Brady's longtime QB guru is terminally ill

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Brady's longtime QB guru is terminally ill

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
Tom Martinez, the man who helped sculpt the picture-perfect fundamentals of Tom Brady, says he has a month to live. In a statement dictated to his daughter Linda Martinez Haley, the elder Martinez said, "We have received some bad news that I wanted to share with all of you. I have been given a week to a month to live, depending on my bodys response to medication."Glenn Reeves of theSan Jose Mercury News reported that Brady worked out with Martinez last week in Menlo Park, California. Brady's father, Tom Brady Sr., told Reeves, "This will be such a loss to so many kids on the Peninsula, not to have him be there as a mentor. In our family he helped all three of our daughters and our son as recently as last Sunday. He had just got out of the hospital Saturday, but on Sunday he was sitting in his chair directing what was to be done. He is one of the great tacticians ever. His passing will be a major loss.''As recently as 2009, Brady was getting in-season help from Martinez when he needed tweaking. Brady, who remains exceptionally close to his family and his closest support circle in Northern California, is certain to be moved deeply by Martinez' condition.

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Quick Slants Podcast: Antonio Brown’s betrayal; Matt Light; eyeing up Pittsburgh

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Quick Slants Podcast: Antonio Brown’s betrayal; Matt Light; eyeing up Pittsburgh

Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss the aftermath of Antonio Brown’s Facebook Live video. Curran interview Matt Light ahead of the AFC Championship. They dissect the press conferences of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, and look at how to beat the Steelers.

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2:29 Antonio Brown’s Facebook Live aftermath

13:14 Stopping Le’Veon Bell

27:16 heywassyonumba? with Patrick Chung and Kyle Van Noy

32:30 Injury report updates for AFC Championship

36:51 Brady and Belichick’s press conferences

44:50 Matt Light interview

Belichick asked if playing at home helps: 'Go ask Dallas and Kansas City'

Belichick asked if playing at home helps: 'Go ask Dallas and Kansas City'

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick knows that how you play, not where, is what matters most. 

That's why when he was asked on Wednesday about the advantage the Patriots will have by playing at Gillette Stadium in the AFC title game, he wasn't willing to go all-in on how a comfortable environment will positively impact his team.

"I don’t know," he said. "Go ask Dallas and Kansas City."

The Patriots apparently thought enough of home-field advantage that they played their starters throughout their regular-season finale win in Miami, exposing their best players to potential injury in order to maintain their positive momentum while simultaneously ensuring a better road to the Super Bowl. 

The Patriots fans in attendance on Sunday will help when the Patriots take on the Steelers, Belichick acknowledged. But there's much more to it than that. 

"Yeah, of course," he said, "but the game is won by the players on the field. That’s who wins football games – the players. And they’ll decide it Sunday night."

And if you needed any further proof, just ask the Cowboys and Chiefs how helpful their home crowds were in the Divisional Round.