Brady: Patriots offense dictating own terms

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Brady: Patriots offense dictating own terms

Broncos linebacker Joe Mays knew exactly what one of his team's biggest problems was during Sunday night's loss to New England.
There just wasn't much Denver could do about it.
"Everything that happened out there we had seen on film, it was just the speed of the game. We weren't ready for that. We prepared for it, but when we came out on the field it surprised us a little bit," he said in the postgame.
"They were able to run the ball, pass the ball, they definitely were able to run their whole playbook against us. We definitely have to do a better job of stopping these guys on the run and getting pressure on the QB."
The Patriots ran no huddle offense -- whether one play or five -- on every drive until the fourth quarter.
In his Monday morning WEEI interview, Tom Brady confirmed Mays' lamentations.
We were moving pretty quick. I think we were trying to keep the pressure on them," the quarterback said. "I thought we did a good job of that. Its trying to keep them off balance, trying to keep our tempo.
Denver's defensive teetering meant the 31-21 final score featured a mess of impressive Patriots numbers.
New England's 35 first downs (18 rushing, 16 passing, one by penalty) is a new franchise record.
The team's 251 rushing yards, coupled with last week's 247 against Buffalo, mark the first back-to-back 200-plus yard rushing games since 1978.
Sunday's score was the fourth time in five games the Patriots have scored over 30 points.
Dating back to last week against Buffalo, Brady oversaw a stretch of 10 touchdown drives in 15 series.
Looks like the offense has its stuff together.
"It's just been what we've chosen to do the last few weeks," Brady said after the Denver game. "I think that's more of what we're doing as opposed to what they're doing defensively. We're just trying to put a lot of pressure on those guys to get the calls in and line up and play against us.
"We're running the ball against some very advantageous looks and throwing the ball against some advantageous looks, and I think the important part is to be able to do both. You can't just throw all day. You can't run all day. You have to be able to do both. It's been pretty good the last few weeks."
Sunday night Brady threw 31 passes, completing 23 for 223 yards and a touchdown. He also snuck one in over the goal line himself.
The irony is, Peyton Manning had the better statistical night: 31-for-44 for 345 yards, three touchdowns, and a 116.2 rating.
It's just those numbers didn't matter in the end as much as the Patriots' plus-11 minute lead in time of possession.
"He is extremely smart and I think he knows football," Broncos coach John Fox said. "I mean, I think our guy did an outstanding job tonight as well. I mean, Brady is a great players; he's been doing it a long time at a high level, so he's definitely a hard quarterback to defend against."
No matter how much film you study.

Report: 3 owners unhappy with Kraft's amicus brief on behalf of Brady

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Report: 3 owners unhappy with Kraft's amicus brief on behalf of Brady

Three NFL owners have expressed “extreme disappointment” in Robert Kraft and the Patriots filing an amicus brief on behalf of Tom Brady in the quarterback’s appeal of the Second Circuit Court’s reinstatement of his Deflategate suspension, according to Jason Cole of Bleacher Report. 

The Patriots filed the brief on Wednesday. 

The owners see the move as a publicity stunt done to appease Brady and the Patriots fans, Cole said, and they don’t believe Kraft did it any seriousness because the issue speaks to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s ability to punish players and undermines the league’s collective bargaining agreement with the players.

If Kraft thought it mattered, he wouldn't have done it, Cole said one owner told him. 
 

Collins, Hightower mum on contract talks

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Collins, Hightower mum on contract talks

FOXBORO – A fleet of Patriots have expiring contracts after this season but Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins are the two most prominent on that list.

With the sport being the way it is – a nearly 100-percent casualty rate every season – it’s never comfortable for a player to enter a contract year without knowing his long-term future. And it’s especially uncomfortable for players whose first contracts are expiring because the second NFL contract is usually the bonanza.

Both Hightower and Collins can entertain thoughts of contracts worth more than $50M if good fortune sticks with them.

The question as it pertains to both of these players is whether they get contract extensions this summer or whether they go into the year with contract pressure bearing down and ultimately become free agents.

Neither player was very forthcoming after their OTA practice Thursday.

With Collins, that’s often the case. He’s never been expansive with media. It was very uncharacteristic for Hightower to be so clipped in his answers, though.

Every question posed to Hightower was met with a variation of, “I’m just trying to get better.”

Asked about his contract, Hightower replied, “I ain’t got nothing to do with none of that. I’m just out here trying to get better with my teammates.”

When it was pointed out that Hightower does indeed have say on his contract, he answered, “That might be. But there’s a time and place for everything and I’m just out here trying to get better.

“If I get better I feel like that’ll take care of everything else,” he added. “If I get better each and every day that’s all I can ask for.”

Asked whether he’s at all focused on his deal, Collins replied, “No, I come out here and I handle my business and I let the rest speak for itself … My first priority is me. So I’m gonna handle me."