Donald Trump said he doesn't want Tom Brady to risk losing sponsorships. (Glenn Russell/The Burlington Free Press via USA TODAY)

Donald Trump said he doesn’t want Tom Brady to endorse him and risk losing sponsorships. (Glenn Russell/The Burlington Free Press via USA TODAY)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took time out from campaigning in New Hampshire to join Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Monday and discuss his relationship with Tom Brady and explain why he’s OK that the Patriots quarterback has not endorsed him. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Brady has long been friends with Trump and has made complimentary comments about him, but he has not officially endorsed him. Trump said he’s not disappointed that Brady has not taken the next step.

“No, because I told him not to,” Trump said. “He’s got sponsors, he’s got all of his different things that he has to do. And I told him not to.

“He couldn’t be nicer. There was an article in GQ, he said, ‘Trump’s the biggest winner, you can’t beat Trump’ and all that stuff. And I said, ‘Don’t do that, because you may have a sponsor that doesn’t like me.’ They may be liberal, they may be something. And I don’t want him to get involved in that stuff. It’s hard for athletes.

“Now, with that being said, I have had many athletes endorse me. Lots of different guys have endorsed me, which is great. But Tom’s in a very interesting position, and I said, ‘Tom, don’t do that.’ What he does is he says great stuff about me.

“I think he would do it if I asked him. I’ve never asked him to do it. But I think he’d do it if I asked him.”

Trump also is friends with Patriots bosses Robert and Jonathan Kraft, but he again said he will not push for an endorsement.

“I’ve never asked them,” Trump said. “I am friends, [but] I’ve never asked them for their support. If they want to support, they can support.

“You know, I find endorsements — and they are friends, and perhaps they have other friends that are running, too. If they want to support me they can. That’s up to them. I wouldn’t ask them. I never ask people for support. Like, Tom came out with beautiful statements about me the last couple of weeks in GQ. I never asked him to do that. It’s nice that he does it. But I don’t like to ask people for support. If they want to support me, they can support me.”

Trump indicated he was disappointed with Sunday’s Super Bowl and would have preferred to have seen Brady in the game.

“We needed our guy in there,” Trump said. “That was just a boring game. Am I the only one that thought that? … It was a terrible game, it was terribly played. The whole thing, it had a bad vibe. Well, we need Tom. We’re a little prejudiced, so anyways. Next year Tom will be in there.

“What people don’t know about Tom, he’s obviously a great quarterback, great athlete, but he’s a great guy.”

Trump already is on record criticizing the NFL for its treatment of Brady in the Deflategate case, and he stands firm in that stance.

“I think it’s terrible, and I think that whole Deflategate is a disgrace, to be honest with you,” he said. “I think it’s a disgrace.”

Following are more highlights from the conversation. For more Patriots news, visit the team page at weei.com/patriots.

On his controversial comments and unapologetic behavior: “I am able to say things that other people don’t. And I think for two reasons. A lot of people don’t have the guts to say what’s right. I’m somebody that went to Ivy League schools. I was a very good student. I went to the Wharton School of finance. My uncle was a professor at MIT for many, many years, he was one of their great professors, Dr. John Trump. So. I’m like an intelligent person. I say the truth. Maybe it’s not politically correct, but the problem with our country is we’ve become too politically correct.”

On which of his Republican opponents he would support if he were not in the race: “There are a few people that I really think are good. I don’t want to tell you right now because I don’t want to give them any fuel for the fire. Over the last six, seven months I’ve gotten to know them, and we have a few good people. A guy like Jeb Bush is a stiff, frankly. He doesn’t have it. He doesn’t have what it takes. But you have people that have talent, and we’ll have to see what happens. But I’d rather not tell you right now because I’m running against them.”

On Bernie Sanders’ recent success on the Democratic side against Hillary Clinton: “I would love to see Bernie prevail. I would love to run against him. But the fact is — I’ll be honest with you — the fact is, Hillary I think almost would be almost easier to beat than Bernie. But I would be very happy to see either one of those two. I think they’re both weak candidates. Bernie, this country is not going to put in a socialist/communist — probably is a communist. They’re not going to elect a guy like that. I think Hillary in a certain way, though, is easier to beat than Bernie.”

On his claim that he would build a wall on the border and have Mexico pay for it, and what he would do if Mexico refused: “They won’t say that, No. 1, because I know how to talk to them. They won’t say that. But if they did, I would take it in a different form. You have to understand, Mexico is making a fortune off the United States. An absolute fortune. They are ripping this country so badly on trade, and at the border — and I’m not even talking about all the drugs that are pouring across the country that they could stop in two minutes. If Mexico wanted to stop the drug trade, it would be stopped within 24 hours — you do know that. … If we had a strong leader — which we don’t, we have a pathetic leader — if Obama was a strong leader, one phone call to Mexico and it would stop. And we’re building the wall, by the way, don’t worry about that. But one phone to Mexico and the drugs would stop. But we don’t have the leader to do that. Believe me, that will be one of my first phone calls: ‘You’ve got to stop that.’ ”

On Trump’s comments during Saturday night’s debate that he was OK with waterboarding and would even go further than that: “They’re chopping off the heads of people, like medieval times. We’re not dealing with a normal group of people. We’re dealing with animals. They’re chopping off the heads of people in the Middle East. James Foley — I know the parents, they’re great people — James Foley had his head chopped off, and we’re worried about waterboarding, which they say is not in a high category of torture. I guess it’s torture, but it’s a lower level of torture. … I don’t want to get into what I’d do, but there are many things that people would do that are in that world. It’s a nasty world. But you know what the nastiest thing you can do is chop off heads. And I guarantee you that those people in the Middle East and the places we’re talking about when they hear we don’t want to waterboard, we don’t want to this, we don’t want to that, we want to treat people with [compassion], well, I guarantee you those people are laughing at the weakness of our country.”

On why he is running: “To make America great again. I’ve done so well in this country. I employ thousands of people. I’ve employed thousands, I’ve really built a tremendous company — you saw that when I did my filing. It’s massive, it’s got very little debt, it’s got tremendous income. Frankly, I wouldn’t have believed it was even possible. I’ve done so well. My theme is, ‘Make America great again.’ We’re going to have strong borders, we’re going to have a strong military, we’re going to take care of our vets. We’re going to get rid of your heroin problem and drug problem in New Hampshire, we’re not going to let it pour across the borders. We’re going to get rid of Obamacare, we’re going to get rid of Common Core. Bush wants Common Core — it’s a disaster, Common Core. So many other things. We’re going to strengthen up the Second Amendment. So, it will be really fantastic.”

On Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary: “I hope that I win tomorrow. I just hope that we don’t have a snowstorm in New Hampshire. I have a great relationship with the people of New Hampshire. I hope I win.”

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Rob Gronkowski and the Patriots could open the 2016 season in Denver against the defending champions. (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Rob Gronkowski and the Patriots could open the 2016 season in Denver against the defending champions. (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Now that the 2015 season is in the books, it’s time to start looking toward the 2016 campaign.

And given the fact that the defending champion always opens at home on the first Thursday night of the regular season — and the Patriots are slated to travel to Denver this season — it’s worth wondering whether or not New England will open 2016 in the same location where it closed 2015.

Considering the Broncos home slate for next year, there’s a real possibility we’re going to see New England-Denver on September 8 to open the season. In addition to their contest against the Patriots, the Broncos will have their usual divisional schedule that features games against the Chiefs, Chargers and Raiders. In addition, they’ll host the Panthers, Colts, Texans and Falcons.

While a Super Bowl rematch remains an intriguing possibility, from this perspective, a Patriots-Broncos showdown to open the season — even if Peyton Manning‘s possible retirement precludes us from seeing Brady-Manning XVIII — is the far more palatable option.

The ultimate decision will come down in April when the complete schedule is announced. But until then, we’ll be checking the cost of flights from Boston to Denver in early September.

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

Dante Scarnecchia is in talks to return to the Patriots as the offensive line coach, according to ESPN.

Dante Scarnecchia could return to the Patriots. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Dante Scarnecchia could return to the Patriots. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Dante Scarnecchia is in talks to return to the Patriots as the offensive line coach, according to ESPN.

Scarnecchia, who retired as the offensive line coach following the 2013 season, is apparently so far along in the process of returning to the team that there’s reason to think there’s a “good chance he’ll be back in 2016,” according to Mike Reiss.

Scarnecchia spent 32 seasons in the NFL, including 30 with the Patriots, before he stepped away following the 2013 season. (He was replaced by Dave DeGuglielmo, who was fired following the AFC title game two weeks ago.) Scarnecchia did stay connected to the Patriots in a limited fashion over the last two years, primarily while working as a pre-draft talent evaluator.

For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

DeMarcus Ware was one piece of the devastating Denver defense that shut down Cam Newton. (Richard Mackson/USA Today Sports)SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Defense does win championships.



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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia explains how Von Miller gave Peyton Manning his 2nd SB title. Miller strip-sacked NFL MVP Cam Newton twice Sunday in a 24-10 win over the favored Panthers in Super Bowl 50. Miller won the Super Bowl MVP honor with the performance as Newton was sacked six times on the day, helping to give Peyton Manning his second Super Bowl title.

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Mike Petraglia

Denver cornerback Aqib Talib won his first Super Bowl as the Broncos beat the Panthers 24-10 in Super Bowl 50 and the usual animated Talib was especially fired up after the win — maybe even too fired up.

The former Patriots cornerback joined the NFL Network’s postgame show, which took place on a stage on the sideline of the field and Talib tried to jump on to the stage, but it didn’t go as planned as he slipped and fell down.

Fortunately for Talib he was OK and the interview went on.

To see Talib’s fall, see the GIF below.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — In the end, Denver’s defense, led by Von Miller, was good enough to hand Peyton Manning his second Super Bowl title.

Broncos linebacker Von Miller (58) strips the ball from Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) in Super Bowl 50. It led to a Denver touchdown. (Ed Szczepanski/USA TODAY Sports)

Broncos linebacker Von Miller (58) strips the ball from Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) in Super Bowl 50. It led to a Denver touchdown. (Ed Szczepanski/USA TODAY Sports)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — In the end, Denver’s defense, led by Von Miller, was good enough to hand Peyton Manning his second Super Bowl title.

Showing the same ferocity they brought against Tom Brady in the AFC championship, the Broncos sacked NFL MVP Cam Newton six times and forced four turnovers to record their third Super Bowl victory in franchise history with a 24-10 win in Super Bowl 50 Sunday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. It was their first since John Elway won consecutive Lombardi trophies in 1997 and ’98.

Miller strip-sacked Newton twice, leading to one defensive touchdown and one offensive touchdown. In total, the Broncos sacked passers seven times to tie a Super Bowl record. Newton finished 18-of-41 for 265 yards.

But Manning, playing perhaps his final NFL game, wasn’t much better. He lost a fumble and was just 13-of-23 for 141 yards, one interception, four sacks and one lost fumble.

The Broncos not only held Newton  to 8-of-19 passing for 95 yards in the first half, they sacked him three times for 33 yards, including a strip sack by Miller which was recovered by Malik Jackson for a touchdown.

That touchdown put the Broncos up, 10-0.

Manning couldn’t get much going in the first half either. After leading the Broncos down the field on a 64-yard drive to open the game, Manning and the Broncos had to settle for the first of two Brandon McManus first-half field goals. Manning was just 9-of-16 for 76 yards and a bad interception to defensive end Kony Ealy after Manning locked in on Emmanuel Sanders.

Jonathan Stewart capped a nine-play, 73-yard drive with a 1-yard leap over the middle into the end zone to make it 10-7, Broncos. McManus added a 33-yard field goal for Denver, which took a 13-7 lead to the half.

The Panthers took the opening drive of the third quarter and had a lot of momentum following a 45-yard crossing route completion to Ted Ginn down to the Denver 35. The Panthers appeared ready to get in position to score a go-ahead TD but Jerricho Cotchery dropped a pass at the Broncos 5-yard line on the right sideline. Then Graham Gano missed a 44-yard field goal when the ball caromed high off the right upright.

The Broncos responded by coming right down the field after a pair of Manning passed to Emmanuel Sanders. But again, the Broncos couldn’t finish in the red zone, settling for a 30-yard field goal from McManus that put the Broncos up, 16-7, with 8:18 left in the third.

Philly Brown hauled in a 42-yard heave from Newton over the middle of the field, setting up the Panthers at the Broncos 38. But four plays later, Newton was intercepted by T.J. Ward. Ward fumbled the ball on his return and the Panthers nearly recovered at the Broncos 5. But linebacker Danny Trevathan was there to save the day.

After Manning drove the Broncos down to Carolina’s 42, he was strip-sacked at midfield with 13:17 left in the fourth. The Panthers recovered at midfield and drove down to the Broncos’ 21. But the drive stalled and the Panthers had to settle for a Gano 39-yard field goal, cutting Denver’s lead to 16-10 with 10:21 left in the fourth.

The Broncos followed the exact same script as the AFC championship, playing field position and giving the Panthers several chances to come from behind and win.

Miller’s second strip sack of Newton came with 4:04 left in the game and set the Broncos up at the Panthers’ 4. After a defensive holding call, C.J. Anderson ran it in from two yards for Denver’s first offensive touchdown of the game with 3:08 left. Manning found Bennie Fowler for the 2-point conversion.

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia