Report: Roger Goodell still peeved over Matt Patricia's clown shirt

Report: Roger Goodell still peeved over Matt Patricia's clown shirt

Roger Goodell isn't over it.

According to Pro Football Talk, the NFL commissioner is still frustrated that New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia wore a barstool t-shirt as he got off the team's plane which took New England home after their win in Super Bowl LI. Patricia's shirt, which shows Goodell wearing a clown nose, can be seen in the tweet below.

Patrcia, who has been with New England since 2004 and has been their defensive coordinator since 2012, has been spotted more than one Barstool shirt. He also donned a shirt with the text, "The North Remembers," a reference to Deflategate stolen from the HBO Series "Game of Thrones."

The shirt may have interfered with Patricia's head coaching candidacy during the 2017 offseason, according to NFL Media's Jason La Canfora. Patricia was in the mix for the Chargers' coaching gig.

"It isn't always about the best guy or the smartest guy or whatever. There's politics involved in all of this, unfortunately. That's how it goes. And they're looking for reasons to knit pick and critique," La Canfora said on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Toucher And Rich" in February. "And stupid stuff sometimes matters with these guys. Some owners won't care, but one or two will."

He added: "It shouldn't matter, but sometimes it is the 'No Fun League.'"

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Is Rob Gronkowski good to go?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Is Rob Gronkowski good to go?

00:43 - Rob Gronkowski says he's ready to go against the Texans. Michael Holley, Tom Giles and Kayce Smith talk about this risks of him playing while injured.

05:47 - Phil A.Perry follows up the Gronk discussion with a deeper breakdown of Gronk’s decision to play this Sunday.

10:02 - David Price appears to be easing back into baseball after pitching Friday night. Evan Drellich joins BST to talk about Price’s outing in Cincinnati. 

16:12 - The BST crew recaps the Red Sox win over Reds. Drellich returns to analyze how the pitchers performed and how that will impact the Red Sox postseason stretch.  

Danny Amendola embraces delayed follow-up to strong Week 1 performance

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Danny Amendola embraces delayed follow-up to strong Week 1 performance

This actually won’t be the first time that Danny Amendola had to wait to follow up a strong season-opener with the Pats. 

As the veteran receiver aims to return Sunday from a concussion and knee injury after leaving the Pats’ Week 1 loss early and missing Week 2 altogether, he’ll try to build a Week 1 performance that saw him lead the Pats with 100 yards on six receptions. 

The stop and start is somewhat reminiscent of Amendola’s first year with New England in 2013, when he had 10 receptions for 104 yards in the season-opener. He suffered a groin injury in that game, however, and didn’t play again until Week 5. At least the wait is shorter this time around. 

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“I mean, there’s going to be bumps and bruises along the way, but that’s football, right?” Amendola said Friday. “But I feel really good today, feel strong, so get ready tomorrow and just continue to prepare.”

In that first game back in 2013, Amendola again led the Pats in receiving yards, but it was in a terrible offensive showing for New England. All it took was four receptions for 55 yards to be the Patriots’ best receiver in a 13-6 loss to Cincinnati in which Tom Brady had a rare scoreless game. 

If Amendola can pick up where he left off in Week 1, the Pats will be in good shape. They’re also expected to have Rob Gronkowski and Chris Hogan ready to go, but Amendola was Tom Brady’s most reliable weapon in the Chiefs game, even though Brandin Cooks made a bigger impact with two pass interference penalties drawn in the red zone. 

Not known for his durability towards the end of his time in St. Louis, this will be the fourth of Amendola’s five regular seasons in New England in which he didn’t play in all 16 games. He played the full season in 2014, 14 games in 2015 and 12 games in 2013 and 2016. 

With Julian Edelman out, Brady could certainly use Amendola’s services as often as possible. That’s especially if he plays the way he did in Week 1. 

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