6. Roger Goodell lied again when he said he’s spoken to the Krafts and everyone has “moved on” from Deflategate.
Mr. Kraft may have accepted the fact he had no legal options available when he capitulated at the NFL owners’ meetings last summer. But it’s clear now he expected some sort of consideration for standing down and based on what he told fans at the team draft party, is still ripped.
“I have been in constant communication with Tom over the past 16 months and we’ve had numerous conversations this past week,” Kraft said Friday night at a Gillette Stadium draft party. “We are both on the same page and he knows exactly where my allegiances, and the total team’s [allegiances] are, relative to the extremely unfair discipline that he has been subjected to. I share in our fans’ anger and frustration with the penalties the league has levied, and the entire process and how it was conducted. But please trust that I am always trying to do what I believe is best for this franchise, and pledge that I will always continue to do that.”
Those comments plus the fact Mr. Kraft was snugging with Brady at Gisele’s book party make it pretty clear who’s side he’s on and the fact that the team has not “moved on” one iota.
5. They drafted a pretty unique guy in Malcolm Mitchell.
It’s not every year you draft a kid who had a feature done on him by that “CBS Sunday Morning” show that usually devotes segments to cellists or videos of migrating birds. But Mitchell was profiled last year because … he joined a book club for middle-aged ladies.
I’m not about to suggest that because Mitchell comes across as such decent, high-character guy, that’s going to translate into a great career. Being able to relate read all of the “Hunger Games” in two days and relate to housewives is great and all. But it doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll know when to stem off his route against MOFO coverage or hang onto a ball in traffic. But given this team’s recent history, it’s a safe bet that a suburban book club member is way less likely to go on a murder spree than someone who came out of U. of Florida with character concerns.
4. Nobody works a draft board like Bill Belichick.
Trying to carefully chart how Belichick maneuvers his way up and down the draft board is like doing your taxes by yourself. There are just too many numbers to track, too many decisions to try to justify. It’s best to just ignore the minutiae, let the details wash over you and just ask somebody who understands it all how much you’re getting back. Except this draft, buried in the avalanche of deals, this little gem was hidden:
— The Pats traded picks No. 147 and 243 to Seattle for pick No. 225 and fourth-rounder in 2017.
That’s significant because Roger Goodell’s illegal search and seizure took the Patriots’ fourth-round pick next year. Or, to put it more accurately, the higher of whatever fourth-round pick they have. By trading that fifth-rounder (No. 147) he not only moves up a round, he assures they’ll have one. And given that it’s Seattle, it will likely be around the back end of the round, right around where the Patriots’ will be. Genius.
3. The Patriots had the same draft crush I did.
Injured Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith was the one elite prospect I hoped might fall to within the Patriots’ grasp. I was wrong. He went off the board earlier than expected, when Dallas took him at No. 34. The Pats immediately then moved their second overall pick, and the dream was dead.
2. They’re willing to consider a change of quarterbacking philosophy.
Not since the dark days before the Bradichick Dynasty have the Patriots taken a quarterback like Jacoby Brissett. I have no idea whether or not the kid can be an NFL quarterback. But what any one minute of his tape will tell you is that he is not the traditional pocket QB they’ve always gravitated toward. I defy you to find more than a handful of 3, 5, and 7-step drops on his game film. I’m sure he’s capable of it. But most of his plays seem to come from moving outside the pocket and throwing on the run or pulling the ball down and gaining yards with his feet. Maybe it’s a reflection of management acknowledging the game is changing and the time of the mobile quarterback is upon us. Regardless, watching Brissett will be one of the most intriguing subplots of the preseason.
1. Kevin Faulk is still clutch.
Even in retirement, Faulk proves he’s still the guy you look to to make a huge play in a tight spot.
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MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Cubs at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Hawks at Cavaliers, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Thunder at Spurs, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Capitals at Penguins, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
AROUND THE WEB:
— A week and a half after ESPN fired Curt Schilling, the network ran a documentary Sunday about the Red Sox’ memorable comeback against the Yankees in the 2004 American League Championship Series, and Schilling’s heroics in Game 6 were conspicuously absent. The network edited out Schilling’s bloody sock game, claiming it was due to time constraints.
Not surprisingly, Schilling didn’t take kindly to his former employer’s latest slap in the face, and he used the network’s slanted coverage of the Patriots’ Deflategate controversy and Tom Brady to make his point.
Tweeted Schilling Sunday night: Wow, full one year complete fabrication to defame greatest QB, now omitting about 4 hours of a game I think I played in. Hmm #integritymuch?
Added Schilling later: Btw, please don’t make me victim. You saw it, I lived it, still got the ring. This is what happens when you embarrass powerful people. And … Nothing more. It’s why we are where we are at as a people and as a nation. Time to change that #standup
Schilling, who has the hashtag #ESPNLIES alongside a quote on his Twitter bio, also noted that he liked the hashtag #boycottespn offered by another tweeter.
ESPN’s public relations department released a statement explaining that a softball game earlier in the day went over its time slot, forcing the editing of the 30 for 30 documentary “Four Days in October” prior to Sunday night’s Red Sox-Yankees game.
“When a live event runs long, it’s standard procedure to shorten a taped program that follows,” the statement read. “In this case, we needed to edit out one of the film’s four segments to account for the extra length of the softball game.”
Orpik, a former Boston College star who played 11 seasons for the Penguins before leaving as a free agent after the 2013-14 season, was called for interference for the hit, which came well after Maata fired a shot from the left side early in the first period. Maata was woozy after the hit and did not return to the game.
Director of player safety Patrick Burke called the hit “forceful, unacceptably high and excessively late,” and added, “No player should reasonably expect to be hit at this time and in this manner.”
Capitals coach Barry Trotz defended his player, saying Opik thought the puck was coming back toward him.
“He just finished on a hit,” Trotz said. “There’s a little size difference, and I think Maata was leaning over a little bit.”
Penguins coach Mike Sullivan, whose team hosts Game 3 on Monday night after tying the series with a 2-1 win in Game 2, wasn’t as understanding.
“I thought it was a late hit,” Sullivan said. “I thought it was a target to his head. I think it’s the type of hit that everyone in hockey is trying to remove from the game.”
“It just depends how his week goes,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said, adding that the chances are “pretty slim” Curry would rush back for Tuesday’s Game 2.
Curry has been back on the court, doing light shooting without movement as he recovers from the sprained MCL he suffered when he slipped on a wet spot during a first-round playoff game against the Rockets.
Golden State won Sunday’s Game 1 handily, and even before that game Blazers coach Terry Stotts noted the challenge his team faces should Curry return.
“They’re a great team without Steph. They’re a historically great team with him,” Stotts said. “They have a style of play, they have an identity. Everybody understands their roles. They do what they do well. They’re an exceptional team with Steph and what he can bring to the table, but I think the last six quarters showed how good they are without him as well.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 2, 1995, the Red Sox posted an 8-0 victory over the Yankees. The runs came on a pair of grand slams by John Valentin and Mo Vaughn, who previously were college teammates at which Big East school?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We got the monkey off our back, more than anything, from these past couple of years. It just feels good to get that off.” — Raptors forward DeMar DeRozan, after his team held off the Pacers in Sunday’s Game 7 and won a best-of-seven playoff series for the first time in franchise history
STAT OF THE DAY: 4-0 — Red Sox ace David Price’s record after Sunday’s 8-7 victory over the Yankees, as he again picked up a win despite struggling, this time allowing six runs in seven innings
Mike Petraglia joins Christian Arcand to talk about Cyrus Jones, Jacoby Brissett, and how the Pats will fare if Jimmy G starts the first 4 games.
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Giardi and Bradford discuss the state of the Red Sox after one month of the 2016 season. Rob thinks that the team has performed well and maybe better than fans thought they would, but Mike isn't really impressed. They discuss the Hanley factor, Rick Porcello's awesome performance thus far and more.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price continue discussing the outcome of the NFL Draft for the Patriots.
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