Belichick: Missed field goals involve more than one guy


Belichick: Missed field goals involve more than one guy

FOXBORO -- Stephen Gostkowski missed two field goals in Sunday's win over the Buffalo Bills. Both were longer than 40-yards.

It may have reminded some of Gostkowski's missed field goal in the final seconds of New England's 20-18 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 2.

On Monday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked about Gostkowski's missed field goals from Sunday's win, and he was quick to point out that the field-goal unit involves more than just the kicker.

"Steve, again, had some real good plays yesterday," said Belichick. "And again, that's an operation that involves more than one guy. It's not a pitcher taking the ball on the mound, or a golfer teeing up the ball low. It's the snap, the hold, the kick, the whole process.

"We'll keep working hard at it. I have a lot of confidence in those players. Dan Aiken, Zoltan Mesko, Steve. We've made a lot of them. Unfortunately, we've missed a few. But we'll keep working at it and try to improve it, coach it better, and execute better."

Perry's Patriots 53-man roster projection


Perry's Patriots 53-man roster projection

With New England Patriots organized workouts finished until next month, Phil Perry puts together another 53-man roster projection.

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Affleck offers passionate Brady defense when asked about Deflategate


Affleck offers passionate Brady defense when asked about Deflategate

When the topic of Deflategate was broached on HBO's Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons, which debuted this week, Ben Affleck became all kinds of fired up.

"What they did was suspend Tom Brady for four days for not giving them his [expletive] cellphone," Affleck said. "I would never give an organization as leak-prone as the NFL my [expletive] cellphone . . . so you can just look through my emails and listen to my voicemails?"

Affleck grew up in Cambridge, Mass. and is a passionate Patriots fan. He made no attempts to hide his fandom, and his appreciation for Brady, as he and Simmons (also a Patriots fan) discussed the football-deflation controversy that has now lasted well over a year. 

Affleck, who said he would want to cast himself as Brady if ever a Deflategate movie was made, harped on the fact that the league wanted Brady to turn over his phone. 

"Maybe Tom Brady is so [expletive] classy and such a [expletive] gentleman," Affleck said, "that he doesn’t want people to know that he may have reflected on his real opinion on some of his co-workers."

Brady is waiting for the Second Circuit to make a decision as to whether or not it will rehear his case against the NFL. Earlier this offseason, the Second Circuit reinstated Brady's four-game suspension issued by the league when a three-judge panel ruled in favor of the NFL, 2-1. 

Pro Football Talk wrote on Thursday that a decision from the Second Circuit could come at any time. If the rehearding request is denied, Brady could then take the case to the Supreme Court. Should the Second Circuit grant Brady a rehearing, his suspension would be delaed until the court reached a decision. In that case, Brady could potentially play the entire 2016 season before a decision came to pass.