No huddle: Brady on Bruschi, a lawsuit and beer


No huddle: Brady on Bruschi, a lawsuit and beer

By Mary Paoletti Staff Reporter Follow @mary_paoletti
FOXBORO -- Tom Brady's Wednesday press conference was a rambling road: Miami in the rearview, San Diego ahead, and some random stops in between. In the moment, he was happy to be "back to the comfort zone. Back home." It's what Brady usually says when he meets reporters, not just back at Gillette, but at his locker.

Here are a few of the less fluid, more interesting highlights from the scrum.

"They're both a big part of our offense. Tight ends have always been involved in our offense. I think the skillset of both those players really allows us to be flexible. Not only are they good blockers, but they catch the ball, too. You can run it behind them, you can play-action pass. And they've become pretty efficient in the passing game, also. You can spread them out and run them on different route combinations. They're very good players."
HIS TAKE ON THAT LITTLE NOD THE NFL GAVE HIM FOR 517 PASSING YARDS: "Laughs Our goals are much bigger than AFC Offensive Player of the Week around here."

"Everyone has an opinion on everything. And none of it really means anything. Only thing that means anything in this locker room and what we do every day in practice.

"I have no problems with Chad. At all."

THE NAME TOM BRADY IS FIRST ON THE VETERAN LAWSUIT AGAINST THE NFL: "I'll change my name to what, Uno y Dos? Maybe I'll be put further down the line. Yeah, I've got no comment."
"There's always corrections. You watch it, see the things that work, see the things that didn't work and move on. You don't listen to TV copy and listen to everyone tell you how good you think you are and the same thing when you lose -- how much you suck. You try to move on.

"You listen to your coaches, they evaluate the game, how they saw it and you try to make those improvements. Because the other team, the Chargers, are looking at this last game and they're saying, 'Wow, okay, well that didn't work. Maybe we should try these types of things.' If you don't get them corrected they end up being problems all year."

"It's been a passing league for along time. Running game is very important to every offense -- being balanced is very important to every offense. There's times when you have to throw the ball... you could be down late in a game and you need to come back and you have to be able to pass it when they know you're passing it. Not only throwing the ball, but getting open on consecutive routes, being able to protect when they know you're going to only pass the ball.

"My job is to go against this defense and try to get our guys in the best position so they can do what they do well. Ultimately, play well enough over the course of the drive to get the ball in the end zone. Our defense will have to handle their offense and that's a big task on this team. It has to be a very complementary game for all of us."

"Start drinking early. Laughs Be nice and rowdy. 4:15 game . . . They'll have a lot of time to get lubed up and come out here and cheer for their home team."

Note: Patriots media relations quarterback Stacey James addressed reporters after the presser. He said Brady wanted to clarify the rowdy crowd comments. "Tom Brady wants everyone to drink a lot of water, stay hydrated. Drink responsibly."

"We've spoiled our fans? Is that what you're saying? We make good plays, they're going to scream. If we don't make good plays, they're going to probably boo us. So we're going to focus on trying to make good plays. The crowd... it always helps when they're loud, but we've got to give them reasons to be loud, we've got to give them reasons to cheer for us. Hopefully, those muskets are going off this weekend."

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Bowles on if Revis can still compete physically: 'I don't know for sure'

Bowles on if Revis can still compete physically: 'I don't know for sure'

PHOENIX -- Todd Bowles wasn't asked if he thinks Darrelle Revis can be a All-Pro level player. He wasn't asked if Revis has it in him to be a No. 1 corner again.

The bar was much lower. 

Can Revis, who will be 32 at the start of next season, still be a serviceable player? Does he have the physical ability to be competitive?

Bowles should know. He coached Revis with the Jets each of the last two years. But his answer was far from definitive.


"If he goes ahead and proves it, yeah he does," Bowles said during the AFC coaches breakfast on Tuesday. "But we'll see. I don't know for sure. I can't answer that. Only he can."

It's been a remarkable fall from grace for Revis, who re-signed with the Jets as a free agent after winning a Super Bowl with the Patriots. He was given $39 million fully guaranteed and went on to make the Pro Bowl in his first season back.

Last year, however, he had his worst season and was arguably among the worst full-time corners in the league. Quarterbacks completed almost two-thirds of their passes sent in his direction, and they had a rating of 104.2 when targeting the player formerly known as Revis Island.

"I love the guy. I love the player," Bowles said. "He didn't have a great year, but we didn't have a great season so he wasn't the only one. It's all about coming back and proving you can still do it every year. That can only be answered when you come back and do it."

The Jets released him earlier this offseason despite the fact that he's guaranteed $6 million by the team whether he plays in 2017 or not.

Now that Revis is looking for a job, New England has been cited by some as the most logical place for him to land. Asked about the potential of having Revis back, Patriots owner Robert Kraft told the New York Daily News on Monday that he'd be all for it.

“I would love it," Kraft said. "Speaking for myself, if he wanted to come back, he’s a great competitor, I’d welcome him if he wanted to come.”

At this point, however, a reunion seems unlikely. 

The Patriots are looking at the potential of having Stephon Gilmore, Malcolm Butler, Eric Rowe, Cyrus Jones and Jonathan Jones all on the roster at corner next season -- though there is some question as to whether or not Butler will stick. 

And if Revis is hoping to make a move to safety, he'd probably have a hard time finding playing time as part of a group that will include Devin McCourty, Duron Harmon and Patrick Chung. 

Then there's the question as to his motivation. After winning a Super Bowl, and after making as much money as he's made, with an easy $6 million more staring him in the face, will Revis be ready to re-adapt to the demands of playing in New England?

Even if he is, there could very well be physical limitations impacting Revis' effectiveness moving forward. Bowles acknowledged that for some at Revis' age who play his position, the drop-off can come quickly.

"Sometimes it can. Sometimes it can't," Bowles said. "Every story is different. You have to write your own so he has to write his."

Kraft says word 'vindication,' says he's tempering expectations after big offseason

Kraft says word 'vindication,' says he's tempering expectations after big offseason

In a quote that will almost certainly get taken out of context, Robert Kraft used the word “vindication” Tuesday. 

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Kraft used the word when discussing the team’s comeback in Super Bowl LI, citing the minimal chances the team had of winning after falling behind, 28-3. Yet his use of the word will raise eyebrows because it’s the only word we've wanted him and the Patriots to say in a season that saw them win a title despite a four-game Tom Brady suspension the team felt was unjust. 

“In fact, with three minutes to go in the third quarter, we had a 99.6 percent chance to lose -- .04 to win -- and our guys believed in one another and it’s a great lesson to young people never to give up, hang with people who are good character, who put their ego at the door and come together as a team,” Kraft said Tuesday on ESPN’s “First Take.” “It was just a great moment of vindication for our whole team and pretty cool for our fans.”

Read into that however you’d like. Honestly, it seems harmless, but the Patriots showed after the Super Bowl win that they were oozing with spite, so nothing should come as a surprise. 

As for the team’s offseason, Kraft seemed a little less giddy than he was on Monday, when he compared Brandin Cooks to Randy Moss. Kraft told ESPN that he’s trying to not get carried away with the team’s offseason upgrades. 

“I take that with a grain of salt,” he said. “We never try to win games in the offseason. On paper it all looks good and I think some of the moves have been outstanding, but in the end, what happens when you get on the field and the chemistry and how things work and are people in good shape. So we’re very optimistic and it’s good, but in the end, it will show in the results on the field. I’ve learned to temper my enthusiasm.”