Kony Ealy is ready for anything with the Patriots. (Jeremy Brevard/USA Today Sports)

Kony Ealy is ready for anything with the Patriots. (Jeremy Brevard/USA Today Sports)

Defensive end Kony Ealy has only been a member of the Patriots for a few short months after being traded to New England from the Panthers on the second day of NFL free agency.

Ealy was primarily an edge rusher during his time with the Panthers, but could be asked to line up inside with the Patriots.

The Missouri product doesn’t care where he’s asked to line up, he just wants to contribute.

“I just want to dominate whatever position I’m in,” Ealy told reporters Tuesday at Gillette Stadium. “I think if you take that mind approach, good things will happen for you.”

His best game with the Panthers might have been Super Bowl 50 against the Broncos when he had three sacks, an interception and a forced fumble, but he’s already put that game in the past.

“That Super Bowl game is over, man,” he said. “I really don’t like to talk about the past. My job, like I said, is to come in here buy into the system and make the most of my opportunity here. Period. And let everything lie where they may. Just don’t worry about the future right now. Just worry about the present.”

After spending his first three seasons in the NFL with the Panthers, Ealy is hoping for a fresh start in New England, where he’s also in the final year of his rookie contract.

“[It’s] totally, totally different, but it’s a good different and I’m just enjoying the process as I go forward,” Ealy said.

Added Ealy: “I’m very excited. I love it here. I love the people, the program, as far as how Coach Belichick runs it. Everybody buys in. You can see the difference between that. I love it here and I’m going to continue to work my butt off and try to get better.”

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

It was assumed, but now it’s pretty much official.

Sebastian Vollmer

Sebastian Vollmer

It was assumed, but now it’s pretty much official.

Former Patriots offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer has no plans on playing in the NFL again. The 33-year-old appeared on Sirius XM on Tuesday where he said he has no plans to play in the NFL again, and even has lost 75 pounds.

The Patriots selected him in the second round of the 2009 draft where he had a very solid career primarily playing right tackle and protecting Tom Brady. He didn’t play a single game last season due to a few injuries, including a back injury.

New England released him prior to the start of free agency and with his age and abuse to his body, many assumed he would in fact retire.

So, what will Vollmer do now?

It appears he might be trying to get in the media as he is currently at the NFL Broadcast Boot Camp at NFL Films.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Tom Brady gave some advice to PGA Tour golfer Phil Mickelson. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady gave some advice to PGA Tour golfer Phil Mickelson. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback to ever play the game, and apparently his knowledge expands beyond the game of football.

ESPN’s Ian O’Connor had a wide-ranging interview with Brady earlier this week and learned an interesting tidbit as it relates to Brady and PGA Tour professional Phil Mickelson.

Brady told O’Connor that he’s shared ideas with Mickelson on how to improve his swing speed. Mickelson’s caddie Bones Mackay has apparently golfed with Brady and came away impressed with his swing speed.

The quarterback is a decent golfer in his own right, as he was a six handicap at one point. He doesn’t play as much as he did before he started his family.

Mickelson, 46, has four top 25s this season, but only two top 10s. Brady is also connected with golfer Jordan Spieth, as both represent Under Armour.

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Ryan Hannable

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The Patriots usually have one of the smallest coaching staffs in the entire NFL.

Some teams have an assistant to an assistant, etc., but the Patriots opt for the standard head coach, coordinators, position coaches, some assistant position coaches and a few coaching assistants.

Bill Belichick explained why he annually has one of the smaller coaching staffs in the league. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Bill Belichick explained why he annually has one of the smaller coaching staffs in the league. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots usually have one of the smallest coaching staffs in the entire NFL.

Some teams have an assistant to an assistant, etc., but the Patriots opt for the standard head coach, coordinators, position coaches, some assistant position coaches and a few coaching assistants.

Appearing on Paul Rabil’s inaugural “Suiting Up” podcast, Bill Belichick explained why.

“My philosophy, really, is that less is more, so I’d rather have fewer people doing more work than more people doing a little more work,” Belichick said to Rabil, via ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “As long as everybody is busy, as long as everybody feels productive, they feel good about what they’re doing and they feel like they’re contributing; I think when people have lag time and kind of not enough to do, that leads to getting distracted and complaining or being less productive. So even though you have more people, sometimes less work gets done.”

Added Belichick: “From a ‘getting everybody on the same page’ standpoint, which is critical, the fewer people you have to manage, the easier it is to get everybody on the same page,” he says on the podcast. “So if you’re talking to 10 people, it’s hard to get all 10 people doing the same thing or doing the right thing. Now you make that number 20, instead of 10, it’s even more difficult.

“If you have five people supervising another 15 people, now you have another layer there where you’re not dealing directly with everybody, and now you’re somewhat dependent on other people to relay the message the way you want it done and to monitor it that way. Certainly, there’s a degree of that, but as much of that I can eliminate, I think works better for me.”

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Ryan Hannable

It’s been several months since Super Bowl LI, but after re-watching the game Falcons coach Dan Quinn has found a reason why his team blew a 25-point lead in their 34-28 loss to the Patriots.

The Atlanta defense was exhausted.

The Patriots overcame a 25-point deficit to beat the Falcons. (Mark  J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots overcame a 25-point deficit to beat the Falcons. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

It’s been several months since Super Bowl LI, but after re-watching the game Falcons coach Dan Quinn has found a reason why his team blew a 25-point lead in their 34-28 loss to the Patriots.

The Atlanta defense was exhausted.

“The guys were gassed,” Quinn said, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We had never played in the 90s (snap count). We were not traumatized at all. You could tell there was nothing left in the tank. They would come to the sideline in the fourth quarter and nobody was talking because there was nothing left.”

Added Quinn: “It wasn’t about one play. Those [defensive series] are the ones I evaluated over and over. When you go back and sit through it over and over, you know, ‘I damn sure can’t get a do-over. But I can learn from it.’ I won’t apologize for how aggressive we play and our style and attitude of where we’re headed. But I have learned from that experience.”

Quinn isn’t lying. The 93 plays the Patriots ran were a Super Bowl record.

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Ryan Hannable

Don’t expect Tom Brady to go away from football any time soon.

Immediately after the Super Bowl, Brady reiterated to MMQB’s Peter King he wants to play until his mid-40s, and now is standing by it. He even added it could be past 45 if he feels like he does now.