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News Blitz 2/13: Brady's stability
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Despite the most recent Super Bowl Sunday setback, Tom Brady is clearly still going strong.
Coming off his third NFL MVP and a hit documentary series, Brady’s excellence is obvious in many areas of his life.
The Boston Herald notes that amid plenty of change, Brady gives the Patriots the ultimate stability as he plays at a high level into his early 40s. The Herald also says that the pain of the Patriots loss in Minnesota tests fans’ resilience.
ESPNBoston.com looks at some interesting career parallels between Brady and Celtics legend Paul Pierce, who had his number retired in Boston earlier this week. ESPNBoston.com also reports that assistant coach Jerry Schuplinski, once expected to go to the Colts with Josh McDaniels, will be remaining on the New England coaching staff. ESPNBoston.com continues to break down Super Bowl LII, with its snap breakdown showing that the “Big Nickel” didn’t pay off for the Patriots defense.
WEEI.com passes along word that Brady and former Giants pass rusher Michael Strahan have joined forces with Gotham Chopra, who produced TB12’s recent “Tom vs. Time” documentary series on Facebook, to form The Religion of Sport, a media startup. WEEI.com declares that Bill Belichick has failed to maximize Patriots assets in recent years. WEEI.com notes that former NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira says the Eagles were in an illegal formation on their trick-play touchdown pass to Nick Foles in the Super Bowl.
NBC Sports Boston notes Patriots linebacker Marquis Flowers firing back on social media at Eagles tackle Lane Johnson’s comments about New England’s “fear-based” organization and also defends Bill Belichick’s Super Bowl game plan.
Brady and Brandin Cooks only made honorable mention in NFL.com’s list of the best QB/WR combos. In light of the “fun” debate kick started by Johnson, NFL.com polled 20 draft prospects about which coach they’d most like to play for and you’ll never guess which future Hall of Famer topped the list. NFL.com’s Next Gen stats have free-agent-to-be Dion Lewis as the second-most-elusive back in football.
NESN.com looks at some young Patriots who could have a bigger impact in 2018. NESN.com also wonders if Lewis is as good as gone in free agency. Read