PHOENIX — Another passing hour, and another development with Deflategate.

PHOENIX — Another passing hour, and another development with Deflategate.

According to Pro Football Talk, there is video surveillance from Gillette Stadium that shows an employee taking two bags of footballs into the bathroom on the way to the field for 90 seconds prior to the AFC championship. The source says 12 were the Colts’ and 12 were the Patriots’. Finally, the source adds the video was discovered by the Patriots and turned over to the NFL early in their investigation.

This comes after earlier in the day a Fox Sports report said the NFL is looking into a Patriots’ locker room attendant.

Robert Kraft made a strong statement earlier in the night when he maintained the Patriots did nothing wrong, and expects an apology from the league if they find the team had was indeed innocent.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

CHANDLER, Ariz.

Devin McCourty is no stranger to facing Russell WIlson. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Devin McCourty is no stranger to facing Russell Wilson. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

PHOENIX — Sunday’s Super Bowl won’t be the first time Patriots safety Devin McCourty will be in a secondary opposing Russell Wilson at quarterback.

Besides when the two faced each other in 2012 in the NFL, the pair faced off when they were in college in the 2008 Papa John’s.com bowl — a game in which McCourty’s Rutgers’ Scarlet Knights team got the best of Wilson’s NC State Wolfpack, 29-23. Wilson was injured in the second half of the game and would later transfer to Wisconsin.

Having weeks to prepare for the game, McCourty watched a lot of film on Wilson and liked what we saw even then.

“I played him in college, so I always thought he was a really, really good quarterback,” McCourty said. “He kind of ate us up in college, so watching him, to me the amazing part is to see, you know, what we saw in college, him being able to still do it at a high level in the NFL. With staying in the pocket and throwing some balls deep down the field in spots that only the receiver can get it, and then also having the ability when a play breaks down to make three guys miss and then find a wide open guy.

“Usually when you do that in college the first thing they tell you is when you get to the NFL, everyone’€™s bigger, stronger, faster, you won’€™t be able to do that, and he still is able to do that. Watching him, I still see some of the great things he did in college, he does in the NFL.’€

Wilson threw for 3,475 yards and 20 touchdowns this season, while also running for 849 yards and six touchdowns, making him a tough quarterback to prepare for.

“A lot of things he does I don’€™t think any team in this league has a guy that can show you that in practice,” said McCourty. “You don’€™t have Russell Wilson in your locker room to practice against. I don’€™t care what quarterback you have on your roster. You can’€™t practice against it. So, a little bit of it is once you get out there in the game, realizing how fast he is or how deep he can throw the ball, all those things you won’€™t see until you get out there and you play against him. So I don’€™t know if it’€™s as much in the right place at the right time, but I think it’€™s more just his playmaking ability.”

This will be McCourty’s second Super Bowl, but in his five years in the league, he’s played in four AFC championship games, so he has the big game experience. Even with the big game experience, McCourty is very excited to be in Arizona and enjoy everything associated with playing in the Super Bowl.

“It’€™s great,” he said. “I think that’€™s why we all play the game. It’€™s a dream come true to play in this game, and to finally be here, it makes it even more real. Now we’€™re here. We’€™ll kick off practice Wednesday and start really zeroing in, but like I tell all the guys, enjoy the moment, enjoy the experiences, but, being in Arizona, nice weather, no complaints here.’€

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Bill Belichick speaks Monday at the team headquarters in Chandler, Ariz. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Bill Belichick speaks Monday at the team headquarters in Chandler, Ariz. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

CHANDLER, Ariz. — After Robert Kraft took to the podium to give him a passionate and defiant vote of confidence, Bill Belichick said Monday he’s not talking about Deflategate anymore.

“I’€™m totally focused on Seattle,” Belichick said in his first press conference at the team’s Super Bowl headquarters at the Wild Horse Sheraton in Chandler. “That’€™s it. I’€™m totally focused on preparing our football team for the Seattle Seahawks. One hundred percent.

“Right now, the only thing I’€™m focused on is the Seattle Seahawks. That’€™s what we’€™re going to talk about. I’€™ve discussed everything else at length and there will be another point in time for it. But this week, it’€™s all about the Seattle Seahawks.”

Belichick was asked several times early in the press conference about Kraft’s statement and whether his position on the matter has changed in light of the Jay Glazer report Monday afternoon that the NFL is focusing its investigation on an equipment staffer in the Patriots locker room.

“I appreciate the question,” Belichick said. “I’€™ve spent, as you know, quite a bit of time. I’€™ve had two lengthy press conferences about that. My attention is totally turned now and focused on the Seattle Seahawks and our game Sunday, and that’€™s where it’€™s going to stay for this week.

“I appreciate the questions, but I’€™ve covered everything that I can cover in the previous week and my attention is focused on the Seattle Seahawks. Our job is to get ready to play this game Sunday and that’€™s where it’€™s going to be from here on out.”

As for the support of Kraft, Belichick recalled his first days with the organization in 2000, when the Patriots owner executed a trade with the Jets that would change the course of both franchises.

“I have a great relationship with Mr. Kraft,” Belichick said. “I really appreciate the opportunity every day to coach the New England Patriots. Mr. Kraft gave up quite a bit in order to work out the trade, basically that’€™s what it was, for me to be part of this organization after I resigned from the Jets. I’€™ll be forever indebted to him for that and the support that he and his family and his staff have given me as the football- to coach the football team has been tremendous. We have a great personal relationship and a very professional relationship.”

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

PHOENIX — Although much of Tom Brady‘s 17-minute press conference with the media Monday night at the team’s hotel centered around the actual football, there were some left over questions from the events of last week.

PHOENIX — Although much of Tom Brady‘s 17-minute press conference with the media Monday night at the team’s hotel centered around the actual football, there were some left over questions from the events of last week.

Brady, like Bill Belichick, is moving on.

“I have moved forward and past those initial feelings,” said Brady. “It’s all part of the process, so I have let those things behind and I want to move forward because that is what the team expects of me. I think we’ve dealt with a lot of adversity this season and we have to deal with some more. We just have to keep fighting and hopefully we can go out and get a win. That would be the most satisfying thing at the end of the week.”

Earlier in the day on Dennis & Callahan, Brady said his “feelings were hurt,” but now he’s moving on and his attention as all towards the Seahawks and Sunday’s Super Bowl.

Before traveling to Arizona the Patriots had a sendoff at City Hall Plaza. Brady said seeing the support of the fans was great, and he’s happy to be out in Arizona now to prepare for the game.

“It was fun today leaving Boston to see the support we got there — I think all the guys were pretty fired up,” said Brady. “I said earlier I thought we had a couple of great days of preparation in Foxboro and just to get here to the site is great. Obviously the turnout here is great. There is nothing like it. It will be a fun week. I am excited for the challenge. It is a big challenge for us. Hopefully we can focus on all the important things, eliminate as many distractions as possible and go out there and play a great game.”

Before Belichick and Brady took to the podium, owner Robert Kraft had some pretty strong remarks towards the NFL. Although Brady didn’t here the comments, he is grateful to play for Kraft and considers him family.

“We have a very special relationship,” Brady said. “I have been fortunate to play for 15 years. It’s a privilege to play for this team. Mr. Kraft, Jonathan, they are family to me and I would love to go out and play my tail off and play the best I can to try and win a Super Bowl for them.”

More to come from Brady later…

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

PHOENIX — Robert Kraft came out swinging on Monday night, defending the reputation of the Patriots in the wake of Deflategate and adding that if the NFL doesn’t find New England guilty of tampering with footballs, he would expect a full apology from the league.

Robert Kraft

Robert Kraft

PHOENIX — Robert Kraft came out swinging on Monday night, defending the reputation of the Patriots in the wake of Deflategate and adding that if the NFL doesn’t find New England guilty of tampering with footballs, he would expect a full apology from the league.

The owner, speaking prior to coach Bill Belichick at media availability at their team hotel, said he is “confident” that the league will exonerate the team.

“I am confident that this investigation will uncover whatever the facts that took place last Sunday,” Kraft said of the probe that the NFL has undertaken.

More to come…

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Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

PHOENIX ‘€“ Brandon Browner believes the Patriots should attack the injured elbow of Seahawks corner Richard Sherman and the injured shoulder of safety Earl