Brown: Belichick at his best during Colts weeks


Brown: Belichick at his best during Colts weeks

By Tom E. Curran Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
FOXBORO - The proliferation of ex-Patriots in the media has given added insight into the hooded world of the dynastic Patriots. Rodney Harrison, Willie McGinest, Tedy Bruschi, Ty Law, Christian Fauriaand Heath Evans all have hit their stride in front of the cameras. But no ex-Patriot shoots it straighter and is more willing to pullback the veil than Troy Brown.Which is ironic. Of all the players I mentioned, he was hands down the worst interview in the locker room when heplayed.If the locker room shut down to the mediaat 11:45 a.m., he'dcome in from the weight room at 11:44. And if he talked it was a "just the facts" recitation of platitudes. Now? What would you like to know?And Brown confirmed what one presumed. When the Colts were next on the schedule, the intensity ratcheted up significantly. "Every week we played the Colts it was intense," Brown said Tuesday night. "Those were the days Bill (Belichick) was at his best and making sure you had everything about the Colts covered - offensively, defensively, and definitely don't let them beat you on special teams, because that was the weakest part of their team. When theydid punt." Brown, who does work for us at Comcast SportsNet and also at WEEI,was speaking at Waxy O'Connors in Foxboro on Tuesday night where he helped hype CSN's "New England Football Night", which debuts Thursday at 7 p.m.When preparing for a big game, Brown said, things were ratcheted up."For us on the inside, it was always different," he explained. "For you guys on the outside it was business as usual, another work week -'Another good team. Peyton Manning's a good quarterback, one of the best we ever played. Tony Dungy's a great coach, blase, blah. Dwight Freeney can rush the passer.' For you guys it was, 'Everybody's great.' For us on the inside, there was a little added emphasis on those opponents, the Colts the Jets."We knew that. And the Patriots knew we knew that. So why not play along and tell it like it wasis? Probably because treating the Colts as special meant that the team would run the risk of treating the Bills as not special. The easiest message for Belichick to give his players was the same message week after week, season after season. If the script never changed, he didn't have to worry about their approach to a game or what they'd say to us. "Even if Bill didn't say anything about that stuff, guys kinda took it to heart," said Brown. " 'We're playing the Jets; this is where Bill used to be.' 'We're playing the Colts, this is Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady. You took it a little more personal even if we didn't say it to you guys. You could feel the inensity in the locker room and meetingroom approaching game time. It was a more fun week but we probably lost a week or two from our lives from the stress."

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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

Perry: 'Not out of the realm of possibility' Amendola takes pay cut

Perry: 'Not out of the realm of possibility' Amendola takes pay cut

Phil Perry analyzes  whether Danny Amendola will take another pay cut to stay with the New England Patriots.