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Bag of Tricks: Patriots' defense has spent season secretly stashing takeaways ...

Christopher Price  |  01/29/2015 - 9:15pm EST

CHANDLER, Ariz. — The secret to the success of the Patriots’ defense in 2014? It’s in the bag. Since the start of the regular season, the New England defense has maintained a turnover bag, where footballs that have been accumulated over the course of the year have piled up. A sack of footballs — actually, two bags full, right now, reside in a defensive meeting room at Gillette Stadium — souvenirs of a memorable year for the Patriots defense. “Interceptions, fumbles,” explained Brandon Browner recently. “They all go into the bag. “Right now, we have two bags,” he said with a smile. “Hopefully, we can get a few [more].” The idea for the bag was introduced at the start of the ...

Tackling the subject that could decide Super Bowl 49, YAC-ity YAC

John Tomase  |  01/29/2015 - 9:13pm EST

PHOENIX – Seahawks linebackers coach Ken Norton can reduce Super Bowl 49 to the essential battle that may very well decide the game. "What we do really well is tackle," he said. "What they do really well is break tackles." They call Seattle's secondary the Legion of Boom for a reason, and it's not just because of tight coverage. The Seahawks' persona is as much about what happens after they allow an opposing reception as when they prevent one. Safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas are heat-seeking missiles, and linebackers like Bobby Wagner can fly, too. They swarm the ball and have one mission when someone's running with it – bring him down. "That's definitely where the game will be decided," said ...

How Bill Belichick goes all Papa Bear for his players

Mike Petraglia  |  01/29/2015 - 6:28am EST

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Maybe Tom Brady was wrong about Bill Belichick. For years, Brady has insisted that what he appreciates the most about his head coach is how he is basically the same coach he played for when breaking into the NFL in 2000. "Coach has pretty much always been the same," Brady said just last week when asked about his relationship with Belichick over the years. "He's just consistent." But, on the brink of his sixth Super Bowl, there's another quality that stands out to many other veterans on the team with the Belichick experience - adaptability. "I would say the biggest thing is that he is more appreciative of what we do as players," Matthew Slater told me Wednesday. "He has been incredibly ...

From Needham to Middlebury to the NFL for Seattle kicker Steven Hauschka

John Tomase  |  01/29/2015 - 12:52am EST

PHOENIX – Steven Hauschka was born in Needham to a dentist mom and scientist dad. He graduated from Div. III Middlebury College in 2007 with a degree in neuroscience and earned acceptance to Tufts Dental School. So far, so good, right? The New England Small College Athletic Conference churns out scores of grads with similar backgrounds and career ambitions annually. At this point in the story, Hauschka's tale is entirely unremarkable. But then he decided to give another job a try. And seven years later, Hauschka finds himself atop a profession that may never appear on another NESCAC employment survey, ever. Despite not kicking a football until his sophomore year of college, Hauschka is one of the most important members of the Seattle ...

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01/14/2015 - 12:30pm

We don't know if the end result of the puzzle will be better or worse. But we do know the pieces will be a whole bunch different. From Day 1 of that 2013 championship season, the Red Sox hung their hats on a clubhouse that jumped on the same page in spring training and remained there until the trophy was hoisted. Talented? Yes. The most talented? ... more »

01/29/2015 - 9:13pm

PHOENIX – Seahawks linebackers coach Ken Norton can reduce Super Bowl 49 to the essential battle that may very well decide the game. "What we do really well is tackle," he said. "What they do really well is break tackles." They call Seattle's secondary the Legion of Boom for a reason, and it's not just because of tight ... more »

01/29/2015 - 9:15pm

CHANDLER, Ariz. — The secret to the success of the Patriots’ defense in 2014? It’s in the bag. Since the start of the regular season, the New England defense has maintained a turnover bag, where footballs that have been accumulated over the course of the year have piled up. A sack of footballs — actually, two bags full, right ... more »

01/28/2015 - 8:56pm

In the games leading up to the All-Star break, the Bruins were playing their best hockey of the season. Given the way their season has gone, that didn’t necessarily require much. Now comes the real test, as the Bruins will spend the next month finding out whether their improved play and more complete roster will allow them to continue to climb in ... more »

01/28/2015 - 11:34pm

"Tom Brady will never win another MVP. He's never going to play in another Super Bowl in New England. His best days are gone, and the days at a level right below his best days are gone. There will be flashes of the old form, but those will be outnumbered by what we've seen the last year and a half. It's only going to get worse for Brady and the ... more »

01/29/2015 - 6:28am

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Maybe Tom Brady was wrong about Bill Belichick. For years, Brady has insisted that what he appreciates the most about his head coach is how he is basically the same coach he played for when breaking into the NFL in 2000. "Coach has pretty much always been the same," Brady said just last week when asked about his ... more »

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Jason McCourty answers the questions brother Devin won't 1-29-15

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Mike Tirico joins the show to preview the Super Bowl

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Herm Edwards Previews the Super Bowl

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We Love Anthony Daivs - NBA Mid-Season Awards

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