Brady's MVP season turned on one seminal moment

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Brady's MVP season turned on one seminal moment

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com

DALLAS - For the first eight games of the 2010 season, the Patriots offense was just OK. Going into the Steelers game, Tom Brady had 14 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. In four of those games, Brady completed less than 60 percent of his passes. Sunday after Sunday, Wednesday after Wednesday, Brady was in front of the media lamenting missed chances. Blown assignments, bad execution, ill-timed penalties all were conspiring to keep the Patriots offense from going hitting their potential. During that Sunday night game in Pittsburgh, Brady's agitation bubbled over late in the second quarter with the Patriots leading, 10-3. A spate of penalties and drops had kept them from being further in command. In the second half, the Patriots put up 29 points, Brady closed the game 13-for-18 in the second half with two touchdowns, and the New England offense was never the same. In the final eight games, including the Steelers matchup, Brady threw 22 touchdowns and no picks. Only once down the stretch did he complete less than 60 percent of his passes (55.6 percent in the frosty conditions at Buffalo). Brady won the NFL's MVP Award unanimously on Sunday and his 2010 season should go down as one of the greatest a quarterback has ever had. But there was a very specific moment that made it go from a normal "Tom Brady year" to one for the record books.

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Report: 3 owners unhappy with Kraft's amicus brief on behalf of Brady

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Report: 3 owners unhappy with Kraft's amicus brief on behalf of Brady

Three NFL owners have expressed “extreme disappointment” in Robert Kraft and the Patriots filing an amicus brief on behalf of Tom Brady in the quarterback’s appeal of the Second Circuit Court’s reinstatement of his Deflategate suspension, according to Jason Cole of Bleacher Report. 

The Patriots filed the brief on Wednesday. 

The owners see the move as a publicity stunt done to appease Brady and the Patriots fans, Cole said, and they don’t believe Kraft did it any seriousness because the issue speaks to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s ability to punish players and undermines the league’s collective bargaining agreement with the players.

If Kraft thought it mattered, he wouldn't have done it, Cole said one owner told him. 
 

Collins, Hightower mum on contract talks

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Collins, Hightower mum on contract talks

FOXBORO – A fleet of Patriots have expiring contracts after this season but Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins are the two most prominent on that list.

With the sport being the way it is – a nearly 100-percent casualty rate every season – it’s never comfortable for a player to enter a contract year without knowing his long-term future. And it’s especially uncomfortable for players whose first contracts are expiring because the second NFL contract is usually the bonanza.

Both Hightower and Collins can entertain thoughts of contracts worth more than $50M if good fortune sticks with them.

The question as it pertains to both of these players is whether they get contract extensions this summer or whether they go into the year with contract pressure bearing down and ultimately become free agents.

Neither player was very forthcoming after their OTA practice Thursday.

With Collins, that’s often the case. He’s never been expansive with media. It was very uncharacteristic for Hightower to be so clipped in his answers, though.

Every question posed to Hightower was met with a variation of, “I’m just trying to get better.”

Asked about his contract, Hightower replied, “I ain’t got nothing to do with none of that. I’m just out here trying to get better with my teammates.”

When it was pointed out that Hightower does indeed have say on his contract, he answered, “That might be. But there’s a time and place for everything and I’m just out here trying to get better.

“If I get better I feel like that’ll take care of everything else,” he added. “If I get better each and every day that’s all I can ask for.”

Asked whether he’s at all focused on his deal, Collins replied, “No, I come out here and I handle my business and I let the rest speak for itself … My first priority is me. So I’m gonna handle me."
 

Ravens forfeit one week of OTAs, fined by NFL

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Ravens forfeit one week of OTAs, fined by NFL

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens have forfeited one week of offseason practices for violating the labor agreement on such workouts.

The NFL also fined the team an undisclosed amount Thursday.

When the Ravens had rookies and first-year players don pads at a minicamp, it was a violation of the CBA rules. The team acknowledged that on Thursday, saying: "We made a mistake and we are sorry for that. We accept the NFL discipline."

Baltimore's June 1-3 voluntary workouts have been scrapped. The team will have OTAs on June 6-9 and a mandatory minicamp June 14-16.

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