Brady: 'Who are you? It's week-to-week'

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Brady: 'Who are you? It's week-to-week'

FOXBORO -- The record says the Patriots are 3-3 and a mediocre team.

Reality is that their journey to 3-3 is a lot different than, say the Jets'. New England's lost its three games by a total of four points; the Jets lost their three by a combined 57.

Which team's fanbase has more cause to be optimistic that postseason games await? It should be the Patriots. But the tenor right now is reflective of what happened most recently. The Patriots lost 24-23 on the road Sunday in Seattle. The Jets won 35-9 at home against the Colts.

So, despite the identical record and -- for the Patriots -- more impressive resume, things are hairier here as the Patriots and Jets get ready for Sunday.

"There's seven teams in the AFC that are 3-3," Tom Brady said today. "There's seven that are below 3-3, and there's two that are better than us, and we played one of those (Baltimore) and we were up nine points with (7:29) to go and the other team (Houston) got beat by a bunch of points the other night (42-24 against the Packers). So who are you? It's week to week. It all depends on how well you play.

"Every week is gonna be something different so you can sit here and say, 'We're the greatest team ever; we're the worst team of all-time...' or compare this year with last year," Brady added. "We're 3-3. We haven't earned a better record than that. We haven't played well enough or consistently enough to be better than that. I don't think six games defines a season. What will define our season is what we do over the next 10 weeks."

Brady doesn't rejoice in the fact the Patriots have been "in" each of their three losses. But he acknowledged he takes solace in knowing a better record is just a few plays away.

"We battled pretty much to the end in every one of those games," he said. "We've had some tight ones that we haven't come up with. But the nice part -- not that you feel great about losing a game -- but you think if we'd have just done a few things better, we'd have been winning those games. That's really where our concentration's at. Find ways to be better."

Brady said he understands that's not where everyone's focus is. Especially on the outside.

"We only play once a week and there's a lot to talk about over the course of those seven days," Brady agreed. "I think it's important for us players not to ride the roller coaster of emotions that your family may have, that your friends may have or the questions that we get. I think the important thing is to keep trying to improve and focus on the opponent and not what's being said or what you hear or when everyone tells you you're great or when everyone tells you you suck. You just try to say, 'This is where we're at, this is what coach thinks, this is what we're gonna try to do, this is how we're gonna try to win this game.' "

Patriots could take a chance on free-falling UCLA LB Myles Jack

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Patriots could take a chance on free-falling UCLA LB Myles Jack

Myles Jack would have been better off with a gas mask than the truth. The UCLA linebacker that figured to be a top-five pick parachuted out of the first round entirely after acknowledging he’ll need microfracture surgery. 

“[The degenerative problems are] there, but it’s nothing extreme,” Jack said. “Down the line, possibly I could have microfracture surgery — potentially. Who knows what will happen? Nobody knows how long anybody is going to play in this league. To play three years in this league would be above average.”

And over the falls Jack went. This is not conjecture. Panthers GM Dave Gettleman said that if it weren’t for Jack offering his take on his medical future, he wouldn’t have fallen. 

Asked if he was surprised Jack fell, Gettleman said, “Not after what he said today, very frankly. The kid came out and said he is going to need a microfracture.” 

Laremy Tunsil, he of the aforementioned gas mask, only slipped to 13. Though we’ve heard many times, you can’t fix stupid, NFL teams were willing to take a risk on a kid like Tunsil who is healthy physically but moronic enough to allow someone to fix a camera on him while he smokes weed.

But not Jack. What’s pertinent on Friday as the second and third rounds draw closer is how far will Jack drop and whether the Patriots would be willing to make a move to go up and get him.

It’s spitballing we’ve been doing with Notre Dame’s Jaylon Smith all week as well. 

Indications I’ve gotten are that the Patriots would indeed be willing to take the risk with Jack but that there’s much more concern about Smith, who’s got nerve damage in the wake of his January knee blowout.

With the Patriots holding four picks on Friday, the opportunity is there for the team to roll the dice a bit. They’ll want to get one surefire contributor who figures to be a safe pick. But with the roster as well-stocked as it is, rolling the dice on first-round talent that’s slipped down the board could also be in play.

To get Jack, the Patriots may have to move up into the 30s. Conjecture has been that he won’t last long once Round 2 begins.
 
Amazing the Pandora’s Box opened by going to Vegas, leaning on integrity of the game.

 

Goodell: 'Of course' he'd pick up the phone for Brady settlement talks

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Goodell: 'Of course' he'd pick up the phone for Brady settlement talks

While a settlement between the NFL and Tom Brady seems unlikely -- OK, highly unlikely -- commissioner Roger Goodell told ESPN Radio on Friday that he would "of course" pick up the phone if the Patriots or their quarterback called to discuss an agreement. 

Still, Goodell didn't say whether or not he would be open to knocking down Brady's four-game suspension that was reinstated by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruling from earlier this week. 

"We had a lot of discussions last summer," Goodell said. "There were a lot of offers back and forth about what to do to settle the issue. They chose to pursue the issue and we chose to move forward and we are where we are."

There continue to be voices speaking out on how Goodell may wield too much power when it comes to player discipline, the latest of which being that of Saints quarterback Drew Brees. But Goodell defended his role, as he has most of this week, citing the importance of the "integrity of the game."

"I am not going to hand off the integrity of the NFL to somebody who does not understand our business," Goodell said. "That is what we're going to maintain when it comes to the integrity of the game. Maybe something as it relates to the drug program and whether proper protocol is followed? I get it. Go ahead. Somebody else can make that decision. But when it comes to integrity of the game, that is the commissioner's responsibilities and has been since the day the NFL was formed."