Sunday’s 26-10 win over the Rams was a milestone win for Tom Brady, as it was win No. 201, which allowed Brady to pass Peyton Manning for the most all-time among NFL quarterbacks.

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

Sunday’s 26-10 win over the Rams was a milestone win for Tom Brady, as it was win No. 201, which passed Peyton Manning for the most all-time among NFL quarterbacks.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft presented him the game ball afterwards in the locker room and Brady said many of his friends and former teammates reached out to him.

On Westwood One’s pregame show for Monday Night Football, Jim Gray asked Brady if a few high profile people reached out to him, including Roger Goodell.

“I got that question earlier today [on Kirk & Callahan] and no, but I wouldn’t expect that anyway, so that’s fine,” Brady said. “He probably has plenty of other important things as well.”

What about President Barack Obama?

“No, I didn’t,” Brady said. “But that is OK. He has plenty of over things to worry about that are far more important than this.”

President-elect Donald Trump?

“Nope,” Brady said. “I’m sure he has plenty of other things to worry about as well.”

The Patriots quarterback was also asked what setting the record meant to him, but he didn’t want to discuss it much and defected the praise. Gray asked Brady why he’s so hesitant to reflect on what he’s accomplished.

“I think I am still on a journey,” Brady said. “I never thought about the wins I would have, or Super Bowls. I just always tried to do the best I could do. The motivation I have is trying to be the best that I can be every day for as long as I choose to keep playing. My motivations are different. Certainly, I am proud of everything that has been accomplished over the course of my career and I am proud of what my team has been able to accomplish, but I also feel there is a lot more to accomplish.

“I’m still kind of walking that path and maybe one day I will sit back and think about all these incredible things that have happened, but right now is not the time.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Julian Edelman

Julian Edelman

Targets have been compiled by the NFL since the start of the 2009 season, and while it remains a vaguely imperfect stat — a badly thrown ball from a quarterback can often go against the record of the receiver as opposed to the quarterback — it remains a good indication of the confidence level a passer or coach might have in said pass catcher. With all that in mind, here’s a look at the target breakdown through the first 12 games of the regular season.

WR Julian Edelman: 72 catches on 112 targets (64 percent)
RB James White: 47 catches on 66 targets (71 percent)
TE Martellus Bennett: 44 catches on 58 targets (76 percent)
WR Chris Hogan: 27 catches on 40 targets (68 percent)
TE Rob Gronkowski: 25 catches on 38 targets (66 percent)
WR Malcolm Mitchell: 24 catches on 37 targets (65 percent)
WR Danny Amendola: 23 catches on 29 targets (79 percent)
RB Dion Lewis: 11 catches on 17 targets (65 percent)
RB LeGarrette Blount: 6 catches on 7 targets (86 percent)
RB Brandon Bolden: 2 catches on 4 targets (50 percent)
FB James Develin: 1 catch on 3 targets (33 percent)
RB D.J. Foster: 1 catch on 2 targets (50 percent)
QB Jimmy Garoppolo: 1 catch on 1 target (100 percent)
WR Matthew Slater: 0 catches on 1 target (0 percent)

Breakdown of targets by position
Wide Receiver: 146 catches on 219 targets (67 percent)
Running Back: 68 catches on 99 targets (69 percent)\
Tight End: 69 catches on 98 targets (70 percent)
Quarterback: 1 catch on 1 target (100 percent)

By way of comparison, here’s a look at how the targets broke down through 12 games last year.

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

Tom Brady and Joe Flacco have had some memorable duels over the years.</p>
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Sunday was a special win for the Patriots and Tom Brady.

So special that owner Robert Kraft recognized an individual player in the locker room following the 26-10 win over the Rams, as it was win No. 201 for Brady, passing Peyton Manning for most wins by a quarterback in NFL history.

“We don’t usually recognize individual achievements — our team is so important — but when you break a record that in the 90-odd year history of the NFL, you win 201 games, which no other quarterback has done, I think our quarterback deserves it,” Kraft said to the team before handing him the game ball.

Thanks to Patriots.com for the video.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined Dale & Holley on Monday to reflect back on the 2001 Super Bowl champion team, which was honored over the weekend by the Patriots, among other things.

Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick

Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined Dale & Holley on Monday to reflect back on the 2001 Super Bowl champion team, which was honored over the weekend by the Patriots, among other things. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.

The Patriots haven’t been the only dominant team in Boston in the past decade and Belichick discussed how special it’s been to coach in a town during the run of championships where each team is supportive of one another.

“It’s been great to be in Boston to be part of all the championship seasons, certainly ours, that goes without saying,” Belichick said. “The Red Sox with Terry Francona and those guys, the Bruins and Claude [Julien], Doc [Rivers] and the Celtics, the Boston Cannons and Paul Rabil, BC hockey and Jerry York. As much as it’s been professional, the BC hockey program has been a tremendous success too. It’s fun to go to those games. It’s fun to interact with coaches on those teams.

“They support us, we support them. Brad Stevens and I talked about that at the [Bill Belichick] Foundation event in the fall. We talked quite a bit about that. It’s really special. You saw a little bit of that with Cleveland and LeBron [James] and the Cavaliers supporting the Indians, but look you’re in the same town, you have a lot of the same fans, you have a lot in common. It’s different sports, but there’s a lot of common ground there that you can enjoy together. Support each other.”

Sunday’s 26-10 win over the Rams was also a milestone win as it was No. 201 for Tom Brady, which surpassed Peyton Manning for most all-time.

On Kirk & Callahan Monday morning, Brady was asked the one that had most meaning and he said the Seahawks game in Super Bowl XLIX. Belichick didn’t completely agree.

“There’s four pretty special ones, but that Rams win in 2001, that’s up there at the top or right at the top,” he said.

Belichick and the Patriots will host the Ravens next Monday on Monday Night Football.

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Ryan Hannable

After Sunday’s win put Tom Brady first on the list for all-time quarterback victories, Brett Favre offered a congratulatory message for the New England signal-caller.

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After Sunday’s win put Tom Brady first on the list for all-time quarterback victories, Brett Favre offered a congratulatory message for the New England signal-caller.

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Christopher Price
Tom Brady averaged 1.85 seconds from snap-to-throw against the Rams. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady averaged 1.85 seconds from snap-to-throw against the Rams. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Led by Aaron Donald, the Rams have one of the best defensive lines in all of football, but it wasn’t much of an issue for Tom Brady and the Patriots offense in Sunday’s 26-10 win.

How did Brady and the Patriots off-set this?

Simple. Brady’s quick release.

By our count, Brady averaged 1.85 seconds from snap-to-throw, which was easily his fastest of the season and tied for his fastest since the start of last season when he also averaged 1.85 seconds in Week 1 against the Steelers.

It’s worth noting how many quick screens Brady threw, particularly to Malcolm Mitchell, which was a major reason for the low number. Also, the team called more quick screens than in past weeks as well.

“You’re right, there were probably a lot [of screen plays] today. I wish we – there were a lot of plays I thought we left out there,” Brady said after the game. “I thought there were a lot of plays we could have done a better job of finishing drives. I would have liked to put more points on the board than we did, but it was a good win.”

When taking less than two seconds from snap-to-throw, Brady was 24-for-29, which means 24 of his 33 completions took under two seconds from snap-to-throw. For the year, the quarterback has a 85 percent (128-for-151) completion percentage when taking less than two seconds.

With the Ravens coming to town, it would seem his release time would ideally be just as low next week.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable