Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch credited the Jets on Tuesday, saying New York “had a great game plan” for last Sunday's divisional playoff contest against New England. Speaking on KJR Radio in Seattle, Branch talked about the defeat at the hands of the Jets, how much trash-talking went on between the two teams and what the New York players did that made him angry.

On Wednesday's Dennis & Callahan show, John Dennis reported that multiple sources indicated Tom Brady suffered a foot injury either before or during the Patriots' 28-21 loss to the Jets on Sunday.

 

Brady was listed on the injury report before the game as having a right shoulder/foot injury. That's how he was listed since the middle of the season. He was listed with just the shoulder injury since the start of the campaign.

 

Former Patriots and Jets linebacker Matt Chatham joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to talk about Sunday's playoff game in Foxboro.

 

Chatham said he was "totally shocked" watching the Jets upset the Patriots. He said the Patriots' inability to execute and the "skittishness" of Tom Brady stood out to him more so than any strategical decisions. "If I were to think about one thing that I wish the Patriots would have done, it would be to execute the plays they did call," he said.

 

Trying to determine the legacy of the 2010 Patriots is a complicated process. Did they fall short of their ultimate goal, victims of the lofty standards set by their predecessors? Or were they dynamic overachievers, surpassing the expectations that pundits put on them at the start of the season?



I know that if lived in some other city, one where they hate Boston teams and Boston fans — which is to say, every other sports town in America — I know what I’d be doing this week. In the wake of the Patriots’ epic failure. I’d be perusing sites like this one.



The Rams have hired former Patriots assistant Josh McDaniels as their new offensive coordinator, the team announced via Twitter on Tuesday. McDaniels, who was an assistant in New England starting in 2001, was offensive coordinator in New England from 2006 through 2008 before taking over as head coach in Denver for nearly two seasons. He fired by the Broncos last month with a 3-9 record following a videotaping scandal.

 

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ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski, after reviewing the coaches' film of the Patriots' 28-21 loss to the Jets, credited New York for its defensive execution. At the same time, he expressed surprise at the number of opportunities missed by the New England offense, particularly quarterback Tom Brady.

 

CBS NFL analyst Phil Simms was a guest of the Dale & Holley show on Wednesday. Simms, who called the Patriots' 28-21 loss to the Jets with Jim Nantz on Sunday, was asked about Rex Ryan's defensive game plan, which clearly frustrated Tom Brady and the rest of the New England offense.

 

The Patriots announced that they have signed tight end Carson Butler, quarterback Jonathan Crompton, wide receiver Buddy Farnham, defensive lineman Marlon Favorite, wide receiver Darnell Jenkins, cornerback Thad Turner and defensive back Ross Ventrone to future contracts. All seven players finished the 2010 season on the New England practice squad.

 

Jets defensive tackle Kris Jenkins — on injured reserve since September — talked to ESPN on Monday and gave some thoughts on Tom Brady and what Jenkins feels are special rules designed to protect the New England quarterback.

 

"You can do little stuff, but it's hard because you have the Brady Rules now," Jenkins told ESPN. "You can't touch him. At the end of the day, if you're cocky and you have special rules and stuff, no one wants to hear it. Be quiet. Shut up, just keep it to yourself, if you've got special rules.