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Patriots QB Tom Brady Spoke For The First Time At Training Camp On Friday, He Discussed Turning 40, Concussions, And His Love Of Coldplay

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady hadn’t met with the media in training camp, until today. On Friday after a scrimmage had ended, Brady met with the media for a prolonged session ranging on a variety of topics.

Brady talked turning 40, the story about him having concussions, and his love for the band ColdPlay.

The Patriots QB started things off with stating he feels the same today as a 40-year-old as he did every other day before it.

I woke up today feeling like I did yesterday morning and the day before that, so it was good. So many people came out and wished me a happy birthday so it was very nice. I had a lot of support and [it’s] fun to be on the field. It’s where I’ve been for a long time. I enjoyed it.

With his career on the back 9, Brady has been around the league and the Patriots for a long time. During his media session, he mentioned how blessed he is to play the game.

Yeah, I’m really blessed to play with such great teammates and coaches. To have the opportunity to come out and play every day is something I always cherish. I’ve been doing it for a long time and hopefully that’s given me a lot of experience to do the right thing and help our team the best way I can. Part of being a veteran player is really helping the younger guys with their learning curve and we’re working hard to accomplish a lot of things out here as camp goes on. There’s a lot of situations today with a lot of situations. It’s good to have the experience and it’s great to still have a love for the game and my teammates and my coaches and it’s fun every time I come out here.

One of the biggest stories that has popped up since the last time he spoke to the media was his wife, Gisele Bundchen, saying that he suffered a concussion last season.

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Brady stated that his medical history is no one’s business, but he also did not deny the concussion.

I don’t want to get into things that happened in my past, certain medical history and so forth. I really don’t think that’s anybody’s business, you know, what happened last year and I’m focused on this year and improving and working on things I need to get better at. That’s how I approach everything. I’m not sitting here worried about last year or five years ago. There’s other people that do worry about that – my wife or my parents or my sisters or people that love me and care about me – but I do the best that I can do to come out and be prepared to play, mentally and physically, and I give the game everything that I can.

Despite claiming the privacy of his medical history, Brady is not oblivious to the fact that CTE is an issue in the NFL. Brady noted how important it is to be proactive when it comes to the health of the players.

Well, I think you’re not blind to it as a player. That’s why I believe in so much of being proactive with your health. I think when you’re a player and you see other players before you that did things a certain way and what’s transpired with their health or well-being and then you learn from it. I think that’s the things that I’ve really tried to incorporate in my own life.

I’m confident in what I do. I’m confident in the things that I do and the ways I train but it’s a contact sport and I think we all understand that. There’s a lot of great benefits that football brings you [but] certainly you can be put in harm’s way.

You just do the best you can do as a player and obviously it’s great that there’s more awareness for those types of things. That’s been a very important topic certainly. But you just try to be proactive and take care of your body the best way you can.

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One of the questions the future Hall of Famer is always asked is regarding how long he will play football. A reporter asked him about Robert Kraft’s playing into the 50s hopes and Brady laughed it off.

He said the 50s? I don’t think I’ve even said the 50s. Maybe once. You know, I just love doing it. Again, I’ve never thought about not playing.

As for Brady, he might be sneaking into the Coldplay concert at Gillette on Friday night with the band being on of his personal favorites.

They’re one of my favorite bands, so it’s pretty convenient tonight. I think I might try to sneak out there. I’d like to be out there. I think we have meetings to a certain point, but after that, I’d love to see it.

Did Brady receive any birthday gifts from his teammates?

Yeah, I had a lot. It was fun. So many of these guys are so young, but they keep me young too. I got a nice birthday cake from Jimmy [Garoppolo] and Jacoby [Brissett]. Jacoby wrote “old” on it as my age, so they certainly have a lot of fun. But I had so many people that sent me notes, and it was very thoughtful.

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

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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

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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

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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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