44 lines about 22 Patriots issues


44 lines about 22 Patriots issues

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran Forty-four lines about 22 Patriots issues . . .
Jets week. On Wednesday, we have 'Patriots Wednesday Live' from Gillette Stadium (tune into Comcast SportsNet at noon for that), Rex Ryan and Plaxico Burress for conference calls and Belichick, Brady, et. al. Jerod Mayo is out for this week's Quick Slants (knee). We'll be replacing him with my friend Bob Glauber from Newsday -- and, yes, this is a change from a previous version of this story, when the original plan was to talk to Adam Schien from SIRIUS NFL Radio and SNY in New York -- as we break down Pats-Jets. Nobody wants to hear about travel inconveniences from media members because every reader knows our companies pay for room, board and airfare so we can attend professional sporting events in exotic places (or in Oakland). So I refrain from sharingand - honestly - don't have many gripes. Allow me one airplane gripe? The guy in the seat behind you who is so plump hecan only hoist himself upright by putting his hands on the top of your seat and pulling with all his chubby might, thereby bending your seat halfway to the floor. Facinating roll call of quarterbacks coming up for the Patriots over the next few weeks. They will see Sanchez, Romo, Roethlisberger, Eli, Sanchez, Cassel and Vick between now and the start of December, so quarterback mobility will be a big issue in every game except the one against the Giants. That reality makes this Tuesday quote from defensive line coach Pepper Johnson very concerning: "Im a little more than satisfied with the play of the defensive line. Im sure the question is spawned from the stats, but Im watching how guys are doing what were asking them to do. Were actually hitting the quarterback a couple times were late but were actually hitting the quarterback. Its just not coming up with the sack." The Patriots' pass rush isn't quick enough to hit and impact landlocked quarterbacks like Philip Rivers, Ryan Fitzpatrick and fairly stationary guys like Jason Campbell and Chad Henne, yet Johnson's more than a little satisfied? Good luck against guys who are actually elusive andor hard to bring down like the next set of quarterbacks they'll face. So far, Albert Haynesworth has played 54 of the Patriots' 265 defensive snaps this season (thanks, Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston who logs plays and has everyone else steal the info). Haynesworth's due to make a base salary of 1.5 million and will collect a 1 million bonus if he plays in 20 percent of the plays - right now, he's at 20.3 percent. If the Jets are going to attempt to run the ball down the Patriots' gullet on Sunday - as Rex Ryan indicated they might - Haynesworth will be sorely needed. Personally, I'm surprised a non-contact injury that flared up has kept him out for two games. Business being business, there's no doubt the Krafts are rubbing their temples over cash handed to newold guys. Chad Ochocinco is collecting 6 million this year in salary (1 million) and bonuses (5 million); Shaun Ellis is collecting 4 million, Andre Carter is taking in 2.25; Mark Anderson's bringing in 1.375. That's about 16 million dished out to four defensive linemen who've generated 2.5 sacks and a wideout who chipped in seven receptions. That would bug me if I were writing the checks. Meanwhile, Wes Welker is bringing in about 2.5 million in the final year of his contract. That would bug me if I were cashing that check (if I were Wes Welker, that is . . . because if I, little Tommy Curran were cashing that check, I would not be bugged). Sometimes I wonder if Tom Brady is trying to make a greater point with all his throws to Welker. A point that says, "This is the guy you haven't re-signed and are making play without an injury safety net, and that's something that I object to." Ochocinco hasn't spoken to the media as a group since before the season opener. He's gotten agitated with me for asking him to speak; so agitated, in fact, my efforts to get him to fulfill that part of his job are done for a while. Seemsmostof the media iswilling to allow Ocho room in exchange for promises that he'll be the best interview we've had once he gets this offense down. He's a funny and fascinating guy but, man, asking us for that kind of tradeoff - and then being accomodated! - is troubling on a couple of levels. Ocho had been limited to two catches or less 10 times since 2002. He's been at two or less in each game this season for the Patriots. The Patriots have 8.3 million of cap room currently. Our buddy Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk has all the numbers. Loneliest feeling in the world? Being a Raiders fan and driving home in your makeup and spiked shoulder pads after a loss. Shaun Ellis did not look good trying to chase down Jacoby Ford on that reverse against the Raiders. Zombie-like (Shaun of the Dead). Please select one: Indy's quarterback Curtis Painter looks like a) Sam Kinison; b) Amy Poehler; c) Kurt Cobain. For a guy who was supposed to be the fastest linebacker in the 2008 draft class (4.47 at the NFL Combine), Gary Guyton sure does run slowly. Yes he does. Since Rex Ryan's been in New York, the Patriots are 2-2 with Wes Welker active. In those four games, these are the catches and yards he's rolled up: 15 for 192 (W), 6 for 38 (L), 7 for 80 (W), 7 for 57 (L) - suffice to say, once burned by Wes was all it took.
Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran.

Affleck offers passionate Brady defense when asked about Deflategate


Affleck offers passionate Brady defense when asked about Deflategate

When the topic of Deflategate was broached on HBO's Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons, which debuted this week, Ben Affleck became all kinds of fired up.

"What they did was suspend Tom Brady for four days for not giving them his [expletive] cellphone," Affleck said. "I would never give an organization as leak-prone as the NFL my [expletive] cellphone . . . so you can just look through my emails and listen to my voicemails?"

Affleck grew up in Cambridge, Mass. and is a passionate Patriots fan. He made no attempts to hide his fandom, and his appreciation for Brady, as he and Simmons (also a Patriots fan) discussed the football-deflation controversy that has now lasted well over a year. 

Affleck, who said he would want to cast himself as Brady if ever a Deflategate movie was made, harped on the fact that the league wanted Brady to turn over his phone. 

"Maybe Tom Brady is so [expletive] classy and such a [expletive] gentleman," Affleck said, "that he doesn’t want people to know that he may have reflected on his real opinion on some of his co-workers."

Brady is waiting for the Second Circuit to make a decision as to whether or not it will rehear his case against the NFL. Earlier this offseason, the Second Circuit reinstated Brady's four-game suspension issued by the league when a three-judge panel ruled in favor of the NFL, 2-1. 

Pro Football Talk wrote on Thursday that a decision from the Second Circuit could come at any time. If the rehearding request is denied, Brady could then take the case to the Supreme Court. Should the Second Circuit grant Brady a rehearing, his suspension would be delaed until the court reached a decision. In that case, Brady could potentially play the entire 2016 season before a decision came to pass. 

Brady posts high school essay to Facebook on living in his sisters' shadow


Brady posts high school essay to Facebook on living in his sisters' shadow

Tom Brady wasn't always the most famous person in his family. Growing up, his sisters were the accomplished athletes in the household. 

For his latest Throwback Thursday style Facebook post, Brady published a pair of photos of an old high school essay that he wrote in the fall of his senior year in 1994. It was titled "The way my sisters influenced me."

I found an essay I wrote in 1994... I love my big sisters! #tbt. Thanks for the good grade Mr Stark!

Posted by Tom Brady on Thursday, June 23, 2016

In it, he discusses some of the difficulties of growing up with three older sisters and no brothers. Because Maureen, Julie and Nancy Brady had achieved so much in softball, basketball and soccer, Brady -- or "Tommy," as he signed his paper -- had trouble getting noticed. 

Of course, it wouldn't be long before Brady was headed from San Mateo, California to Ann Arbor, Michigan in order to play football for the Wolverines. He probably had no trouble garnering attention by then. Still, it's funny to read about how he felt overlooked in his youth. 

He closed the essay explaining that he knew his sisters would always provide him support throughout his life, adding, "hopefully, just maybe, one day people will walk up to them and say, 'Aren't you Tommy's sister?' or 'Hey where is your brother?' Maybe . . . "

If the Brady sisters didn't get those kinds of comments by the time the baby of the family was given an 'A' for his English assignment, it probably didn't take long before they did. About seven years later, he took over as the starting quarterback of the Patriots.