Suh and Co. pleased with pressure on Brady


Suh and Co. pleased with pressure on Brady

By Tom E. Curran Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
DETROIT - The ferocity of the Lions front-seven Saturday night is exactly what the New England Patriots needed. Tom Brady was under siege in a way that can only cause the Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia, receivers coach Chad O'Shea and offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien to examine closely how to fix a problem that -- when it arises -- usually results in the Patriots getting croaked. We saw this kind of pressure in each of the Patriots last three playoff losses. To get a fresh look now against an excellent front gives those coaches plenty of ammo. The Lions defense was on-point with both coverage and pass rush, said Detroit defensive end Cliff Avril who credited the secondary for making Brady hold the ball longer than desired. "It was also the defensive tackles," Avril added. "Once we made him step up, he didn't have a lot of stepping up room so he tried to slide out a little bit to the ends and we just made the plays. But definitely the defensive backs did their thing."Brady claimed in the postgame that the Patriots were trying to go downfield on the Lions and that's why he got stuck holding a little longer. He was waiting for wideouts to uncover that never did. But the pass rush -- even though Brady tried to absolve his offensive line -- was intense. Asked if Brady was rattled, Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh said, "To be honest with you, I didn't pay attention to his emotions. My job is to continue to rattle him and be in his face. When he starts yelling at me like 'leave me alone' that is when I know I have completed my job. He didn't talk too much today. He is a good player and I respect him a lot. Ever since we played against him last Thanksgiving and I had a conversation (with him) after the game, I have a lot more respect for him. He is a great player and he keeps it in house whatever is going wrong with him, if anything."What seemed to be going wrong with him had a lot to do with Suh and Co. on this Saturday night. Tom E. Curran can be reached at Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Patriots waive Stork after trade with Redskins falls through

Patriots waive Stork after trade with Redskins falls through

It's been a wild week for Bryan Stork. 

On Wednesday, news broke that Stork had been informed of his release. Then before that move became official, the Patriots and Redskins worked out a trade to send the third-year center to Washington. After that, indications were that Stork was retiring, and the Redskins were unsure as to whether or not he would even report.  He eventually decided to report, but ended up failing his physical, voiding the trade. 

Monday, Stork was returned to the Patriots, but the team has announced that they've waived the veteran center.

More to come...


Does Garoppolo need to play Thursday? ‘It’s not my call,’ he says

Does Garoppolo need to play Thursday? ‘It’s not my call,’ he says

FOXBORO - Hard to put a shine on the clunker that Jimmy Garoppolo submitted Friday night in Carolina. Another red zone interception dropped, a fumble recovered by a teammate and almost half (four) of his nine completions caught behind the line of scrimmage. 

Not exactly what the Patriots were hoping for in the third, and perhaps, last preseason outing for their Week 1 starter. Which raises the question: does Garoppolo need to play Thursday in the Jersey swamp?

“It’s really not my call,” he said. “You always want to be out there with your guys. It’s just the nature of the beast; you’re a competitor, you want to be out there, but whatever Coach [Bill Belichick] asks me to do, I’ll do.”

Were Belichick to decide to keep Garoppolo on ice, that would mean the third-year pro would go 16 days between his ugly appearance in Carolina and opening night at Arizona. That is less than ideal. In fact, it seems like a bad idea for an unproven player in dire need of as many reps as can be afforded him (which is why playing Tom Brady last week still makes no sense in this man’s opinion).

“We have to take that into consideration, too,” admitted Bill Belichick. “Again, whether that overrides something or it doesn’t, we’ll just have to see, but yeah, it’s definitely a consideration.”

“I really don’t even think about it like that, to be honest,” said Garoppolo. “Whatever they ask me to do, they ask me to do. “

Garoppolo insists he found out he was starting against the Panthers with only slightly more lead time than he was given the week prior against Chicago. So, there’s a good chance if he plays this week that he won’t know until the day of, which is certainly an acquired taste.

“At first it was a weird - I can remember back in my rookie year it was a weird thing not knowing,” he said. “You just get used to it after a while, mixing and matching with all the different guys, knowing guys’ tendencies and how they play, and you just react to it, really.”

If Garoppolo does get that chance, the Pats need him to react more decisively and more confidently than his last time out. In a summer of unknowns, that’s one thing we can be sure of.