By Danny Picard
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In a conference call on Friday, Belichick also commented on Logan Mankins new contract for the first time, and had nothing but good things to say about his offensive lineman.
I think the world of Logan, said Belichick. Hes done a great job for us here since hes come to the Patriots. Im glad that hell be here for many years in the future. Hes one of our best players, one of our most consistent players. Hes been durable, hes got a great work ethic, hes really smart, he plays hard, hes tough.
Hes an outstanding person, hes an outstanding player, and he does things the way that we would like our team to do them. So hes a great example for all of us to look at, because he plays hard, hes not selfish. Hes tough, he puts the team first. Hes a winner. Im glad we have him on our team.
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Roger Goodell is doing that damn thing again down in North Carolina this afternoon.
The NFL commissioner -- who once could carry off a press conference with a breezy, in-command air -- came off like a carrot-topped armadillo talking to reporters at the end of the May owner’s meetings in Charlotte.
Defensive, clipped and disingenuous, a monotone-speaking Goodell was asked about Deflategate and Monday’s Congressional report that alleged the NFL had lobbyists trying to pressure concussion researchers into using NFL-approved doctors.
Asked about the appeal for a rehearing of Tom Brady’s case on Monday, Goodell said, “I respect the NFLPA’s ability to appeal if they choose to do that . . . I’m not really focused on that at all.”
Goodell did not answer the second part of the question, whether or not he’d keep Tom Brady off the field if the court case was unresolved.
The answer, one can only presume would be, “Abso-friggin-lutely.”
As for the Congressional report, Goodell had the gall to answer that he “didn’t see the report.”
He then went on to disagree with what was in the report -- meaning his initial response was less than candid.
A few more minutes of short answers and the show was over with nobody much the wiser than when he began.
At the NFL's brief annual spring meeting, which typically lasts about 24 hours, Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft provided some equally brief remarks about his quarterback.
Asked for some comment on Tom Brady's legal situation, Kraft told NFL Media's Judy Battista a version of what he has been saying for the last few months as it relates to Deflategate.
"We've been behind him," Kraft said, "and the whole thing has been mishandled, in my opinion. It's unfortunate, and we hope he prevails."
The NFLPA and Brady's legal team filed a petition to the Second Circuit on Monday requesting that he be granted a rehearing. The Second Circuit reinstated Brady's four-game suspension upon appeal earlier this offseason.
More to come . . .
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