Patriots wearing out the no-huddle offense

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Patriots wearing out the no-huddle offense

FOXBORO -- If the Patriots plan on running the no-huddle offense on Monday night against the Kansas City Chiefs, they're not going to tell anybody about it beforehand.

But facts are facts. And the fact is, New England seems to enjoy running the the offense in no-huddle mode, as seen in Sunday night's win over the New York Jets.

Some Patriots players talked about the effects of their no-huddle style. Others -- like veteran running back Kevin Faulk -- grew frustrated by continued questions about the certain style that may or may not be used against the Chiefs' defense.

"The speed of the game changes for us," said Faulk, when first asked about it.

He then said, "I think it's just a change-up that we try to do as an offensive team. The effectiveness shows on the football field. If you're not moving the ball, it's not effective . . . It's just something you try to surprise people with."

And when a third question about the no-huddle came, Faulk showed his impatience and discomfort in speaking about the topic.

"There's no need to talk about the no-huddle right now," he said. "Let's go. Anything else?"

Whether or not that response means he doesn't want to reveal any of the Patriots' game plan to the Chiefs remains to be seen.

But one thing we do know is, they enjoy the no-huddle.

"It gets pretty tiring, but theyre getting tired too, so thats the main thing," said offensive lineman Logan Mankins. "Its nice to do it occasionally when its working good. We like it. The D-line, I think they get more tired than we actually do because they have to chase the ball. But it does get pretty tiring in there. You dont have the rest between plays like in the huddle."

Wide receiver Deion Branch was a beneficiary of the no-huddle offense on Sunday against the Jets. The speed of New England's no-huddle had New York's defense -- at times -- in a state of confusion. And at least on one play, Branch found himself wide open on the right sideline off Tom Brady's quick snap, as Jets defenders hadn't even jumped out of their huddle.

Brady found Branch with a quick, easy pass, and it was just another example of why they do it.

"Guys get fatigued," said Branch on Thursday at Gillette Stadium. "We're going to get tired, and hopefully we're going to make their defense as tired as we are.

"For the most part, we're pretty sound with the stuff that we're doing. Coach Belichick is not going to give us an overhaul of plays. I think you can try to go into that no-huddle situation, and put 40, 50 plays in, and that's a big challenge as well. I think coach does a good job of making sure we have the right amount of plays. It's just based on us. making sure we're staying focused and doing what we're supposed to do."

There is a negative side to the no-huddle, however. As Branch explained on Thursday, while it works to help catch a fatigued defense off-guard, it also can result in some sloppy false starts on the offensive end.

"We've been having a lot of flags, false starts, things of that nature," said Branch. "That stuff comes into play when you're physically or mentally tired, or something like that. That's something that happens during the course of running a no-huddle."

Mankins agreed, but said that some of those false start calls are unavoidable.

"Sometimes it is focus and concentration," said Mankins. "Sometimes you just barely twitch just a tiny little bit and youre going to get called. There are so many referees or umpires, whatever you want to call them, watching the O-line now, especially with the other guy moved behind. Theres two guys just sitting there staring at us. Theyre going to catch any little thing."

But if it means catching the Chiefs defense snoozing, the Patriots will continue to take that risk on Monday night.

Affleck offers passionate Brady defense when asked about Deflategate

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Affleck offers passionate Brady defense when asked about Deflategate

When the topic of Deflategate was broached on HBO's Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons, which debuted this week, Ben Affleck became all kinds of fired up.

"What they did was suspend Tom Brady for four days for not giving them his [expletive] cellphone," Affleck said. "I would never give an organization as leak-prone as the NFL my [expletive] cellphone . . . so you can just look through my emails and listen to my voicemails?"

Affleck grew up in Cambridge, Mass. and is a passionate Patriots fan. He made no attempts to hide his fandom, and his appreciation for Brady, as he and Simmons (also a Patriots fan) discussed the football-deflation controversy that has now lasted well over a year. 

Affleck, who said he would want to cast himself as Brady if ever a Deflategate movie was made, harped on the fact that the league wanted Brady to turn over his phone. 

"Maybe Tom Brady is so [expletive] classy and such a [expletive] gentleman," Affleck said, "that he doesn’t want people to know that he may have reflected on his real opinion on some of his co-workers."

Brady is waiting for the Second Circuit to make a decision as to whether or not it will rehear his case against the NFL. Earlier this offseason, the Second Circuit reinstated Brady's four-game suspension issued by the league when a three-judge panel ruled in favor of the NFL, 2-1. 

Pro Football Talk wrote on Thursday that a decision from the Second Circuit could come at any time. If the rehearding request is denied, Brady could then take the case to the Supreme Court. Should the Second Circuit grant Brady a rehearing, his suspension would be delaed until the court reached a decision. In that case, Brady could potentially play the entire 2016 season before a decision came to pass. 

Brady posts high school essay to Facebook on living in his sisters' shadow

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Brady posts high school essay to Facebook on living in his sisters' shadow

Tom Brady wasn't always the most famous person in his family. Growing up, his sisters were the accomplished athletes in the household. 

For his latest Throwback Thursday style Facebook post, Brady published a pair of photos of an old high school essay that he wrote in the fall of his senior year in 1994. It was titled "The way my sisters influenced me."

I found an essay I wrote in 1994... I love my big sisters! #tbt. Thanks for the good grade Mr Stark!

Posted by Tom Brady on Thursday, June 23, 2016

In it, he discusses some of the difficulties of growing up with three older sisters and no brothers. Because Maureen, Julie and Nancy Brady had achieved so much in softball, basketball and soccer, Brady -- or "Tommy," as he signed his paper -- had trouble getting noticed. 

Of course, it wouldn't be long before Brady was headed from San Mateo, California to Ann Arbor, Michigan in order to play football for the Wolverines. He probably had no trouble garnering attention by then. Still, it's funny to read about how he felt overlooked in his youth. 

He closed the essay explaining that he knew his sisters would always provide him support throughout his life, adding, "hopefully, just maybe, one day people will walk up to them and say, 'Aren't you Tommy's sister?' or 'Hey where is your brother?' Maybe . . . "

If the Brady sisters didn't get those kinds of comments by the time the baby of the family was given an 'A' for his English assignment, it probably didn't take long before they did. About seven years later, he took over as the starting quarterback of the Patriots.