Pats going back-to-back with Ryan defenses


Pats going back-to-back with Ryan defenses

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.comFOXBORO -- Before the season began, Rex Ryan made a blanket request to all future Patriots' opponents. Beat them. After Rex's team got handled Sunday, his request may become closer to a plea. And he can direct it this week at his twin brother Rob, the defensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys. Rob, as you no doubt know, has background with the Patriots, serving four seasons as linebackers coach (2000-03) in New England. He became the Raiders' defensive coordinator in 2004. That wasa dead-end job since Al Davis set the defense and created the game plans, but he stayed there until 2008 before joining Eric Mangini in Cleveland as the DC. It was there that Rob was able to showcase his schemes and one of the landmark games he coordinated came last November when he directed the Browns defense to a 34-14 win over the Patriots. The Patriots had three turnovers and 283 total yards. So the Patriots go back-to-back with Ryan-inspired defenses. And, in truth, that has to be an advantage for the Patriots because the teaching material is fresh for the offensive students. "There's definitely some carryover," Bill Belichick agreed Monday afternoon. "I wouldn't say they're exactly the same, but there is carryover. Both are based out of the 3-4 but use a lot of different looks, both defenses use a lot of multiple defensive backs -- four, five, six, seven."The Patriots abused the multi-DB look against the Jets Sunday, gashing them with BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Rob will have seen that but Rex may pass on other nuances he picked up breaking down the game film Monday. "I'm sure they talk a lot," Belichick smiled. "I'm sure they exchange a lot of ideas and that kind of thing."One other detail that could have some interesting impact on Sunday is the fact Dallas is coming off its bye week and had extra time to tweak its own tendencies and break down the Patriots. Will it all make a difference? That's likely Ryan's hope.Obviously they have more time and extra days to prepare for you but from Sunday to Sunday that's ample time to get ready.

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. 


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