Scott says Jets D needs to 'funnel' Pats offense


Scott says Jets D needs to 'funnel' Pats offense

By Tom E. Curran

FOXBORO - I believe this is No. 757 on the list of things that would not occur in New England. Monday, during an interview with Michael Kay on ESPN Radio in New York, Rex Ryan was asked an interesting question. Kay related an off-air conversation with Jets linebacker after the Patriots' 45-3 win over New York in Week 13. Said Kay: "Bart Scott told me off the air, we know exactly what we did wrong and if we ever play them again we're gonna win because we know what we did wrong. Weshould have been funneling them toward the middle of the field and we weren't doing that. Is that something you guys have to do?" In response, Ryan said, "Yeah, weknow what we did wrong and give them credit - they executed their plan well.Youscorethree points against New England, you'renever gonna beat them."More important than the response, ummm, what about the question?So Bart Scott's flapping his gums and telling guys off-air what the problem was and what needs fixing? And then not only is Michael Kay relating it, but he's sharing said (presumably) off-the-recordor on background conversation with Rex Ryan. And Ryan's solid with that? It's apparent he is because he went ahead and answered it. So what exactly do the Patriots do with this intel? And how, exactly, do the Jets funnel an offense to the middle?For the Patriots, they ran the ball 236 times between left and right guard in 2010. They threw 149 total passes to the middle of the field. They are in the middle of the field a fair amount. If this means setting the edge and funneling players back to the middle of the field in the running game - as the Patriots do in their 3-4 - well, that's nice. But again, they're in there most of the game. We'll try and find out later in the week as we go along just what the funneling means (aside from what I used to do in college). But it still strikes me dumb that it was even out there, broached and discussed with a straight face. Guess that makes me a kool-aid consumer.
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Perry's Patriots 53-man roster projection


Perry's Patriots 53-man roster projection

With New England Patriots organized workouts finished until next month, Phil Perry puts together another 53-man roster projection.

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Affleck offers passionate Brady defense when asked about Deflategate


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.