Brady on big hits, revved up Chargers 'D'


Brady on big hits, revved up Chargers 'D'

By Mary Paoletti

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady didn't want to go in-depth on "devastating hits" on Wednesday.

When asked if the media is sensationalizing the subject or if the game really is getting too dangerous, Brady skirted the issue.

"I've never really hit anybody and I don't get hit too much in the head, so who knows?'' he smiled. "They make rules; we've got to follow them."

He said that he hasn't even seen Brandon Meriweather's helmet-to-helmet hit on Todd Heap from Sunday's 23-20 win over the Ravens. The subject in general seemed simple enough to the Patriots QB.

"It's a dangerous game, it really is. I think we all signed up for this game, we know it's dangerous,'' Brady said. "Nobody wants to see anybody get hurt. That's not why we play the game. But we also know about the physical nature of the sport. Everybody in this locker room has been hurt. That's just part of what you're signing up for. "

Whatever happens, happens. At least for Tom Brady.

"I know Brandon. You get trained as a player and everyone's just trying to go out there and make the play. Sometimes I guess guys cross the line, sometimes guys are trying to do it within the rules that are set for us. It's a very instinctive game out there. They're going to enforce the rules however they see it. We learn to make adjustments with them."

Case closed.

The only story Brady's concerned with is New England's upcoming matchup with San Diego.

"They're 2-0 at home and 0-4 on the road and we're playing them at home and I'm sure we're going to get their best. It's going to be a good challenge.

"We want to play good teams," Brady added. "We want to play them on the road.''

Despite what Bill Belichick called "a bit of a slow start" from the Chargers, Norv Turner's club can pose some problems for the Pats. Teams are switching things up on defense now that New England no longer has an established deep threat like Randy Moss. Last weekend, Baltimore brought its safeties up and forced Brady to put the ball in the air. San Diego will likely do the same.

"It's about mixing and matching,'' Brady said. "If the safeties are going to come down low, try to stop the run, you have opportunities in the passing game. I think that's where you get problems as an offense, where you can't take advantage of what they're doing on defense."

Taking advantage won't be easy. And there could be a lot of heat on Brady in particular.

"They've got a ton of sacks,'' he noted. "I think they're first in the league in defense. Shaun Phillips has six sacks. He's a great pass rusher. They've got a really good front seven."

The QB knows his stats. San Diego does lead the NFL in team defense, allowing just 255.2 yards per game. And four of Phillips' sacks came in a single game against the Cardinals platoon of QB's.

What he didn't mention is that the Chargers are also first in the league in team offense -- to the tune of 432.7 yards per game.

It will take a complete game on all fronts for the Patriots to come home with a win. In light of New England's come-from-behind, last-second victory over Baltimore last weekend, this week at practice will be a busy one.

"You can't just play 30 minutes of football," the captain acknowledged. "There's not one position on this team that can't have their best game, because the way the Chargers play at home, the explosiveness that they have on offense, the way they're creating turnovers on defense and sacks and negative plays . . .

"Each guy in this locker room has to have their best game this week."

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Watch Tom Brady's daughter Vivian tear it up on ski slopes

Watch Tom Brady's daughter Vivian tear it up on ski slopes

Tom Brady's daughter Vivian is a natural on skis.

The New England Patriots quarterback and apparently proud father posted a comical video of his 4-year-old daughter tearing it up on the ski hill. Vivian took on the bottom section of the run while adhering to the all-important instructions from the Super Cool Ski Instructor from the Comedy Central show, "South Park."

Brady added the audio from the "South Park" ski instructor to the video of his daughter skiing, and included a joke about "french frying" and "pizzaing" at the correct moments. 

"That’s my girl! Pizzaing when she's supposed to pizza, French frying when she's supposed to French fry... NOT having a bad time!!" Brady joked on Instagram.

Curran: Jets' 2015 tampering with Revis more extensive than NFL revealed

Curran: Jets' 2015 tampering with Revis more extensive than NFL revealed

The Patriots obviously got it right when they pushed away from the table during the Darrelle Revis bidding war in 2015. 

The once-great corner spent the 2016 season languishing on the field. He’s spending the early part of the offseason reacting negatively to backpack journalism after midnight. 


But the alleged double KO by Revis and his buddies isn’t what prompts this submission. 

It’s the revelation from Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News that the tampering the Jets engaged in when they were prying Revis loose from the Patriots was way, way more involved than what the NFL fined them for. And that Jets owner Woody Johnson knew all about it. 

Mehta leads his piece revealing that, long before free agency opened in 2015, Revis “was ready to squeeze more money out of [Johnson] who he knew would be willing to overpay for his services again.”

Mehta reports that, “back-channel discussions with the Jets in February set the foundation for a Revis reunion . . . 

“Team officials in stealth mode communicated with Revis, Inc., through private cell phones and face-to-face covert meetings at the 2015 Scouting Combine rather than make calls from the team's landlines at their Florham Park facility. No paper trails were a must.

“Johnson, the driving force behind bringing back Revis to right a wrong in his mind, endorsed all of it.”

The Patriots -- who were in the midst of the Deflategate colonoscopy that resulted in absurd-level discipline -- lodged a complaint with the league over the Jets tampering after Revis signed with the Jets in mid-March of 2015. 

The Jets were fined $100,000 but weren’t docked any draft picks.. The tender wrist slap came, ostensibly, because Johnson moronically stated at a December press conference that he’d “love” to have Revis return to New York. 

Maybe Johnson wasn’t being a dummy. That comment provided cover for the league office -- which has a documented history of treating the two NYC franchises with kid gloves -- to let the Jets off easy. 

Mehta’s article is the latest offering from him since completing his heel turn against Revis. 

Mehta did everything but fly the plane to bring Revis to New York once the 2014 season ended. And this is what he wrote the day the Jets penalty came down: 

The NFL’s attempt to uncover any dirt was an exercise in futility, a witch hunt driven by nonsense from a hypocritical organization with no reason to feel threatened by its competitor. 

You may wonder what’s the point? 

Clearly, the Patriots got it right while the Jets cheated, got what they wanted, and are now getting what they deserved. 

And everyone already knows the league office’s investigations and operations arms under the brutally incompetent leadership of Troy Vincent are a laughingstock. 

All true. But if I don’t write this now, I may have no recollection of this particular instance of league corruption given the absolute avalanche of other incidents