Former Patriots scouting director Bob Quinn was hired by the Lions a few weeks ago as their general manager and he appears to be taking what he learned in New England to Detroit.

Picard and Price take a look at next week's Super Bowl match-up with the Broncos and Panthers, what they see going down in Santa Clara and if the Broncos top-ranked D can slow down the mission that Cam Newton is on.

Former Patriots scouting director Bob Quinn was hired by the Lions a few weeks ago as their general manager and he appears to be taking what he learned in New England to Detroit.

Aside from bringing four former Patriots to his staff, he seems to be carrying over the same approach to running the organization. On Sunday it was announced Quinn hired Randy Edsall as the team’s director of football research/special projects. This is the same position Ernie Adams has with the Patriots, one that not many NFL teams have.

Edsall, who was fired as Maryland’s coach during the past season, does have ties with Quinn. Quinn’€™s first job in football was as a graduate assistant at UConn during Edsall’€™s first year as UConn’€™s head coach in 1999. Quinn graduated UConn in 1998 and got his masters in 2000.

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While continuing the postmortems on the Patriots after their loss last week, the boys attempt to move on and discuss what the team will look like next year, potential free agent signings and their chances to get back to another Super Bowl.
We're one week removed from the AFC Championship that saw the Patriots fall to the Broncos in Denver, and Danny and Chris discuss what went wrong from Brady's play to Belichick's decision to not kick a FG with six minutes to go to Gostkowski missing an extra point to the clear number one issue in the play of the offensive line. How can the Pats improve? The guys discuss it all.

Of the seven Patriots players to be named to the Pro Bowl, second-year player Malcolm Butler was the biggest surprise to bow out.

But, there was a reason.

Malcolm Butler

Malcolm Butler

Of the seven Patriots players to be named to the Pro Bowl, second-year player Malcolm Butler was the biggest surprise to bow out.

But, there was a reason.

According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, Butler suffered a knee injury against the Broncos in the AFC championship. The cornerback played every defensive snap and the injury isn’t expected to require surgery, but was enough to have the team want him to rest the knee.

Reiss adds it’s possible the Patriots wanted to tweak the NFL by having none of their players play in the game.

Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Chandler Jones, Jamie Collins, Stephen Gostkowski and Matthew Slater were the other Patriots who decided not to take part in the game.

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NFL kickers around the league are very close because of the nature of their jobs and speaking at the Pro Bowl practice on Friday, Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey offered his support for Stephen Gostkowski and Blair Walsh, both of whom missed big kicks this postseason.

Bailey said he hasn’t contacted either of them, but he planned to.

Stephen Gostkowski got some support from Pro Bowl kicker Dan Bailey. (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)

Stephen Gostkowski got some support from Pro Bowl kicker Dan Bailey. (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)

NFL kickers around the league are very close because of the nature of their jobs and speaking at the Pro Bowl practice on Friday, Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey offered his support for Stephen Gostkowski and Blair Walsh, both of whom missed big kicks this postseason.

Bailey said he hasn’t contacted either of them, but he planned to.

“I wouldn’t be telling them anything they don’€™t know. We’€™ve all been there,” Bailey said via Sporting News. “I’€™ve been in situations where I’€™ve missed kicks that should’ve won the game. You just gotta be there, support them because you know they’d do the same for you.”

Gostkowski missed an extra point in the Patriots’ 20-18 loss to the Broncos in the AFC championship. Although it was in the first quarter, the Patriots were chasing that one point the whole game. Walsh missed a potential game-winning chip shot field goal when the Seahawks beat the Vikings in the wild card round.

The Cowboys kicker noted all the kickers around the league support one another.

“That’€™s what’€™s nice about this position ‘€” there’€™s only 32 of us at any given time,” Bailey said. “So it’€™s kind of a brotherhood. We all keep in touch somewhat. I wouldn’€™t say we’€™re all buddies hanging out, but there’€™s a mutual respect across the league for everybody who’s out there doing it.”

“It’s just nice to know you’€™ve got a group of guys pulling for you, even when the whole world seems like it’€™s crashing in on you,” he added. “It’€™s just part of it, and you gotta work through it.”

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Harold Nash

Harold Nash

The Lions announced Friday that former Patriots assistant Harold Nash has been hired as their new strength and conditioning coach.

Nash, who was let go earlier in the week, had been with the Patriots since 2005 and the head strength and conditioning coach since 2011. He joins several other former New England staffers in Detroit, a group that includes new Detroit GM Bob Quinn (the former director of pro scouting with the Patriots) and chief of staff and assistant to the general manager Kevin Anderson (who was New England’s director of player development).

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