Immediately after the Super Bowl, Devin McCourty made it known he would not be going to the White House when the Patriots get honored.

The Patriots will be going next Wednesday and on Friday, speaking at an event at Boston University, McCourty further detailed why he will not be going.

Devin McCourty further explained why he won't be attending a White House ceremony. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

Devin McCourty further explained why he won’t be attending a White House ceremony. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

Immediately after the Super Bowl, Devin McCourty made it known he would not be going to the White House when the Patriots get honored.

The Patriots will be going next Wednesday and on Friday, speaking at an event at Boston University, McCourty further detailed why he will not be going.

“For me, it was just the different things that come out of the White House or the administration just didn’t agree or align with some of my views,” McCourty said, via ESPN’s The Undefeated. “I talked to Chris Long. I thought he said it the best. He has a young son. And he said, whatever happens from this administration, he doesn’t want his son to grow up and say, ‘Dad, you knew that was the wrong thing to do at the time. Why did you do it? You knew what was right.'”

“And you look at it now, I’m a new dad. And my daughter is growing up in this country…How will I explain to her why is there a photo op of me shaking someone’s hand if I didn’t agree with him? … I think it’s an individual decision. I think everyone on our team has the right to go or not go. But I think you should do what’s best for you. Do what you think is right.”

Other players who have already said they won’t be going include Long, Dont’a Hightower, LeGarrette Blount, Alan Branch and Martellus Bennett.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

With Bill Belichick about to turn 65 years old and being in the NFL since 1975, often times many wonder what keeps him going and why he still does what he does.

Bill Belichick had some interesting things to say to Urban Meyer. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Bill Belichick had some interesting things to say to Urban Meyer. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

With Bill Belichick about to turn 65 years old and being in the NFL since 1975, often times many wonder what keeps him going and why he still does what he does.

Over the years Belichick has needed to adapt to the landscape of the league changing and perhaps going out of his comfort zone with a few concepts, but in the end he does things that make him happy.

Thursday night Belichick appeared at the Ohio State coaches clinic hosted by Urban Meyer where he was the keynote speaker. When introducing him, Meyer passed along a thought Belichick shared with him which gave some insight on how Belichick has put together recent rosters.

“I’m always amazed how he takes these non-stars and makes them stars. He takes these players that you haven’t really heard much about and all of a sudden they’re making great plays in the biggest games of the year,” Meyer said, courtesy of Land of 10. “I started asking him about it and he made this point to me and I shared it with our team. He said, ‘At this point in my career, I want to coach guys I like. I want to coach guys I want to be around and that’s it.’ He said, ‘I’m not going to coach anybody else.’”

Added Meyer: “He surrounds himself with players who he likes to coach. That’s a life lesson for me when I go out and recruit now and when I talk to our players. I’m at a point in my career where it’s the same thing. I want to be around people I like to coach. That’s the selfless, tough individuals that will help your team win.”

Perhaps this gives some insight into why the Patriots traded Jamie Collins and Chandler Jones recently. Maybe Belichick just was tired of their attitudes. Typically, Belichick has always valued players who have been captains in college and while may not be the most skilled, get it done in other ways and are simply good guys to have on a team.

Now, it appears we know why.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Jason McCourty may not be a fit in New England. (Jim Brown/USA Today Sports)

Jason McCourty may not be a fit in New England. (Jim Brown/USA Today Sports)

When Jason McCourty announced he was being released by the Titans on Thursday, everyone had the same reaction.

Will Jason join his twin brother Devin on the Patriots, and what potential pranks could they play on Bill Belichick as well as the media?

The two have been on record saying they would love to play together on the same NFL team, and the Patriots potentially could be in the market for a cornerback, but while on the surface it may seem like a fit, taking a step back and looking at the big picture it may not actually work out.

First off, the Patriots would only really be in need for a cornerback if Malcolm Butler isn’t around, and at this point, it seems like he will be returning to New England. He hasn’t received any offer sheets and why would a team want to give up compensation and a long-term deal to acquire him when teams could wait a year and sign him as an unrestricted free agent next offseason without giving anything up. Barring a trade, Butler will be back with New England and playing for $3.91 million in 2017.

If Butler is in the mix, McCourty would be competing for the No. 3 cornerback spot with Stephon Gilmore and Butler ahead of him. The Patriots also have Eric Rowe and Cyrus Jones in the mix, so playing time would not be guaranteed for McCourty. This would be a huge change for McCourty who was one of the top corners in Tennessee.

Secondly, the Titans let him go because of financial reasons and not wanting to pay him $7 million this season. The Patriots likely wouldn’t be willing to pay him that much money considering their commitments to Gilmore and others, and why would McCourty take such a big pay cut to fit the Patriots’ needs when he likely will have higher offers from other teams where he would also be assured playing time.

Sure, McCourty could take less money and playing time in order to compete for a Super Bowl and play with his brother in New England, but looking at the the Patriots roster and how they approach contracts, it doesn’t seem like a fit.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

The NFL will need to find someone to head its new replay system in New York.

A month after the NFL revealed a new instant replay system with Dean Blandino leading the way in a headquarters at a New York office, Blandino is now leaving the NFL for a network television position.

Dean Blandino is leaving the NFL for TV. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Dean Blandino is leaving the NFL for TV. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

The NFL will need to find someone to head its new replay system in New York.

A month after the NFL revealed a new instant replay system with Dean Blandino leading the way in a headquarters at a New York office, Blandino is now leaving the NFL for a network television position.

“Dean has done an outstanding job leading our officiating staff,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement provided to all 32 NFL teams Friday. “He has been a trusted colleague and friend to so many of us around the league. Dean’s knowledge of the playing rules, his tireless commitment to improving the quality of NFL officiating and his unquestioned dedication to his job has earned him the respect of the entire football community.”

As for how this relates to the Patriots, he was highly involved in the Deflategate case. Blandino said the testing PSI at halftime of the 2014 AFC title game was not a sting operation.

“The issue came up during the first half, as far as I know there was an issue that was brought up during the first half, a football came into question, and then the decision was made to test them at halftime,” he said at the time.

This came after it was known Colts GM Ryan Grigson sent a memo to the league with his suspicions before the game. In other words, Blandino lied.

It is worth noting Bill Belichick did seem to have a good working relationship with him, asking him questions numerous times over the course of the season.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

On Thursday, Steelers owner Dan Rooney passed away Thursday at the age of 84.

Like many owners around the league, Robert Kraft released a statement on his passing.

The statement read: I am deeply saddened to hear the news regarding Dan Rooney. When I first entered the NFL, Dan and his family were so gracious to me and my family. They provided guidance on how to build a winning organization, both on and off the field. As important as winning was to Dan, he never lost sight of the importance of giving back to his community. My goal was to build a team that could sustain a winning tradition just like the Rooney family had with the Pittsburgh Steelers. I feel the success we have had as an organization is directly tied to the lessons I learned from Dan. He represented the heart and soul of the National Football League. In my experiences with him at the NFL meetings, I always admired the way he conducted himself, with great humility, dignity and kindness. He was a leader who was respected by everyone associated with this wonderful game. My condolences go out to his wife Patricia, his son Art, as well as his entire family, the many players who played for him and the countless Steeler fans who will mourn his loss.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

It’s becoming very clear the Patriots would like to add another defensive end to their rotation.

The Patriots reportedly hosted Kerry Wynn for a visit this wee. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots reportedly hosted Kerry Wynn for a visit this week. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

It’s becoming very clear the Patriots would like to add another defensive end to their rotation.

New England has been connected to a number of different defensive ends coming out in the draft with meetings and visits, and on Wednesday according to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, it hosted defensive end Kerry Wynn, who is currently a restricted free agent with the Giants.

Wynn received a low tender last month, so the Patriots wouldn’t need to give up a draft pick, but the Giants would have the right to match an offer.

The 26-year-old has played in 34 games (seven starts) in his three-year career, all coming with the Giants. The Richmond product has two career sacks.

By losing Chris Long and Jabaal Sheard this offseason and only gaining Kony Ealy, it makes sense as to why the Patriots would be looking for another edge rusher.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable