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Patriots Talk: Bill Belichick Excited To Get Started



Patriots Talk: Bill Belichick Excited To Get Started

New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick met with the media on Wednesday for the first media session of Training Camp.

With Patriots training camp officially opening on Thursday Coach Belichick is excited to get started.

“Well, it’s always good to get started, come back here at the end of July after we’ve been through the spring and gotten to the point we had to at the end of OTAs and get started. New year, starting all over again, a lot of new challenges, some great competition out here. We’ll see it all through training camp in our scheduled workouts with Jacksonville, Houston and Detroit. So, a lot of work to do.

We’re just going to take it one day at a time, try to go out there and accomplish things every day, try to continue to get better, improve on the things we need to work on. There are obviously a lot of things that we did in the spring that we made some progress on, and then there were a lot of things that we weren’t able to do because of the restrictions that we had in the spring that we’ll deal with here in training camp as it relates to contact and technique and leverage and that kind of thing that will be a big emphasis for us here in camp. Looking forward to getting going, but just take it one day at a time, try to put one foot in front in the other, build good fundamentals, build a good base and see where it takes us. It’ll be a long haul, but I think we’re all excited to get started.

Belichick answered a variety of questions on a bunch of different topics with the media. But one that really hit home hard with him was the topic of Sebastian Vollmer.

Vollmer if you recall, retired this past offseason.

Yeah, Sebastian was a great player for us. He played a lot of football, played very well at a very young age for us his rookie year. He got some great players – [Dwight] Freeney, [Robert] Mathis, guys like that. Unfortunately, he didn’t play for us last year. He was here, but he never actually got to play. We’ve had kind of life without Sebastian on the field for a year.

Yes, we miss him, but we understand that’s the way it is in this game. So, he’s moved on and we wish him well. We appreciate everything he’s done for us. He was a great teammate, great player for us, and he came a long way in the time from when he was in Houston to his rookie year here and played a lot of great football for us on both sides of the line – left tackle and right tackle. Great player to coach, work with, tough, great teammate – a lot of respect for Seabass.”

One thing that Belichick loves is getting back into the football mindset. The one thing he always stresses is moving forward and looking at the future instead of reminiscing in the past.

This training camp is no different for the future Hall of Famer.

“Well, I don’t really think we’re going from scratch, Ben [Volin]. We’ve put a lot into the offseason program, put a lot into the spring. I think we’re at a point now where we’re ready to move into the next phase of it, and then there will be a later point in time we’ll move into another phase of it. So, this is where we are. We’ll hopefully make the most of the opportunities that we have going forward to put our team in the most competitive position. We have a lot of decisions to make and a lot of those will be made for us by the performance of the players and the team and so forth, but we’ll still be involved in that. So, it’s that phase of it, but yeah, it’s part of the team-building phase. It’s good to get going.

The New England Patriots open up training camp on Thursday.

The Patriots first four public practices will extend from Thursday, July 27 through Sunday, July 30, with morning practices each day beginning in the 9 o’clock hour. Exact times will be updated on the Patriots’ training camp website at a later date.

The Patriots Hall of Fame induction ceremony for Raymond Clayborn will take place on Saturday, July 29th. The event is free and open to the public with the location being right outside the doors of The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon.

The ceremony is expected to begin shortly after training camp practice concludes.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Patriots Talk: Josh McDaniels And The Colts Wouldn’t Have Worked Out



A Case of Behind The Scenes



Josh McDaniels and the Patriots thought their time to depart after their tough loss in Super Bowl 52 was unavoidable. However, not only did Josh McDaniels get extended, but its been many rumors that Robert Kraft had contacted McDaniels literally hours before he was suppose to take off Tuesday for Indianapolis.


It’s difficult to know anything within the Patriots’ organization as they have remained firm in not explaining what goes on behind closed doors. However, multiple sources over at ESPN for the past week since the story broke out about McDaniels’ abrupt decision to not become the Indiapolis Colts Head Coach. The way things broke down was that Kraft and Bill Belichick got together and sat down with McDaniels. With Defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia going to Detroit, this seemed like a desperation move to maintain the coaching staff from the previous season.


However, according to ESPN writer Mike Reiss, there was more to the situation then just that. In one of his articles regarding the McDaniels’ decision, he stated:


Belichick offered to include McDaniels on more of the inner workings of the organization, from roster construction to financial/salary-cap related considerations. That was viewed as “extremely valuable” to McDaniels. Ownership also endorsed it as a way to extend Belichick’s influence on the organization in future years, although no assurances were given to McDaniels that he would succeed Belichick. McDaniels, who a source confirmed got a significant raise, has privately said in the past that he did not want to be the coach who succeeds Belichick. Although he since may have changed his mind, McDaniels knows Belichick, after five Super Bowl victories, will be a hard act to follow.

Beyond financial and professional stability, McDaniels also was thinking of his family. He wanted a long-term commitment from the Patriots so his four children, ages 12 to 3, would be able to attend the same schools over the next several years. The transient life of a coach doesn’t always make that possible.

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Former NFL Official Claims Eagles Used Illegal Play To Win Super Bowl



Did you have doubts that the Eagles lined up correctly on the Nick Foles touchdown catch?

Well, you are not the only one with a former analyst now claiming that Philly was indeed lined up illegally on the play.

Appearing on the Talk of Fame Network, former head of officiating and FOX rules analyst Mike Pereira said the Eagles were in fact lined up illegally.

“I know the league came out and said that it’s a judgment call, which it is,” Pereira said, via Pro Football Talk. “The down judge, who was the one that [the play] was on his side of the field, they felt that it was his judgment, and [receiver Alshon Jeffrey] was close enough. Well, he wasn’t. They lined up wrong.

“Not only that, it’s a trick play. And if you’re going to run a trick-type play, then you have to be lined up properly. You could either have six men on the line, or you could have an ineligible number lined up at the end of the line, which was the case. I know what the league has said, but they would have been a lot more comfortable if they would have called an illegal formation.

“We always use a yard [within the line of scrimmage], maybe a yard-and-a-half. But that’s two [yards], and even a little bit beyond two. It’s kind of one of those that has no effect on the play. I get it. But they didn’t line up properly. And it really should’ve been called.”

Bottom line is it was simply a judgment call be the officials, might have been the completely wrong judgment, but based on what we know about Super Bowl LII the New England Patriots were never going to win the game. The Malcolm Butler benching paired with Doug Pederson‘s mindset of keeping his foot on the gas and exposing New England’s weaknesses were the reasons the Patriots lost the game, not this particular play.

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Boston Herald Runs Ron Borges’s Tom Brady Hoax Story




Thursday night Boston Herald reporter Ron Borges penned a story with this headline “Tom Brady wants to get paid like Jimmy G, or he’ll skip OTAs”. A headline and a story that was uncovered as a hoax on Friday.

The Kirk and Callahan show on WEEI revealed that one of their texters pretended to be Tom Brady’s agent Don Yee when texting Borges. The texter dubbed “Nick in Boston” informed Borges that Tom Brady intended to sit out New England’s preseason workouts unless he was paid like Jimmy Garoppolo who signed the largest deal in NFL history on Thursday.

K&C tweeted out the screenshots of texts with Borges outing the story as a complete and utter hoax.

Borges story was actually refuted right off the bat on Thursday night with both NBC Sports Boston and NESN claiming the story held no truth.

As for Borges, this is not his first major failure as a reporter. Since the Herald ran the story they are now looking into the matter.

Overall tricking Borges isn’t a great thing to do. Lying about someone’s identity is never nice with some reporters coming to the defense of Borges. But it is hard to have sympathy for a “journalist” that failed to check his sources and run with a story with only one source confirming of a major story.

Either way, there is no truth to a Brady holdout.

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