Posts Tagged ‘Tom Brady’

Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson is still no fan of the New England Patriots.

Johnson – who helped the Eagles defeat the Patriots in Super Bowl LII in February – criticized the AFC juggernaut before and after that game, calling Tom Brady a “pretty boy” and New England a “fear-based organization,” among other comments.

After taking a few months to reflect this offseason, Johnson doubled down on his critiques.

“Here’s what pissed me off,” Johnson said during an appearance on “The Steve Austin Show.” “The Patriots, obviously, I respect their coach, I respect Bill (Belichick), I respect Tom Brady, but just because the way that they won the Super Bowls, the Patriot Way, is that how everybody else is supposed to do the same thing? No, it’s not. And that’s what I got mad at, the arrogance by them.

“There was obviously some stuff behind closed doors. Their owner talking s— to our owner. Bill talking s— to our head coach (Doug Pederson) before the game. I’m not going to say it, but a lot of s— kind built up to that, and I just got tired of hearing about it, man, to be honest.”

Johnson also dismissed the Patriots’ defense, which struggled in the Super Bowl and drew scrutiny after Belichick unexpectedly benched starting cornerback Malcolm Butler throughout the game.

“I saw a defense that wasn’t overly talented. It was all really about containing Tom Brady,” the All-Pro tackle said. “We had a hard time doing that – he had 505 yards. But that was really it, man. Going into the game, I’m not going to be shell-shocked by it. That was kind of our thing going in. I think we had the upper hand on that.”

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To the horror of 31 other teams, Tom Brady isn’t going anywhere.

Few thought the New England Patriots star quarterback’s status was in doubt for the upcoming season, and despite admitting that the situation is less than ideal for his family, Brady confirmed he’ll return for 2018.

“Part of this offseason for me is certainly about still preparing for what’s ahead in my next journey, my next mountain to climb with this group of teammates, but it’s also (acknowledging) that a lot of people are getting the short end of the stick in my life – certainly my wife and my kids,” Brady said during an appearance at the Milken Institute Global Conference, per ESPN’s Mike Reiss.

“Football is year-round for me. It’s a lot of thought, a lot of energy and emotion put into it, but I need to invest in them, too. My kids are 10, 8, and 5. They’re not getting younger, so I need to take time so I can be available to them, too. … I’ve really spent the last two or three months doing those things, and I think I’m really trying to fill my tank up so that when I do go back, I can go back and I think I’ll actually be, in my mind, a better player, a better teammate, because I’ll be really rejuvenated.”

The reigning MVP certainly has nothing left to prove but spoke about what he feels he needs to accomplish to round out his career.

“I have personal goals. I want to keep playing. I’ve said for a long time I want to play to my mid-40s. I was told three years when I was 36-37, ‘You can’t keep playing; no one wins Super Bowls (at that age).’ It’s a great challenge for me. I think I’ve been challenged my whole life. I feel like I can do it.”

Tom Brady lauded Bill Belichick as the “best coach in the history of the NFL” on Monday, and added that the two share a “very respectful” relationship despite reported tension between them.

“He’s very respectful to me,” Brady told sportscaster Jim Gray and an audience of listeners at the Milken Institute Global Conference. “We’ve had a great relationship. A very respectful relationship for a long time and I feel like he’s the best coach in the history of the NFL.”

Brady’s bond with the New England Patriots seemingly took a hit last year, and reports of discord between the quarterback and his coach led to a postseason meeting with the pair and team owner Robert Kraft.

Brady, though, called Belichick an “incredible coach” and an “incredible mentor.” He acknowledged the notoriously grumpy Belichick is “not the easiest coach to play for,” but added that “he’s the best for me.”

The five-time Super Bowl champion was less direct when asked if he feels appreciated by the Patriots.

“I plead the Fifth,” he said.

The answer drew laughs until he offered a slightly more insightful response.

“I think everybody, in general, wants to be appreciated more at work,” Brady said.

Brady was equally unconvincing at first when asked if he’s happy.

“I have my moments,” he replied.

However, he gave a more resounding “absolutely” when pressed to answer whether he’s happy with the people he works both with and for.

“There’s no people I’d rather play for or be committed to than the team that I’ve been with for a long time,” said Brady.

He noted that his partnership with the Pats – like every relationship in life – has gone through its ebbs and flows.

The 40-year-old skipped the Patriots’ voluntary team workouts in April, fueling rumors that there’s still some sour feelings between Brady and the only franchise he’s ever played for.

Tom Brady addressed the widespread protests by NFL players during the national anthem, saying everyone’s beliefs are worthy of respect.

Reporter Jim Gray asked him about his feelings on the demonstrations during a Q&A session at the Milken Institute Global Conference on Monday.

“You have to have respect for everyone’s opinions. Sports for me has been the most unifying part of my life. Never forget that,” Brady said, according to Curtis. S. Chin.

The anthem protests were kickstarted by Colin Kaepernick in 2016, and numerous other players rallied behind the cause last season with the quarterback out of the league. Brady never kneeled for the anthem, but he did participate in the leaguewide protests in Week 3, linking arms with teammates following criticism of the NFL by President Donald Trump.

The New England Patriots‘ star quarterback also succinctly described his thoughts on losing to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII, which also dropped his Super Bowl record to 5-3.

“Last year sucked,” said Brady.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is seeking a new contract before the 2018 season and plans to return to the team, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo reports.

Other reports say Brady has yet to commit to returning this season, but teammates reportedly say he has been in discussions about the 2018 campaign.

“Tom Brady is going to play in 2018,” Rapoport said on NFL Network. “He said it. Everyone close to him has said it. Everyone I’ve spoken to has said it. The Patriots are going forward with the very strict and stern belief that he will be playing for 2018.”

Brady’s current deal is up after the 2019 season and the Patriots have typically extended his contract with two years remaining. The 40-year-old has an annual salary of $14 million with a $22-million cap hit the next two seasons. The issue is not considered pressing right now, according to Garafolo, but it is something Brady is interested renegotiating.

Tom Brady has accomplished it all in the NFL. He’s a five-time Super Bowl champion and a three-time league MVP. He just completed his age-40 season and doesn’t appear ready to hang up his cleats.

And his wife, Gisele Bundchen, won’t force him to.

Bundchen shared with Jason Gay of the Wall Street Journal that she will not push her husband to retire.

“It’s not my decision to make,” Bundchen said in an interview conducted before Super Bowl LII in February, according to Tom E. Curran of NBC Sports Boston. “It’s his decision, and he knows it. It wouldn’t be fair any other way.”

Brady has said previously that his wife “would have me retire today” if it were up to her.

“I would never in my life ever (attempt to convince him to retire),” Bundchen said. “I want him to be happy. Believe me, I’ve been with him when he’s losing. Try to be with him after you have lost (Super Bowls). I mean, I had my fair share, OK? As long as he’s happy, he’s going to be a better father, he’s going to be a better husband, and I just want him to be happy. I do have my concerns, like anyone would.”

Brady will enter the 2018 season as the defending league MVP with revenge on his mind after losing the Super Bowl to the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Lombardi Trophy is finally flying its way to Philadelphia.

The Eagles held off a dramatic second-half comeback from the New England Patriots to win 41-33, earning their first Super Bowl title in franchise history and handing Tom Brady and Bill Belichick their third defeat on the biggest stage.

In a game stocked full of dramatic – and controversial – moments, Nick Foles and Brady went blow for blow as the two teams produced the most yards in a single game in NFL history. Foles threw for 372 yards, three touchdowns, and added a receiving touchdown while Brady broke his own Super Bowl record with 505 yards.

But it was the defense that ultimately won the game for Philadelphia. Defensive end Brandon Graham strip-sacked Brady on the Patriots’ penultimate drive after a Zach Ertz touchdown put the Eagles ahead late in the fourth quarter, all but sealing the game for the NFC East outfit.

Brady got the ball back with just under a minute to play, but, this time, wasn’t able to engineer a spectacular game-winning drive.

Foles completed his Cinderella story by being named the MVP of the game.