Rob Ninkovich on Tom Brady suspension: I can only control how I play

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The wait for word from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s request for a rehearing of the appeal that led to the reinstatement of his four-game suspension continues, which means the Patriots still can’t be sure about whether he’ll be available at the start of the season.

Even without the desired ruling on that request, Brady could push to have the Supreme Court hear the case and have the suspension stayed in the process so there might not be certainty on that front for a while. During an appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio with Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan, Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich suggested the only way for the Patriots to deal with it all is by following coach Bill Belichick’s reminder to do your job.

“I think Bill does a great job,” Ninkovich said. “Every year, he gives us everything we need to understand as far as going into a season, where we need to be mentally. I think we all know that we have to go out there and perform at a high level and we have to put in the work now and put in the work in the offseason, put in the work in training camp. That’s when all the games are won and lost. You can’t think about other things that can affect how you play because you can’t control it. Everything that’s going to happen with all that stuff is out of my control. What I can control is how I play on Sunday. Really, that’s what everyone else is thinking: How can we perform better and whatever else comes out of it, we all might have to step up. That’s just the way it is.”

It’s pretty much what you’d expect the Patriots’ approach to the Brady affair to be because it has pretty much been their approach to anything and everything that could be labeled as a distraction during Belichick’s era. They’ve handled most of them pretty well in the past, which should provide some confidence that they’ll do the same as the latest chapter of this long saga plays out.

22 responses to “Rob Ninkovich on Tom Brady suspension: I can only control how I play

  1. The Bills might actually have a shot at beating the Pats this year.

    Maybe a shot, not likely though.

  2. joetoronto says:
    Jul 13, 2016 7:25 AM
    The Bills might actually have a shot at beating the Pats this year.

    Maybe a shot, not likely though.

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    They can definitely beat the Patriots in a game. They have before too. However, the key to winning the division is to at least split the games with the Patriots and then sweep Miami or the Jets and split with the other (at least 4-2 in the division). Then win all their other home games and win at least 2 of 5 remaining road games. 11-5 minimum.

    They only have to beat the Patriots once at home. It’s more about taking care of business at home all season then it is about beating the Patriots.

  3. I may be wrong about this, but to my understanding, this court case isn’t about Tom’s guilt or innocence, but whether Goodell has the power under the CBA to be Judge, Juror, and executioner.

  4. Well, I know Florio has said that Ginsburg would have to “stay” the suspension if this went to the Supreme Court. However, I just don’t see her doing that. Given her irresponsible commentary on Donald Trump, whom Brady supports, indicates to me he has no chance for a stay from her.

    And by the way, so much for an independent court. It never has been, but at least it gave us the impression. Now, we know for sure.

    We need leadership.

  5. In Bill we cheat.

    Bill says leave the coaching and cheating to me and just do your job. Too bad Tammy didn’t listen.

    Tammy is a liar and cheater.

    Read Tammy’s testimony in the Wells report and transcript from the Goodell appeal. It’s contradicted by JJ and McNally.

    Sorry to deflate all you Cheatriot homers.

  6. The NFL is waging a Political war with Frame-Gate.

    The very Image of the Patriots and the name cry out for U.S. to return to the True & Faithful Foundations of the Declaration of Independence which laid the Sure Foundation of the 1st & 2nd Amendments.

    The corruption of Goodel & the NFL is a WAKE-UP call to every American that the Fed is too Big and Corrupt and is resulting in the Polarization of our Country and the corruption of Justice.

  7. Ya gins would need all of 30 seconds to rule on this. Though as a supreme the announcement would be months away making us avg joes think she toiled over this one.

  8. That’s the standard Patriot response. Nothing controversial. No bulletin board material. No “Look at me!”

    We all know that those footballs deflated naturally. Even in the unlikely event Brady misses any games, NE will still be starting the best QB in the AFCE and will be better than the Fins, Bills, and Jets.

  9. TB12RALLYCRY says:
    Jul 13, 2016 8:06 AM

    Love Ninko……another diamond in the rough of Miami Dolphins cut players ala Welker………Kepp up the good word Rob!!
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    I get your point, but Welker wasn’t cut by the Dolphins. He was traded.

  10. otheirony says:
    Jul 13, 2016 7:59 AM

    Well, I know Florio has said that Ginsburg would have to “stay” the suspension if this went to the Supreme Court. However, I just don’t see her doing that. Given her irresponsible commentary on Donald Trump, whom Brady supports, indicates to me he has no chance for a stay from her.

    And by the way, so much for an independent court. It never has been, but at least it gave us the impression. Now, we know for sure.

    We need leadership.

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    Normally, I would expect a Supreme Court Justice to remain mum on issues like this. But what Ginsburg is saying is simply extraordinary. She is saying that Trump is not running a legitimate presidential candidacy but is a charlatan, a fake. He is simply doing this to promote his brand.

    I respect what Ruth Bader Ginsberg said, she is pointing out that a loud-mouthed country club jerk who cares only for himself is trying to position himself for the highest office in the land.

    To remain quiet would be the bigger evil.

  11. This just in…CNBC reporting that the Appeals Court has DECLINED to hear Brady’s appeal. No chance the Supremes will touch this…enjoy your 4 game suspension Tommy.

  12. I think the other teams and their fans are more concerned about Brady being suspended than the Pats. If he is suspended they just move on and probably still win the AFC East by 2-3 games.

  13. Wouldn’t be an NFL season without the league in some form or fashion stacking the deck against NE.
    Wonder what the denizens of loservilles will come up with as their excuse this year? I mean, NE is spotting 4 games, right? No way they beat anyone w/o Brady, right?

    Yeah, we know, hard to respond when your mouth goes dry after realizing you’ve won nothing.

  14. Don’t forget the NFL’s false report claiming that all but one of the Patriots footballs were 2 PSI below the mandatory 12.5 PSI. Then it later came out that only 1 of the footballs was 2 PSI under the mandatory 12.5 PSI when measured using one of the two pressure gauges.

    It is known that footballs belonging to the Colts were also measured and some of the measurements were reported to be below 12.5 PSI. Below you can see NFL PSI measurements of 4 of the Colts 12 footballs when measured on January 18, 2015 at the end of halftime. These measurements were obtained after bringing the footballs indoors and after allowing them to warm up while measuring 11 of the Patriots footballs twice. The NFL indicated that they ran out of time.

    Colts football #1 12.70 — 12.35
    Colts football #2 12.75 — 12.30
    Colts football #3 12.50 — 12.95
    Colts football #4 12.55 — 12.15

    NFL rules stipulate that footballs are required to be at least 12.5 psi and no more than 13.5 psi. This means that all the Colts measurements should have all been within that range. It has not been reported what the starting PSI measurements for the Colts footballs would have been at the beginning of the game.

    Below you can see the NFL PSI measurements of the Patriots footballs measured on January 18, 2015 near the beginning of halftime.

    Patriots football #1 11.50 — 11.80
    Patriots football #2 10.85 — 11.20
    Patriots football #3 11.15 — 11.50
    Patriots football #4 10.70 — 11.00
    Patriots football #5 11.10 — 11.45
    Patriots football #6 11.60 — 11.95
    Patriots football #7 11.85 — 12.30
    Patriots football #8 11.10 — 11.55
    Patriots football #9 10.95 — 11.35
    Patriots football #10 10.50 — 10.90

    NFL rules stipulate that footballs are required to be at least 12.5 psi and no more than 13.5 psi. This means that all the Patriots measurements should have all been within that range. This is unless someone lowered the PSI or the temperature can naturally lower the PSI in footballs.

    —–The NFL claimed that the Patriots let air out.
    —–No less than 21 professors from universities form all over the country have officially notified the court and the national media that the cold/rainy weather explains the PSI measurements recorded at halftime during that game played between the Patriots and the Colts.

    Tom Brady has indicated that the starting PSI for the Patriots footballs should have been 12.50 PSI. You can easily see that there is only one measurement that is at 10.50 PSI so the false report claiming that all but one of the footballs being 2 PSI below 12.50 PSI is unexplainable. The false report did forever influence the opinions of many.

    A fair test would have been checking the footballs of both teams while alternating between the footballs of each team. This would have ensured that the same number of footballs were tested in the available time. Alternating would have also minimized the measurement error from allowing all the Colts footballs to warm up. Not alternating the measurements between footballs of both teams should have invalidated the test results.

    Plus the NFL’s taking the ending PSI measurements of the Patriots footballs and comparing them to the ending PSI measurements of the Colts footballs is illogical when you don’t also compare the starting PSI measurements. If the footballs did not start at the same PSI then it is predictable that they would not end up with the same PSI measurements.

    So there are 2 legitimate reasons that explain why the PSI measurements of the Patriots footballs could be somewhat higher than those of the Colts.
    1. Allowing the Colts footballs to warm up while measuring the Patriots footballs 2 times.
    2. Not having the same starting PSI measurements. Remember the NFL rules allow for a range between 12.5 and 13.5 so they could have legitimately been up to 1 PSI different to start the game.

    Four footballs also represents a very small sample size. That comparison does not appear to be scientific. A better comparison would be for the NFL to collect information taking footballs recording the indoor temperatures starting PSI measurements. Then after the footballs are used in outdoor NFL games played during cold wet weather recording the outdoor temperatures and the PSI measurements at the end of the game. Without allowing time for the footballs to warm up indoors.

    The NFL performed such a PSI study during the 2015/2016 season. To this day the NFL has not released the PSI information from that study. The only logical reason that this PSI information is being kept secret is that it disproves the NFL’s conclusion. Essentially this information likely exonerates The Patriots and Tom Brady. It’s easier to for the NFL to keep the PSI information secret than to suffer the public humiliation of having to admit that “deflategate” was about nothing.

    If the NFL had information that would help them with their court case and win the deflategate public relations campaign the NFL would not keep that information secret. All other information about this topic is irrelevant since science explains that there was no tampering and the NFL is hiding information and has lied numerous times.

    If the NFL had integrity they would not be keeping this information secret while taking away Patriots draft picks and while making Tom Brady miss 25% of a season and losing the pay from those games. The only logical conclusion is that this entire farce is about establishing league parity and personal vendettas.

  15. What Rob is saying is we have a great system, a high school QB can start and we would still be competitive. In Bill we trust.

  16. Belichick always has at least one “hunky” he can rely on. Being a proud one himself he knows that “blood will tell.” One more reason to love the pats.

  17. Belichick always has at least one “hunky” he can rely on. Being a proud one himself he knows that “blood will tell.” One more reason to love the pats. In Bill we trust infeed.

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