Tom Brady

Tom Brady

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on Kirk & Callahan Monday morning to discuss Saturday’s win over the Texans and also to look ahead to Sunday’s AFC championship game against the Steelers. To hear the interview, visit the K&C audio on demand page.

The Patriots beat the Texans 34-16 on Saturday night, but it wasn’t one of the better performances of the season. Brady threw two interceptions and had his lowest completion percentage ever in a playoff game at 47 percent. (He took responsibility for his first interception when he led Michael Floyd too far.)

“Yeah, I said after the game the overall execution just wasn’t as good as we would have liked,” Brady said. “There were a lot of good plays that were made and there were plenty of bad ones. It was just inconsistent by us. We’ll talk about that pretty much all week. We’ll try and play a lot better against Pittsburgh next week.”

The quarterback said he stayed up to watch all of the Steelers-Chiefs game Sunday night and knows it will be a tough game Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

“Yeah, I did. I wanted to watch the end of it,” he said. “It was a good game. It was two  hard-nosed, tough football teams that battled all the way to the end. It was a good game. I think that is what you expect this coming week. I feel like we are a tough, hard-nosed football team. Certainly, we know the Steelers are. They have a lot of tough guys. They run the ball well. Ben [Roethlisberger] is an incredible player. They have a lot of good skill players and they’ve always had a great defense. It’s going to be a tough game.”

On Saturday night, Seattle safety Earl Thomas and former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis went after Brady on Twitter. This didn’t seem to bother the quarterback.

“I don’t think I have ever been one to say anything negative about anybody,” he said. “That’s just not my personality. I love Earl. He is a helluva player. I wish him the best in his recovery.”

“We had a lot of battles with Ray on the field,” Brady added on Lewis. “I would love to make sure the officials are paying close attention because if we can get one of those 15-yard penalties, those are important.”

Last week, Bleacher Report had an in-depth feature on the quarterback looking at what he does to play at the level he is at age 39. His diet was mentioned and Brady discussed that at length, saying he’s not a vegan.

“I am not 100 percent vegan,” Brady said. “I probably eat a lot of vegan meals, but if someone asked me if I am a vegan I would say no. I probably eat a lot of vegan meals.

“I don’t think I am 100 percent anything. I think there should be a little balance with what you do. If you want a cheeseburger, you should go out and eat a cheeseburger. It’s not that hard. I think once you get used to a certain way of living — like going to bed at a certain time. I don’t think it’s hard to go to bed at 9 o’clock. That’s just what you do. If you go to bed at 10:30, then it’s not that hard to go to bed at 10:30. It’s all learned behavior. After a while you learn what works and what doesn’t work and you just do more of it.”

In the NFC, the Packers will take on the Falcons in the NFC championship game and Brady has been very impressed with the way Aaron Rodgers is playing.

“He does things that no one in the league has ever done, or can do just because of his physical ability,” he said. “Some of the plays he makes are just phenomenal. I’ve seen a lot of them. Not just the throws, but the scrambles. He had one in the Giants game and some of the plays yesterday. It’s just his style of play. He’s been doing that for awhile, so I always love watching his tape, admiring what he can do because I can’t do many of those things. He’s just had an incredible season. He’s definitely on a roll so it’s going to be a hell of a game — Atlanta and Green Bay.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

With the postseason in full swing, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell typically attends one or two games per weekend.

On wild card weekend, Goodell went to Seattle for the Seahawks-Lions game. Then, this past weekend he was in Atlanta for the Falcons-Seahawks game on Saturday and Kansas City for the Steelers-Chiefs game Sunday night.

There's a chance Roger Goodell could be in Foxboro on Sunday for the AFC title game. (Joe Camporeale/USA Today Sports)

There’s a chance Roger Goodell could be in Foxboro on Sunday for the AFC title game. (Joe Camporeale/USA Today Sports)

With the postseason in full swing, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell typically attends one or two games per weekend.

On wild card weekend, Goodell went to Seattle for the Seahawks-Lions game. Then, this past weekend he was in Atlanta for the Falcons-Seahawks game on Saturday and Kansas City for the Steelers-Chiefs game Sunday night.

Now, that the conference championship games are set, Goodell could go back to Atlanta for a second straight weekend, or come to Gillette Stadium to see the Patriots take on the Steelers. Goodell hasn’t been to New England since the 2014 playoffs when Deflategate started.

Monday morning on Kirk & Callahan, Tom Brady was asked about Goodell potentially coming to Foxboro.

“He’s the commissioner, so obviously whatever he wants to do, he can do,” Brady said. “If he wants to come, that would be — yeah, he can come.”

He was then asked if he wants Goodell at the game?

“He can go wherever he wants to go,” Brady said. “Whoever is at the game is at the game.”

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Following the Steelers’ win over the Chiefs Sunday night to advance to the AFC championship game, Antonio Brown posted a Facebook Live video from the locker room.

Tom Brady reacted to Antonio Brown's Facebook Live video. (Charles LeClaire.USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady reacted to Antonio Brown’s Facebook Live video. (Charles LeClaire.USA Today Sports)

Following the Steelers’ win over the Chiefs Sunday night to advance to the AFC championship game, Antonio Brown posted a Facebook Live video from the locker room.

In the video, coach Mike Tomlin is caught saying the Patriots had a headstart on the Patriots due to their Saturday game and called them a-holes.

Monday morning on Kirk & Callahan, Brady was asked about the video, which he did not see, but was told what Brown said.

“That’s against our team policy, so I don’t think that would go over well with our coach,” Brady said.

Added Brady: “Every coach has a different style. Our coach, he’s been in the league for 42 years and he’s pretty old school. He’s not into social media and I think he lets everyone know that. I think our team has a policy, we don’t show anything that should be private because he feels when we are inside our stadium, inside the walls, there has to be a degree of privacy that we have. What’s done in the locker room should stay in the locker room.”

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Tom Brady reacted to Antonio Brown's Facebook Live video. (Charles LeClaire.USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady reacted to Antonio Brown’s Facebook Live video. (Charles LeClaire.USA Today Sports)

Following the Steelers’ win over the Chiefs Sunday night to advance to the AFC championship game, Antonio Brown posted a Facebook Live video from the locker room.

In the video, coach Mike Tomlin is caught saying the Patriots had a headstart on the Patriots due to their Saturday game and called them a-holes.

Monday morning on Kirk & Callahan, Brady was asked about the video, which he did not see, but was told what Brown said.

“That’s against our team policy, so I don’t think that would go over well with our coach,” Brady said.

Added Brady: “Every coach has a different style. Our coach, he’s been in the league for 42 years and he’s pretty old school. He’s not into social media and I think he lets everyone know that. I think our team has a policy, we don’t show anything that should be private because he feels when we are inside our stadium, inside the walls, there has to be a degree of privacy that we have. What’s done in the locker room should stay in the locker room.”

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

The week has started with a bang.

The week has started with a bang.

After Sunday’s win over the Chiefs in the AFC divisional playoffs Sunday night, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin’s postgame speech was caught on Facebook Live by wide receiver Antonio Brown. In his address to the team — roughly two minutes in — Tomlin noted that the Patriots, who won Saturday afternoon, had a jumpstart on Pittsburgh when it came to preparation.

“We spotted these [expletives] a day-and-a-half,” Tomlin could be heard telling his team. “They played [Saturday]. … We’ll be ready for their [expletive].”

Shortly after that, someone else could be heard telling players to “be cool on social media. This is about us. Nobody else.”

Check out the video here.

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Blog Author: 
Christopher Price
Aaron Rodgers celebrates the Packers' win Sunday. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

Aaron Rodgers celebrates the Packers’ win Sunday. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

1. So the NFL’s Final Four is set, with the Packers meeting the Falcons in the Georgia Dome Sunday at 3:05 p.m., and the Patriots and Steelers squaring off at 6:40 in Foxboro. In the NFC, it’ll be a four seed (Green Bay) and a two seed (Atlanta), while the No. 1 seed in the AFC (New England) will host the third seed (Pittsburgh). But more importantly, it’s simply the latest reminder that in a quarterback-driven league, if you don’t have a signal-caller who stands head-and-shoulders above the rest of the field, you’re pretty much going to be out of luck. It’s hard to look at this group of quarterbacks — Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisbeger, Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan — and not include them in some sort of combination of the NFL’s top 5 QBs, at least at this point. (What does it say about the field that the guy who now appears to be the odds’ on favorite to win the MVP has the thinnest resume of the bunch?) Anyway, keep that in mind when the next round of team-building commences shortly after the end of the postseason. (Oh, and for what it’s worth, I’d still be shocked if Roger Goodell was in Foxboro this weekend. That dude is headed straight back to Atlanta.)

2. These quotes from Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler is going to be fun to revisit this week. Prior to the October game between the two teams in Pittsburgh, Butler was interviewed for the “Coordinators Corner” podcast on the Steelers’ team website, and was asked about Brady and Belichick and if they study harder than other teams, or if they’re doing something special? “I don’t think they’re doing anything special,” Butler said via MassLive.com. “I think they do things outside the box sometimes, you know, that might be on the edge of being legal or not legal. They’ve done a couple of things in the past — putting an offensive tackle out as ineligible but he’s not really. Sometimes the emphasis by the NFL in terms of what they call and what they don’t call, [the Patriots] use that a little bit. They’ve been accused of doing a lot of things. But the thing we’ve got to do is ignore that and play.” For what it’s worth, Brady has faced the Pittsburgh defense twice since Butler took over as defensive coordinator prior to the start of the 2015 season:

9/10/15 in Foxboro: 25-for-32 for 288 yards with four touchdowns, no picks and two sacks in a 28-21 win
10/23/16 in Pittsburgh: 19-for-26 for 222 yards with two touchdowns in a 27-16 win

3. Travis Kelce wants to be Rob Gronkowski the same way that Bon Jovi wants to be Bruce Springsteen. The Kansas City tight end was underwhelming on the big stage Sunday night against the Steelers, committing a dopey penalty while finishing with five catches for 77 yards in the loss. On a night where the Chiefs needed Kelce to be a difference-maker, he and the rest of the Kansas City offense came up short. Consider this NSFW locker room video of Kelce a fitting postscript to the season:

4. The Steelers are a far more appetizing opponent for the Patriots to consider than the Chiefs for multiple reasons, not the least of which is the fact that Pittsburgh does a better job stirring the emotion in the New England fan base than Kansas City. Who can get upset with Kansas City? It’s Andy Reid in a big red jacket. Meanwhile, the Steelers are still worthy of a spot among the Patriots’ chief rivals. There’s so much terrific history to consider between these two teams. The names and faces have changed along the way, but this week promises to be a lot more fun — at least from a hype-driven perspective — than last week against the Texans.

5. We covered our feelings about Rodgers and the Packers’ wild win over the Cowboys here, but it’s safe to say, the NFC title game should be a compelling contest in the Georgia Dome. Can Ryan rise to the challenge and advance to the Super Bowl for the first time in his career? Can Rodgers keep his remarkable streak rolling? From this viewpoint, we’re in completely uncharted waters when it comes to Rodgers and what he’s doing. Despite the fact that they’re on the road, our first inclination is to go with the Packers. No one else has been able to slow down Green Bay quarterback over the last month-plus. Why should Atlanta be any different?

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

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