Mallett responds to criticism; compares self to Brady

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Mallett responds to criticism; compares self to Brady

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

FOXBORO -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; The Patriots ended their second day of drafting by selectingthe most criticized quarterback in the entire class, Ryan Mallett.

Nobodys questioning the skill of the 6-foot-6, 238-poundpocket passer from the University of Arkansas. Its his off-the-field issuesthat presumably had him falling out of the first two rounds, only to be takenin the third round 74th overall by the Patriots.

That cloud hanging over Malletts head had all to do withthe criticisms he faced about alleged drug use. And he responded to questionsabout those criticisms, in a conference call on Friday night, after receiving acall from New England, telling him he was about to become a Patriot.

When I got that call, it was a great feeling, just to knowthat somebody wanted me, said Mallett. Its been a long road to get here.

Mallett described the drug allegations as just peopletalking and something that hes put behind him.

Mislabeled, if thats what you want to call it, fine, saidMallett. I think I was portrayed in a different light, than the people thatknow me and know who I am.

I dont think that stuffs a problem. I think theres beena lot of stuff said thats definitely been false. But Im looking to thefuture, and looking to be a Patriot.

Mallett said he was definitely surprised to get drafted byNew England, but he always thought it would be a great fit, especially afterhis visit to New England last week.

I know Toms a great player, said Mallett. Theopportunity for me to learn from him, and further my knowledge with thatcoaching staff, is something that I was very excited about, when I got thecall. I cant wait to get started.

Mallett said he loved his trip to New England, because heimmediately drew a connection with Bill Belichick.

I love the coaches there, said Mallett. The staff is agreat staff. Obviously they have great players. Im looking forward to havingan opportunity to play for the greatest organization in the NFL right now.

It was like talking to an old coach. Im a coachs son, soIve been around coaches, and coach Belichicks a great guy. He loves hisplayers, and he loves the game. Thats something that, when youre acompetitor, thats what you want.

I felt like I had a great connection with him, and I guesshe did too.

Now, Mallett will have a chance to learn from Tom Brady. Forsure, it will be an adjustment for him to go from starter to backup, he planson preparing himself every week as a starter, because you never know when youllbe called upon.

As a competitor, I want to play, but this gives me anadvantage to prolong my career by playing behind Tom and learning all thelittle dinks and dunks from him, said Mallett.

Heading into the draft, the only name any football analystcompared Mallett to was former Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe. But afterFriday nights conference call with New Englands newest quarterback, Mallettbelieves he should have been compared to Brady.

I think its a perfect fit, after watching film with thecoaches while I was there, said Mallett. And me and Tom Brady are kind ofthe same. I mean, were not fleet of foot. Obviously we dont run fast. We pickdefenses apart, and we know whats going to happen before the snap, or we reactpost-snap, and thats why I feel like Im like him a lot.

Danny Picard is on Twitter at http:twitter.comDannyPicard.

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."