Notes: BradyBelichick winningest QBcoach tandem

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Notes: BradyBelichick winningest QBcoach tandem

The following is a collection of notes from the Patriots' 37-16 win over the Jets. Notes are courtesy of the Patriots media relations staff:

BRADY AND BELICHICK SURPASS MARINO AND SHULA FOR WINNINGEST COACHQB TANDEM
With todays victory over the Jets, the Patriots quarterback-head coach tandem of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick (117) surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famers Dan Marino and Don Shula of Miami for the most wins by a quarterback-head coach duo in the Super Bowl era (since 1966). Terry Bradshaw and Chuck Noll are third with 107 wins.

BILL BELICHICK TIES BILL PARCELLS WITH 183 CAREER WINS
Bill Belichick won his 183rd with the win against the Jets to tie Bill Pacrcells for ninth place on the NFLs all-time list. Chuck Knox is eighth with 193 career wins.

ANDRE CARTER SET PATRIOTS RECORD WITH 4.5 SACKS
Andre Carter set a franchise record with 4.5 sacks. The previous best was 4.0 by Julias Adams at Atlanta (12-4-77), Tony McGee at Baltimore (11-16-78) and Mike Hawkins vs. NY Jets (9-9-79). Carters previous best was 2.5 at Carolina on Oct. 11, 2009 while with Washington. It is Carters third game with two more sacks in 2011. He now has a team-leading 9.0 sacks.

BRADY TIES CHILDHOOD IDOL JOE MONTANA WITH 117 WINS
Tom Brady earned his 117th win as a starting quarterback to tie Joe Montana for seventh with 117 career wins in the regular season. Johnny Unitas is in sixth place with 118 wins.

BRADY PASSES JOE MONTANA (39) WITH HIS 40TH 300-YARD GAME
Brady threw for 329 yards for his 40th career 300-yard game and his sixth 300-yard game of the 2011 season. The most 300-yard games by Brady in a single season is eight in 2007. The NFL record for most 300-yard games in a season is 10 by Drew Brees (2008) and Rich Gannon (2002).

MOST 300-YARD PASSING GAMES IN NFL HISTORY
Peyton Manning 63
Dan Marino 63
Brett Favre 62
Kurt Warner 52
Dan Fouts 51
Drew Brees 51
Warren Moon 49
Tom Brady 40
Joe Montana 39

WELKER REACHES 1,000 YARDS FOR A PATRIOTS RECORD FOURTH TIME
Wes Welker entered the Jets game needing 40 yards to reach 1,000 yards receiving for the fourth time in his Patriots career. He now has 1,006 yards through nine games. He caught six passes for 46 yards to reach the mark.The four 1,000-yard seasons are the most by a Patriots receiver. Welker was tied with Randy Moss and Stanley Morgan with three 1,000-yard seasons.

WELKER BECOMES THE FASTEST PLAYER IN NFL HISTORY TO REACH 500 RECEPTIONS WITH ONE TEAM.
Welker reached 500 receptions as a member of the Patriots in his 70th game with the Patriots and became the fastest player to record 500 receptions with one team, surpassing Anquan Boldin (80 games with Arizona). He is the fourth player in NFL history with at least 500 catches in a five-year span. Only Marvin Harrison (five times), Cris Carter (twice) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (once) have accomplished the feat.

GRONKOWSKI HAS FOURTH STRAIGHT GAME WITH SEVEN OR MORE RECEPTIONS
Gronkowski finished with eight receptions for 113 yards. He has caught seven more receptions in four straight games. The eight receptions match the career-high eight he had vs. NY Giants (116). The 113 yards are a career-high, besting the 109 yards he had at Buffalo (92511). It is fourth 100-yard game.

GRONKOWSKI LEADS ALL TIGHT ENDS IN TOUCHDOWNS SINCE 2010
Gronkowski has 18 touchdowns since the start of the 2010 season, the most among all NFL tight ends during that time. Jason Witten is second with 13, Antonio Gates is third with 12.

BRADY ON PACE TO SET ALL-TIME PASSING NUMBERS
After throwing for 329 yards against the Jets and 3,032 yards through nine games this year, Tom Brady is on pace to finish the season with 5,390 passing yards. Only two NFL players have thrown for 5,000 or more yards in a season with Dan Marinos NFL record 5,084 in 1984 and Drew Brees 5,069 in 2008.The most yards Brady has ever thrown in a season is 4,806 in 2007.

GOSTKOWSKI GOOD FROM 50
Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 50-yard field goal in the first quarter. It is his longest field goal of the season. His previous best of the year was a 47-yarder vs. San Diego (918).

OCHCOCINO HAULS IN A 53-YARD RECEPTION
Chad Ochocinco caught a 53-yard pass from Tom Brady in the first quarter, his longest reception as a member of the Patriots. His previous best was a 30 yard reception vs. San Diego (918). It is his 21st reception of 50 or more yards and his first since a 50-yard reception vs. Houston while a member of Cincinnati on Oct. 18, 2009.

NINKOVICH RECORDS HIS SECOND TWO-INTERCEPTION GAME
LB Rob Ninkovich intercepted two passes against the Jets. His second pick was returned 12 yards for his first career touchdown. It is Ninkovichs second two-interception game. He had his first two NFL interceptions last season at Miami on Oct. 4, 2010 on Monday Night Football. It is the Patriots first defensive touchdown since Kyle Arrington returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown in a win vs. Green Bay on Dec. 19, 2010 in a Sunday Night Football game.

Blakely: Ainge's patience may hand Celtics a double payoff

Blakely: Ainge's patience may hand Celtics a double payoff

BOSTON -- When it comes to public opinion, Danny Ainge has never been one to be consumed by it or let it trickle into a decision he was thinking about for the roster.
 
So you can understand why the "What are they doing?" cries from Celtics Nation when he traded away the No. 1 overall pick earlier this month never resonated with him.

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And you can understand why Ainge, when the Chicago Bulls became serious about moving Jimmy Butler on draft night, never put forth a competitive offer even though he had more than enough trade chips to do so.
 
He has patiently waited for his vault full of assets to increase, like blue-chip stocks, to a point where they had real value to a team open to moving a superstar talent to Boston.
 
That time appears to be now, with the Celtics well-positioned to add not one but two All-Stars in Utah’s Gordon Hayward and Indiana’s Paul George.
 
The Celts are pursuing both simultaneously, knowing they have to secure Hayward first in order to arrange to have enough salary-cap space to make a trade with the Pacers for George.
 
Not surprisingly, the first move in this 1-2 step is the hardest.
 
Boston will have to convince Hayward, who played for Celtics coach Brad Stevens at Butler and was named to his first All-Star team in February, to bypass an extra year and about $40 million --- which he could get by staying in Utah -- to sign here. The advantage the C's have, in addition to the lure of playing for his ex-college coach, is that the path towards the NBA Finals is a lot more realistic with them than with the Jazz, who are on the rise but not quite close enough to where they are a legitimate threat to the NBA champion Golden State Warriors.
 
Meanwhile, the Celtics are coming off a season in which they finished with the best record in the East and advanced to the Eastern Conference finals. They also return the core from last year's team, led by two-time All-Star Isaiah Thomas.
 
It’s likely that at least one member of the team’s core will be included in a trade for George, a pending free agent whose representatives informed the Pacers he was not going to sign a long-term contract with Indiana and that his preferred destination for 2018-19 (and beyond) was his hometown Los Angeles Lakers.
 
The Lakers don't have the kind of assets the Pacers are hoping to secure for their four-time All-Star. The Celtics, however, are in position to potentially overpay for George and not have it devastate their growth in both the short and long term. They also feel that once they get him here, they can convince him to stay . . . and, indeed, some people in George's camp feel Boston is a better landing spot than Los Angeles.
 
However, the key in all this is Hayward, who will also get a strong pitch from the Miami Heat.
 
Complicating this even further for the Celtics has been the salary cap coming in at just $99 million as opposed to what most anticipated would be a couple million dollars more.
 
“It is hard,” Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, told CSN’s Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely recently regarding the salary cap for this season. “With the cap going down, it’s a little bit of a jolt. It doesn’t seem like a lot and every team has to deal with this. But we were planning pretty close to the dollar, to have a good team this year but to max cap space flexibility going into the offseason.”

In order for the Celtics to pull this off, it likely means they will have to part ways with at least one of their core players to ensure there’s enough cap space.
 
But considering what they could look like roster-wise on opening night, having to trade a player because of the decreased salary cap is the kind of the collateral damage that the C's can live with.

Morning Skate: Not a dry eye as Canucks draftee gets the call

Morning Skate: Not a dry eye as Canucks draftee gets the call

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while getting ready to check out GLOW on Netflix.

*This video of a Vancouver Canucks draft pick tearing up while watching the video of his brother celebrating him getting picked is all that is right with the NHL Draft.  

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Adrian Dater has Avs first-round pick Cale Makar talking about his hockey background, and why it doesn’t matter.

*The Calgary Flames are excited about their prospects and the pieces they were able to acquire last weekend.

*The Washington Capitals have re-signed Brett Connolly for a couple of years at short money and he appears to have found a home in DC.

*The Chicago Blackhawks are still in talks with Marian Hossa about how to resolve his contract and the allergic skin condition that might have prematurely ended his hockey career.

*Will the Tampa Bay sports go through a dry spell when it comes to Hall of Fame athletes now that former Lighting forward Dave Andreychuk has been called to the Hockey Hall?

*It looks like young Pierre Luc Dubois will be put in a position to contribute with the Columbus Blue Jackets this season.

*Alex Prewitt has a preview of the NHL free agency period and the stress levels that many players go through in it.

*For something completely different: This video of Drake and Will Ferrell hoop handshakes was pretty solid, and funny.