Waters running smoothly on the offensive line


Waters running smoothly on the offensive line

During a conference call on Tuesday, Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien described playing on the offensive line to being in a car crash every single play of the game.

The Patriots endured each collision well enough to win on Sunday.

Bill Belichick followed that up by going into even more detail when praising his offensive line during his weekly conference call, saying that the Brian Waters experiment has worked out a whole lot quicker than anyone would have ever expected.

It's all due to the veteran's hard work and professionalism.

"Brian's come in and has really done an outstanding job for us," said Belichick. "We got him right at the beginning of the season, and he certainly had to make a big adjustment, from not being here in training camp. Fortunately, I think with a lot of the terminology and things like that, there was definitely some carryover for him.

"He's really worked hard at just doing everything that you would want a player to do. He worked hard and studied his plays. Watching films and asking questions. He's very well prepared. He's a true professional. He really works hard at his job. He takes a lot of pride in that."

While Belichick clearly appreciates Waters, the head coach said his players feel the same way.

"He's earned every bit of his respect here," added Belichick. "He's tough, he's a good football player. He's really made some outstanding plays, individual plays that you don't see many other players at that position make. He's a high-quality player and a high-quality individual. He's very unselfish, team-oriented."

Most of the praise comes at a time in which the Patriots host Waters' former team -- the Kansas City Chiefs -- on Monday night.

Waters came to New England at the beginning of the regular season, and switched from left to right guard. It's something that Belichick stressed wasn't an easy task. That, combined with the fact that he joined an already-veteran group of offensive linemen, wouldn't make his transition into the rotation an easy one.

But through 10 weeks, it's gone a lot smoother than expected.

"Everything we asked him to do, he's done everything that he possibly could to try to do it," said Belichick. "And I can't say enough about that.

"I would say the biggest thing with Brian, is not how well he's playing and how good he is -- because he's a good player. It's just how quickly he was able to get acclimated to everything. To our system, to the way we call plays, to how we do things and make adjustments on the offensive line.

"No matter how long he's played, working with those guys as closely as they work together on a play-by-play basis, I'd say it's come together more quickly than we, as a staff, realistically expected that it would."

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. 

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


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.