Brandon Browner

Brandon Browner

PHOENIX — Just because Brandon Browner used to be teammates with Richard Sherman, doesn’t mean the current Patriots cornerback is urging his teammates to take it easy on Sherman.

Sherman injured his elbow in the NFC championship game, but practiced in full all last week as was listed as probable on the injury report released last Friday. In an interview with ESPN’s Josina Anderson, Browner said he’s telling his teammates to go after Sherman’s injured elbow and shoulder.

“At the end of the day, this is about the Super Bowl. I’€™m gonna tell my teammates ‘€˜go hit that elbow, go hit that shoulder,”€ Browner said. “€œHit it, yeah. Try to break it if you can. You can be my best friend after the game but, at the end of the day, I know you want the Super Bowl just as bad as I do.”

Browner wasn’t able to play in last year’s Super Bowl game as a member of the Seahawks, as he was suspended for violating the NFL’s performance enhancing drugs.

“That is probably one of the toughest things I have ever had to deal with,” Browner said. “I had family over, we watched the game, celebrated the game and what not. I actually watched the game upstairs by myself.”

“It sucked. It was the worst feeling ever,” he added. “Watching those guys, and I could hear my family cheering for my teammates — that was tough for me because I wanted to be the one they were cheering for and give them something special. Cousins, my mom, son, people who have a relative playing in the Super Bowl.”

The Patriots cornerback got even more motivation to make it back to the big game after President Obama left him out of the Legion of Boom when the team visited the White House.

“That was tough for me,” Browner said. “[Seahawks head coach] Pete Carroll is such a great guy, and once he had seen that he looked back at me. We have a photo. As soon as [Obama] said that, we made eye contact and that was pretty much what I needed to settle me, to be like ‘as long as my coach understands how much those guys meant to me then I’€™m good.'”

“The promise I made to myself was to get back here to shake the president’€™s hand,” Browner added. “And let him know who I am a little bit.”

Browner was suspended for the first four games of this season, and then didn’t play the next two, but in his nine games in the regular season he recorded 20 tackles and an interception, while playing a major role in the New England secondary.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Patriots DE Chandler Jones spoke about he doesn't really have a problem "avoiding the noise" about "Deflate-gate" since he doesn't watch ESPN or the news, but prefers cartoons like Family Guy. He also talked about the time he played the Seahawks in his rookie year. Although the teams are different, Jones will likely line up opposite Russell Okung, and try to tackle Marshawn Lynch. Keeping contain on Russell Wilson will be important for Jones and Rob Ninkovich.

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PHOENIX — Prior to the Patriots departing for Arizona on Monday, the team held a rally in City Hall Plaza in front of hundreds of fans.

Owner Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick and several players addressed the crowd starting with Kraft.

Robert Kraft said Bill Belichick is the best coach in the NFL at Monday's sendoff. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Robert Kraft said Bill Belichick is the best coach in the NFL at Monday’s sendoff. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

PHOENIX — Prior to the Patriots departing for Arizona on Monday, the team held a rally in City Hall Plaza in front of hundreds of fans.

Owner Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick and several players addressed the crowd starting with Kraft.

“It’s now my pleasure to introduce the coach, who does his job better than anyone, the best coach in the NFL, Bill Belichick,” Kraft said before Belichick took the microphone.

The players who took the microphone offered words of encouragement for the fans, who have supported the team all year long.

“We have the greatest fans of all of football,” said Vince Wilfork. “That is one of the reasons why we play for our city and our organization. We love every bit of it, hopefully we have one more in the tank to finish it off the right way.”

Tom Brady will be playing in his sixth Super Bowl this week and told the fans they will need their support back home.

“I couldn’t be more excited,” Brady said. “It’s an unbelievable accomplishment for our team. It’s been a long ride. It started about nine months ago down in Foxboro and the win last weekend was awfully sweet. To do it in front of our crowd and the best fans in America, we’re going to represent you guys in Arizona as best we possibly can all season. Thank you guys for all your support. We’ll be needing you next Sunday night.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Chandler Jones

Chandler Jones

Patriots defensive lineman Chandler Jones joined Middays with MFB on Monday to discuss the Super Bowl and Deflategate. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

Jones discussed preparing for the Super Bowl with the Deflategate controversy dominating the media.

“During a week like this I try to just avoid it all,” Jones said. “I really, honestly, I really don’t care, I just want to play. I’m really focused on Seattle, I’m focused on my matchups, who I’m going against.”

Added Jones: “That just goes back to ignoring the noise. … At the end of the day, we all have a job and we have to do it.”

Jones had high praise for Seattle’s two biggest offensive weapons, running back Marshawn Lynch and quarterback Russell Wilson.

Marshawn Lynch is a guy that, I mean, if you let him he can run over your whole defense,” Jones said. “And then you have a guy like Russell Wilson and if you let him, he can juke out your whole defense and make big plays. So it’s our job as a defense to hopefully contain those guys.”

Jones added: “This is a quarterback-driven team, this is a quarterback-driven league, obviously. If you can contain the quarterback you can hopefully contain the scoreboard.”

Jones likely will spend much of the Super Bowl lined up against Seahawks tackle Russell Okung.

“I had a little success against him my rookie year and hopefully I can again on Sunday,” Jones said, adding “He’s a guy that’s very strong. He’s very strong on the running game. He has very strong hands, and he’s also a guy that’s long. When you have a guy that’s kind of a long and athletic body type, it’s kind of harder to get around.”

Added Jones: “For this week, we’re just kind of working hard and trying to polish up things so hopefully we can be successful on Sunday.”

For more Patriots news, visit the team page at weei.com/patriots.

Blog Author: 
Nik Beimler

Patriots receiver Julian Edelman joined Middays with MFB on Monday to discuss the Super Bowl and offer a few comments on Deflategate.

Patriots receiver Julian Edelman joined Middays with MFB on Monday to discuss the Super Bowl and offer a few comments on Deflategate. To hear the interview, go to the Middays with MFB audio on demand page.

“Seattle’s secondary is ferocious back there, they cover a lot of ground, they’re all big,” Edelman said. “You know, they play in their scheme, they’re hard-coached. It’s definitely gonna be a battle, and, you know, we’re going to have to bring our A-game to compete with these guys.”

Edelman doesn’t expect Seattle’s injured defensive players, including corner Richard Sherman and safety Kam Chancellor, to affect the game.

“Everyone’s sore. … You expect nothing but their best because this is the last game of the year,” Edelman said. “So you know they’re gonna be fired up, they’re gonna be prepared, they’re gonna be ready to go.”

When asked about preparing for the Super Bowl, Edelman added: “You really just go in, you’re managing your expectations, being level-minded, you know, focusing on your fundamentals, finishing. … Just going out there and trying to do whatever you can each and every day to prepare for this game.”

Edelman discussed the importance of maintaining control of the football for the Pats.

“(Belichick) will tell you, if you’re carrying that ball, you’re carrying the fate of every single person in the organization, from the marketing guy to the ball boy to the coach, to anyone,” Edelman said. “So the ball is the most important thing on the field.”

Edelman also briefly talked about the Deflategate controversy.

“It’s over with, we’ve moved on, and we’re looking forward to getting ready and preparing for the Seattle Seahawks,” Edelman said. “… We’re not going out there to try to prove anyone wrong, we’re going out there for each other.”

For more Patriots news, visit the team page at weei.com/patriots.

Blog Author: 
Nik Beimler
Marty Hurney

Marty Hurney

Former Panthers general manager and current ESPN Radio host Marty Hurney joined Middays with MFB on Monday to discuss Deflategate and his history dealing with the Patriots. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

Hurney, who ran the Panthers during their loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl 38 in 2004, discussed his recent comments on ESPN questioning the Pats‘ history with rule-breaking. He got some attention after bringing up unsubstantiated allegations about the Patriots taping a Panthers practice leading up to that Super Bowl.

“If it was anybody but the Patriots, it wouldn’t have been this big a story,” Hurney said of Deflategate. “My point was there are a lot of rumors around the league from 2001 to 2007. And you’re right, you know what? The Patriots won that game; we lost it. There’s a lot of things we could have done to win that game.

“And one of the bad things that I don’t like about what I said was it comes out and makes me sounds like I’m a sore loser. I’m the last guy that wants to take accomplishments away from players and coaches because I know how hard it is to win the game. You look at the Patriots, they have pretty much of a shoo-in of a Hall of Fame coach and Hall of Fame quarterback. I wasn’t trying to take anything away from that.

“I guess what I’m saying is when these things come up they raise questions that normally wouldn’t be raised.”

 

Added Hurney: “Before this Deflategate thing you would say, hey, Bill Belichick is a detail guy, he’s a good coach, he enforces it every day, it’s a product of good coaching. And that’s still the reason. But human nature, when you connect the two to Deflategate and then those statistics, human nature makes you just ask the question.”

Hurney insists that his comments were overblown and, ‘I never accused the Patriots of everything, but when something happens …”

Said Hurney: “I’m not trying to say, ‘Hey, everybody else is good and the Patriots are the evil empire.’ I’m not saying that. But what I am saying is that when this came up again and there were rumors over a period of time, you start to say, ‘Hey, is this a pattern of behavior?’ ”

Hurney said the Panthers’ close loss to New England in that Super Bowl still leaves him frustrated.

“That’s why you’re in this league, to win a Super Bowl, And when you come that close, you think about it all the time,” he said.

Asked about whispers he heard about possible Patriots’ misdeeds, Hurney said: “There were a lot of rumors, OK, but what you have to ask yourself is when a team’s successful, you know that’s one of the byproducts that you have, whether it’s envy or jealously, whatever it is, you have to be careful. That’s why there are rumors.”

Added Hurney: “I think when you’re successful like the Patriots are, a certain amount of that comes. And that’s why I was very careful to say it’s just rumors and allegations. And I understand that I come off as a guy that, ‘Hey, he’s just a sore loser, he can’t handle it.’ But there were a lot of rumors just about things that the Patriots might do — the communications, a lot of different things. I’m not saying they were true at all.”

Hurney was complimentary of Bill Belichick’s Saturday press conference, in which the Patriots coach defended his team and organization.

“When Bill Belichick got up and said — and this is paraphrasing, but basically said,  ‘We abided 100 percent by the rules for many years.’ I needed to hear that. I was glad he said that. And I believe that. Until proven otherwise, I believed him,” Hurney said. “I like the way he got up Saturday and addressed that and addressed the issue.”

Added Hurney: “I think that was a big help, to get up there and speak the way he did. … You could hear the passion in his voice. I thought that was an excellent press conference.”

Hurney added his desire to put Deflategate aside and focus on what is shaping up to be an appealing game.

“I want to talk about the game, I want to talk about football. I don’t like talking about these type of things,” Hurney said, adding: “This is one of the best matchups in the Super Bowl I can think about for years, because these really are the two teams that you look at as the gold standard right now in the National Football League. So that’s what we should all be concentrating on at this point.”

For more Patriots news, visit the team page at weei.com/patriots.

Blog Author: 
Nik Beimler

PHOENIX — Following their Super Bowl send-off rally at City Hall Plaza at 11 a.m., the Patriots will depart for Arizona to join the Seahawks out West in preparation for