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Hopefully Jones Can Follow in Cannon’s Footsteps

Ian Logue
February 20, 2017 at 5:00 am ET

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick talk all the time about the importance of mental toughness, and a certain player on New England’s roster certainly has a long offseason ahead as he tries to rebuild his own after a difficult rookie campaign.

Rookie defensive back Cyrus Jones started the year with plenty of optimism after being selected in the second round in this year’s draft, putting him under the spotlight since he was the first player taken after the Patriots were left without a round one pick thanks to Roger Goodell’s penalty for DeflateGate.

His selection seemed like a good one, with Jones coming in as a relatively heralded player having played for Nick Saban at the University of Alabama.  He had a reputation as a hard-worker and someone who enjoyed spending his free time in the film room, all attributes that fit the mold the Patriots typically love to add to their roster.

“I love watching film,” Jones told reporters shortly after being selected.  “I used to get teased a lot at ‘Bama by my coaches saying I should have an office where their offices were because I was in the film room so much and up there almost just as much as they were.”

“I love watching film and think that’s the key to becoming a better player. There are a lot of players in this league that have physical gifts and talent but you know working hard off the field, I think that’s what separates you.”

The other thing that separates a player is how well he can overcome adversity during the tough times, and that’s exactly what Jones is facing.  He had some rough moments in his rookie year, including a game that saw him get ejected, along with his well-noted struggles returning kicks.  He saw limited snaps in the secondary but showed some promise defensively, although toward the end of the season, he found himself inactive for five of New England’s final six games, including their Super Bowl victory over Atlanta.


Jones was a star at Alabama but had a rocky rookie season in the NFL.

After a difficult season, Jones felt like an outsider as the Patriots went on to win their fifth Lombardi Trophy.

“I’ll never take credit for something I don’t feel I contributed to,” Jones told the Baltimore Sun last week.  “I was part of the team, but I didn’t feel a part of it.”

It’s now lead to plenty of frustration on his part, especially after his repeated problems in the return game ultimately boiled over in a Monday night game against the Ravens in December where Jones allowed a punt to bounce off his foot and then failed to dive on the football, allowing the Ravens to recover.

Overall he fumbled five times in 2017, which to Jones was so uncharacteristic given how well he played in college that it reached a point where he just felt like he could never get it together, and he almost gave up.

“I honestly felt cursed,” he told the Sun. “I reached a point where I didn’t even want to play. I just didn’t have it.”

He’s not the only one who has endured rough times here in New England, with Marcus Cannon being the most recent name that comes to mind after what happened in 2015.  The veteran tackle took a lot of heat for his struggles that season, so much so that he even deleted his Twitter account.  But instead of letting it break him, Cannon clearly buckled down and got back to work, finishing the 2016 season as an incredible asset to New England’s offensive line.  He faced some tough competition all season, and managed to neutralize some of the league’s best players.  One of those included Denver’s Von Miller, who absolutely tortured him the previous season as the Broncos hit Brady an incredible 20 times in an AFC Championship loss for New England (the NFL scorekeepers later lowered that total to 17, but it’s still a mind-blowing number for a single game), which Miller played a big part in.  But reuniting Cannon with offensive line coach Donte Scarnecchia changed everything this past season and finally got him back on track, to the point where Cannon earned himself an extension.

That’s what the best players do, and Jones needs to have a chat with someone like Cannon who knows what it’s like to be in his shoes.  The same could even be said for Devin McCourty, who had a terrific rookie year at cornerback and then followed it with a frustrating second season that saw him struggle badly.  However, he also never game up and has ultimately become one of the top safeties in the game.

It all comes down to how adversity is channeled and while Jones is down on himself, he’s already preparing to turn it around in 2017.  According to the Sun, Jones is currently working at an offseason performance center in New Jersey, having even canceled a vacation with his parents because, “No such thing as an offseason for me,” he told the newspaper. “I didn’t earn it.”

It’s hard not to root for a player like that and it’s certainly too early to give up on him at this point.  We’ve seen adversity bring out the best in several players on this football team in years past and hopefully for Jones, he’ll be the next player to fall into that category next season.

 

VIDEO: Patriots Fan Trolls Atlanta Airport

Robert Alvarez
February 15, 2017 at 11:32 pm ET

Before Super Bowl LI, an Atlanta Falcons dance party at Hartsfield-Jackson airport went viral across social media at the gate for Houston-bound airlines.

In response to the Patriots beating the Falcons, one brave Patriots fan returned to the scene in an effort to troll Atlanta after losing the big game.

Wearing a LeGarrette Blount jersey, the fan replicates the same exact dance moves but humorously all alone.

MUST SEE: Rob Gronkowski Celebrates Super Bowl Titles With The Rock

Robert Alvarez
February 9, 2017 at 1:02 pm ET

Just when you think you’ve seen it all with Rob Gronkowski, out comes his newfound  friendship with wrestler and actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Despite playing just eight games in 2016, Gronkowski remains the Patriots biggest party boy post Super Bowl as he was featured in this wildly bizarre but “gronk-like” posted to Johnson’s YouTube page on Wednesday.

Gronk isn’t the first Patriot to associate himself with The Rock, quarterback Tom Brady “called him out” during the season as a part of a promotion for his Under Armour Sleepwear.

WARNING: NSFW, Some Language.

Brady Never Had Any Doubt: “How Many Times Have We Ever Gotten Blown Out?”

Ian Logue
February 6, 2017 at 11:25 pm ET

Tom Brady pulled off a comeback for the ages Sunday night, overcoming a 28-3 third-quarter deficit before leading the offense to 31 unanswered points, the final six of which came in overtime in a dramatic Super Bowl win.

Despite what seemed like an insurmountable road back, Brady admitted that he never had any doubt given how the team has fought back throughout his career.

“Yeah, I certainly do,” said Brady when asked during his weekly radio appearance on WEEI’s Kirk & Callahan if he always believes they’re still in it, even when trailing like they were against Atlanta.  “I mean, how many times have we ever gotten blown out?  You know?  Not many.  You can probably count on one hand the amount of times over a long period of time that we’ve gotten blown out.”

Brady has a point.  The only games that really come to mind are ones like the “bury the ball” game from 2001 after a 30-10 loss to the Dolphins, the famous “they hate their coach game” in the 2003 opener after trading Lawyer Milloy to Buffalo where they lost 31-0 to the Bills and Drew Bledsoe, a 21-0 loss to Miami in 2006, the 33-14 loss to the Ravens in the playoffs in 2009 in a game that they were never really in, a 34-14 loss to the Browns in 2010, as well as the Monday night debacle out in Kansas City in 2014 where they lost 41-14, sparking some discussion about whether or not Brady’s career might be coming to a close.

Not being blown out is generally a credit to preparation as well as on-field performance.  The other part is mental toughness and knowing that the effort still needs to be there for all 60-minutes.  Brady said this team had plenty of that, and they never give up, which is what allowed them to get back into the game.

“We’ve got a lot of heart and a lot of determination and perseverance,” said Brady.  “I think a lot of times in football, you’ve just got to get going.  Once you can get going, you get a little momentum.”

“We’ve played with a lot of those leads before too and we know that you still have to keep your foot on the gas pedal, because things can change quickly. Once we got going, they had a hard time slowing us down.”

Patriots Were Down But With Brady, They Were Never Out

Ian Logue
at 1:59 am ET

Coming into Super Bowl LI Tom Brady had already cemented his place as the greatest quarterback in the history of the league.

On Sunday night, he essentially became immortal.

The best part about Sunday night’s game is that the world got to see one of the best performances of all time, as it was Brady’s incredible grit and determination that played a big role as the Patriots fought their way back from 25-points down to a historic 34-28 come-from-behind victory for the ages to win their fifth Super Bowl Championship.

Brady finished the game 43-of-62 for 466 yards and two touchdowns, one of which came with 8:24 left in the game to pull them to within eight points at 28-20 and gave them the confidence to pull off the win.

It certainly wasn’t easy and this one definitely could have gone the other way.  After all, the Patriots found themselves trailing 28-3 after a first half where so much had gone wrong and things obviously looked pretty bleak.  The worst moment was Brady’s interception with just over two minutes to go in the half, which came after he had fought to get his team down to the Atlanta 23-yard line.  On the play he made a bad read while trying to force the ball to Danny Amendola, but it was picked off and run back 82-yards for a Falcons touchdown.

At that point, Atlanta seemed poised to run away with the game up 21-0, especially since the Patriots didn’t seem to have any answer for what the Falcons’ defense had been throwing at them.  It’s a play that could have sealed the game for a lesser team or quarterback, and it’s one that might have also ignited the whispers about his future during the offseason if the Patriots had given up and crumbled at that point.

But that didn’t happen, and Brady went right back to work and lead them all the way back to Atlanta’s 23-yard line to help set up a 41-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski to close out the half.  While Brady and his team headed to the locker room trailing by 18 at 21-3 coming into the second half, the game didn’t seem lost quite yet.

When they hit the field in the second half, the Patriots seemed like they finally had some confidence after their defense forced a 3-and-out to begin the 3rd quarter.  While the Falcons did score a touchdown on their next possession, New England began to grab some momentum after reaching the end zone for the first time on a 5-yard pass from Brady to James White, cutting the lead to 19 at 28-9 after Gostkowski missed the extra point.

Credit the Patriots defense, who forced a three-and-out by the Falcons on their ensuing drive, and Brady marched them 72 yards on 12 plays as Gostkowski hit yet another field goal, pulling New England to within two touchdowns of getting back into the game at 28-12 with just under 10-minutes to go in the contest.

The defense came through yet again, with Dont’a Hightower coming free on a 3rd-and-1 for a sack of Matt Ryan where the veteran linebacker stripped the ball out and New England recovered at the Atlanta 25-yard line.

Five plays later, Brady hit Amendola for the touchdown and followed it up with a two-point conversion by James White.  Suddenly, the deficit was just eight points at 28-20, and you could tell that the tide was beginning to turn with just under six minutes to go in the game.

But on the next drive, it seemed like the Patriots luck was running out after the Falcons marched from their own 10 down into New England territory after hitting on plays of 39 and 27 yards, which had them back in field goal range sitting at the Patriots’ 22 yard line.  But a sack by Trey Flowers backed them up 12 yards and a holding penalty moved them back 10 more, forcing Atlanta to eventually have to punt the football.

That was all Brady needed.  He went to work, marching New England from their own 9-yard line down to the Atlanta 1-yard line.  White punched it in and Brady hit Amendola on the two-point attempt, and NRG Stadium exploded as all of the Patriots fans on hand erupted after witnessing their team battle back to overcome a 25-point deficit to knot the score at 28-28, erasing the Falcons’ lead for the biggest comeback ever in Super Bowl history.

New England’s defense held to close out regulation and thanks to Brady, the next time they hit the field was to celebrate.  The Patriots won the toss and elected to receive and the veteran quarterback marched them methodically down the field from their own 25-yard line down to the Falcons’ 15-yard line as he hit on 5-of-6 passes.  But the biggest play of the drive came after Martellus Bennett was interfered with, which put the ball at the Falcons 2-yard line.

Two plays later, James White battled his way into the end zone and just like that, the confetti fell from the rafters and history was made.

The win will go down as the greatest come back in Super Bowl history in the lone overtime ever played on the world’s biggest stage.  But the best part is it was won by a quarterback who further cemented his legacy as the best ever, while doing it as a player in a league that spent the last two years doing him wrong.

Thankfully for Brady, he left no doubt Sunday night.  It will go down as a performance for the ages, and anyone who still might have questions hopefully got all the answers they needed following this historic victory.

He’s the best ever.  And for the fifth time, he’s now a Super Bowl Champion.

ICYMI: Martellus Bennett Scares Tom Brady During Press Conference

Robert Alvarez
February 3, 2017 at 8:39 pm ET

 

Playing in an NFL  record seventh Super Bowl this Sunday, there isn’t much left that Tom Brady hasn’t seen in the week leading up to the big game. From wedding proposals,  to requests for autographed soccer balls, not a whole lot of surprises can get past Brady at this point in his career.

That is until teammate Martellus Bennett decided to try a little prank.

Hiding behind a curtain away from the podium, the Patriots tight end yelled out a high pitched “Hiiiiiii Tom” right in the middle of Brady’s press conference.

Perplexed by the noise, Brady looked back then turned to the reporters and said that “scared the sh*t out of” him.

Despite not seeing who the culprit was at first, Brady knew right away that Bennett was behind it, telling him he needed to “go rest.”

Belichick’s Advice to His Children and Young People: “Live Out Your Dreams”

Ian Logue
February 2, 2017 at 6:56 pm ET

Bill Belichick finds himself fortunate to have both of his sons on his staff, with both Brian Belichick and Steve Belichick now part of the group who helped guide this team to their seventh Super Bowl during his tenure.

Brian is a Scouting Assistant, while Steve was promoted last March from a coaching assistant to becoming the safeties coach.  It’s impressive to see two sons of one of the top coaches in the game working their way up the coaching ranks, but Belichick emphasized on Wednesday that he wasn’t for the decision.  Despite being a relatively lucrative career for people their age starting out, Belichick still believes that both they, and other children alike, should follow their passion above all else.

“Well, I got some advice from my dad and I passed that along to my kids. My dad’s advice was to not get into coaching. What I have always said to my kids or really any young people that have asked me that question is you have to follow your heart, do what your passion is. Don’t just take a job because it pays a little more money, just do what you want to do. Live out your dreams and try to achieve them.”

Belichick also admitted that his kids are in it because they love doing it, not because he wants them to be involved in it.

“They are in what they do because that is what they want to do, it is not my decision,” said Belichick.  “I don’t try to guide them into it, I don’t try to guide them out of it. I try to help them the best I can like any father would try to do for his children. Ultimately, when they become adults and they are ready to make their own decisions then they have a green light to make them.”

“If they ask for my advice I will certainly give them the fatherly advice, the best that I can. But in the end, they are the ones that have to live that. That is the same thing when kids are choosing a college or making a decision like that. They are the ones that have to wake up every day, go to school, play on the sports team and get the education at that school. They are the ones that have to be happy at the school, not the parents, not somebody else that is directing them.”.

“Again, you try to help them with the decision but ultimately it is their choice and they are the ones that have to live with it. I try to be supportive and not try to steer it one way or the other.”

For now, their decision allows him to be around him each day, so it’s hard not to imagine that he’s has to be enjoying these moments.  Winning on Sunday would likely be pretty special, and hopefully New England has one more good performance left to make that a reality.

Belichick Coaching Tree Now A Giant Sequoia

Bob George
at 10:35 am ET

HOUSTON – Deep in the woods of the Sequoia National Forest in central California, there is a tree named the General Grant Tree.

Sequoia trees are among the tallest and oldest in the nation.  The General Grant stands tall among the tallest.  It even has a nickname, “the nation’s Christmas tree”.  It is in a grove of giant sequoias that are staggering to look at, a collection of national treasures in the shadow of Mount Whitney, the tallest peak in the lower 48.

It seems only proper that the Department of the Interior should look for another giant sequoia and name it the Bill Belichick Tree.

There are lots of proverbial “coaching trees” out there.  They spawn all over the place.  Some of them are very old, some very young.  Belichick is part of a coaching tree himself, a branch of the Bill Parcells tree.  You as a head coach strive to win Super Bowls, but to get a coaching tree named for you is perhaps tantamount to winning titles and being selected for the Hall of Fame.  To differentiate, a “coaching tree” is clearly defined as lots of great to very good coaches who trace their roots back to an immortal head coach, not two or three guys who coached for Joe Nobody ten years ago.

Belichick has seen several of his disciples on the other side of the field in this NFL postseason.  The Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons have many coaches and front office people who trace their roots to Belichick.  Most of them cut their coaching teeth with Belichick, and while none of them have spawned their own coaching tree, the fact that they are all out there speaks volumes for Belichick and his teaching of coaches as well as players.

The Texans featured a head coach (Bill O’Brien), an offensive coordinator (George Godsey, who has since been relieved of his duties at that position), a defensive coordinator (Romeo Crennel, who is also a branch of the Parcells tree as is Belichick), and a linebackers coach (Mike Vrabel).  O’Brien did some time as head coach of Penn State before coming to Houston, while Crennel had head coaching jobs in Cleveland and Kansas City with mixed results.

Fast forward to Atlanta.  The Falcons have two guys in the front office who have strong ties to Belichick, going back to his days as Cleveland head coach.  General Manager Thomas Dimitroff and his assistant Scott Pioli, began their careers in Cleveland under Belichick, then followed him to Foxborough for long stints in the Patriot organization before moving on.

Dimitroff and Pioli were with Belichick in the early 1990s in Cleveland.  They were part of a group called “slappies”.  Other members of that group included Alabama head coach Nick Saban, Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz, former Detroit head coach Jim Schwartz, and former Jet head coach Eric Mangini.  They worked long hours, were paid very little money, and did all of the crummy behind the scene support jobs.  In other words, they learned the business from the bottom up.

But every one of those “slappies” appreciated Belichick and what he taught them.  Despite Cleveland only having one playoff season (1994) and having to leave town the following year, those men have nothing but good memories of their years in Cleveland.  Ferentz probably said it best when he said “People wondered how we could put up with all that, but no, how fortunate we were to have had that experience!”

Dimitroff came to Foxborough in 2003 as the director of college scouting.  He left in 2008 to become the general manager of the Falcons.  In nine seasons he now finally has a conference champion.  While he was at Cleveland in 1993, he worked under both Belichick and Pioli.  Pioli came to Foxborough in 2000 with Belichick, left in 2009 to become the general manager at Kansas City, then came to Atlanta in 2014 to work under Dimitroff as assistant GM.  So in reality, Pioli has worked over, alongside, and now under Dimitroff during his career.

Pioli was widely hailed as one of the best young administrative minds in the NFL during his time in New England.  He and Belichick worked together to build the Patriot dynasty that it has now become.  Belichick retained final say, but Pioli had lots of input during his nine years in Foxborough.  The feeling that he would get a GM job someday seemed like a foregone conclusion.

Pioli summed up his career beginnings with Belichick during the NFL Network A Football Life segment on Cleveland ’95.  He mentioned that Belichick was going to offer him a job, with parameters, job description and hours not clearly defined, at a salary of about $15,000.  Pioli was asked if he still wanted the job and he said yes, eagerly.  Pioli said thanks and Belichick answered with “Thank me by doing a good job!”

That Pioli did.  Despite his lasting only three seasons in Kansas City before being dismissed after the 2012 season, Pioli did win executive of the year in 2010.  Both Crennel and Charlie Weis, former Patriot offensive coordinator, worked with Pioli in Kansas City.  Pioli’s best work remains in New England, but in his current role as subordinate to Dimitroff, the football world will get to see how well these two “slappies” have built a championship team.

Belichick won’t have a lot of sentiment next Sunday, of course.  He’ll say nice things about them this week if asked.  The task at hand is to beat the Falcons, not to sit back and fawn all over former subordinates and how well they are doing.  Coaching trees are mostly for fans and observers to look at as if it were a painting in a museum.  Belichick won’t be pleased if Dimitroff and Pioli wound up building a team that denied he and Brady a fifth Super Bowl win, especially if for some reason this winds up being the last real shot for both of them to get a fifth.  That’s not likely, but not impossible.

For those of us who do sit back and admire, it really says something that so many men who owe their coaching and admin careers to Belichick are opponents over these last three weeks.  Belichick admittedly loves to teach, and that love extends above the player level as well.

So if you ever get to see that grove of tall sequoia trees way out west, and if you do find the General Grant, go look for another one and name it after the head slappie himself.  Chances are you’ll find it near the one named for Parcells.

Patriots Returning To Scene Of Past Super Glory

Bob George
February 1, 2017 at 8:31 am ET

HOUSTON – “We’re not like Dallas, who looks to the north and the east for approval.” – former CBS News anchor Dan Rather, on his hometown of Houston, Texas

Well, Dan, here’s your north and your east, all in one.

The AFC Champion New England Patriots arrived Monday in Houston, one day after their NFC counterparts, the Atlanta Falcons.  The Patriots opted for as little media hoopla as possible, which will come at them loud and strong all week long now that they are here.  All week long, the Patriots will have to deal with DeflateGate, the Brady Revenge Tour, awkward moments on Sunday and Monday if the Patriots win and if Tom Brady wins MVP, anything but the most important issue, that being how the Patriots plan to slow down the Falcon offense.

What will be completely lost in the shuffle is that the Patriots do have Super Bowl history here in Houston, and it’s pretty good.

The last time the Patriots came here to decide the NFL Championship, Super Bowl XXXVIII, the Patriots won a thriller against the Carolina Panthers, 32-29.  Back then, the stadium had another name, Panther Nation had Jake Delhomme and not Cam Newton (and Jake would have been in there trying to recover that and any fumble), and Adam Vinatieri was nowhere near being the all-time leading scorer in Baltimore-Indianapolis Colts history.

February 1, 2004.  Back then, NRG Stadium was called Reliant Stadium.  The two teams battled it out in what initially was an unlikely defensive struggle.  The game set a record for going the longest time from the beginning of the game scoreless.  But a second quarter Mike Vrabel stripsack of Delhomme set off a 24-point outburst from both teams.  Tom Brady threw touchdown passes to Deion Branch and David Givens, but Delhomme hit Steve Smith with a bomb and Jon Kasay nailed a 50-yard field goal at the halftime buzzer.

After a scoreless third quarter, the teams went off on an offensive rampage which ranks right up there as one of the best quarters in Super Bowl history.  Both starting safeties for the Patriots, Eugene Wilson and Rodney Harrison would get injured and not finish the game.  Brady threw a touchdown pass to Vrabel, Antowain Smith rushed for a touchdown, but Delhomme matched Brady in every area except converting two-point conversions.  He hit Muhsin Muhammad for an 85-yard touchdown bomb that remains the longest TD pass in Super Bowl history, with Wilson injuring his groin on the play.

Inside two minutes to go, Delhomme threw a touchdown pass to Ricky Proehl to tie the game at 29-29 with 1:08 to go.  Oddly, that made it twice in a row that Proehl had caught a game-tying touchdown pass in a Super Bowl against the Patriots inside two minutes to go, as he had done the same thing two years ago as a member of the St. Louis Rams.  Brady had all three timeouts and those 68 seconds to try and pull off another last second rally in a Super Bowl.

Kasay helped Brady out by pushing the ensuing kickoff out of bounds, allowing Brady to begin at the 40.  He drove the Patriots to the Carolina 23 and called his last timeout with 8 seconds left.  Vinatieri, who had been 0 for 2 in attempted field goals up to that point, changed his plant foot shoe during halftime.  He walked out there and nailed a 41-yard field goal to put the Patriots back on top.  After covering the kickoff (remember Rod “He Hate Me” Smart?), the Patriots were Super Bowl champs for the second time in three years.

The Patriots return to Houston with the same quarterback and head coach from that game.  Both Brady and Bill Belichick will be gunning for their fifth Super Bowl win, which would be the most for either gentleman at their respective jobs.  The Patriots will already have set an NFL record by appearing in their ninth Super Bowl.  Winning the game will tie them with San Francisco for the second most victories all time, trailing only the team the Patriots vanquished last week to get to this game, the Steelers.

Houston is a nice city to go to for the Patriots in that the city is not a hot tourist destination, as opposed to New Orleans, Miami or San Diego.  There will be plenty of distractions out there, mostly surrounding DeflateGate and Roger Goodell.  At least the city itself won’t likely be a part of that.

Simply stated, you don’t go to Houston to “get away”.  You go there if you get a job offer.  You go there to visit family.  You make your home there and raise your family.  Galveston, 40 miles away, is your ocean access.  There actually is a “Port of Houston”.  But Houston isn’t a beach town by any means.

You’ll eat well there.  Steaks, Mexican cuisine, and back to the steaks again.  You’ll drink lots down there, but don’t look for the once famous Gilley’s in Pasadena, as it went the way of Lone Star Beer.  They don’t make Lone Star Beer anymore, and thankfully so.  You’ll find some watering hole down there, and maybe Willie Nelson sang there at some point in his career.

But you won’t be blown away with “must see” or “must do” places and events outside of the game itself.  You’ll meet lots of nice people there, with the “southern hospitality” frame of mind.  Despite some media types who think Boston is the be all, end all of party cities and anything south of New York City is a yahoo town (they’re still complaining about Jacksonville the year following the previous Houston trip), Houston is a nice city, especially this time of year when the summer heat and humidity aren’t a problem.

So if you’re going, relax.  Pull into George Bush Airport, head out to Beaumont or Victoria or College Station to your hotel (you’re lying if you say you got lodging in the Houston area), have a terrific meal and a few drinks and enjoy no snow and balmy weather.  And don’t complain that it’s not South Beach or Bourbon Street.  You’re there.  Have fun.

Worry only about Julio Jones, Matt Ryan, Devante Freeman and all those other guys the Patriots have to try and deal with.  Have a Super week, everyone.

Bill Belichick: “I’m Not Superstitious”

Ian Logue
January 31, 2017 at 5:00 am ET

Raise your hand if this one doesn’t surprise you.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is notorious for harping on “focusing on what you can control” and apparently cosmic forces don’t fall into that category.

If anyone wondered if Belichick might have been a creature to routine or any type of superstition on game day, that’s apparently not the case.  He was asked by a reporter Monday night from Alaska TV how superstitious he was, Belichick responded, “not at all.”

“I’m really not superstitious,” Belichick said via USA TODAY. “I mean, I wish that’s all there was to it. Then we wouldn’t have to deal with all the other things we do to prepare for a game. We’d just wear the same socks each week, but I don’t really think that’s the answer, with all due respect.”

He might claim he’s not superstitious, especially since he’s gone against the grain in the past having worn certain hoodies during certain big games that we won’t discuss (despite not wearing one all year), but you might be able to argue that he might be a little superstitious given that we haven’t seen that one since.

Hopefully he’s not wearing it Sunday.