Blog en Rob Gronkowski, 100 percent healthy for Super Bowl: ‘Can’t tell you how excited I am for the game’ <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_79023" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img class="wp-image-79023 size-full" src="" alt="Rob Gronkowski" width="150" height="204" /><p class="wp-caption-text"><a href="" class="r_lapi">Rob Gronkowski</a></p></div> <p>PHOENIX &#8212; The last time the Patriots were in the <a href="" class="r_lapi">Super Bowl</a> was 2012 and Rob Gronkowski was not healthy.</p> <p>The star tight end had injured his ankle in the second half of the AFC championship game against the Ravens, and clearly wasn&#8217;t 100 percent for the game. Gronkowski finished the game with just three catches for 26 yards and the Patriots fell to the <a href="" class="r_lapi">Giants</a>, 21-17.</p> <p>This year is a different story as Gronkowski is 100 percent healthy, and should be one of the biggest parts of the <a href="" class="r_lapi">Patriots offense</a> Sunday night against the <a href="" class="r_lapi">Seahawks</a>.</p> <p>&#8220;We&#8217;€™re just looking at this Super Bowl,&#8221; said Gronkowski. &#8220;I&#8217;€™m just worried about this one right now. Preparing all week, feeling good, feeling great, feeling healthy. That&#8217;€™s key. Just working hard in the week and we start practice back up tomorrow down here. I&#8217;€™m super excited about that. Can&#8217;€™t tell you how excited I am for the game.&#8221;</p> <p>For the first time since 2011, Gronkowski played in 15 or more games. He hasn&#8217;t played a full season since that year, and although he didn&#8217;t this year, he could very well have as he was a healthy scratch for Week 17&#8217;s game against the Bills, as the game meant nothing for the playoffs.</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;€™s definitely a tough experience, man,&#8221; Gronkowski said of being injured and missing games. &#8220;Definitely don&#8217;€™t take the game for granted anymore. It&#8217;€™s an honor to be out there on the field with my teammates and all. Throughout the whole year, especially this time of the year, going to the Super Bowl, being out on the practice field, helping my team do its job and just going out and practicing hard. I&#8217;€™m super excited for this game Sunday.&#8221;</p> <p>As expected, the very outgoing tight end with a bubbly personality was asked a number of off beat questions, including <a href="" target="_blank">singing a Katy Perry song</a>. He also said he is the best dancer on the team and <a href="" class="r_lapi">Julian Edelman</a> is the worst.</p> <p>He also did say the now famous Gronkowski party bus will be in Arizona come the weekend.</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;€™s on its way down right now,&#8221; he said. &#8220;Body Armor wrapped it up in this thing. It can&#8217;€™t get into the parking lot in Gillette because of the Body Armor sponsor, but it&#8217;€™s all good. It&#8217;€™s on it&#8217;€™s way down here. I&#8217;€™m sure there will be some pictures with it and all that good stuff.&#8221;</p> Blog patriots Other Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:53:00 +0000 917246 at Why Red Sox traded Anthony Ranaudo for Robbie Ross <!--paging_filter--><p><div id="attachment_87777" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href=""><img src="" alt="Anthony Ranaudo" width="150" height="228" class="size-full wp-image-87777" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Anthony Ranaudo</p></div>The <a href="" class="r_lapi">Red Sox</a> announced Tuesday night that they have traded Anthony Ranaudo for lefty reliever Robbie Ross.</p> <p>Why Ross?</p> <p>While the 25-year-old is a lefty, his strength may be getting right-handed hitters out, a quality the <a href="" class="r_lapi">Red Sox</a> have been looking to add to their bullpen. Ross doesn&#8217;t possess a traditional lefty-on-lefty breaking ball, but does get righties out thanks to what can be an above-average cut fastball.</p> <p>Ross &#8212; a second-round pick in 2008 &#8212; struggled for the Rangers for much of 2014, finishing with 6.20 ERA in 27 appearances (12 of which were starts). The previous two seasons, however, he was one of Texas&#8217; best relievers, totaling a 2.22 ERA in 58 games in &#8217;12 and 3.03 over 65 relief outings.</p> <p>In &#8217;13, Ross held righties to a .211 batting average, with lefty hitters managing a .343 clip. Last year he wasn&#8217;t very good against either side, having more success against left-handed batters (.283) than righties (.336).</p> <p>So, what happened last season?</p> <p>Ross struggled mightily with his fastball command throughout &#8217;14, and didn&#8217;t possess any sort of effective secondary pitch. He had nothing to use on the inside part of the plate against lefty hitters or on outside part of the plate versus righties.</p> <p>In 78 1/3 innings in &#8217;14, Ross struck out 51 but walked 30. He did, however, finish a streak in April of not walking a batter in 99 straight plate appearances. The lefty started the season as a starter, pitching well in his first five outings, managing a 2.45 ERA. As a reliever, Ross finished with a 7.85 ERA.</p> <p>Giving up on Ranaudo wasn&#8217;t easy for the <a href="" class="r_lapi">Red Sox</a>, who drafted the starter 39th overall in the 2010 draft. After dealing with injuries for much of his first few pro seasons, the LSU product bounced back to make himself a viable big league starting candidates.</p> <p>With Triple-A Pawtucket last season he went 14-4 with a 2.61 ERA in 24 starts. Ranaudo made seven starts with the Red Sox, going 4-3 with a 4.81 ERA. Not considered a candidate to fill one of the bullpen roles, the 25-year-old righty would seem to be blocked by such young arms as Henry Owens, Eduardo Rodriguez, Brian Johnson and <a href="" class="r_lapi">Matt Barnes</a>.</p> Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. Blog red sox Other Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:21:21 +0000 917241 at Darrelle Revis to Jets fans watching him in Super Bowl: ‘Not really my fault… I didn’t make the call’ <!--paging_filter--><p><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --></p> <div style="display:none"> </div> <p><!--<br /> By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C<br /> found at<br /> --></p> <p><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src=""></script></p> <p><object id="myExperience4015948776001" class="BrightcoveExperience"><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><param name="width" value="600" /><param name="height" value="360" /><param name="playerID" value="986278206001" /><param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAAFqWQUE~,yUWCxg2gZmYrOpGTQhafYN_BmnRJav2Z" /><param name="isVid" value="true" /><param name="isUI" value="true" /><param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /><param name="@videoPlayer" value="4015948776001" /></object></p> <p><!--<br /> This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon<br /> as the line is read by the browser. 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Management made the call at that time and they felt it was best to get rid of me. So that&#8217;€™s the situation. That&#8217;€™s how I look at it.&#8221;</p> <p>Ironically, Revis is in the <a href="" class="r_lapi">Super Bowl</a> with a New York-type controversy swirling in Deflategate. That gave Revis another reason to recall what he went through in the Big Apple, and to a lesser degree in Tampa Bay, with the reported mutiny against Bucs head coach Greg Schiano. </p> <p>&#8220;Things come up and I&#8217;€™ve been around a little bit,&#8221; said the Jets&#8217; 2007 first-round pick. &#8220;I&#8217;€™ve been on teams where situations come up and you have to deal with them accordingly. Whatever the situation is, the league office is dealing with it too and you just have to really see what they do about it. Let them handle it.&#8221;</p> <p>After tearing his ACL against the Dolphins in Sept. 2012, Revis went through an extensive rehab program that was documented in &#8220;Hard Knocks&#8221; on HBO. The following April, the Jets traded to Tampa Bay and signed one of the biggest contracts in the NFL. Revis&#8217; 6-year deal was worth $96 million, made him the highest paid defensive back in NFL history.<span id="more-87831"></span></p> <p>He played his seventh and only season in Tampa in 2013 before joining the Patriots in March 2014, signing a two-year deal. After eight seasons, Revis is finally soaking up the <a href="" class="r_lapi">Super Bowl</a> vibe. And he has the Jets to thank.</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;€™s pretty awesome. I mean, this is what you play for every year,&#8221; Revis said. &#8220;In the offseason you work hard to get to this point and when you get there, like right now, it&#8217;€™s so surreal to me. It&#8217;€™s awesome, but it&#8217;€™s also crazy. But at the same time, it shows that hard work pays off, and there&#8217;€™s still work to be done. We have one more game left as a team to accomplish our ultimate goal, which is holding the Lombardi Trophy up.&#8221;</p> <p>Many would argue that while he is eight years older than when he broke into the league, Revis is playing the best ball of his career. </p> <p>&#8220;€œThat was the No. 1 goal for me, just winning a Super Bowl. Every year, that&#8217;€™s what we play for. You know I had a bump in the road, having an ACL injury. That kind of twisted my mind up a little bit because it was more so me focusing on my health. Once I focused on my health to make sure I could get back where I need to be and playing at a high level, I was confident and determined. Just focus and get with the right team and that&#8217;€™s what I did.&#8221;</p> <p>Great players want to play on the greatest stage. Revis finally has that chance. Did he ever doubt this day in the super spotlight would ever come?</p> <p>&#8220;€œYou know, there&#8217;€™s always doubt,&#8221; Revis said. &#8220;Especially going through eight years of not really accomplishing what you really want to accomplish as an individual player and also as a team goal. That&#8217;€™s basically getting to the Super Bowl and actually winning it. I can speak for myself personally and I&#8217;€™m sure I can speak for a lot of guys in the NFL who don&#8217;€™t make it to the playoffs. There&#8217;€™s some guys that play 13 or 14 years and never make the playoffs. It&#8217;€™s humbling, but at the same time, it&#8217;€™s a great experience. It just shows that we worked so hard to get to this place that we are at now.&#8221;</p> Blog patriots Other Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:47:36 +0000 917161 at Super Bowl Diary: Day Two <!--paging_filter--><p><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --></p> <div style="display:none"> </div> <p><!--<br /> By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C<br /> found at<br /> --></p> <p><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src=""></script></p> <p><object id="myExperience4015860887001" class="BrightcoveExperience"><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><param name="width" value="600" /><param name="height" value="360" /><param name="playerID" value="986278206001" /><param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAAFqWQUE~,yUWCxg2gZmYrOpGTQhafYN_BmnRJav2Z" /><param name="isVid" value="true" /><param name="isUI" value="true" /><param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /><param name="@videoPlayer" value="4015860887001" /></object></p> <p><!--<br /> This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon<br /> as the line is read by the browser. 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(Getty Images)" width="400" height="267" /><p class="wp-caption-text">LeGarrette Blount doesn&#8217;t seem too concerned with the <a class="r_lapi" href="">Seahawks</a> defense come Sunday. (Getty Images)</p></div> <p>PHOENIX &#8212; The Seattle defense was the best in the NFL in the regular-season, allowing a league-low 267.1 yards per game, and just 15.9 points, also a league-low.</p> <p>Don&#8217;t tell that to Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount.</p> <p>&#8220;I don&#8217;€™t care about them being the top defense, that doesn&#8217;€™t bother me,&#8221; Blount said Tuesday. &#8220;They were good enough to get here, just like we were good enough to get here.  They&#8217;€™re not immortal. They can be beaten.&#8221;</p> <p>Blount wasn&#8217;t with the Patriots to start the season as the running back wasn&#8217;t re-signed following last season, and the big running back was picked up by the Steelers. Things did not go well in Pittsburgh, as following the Week 12 game on <a class="r_lapi" href="">Monday Night Football</a> he was released the next day, as he walked off the sideline and into the locker room in the middle of the game.</p> <p>After <a href="">clearing waivers he signed</a> with the Patriots Nov. 20.</p> <p>&#8220;They knew that I could run the football,&#8221; said Blount. &#8220;They know that I can effective with it. They know that I have big play potential. They like my style of running and I fit in perfectly with this offense. It was a perfect match.&#8221;</p> <p>In five regular season games with the Patriots he finished with 60 carries for 281 yards and three touchdowns. In the two postseason games he has 33 carries for 149 yards and three touchdowns. Between last postseason and this postseason with New England, Blount has seven touchdown runs &#8212; a playoff franchise record.</p> <p>&#8220;I feel like they gave me a chance to come out here and show that I can do what I&#8217;€™ve been doing in this league for a couple of years,&#8221; said Blount. &#8220;I can run the football and I can do it effectively. I was excited to become another asset to the team, another part of the team and another weapon that they have. I was excited that they gave me another chance to come back and be a part of what&#8217;€™s going on today. I don&#8217;€™t feel like I had anything to prove but I just wanted to show people that I could still run the football.&#8221;</p> <p>The Oregon product acknowledged it was an up-and-down year, but in the end it will be all worth it by playing in his first <a class="r_lapi" href="">Super Bowl</a> on Sunday.</p> <p>&#8220;Don&#8217;€™t ever give up,&#8221; he said. &#8220;Be persistent and continue to push forward for your dreams.  Obviously I&#8217;€™m going to be living one of my dreams in a few days.&#8221;</p> Blog patriots Other Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:56:33 +0000 917081 at Tom Brady appreciates Gisele taking care of the kids during the blizzard <!--paging_filter--><p><!--RCL failure--><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --></p> <div style="display: none;"></div> <p><!--<br /> By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C<br /> found at<br /> --></p> <p><script src="" type="text/javascript" language="JavaScript"></script></p> <p><object id="myExperience4015884830001" class="BrightcoveExperience" width="300" height="150"><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><param name="width" value="600" /><param name="height" value="360" /><param name="playerID" value="986278206001" /><param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAAFqWQUE~,yUWCxg2gZmYrOpGTQhafYN_BmnRJav2Z" /><param name="isVid" value="true" /><param name="isUI" value="true" /><param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /><param name="@videoPlayer" value="4015884830001" /></object></p> <p><!--<br /> This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon<br /> as the line is read by the browser. 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She&#8217;s taking care of the home front.&#8221;</p> <p>Brady, like others here at the <a class="r_lapi" href="">Super Bowl</a> with family back in Boston, has been in contact with his family to make sure they&#8217;re doing OK.</p> <p>&#8220;Everyone&#8217;€™s pretty hunkered down,&#8221; Brady added. &#8220;There&#8217;€™s a lot of snow, causing a lot of problems in a lot of cities. So hopefully everyone is OK.&#8221;</p> <p>Brady was asked how his family support system helps him deal with the ongoing controversies of Deflategate and the pressure of playing in his sixth Super Bowl.</p> <p>&#8220;They mean a lot. My parents and my wife, certainly,&#8221; Brady said. &#8220;I&#8217;€™ve got a great support system.&#8221;</p> <p>Gisele posted a picture of the snowbound Brady house on Instagram on Tuesday morning.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 600px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-version="4"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"></div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" href="" target="_top">Sending love! #blizzard&#8217;„️&#8217;›„️ &#8216;¤ï¸ Mandando amor! #nevasca</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">Una foto publicada por Gisele Bündchen (@giseleofficial) el <time style="font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;" datetime="2015-01-27T21:28:38+00:00">27 de Ene de 2015 a la(s) 1:28 PST</time></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><script src="//" async="" defer="defer"></script></p> Blog patriots Other Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:35:53 +0000 916966 at Earl Thomas on Tom Brady: ‘He’s not the goody two-shoes you all think he is’ <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_87755" style="width: 350px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img class="wp-image-87755 size-full" src="" alt="Tom Brady said Monday night he doesn't consider himself with some of the all-time great quarterbacks. (Elsa/Getty Images)" width="340" height="284" /><p class="wp-caption-text"><a class="r_lapi" href="">Tom Brady</a> said Monday night he doesn&#8217;t consider himself with some of the all-time great quarterbacks. (Elsa/Getty Images)</p></div> <p>PHOENIX &#8212; <a class="r_lapi" href="">Tom Brady</a> is married to a supermodel, endorses UGG boots, jets around the world, and lives a life the rest of us can&#8217;t even fathom.</p> <p>But he&#8217;s not fooling <a class="r_lapi" href="">Earl Thomas</a>. The <a class="r_lapi" href="">Seahawks</a> free safety knows what Brady really is.</p> <p>&#8220;He&#8217;s a general in every regard,&#8221; Thomas said at Media Day on Tuesday. &#8220;He runs it. He plays with a chip on his shoulder. He&#8217;s not the goody two-shoes you all think he is. He&#8217;s a warrior in every way.&#8221;</p> <p>If a theme emerged from the <a class="r_lapi" href="">Seahawks</a> defenders, it&#8217;s the genuine respect they hold for Brady, the three-time <a class="r_lapi" href="">Super Bowl</a> champ gunning for his fourth title in six tries.</p> <p>&#8220;They have a great quarterback, &#8220;said strong safey Kam Chancellor. &#8220;<a href="" class="r_lapi">Tom Brady</a>&#8216;s a great quarterback who&#8217;s definitely capable of getting his guys the ball and letting them make plays.&#8221;</p> <p>Cornerback <a class="r_lapi" href="">Richard Sherman</a> looks forward to the challenge.</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s fun for competitors,&#8221; he said. &#8220;It&#8217;s a great challenge for us and anybody who&#8217;s ever been an elite competitor or an elite player enjoys those moments against other elite players. It brings the best out of you.&#8221;</p> <p>That said, the <a href="" class="r_lapi">Seahawks</a> aren&#8217;t going to respect Brady too much. Linebacker K.J. Wright was asked which member of the offense scares him.</p> <p>&#8220;No one,&#8221; he said.</p> Blog patriots Other Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:33:28 +0000 916971 at Patriots: Ball security result of good practice habits, not deflated footballs <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_79061" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img class="wp-image-79061 size-full" src="" alt="Danny Amendola" width="150" height="204" /><p class="wp-caption-text"><a class="r_lapi" href="">Danny Amendola</a></p></div> <p>PHOENIX &#8211;€” In the wake of the Deflategate controversy, <a href="" target="_blank">some pointed to the fact that the Patriots have a lower fumble rate than many other teams the last few years</a>. But several members of the New England offense said Tuesday that ball security has always been paramount with the Patriots, <a href="" target="_blank">thanks in large part to how coach Bill Belichick operates</a>. (Not to mention the fact that the initial data <a href="" target="_blank">may be more than a little suspect</a>.)</p> <p>&#8220;€œI&#8217;€™ve always been told that you can&#8217;€™t win the game without the football,&#8221;€ said running back LeGarrette Blount. &#8216;€œIf you give the football away you have no control of the game. We have to continue to protect it, and continue to have it in our hands as much as possible and don&#8217;€™t let it hit the ground and don&#8217;€™t let anybody else get ahold of it. You can&#8217;€™t win the game without the football.</p> <p>&#8220;€œWe put a heavy emphasis on keeping the football,&#8221;€ he added. &#8220;We practice holding the football, we have the defense punch at the football a lot extra then probably most teams do. We do everything to emphasis ball security because like I said, you can&#8217;€™t win the game without the ball.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;€œI can definitely tell that the coaching and the drills that we do within the drill and the offseason and camp and OTAs have really paid off for a lot of guys,&#8221;€ said wide receiver <a class="r_lapi" href="">Danny Amendola</a>. &#8220;We take a lot of drills that we do within the week, within practice, and take them to the field. We do a lot of drills here that really benefit that too.&#8221;</p> Blog patriots Other Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:03:40 +0000 916956 at Photos: Super Bowl week in Arizona <!--paging_filter--><p>WEEI&#8217;s Dennis &amp; Callahan, Middays with MFB and Dale &amp; Holley are in Arizona all week, along with a team of writers.</p> <p><a href="">Click here to check out their photos all week</a>.</p> <div id="attachment_87806" style="width: 609px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href=""><img class="size-full wp-image-87806" src="" alt="Middays with MFB on Radio Row" width="599" height="337" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Middays with MFB on Radio Row</p></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Blog patriots Other Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:58:29 +0000 916896 at Robert Kraft to critics: Our players think Deflategate statements ‘hogwash’ <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_79129" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img class="size-full wp-image-79129" src="" alt="Robert Kraft" width="150" height="229" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Robert Kraft</p></div> <p>PHOENIX &#8212; Clearly a lot of has been made over the last week-plus of what turned into Deflategate.</p> <p>It reached its peak Monday night when owner Robert Kraft <a href="">surprised everyone and spoke</a> prior to the Patriots&#8217; media session at their hotel in Chandler, Arizona and emphatically stood on his team&#8217;s side maintaining they did nothing wrong.</p> <p>Kraft spoke again at the team&#8217;s media day Tuesday and said it isn&#8217;t affecting the team.</p> <p>&#8220;By and large, except for our quarterback, they&#8217;re not paying much attention to it,&#8221; Kraft said. &#8220;I think they think it&#8217;s a bunch of hogwash.&#8221;</p> <p>Kraft said he and his son Jonathan spent the flight to Arizona Monday writing the remarks, but he went back-and-forth deciding whether he would take to the podium before <a class="r_lapi" href="">Bill Belichick</a> and <a class="r_lapi" href="">Tom Brady</a>&#8216;s scheduled press conferences. Ultimately, 15 minutes before he decided he would speak.</p> <p>The owner said he got a lot of positive feedback from the team internally, but wouldn&#8217;t go into much detail.</p> <p>&#8220;I think they were appreciative, but I don&#8217;t think it was a surprise,&#8221; Kraft said. &#8220;This business is a very complicated, hard business that can be very cruel at times. It&#8217;s like family, a marriage &#8230; it&#8217;s important to always be together on the same page even when you might have minor disagreements. I can tell you, we at the top of the Patriots, my family and our key people, are all one. That was the message I tried to express yesterday.&#8221;</p> <p>Kraft responded to <a class="r_lapi" href="">Richard Sherman</a>&#8216;s comments earlier the week about Roger Goodell&#8217;s <a href="">relationship with him and possibly affecting discipline</a> with the Patriots, as Goodell was seen at a get together with Kraft the night before the AFC championship game.</p> <p>&#8220;I think <a class="r_lapi" href="">Richard Sherman</a> is a very smart marketing whiz,&#8221; Kraft responded. &#8220;If you go into the facts of what he said, the NFL always used to pay for a big party for the AFC championship game. We&#8217;ve been privileged to own the team for 21 years, and this was our 10th championship game. When the league stopped giving the parties, we started doing it. This is our third one.&#8221;</p> <p>The owner also added the party had a lot of NFL sponsors attend, which ultimately are the ones who help Sherman get paid.</p> <p>&#8220;I think Mr. Sherman understood that he&#8217;s the biggest beneficiary, because they get over 50 percent of the revenues,&#8221; Kraft said. &#8220;So he didn&#8217;t go to Harvard, but Stanford must be pretty good because he figured it out.&#8221;</p> Blog patriots Other Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:41:07 +0000 916901 at Figure skating champs Johnny Weir, Tara Lipinski: We love Gronk <!--paging_filter--><p>PHOENIX &#8212; <a class="r_lapi" href="">Figure skating</a> champions Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir, working for NBC Sports while at <a class="r_lapi" href="">Super Bowl</a> XLIX, spent plenty of time speaking with the Patriots at Tuesday&#8217;s media day, and came away impressed enough to say they&#8217;re rooting for New England in the <a href="" class="r_lapi">Super Bowl</a>.</p> <p>The two interviewed several members of the Patriots, but came away most impressed by tight end <a class="r_lapi" href="">Rob Gronkowski</a>.</p> <p>&#8220;We just met him. We love Rob. Everything is about Rob right now,&#8221; Lipinski said, before adding that the Patriots, &#8220;were awesome.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;<a href="" class="r_lapi">Rob Gronkowski</a> is such a gentleman. He&#8217;s so handsome and so tall and so kind,&#8221; Weir said. &#8220;We loved meeting all of them. We&#8217;re rooting for the Patriots.&#8221;</p> Blog patriots Other Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:20:09 +0000 916836 at Julian Edelman credits Tom Brady with Patriots’ long-lasted success <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_79011" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img class="size-full wp-image-79011" src="" alt="Julian Edelman" width="150" height="221" /><p class="wp-caption-text"><a href="" class="r_lapi">Julian Edelman</a></p></div> <p>PHOENIX &#8212; Since 2001, the Patriots have a 170-54 record in the regular-season and have been to six Super Bowls (including this season) and another nine AFC championship games.</p> <p>What&#8217;s the biggest reason for the team&#8217;s success? <a href="" class="r_lapi">Tom Brady</a>, according to Julian Edelman.</p> <p>&#8220;I think there&#8217;€™s a common factor there, of this guy named Tom Brady. He&#8217;€™s pretty good,&#8221; Edelman said on Tuesday. &#8220;He and we have some coaches that work their tails off. The scouting department knowing who they want and all of that kind of stuff. They all work together. I don&#8217;€™t know, you&#8217;€™d have to ask Coach (<a href="" class="r_lapi">Bill) Belichick</a> on that one.&#8221;</p> <p>Edelman has excelled on special teams during his career. Back in the last Patriots&#8217; <a href="" class="r_lapi">Super Bowl</a>, Edelman&#8217;s only role was returning kicks. Now, he&#8217;s turned into one of the better punt returners in the game.</p> <p>For his career he&#8217;s returned 132 punts for 1,616 yards and four touchdowns, including 25 for 299 yards and a touchdown this season.</p> <p>&#8220;A punt return play is one of the plays that you can be prepared for the most out of any play in football,&#8221; said Edelman. &#8220;You can look at the situation, you have time to look at the wind pattern, where you&#8217;€™re at on the field, what time it is in the game, all that kind of stuff, the trajectory of the punt, it all comes into consideration if you&#8217;€™re going to return it, if there&#8217;€™s a block.</p> <p>&#8220;As a punt returner, your job is to get 10 yards. If you get 10 yards, you&#8217;€™re happy. Anything after that is cream. Ultimately, your job is to give the ball to the offense with some good field position. They have a tough unit. They&#8217;€™re fast, they play hard on that unit. We&#8217;€™re definitely going to have to bring our A-game and prepare these next few days to get ready for it.&#8221;</p> <p><span id="more-87785"></span>Edelman, who was drafted in 2009, has played five seasons with <a href="" class="r_lapi">Rob Gronkowski</a> and had nothing but good things to say about the Patriots&#8217; star tight end.</p> <p>&#8220;Rob is a great teammate,&#8221; said Edelman. &#8220;He&#8217;€™s a big goofball, a big baby. All he cares about is football and football. You love having him in the locker room. He makes things fun. He works hard. He&#8217;€™s all about this team. It&#8217;€™s great to have him. He&#8217;€™s one of the best.&#8221;</p> <p>As for the game Sunday against the <a href="" class="r_lapi">Seahawks</a>, Edelman knows he and the rest of the offense will be challenged going up against the No. 1 ranked pass defense in the NFL, as Seattle allowed 185.6 yards per game in the regular season.</p> <p>&#8220;They do what they do. What they do is very, very good,&#8221; he said. &#8220;Lining up in the slot, you know that they&#8217;€™ve got guys over there that can hit, that know their scheme, that know all that stuff. As a slot, or as someone that plays outside-in, what you ultimately try to do is go see the coverage, see what you have to do on that play, that specific situation and remember what the coaches said about this and that. Then, you have to be able to adjust on the go. This team is a swarming defense, fast and you know that you have to get the ball and you have to be able to take advantage of what they give you.&#8221;</p> Blog patriots Other Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:14:22 +0000 916806 at Jerod Mayo’s daughter grills Bill Belichick, steals show at Patriots’ media day <!--paging_filter--><p>PHOENIX &#8212; Rarely does the media get to see <a href="" class="r_lapi">Bill Belichick</a> smile and laugh. But on Tuesday, at media day here in the Valley of the Sun, Chya Mayo was able to turn the trick. </p> <p>Yes, that Chya Mayo is the start of &#8220;A &#8216;Lil Mayo&#8221; on and the four-year-old was going around asking different Patriots questions. What was her question for Bill Belichick?</p> <p>&#8220;What stuffed animals do you like?&#8221;</p> <p>His answer: &#8220;I like a little puppet that you can put your fingers in. A little monkey.&#8221;</p> <p>But it stop there. Belichick responded with a question of his own. &#8220;Did your daddy fix your hair?&#8221; </p> <p>Belichick was also asked about the last three movies he had seen. </p> <p>&#8220;Last three movies I saw: Unbroken, American Sniper &#8216;€“ those two for sure. I think back to what I saw in the summer, but those two for sure.&#8221;</p> <p>Naturally, with his Mona Lisa Vito reference from last Saturday, he was asked about his favorite movie starring Joe Pesci. </p> <p>&#8220;Home Alone. Definitely Home Alone. No question about that. Home Alone and Home Alone 2 over the Christmas holidays. My Cousin Vinny. Put them all in there.&#8221;</p> Blog patriots Other Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:51:29 +0000 916731 at Brandon Browner: You don’t understand my relationship with Richard Sherman <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_79075" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img class="size-full wp-image-79075" src="" alt="Brandon Browner" width="150" height="224" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Brandon Browner</p></div> <p>PHOENIX &#8211;€” Brandon Browner laughed off the controversy surrounding his comments to ESPN earlier in the week suggesting that his teammates should go after <a class="r_lapi" href="">Richard Sherman</a>&#8216;€™s injured elbow.</p> <p>Sherman was injured in the NFC title game, and Browner told ESPN, &#8220;at the end of the day, this is about the <a class="r_lapi" href="">Super Bowl</a>. I&#8217;€™m going to tell my teammates &#8216;€˜go hit that elbow. Go hit that shoulder,&#8221;€ <a href="" target="_blank">Browner said</a>. &#8220;Hit it, yeah. Try to break it if you can. You can be my best friend after the game but, at the end of the day, I know you want the <a class="r_lapi" href="">Super Bowl</a> just as bad as I do.&#8221;€</p> <p>Browner, who was a teammate of Sherman in Seattle from 2011 through 2013, shrugged Tuesday when he was asked about the comment, saying that he&#8217;€™s already communicated with Sherman about what happened.</p> <p>&#8220;He hit me with an LOL and said &#8216;€˜You just made it tougher for me and my receiver.&#8217;™ You know how Richard is,&#8221;€ he said. &#8220;I really haven&#8217;€™t watched or looked at the comments [on the interview]. People were telling me about it. Now, I&#8217;€™m really not going to look at the comments because it doesn&#8217;€™t make any sense. If you guys know me and the relationship I have with [the Seattle defensive backs], you&#8217;€™d understand.</p> <p>&#8220;€œThat&#8217;€™s who we are. I want to win. If it takes breaking your arm or you losing a &#8230; you know what I mean? I want to win. I hope you feel better the next day or whatever it is.&#8221;</p> <p>For more Patriots news, check out <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> Blog patriots Other Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:50:09 +0000 916736 at Josh McDaniels would ‘love to’ be head coach again, given the right spot <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_79138" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img class="size-full wp-image-79138" src="" alt="Josh McDaniels" width="150" height="227" /><p class="wp-caption-text"><a class="r_lapi" href="">Josh McDaniels</a></p></div> <p>PHEONIX &#8212; <a class="r_lapi" href="">Josh McDaniels</a>&#8216; name has been mentioned a number of times over the last few months as a potential head coach.</p> <p>He <a href="">reportedly interviewed</a> with the Falcons and <a class="r_lapi" href="">49ers</a> during the Patriots&#8217; bye week, and although the Falcons job is still open, there was a <a href="" target="_blank">report from an Atlanta paper</a> that he was staying with the Patriots. Tuesday at the Patriots&#8217; media day, McDaniels said he still has interest in being a head coach, given the right situation.</p> <p>&#8220;I would love to do it again,&#8221; McDaniels said. &#8220;I think the most important thing to me is to just be in the right situation and just be in a place where I feel good about being. There are a lot of great teams and great places out there. I happen to be in a good situation for myself right now and for my family. If it comes up again and it is like there it is, that is the right spot, then I would love to do it again and give it another shot.&#8221;</p> <p>Even though things didn&#8217;t work out in Denver for McDaniels, going 11-17 in one-plus season with the <a class="r_lapi" href="">Broncos</a>, he said it was a learning experience and it is benefiting him now. He said he and the rest of the New England coaching staff work very well together.</p> <p>&#8220;I have learned a tremendous amount,&#8221; he said. &#8220;There is probably so many things that I learned there. I think one of the things that I really learned in Denver is the value of being a good listener. When you do something like that for the first time you feel like you have to run through everything and be in charge of too many things and sometimes that is a significant negative. I have tried really hard in St. Louis and then here back in New England. We really gather ideas, we listen to one another and try to do the best thing for the offense in this particular case and it has really been a great thing.</p> <p>&#8220;Our atmosphere on our staff has been very healthy and a big part of that is that we have a lot of guys that can contribute and it doesn&#8217;€™t come from one source. I made a lot of mistakes there and you know that. I think it was a great learning experience for myself. Hopefully I have grown from that and will continue to grow.&#8221;</p> <p><span id="more-87774"></span>As for the game Sunday, Seattle&#8217;s defense poses a tough challenge for McDaniels and the New England offense. The <a class="r_lapi" href="">Seahawks</a> had the best total defense in the NFL during the regular season, allowing just 267.1 yards a game. Their passing defense is also the best, allowing 185.6 yards a game and the fewest points &#8212; 15.9.</p> <p>&#8220;This is a tremendous unit,&#8221; McDaniels said of Seattle. &#8220;I think the game is going to come down to a lot of what you just talked about. They have great players in the secondary, they have great players at linebacker and they have a great front. Whatever you&#8217;€™re going to do, you&#8217;€™re going to have to do a good job of it. I don&#8217;€™t think you can do the same thing all game. This is a team that their coaching staff does a great job of adjusting and trying to take away things that you do well early in the game.</p> <p>&#8220;We&#8217;€™re going to have to try to maintain our balance. We going to have to try to continue to poke and prod, take positive plays when we can, hopefully stay out of long yardage situations and take care of the football because ultimately I&#8217;€™m sure that is going to be a huge factor in who wins and loses the game.&#8221;</p> Blog patriots Other Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:38:04 +0000 916741 at