually throw bouquet after bouquet at the Baltimore Ravens any time they play, from Ozzie Newsome, to George Kokinis, to Eric DeCosta, to John Harbaugh, Dean Pees, everyone. Not a lot of that today. Make of that what you will; I don’t think it’s a coincidence because I do know that when the Patriots were going through the process early on, the fact that the Ravens had dropped a dime -- their assistant special teams coach Jerry Rosburg calling the Indianapolis Colts and saying, “Look there was some foolishness going on with the K balls.’

“Additionally, when that email from the Colts to the NFL was sent to Mike Kensil, it said, 'It’s well-known throughout the league that the Patriots screw with the balls after they’ve been checked by the officials.' So if that conversation was going on during the week between those two teams, one certainly has to surmise that they also spoke about the fact of deflating footballs. 

“So as much as John Harbaugh has tried to dissuade anyone from thinking there was involvement, Dean Pees was interviewed by Ted Wells, Jerry Rosburg was interviewed by Ted Wells. Those are the only two principals from other organizations who were involved, so yeah, I think they’re still probably pretty pissed off about it.”