Belichick, athletes send condolences to Krafts

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Belichick, athletes send condolences to Krafts

With the news of the passing of Myra Kraft, athletes -- some Patriots, some not -- took to Twitter and other outlets to give their condolences to the Kraft family.
Coach Bill Belichick: On behalf of the entire Patriots football operation, we mourn the passing of Myra Kraft. As much support as her quiet but unmistakable presence provided us in the competitive arena and as much as I personally will miss her warm embraces before and after each game, Myra shined brightest in a much broader arena. In the humanitarian arena, her generosity through philanthropy was admired and appreciated by all. She made a permanent impression on hundreds of coaches, players, staff and our families as a model of grace, strength and giving. Myras vision and example will impact and remain very much with our team forever.

Matt Light: "She wasn't someone that we saw like Robert and Johnathan and the rest of the family. but her impact was felt in many other ways. And just the things that she did in that community and what that did for the guys on the team. It really drove me to do a lot and to give back, to find my little niche, and to be a part of that community. And I'll tell you she's an incredible person, she really was."
Jerod Mayo to Boston Globe: "I am extremely saddened with the passing of Myra Kraft. Shehas been a mainstay in the community and the Patriots family. Her giving spirit along with her countless random acts of kindness and philanthropy will continue to be a legacy to be remembered."

Vince Wilfork: "(expletive) lockout I don't even know how to get in touch with Mr. Kraft to offer my support and condolences a wonderful life lost that I probably would have had the chance to see again if it wasn't for the problems!! Luv ya Myra "momma". Sorry guys had to vent myra was a wonderful woman who my wife and I loved dearly somuchmorethanfootball"

Kevin Faulk to Boston Globe: "Myra Kraft meant a whole lot to me and my family with her influence and her generosity. ... She did so much for the state of Massachusetts as well as the Patriots."

Leigh Bodden: "Praying for & wishing the Kraft Family the best through this tough time."

Darius Butler: "My condolences and prayers go out to the Kraft family during this tough time."

Brett Lockett: "All my prayers and blessings go out to Robert Kraft and the Kraft family. We are suffering a major loss in the Patriot family."

Devin McCourty: "Please give your thoughts and prayers to Mr. Kraft and his family on the passing of Mrs. Kraft."
Zoltan Mesko: "Behind every great man, there stands a great woman My thoughts and prayers go out to the Kraft family. Rest in Peace Myra H. Kraft."

BenJarvus Green-Ellis: "I would like to extend my prayers and sincere condolences to the Kraft family during this difficult time. Please keep them In your prayers."

Julien Edelman: "My Prayers go out to the Kraft family."
Heath Evans: "We have lost 1 of the greatest women I know & hands down the finest in all of sports wthe passing of Mrs. Myra Kraft"

Dane Fletcher: "RIP Myra Kraft Thoughts & prayers go out to Mr. Kraft and the Kraft family, she was a very unique & special person!"

Taylor Price: "Prayers and condolences go out to Myra Kraft and the Kraft family."

Lawyer Milloy: "Myra Kraft has passed away. With my Brisk depature from Boston, she is the one person that I regret not saying goodbye too. As a young playerman she was a gr8 example of how a woman stands beside, not behind, a man of power! I never got a chance to say thanks 4 that lasting impression. R.I.P. You will be missed."
Taylor Twellman (Revolution): "Today is a very sad day. Myra Kraft in '02 when I came to Boston opened her arms to me and made me feel like her son. morethansports. And will forever remember what MyraRobert meant to me and my parents when I signed @NERevolution. My 2nd set of parents were n Boston!"

Chad Ochocinco: "@lindacohn I've never been part of the Patriot organization but my condolences to the team and the Kraft family.May Mrs. Myra Kraft r.i.p"

Braylon Edwards: "RIP Mrs. Kraft, my prayers and condolences go out to the entire Kraft family."

Dante Stallworth: "@mortreport oh no!! That's terrible news... Great family, great ownership that really cares about EVERY player! My condolences to the Krafts."

Patriots release DT Darius Kilgo, reportedly sign WR Griff Whalen

Patriots release DT Darius Kilgo, reportedly sign WR Griff Whalen

The New England Patriots have announced that they've released defensive tackle Darius Kilgo. 

The move creates an opening for wide receiver Griff Whalen, who they have reportedly signed to a one-year deal, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Kilgo, a sixth-round pick out of Maryland in 2015, did not make an appearance for the Patriots after being claimed off waivers from the Broncos last week. He played 81 snaps for Denver this season.

Whalen, 26, played in two games for San Diego in 2016 where he caught two passes for a total of 22 yards. 

The former Colts wideout is perhaps best remembered in New England for his part in Indianapolis' disasterous fake punt against the Patriots last season.

 

 

 

John Harbaugh: Ravens’ trickery different than Patriots ‘deceptive’ formation

John Harbaugh: Ravens’ trickery different than Patriots ‘deceptive’ formation

FOXBORO – John Harbaugh explained on Thursday the difference between the rules loophole his Ravens exploited recently and the one the Patriots exploited in the 2014 AFC Divisional Playoff Game that caused him to cry, “Foul.”

What it boiled down to? Everyone knew about the loophole the Ravens took advantage of when they committed an en masse holding penalty at the end of the game against the Bengals. 

Nobody had seen what the Patriots successfully pulled off when they made eligible receivers ineligible and vice versa and went on a touchdown drive that changed the tenor of the game.

“You’re right. I don’t want to get into all that,” Harbaugh said when I asked what the difference was. “That’s all been hashed out. I believe what I believe and I think it’s all been proven to be right.

“The point about [the punt hold] is, it’s been talked about, it’s been looked at, it’s been something that’s been used for 20 years so it’s nothing new,” he explained. “It’s nothing that hadn’t been addressed before by officials or the competition committee.”

Harbaugh said that, in Super Bowl 47, his Ravens used the tactic and his brother Jim, coach of the Niners, took it up with the Competition Committee. John Harbaugh supported the change, he said. The league declined.  

“Everybody knew about that so it didn’t create an unfair advantage for anybody,” said Harbaugh.

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After the Patriots beat Baltimore in a tremendous game, Harbaugh was in a snit in his postgame press conference alleging the “nobody’s ever seen that [eligible-ineligible trickery] before.” He said the play was “illegal” and “deceptive.”

I mentioned that Alabama had run the play in a nationally televised game against LSU and that the Titans had done the same thing on a game-ending play against the Jets a few weeks earlier.

Aside from whether or not the information was accurately communicated by the officials, the tone of Harbaugh’s comments left little room for interpretation. He indicated the Patriots were underhanded and that his comments seemed to discredit New England.

“That was not the intent and if you go back and read my comments at the time and the tone of it anybody that takes it that way is taking it the wrong way,” said Harbaugh. “That was not the point of it at all. You had an eligible receiver that wasn’t identified and an ineligible receiver that wasn’t identified as such. The official had no way to identify that for the defense so there was no signal or any other way that they could do that. That was something that was addressed the very next week. If somebody wants to look at it some certain way, that’s not my concern.”

When I offered that referee Bill Vinovich not only identified Shane Vereen as being ineligible but added, “Don’t cover 34…” over the stadium mic, Harbaugh wasn’t having it.  

“That’s not something that had ever been gone over,” he insisted. “Players were never taught don’t cover that player. When you’re on the field, you can’t hear that microphone. That’s not something you can even hear or are listening for. The next week there was a tweak.”

Indeed there was. And not just with the officials then being on the hook to make more detailed announcements. The further tweak, perhaps spurred by the formation chicanery and Tom Brady’s recommendation that Baltimore “study the rules” came when the Ravens passed on intel to the Colts for the AFC Championship Game. One of the recommendations from Ravens special teams coach Jerry Rosburg was to watch that the Patriots’ sideline staff didn’t monkey with the kicking balls. That was included in a letter to NFL Operations man Mike Kensil along with an allegation that it was “well known around the league” that the Patriots deflate footballs before the game and that the league needed to keep an eye on that.

Harbaugh hasn’t hidden from the fact he found Brady’s comment offensive.

"I was pissed off," he said this past summer. "It was uncalled for. And the rules are deeper than that, and I know the rules, and I stand by why that play shouldn't have been allowed...So yeah, that should never have been said."

He has, however, disavowed any talk by his staff about the Patriots allegedly deflating footballs. "Any conversation that was had with the Colts had nothing to do with deflated footballs, which is what we've been saying since the very start," Harbaugh said in 2015. "I know that we've answered the questions from the beginning to the end very simply. Our yes is yes. Our no is no. We've answered questions directly and honestly and straightforward from the start."

Whether the Patriots’ formation plays and the Ravens response to it led to a $30M investigation that hijacked the NFL’s attention for 20 months and resulted in a four-game suspension for Brady is still not definitively known. Could Rosburg and the Colts equipment man have possibly discussed kicking ball chicanery without sharing notes on the belief the Patriots deflated footballs? Rosburg and former Patriots defensive coordinator and current Ravens coach Dean Pees were both spoken to by investigator Ted Wells. What did they offer

Just like everything else between Ravens and Patriots, it’s complicated.