No Huddle: Patriots-Seahawks postgame sound


No Huddle: Patriots-Seahawks postgame sound

SEATTLE, WA -- There's a lot for New England not to like about its 24-23 loss to the Seahawks.
Check out the post game sound and see for yourself.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on how Aaron Hernandez looked in his return:
"I think everybody that played in this game could have played better, could have coached better, could have done a better job. I think everybody's certainly got missed opportunities and plays they'd like to have back."
Poor Hernandez. The tight end hasn't been active since Week 2 but his return doesn't even get the usual stock answer of, 'It's always great anytime a guy comes back,' because the team lost.
On the brighter side, the ankle didn't seem to bother him. Hernandez finished with six catches on nine targets for 30 yards and a touchdown. He certainly didn't play anywhere close to 100-percent of the snaps as he did in the season opener. Consider the tight end on a pitch count.
Quarterback Tom Brady on playing for the first time in Seattle and the impact of the crowd:
"The opponent was the Seahawks it wasn't the crowd, or the weather, or the refs. It was the Seahawks and we lost to a good football team. They certainly play well at home. We had an opportunity and we just didn't get it done."
It's good someone said it. All week Seattle's 12th Man was vaunted as though able to sack Brady itself. Loud, hostile stadiums can certainly cause trouble for visiting teams, but the 68,137 screaming Seahawks fans didn't beat New England as much as New England beat itself on Sunday.
Seattle wide receiver Sidney Rice on if throwing the ball downfield was a goal this week:
"Definitely. We studied the film; first thing we said was we'd have opportunities to take chances down the field, and all we had to do was take advantage of them."
How damning for the Patriots secondary. And you can bet every opponent feels this way after watching tape on the team. This Sunday, a rookie quarterback with the league's second-worst passing offense (169.7 yards per game) threw for 293 yards, three touchdowns, and zero interceptions. Said quarterback, Russell Wilson, completed 11 passes of 10 yards or more.
Wilson on whether he was surprised the team went for it on fourth down before the touchdown to Braylon Edwards:
"We knew we were going to go for it on fourth down. That's the type of situation where you have Tom Brady on the other side, and you have to keep the football and make a play, and we definitely did that."
There isn't a team in the league whose ideal situation is to hand the ball to its opponent with three minutes to play and a 23-17 deficit to erase. Most teams respect a Brady-led offense enough to hate it a little more than usual. But when Seattle went three-and-out to set up such a situation, its fear was quickly dispatched. The Patriots gained just two yards on two runs before Brady wasted third down on an incomplete to Deion Branch.
It was the Seahawks who capitalized with a death blow. Wilson completed his four play, 57-yard go-ahead touchdown drive in just one minute and 20 seconds.
Seattle safety Earl Thomas on how hard it is to not get down when Brady is continually driving downfield and completing first downs:
"I know in my mind, and I'm pretty sure in everybody else's mind, that at any moment we could make a turnover. I know at any time the ball can come our way and we can change the momentum so that's how we look at it as a defense. We're going to fight to the end."
The determination Thomas talks about is the very thing New England seems to lack. Sunday night marked the third time in six games that the Patriots failed to close out a tight game. Their three losses are by a total of four points.
But ask around and.
Receiver Deion Branch on if the Patriots lack a killer instinct:
"No, I think we have it. We have it, we are just not executing. That is the name of the game. We have done a good job of moving the ball but are not finishing drives. We had a lot of flags and some turnovers, and you can't come into this type of environment and do those things and expect to win the game."
Fuzzy logic, here. I'm not sure how a team can possess a killer instinct yet fail to execute at crucial times. Branch is correct about penalties, however. The Patriots were flagged for six accepted violations (80 yards).
Left guard Logan Mankins on the outcome of the game:
"When you get down to the red zone you've got to score points. That's the difference in this league. We've got good players who care about the team. We've just got to make plays when they're there. We can't make mistakes in those big situations."
New England was a dismal 1-for-6 in the red zone Sunday. And this after a slow start and two back-to-back losses forced the team toward efficiency. The Patriots converting on nine of 11 red zone opportunities in the two wins that followed.
Looks like its back to the drawing board on situational football for Week 7.

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. 

Brady posts high school essay to Facebook on living in his sisters' shadow


Brady posts high school essay to Facebook on living in his sisters' shadow

Tom Brady wasn't always the most famous person in his family. Growing up, his sisters were the accomplished athletes in the household. 

For his latest Throwback Thursday style Facebook post, Brady published a pair of photos of an old high school essay that he wrote in the fall of his senior year in 1994. It was titled "The way my sisters influenced me."

I found an essay I wrote in 1994... I love my big sisters! #tbt. Thanks for the good grade Mr Stark!

Posted by Tom Brady on Thursday, June 23, 2016

In it, he discusses some of the difficulties of growing up with three older sisters and no brothers. Because Maureen, Julie and Nancy Brady had achieved so much in softball, basketball and soccer, Brady -- or "Tommy," as he signed his paper -- had trouble getting noticed. 

Of course, it wouldn't be long before Brady was headed from San Mateo, California to Ann Arbor, Michigan in order to play football for the Wolverines. He probably had no trouble garnering attention by then. Still, it's funny to read about how he felt overlooked in his youth. 

He closed the essay explaining that he knew his sisters would always provide him support throughout his life, adding, "hopefully, just maybe, one day people will walk up to them and say, 'Aren't you Tommy's sister?' or 'Hey where is your brother?' Maybe . . . "

If the Brady sisters didn't get those kinds of comments by the time the baby of the family was given an 'A' for his English assignment, it probably didn't take long before they did. About seven years later, he took over as the starting quarterback of the Patriots.