Tag:Tom Brady
Posted on: September 12, 2011 9:37 pm
Edited on: September 12, 2011 11:52 pm
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Tom Brady's INT-free streak snapped at 358

Posted by Will Brinson

There's a reason why Tom Brady was the MVP in 2010 -- he closed out the season on a white-hot streak that saw him avoid throwing an interception from October 17 against the Ravens until the end of the season. That streak, obviously, carried over into 2011 ... but it didn't last long as a deflected pass ended Brady's streak at 358 when the Dolphins intercepted him.

On the Patriots first drive of the second half in Miami, Brady went to throw a screen on the left side to Julian Edelman. The pass got deflected and Jared Odrick grabbed it out of the air and streaked -- well, as best a big man can anyway -- to the end zone, only to be stopped by Deion Branch just short of a defensive touchdown.

Brady's streak is remarkable in that it spanned many, many months, but also because it marked an incredible run by the Patriots as a whole -- they didn't turn the ball over a single time in the final seven games of the 2010 season.

Here's some good news, though: Brady's interception-free streak might have been shattered on Monday, but he also crossed some pretty solid milestones as well.

Brady became the 18th player in NFL history to throw for 35,000 yards on Monday night, and with his 35th career 300-yard passing night, he now has the 11th-most 300-plus games in NFL history. John Elway (36 games) and Drew Bledsoe (37) should see themselves leapfrogged soon.

The Patriots franchise quarterback also extended a touchdown streak, having thrown two scores in 10 consecutive games as of Monday night.



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Posted on: September 12, 2011 9:06 pm
Edited on: September 13, 2011 1:14 am
 

Pats C Dan Koppen breaks ankle

Posted by Will Brinson

The Patriots won their season opener against the Dolphins in Miami but it came at a cost: center Dan Koppen, who left just before halftime, has a broken left ankle, according to the Boston Herald's Ian Rapoport.

"The team will run more tests tomorrow to see whether there is more damage to the ligaments or the surrounding portions of his leg," Rapoport wrote early Tuesday morning. "But, the early returns are that it may not be a complicated break. In fact, don’t rule Koppen out for the season just yet."

Koppen suffered what the Patriots called a left ankle injury at the time when Karlos Dansby fell on his leg as Koppen blocked for a Tom Brady sneak on third down late in the first half.

He screamed in pain and lay on the ground for a few minutes until a cart was brought out -- as Koppen was leaving, cameras picked him up mouthing something that didn't exactly look, um, optimistic to the medical staff. He was also seen leaving the medical room on crutches and said "We'll see" when asked about the extent of his injury.

The injury is particularly devastating for New England, as they signed Thomas Welch from the practice squad just to get to seven offensive linemen for the Monday night game.

The Dolphins Jason Taylor also suffered an ankle and/or foot injury during the first half when it appeared someone stepped on his foot; he returned to the game in the second half.

Perhaps coincidentally, as soon as Koppen left and Dan Connolly slid over to center, Wake immediately drew a holding call against rookie lineman Nate Solder and then on the next play, recorded a sack on Tom Brady.

Not coincidentally, Wake/Taylor against New England's thinned-out line was our top matchup to watch tonight. And, as we expected, the Pats have been using the heck out of two tight end sets -- they had Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski on the field for nearly every single play in the first half.

Expect to see plenty of them in the second half as well, since the loss of Koppen will require increased assistance for an extremely thin offensive line.

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Posted on: September 12, 2011 4:35 pm
Edited on: September 12, 2011 4:47 pm
 

7-Point Preview: Dolphins vs. Patriots

Posted by Will Brinson


1. Miami Dolphins (0-0) vs. New England Patriots (0-0)
Rumblings started to form on Twitter Monday that the Dolphins are taking a look at David Garrard. Even if this doesn't happen, it is perfect, because the Dolphins are in the middle of their 15th quarterback controversy of the year, and they haven't even played a game yet.

It's a mess in South Beach, theoretically, but there's reason to be hopeful. I continue to believe that Chad Henne can evolve into a good NFL quarterback. He's been freed from the shackles of Dan "Third and Draw" Henning and has been given "full reign" by new OC Brian Daboll to call audibles at the line of scrimmage.

Last season's game in Miami is viewed as a blowout. That's because the Patriots won handily, 41-14. But what folks don't remember is that without a Miami special-teams implosion, this game was actually pretty close.

The Patriots scored on a 103-yard kickoff return from Brandon Tate (no longer with New England) and a Kyle Arrington 31-yard blocked field-goal return. To dump a pound of salt in the wound, Patrick Chung also took a pick 51 yards to the house to finish off the rout. Take away those three touchdowns (I know, I know but just play along) and it's a much closer game in which Henne was respectable before getting pressed into throwing the ball in bad situations.

Add in the fact that he's got more versatile weapons (read: Reggie Bush) than 2010, and it's not unreasonable to expect an alright game out of Henne this evening. Brady, as you may know, is capable of doing damage to other teams.

2. What the Nerds and Degenerate Gamblers Say:
This is kind of amazing: according to Sportsbook.com, 94 percent of the public's money is on the Pats -7. If we were talking about the Pats money line, that's one thing. But we're discussing a seven-point road favorite playing a division rival who's beaten said favorite a bunch of times when they come down to Florida.

Things could go either way, really -- Tom Brady over the last six years (we're going six instead of five since he missed 2008) has vacillated wildly in Miami. In 2006 he went 12 of 25 for 78 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions. In 2007 he went 21 of 25 for 354 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions. In that time, though, he's only 3-2 in Miami.

"He’s human, right?" Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake asked of Brady Sunday, per Omar Kelly of the Miami Sun-Sentinel. "He has two eyes and red blood? If you cut him, will he bleed? He puts his pants on one leg a time."

He may actually put his pants on differently and HOW DARE YOU TALK ABOUT TOM'S EYES, SIR? Er, wait, sorry. Yes, Brady is human. He's been vulnerable against the Dolphins in the past and he'll be vulnerable now.

There's no real logic why everyone's slamming their money after New England favored by a touchdown on the road even if they could easily cover, other than "the Patriots are always awesome, win games and usually manage to be flashy and smart while the Dolphins are typically the opposite and quite boring and therefore will lose."

3. Key Matchup to Watch
The aforementioned defensive end, Cameron Wake, is one of the scariest players in the NFL. Were it not for the Dolphins lacking relevance in 2010, Wake probably would have gotten pub as the Defensive Player of the Year in the NFL.

With Wake and Dolphins-turned-Jet-turned-dancer-t
urned-Dolphin Jason Taylor lining up to terrorize Brady, the Patriots offensive line has a serious task on its hands -- both left tackle Matt Light and right tackle (and rookie) Nate Solder, replacing starting right tackle Sebastian Volmer, will require additional help in doubling up on Wake.

Fortunately for the Patriots, they have a pair of tight ends who are capable receiving options and pretty good blockers in Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski, so don't be shocked to see lots of two tight end formations out of New England as they look to bolster their pass defense.

If Wake and Taylor crank up the pressure on Brady, the Patriots could be in a for long day, especially considering they aren't typically the type of team that counters quarterback pressure by pounding the rock. Their answer is a dynamic short-passing game that chews up clock and wears opponents down.

It's much harder to pull off if Brady's ending up on his ass every two or three plays and/or doesn't have time to get through his progressions. And when Brady slows his progressions down, the Patriots aren't pushing the tempo and the defense has more time to adjust and, generally speaking, a much better chance of stopping New England.

4. Potentially Relevant YouTube

So, this weekend some ridiculous bizness went down with the Notre Dame-Michigan game, in which roughly 735 points were scored in 10 seconds. Or something like that -- Denard Robinson (he of sure-fire future NFL Draft scrutiny!) led the Wolverines to a stunning victory. He then jumped in the crowd and a weirdo fan decided he need to rub Robinson's arm and share the magic with the world.

In case you're scratching your head, both Tom Brady and Chad Henne went to Michigan and they will need magic from their arms to win tonight. Do you see? (Via Spencer Hall's Alphabetical)



5. The Patriots will win if ...
They can protect Brady and give him time to get the ball in the hands of his playmakers and subsequently control the tempo against the Dolphins. The Patriots passing game was fine in the preseason, but Chad Ochocinco was a bit underwhelming (to say the least) and having him step things up in Monday night's would be pretty typical of how the Pats role with respect to bringing wide receivers and sandbagging their production before the season starts.

6. The Dolphins will win if ...
Reggie Bush makes the most out of his 20 touches. Well, he's supposed to get 20 touches anyway, and it's hard to imagine that if he's successful that this game won't be close. Bush not only can break off explosive plays, but his ability as a passcatcher out of the backfield will be tremendous for Henne -- he provides a safety valve and will keep the Patriots secondary honest and not able to double-team guys like Brandon Marshall.

7. Prediction: Patriots 24, Dolphins 17

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Posted on: September 11, 2011 12:51 pm
Edited on: September 11, 2011 2:26 pm
 

Report: Manning undergoes painful surgery

ManningPosted by Josh Katzowitz

While we all still try to figure out how long Peyton Manning will be out after his second neck surgery (and how screwed the Colts really are as they try not to miss the playoffs for the first time in a decade), it sounds like Manning is willing to sacrifice his long-term health to get back on the field faster.

That’s the report made by Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer (via PFT) today. Glazer says Manning opted for a more painful procedure in which a portion of his hip was removed so it could then be fused together with the bones in his spine.

This is not usually the prescribed method of surgery, but for Manning, it could lead him back to the field quicker (it also might give him chronic hip pain*).

*I’m all for being a team player, but Manning is really ready to make himself suffer potentially every day for the rest of his life so he can play a little bit quicker? That, to me, is crazy.


Glazer also said the medical people to whom he spoke said Manning wouldn’t have the ability to take a hit for four months.

Which leads us back to what Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said about Manning when asked about Manning’s injury.

"He’s such a tough guy. It sucks not seeing him out there," Brady said.

The Colts, possibly with the exception of Kerry Collins, think so too.

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Posted on: September 11, 2011 12:01 am
 

Brady sympathizes with Manning's injury

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In the battle between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning over who the best quarterback of the last decade has been, you could argue pretty persuasively either way. Which perhaps is why Brady feels sympathy for Manning while he misses significant time with a neck injury.

"He’s such a tough guy. It sucks not seeing him out there," Brady told NFL.com. "Hopefully he gets well soon. He’s a huge reason for why the NFL, why people follow it so closely."

And Manning probably would say the same thing about Brady if he was out a significant amount of time (I realize Brady was out for 15 games in 2008 and I’m not sure if Manning said anything like that or not, but I’m dealing in hypotheticals here, people. In theory, the classy Manning would say something like that).

"I think we as competitors, whenever you play great teams, you always want to play them with their best players," Brady said. "He’s been a great one for a long time."

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Posted on: September 10, 2011 7:57 pm
Edited on: September 10, 2011 8:37 pm
 

Report: Randy Moss spotted at Saints facility

MossPosted by Josh Katzowitz

UPDATED 8:35 p.m. ET: Pro Football Talk has thrown some cold water on the report by the New Orleans TV station, writing that if Randy Moss visited the Saints facility, he did so without the knowledge of his agent, Joel Segal.

Since that's extremely unlikely, I wouldn't bet on Moss, if he plays again, taking his next snap with the Saints.

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Randy Moss is known to be interested in returning to play another season with the Patriots. Tom Brady has gone on record as saying he’d welcome Moss back to New England with open arms.

That is unlikely to happen.

But despite his forced retirement -- not to mention Jerry Rice ripping Moss for his work ethic and former Vikings coach Brad Childress describing how Moss metaphorically vomited on Minnesota’s locker room -- it seems that Moss isn’t necessarily done playing pro football yet.

That’s because WWLTV in New Orleans is reporting that Moss has been spotted at the Saints facility and is a player of interest for the club.

Given the fact that Saints receiver Marques Colston will be out the next four weeks while recovering from a broken collarbone, the move seems to make sense. Even if it’s just to see what Moss has left on the practice field.

But remember: Moss destroyed Childress’ reign in Minnesota last year and he was a complete non-factor after going to Tennessee. At this point, other than a bad attitude, Moss simply might not have anything left.

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Posted on: September 7, 2011 8:21 pm
 

VIDEO: Tom Brady's new UGGs commercial 'Steps'

Posted by Will Brinson

Apparently, I missed Tom Brady's last UGG's commercial. (Or maybe I'm just an idiot? I clearly knew he was endorsing them.) Because, instead of understanding why he had a camera on his pants, I decided to mock it. That's come back to haunt me through this stylish and hip commercial that made my wife say "Helllooooooo, handsome!"

Of course, I then told her that Tom was terrible at blogging about football and that he probably has to shower at least once a day. So take that, Mr. Dreamy Eyes with the fancy upscale mens' shoe commercials and tons of money and Super Bowl rings!
 


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Posted on: September 6, 2011 10:52 am
Edited on: September 6, 2011 11:41 am
 

Brady on Moss: 'Id welcome him with open arms'

Tom Brady on Randy Moss: "I’d welcome him with open arms.” (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

On Sunday, our esteemed colleague Will Brinson wrote that Randy Moss, should he choose to come out of retirement, would be willing to return to the Patriots. This is like saying that, if you'd be willing to give us a Gulfstream G550 we'd gladly give up those coach seats that invariably have us stuck between the heavy-set fellow and that tin box passing for a bathroom.

Chip Fontanazza of the West Virginia MetroNews wrote recently that "Moss does regret leaving the New England Patriots and that would most likely be the only team he would play for in the NFL if he would return."

We'd expect head coach Bill Belichick to either ignore the speculation altogether or, in his best Stephen Hawking robot voice, say something like "Randy Moss was an important part of our success when he was here. We appreciate his contributions but we have moved on."

And while those may be the team talking points this week, quarterback Tom Brady apparently didn't receive his copy before going on Boston's WEEI Tuesday morning.

“You never know in the NFL,” Brady said, according to the Boston Herald. “I love Randy, he’s one of the greatest receivers in the history of the game, one of the greatest players I’ve had a chance to play with. But unfortunately, I don’t make personnel decisions. If I did, I’d still have all my friends here -- Troy (Brown), David Patten, Deion (Branch) would have never left. I’ve seen so many guys move on, some come back. … But I don’t know (if he’ll play again). Who knows? I can’t get into his brain. I love the guy, he’s a great friend of mine, and if he ever did come back and play, I’d welcome him with open arms.”

From Brady's perspective there's a lot to like. Brady's "go-to" receiver in 2006 was Reche Caldwell, who had 61 catches for 760 yards and four touchdowns. A year later, Moss' first in New England, he hauled in 98 passes for 1,493 yards and an NFL record 23 touchdowns.

During his four seasons with the Pats, Moss had 259 receptions for 3,904 yards and 50 touchdowns.

Yeah, it's hard to blame Randy or Tom for pining for the good ol' days.

Of course, Moss looked nothing like his Hall of Fame self after the Pats unloaded him on the Vikings four games into last season (4 games, 13 receptions, 2 TDs). And he looked worse than that after Minnesota cut him and he finished the season with the Titans (8 games, 6 receptions, 0 TDs). But that may have had as much to do with lack of motivation as diminishing skills.

Still, we wouldn't shut the door completely on a Moss-New England reunion. Belichick isn't a by-the-book personnel guy -- he's been known to mix things up. Like, say, when he acquired Moss from the Raiders for a fourth-round pick.

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