PHOENIX — Marshawn Lynch and his one liners were at it again Tuesday at the Seahawks media day.

PHOENIX — Marshawn Lynch and his one liners were at it again Tuesday at the Seahawks media day.

With dozens, maybe even hundreds of reporters standing at his podium, Lynch had the same line to every question he was answered.

“I’m just here so I won’t get fined,” Lynch said.

According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, if Lynch did not show up for media day he would be fined $500,000.

The Seattle running back took questions for roughly five minutes, and even an made appearance on NFL Network with Deion Sanders next to him at the podium, but then left and didn’t return. It’s unclear if he will be fined for his short appearance.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

PHOENIX — According to Jeff Darlington of NFL Media, the fire alarm at the Patriots’ hotel went off for about 10 minutes at 1 a.m. MT early Tuesday morning. He added someone at the front desk said it was “an anomaly.” There were no problems at the hotel.

The Patriots are staying roughly 40 minutes from downtown Phoenix, in Chandler, Arizona.

PHOENIX — According to Jeff Darlington of NFL Media, the fire alarm at the Patriots’ hotel went off for about 10 minutes at 1 a.m. MT early Tuesday morning. He added someone at the front desk said it was “an anomaly.” There were no problems at the hotel.

The Patriots are staying roughly 40 minutes from downtown Phoenix, in Chandler, Arizona.

New England will now hold its media day at 10:30 a.m. MT at the US Airways Center.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
PHOENIX — After landing in Phoenix Monday afternoon, Patriots owner Robert Kraft took to the podium to make a passionate defense of Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the organization in response to Deflategate.

[0:00:24] ... out swinging against his critics and more specifically Chris. The critics of Tom Brady. And Bill Belichick can deflate gate those who say that. Those two gentlemen have something to hide Robert Kraft made two points I thought first ...
[0:00:59] ... his twenty years forty plus years now. As the owner of the New England Patriots for for what it's worth this is not a being given to you over pronouncement. Over the course or maybe over the second half of the course of his. Career as viewed the owners this franchise I think the other thing was he basically came out in was a character reference you know for for both Bill Belichick. Ian Tom Brady very strong statements. In the fact that he doubled down on the league and said look not only is this not true but I would expected when it is proven to be not true. I would expect an apology note expect the league to have to apologize to what's the franchise's brief strong words from a guy. Who's not usually given to such link which you know what I thought Chris I thought this was Robert Kraft way of saying. We are all patriots we are staying unified Bill Belichick spoke after Robert Kraft and then Tom Brady. All three of them spoke of the unity that this team has shown all season long. It's a theme that I think Robert Kraft touches on and obviously Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have followed up off the and it I think whether or not you believe them. I think the strong statements from brief ...
[0:04:08] ... so we'll see how that turns out some other interesting takeaways from Tom Brady Chris this afternoon that really stuck out. Yeah I think that there were a couple things that I think first to California ...
[0:05:59] ... depth coverage on WEEI dot com is the patriots. Compete against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl 49 as Chris mentioned there is media day Tuesday at US Airways center. Here in Phoenix before they really ...






Tom Brady said Monday night he doesn't consider himself with some of the all-time great quarterbacks. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Tom Brady said Monday night he doesn’t consider himself with some of the all-time great quarterbacks. (Elsa/Getty Images)

PHOENIX — The comparison has been made — Joe Montana and Tom Brady.

Brady will be playing in his sixth Super Bowl on Sunday, which is two more than Montana, Terry Bradshaw, Jim Kelly and Roger Staubach, and one more than John Elway. Brady’s 127 completions for 1,277 yards are both Super Bowl all-time highs, and his 20 postseason wins are also the most all-time, four ahead of Montana.

Even with those records, Brady doesn’t consider himself in that class of all-time great quarterbacks.

“€œIt’€™s very flattering any time you’€™re mentioned with great players and guys that I idolized growing up,”€ Brady said Monday night. “I don’€™t ever see myself on that level. I can be a pretty tough critic on myself.”

“I respect all the guys that have played this game before. I understand how challenging it is to play the position,” he added. “There’€™s a lot of guys that do it at a high level currently. There’€™s a lot of guys who have played it at a really high level in the past. I have a lot of respect for those guys and what they’€™ve been able to accomplish.

“Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana won four. A couple guys have won three, Troy Aikman’€™s won three, so it’€™s tough to do it every year. Everyone starts at the bottom and everyone’€™s trying to claw their way to the top, and there’€™s a lot of attrition that sets in. It’€™s a tough challenge, it’€™s a tough journey and to be one of the last two teams is a great accomplishment. Only one of the two teams is going to feel good this time next week, so I hope we’€™re that team.”

Even with playing in as many Super Bowl games as he has, Brady is talking like it is his first — very humble and very excited. The Patriots quarterback needs two touchdown passes to tie Montana for most in Super Bowl history.

“To have an opportunity to play in this game is really unbelievable,’€ Brady said. “€œI never thought I’€™d have the experience to play in one of these. To think that it’€™s my sixth time, is, I can’€™t imagine that that was ever –€” I didn’€™t think I’€™d ever play anything professionally. Certainly to make it to the Super Bowl is a pretty amazing experience to do once, and six times, it’€™s very, very special.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

PHOENIX — One of the most anticipated days of the week leading up to the Super Bowl is here — media day. Each team will have an hour of time for availability, which is being held at the US Airways Center in downtown Phoenix. It is the only access the media will have with each team during the day.

PHOENIX — One of the most anticipated days of the week leading up to the Super Bowl is here — media day. Each team will have an hour of time for availability, which is being held at the US Airways Center in downtown Phoenix. It is the only access the media will have with each team during the day.

10:30-11:30 MT Patriots media day
12:15-1:15 MT Seahawks media day

Here are a few of the bigger WEEI stories and radio segments from Monday in Arizona:

One Scout’s Take: Expect bruising Super Bowl between Patriots, Seahawks. By Chris Price
No Turning Back: Robert Kraft offers dramatic defense of Bill Belichick, Tom Brady. By Chris Price
Seahawks expect Kam Chancellor to lower the boom on Rob Gronkowski. By John Tomase
Robert Kraft defends Patriots, says NFL should apologize if league finds them not guilty of any wrongdoing. By Chris Price & Ryan Hannable
Bill Belichick on Dale & Holey (audio): Green Bay/San Diego trip helped prepare Patriots for Super Bowl.
Tedy Bruschi on Dale & Holley (audio): Patriots won because they outplay and out coach.

Blog Author: 
WEEI

PHOENIX — After landing in Phoenix Monday afternoon, Patriots owner Robert Kraft took to the podium to make a passionate defense of Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the organization over the charges of cheating in Deflategate. WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price break down why Kraft made the statement and the reaction of Belichick and Brady, who followed Kraft to the podium.

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia
Matthew Slater says the Patriots are ready for anything the Seattle special teamers might throw at them. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Matthew Slater says the Patriots are ready for anything the Seattle special teamers might throw at them. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

CHANDLER, Ariz. ‘€” Over the course of the 2014 regular season, the Patriots were able to distinguish themselves as having one of the best special teams groups in the league. New England was able to deliver game-changing special teams plays almost every week, including blocked field-goal attempts, blocked punts and important returns.

Kicker Stephen Gostkowski was the second-best kicker in the league, converting 95 percent of his field-goal attempts. Meanwhile, punter Ryan Allen was 12th in the league in punting, and his work in a December win over the Chargers was enough to win him AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors. Chris Jones, Chandler Jones, Vince Wilfork and Jamie Collins all blocked field goal attempts, and punt returner Julian Edelman‘€™s 12 yards per opportunity was second-best in the league. Overall, Football Outsiders had the Patriots as the fifth-best special teams grouping in the league.

At the same time, the Seahawks also had a relatively steady and dependable group of special teamers over the course of the 2014 season. They were 19th in the NFL per Football Outsiders, but they’€™ve taken it to the next level in the playoffs. In their divisional playoff win over the Panthers, defensive back Kam Chancellor jumped over the pile twice in hopes of trying to block field goals. Punter Jon Ryan ‘€” while working as a holder ‘€” executed a perfect fake field goal that ended up going for a touchdown in the NFC title game. And kicker Steven Hauschka delivered a well-executed onsides kick to help set up the win over the Packers as well.

According to Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater, the focus this week for New England is playing with ‘€œa lot of alertness’€ against a sneaky group of Seattle special teamers.

‘€œI think that we have to understand that every time our unit takes the field, we have to expect them to be trying to make a big play to swing momentum,’€ Slater said. ‘€œIt’€™s our job to either stop that big play from happening or create one ourselves.

‘€œWe’€™ve watched a lot of film on these guys. We have to be prepared situationally moving into the game. When you talk about trick plays, you never can predict those. At the end of the day, we’€™re going to have to play fundamentally sound and be able to react if something like that does come up.’€

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price