Mike Flynn joins Michael Felger on Sports Tonight to discuss what teams need to do defensively to stop the Patriots.
"They are tough to stop. You need a unique defense." said Flynn, "The first thing is, you can't fear this offense. You need to challenge these receivers, you need to be physical with this offensive line."
Tom Brady creates big issues for for defenses, but it all starts with the line in front of him.
"Huge issue, you can't get to him." continued Flynn, "If there is a guy (the offensive line) has to stop, whether it is Freeney one week, Cameron Wake this week. They are geared up to stop that guy. Eventually you still have to block 101, but it is a good offense and they don't make a lot of mistakes."
The congratulatory messages rolled in for Tom Brady following win No. 201 on Sunday. He heard praise from his teammates and coach Bill Belichick and he received a game ball from Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Two of the guys he recently passed on the all-time wins list reached out as well.
Both Brett Favre (199 career wins) and Peyton Manning (200) touched base with the new record-holder after he surpassed the two retired quarterbacks in back-to-back weeks.
Favre posted a video online to show his support for Brady, which Brady saw after a friend sent it his way, he told WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Show.
"We were in touch this week a few times just with a couple of things that we were talking about football-wise," Brady said of Favre. "We exchanged some text messages, too. He’s a great guy. He’s someone I’ve always looked up to . . . There’s nobody physically or mentally tougher than that guy and endured the streak that he had. It was incredible. I’ve always really looked up to him. It was really cool."
Manning checked in, as he's wont to do, with something a little more traditional.
"I did hear from Peyton. He's someone that I've always been in touch with for a long time. I've known him for 16 years. He sent me a very nice note," Brady said. "I have a lot of respect for him and all that he accomplished, too. He's a great guy. We share a lot of things in common and I just always appreciate him as well."
Kirk and Callahan co-host Gerry Callahan acknowledged that the NFL sent out a tweet recognizing Brady's achievement, but he wondered if Brady had heard anything from commissioner Roger Goodell. Brady laughed when he heard the question initially. When he didn't respond at first, Callahan circled up again.
"I don't hear anything from the league," Brady said.
Boomer Esiason is very critical of NY Daily News Jets beat writer Manish Mehta following an article reporting that Darrelle Revis was 'done with football'. Esiason calls the article a 'hatchet job'.