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09/10/2010 - 12:25pm
Belichick: 'No quarterback I'd rather have'

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady did not speak publicly Friday about his car accident on Thursday or his reported four-year, $72 million contract extension. But his coach did offer some gracious words for his Pro Bowl quarterback. 


"There's no quarterback I'd rather have than Tom Brady," Bill Belichick said. "He does a great job for us in all phases of the game. I think Tom, myself and all the rest of us are trying to get ready for Cincinnati." 


The Patriots host the Bengals at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Gillette Stadium in the season opener for both teams. 


For more, including audio, visit the Patriots page at

09/10/2010 - 12:18pm
SI's King on D&H: Questions for Pats

Sports Illustrated's Peter King joined the Dale & Holley show Friday to discuss Tom Brady's contract and other NFL news. King said the Patriots deserve praise for getting the Brady deal out of the way before the start of the season. "Whatever the feelings were on the part of Robert Kraft or on the part of Tom Brady, I give them credit, both of them, for not allowing this to be any sort of festering boil."


King said he doesn't expect any of the other Patriots, even the ones pushing for new contracts (Logan Mankins, Randy Moss) to have any jealousy about Brady's deal. "Tom Brady has been beyond a good soldier," King said. "He has not ever raised a stink and said, 'I'm underpaid.' He's always said, 'Hey, listen, I just want to build the best team we can.' I think sometimes in life, the non-squeaky wheel gets the grease. This is one of those times. … I don't think anybody looks at that contract and...

09/10/2010 - 11:51am
Friday Patriots practice report

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady was back at practice on Friday for a second straight day as the Patriots worked out in shorts and shells on the main Gillette Stadium field.


Only CB Terrence Wheatley [foot], OL Nick Kaczur [back] and Quinn Ojinnaka [suspension] were missing from practice. 


The Patriots are preparing for the Cincinnati Bengals at 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium. 


For more, visit the Patriots team page at

09/10/2010 - 11:07am
Pats captains: Brady, Faulk, Wilfork, Mayo

FOXBORO -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick announced Friday morning the selection of four player captains for the 2010 season, led by the newly extended Tom Brady. 


Also voted by players as captains were Kevin Faulk, Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo. 


For more, visit the Patriots page at

09/10/2010 - 11:02am
Neal on D&H: Brady no distraction

Patriots lineman Stephen Neal joined the Dale & Holley show Friday morning as the team prepares for Sunday's season-opener against the Bengals. Neal said Tom Brady's car accident Thursday morning isn't a problem for the Patriots. "I didn't think too much of it," Neal said. "We just started our preparation for the Bengals. We've got a tough task at hand. … I don't think it was a distraction at all."


Asked about the Bengals, Neal said the Patriots linemen will have their hands full. "They have a really good defensive line and they'll all play everywhere," he said. "They all have different skill sets. They're all physical and tough. Some of them are a little bigger, more powerful. Some of them are a little quicker. Then you've got the linebackers. They're also great. They're young, fast, athletic. They're real good."


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