Ravens' Pees will try to jam Patriots system

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Ravens' Pees will try to jam Patriots system

FOXBORO -- Dean Pees spent six seasons in New England, his final four years as the team's defensive coordinator.

Pees and the Patriots parted ways after the 2009 debacle against the Ravens in the playoffs and -- after two seasons as Baltimore's linebackers coach -- Pees is now running the Ravens' defense.

But Pees, who's taking over for Chuck Pagano (head coach of the Colts), hasn't tried to reinvent the wheel in Baltimore, said Tom Brady.

"He's been in that system and knows those players, and theyve got a lot of playmakers and I think hes great at using those guys really doing what they do best," Brady explained. "Ray Lewis is a big time playmaker, Ed Reed is, Haloti Ngata; Lardarius Webb has turned into one of the best corners in the league. Theyve got a lot of great players that can really wreak havoc. I think Dean does a great job of putting those guys in positions where they're able to make those plays and its not so scheme-oriented where sometimes Ray is out of a play -- Rays in every play. Im sure thats just the way he wants it, too."

Brady fully expects tweaks from Pees this week as he prepares to face his former team. There's different personnel on hand here but the fact Josh McDaniels -- a Patriot contemporary of Pees' during their time here -- is running the offense can at least give Pees insight into what McDaniels' tendencies might be.

"The base of their defense has been the same way for a long time; the coordinator probably has the most different flavor," said Brady. "How they're going to play us, we dont know that. They're going to have their own game plan. I'm sure its not going to look like the Eagles game plan. Theyll have probably their core things they do and from week to week some different looks, some different blitz looks.

"Like last week, well probably have to make some adjustments over the course of the game, because its still early in the year and things still havent really played out," Brady added. "You dont have your whole playbook in, so to speak, so theyre just trying to find ways to screw us up a little bit and vice versa."

Like last week, the chess match will be interesting. Especially now that the Patriots will be revamping what their offensive plans are without Aaron Hernandez in the mix. We could see something Sunday we haven't seen in either of the two games.

From both teams.

Perry's Patriots 53-man roster projection

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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

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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.