PHOENIX — The Seattle defense was the best in the NFL in the regular-season, allowing a league-low 267.1 yards per game, and just 15.9 points, also a league-low.

Don’t tell that to Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount.


PHOENIX — This is a great time to be in Phoenix for the Super Bowl, and no one knows that more than Tom Brady.

In the midst of the media storm on the floor of US Airways Center during media day, the Patriots quarterback gave a tip of the cap to his supermodel wife Gisele, who is weathering the blizzard in Boston and taking care of their kids.

“Yeah, she’s at home taking care of everybody and all the kids,” Brady said. “She’s going to come out this weekend. There’s obviously a lot going on with media day and our preparations. She’s taking care of the home front.”

Brady, like others here at the Super Bowl with family back in Boston, has been in contact with his family to make sure they’re doing OK.

“Everyone’€™s pretty hunkered down,” Brady added. “There’€™s a lot of snow, causing a lot of problems in a lot of cities. So hopefully everyone is OK.”

Brady was asked how his family support system helps him deal with the ongoing controversies of Deflategate and the pressure of playing in his sixth Super Bowl.

“They mean a lot. My parents and my wife, certainly,” Brady said. “I’€™ve got a great support system.”

Gisele posted a picture of the snowbound Brady house on Instagram on Tuesday morning.

Sending love! #blizzard’„️’›„️ ‘¤ï¸ Mandando amor! #nevasca

Una foto publicada por Gisele Bündchen (@giseleofficial) el

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

PHOENIX — Tom Brady is married to a supermodel, endorses UGG boots, jets around the world, and lives a life the rest of us can’t even fathom.

Tom Brady said Monday night he doesn't consider himself with some of the all-time great quarterbacks. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Tom Brady said Monday night he doesn’t consider himself with some of the all-time great quarterbacks. (Elsa/Getty Images)

PHOENIX — Tom Brady is married to a supermodel, endorses UGG boots, jets around the world, and lives a life the rest of us can’t even fathom.

But he’s not fooling Earl Thomas. The Seahawks free safety knows what Brady really is.

“He’s a general in every regard,” Thomas said at Media Day on Tuesday. “He runs it. He plays with a chip on his shoulder. He’s not the goody two-shoes you all think he is. He’s a warrior in every way.”

If a theme emerged from the Seahawks defenders, it’s the genuine respect they hold for Brady, the three-time Super Bowl champ gunning for his fourth title in six tries.

“They have a great quarterback, “said strong safey Kam Chancellor. “Tom Brady‘s a great quarterback who’s definitely capable of getting his guys the ball and letting them make plays.”

Cornerback Richard Sherman looks forward to the challenge.

“It’s fun for competitors,” he said. “It’s a great challenge for us and anybody who’s ever been an elite competitor or an elite player enjoys those moments against other elite players. It brings the best out of you.”

That said, the Seahawks aren’t going to respect Brady too much. Linebacker K.J. Wright was asked which member of the offense scares him.

“No one,” he said.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

PHOENIX –€” In the wake of the Deflategate controversy, some pointed to the fact that the Patriots have a lower fumble rate than many other teams the last few years. But several members of the New England offense said Tuesday that ball security has always been paramount with the Patriots, thanks in large part to how coach Bill Belichick operates. (Not to mention the fact that the initial data may be more than a little suspect.)

“€œI’€™ve always been told that you can’€™t win the game without the football,”€ said running back LeGarrette Blount. ‘€œIf you give the football away you have no control of the game. We have to continue to protect it, and continue to have it in our hands as much as possible and don’€™t let it hit the ground and don’€™t let anybody else get ahold of it. You can’€™t win the game without the football.

“€œWe put a heavy emphasis on keeping the football,”€ he added. “We practice holding the football, we have the defense punch at the football a lot extra then probably most teams do. We do everything to emphasis ball security because like I said, you can’€™t win the game without the ball.”

“€œI can definitely tell that the coaching and the drills that we do within the drill and the offseason and camp and OTAs have really paid off for a lot of guys,”€ said wide receiver Danny Amendola. “We take a lot of drills that we do within the week, within practice, and take them to the field. We do a lot of drills here that really benefit that too.”

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

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Middays with MFB on Radio Row

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WEEI

PHOENIX — Clearly a lot of has been made over the last week-plus of what turned into Deflategate.

Robert Kraft

Robert Kraft

PHOENIX — Clearly a lot of has been made over the last week-plus of what turned into Deflategate.

It reached its peak Monday night when owner Robert Kraft surprised everyone and spoke prior to the Patriots’ media session at their hotel in Chandler, Arizona and emphatically stood on his team’s side maintaining they did nothing wrong.

Kraft spoke again at the team’s media day Tuesday and said it isn’t affecting the team.

“By and large, except for our quarterback, they’re not paying much attention to it,” Kraft said. “I think they think it’s a bunch of hogwash.”

Kraft said he and his son Jonathan spent the flight to Arizona Monday writing the remarks, but he went back-and-forth deciding whether he would take to the podium before Bill Belichick and Tom Brady‘s scheduled press conferences. Ultimately, 15 minutes before he decided he would speak.

The owner said he got a lot of positive feedback from the team internally, but wouldn’t go into much detail.

“I think they were appreciative, but I don’t think it was a surprise,” Kraft said. “This business is a very complicated, hard business that can be very cruel at times. It’s like family, a marriage … it’s important to always be together on the same page even when you might have minor disagreements. I can tell you, we at the top of the Patriots, my family and our key people, are all one. That was the message I tried to express yesterday.”

Kraft responded to Richard Sherman‘s comments earlier the week about Roger Goodell’s relationship with him and possibly affecting discipline with the Patriots, as Goodell was seen at a get together with Kraft the night before the AFC championship game.

“I think Richard Sherman is a very smart marketing whiz,” Kraft responded. “If you go into the facts of what he said, the NFL always used to pay for a big party for the AFC championship game. We’ve been privileged to own the team for 21 years, and this was our 10th championship game. When the league stopped giving the parties, we started doing it. This is our third one.”

The owner also added the party had a lot of NFL sponsors attend, which ultimately are the ones who help Sherman get paid.

“I think Mr. Sherman understood that he’s the biggest beneficiary, because they get over 50 percent of the revenues,” Kraft said. “So he didn’t go to Harvard, but Stanford must be pretty good because he figured it out.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

PHOENIX — Figure skating champions Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir, working for NBC Sports while at Super Bowl XLIX, spent plenty of time speaking with the Patriots at Tuesday’s media day, and came away impressed enough to say they’re rooting for New England in the Super Bowl.

The two interviewed several members of the Patriots, but came away most impressed by tight end Rob Gronkowski.

“We just met him. We love Rob. Everything is about Rob right now,” Lipinski said, before adding that the Patriots, “were awesome.”

Rob Gronkowski is such a gentleman. He’s so handsome and so tall and so kind,” Weir said. “We loved meeting all of them. We’re rooting for the Patriots.”

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

PHOENIX — Since 2001, the Patriots have a 170-54 record in the regular-season and have been to six Super Bowls (including this season) and another nine AFC championship games.

What’s the biggest reason for the team’s success? Tom Brady, according to Julian Edelman.

“I think there’€™s a common factor there, of this guy named Tom Brady. He’€™s pretty good,” Edelman said on Tuesday. “He and we have some coaches that work their tails off. The scouting department knowing who they want and all of that kind of stuff. They all work together. I don’€™t know, you’€™d have to ask Coach (Bill) Belichick on that one.”

Edelman has excelled on special teams during his career. Back in the last Patriots’ Super Bowl, Edelman’s only role was returning kicks. Now, he’s turned into one of the better punt returners in the game.

For his career he’s returned 132 punts for 1,616 yards and four touchdowns, including 25 for 299 yards and a touchdown this season.

“A punt return play is one of the plays that you can be prepared for the most out of any play in football,” said Edelman. “You can look at the situation, you have time to look at the wind pattern, where you’€™re at on the field, what time it is in the game, all that kind of stuff, the trajectory of the punt, it all comes into consideration if you’€™re going to return it, if there’€™s a block.

“As a punt returner, your job is to get 10 yards. If you get 10 yards, you’€™re happy. Anything after that is cream. Ultimately, your job is to give the ball to the offense with some good field position. They have a tough unit. They’€™re fast, they play hard on that unit. We’€™re definitely going to have to bring our A-game and prepare these next few days to get ready for it.”

Edelman, who was drafted in 2009, has played five seasons with Rob Gronkowski and had nothing but good things to say about the Patriots’ star tight end.

“Rob is a great teammate,” said Edelman. “He’€™s a big goofball, a big baby. All he cares about is football and football. You love having him in the locker room. He makes things fun. He works hard. He’€™s all about this team. It’€™s great to have him. He’€™s one of the best.”

As for the game Sunday against the Seahawks, Edelman knows he and the rest of the offense will be challenged going up against the No. 1 ranked pass defense in the NFL, as Seattle allowed 185.6 yards per game in the regular season.

“They do what they do. What they do is very, very good,” he said. “Lining up in the slot, you know that they’€™ve got guys over there that can hit, that know their scheme, that know all that stuff. As a slot, or as someone that plays outside-in, what you ultimately try to do is go see the coverage, see what you have to do on that play, that specific situation and remember what the coaches said about this and that. Then, you have to be able to adjust on the go. This team is a swarming defense, fast and you know that you have to get the ball and you have to be able to take advantage of what they give you.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable