Kraft 'disappointed' with decision to decertify

Kraft 'disappointed' with decision to decertify

By Tom E. CurranHere's a statement from Patriots owner Robert Kraft on the lockout. AOLMsgPart_2_68591eab-3bf3-4994-b2f2-1cc5ba6b6e38 tdcolor: black; @font-face font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; @font-face font-family:Calibri; panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4; AOLMsgPart_2_68591eab-3bf3-4994-b2f2-1cc5ba6b6e38 p.MsoNormal,AOLMsgPart_2_68591eab-3bf3-4994-b2f2-1cc5ba6b6e38 li.MsoNormal,AOLMsgPart_2_68591eab-3bf3-4994-b2f2-1cc5ba6b6e38 div.MsoNormal margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"; AOLMsgPart_2_68591eab-3bf3-4994-b2f2-1cc5ba6b6e38 a:link,AOLMsgPart_2_68591eab-3bf3-4994-b2f2-1cc5ba6b6e38 span.MsoHyperlink mso-style-priority:99; color:blue; text-decoration:underline; AOLMsgPart_2_68591eab-3bf3-4994-b2f2-1cc5ba6b6e38 a:visited,AOLMsgPart_2_68591eab-3bf3-4994-b2f2-1cc5ba6b6e38 span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed mso-style-priority:99; color:purple; text-decoration:underline; AOLMsgPart_2_68591eab-3bf3-4994-b2f2-1cc5ba6b6e38 p.msochpdefault,AOLMsgPart_2_68591eab-3bf3-4994-b2f2-1cc5ba6b6e38 li.msochpdefault,AOLMsgPart_2_68591eab-3bf3-4994-b2f2-1cc5ba6b6e38 div.msochpdefault mso-style-name:msochpdefault; mso-margin-top-alt:auto; margin-right:0in; mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; margin-left:0in; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"; AOLMsgPart_2_68591eab-3bf3-4994-b2f2-1cc5ba6b6e38 span.emailstyle18 mso-style-name:emailstyle18; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; color:1F497D; AOLMsgPart_2_68591eab-3bf3-4994-b2f2-1cc5ba6b6e38 span.EmailStyle20 mso-style-type:personal-reply; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; color:1F497D; AOLMsgPart_2_68591eab-3bf3-4994-b2f2-1cc5ba6b6e38 .MsoChpDefault mso-style-type:export-only; font-size:10.0pt; @page WordSection1 size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.0in 1.0in 1.0in; AOLMsgPart_2_68591eab-3bf3-4994-b2f2-1cc5ba6b6e38 div.WordSection1 page:WordSection1; Statement from Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft: "Going into these union negotiations, I was very optimistic that an agreement could be reachedbefore the end of December if both sides were committed to the negotiations. The same was trueas we approachedthe end of the NFL calendar year. We are fortunate to be operating in an industry that is thriving and I know that there was a deal to be done that was a win-win for both sides.I know thatCommissioner Goodell and his staff invested a tremendous amount of time and resources to negotiate an agreementthat wouldbenefitboth parties and allow the league to continue to build for the future without interruption.I remained in constant contact with Roger and the members of the CEC this week andfully supported the proposal we made to the players' union on Friday.I think the actions of the union to end the mediation processand walk away fromFriday's offer clearly showed their true intentions to take this process to litigation all along. While disappointed by their action to decertify, I remain confident thatan agreement will be reached and that the 2011 season will be played. I know that the owners are committed to this process, butthat the quickest way to do so is through continued negotiation, not litigation. For the sake of all involved, the owners, the players and most importantly, the fans,I hope we return to the negotiating table very soon."
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Mayock: If I'm Cleveland, I'd be 'stoked' to land Garoppolo for No. 12 pick

Mayock: If I'm Cleveland, I'd be 'stoked' to land Garoppolo for No. 12 pick

NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock quarterbacked a marathon conference call with reporters from around the country on Monday in order to shed some light on the prospects who will compete at the combine later this week. One thing that stood out? He's not ready to crown anyone in this year's crop of draftable signal-callers.

As a result of the dearth of pro-ready talent at quarterback, Mayock recognized Patriots backup Jimmy Garoppolo as perhaps the top target for any quarterback-needy team. Garoppolo might interest the Cleveland Browns in particular, Mayock noted, because of the number of picks they have near the top of the draft.

"In my opinion," Mayock said, "if I'm the Cleveland Browns and I've got No. 1 and No. 12, if I came away with either [defensive end Myles] Garrett or [defensive tackle] Jonathan Allen at No. 1, and gave up the 12th pick in the draft to get Garoppolo? I would be stoked.

"I would feel like I had a difference-maker on defense and we had a quarterback on offense. Now let's get to work. We got five in the first 65 picks. Let's get to work. From my perspective, especially looking at the quarterbacks this year, if they gave up No. 12 and could get Garoppolo, I'd be all over that."

Patriots promote coaching assistant Nick Caley to tight ends coach

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Patriots promote coaching assistant Nick Caley to tight ends coach

As the Patriots so often like to do, they promoted from within to fill an open coaching position on Monday. 

The team announced that they've named Nick Caley as their tight ends coach, filling the vacancy left behind when Brian Daboll accepted the offensive coordinator position at the University of Alabama last week. 

Caley was a coaching assistant with the Patriots for the past two seasons after spending a decade in the college ranks at John Carroll (2005-06), Akron (2006-07), Auburn (2008), Iowa State (2009-11), Eastern Illinois (2012), Arkansas (2013) and Florida Atlantic (2014).

Caley is one of several John Carroll products -- including director of player personnel Nick Caserio, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and assistant quarterbacks coach Jerry Shuplinski -- working for the Patriots at the moment. He graduated from the Jesuit university situated just outside of Cleveland in 2006.