No huddle: Slater on special teams, Brady, the Bills


No huddle: Slater on special teams, Brady, the Bills

By Mary Paoletti Staff Reporter Follow @mary_paoletti
FOXBORO -- The Patriots are all aware of that 15-0 winning streak against Buffalo. But according to special teams captain Matthew Slater, nobody in New England's locker room is looking to throw a party about it.

"The Bills are always going to be amped because it's a big division game," he said. "They're 2-0 and they're at home, and they're going to have their crowd behind them. This is a big game for them and a big game for us, so we have to approach it as such.

"We have to have a good week of preparation and we can't take these guys lightly. What's in the past is in the past. Winning streak . . . that doesn't mean anything. These guys are a good football team."

Slater isn't surprised Buffalo is getting it done without a group of big name players. He says it's about good ol' fashioned effort.

"They play with tremendous effort, and they're very well coached, and they have players that buy into what they're trying to get done. That always makes them a handful for us."

Here's a few other topics Matthew Slater touched on during Wednesday's media scrum.
BRADY WAS NAMED AFC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK AGAIN. WHAT'S THERE EVEN LEFT TO SAY? "When a guy's playing like that... how do you even explain it? I couldn't even get on the video game and put up those numbers, but I'm sure Tom would tell you the same thing -- anyone around here would tell you -- we've got to worry about this week. He's going to prepare and he's our leader, we look to him. He doesn't get caught up in what he did last week, he's worried about this week."

WHAT ARE YOU SEEING FROM BRAD SMITH, FORMER JET, NOW IN BUFFALO? "They use him in the same ways. He's a good player. We've got to be ready for him in two phases of the game. He can give us problems if we don't prepare for him."

HOW HAS BEING NAMED CAPTAIN CHANGED YOUR WORK WEEK? "More preparation, I guess. Just try to make sure I'm on things. If anybody has questions they can come to me with them. I've been trying to encourage these guys out there, but we have so many good players and veterans who've done it... It's been a blast playing with those guys and I think we're off to a good start, we've just got to keep it up."

CALLING COIN TOSS ON THE ROAD TOSS IS THE BEST PART, RIGHT? "No. Laughs I let the older guys do it. Just go out there and just try to continue to lead my group as best I can."
HOW'S YOUR SPECIAL TEAMS CORPS DONE OVER TWO WEEKS? "I think there's been some good and some bad. There's some areas we can improve upon. We played a little bit better last week. But it's about this week and it's going to be a test because Buffalo's always tough in the kicking game."
NOT TO BE MORBID, BUT IF ZOLTAN MESKO IS REALLY HURT..."There might be some changes with punting, but we've got to adapt. We're all professionals and we've got to be able to adjust to whatever happens out there. Injuries are obviously an unfortunate part of the game. But we're hoping and praying Zoltan's going to be okay, but if not, then we have to be ready to go."

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Giardi's stopwatch: Brady quick vs. Steelers


Giardi's stopwatch: Brady quick vs. Steelers

How quick was Tom Brady's release in the New England Patriots win over the The Pittsburgh Steelers? Glad you asked. 

On average, Brady took 2.11 seconds to release the ball. That’s not as quick as he was against Cleveland, when averaged 1.86 seconds, but still pretty flippin' quick.

2.05 - Gun. Edelman crosser 9 yards
0.80 - WR screen to Edelman - 2 yards
5.34 - Gun. Flushed. 13 yards to White
2.04 - Gun. Edelman crosser. 6 yards
1.59 - Gun. Screen to White. 19 yards. TD
1.65 - Gun. Edelman at the hash. 9 yards
1.72 - Gun. Edelman crosser. 11 yards
3.17 - Gun. Hogan outside the numbers. 13 yards
2.25 - Play action. Incomplete short left to White
1.24 - Edelman right flat. 6 yards
2.37 - Gun. Deep in to Gronkowski. 13 yards
2.20 - play action. Happy feet, Incomplete to Bennett
2.90 - Gun. Bolden drop
1.53 - Gun. Incomplete to White at the numbers
1.79 — Gun. Edelman crosser. 7 yards
1.36 - Gun. Short right to Blount. 7 yards
1.66 - Gun. Edelman drop 
3rd Quarter
3.44 - Gun. Awful backhanded flip throw. Incomplete to White
2.25 - Gun. Crosser to Bennett. 5 yards
1.39 - Gun. Short right to Edelman. 3 yards
2.18 - Gun. Ground seam. 36 yards. TD
1.59 - Gun. Short middle to Edelman. 11 yards
1.33 - Gronkowski. short right. 7 yards
3.16 - Play action. 37 yards to Gronkowski
3.89 - Gun. Pressure. Incomplete deep left to Mitchell

Brady on NFL handling of Brown case: 'They claim to take tough stances'


Brady on NFL handling of Brown case: 'They claim to take tough stances'

Since more information came out last week about Giants kicker Josh Brown's history of abusing women, the prevailing feeling for many Patriots fans has been this: How can Brown be suspended one game for doing something so heinous when Tom Brady was suspended four games for allegedly removing air from footballs.

The acts can't be compared, obviously. But the league's attitude in its pursuit of the each situation has served as an indicator of the NFL's priorities for many. 

On WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Show on Monday, Brady was asked if, in light of recent events, he's been angered any further by how the league handled his situation versus how it handled Brown's.

"I think it's the league's issue," Brady said. "Obviously a lot of controversy with that. I'm trying to stay out of all that. I'll let them handle it. I think that's their responsibility. But I certainly don't condone any part of domestic violence. It's a terrible, terrible thing, but I think the league, they've got to handle those type of things."

But, co-host Kirk Minihane asked, has Brady been satisfied with how the league has handled Brown's case and others like it? Brady laughed.

"I'm just gonna stay in my lane, Kirk," he said. "It's up to them to decide whatever they want to do, and I'm just gonna stay out of any . . . my opinions. I certainly have opinions. I just don't really care to share them."

Why not, co-host Gerry Callahan asked?

"Why not? Gerry, why not?" Brady asked. "C'mon, man."

But what was there to tip-toe around? The consensus on Brown, and the league's handling of Brown's situation, has been relatively unanimous, Brady was reminded.

Brady then offered more.

"I grew up with three sisters and I was very fortunate to learn from a loving father and a loving mother how to treat and respect women," Brady said. "And I have a daughter of my own, and I have no . . . Domestic violence is a horrible issue. It's a tragedy when it happens. Any type of abuse or bullying of people who can't defend themselves or fight for themselves, I have no respect for that.

"The NFL, they claim to take tough stances, and this is their situation. This is their situation to deal with so I'll let them deal with it. Like I said, I'm very fortunate to grow up with sisters and a mother and I condone no part of that. That is absolutely something I would never be a part of or do. It's just a terrible tragedy."