tom brady

Bargain-Bin Brady

He has four Super Bowl rings and a legitimate claim to the title of ‘greatest quarterback to ever play,’ yet Tom Brady is compensated like a low-end journeyman starter. The Patriots aren’t complaining

A Sleepy Football Sunday

The games were mostly a snooze but we still learned plenty on the third Sunday of the season. Here's why a trio of surprise teams are 3-0, the AFC North might be all but over and the U-word whispers have begun in New England. Plus weekly awards, Monday night preview and 10 things I think

The Predictable Patriots

Tom Brady dominated, Rob Gronkowski was unstoppable and the opponent accused New England of subterfuge. Same song, new season for the reigning champs, who opened their title repeat quest with a 28-21 win over the Steelers. Plus a Week 1 preview, including 10 things to watch

In New England, the Calm Before the Storm

Twenty-four hours before the Patriots begin their fourth Super Bowl defense, the “Free Brady” movement was going strong in Boston. And as heavy rain threatens to make for a soggy the Gillette Stadium turf Thursday night, the return of football is set to wash away eight months of Deflategate mess

In Defending the Patriots, Pittsburgh Could Struggle

Enough about Deflategate and cheating and, hey, oh wait, there’s a real football game Thursday night. Here’s a look at why the Steelers and their new coordinator could struggle slowing down New England in the opener. Plus, mailbag questions on Tim Tebow, preseason pricing and award races

Drop the Appeal and Close the Book on Deflategate

To put the focus back on football, Roger Goodell should attend the Patriots-Steelers opener and give a televised interview in which he says, with great candor, ‘We took it to court. We lost. We’re moving on.’

A Stunning Smackdown for Goodell and the League

Judge Richard Berman’s reversal of the Tom Brady suspension is nothing less than a scathing rebuke of Roger Goodell and the NFL—and yet another major legal loss for the league. This case has always been about far more than the air pressure of footballs—so what does it mean for this commissioner’s power and the fundamental relationship between the league and its players?

Settle in for More Deflategate

There’s one thing you can count on as the drama returns to court: a complete lack of trust and palpable dislike on both sides. Plus my thoughts on Geno Smith, deadlines for deals and why signing Ray Rice would be no easy matter

Perception and Truth in Philly

Chip Kelly has taken some hits, in the media and from former players, this off-season. Now it’s the Eagles coach’s turn to communicate his thoughts. Plus, how badminton helped Sam Bradford, an ironman in Cleveland, the 2014 playoff team that’s better than everyone thinks and much more

The Punch and the Fallout

‘You don’t walk up to a man and punch him in the face.’ Those were the words of Jets coach Todd Bowles after a backup linebacker cold-cocked Geno Smith in the locker room, knocking out the QB for up to 10 weeks. Examining the repercussions of the surreal incident, plus reader mail

The Other Side of Deflategate

Lost in the hot air surrounding last season’s AFC title game was the fact that the Colts were embarrassed, again, by the Patriots. What did Andrew Luck and company do to get better for 2015? Plus, what to expect when ‘Hard Knocks’ debuts, Aaron Rodgers’ future plans and remembering Frank Gifford

Meanwhile, In Foxborough...

On the field, the training camp like no other actually looks very familiar. The coach has his team hyper-focused, and the players won’t acknowledge Deflategate. As for the quarterback, he hasn’t been talking at all. The owner and the fans, on the other hand, have plenty to say on Tom Brady’s behalf

This Is Protecting The Shield?

The longer the Deflategate saga wears on, the tougher it is to have faith in Roger Goodell and the NFL. Plus, the Cowboys pump up Dez Bryant’s training camp fight, Chip Kelly and racism accusations and why Arian Foster’s injury spells doom for Houston

Patriots Camp Report

The ranks are closed around Deflategate as the Super Bowl champions are focused on one thing: their title defense. Sudden hero Malcolm Butler steps into a bigger role, a new running back is showing some flash and more observations from Foxborough

The Pride of the Panthers

With NFL training camps in full swing, a sobering story in Carolina reminds us what makes football so special in the first place. Plus, more from the road, including a look inside the Falcons' meeting room, RG3's last stand and the secret to ironman Ben Roethlisberger

All Tags