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12/20/2012 - 2:32pm
Rex: 'If we had Tom Brady, I'd be happy'

With rumors swirling about what the Jets intend to do with their mess at quarterback, head coach Rex Ryan joked about one quarterback that could make New York's troubles disappear.

"I'll be honest with you," Ryan told reporters. "If we had Tom Brady, I'd be happy with that. We don't."

Ryan said he isn't ready to talk about next season with two games left in 2012 while dismissing a report that the Jets intend to pursue an active trade market for Mark Sanchez, who is owed $8.25 million in 2013. Ryan insists his focus is on his team in the final two games, not the embattled quarterback.

"That didn't come from me," Ryan said, via the New York Daily News. "I have absolutely zero focus on that right now. That's for another day."

Ryan was repeatedly asked by reporters to address the future of the team's quarterback position after he named Greg McElroy his starter for Sunday's game against the Chargers...

12/20/2012 - 2:13pm
Brady back at Pats practice, Rivera out

After getting Wednesday off for an apparent maintenance day of rest, Tom Brady was back on the practice field Thursday with his Patriots teammates as they continued preparations for the Jacksonville Jaguars in shells outside Gillette Stadium. Brady threw a career-high 65 passes and missed practice on Wednesday for the first time this season. 

The only player missing from the 52 players on the roster was linebacker Mike Rivera, who missed his second straight practice with an ankle injury.

The Patriots could be keeping the extra roster spot open for the return of defensive end Jermaine Cunningham, who is eligible to come off the suspended list on Monday for PED violation. He will serve the fourth and final game of his suspension this Sunday.

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots.

 


12/20/2012 - 12:32pm
Manning beats Brady in fan Pro Bowl vote

Tom Brady was second overall in fan Pro Bowl voting, but still couldn't claim top vote-getter numbers at his position in his conference. 

Brady received 908,099 tallies in fan voting, second overall to Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (993,045). While Brady didn't lead at his position, three other Patriots topped fan voting at their positions, with Rob Gronkowski (646,273) not only leading AFC tight ends but finishing eighth overall in fan voting, Jerod Mayo (323,411) topping AFC inside linebackers and Logan Mankins (206,026) finishing at the top of fan voting for AFC guards. 

The Pro Bowl teams are named based on votes from fans, coaches and players. The teams will be announced on Dec. 26. 

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12/20/2012 - 12:11pm
Cole on M&M: Jets 'afraid' to play Tebow

Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, in an interview on the Mut & Merloni show, suggested that the Jets' reluctance to play Tim Tebow at quarterback in the final games of the season is illogical. Cole suggested that the decision to go with Greg McElroy over Tebow (with Mark Sanchez benched) represented an instance in which perception and public relations won out over good decision-making. 

"I think they’re afraid that he goes out there, and he plays well enough for the fans and he puts on a show, that all of a sudden people want to keep him. That’s the only thing I can think of, because otherwise, you put him out there, see if you can get him to play well, you dummy up a game plan so that he looks good for a couple of games and then turn around and try to trade him for a fourth- or a fifth-round draft pick," said Cole. "That would be my strategy with it, but I think this management group, this coaching staff, is probably afraid...

12/20/2012 - 10:00am
Doc: Celts progress slower than anticipated

Speaking during his weekly appearance on The Dennis and Callahan Show, Thursday morning, Celtics coach Doc Rivers talked about the ups and downs both his team and individual players have endured throughout what has been 13-12 season thus far.

Regarding the team, and any assertion that some of the early-season struggles have to do with so many new faces, Rivers explained the inconsistencies were due to a variety of reasons.

"I understand the changes we made. We made a lot of them," said Rivers, whose team is coming off a 103-91 win over Cleveland Wednesday night. "One of our key guys has not played yet, but Avery [Bradley] is not Bill Russell. With that, plus with all the different changes -- guys buying into different roles -- it does take time. Did I think it would take this much time? I didn't. It also takes time for us as a...

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