October 2015 - New England Patriots Wiretap

Tom Brady Has 26 TDs, 3 INTs Since NFL Began Monitoring PSI

Oct 30, 2015 10:13 AM

Tom Brady has been excellent since halftime of the AFC Championship Game with the NFL monitoring PSI levels.

Brady has a completion percentage of 67.4 percent to go with 2,859 yards, 26 touchdowns and three interceptions.

The New England Patriots have also all eight-and-a-half of their games; seven this season, along with the rest of the AFC Championship and the Super Bowl.

Dan Wetzel/Yahoo! Sports

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NFL Hires Paul Clement To Appeal Decision On Tom Brady

Oct 27, 2015 10:55 AM

The NFL has hired one of the most successful appellate attorney in the United States to fight the decision that reversed Tom Brady's four-game suspension.

Paul Clement, who has argued more U.S. Supreme Court cases than any other lawyer, filed papers on behalf of the NFL on Monday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York. Clement, who also defended the NFL in the class-action concussion lawsuit, has argued in the nation's highest court against Obamacare and in support of the Defense of Marriage Act, among other cases.

 

In early September, U.S. District Judge Richard Berman said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell used "his own brand of industrial justice" to discipline Brady for an alleged conspiracy to deflate footballs.

The league argues in its brief that Goodell acted within his discretion under the CBA to suspend Brady.

Brady and the NFLPA are due to respond in December, with Clement and the league offering a final response after that. A decision is expected in the spring.

 

Goodell, in an appearance Tuesday on ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike, reiterated that the NFL's decision to appeal is all about the league's rights in the CBA.

"I'm not spending any time on this issue, but it is important for us to know what we bargained for, what we agreed to in our collective bargaining agreement and make sure those processes that are agreed to in our collective bargaining agreement are followed," he said. "And so, we're not going to allow that kind of a decision to stand when we think it's in conflict with our collective bargaining agreement. That is the issue. It has nothing to do with any individual player or anyone else. It has something to do with Judge Berman's decision, and that's what we're appealing."

 

Lester Munson/ESPN

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Tom Brady On Playing 10 More Year: What Else Am I Going To Do

Oct 26, 2015 1:25 PM

Tom Brady repeated his goal of playing for another 10 years, telling WEEI on Monday "What else am I going to do?"

Brady also thinks he's better now than he was five years ago.

“I think so,” Brady said. “I don’t know. I try to be critical of myself. I think I’m making all the throws I need to make. There can always be things I can do better. I’ve worked hard always on my throwing mechanics. I worked hard this offseason on them. Playing quarterback is throwing the ball accurately, being able to make the throws, being durable and making good decisions. I try to take care of the good decision part, I try to take care of the accurate part, I try to take care of the durability part. Then it comes down to leadership and relating to your teammates and all those things that are different challenges that you face as you get older.”

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

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Volume Of Undefeated Teams Are An NFL First

Oct 23, 2015 12:07 PM

The NFL has prided itself on parity over the past 20 years, but five teams remain undefeated through six weeks.

The Green Bay Packers, the Denver Broncos and the Cincinnati Bengals are 6-0, while the New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers are 5-0. 

 

The Panthers have reached the playoffs in each of the past two seasons, while the Broncos and Bengals are on four straight seasons in the playoffs and the Packers and Patriots have made the playoffs in six straight seasons.

Before 2015, there had been only one season in which even four teams emerged with perfect records through six weeks. 

Chase Stuart/New York Times

Tags: Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots

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Tom Brady Hopes To Play Another 10 Years

Oct 21, 2015 8:59 PM

Tom Brady would like to play in the NFL for another 10 seasons.

"I'd like to play a long time, yeah, a long time," Brady said during a conference call with New York Jets reporters Wednesday.

"There's a lot that goes into playing well. I've played with a lot of great teammates, but I want to play for a long time. Maybe 10 more years. I think that's probably what my goal is."

Brady, who is 38, has shown no signs of slowing down.

Brady insisted he is serious about his goal of playing into his late forties.

"Well, it's not always up to me," he acknowledged. "That's what my goals are, so that's just what I'm hoping. And it will take a lot to achieve that. Obviously, a team has to want you, but I think that's, you know, I love playing this sport. I love making a commitment to my teammates and my coaches, and hopefully I can do it for a long time."

Dennis Waszak Jr./Associated Press

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Nate Solder Out For Season With Torn Biceps

Oct 14, 2015 12:44 PM

Nate Solder will miss the rest of the season with a torn right biceps.

Solder is the New England Patriots' starting left tackle protecting the blind side of Tom Brady.

Jim McBride/Boston Globe

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Tom Brady Pays Practice Players Who Intercept His Passes

Oct 7, 2015 2:18 PM

Ryan Tannehill lashed out to practice squad players who had intercepted him, which differs dramatically to the practices of Tom Brady.

Brady reportedly pays practice squad players if they pick him off.

"I won't say how much he paid them, but he'd pay scout team and practice squad guys if they picked him off," Donte Stallworth said. "Not in an arrogant manner, but more, 'let's work together.' He'd tell them, if you can read me, read the receiver, pick me off and I'll pay you.

"Tommy likes to have fun. He's a great teammate and he loves to compete. He's trash talking guys, they trash talk him. But it's all fun. He's insanely competitive."

Shalise Manza Young/Yahoo! Sports

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Elo Ranks 2007, 2004 Patriots As Best Two NFL Teams Of All-Time

Oct 3, 2015 9:39 PM

The Elo rating evaluates a team’s skill level at any given moment and it puts the 2007 New England Patriots and 2004 Patriots as the first and second best teams in NFL history.

The 2007 Patriots went 18-0 until losing in the Super Bowl to the New York Giants.

The 1942 Chicago Bears, 1998 Denver Broncos and 1989 San Francisco 49ers rounded out the top-5.

Neil Paine/FiveThirtyEight

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