Brady: 'Who are you? It's week-to-week'

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Brady: 'Who are you? It's week-to-week'

FOXBORO -- The record says the Patriots are 3-3 and a mediocre team.

Reality is that their journey to 3-3 is a lot different than, say the Jets'. New England's lost its three games by a total of four points; the Jets lost their three by a combined 57.

Which team's fanbase has more cause to be optimistic that postseason games await? It should be the Patriots. But the tenor right now is reflective of what happened most recently. The Patriots lost 24-23 on the road Sunday in Seattle. The Jets won 35-9 at home against the Colts.

So, despite the identical record and -- for the Patriots -- more impressive resume, things are hairier here as the Patriots and Jets get ready for Sunday.

"There's seven teams in the AFC that are 3-3," Tom Brady said today. "There's seven that are below 3-3, and there's two that are better than us, and we played one of those (Baltimore) and we were up nine points with (7:29) to go and the other team (Houston) got beat by a bunch of points the other night (42-24 against the Packers). So who are you? It's week to week. It all depends on how well you play.

"Every week is gonna be something different so you can sit here and say, 'We're the greatest team ever; we're the worst team of all-time...' or compare this year with last year," Brady added. "We're 3-3. We haven't earned a better record than that. We haven't played well enough or consistently enough to be better than that. I don't think six games defines a season. What will define our season is what we do over the next 10 weeks."

Brady doesn't rejoice in the fact the Patriots have been "in" each of their three losses. But he acknowledged he takes solace in knowing a better record is just a few plays away.

"We battled pretty much to the end in every one of those games," he said. "We've had some tight ones that we haven't come up with. But the nice part -- not that you feel great about losing a game -- but you think if we'd have just done a few things better, we'd have been winning those games. That's really where our concentration's at. Find ways to be better."

Brady said he understands that's not where everyone's focus is. Especially on the outside.

"We only play once a week and there's a lot to talk about over the course of those seven days," Brady agreed. "I think it's important for us players not to ride the roller coaster of emotions that your family may have, that your friends may have or the questions that we get. I think the important thing is to keep trying to improve and focus on the opponent and not what's being said or what you hear or when everyone tells you you're great or when everyone tells you you suck. You just try to say, 'This is where we're at, this is what coach thinks, this is what we're gonna try to do, this is how we're gonna try to win this game.' "

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Arizona Cardinals place franchise tag on Chandler Jones

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Arizona Cardinals place franchise tag on Chandler Jones

PHOENIX - The Arizona Cardinals, in an anticipated move, have placed a non-exclusive franchise tag on outside linebacker Chandler Jones after failing to reach a long-term deal with the player.

The non-exclusive tag allows the Cardinals to continue negotiating with Jones through July 15. If another team makes him an offer, Arizona can either match it or receive two first-round draft picks.

It's unlikely that any team would express interest in Jones, however, given what it would cost.

Under the franchise tag, Jones would receive about $15 million for the coming season.

Acquired in a trade with New England a year ago, Jones had 11 sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 15 tackles for loss last season

Jones has 25 1-2 sacks over the past two seasons, third-most in the NFL over that span.

The Cardinals' move came two days before the NFL deadline for making franchise designations.

It also came on Jones' 27th birthday, prompting teammate David Johnson to tweet "Happy BDay to `The Man,' `Mr. Franchise' himself.....The one and only."

The franchise tag move came as no surprise.

Club President Michael Bidwill has stated all along that Jones would not be going anywhere, that the team didn't make the trade - sending guard Jonathan Cooper and a second-round draft pick to New England - to keep him just for one season.

"We're not going to mess around with that," Bidwill said in a recent interview on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. "He's a great pass rusher, but if we can't agree to terms that work for us, we're just going to franchise him, and his people know that."

Jones immediately upgraded what had been an average Cardinals pass rush at best. His fellow outside linebacker Markus Golden had 12 1-2 sacks and seven tackles for loss. Together they form one of the better outside pass rush combinations in the NFL.

By all accounts, the contract talks with Jones have been cordial and Jones has said he wants to stay in Arizona.

"I love it here," he said near the end of last season. "I love the vibe that the people give off and I can see myself being here for a long time."

Chandler heads a long list of free agents that the Cardinals must either re-sign or let go. That group includes starters defensive tackle Calais Campbell, safety Tony Jefferson and inside linebacker Kevin Minter.