Patriots owner Robert Kraft, in an interview with the Big Show from the site of the Super Bowl in Dallas, acknowledged his surprise that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell voiced displeasure with the handling of New England coach Bill Belichick's apology for stealing signals in 2007. Rather than detail his own feelings on the conversation, however, Kraft expressed his exhaustion with the subject before respectfully but firmly declining to discuss it.

 

Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty finished a distant second to Detroit defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh in the voting for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year voting on Friday.

There’s no shame, however. At least McCourty got a vote — in fact, McCourty, who finished the season with seven interceptions, was the only defensive rookie other than Suh to receive a single tally — in fact the defensive back got two. Meanwhile, Suh nabbed 48 of the 50 votes, becoming the first Lion to grab the honor since Al Baker in 1978.

Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft said Friday sounded an optimistic note about the uncertain labor situation on Friday, saying “a deal can get done in the next week.”

In an interview with the NFL Network, Kraft made it very clear who he believed was holding up a potential deal between the owners and the players.

During his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Friday morning, Sports Illustrated's Peter King talked about the profile piece he did on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell this week and the comments Goodell made about feeling "deceived" when Bill Belichick was not forthcoming with the press about the Patriots' role in Spygate.

 

King was asked why Goodell did not go back to Belichick and tell him his performance before the media was not what the commissioner expected.

 

Patriots owner Robert Kraft, in remarks to reporters in Dallas, suggested that the Patriots were missing "a good game plan" in their season-ending loss to the Jets in the division round of the playoffs. He also expressed frustration with the interception that QB Tom Brady threw on a screen pass that killed the momentum of the first Patriots drive, as well as other areas in which his team failed to execute against its divisional rival.

 

"I was given assurances that [Belichick] would tell his side of the story. He went out and stonewalled the press. I feel like I was deceived."

Roger Goodell



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Patriots coach Bill Belichick was named the Associated Press Coach of the Year Wednesday night. It is the third time Belichick has been honored as a head coach — he also won the award in 2003 and 2007.

 

Mailbag time and it's all Brady vs. Roethlisberger this week.



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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reveals in this week’s edition of “Sports Illustrated” that he wanted Patriots coach Bill Belichick to make a verbal apology in front of the press in the wake of the 2007 video scandal, and when Belichick didn’t, he felt “deceived.”

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady acknowledged he had surgery on his right foot “about 10 days ago,” and said the injury was “something that’s been lingering a little bit.”

In a Q&A with the NFL Network on Tuesday night after he was presented with the Associated Press Offensive Player of the Year Award, Brady, talked about the injury and how he managed to play through the problem.