No huddle: Brady on Bruschi, a lawsuit and beer


No huddle: Brady on Bruschi, a lawsuit and beer

By Mary Paoletti Staff Reporter Follow @mary_paoletti
FOXBORO -- Tom Brady's Wednesday press conference was a rambling road: Miami in the rearview, San Diego ahead, and some random stops in between. In the moment, he was happy to be "back to the comfort zone. Back home." It's what Brady usually says when he meets reporters, not just back at Gillette, but at his locker.

Here are a few of the less fluid, more interesting highlights from the scrum.

"They're both a big part of our offense. Tight ends have always been involved in our offense. I think the skillset of both those players really allows us to be flexible. Not only are they good blockers, but they catch the ball, too. You can run it behind them, you can play-action pass. And they've become pretty efficient in the passing game, also. You can spread them out and run them on different route combinations. They're very good players."
HIS TAKE ON THAT LITTLE NOD THE NFL GAVE HIM FOR 517 PASSING YARDS: "Laughs Our goals are much bigger than AFC Offensive Player of the Week around here."

"Everyone has an opinion on everything. And none of it really means anything. Only thing that means anything in this locker room and what we do every day in practice.

"I have no problems with Chad. At all."

THE NAME TOM BRADY IS FIRST ON THE VETERAN LAWSUIT AGAINST THE NFL: "I'll change my name to what, Uno y Dos? Maybe I'll be put further down the line. Yeah, I've got no comment."
"There's always corrections. You watch it, see the things that work, see the things that didn't work and move on. You don't listen to TV copy and listen to everyone tell you how good you think you are and the same thing when you lose -- how much you suck. You try to move on.

"You listen to your coaches, they evaluate the game, how they saw it and you try to make those improvements. Because the other team, the Chargers, are looking at this last game and they're saying, 'Wow, okay, well that didn't work. Maybe we should try these types of things.' If you don't get them corrected they end up being problems all year."

"It's been a passing league for along time. Running game is very important to every offense -- being balanced is very important to every offense. There's times when you have to throw the ball... you could be down late in a game and you need to come back and you have to be able to pass it when they know you're passing it. Not only throwing the ball, but getting open on consecutive routes, being able to protect when they know you're going to only pass the ball.

"My job is to go against this defense and try to get our guys in the best position so they can do what they do well. Ultimately, play well enough over the course of the drive to get the ball in the end zone. Our defense will have to handle their offense and that's a big task on this team. It has to be a very complementary game for all of us."

"Start drinking early. Laughs Be nice and rowdy. 4:15 game . . . They'll have a lot of time to get lubed up and come out here and cheer for their home team."

Note: Patriots media relations quarterback Stacey James addressed reporters after the presser. He said Brady wanted to clarify the rowdy crowd comments. "Tom Brady wants everyone to drink a lot of water, stay hydrated. Drink responsibly."

"We've spoiled our fans? Is that what you're saying? We make good plays, they're going to scream. If we don't make good plays, they're going to probably boo us. So we're going to focus on trying to make good plays. The crowd... it always helps when they're loud, but we've got to give them reasons to be loud, we've got to give them reasons to cheer for us. Hopefully, those muskets are going off this weekend."

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Wilfork on Body Issue: 'Looking forward to what the locker room's going to say'


Wilfork on Body Issue: 'Looking forward to what the locker room's going to say'

ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue won't hit newsstands until July 8, but Vince Wilfork gave people a not-so-little preview of what to expect this week.

The former Patriots defensive lineman, who is listed at 325 pounds but said he's weighed as much as 350 pounds, sat down for an interview about his size that landed on on Thursday.

"I just think it's a good idea for people that are bigger-boned," Wilfork said when asked why he posed nude for the Body Issue. "If people can look at me, a guy that's 325-plus, doing an issue like this, I'm pretty sure that they might have a little confidence.

"There will be critics, just like with everything else. I think a lot of people will get a laugh out of it, I'll tell you that. I'm looking forward to what the locker room's going to say. But at the end of the day, I'm perfectly fine with who I am as a person and what I have accomplished. It shows a lot of my personality."

You can read the full interview here, as well as watch a video that shows Wilfork in all his modeling glory.

Brady, Gronkowski make Top 10 of NFL Network's Top 100


Brady, Gronkowski make Top 10 of NFL Network's Top 100

Ask a football fan in New England, and he or she might tell you that Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are the top two players in the NFL. A random NFL player might not be as generous, but on balance, Brady and Gronkowski's peers consider the Patriots stars to be among the top 10 talents in the league. 

The NFL Network announced the final 10 players to be included in their annual Top 100 list, a list voted on by players, and both Brady and Gronkowski made the cut.

The order of the top 10 has been determined, but has not yet been announced. Brady and Gronkowski are in the running for No. 1 alongside Odell Beckham Jr., Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, Luke Kuechly, Cam Newton, Adrian Peterson, Aaron Rodgers and JJ Watt. 

The weekly series, which has counted down Nos. 100-11, will end on Wednesday, July 6 with two, one-hour episodes on NFL Network at 8 and 9 p.m. Highlights of each player will be featured, as will interviews with some of their teammates and competitors. 

"He plays with a chip on his shoulder he’s always had," Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins said of Brady, "that really separates him."

Of Rob Gronkowski, Texans corner Charles James II said, "He's a glitch on Madden."

The only other Patriots players included in the Top 100 were Julian Edelman (who came in at No. 87) and Chandler Jones (No. 48). Jones, now a member of the Cardinals, was the only Patriots defender involved. 

Corner Malcolm Butler, linebackers Jamie Collins and Dont'a Hightower and safety Devin McCourty all had an argument to be included but were left off. contributors Gregg Rosenthal, Chris Wesseling, Maurice Jones-Drew and Ike Taylor put together their own individual Top 100 lists to supplement the one voted on by current players. Rosenthal included Collins (No. 64), McCourty (No. 73) and Butler (No. 99) in addition to Edelman (No. 84). Wesseling included Collins (No. 43), McCourty (No. 88) and Hightower (No. 91), but not Edelman. Jones-Drew included both Edelman (No. 62) and Butler (No. 95). Taylor included only Edelman (No. 89).