If you want to know why Tom Brady seems tightly wound these days, Rodney Harrison thinks he has the answer.
"He's frustrated because he feels like every time they have the ball, they have to go all the way and score a touchdown," the former Patriots safety told Profootballtalk.com's Mike Florio Sunday night. "Because he knows that he's playing on a really bad defense."
Nor does Harrison see things improving.
"That defense doesn't seem like it's going to get any better," he said. "They've got wide receivers playing safety, wide receivers playing nickel back . . . You cannot survive in the league with wide receivers doing that."
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while appreciating all the birthday wishes I got yesterday while turning 42 years old.
*With the World Cup of Hockey around the corner, there is still a decision pending on NHL players participating in the Olympics.
*With the Winnipeg Jets and Jacob Trouba still unable to agree on a contract extension, some are wondering about comparable contracts for the young D-man.
*In the strict interest of self-promotion, here’s my radio hit with Pete Sheppard and Jimmy Murphy on the Bruins from Monday afternoon.
*Marek Zidlicky is still a free agent option for teams seeking a cheap solution on their back end.
*PHT writer Cam Tucker has the Ottawa Senators and Cody Ceci agreeing on a two-year contract extension after a summer without a deal.
*The Minnesota Wild do the right thing and officially change their goal song to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” for next season.
*For something completely different: there will be a "Hamilton" documentary and the question will be whether I see that before I see the actual play.
At his first practice since the incident, Tom Brady showed Jimmy Garoppolo how he managed to cut himself with scissors prior to Thursday’s preseason game with the Bears.
On Felger and Mazz, Tony Massarotti questions whether Tom Brady really missed Thursday's Patriots' preseason game against the Bears due to cutting his thumb in the locker room.