Jets Week Wednesday Wraparoo

Jets Week Wednesday Wraparoo

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com

FOXBORO - When one adult calls another adult an a--hole , you figure said adults will work it out on their own. At least that's the way I've seen it operate. I mean, if every time we heard someone describe another person asan "a--hole" we ran and told the alleged a--hole that someone thinks he's an a--hole and waited for a response, we wouldn't get much work done. And I'm pretty sure I'd have a steady, round-the-clock stream of informers at my door.No, if someone wants the a--hole to know he's an a--hole, he cuts out the middle man and tells him to his face. If he doesn't feel the need to do that, either it's a passing emotion, it's unwise toshare that opinion or the person is a jelly-spined weasel. Either way, not our problem.
But sometimes, we in the media need to suspend our real world tendencies and channel our inner-fourth grader (ok, more than sometimes). If someone gets called an a--hole, we must let the world know who is doing the insulting and then let the insultee know that he's been so described. And then we wait for his reaction and tell everyone what that was. Wednesday, with the AFC Divisional Playoff Game between the Jets and Patriots less than 100 hours away, that's what we spent our day doing. Collecting varied reactions to the fact that the Jets Antonio Cromartie called Tom Brady an a--hole because Tom Brady points at the opposition's sidelines after the Patriots score touchdowns. (I myself haven't seen this often . .. I have seen purposeful spikes and gestures to the crowds but not the sideline pointing . . . still it wouldn't shock me). When apprised of Cromartie's review (and the "Bleep him" that accompanied it) Brady could have asked the basis. Like, if pointing at the opposing sideline makes a guy an a--hole, what does fathering nine children by eight women in six states by the age of 26 make Cromartie? Brady also could have wondered why a guy who Bible thumps in his twitter feed reconciles dropping F-bombs. But why bother?We all got our shortcomings. Brady instead took the high road - he has a house up there, apparently - and said Cromartie's a good player, blah, blah, blah. The funnier thing was, later in Brady's press conference mobapalooza, it was mentioned to the quarterback that Deion Branch called Brady a "dork" on Tuesday. The exchange, after Brady praised Branch, went like this. Q: He called you a dork.

TB: Deion did? Did he really?

Q: Yeah, in the study room, watching film. He said you were kind of a dork.

TB: Maybe, yeah. I could see that, you know? Im flattered.

So as you can see, we're having big fun and ferreting out the info that matters this week.

A few other items from Wednesday with football ties.

INJURY FRONT
Jets right guard and old buddy Damien Woody was placed on IR with an Achilles injury. He's been down for a while so New York is accustomed to working without him. Patriots right guard Dan Connolly and running back Danny Woodhead both spent some time talking with media. Both were recently concussed. Their being allowed to converse is an indication both are fine now. Two Jets were held out of practice on Wednesday, guard Brandon Moore and wideout Brad Smith. Santonio Holmes (quad), Darrelle Revis (hamstring) and James Ihedigbo (knee, ankle) were limited. For the Patriots, Myron Pryor's back kept him out of practice. Tully Banta-Cain (groin), Deion Branch (knee), Jermaine Cunningham (calf), Aaron Hernandez (hip), Eric Moore (hamstring) and Sebastian Vollmer (shin) were all limited.BRADY BALANCE Every quarterback loves to throw it, but they like it even more when they throw it with success. And you don't get more successful than Tom Brady's been this season. He says the running game is the "most important" reason why.

"I think its very important that we continue to stay balanced," Brady pointed out. "Ive been preaching that all year. You become a good offense by running the ball, by play-action pass, by screening, by drawing, by trapping, by running all different kinds of route combinations empty formation all these different things that you come up with as an offense, hopefully they create some indecision with what the defense is trying to do. The running game is the most important thing to all of that."

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

PFT: Belichick can still diagram his dad’s Navy plays from 1959

PFT: Belichick can still diagram his dad’s Navy plays from 1959

CBS interviewed Patriots coach Bill Belichick and 1960 Heisman winner Joe Bellino from Navy as part of its Army-Navy Game coverage Saturday.

Belichick's father, Steve, was an assistant coach at Navy when Bellino played there, and little Bill, then 7, took it all in. So much so, that 57 years later, Belichick can still diagram the 27 F Trap play that his dad used to drew up in the 1959 season for Bellino.

More from NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk here.

 

Curran: To gauge Patriots' plans for Jimmy G, look to Brissett

Curran: To gauge Patriots' plans for Jimmy G, look to Brissett

When trying to figure out what the Patriots will ultimately do with Jimmy Garoppolo, forget about the speculation and instead focus on the little things the team does. 

Like how they are tending to Jacoby Brissett. 

After having thumb surgery on Oct. 7, Brissett was put on IR. But the team used its one "Get off of IR free card" on Brissett and he's been practicing with the team for the past couple of weeks while not taking up a roster spot. 

That alone isn't compelling evidence that he's the backup-in-waiting and Garoppolo's about to be packed up and shipped out, argued my compadre, Senator Phil Perry. The team had no other players on IR that they could use the designation on at the time. Why not use it on Brissett?

Prior to that, though, we've seen Brissett accompanying the team to away games including the cross-country junket to San Francisco. A reason? Since the Patriots played three straight at Gillette at the start of the season when Brissett was the direct backup to Garoppolo, he didn't get a good look at the road operation and the tempo of being the visiting team. How things work on flights, in meetings, at opposing stadiums and on the sidelines is worth getting a promising young players' eyes on. Also, getting his offensive teammates used to having him around is probably an even bigger benefit. It's not unprecedented to have IR players travel but its not conventional practice either. 

With so many quarterback-needy teams around the league, Garoppolo is perhaps the most attractive option out there. By the end of this year, he will have apprenticed three seasons behind the best quarterback of all-time in a sophisticated offense for a program that's as demanding as any in the league. In the 1 1/2 games he was able to play as a starter in place of Tom Brady, he was sensational.

He got hurt and that's not great. But any team making a deal for him that has concerns about his durability can take him for a spin for one season. Garoppolo is on the books for $825K in 2017 and then his contract is up. The team that dealt for him can franchise him if they need another season to think on it. 

I don't think the Patriots are itching to move Garoppolo. They know they are sitting comfortably with a stack of the most valuable commodity in the sport -- good quarterbacks (or at least one great one and two promising ones) - piled in front of them. They can let the game come to them. 

If it does, as former Patriots executive and Bill Belichick consigliere Mike Lombardi thinks it will, the Patriots can rest easy dealing Garoppolo knowing that they already did advance work getting Brissett up to speed.