ESPN’s Mark Brunell joined Middays with MFB on Friday to discuss Deflategate and Tom Brady‘s role in it, a day after he indicated that he did not believe Brady’s assertion that he was not involved.

ESPN’s Mark Brunell joined Middays with MFB on Friday to discuss Deflategate and Tom Brady‘s role in it, a day after he indicated that he did not believe Brady’s assertion that he was not involved. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

“My opinion is I don’t believe Tom Brady was telling the truth,” Brunell said. “But I will say, I thought Bill Belichick, he came across as sincere. In my experiences with six different head coaches, never one time has the subject of the condition of the footballs on game day come up. Those guys have other things to do, much like coach Belichick. I don’t think he had any knowledge of it based on my history.

“But I do know the equipment guys, their No. 1 job on game day is to take care of the players, meet the needs of the players. … And at the top of that list is making sure those footballs are exactly how the starting quarterback wants them. That’s what I do know.”

Brunell became emotional on ESPN Thursday while discussing the press conference in which Brady denied any involvement in Deflategate.

“I was disappointed. I was surprised by what Tom had to say,” Brunell said. “Based on my experience as a quarterback and understanding the process of getting the ball prepared and getting it in the right condition and getting it onto the field during game day, I expected something totally different from Tom. I just didn’t believe that he had nothing to do with it.

“The NFL’s investigation made it very clear that those balls were deflated by two PSI. Somebody had to do it. And I just don’t think there’s an equipment guy in the NFL or anywhere, like I said, that would take it on himself to deflate the balls … That just doesn’t happen.”

Brunell said he did not expect Brady to take the approach he did.

“I don’t believe it was true,” Brunell said. “This is what I expected from Tom, honestly: I just thought he’d say, ‘Listen, I’ve gone on record as saying that I prefer the balls deflated.’ And whenever that was at some point in the past, months, maybe years ago, he says he’s communicated to an equipment guy, ‘If it’s OK, take some of the pressure out, that’s how I prefer it.’ I thought he’d come on and admit that. I thought he would say, ‘I made a mistake, it’s my responsibility, it will never happen again, I wanted a little air out of the balls but I didn’t realize it would be that much.’

“If that happens — because you could very easily see him saying that, or believe that was the case — if that happens, I think this story goes away real quick. Just taking some of the blame, admitting to a mistake and hopefully moving on. That’s what I thought I would hear from Tom Brady.”

Added Brunell: “I don’t think it’s that big a deal, to be honest with you. If Tom came out and said that, I think this goes away to a degree. The NFL will carry on its investigation. Maybe the team gets fined, maybe Tom gets fined or something.

“Listen, everybody loves Tom Brady. Everyone loves Tom Brady, respects him. If he wins this football game, he may be the best that’s ever played this game. And so if he just says, ‘You know what, I made a mistake. It was an oversight. I should have paid closer attention,’ I believe this goes away. Maybe it’s a fine or something. But now this story is going to continue. It’s going to carry into the Super Bowl and it’s going to go far beyond that. It just adds fuel to the fire. That’s just my opinion on it.”

Brunell said this controversy could end up dogging Brady for a long time.

“If this has been a pattern, if this has been going on for some time, I honestly believe that having a deflated ball is a competitive advantage. I really believe that. How long this has been going on remains to be seen,” Brunell said.

“But let me talk about his legacy: He will go on to be, like I said, one of the best, maybe the best ever. But unfortunately for Tom, this is going to travel with him. He’s going to carry this for some time. Now, the NFL investigation obviously is still going on, it has yet to be determined how this thing is going to play out. But much like Spygate is traveling with coach Belichick, unfortunately Deflategate is going to travel with Tom.”

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Jerry Spar

FOXBORO — It was reported on Thursday, quarterback Tom Brady addressed the team during a team meeting before practice and before he spok

Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty joined Middays with MFB on Friday as the Patriots try to put Deflategate behind them and focus on preparing for the Super Bowl.

Darrelle Revis said it showed a lot of character that Tom Brady addressed the team Thursday.  (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Darrelle Revis said it showed a lot of character that Tom Brady addressed the team Thursday. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — It was reported on Thursday, quarterback Tom Brady addressed the team during a team meeting before practice and before he spoke to the media Thursday afternoon.

Darrelle Revis, a leader in his own right on the defensive side of the ball, said it showed just what kind of a leader Brady is. Revis also said some of the players didn’t even know anything was going on until Brady addressed the team.

“He stood up and spoke and said I know this is a distraction and we have to keep focus as a team,” said Revis. “We have a big game to play and that is something he wouldn’t do. He wouldn’t break any rules. It was basically just to clear the smoke.”

“I think at that point you want your leader to stand up and say a couple of words for us to move forward because it can be a distraction and it can bother us,” he added. “This whole experience, this Super Bowl experience. Definitely it shows a lot of character in him to stand up and speak to the whole team.”

As for the team not letting it be a distraction, Revis said that won’t be a problem as the team has gone through a lot this season, especially early in the season after their 2-2 start people were doubting the team along with Brady and Bill Belichick.

“I think as a whole we’re fine,” Revis said. “We’ve handed a lot of things this year — adversity wise — and we just have to keep on pushing.”

Revis was asked about Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman and his feelings that, he [Sherman] is the best cornerback in the league. The Patriots corner didn’t seem to care and quickly moved on to the next question after saying, “That’s great.”

The Seattle offensive has a lot of different players the defense will need to keep an eye on. Running back Marshawn Lynch finished the season with 1,306 yards on 280 carries and 13 touchdowns. Quarterback Russell Wilson can not only throw the ball down field, but he’s a good runner as well. Wilson ran for 849 yards and six touchdowns this season.

“They are very physical,” said Revis. “Very talented. They play tough, they play hard. Even in the running game, you see Marshawn Lynch running the ball, 40, 50-yard gains and so our secondary knows it is going to be a fun game.”

Revis is 0-2 in his previous two games against the Seahawks.

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Ryan Hannable
Adam Schefter, ESPN, talks everything Deflate Gate with Lou, Christian and Tim on Patriots Friday

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[0:07:19] ... everything seems to be originate. Liberties secret. Yeah we just talked to Matt Hasselbeck any civil war sort of trickle down with the in between his teammates. On the plane on the bus he could remember ...
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FOXBORO — Things appear to be trending in the right direction for Bryan Stork’s availability for the Super Bowl.

Bryan Stork

Bryan Stork

FOXBORO — Things appear to be trending in the right direction for Bryan Stork’s availability for the Super Bowl.

The rookie center was present for a second straight day at Patriots practice, which was a walkthrough held indoors at the Dana Farber Fieldhouse at Gillette Stadium.

The media viewing portion of practice was very, very brief, but Stork was wearing some sort of brace/sleeve on his injured knee. He was listed as limited on the practice report yesterday. Since the viewing portion was so short, there was no way to take any sort of attendance.

Be sure to check back later for the practice report from the team.

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Ryan Hannable
Matt Hasselbeck, back-up quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts and a New England native, joins Lou, Christian and Tim to talk how his team reacted to the Deflate Gate news.

[0:00:40] ... play football. On their all of a court. Those the thoughts of Tim Hasselbeck with Dennis and Callahan this morning. Regain the thoughts of the other Hasselbeck Boston college's Matt Hasselbeck joining us right now the ...
[0:06:47] ... here because. People think that this started back in week eleven when Mike Adams got the two interceptions so factor fiction. You guys were aware of possible deflated balls back yet. We let him be a dad like again that that that in my jurisdiction again I you know that's not my jurisdiction I'd be I'd be deafening. Like nobody can deal with this football when D'Qwell Jackson got a or Mike Adams back in week eleven incident he squeezed this does this feel right to you. That have been like every day at practice ...
[0:18:18] ... watch that no exit out here yet. And I can't think coming Christian Fauria special teams shared was a hard thing for a topic. He's in notices on the. Right yeah these are long gone not ...





Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty joined Middays with MFB on Friday as the Patriots try to put Deflategate behind them and focus on preparing for the Super Bowl. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

McCourty said the controversy over the underinflated footballs might be big news for the rest of the nation, but it has not been a major issue in the locker room.

“I’ve been focused on winning,” McCourty said. “To go last time and to lose, the only thing this year, being back in the Super Bowl, that I’ve thought about is winning the game. I think us as a team, putting that as our focus allows to ignore everything else going on. Because the rest of that is out of our control. The only thing we can control is being prepared and trying to win on Sunday.”

Added McCourty: “This team has done a lot of hard work, we’ve earned the right to go to the Super Bowl, winning the AFC. I wish the focus was on that, but it’s not. I can’t control that. But that’s where my focus is. Even today, doing all the media, I told them that’s what I want to talk about, this opportunity playing against the Seahawks, a great team. But we have to put a lot of work in for us. As a team, that’s where our focus is. That’s where it needs to be if we don’t want to go out there and get embarrassed in Arizona.”

Brady addressed his teammates before speaking to the media about the issue Thursday, but McCourty said stays between the QB and the team.

“I don’t think there’s a reason to really discuss that anymore,” McCourty said. “We’re kind of past that as a team.”

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Jerry Spar