Curran's 44 lines on 22 Patriot issues

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Curran's 44 lines on 22 Patriot issues

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
The tenor of Tedy Bruschi's Ocho comments on WEEI suggest he's been itching for a chance to go off on the wideout. If he's seen how hard Ocho's been working, he wouldn't have gone after him like that.

That said, the bus is pulling away from the stop and Ocho is running down the driveway, papers falling out of his book bag with one shoe off.

The weird limbo that Brandon Spikes seems to be in has to come to a head at some point. Promising second-year linebackers don't get thrown in mothballs for nothing and that's what seems to be going on.

I theorized in the offseason that scoring would be way down early in the season since offensive timing would be hampered by the lockout. In only one game during Week 1 did the two teams fail to combine for fewer than 40 points.

I thought Nate Solder got away with an unbelievable amount of holding Monday night against Cameron Wake. On further review (watching the DVR), the rookie did his share but it wasn't as egregious as I believed from the press box.

Sat next to Ty Law in the press box Monday night; he played with Dolphins corner Benny Sapp. When Tom Brady's pass from 5 yards deep in the end zone whizzed past Sapp's ear and into Wes Welker's hands, Law said simply, "Oh, s, Sapp."

ESPNBoston's Mike Reiss charts player participation on offense, defense and special teams from the press box during the games. Everybody - sports talk, fellow writers, blogs - use the info but not enough people say where they got it and they ought to...it's a lot of work from Reiss.

Tom Brady's currently got an autographed baseball from Chili Davis in his locker. Turns out, Brady once mentioned he got stiffed for an autograph by the Giants outfielder when Brady was a kid and Davis - hearing that news - sent him the signed ball with a quick apology.

While Brandon Meriweather may not have been involved in the alleged rape that took place at his home over the summer, I've heard that he was the one that bailed the accused out of jail. Probably should have kept his distance from the situation in the interests of job preservation.

We all agree that "innocent until proven guilty" still applies, right? Well, the jury's back on Meriweather and he's been found guilty on several counts of stupidity.

That Eric Mangini feels awful about "Spygate" doesn't surprise me at all; I've mentioned before that the resulting national panic and outcry wasn't what he intended. It will take a lot of apologizing for the bitterness to go away though; and Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum may never be forgiven.

I have that Dan Koppen injury as an 8-10 week recovery; Albert Breer of the NFL Network pegged it a few hours after I reported it on Tuesday as a 6-10 week recovery. Begin looking for Koppen November 13 against the Jets.

Thought I'd be done with these by now, but gotta get down to Foxboro. Will finish later.

Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Brady to Amendola on Facebook: 'Paddle's fixed. Time for a rematch!'

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Brady to Amendola on Facebook: 'Paddle's fixed. Time for a rematch!'

When Danny Amendola told the world on Tuesday that he's better than Tom Brady at ping pong, the quarterback must have been listening. 

On his Facebook page, Brady published a snarling image of his face Photoshopped onto the body of a table tennis player. That paddle he broke after losing to Amendola three years ago? It's fixed, Brady explained in the caption. And he's ready for a rematch.

Talk about intimidation.

Wilfork embracing modeling, tells Brady to put him in touch with Gisele's people

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Wilfork embracing modeling, tells Brady to put him in touch with Gisele's people

Vince Wilfork will be one of many well-known athletes to strip down and pose nude for photographs in ESPN The Magazine's's Body issue, joining a group that includes Cubs pitcher Jake Arrietta, Broncos defensive end Von Miller and Heat guard Dwyane Wade.

Judging by his latest tweet, the former Patriots defensive lineman -- who is listed at 325 pounds -- is getting pretty comfortable with the idea of becoming a model.

Now it's up to Tom Brady to play match-maker, it seems. Gisele retired from the runway last year so maybe her people are on the lookout for some new talent.

Belichick: Buddy Ryan a father to 'a great football family'

Belichick: Buddy Ryan a father to 'a great football family'

Bill Belichick released a statement on Buddy Ryan's passing Tuesday afternoon. 

"Today is a sad day in football due to the passing of Buddy Ryan," Belichick said. "It was always very challenging to compete against Coach Ryan, who was father to a great football family that carries on his coaching and defensive tradition. My condolences are with the Ryan Family."

Belichick is certainly very familiar with Ryan's legacy and the tradition Ryan passed down to his sons Rex and Rob. The Patriots coach has competed against all three.

Rex Ryan has squared off with Belichick during his time as head coach for the Jets (2009-14) and Bills (2015-present), and their matchups go back to Rex's days with the Ravens (1999-2008) when he was a defensive line coach and then defensive coordinator.

Rob Ryan, like his brother, got his first NFL break when his father was the head coach of the Cardinals in the mid-1990s. His second break, though, came from Belichick. He joined the Patriots staff during Belichick's first year as head coach in 2000 and coached linebackers for four seasons in New England. He has since competed against Belichick as a defensive coordinator for the Raiders, Browns, Cowboys and Saints. Rob joined Rex in Buffalo this year to serve as an assistant on the staff there. 

For Belichick's thoughts on the impact of Buddy Ryan's famous "46" defense, we dug up some of his comments from a 2012 press conference that you can find here. He called the combination of Ryan's scheme and the talented players Ryan had at his disposal as defensive coordinator of the 1985 Super Bowl champion Bears "pretty unblockable."