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Tom Brady: “I know I still have more to prove”

After Saturday’s season-ending loss to the Titans, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said it’s “pretty unlikely” that he’ll retire. A few days later, it ain’t pretty. “I know I still have more to prove,” Brady says at the end of an Instagram post that thanks fans for their support over the years. And while the post [more]

Bill Belichick got ultra-conservative on fourth downs in loss to Titans

One of the most surprising aspects of the Patriots’ wild-card round loss to the Titans on Saturday was that Bill Belichick twice decided to punt on fourth-and-short while trailing in the fourth quarter. Down 14-13 with 12:52 to play, the Patriots faced fourth-and-3 at the Titans’ 47-yard line. Instead of trusting Tom Brady and the [more]

It’s about time teams gave more consideration to special-teams coaches

Special-teams coordinators rarely get the respect and consideration that they should, when teams are hiring head coaches. The Giants decided to reverse that trend on Tuesday, making Patriots special-teams coach Joe Judge their new head coach. It’s about time. John Harbaugh has proven that special-teams coordinators can make very good head coaches. Like Harbaugh, Judge [more]

Earl Thomas: Pats seemed uninterested in tackling Derrick Henry, our mindset different

Titans running back Derrick Henry is coming off a big game against the Patriots in the Wild Card round of the playoffs and Ravens safety Earl Thomas praised the effort on Tuesday. Tennessee relied heavily on the running game in last Sunday’s 20-13 win and Thomas said it was a credit to how well Henry [more]

Joe Judge becomes the new Giants coach

And another one bites the dust. The Giants have hired Joe Judge to serve as the team’s next head coach, according to multiple reports. Judge is both the special-teams coordinator and receivers coach in New England. He arrived in 2012 as assistant special-teams coordinator, taking over the coordinator job in 2015. He added the receivers [more]

Dolphins hire assistant coach from high school ranks

The Dolphins have reached into the high school ranks for their latest hire, but coach Brian Flores isn’t straying far from his Patriots roots in doing so. According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins are hiring Curt Kuntz as a defensive backs coach. Kuntz has no NFL experience, and has spent the [more]

Overtime rules still need to change

After the Chiefs lost the AFC Championship in overtime, the Chiefs proposed a rule that would allow the team that kicks off to start the extra session a chance to match a first-possession touchdown. It wasn’t passed. It still needs to be, as evidenced by Sunday’s first-possession, walk-off touchdown from the Vikings in New Orleans. [more]

Carolina to interview Josh McDaniels on Tuesday

The Panthers have a date set with Josh McDaniels. They will interview the Patriots offensive coordinator on Tuesday, Albert Breer of reports. McDaniels, 43, also has interviews scheduled with the Giants on Wednesday and the Browns on Friday. PFT reported this weekend that the Patriots expect McDaniels to leave if he’s offered a job. [more]

Giants announce they have completed interview with Joe Judge

Unlike their two division rivals who already have filled coaching vacancies, the Giants have cast a wide net and are taking their time. The team announced Monday afternoon it completed an interview with Patriots assistant coach Joe Judge. Judge, 38, became the fifth candidate the Giants have interviewed. He met with Giants president John Mara, [more]

Seahawks-Eagles generates biggest TV audience since Super Bowl

The game ultimately wasn’t as exciting as it could have been, given the early exit of Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz with a concussion. Still, the wild-card game between Seattle and Philadelphia, broadcast by NBC, generated the largest audience of any TV show since Super Bowl LIII. Via Austin Karp of Sports Business Daily, an average [more]

Report: Tom Brady suffered a foot injury in December

It was well known that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had an elbow injury in December, based on his repeated shaking of the arm after throwing the ball and, you know, the contents of the team’s injury report. It was unknown that Brady had a foot injury, based on the absence of any shaking of the [more]

Browns to interview Josh McDaniels Friday

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels moved up the date of his interview with the Giants, but his meeting with the Browns is apparently staying put. Word last week was that McDaniels would interview for head coaching jobs on Friday and Albert Breer of reports that McDaniels is still planning to speak to Cleveland that [more]

Josh McDaniels set to meet Giants Wednesday

Before the Patriots lost to the Titans on Saturday night, word was that their offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels would interview with teams considering him for head coaching vacancies on Friday. Now that the Patriots are done playing, McDaniels is pushing things forward. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Giants will interview McDaniels on Wednesday. [more]

Three of the four oldest quarterbacks in playoff history played this weekend

When Tom Brady took the field on Saturday against the Titans, he became just the second quarterback in NFL history to play a postseason game after turning 42. Brady was already the second-oldest quarterback to play in the playoffs, an accomplishment he reached last year. (Only George Blanda, who played quarterback for the Raiders in [more]

Patriots owner hopes Tom Brady either stays or retires

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady‘s looking toward an uncertain future, but remains steadfast that he wants to play. If he had his way, Patriots owner Robert Kraft would have that happen only in New England. Prior to Saturday’s loss to the Titans, in what could be Brady’s final game with the team, Kraft told Peter King [more]

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