Chris Hogan, Dion Lewis, Kyle Van Noy, and Trey Flowers are just a few of the reasons why Bill Belichick should be credited more as a great GM, in addition to his accolades as a great head coach.
A caller to Mike Francesa's program asked about the Patriots fan who pulled the fire alarm at the Steelers hotel. While Mike didn't say the Pats were responsible for it, he re-iterated a widely help belief that the Patriots will always be known as cheaters, and will never get the benefit of the doubt.

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Tom Brady joined "Kirk and Callahan" this morning, and was asked about his friendship with the President of the United States, Donald Trump. Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about how Brady was a little bit defensive about all the criticism he's faced, and how Brady finally took some steps to address some of the details of their friendship.

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Super Bowl 51 will feature the best scoring offense and the best scoring defense squaring off against each other. The Patriots defense has been criticized for not facing any good quarterbacks. Matt Ryan will be, far and away, their most difficult test.
Patriots safety Duron Harmon joined the show on Monday to discuss their win over Pittsburgh in the AFCCG. Harmon was asked about his tackle on Jesse James on the half yard line, and he revealed to the guys he wasn't thinking much about it, but that the defense has wanted the chance to make a goal line stand since they did it against Cincinnati earlier in the season.
Patriots running back Dion Lewis joined the show to discuss how it feels to be headed to the Super Bowl for the first time in his career, his recovery from a serious injury in 2015, and how LeGarrette Blount fired up the sidelines by carrying half the Steelers on his back.

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Tom Brady doesn't understand the Donald Trump questions. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady doesn’t understand the Donald Trump questions. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady doesn’t understand why people care about his friendship with Donald Trump. He must’ve been born yesterday.

In his weekly appearance on Kirk & Callahan Monday, Brady shed further detail on how often he communicates with the President. Last week, Trump said Brady called him before the inauguration.

“I have called him, yes, in the past. Sometimes he calls me. Sometimes I call,” Brady said. “But, again, that’s been someone I’ve known. I always try to keep it in context because for 16 years you know someone before maybe he was in the position that he was in. He’s been very supportive of me for a long time. It’s just a friendship. I have a lot of friends. I call a lot of people.”

In the past, Brady has shied away from talking about Trump. But that wasn’t the case Monday. Just when the conversation was heading in a different direction, he brought up the subject again.

“Why does everybody make such a big deal? I don’t understand it,” he said. “I don’t want to get into it, but if you know someone it doesn’t mean you agree with everything they say or they do. You have a lot of friends in your life. I think there are things that are based in your own dealings with someone that is a personal dealing, not a public dealing. Because you have personal experiences.”

While Brady didn’t formally endorsed Trump –– he declined to tell K&C who he voted for –– he aligned himself with him throughout the entirety of the campaign. In September 2015, after a “Make America Great Again” hat was spotted in Brady’s locker, he said it “would be great” if Trump were in the Oval Office. At that point, Trump had already derided some Mexican immigrants as “rapists” and spent years propagating a racist birther conspiracy theory meant to delegitimize Barack Obama’s presidency. Brady later claimed to be unaware of the political issues at play, but ignorance isn’t an excuse.

From that moment forward, Brady was firmly a part of the Trump phenomenon. The President often mentioned him, once even citing Brady’s support as a reason for his strong poll numbers among Republicans in Massachusetts. After every controversy, including when Trump proposed enacting a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States, Brady has opted to stick by his friend. Though the loyalty is commendable, he only opens himself up to more questions each time he defends Trump’s character. One of the most famous athletes in the country is embracing the most disliked president ever. If Brady can’t grasp the appeal to that story, that’s on him.

When the leaked Access Hollywood video that features Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women came out, Brady refused to issue a denouncement –– separating himself from even Trump’s closest political affiliates, including Vice President Mike Pence. With that in mind, Brady is lucky he hasn’t been asked more questions about Trump’s sordid history with women. On K&C, Brady once said he judged one of Trump’s beauty pageants. In an appearance on the Howard Stern Show in 2005, Trump bragged about going backstage while the contestants were undressing. Those words dovetail with the claims of Temple Taggart, a former Miss Utah who says Trump kissed her on the lips without her permission on two occasions –– including at the 1997 Miss USA competition. Since Brady was at one of the pageants, it would be fair to ask him whether he personally witnessed this alleged behavior.

If Trump’s erratic weekend is a harbinger of the next four years, this will be far from a normal presidency. And Brady, much like Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft, is one of his most prominent backers. At Super Bowl LI, the Trump topic will only get more play. If Brady is sick of the questions now, he should spend the next two weeks hiding out.

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that John Cena truly understands what makes the Patriots tick.

The WWE star, and actor, grew up in Massachusetts and played football at Springfield College. So when he turned down the opportunity to offer a hype video for his hometown team, there was a very good explanation that came with the denial.

“That’s what’s great about New England,” Cena said. “You can look at it from all the [Tom] Brady sound bytes and all the [Bill] Belichick sound bytes. They don’t need to get hype. They just do really, really well.”

There was also the us against them mentality that Cena said he enjoys, explaining, “I run kind of like a parallel life with Tom Brady.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford
Deion Sanders had some interesting things to say about Julian Edelman. (James Lang/USA Today Sports)

Deion Sanders had some interesting things to say about Julian Edelman. (James Lang/USA Today Sports)

Deion Sanders says Julian Edelman’s skin color is the reason why he isn’t considered one of the best receivers in the league.

On NFL Network Sunday, Sanders said Edelman, who put up a monstrous stat line during the AFC championship game, is a victim of reverse racism.

“Julian Edelman is one of the best receivers in the league. … It’s like reverse racism,” he said. “I’m not lying. This is real talk. Julian Edelman, just because he’s a caucasian receiver, they don’t give him the credit that he deserves. He deserves so much more. This kid can flat out play. There hasn’t been there an answer for him over the last several years. Julian Edelman moves the chains, he can get deep, he works between the numbers, works outside the numbers, he can throw the football, he can run the football. He does it all, man.”

While the Patriots were largely able to contain Antonio Brown (seven receptions for 77 yards), Chris Hogan and Edelman tore up the Steelers’ secondary, reeling in 17 catches for 298 yards and three touchdowns. After the extra-point, Edelman’s touchdown grab extended the Patriots’ lead to 34-9 with 1:01 remaining in the third quarter.

Despite averaging 98 receptions over his last three full seasons, the Patriots don’t pay Edelman like an elite wideout. According to Spotrac, he only took home $2.5 million in base salary in 2016. Next year, the figure bumps up to $3 million.

Edelman’s position, not skin color, is probably the reason why he’s not put on the same level as star receivers like Julio Jones. Given the success of other slot receivers in this offense, he’s largely viewed as expendable. Tom Brady seamlessly transitioned from Troy Brown to Wes Welker to Edelman. He’s the primary reason for their success, not the other way around.

Edelman is an incredible talent, but his stock takes a major hit without Brady. He probably knows that’s the case, too, since he’s never even threatened to hold out for a bigger deal.

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer
Hour 4. Kirk and Gerry discuss how players from bad teams can come to New England and win.

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