Belichick: Haynesworth 'really tried'


Belichick: Haynesworth 'really tried'

FOXBORO -- A day after defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth was released from the Patriots, coach Bill Belichick explained his decision.

"I thought that both he and myself and the coaching staff, we really tried to make it work," said Belichick. "He had a few physical limitations to overcome when he got here. I thought he really tried to do what we asked him to do. We tried to work with him. In the end, it obviously just didn't work out. The best we can do is just move on."

When asked if physical limitations prevented him from succeeding in New England, Belichick said "No" and pointed out that Haynesworth missed time early in training camp.

When pressed about Haynesworth again, Belichick said, "It's all done with. It's on to the Jets."

For their part, the Jets were never all that concerned with Haynesworth to begin with, according to coach Rex Ryan.

"To be honest with you, our concern wasn't Albert Haynesworth. Whether you believe it or not," Ryan said. "They've got a lot of big guys. Vince Wilfork is the bell cow in that front. And I'd say Andre Carter is a pickup they had and I think he's playing well. Getting Mayo back -- he never played in our first game -- he's a tremendous player. But Haynesworth wasn't . . . it wasn't like we had to know where he was at."

Reaction to Haynesworth's release inside the Patriots' locker room was just as it always is when a player has been cut, big-name player or not.

The overall theme to Wednesday's pre-practice media availability was simple: Trusting in Belichick's decisions, and focusing on the New York Jets.

"That's what coaches do," said veteran running back Kevin Faulk when asked about Haynesworth being released. "We play football. We don't worry about none of that."

Faulk wasn't the only one unwilling to open up on the roster move.

"During the football season, there's always going to be things that are going to happen to the team," said linebacker Rob Ninkovich. "Injuries are a part of it, and roster moves are also a part of it. So you just have to deal with them and you have to move on. So whatever things that happen on the roster, you have to just turn the page on it, and focus on what you have to do, which is your job, on Sunday.

"I think that whatever the staff does, obviously, is for our team to be competitive on Sundays," he added. "So, whatever their decision is, we respect anything that they do. So, come Sunday, you go out there and give your best effort for the team."

Though Belichick said Love's presence on the roster did not factor into the Haynesworth decision, Love -- who admitted he was once excited when the Patriots initially acquired Haynesworth -- does realize more playing time is on the way for him.

As for the message that Haynesworth's release sends him and the rest of the Patriots?

"Just play harder," said Love. "Guys come in and out. It can happen to anybody. So, just play harder. That's all."'s Mary Paoletti contributed to this report.

Brady legal team granted 14-day extension


Brady legal team granted 14-day extension

Tom Brady’s legal team, including recent hire former US Solictor General Ted Olson, have been granted the extension they were seeking for the deadline to file for a rehearing in the Deflategate case. 

Despite the NFL’s opposition - lawyers for the league requested Monday that the motion be denied - the court ruled Tuesday in favor of the NFLPA and Brady. They now have until May 23 to file the request for a rehearing or rehearing en banc with the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, which last week reinstated his four-game Deflategate suspension.

Once Team Brady makes the request, the court still has to agree to take up the case again. And while many legal experts speculate the odds of that happening are low, this case has continued to confound observers as it has played out. 


Massarotti: Moving on from Garoppolo makes me nervous


Massarotti: Moving on from Garoppolo makes me nervous

Tony Massarotti says if the team thinks Jimmy Garoppolo has something, don’t trade him because Tom Brady has more time left than they thought.

NFL wants Brady, NFLPA to move it along with their rehearing request


NFL wants Brady, NFLPA to move it along with their rehearing request

UPDATE, 4:55 P.M. : Despite NFL opposition, the court rules for Tom Brady’s legal team and grant them until May 23 to file a request for rehearing.

It looks like the NFL is finally ready to put this whole Deflategate thing to bed. And now that it's won the most recent court decision, the sooner the better, it seems. 

Tom Brady and the NFLPA requested a 14-day extension to file their petition for a rehearing in front of the entire Second Ciruit Court of Appeals, which would double the normal amount of time typically granted to request a rehearing. 

But the league made a court filing on Monday saying "there is no need" for an extension beyond the normal 14-day window.

"The first pre-season game is just over three months away," wrote Paul Clement, co-lead counsel for the NFL. "Time remains of the essence."

Last week, the Second Circuit's three-judge panel ruled that Roger Goodell was within his rights as commissioner of the NFL to punish Brady with a four-game suspension due to Deflategate. As a result, district judge Richard Berman's initial decision on the case was overturned and Brady's suspension was reinstated.

Soon after the ruling was handed down, NFLPA spokesman George Atallah joined the Dan Patrick Show and explained that Brady and his team expected to have two weeks to put together its rehearing request. He did not, at that point, make reference to wanting extra time.

"I think the process now, we want to try to figure out and weigh all the options," Atallah said. "I think we'll do that in the next couple days. We have 14 days from the time of the decision to take any action or pursue any further appeal if we want, and I think we'll probably take up most of that time."

As soon as the request is filed, according to Pro Football Talk, it will act as a stay on Brady's suspension. That means he'll be eligible to play until a) the request is denied or b) the request is accepted, heard by the whole Second Circuit, and the ruling goes to the NFL.

If Option B is the scenario that plays out, it could take months, meaning it's possible Brady could play the entire 2016 season before a ruling comes down.