Garrett impressed by Patriots linemen

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Garrett impressed by Patriots linemen

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

FOXBORO --Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett took time out of his day Wednesday to talk about a few of the Patriots linemen that stick out to him and may cause his team some problems on this weekend.

First, Garrett praised defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth,and said that when he plays, him and Vince Wilfork together can be a handfulfor any offense.

I think Haynesworths done an outstanding job for them,said Garrett in a conference call on Wednesday. Hes a big body. Hes veryexplosive. Hes strong. Hes quick. He can be a really disruptive force in themiddle of the defense, both in the run game and in the pass game. You pair himwith Wilfork inside, and theyre really a formidable duo, theres no questionabout that.

When hes been out there playing, hes been playing verywell, and hell be a great challenge for our football team.

Garrett also praised rookie offensive lineman Nate Solder,who the Patriots selected with the 17th overall pick in this years draft. Garrettsaid that Solder was someone the Cowboys were very interested in, when draftingin April.

We had him very high on our draft board, said Garrett. Weliked him very much.

I think there are a lot of discussions that you have abouta lot of different players. So I dont think its fair to say that we wouldtake this guy or wouldnt have taken this guy. You never know what you woulddo, until that situation comes up. But we had him here in the Valley Ranch. Wespent a lot of time with him. We certainly watched a lot of tape of him. Hecertainly was in that top tackle group that we were considering very strongly.

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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. 

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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