Belichick deflects Haynesworth questions

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Belichick deflects Haynesworth questions

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
FOXBORO - Bill Belichick held his first press conference of 2011 and steered clear of discussing the 330-pound bombshell that dropped earlier today, the Albert Haynesworth deal. "Talked to Mike Shanahan last night and we're in the process of, acquiring process of Haynesworth, but that's not complete yet so I can't really comment on that until it's completed. If it does get completed," Belichick said with scrambled syntax. "We'll see how that goes."Asked if there was a contract holdup, Belichick said, "We'll talk about it when it's done."Asked to describe Haynesworthgenerally, Belichick said, "We'll talk about him when it's finished. If it's finished. Not there yet."What kind of pass rush needdo the Patriots have was the next probe sent forth. "Defensively the two things you want to do is pressure the quarterback andcover the receivers in the passing game," Belichick offered. "That's what pass defense is. Those two things working together, the timing of it, the coordination of it andthe execution of it, that's what the passing game is all about. You can never have too much pass rush, you can never have too much pass coverage."Given Haynesworth's checkered past which includes road rage, an on-field stomping, a sexual assault accusation, an accident while driving 100 mph in his Ferrari and outright quitting on the Washington Redskins because he didn't like the way he was deployed, it's important the Patriots know what the hell they're getting into.
Asked about the process for getting to know a player with a troubled past, Belichick said, "Any time you acquire a player, no matter how you do it, you always want to be comfortable bringing that player onto your team. Whether you draft him, sign him, trade for him, however you do it, that's what you want to try to do."Is this Patriots team strong enough to absorb aplayer like Haynesworth? Belichick was asked about the team's leadership - shaky in 2009 but improved in 2010. "I have no idea," he insisted. "We haven't even set foot on the field. It's a new year, new team, totally blank slate. I have no idea what we have right now. We haven't even gotten in a huddle yet."

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Tom Brady adds sumo wrestling to offseason training regimen

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Tom Brady adds sumo wrestling to offseason training regimen

Tom Brady's off-the-field workout habits are the subject of serious curiosity for those in New England and beyond. Thanks to Under Armour's Instagram account, followers got a brief glimpse of what Brady does to stay in shape. 

OK. It was more like a glimpse at what he did one day in Tokyo.

@tombrady always fighting for that extra yard. 😂😂 #TBAsiaTour #IWILL

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The video of Brady in the dohyo ring was shot at the Sakaigawa sumo stable in Tokyo on Thursday. According to Kyodo News, leading the training session was ozeki Goeido, who won last year's Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.

"For them to welcome me means very much to me. It's hard to describe in words how special that was," Brady said.

Brady bounced around China before heading to Japan to continue to help promote Under Armour and in particular its "recovery sleepwear" line. He threw a pass on the Great Wall, and he explained that it was his "dream" to play a game on the continent. 

Arigatōgozaimashita 🇯🇵🙏

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Brady vs Brady #therecanonlybeone 🏆

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Brady comes in ahead of Rodgers, Ryan, Carr as early favorite for MVP

Brady comes in ahead of Rodgers, Ryan, Carr as early favorite for MVP

According to Bovada, Tom Brady is the favorite to win this year's MVP award. Just as a reminder: He'll be 40 when the season begins. 

Brady was in the running for last season's MVP but he was beaten out for the award by Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. Brady said before Super Bowl LI that Ryan deserved to be deemed "most valuable" for his performance in 2016. 

Days later, Brady took home Super Bowl MVP for the fourth time.

Behind Brady (4-to-1 odds) on Bovada's list of MVP favorites for 2017 are Aaron Rodgers (7-to-1), Derek Carr (9-to-1), Dak Prescott, Ben Roethlisberger and Russell Wilson (all 12-to-1). Ryan's odds at repeating as MVP, per Bovada, are 16-to-1. 

Brady has won two regular-season MVP awards over the course of his career (2007, 2010).