Chris Licata

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  1. Recent success has catapulted two of the New England Patriots coaches towards the top of many hiring lists around the NFL. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia recently interviewed for multiple head coaching vacancies including the Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers and San Diego Chargers. McDaniels was reportedly a top candidate for the 49ers head job. He told the team that he would provide them with a decision by Sunday. During his weekly conference call with local media on Monday, the 40-year-old announced his intentions to remain with the Patriots going forward. "At this time, it's just best for my family and myself to remain here in New England, and focus on this year's playoffs and finish out the year however it turns out." McDaniels will continue to oversee the Patriots offense in 2017 but still hopes to land another head coaching role in the future. Matt Patricia, who interviewed with the Chargers and Rams, also appears likely to remain with the Patriots after both teams recently hired new head coaches. Patricia, 42, is finishing up his 13th season with New England, serving as the team's defensive coordinator for the past five. Two weeks ago it seemed as if the Patriots would have some vacancies of their own. For now the future remains in very stable condition under the guidance of Bill Belichick and his two right-hand men.
  2. Recent success has catapulted two of the New England Patriots coaches towards the top of many hiring lists around the NFL. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia recently interviewed for multiple head coaching vacancies including the Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers and San Diego Chargers. McDaniels was reportedly a top candidate for the 49ers head job. He told the team that he would provide them with a decision by Sunday. During his weekly conference call with local media on Monday, the 40-year-old announced his intentions to remain with the Patriots going forward. "At this time, it's just best for my family and myself to remain here in New England, and focus on this year's playoffs and finish out the year however it turns out." McDaniels will continue to oversee the Patriots offense in 2017 but still hopes to land another head coaching role in the future. Matt Patricia, who interviewed with the Chargers and Rams, also appears likely to remain with the Patriots after both teams recently hired new head coaches. Patricia, 42, is finishing up his 13th season with New England, serving as the team's defensive coordinator for the past five. Two weeks ago it seemed as if the Patriots would have some vacancies of their own. For now the future remains in very stable condition under the guidance of Bill Belichick and his two right-hand men. View full NFL news story
  3. Tom Brady is good at football. His opponents know that all too well. Despite allowing a league-best 301.3 yards per game to opposing offenses, the Houston Texans are in for a monumental challenge when they face off with the New England Patriots in Saturday's AFC Divisional matchup. In an appearance on Pro Football Talk on Friday, Texans cornerback Jonathan Joseph heaped praise on the Patriots quarterback. “He knows every defense that’s known to mankind that you’re going to show him, so you have to do a good job of mismatching your coverages, disguising your coverages, things like that. He’s the best to play the game, super competitor, an ultra-competitive guy.” Joseph, 32, posted 45 tackles, nine pass deflections and one forced fumble in 13 games this season. The Houston secondary will have their hands full trying to slow down a New England offense that averaged 27.6 points and 386.2 yards per game in the regular season. To make matters worse, the Texans have yet to win a game at Gillette Stadium in their franchise history. View full NFL news story
  4. Tom Brady is good at football. His opponents know that all too well. Despite allowing a league-best 301.3 yards per game to opposing offenses, the Houston Texans are in for a monumental challenge when they face off with the New England Patriots in Saturday's AFC Divisional matchup. In an appearance on Pro Football Talk on Friday, Texans cornerback Jonathan Joseph heaped praise on the Patriots quarterback. “He knows every defense that’s known to mankind that you’re going to show him, so you have to do a good job of mismatching your coverages, disguising your coverages, things like that. He’s the best to play the game, super competitor, an ultra-competitive guy.” Joseph, 32, posted 45 tackles, nine pass deflections and one forced fumble in 13 games this season. The Houston secondary will have their hands full trying to slow down a New England offense that averaged 27.6 points and 386.2 yards per game in the regular season. To make matters worse, the Texans have yet to win a game at Gillette Stadium in their franchise history.
  5. Tom Brady has been in the social spotlight quite a bit lately, including making the decision to join Instagram and this hilarious Funny or Die skit. Now you can add another commercial to his resume. The New England Patriots quarterback teamed up with Intel to show off their new sports-related virtual reality technology. The ad will air during this year's Super Bowl LI on February 5, 2017. Check out Brady's new spot below: According to Fortune, "the system, called Intel 360, will also allow broadcasters to show viewers the action of a play through the point of view of a player on the field" during the Super Bowl. If recent history is any indicator, Brady could have other plans that day. View full NFL news story
  6. Tom Brady has been in the social spotlight quite a bit lately, including making the decision to join Instagram and this hilarious Funny or Die skit. Now you can add another commercial to his resume. The New England Patriots quarterback teamed up with Intel to show off their new sports-related virtual reality technology. The ad will air during this year's Super Bowl LI on February 5, 2017. Check out Brady's new spot below: According to Fortune, "the system, called Intel 360, will also allow broadcasters to show viewers the action of a play through the point of view of a player on the field" during the Super Bowl. If recent history is any indicator, Brady could have other plans that day.
  7. In a recent article, ESPN staff writer Bill Barnwell ranked the NFL's eight remaining playoff teams in terms of their path to the Super Bowl. The New England Patriots were the clear-cut favorite with 40.1 percent odds to make the big game according to ESPN's Football Power Index (FPI). That number was a runaway compared to the second best odds -- the Atlanta Falcons with an 18.9 percent chance. Five of the eight teams are given less than 8.4 percent odds to make it to Houston. Here is what Barnwell had to say about the AFC East champion Patriots: "The Patriots have the easiest path to Houston because they're guaranteed a game against Houston. Even though the Texans looked impressive enough in beating the Raiders on Saturday, keep in mind that mediocre teams that have made their way into the postseason and won in the wild-card round often get stomped in the following round. After going 8-8 in 2011 and beating Pittsburgh in the wild-card round, Tebow's Broncos lost by 35 points in New England the following week. The 2010 Beastquake Seahawks fell behind 28-0 in Chicago before losing 35-24. The 2014 Panthers beat a Ryan Lindley-led Cardinals team at home and subsequently lost by two touchdowns in Seattle. Since 1990, underdogs of 14 points or more (as the Texans will likely be this weekend) are 20-179, a winning percentage of 10 percent. FPI gives the Texans a 11.1 percent chance of victory when the three other underdogs in the divisional round have no lower than a 27.1 percent shot. There are no layups in the playoffs, but the Texans are an open jumper. That's an enormous scheduling advantage they have over the Cowboys, and while the Patriots will have a tough matchup regardless of who wins the Chiefs-Steelers matchup, they will get to play them in Foxborough. This is precisely why teams care so much about finishing with the top seed at the end of the regular season, and it's why the Patriots are favored to make their seventh trip to the Super Bowl under Bill Belichick." The Patriots are 16-point home favorites (according to Bovada) for Saturday's AFC Divisional Round game against the Houston Texans (9-7), one of the largest spreads in league history. In Week 3, New England stymied Bill O'Brien's Texans 27-0 despite starting their third-string rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett. Assuming they take care of business again, they'll either meet the AFC North champion Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5) or AFC West champion Kansas City Chiefs (12-4) back at Gillette Stadium. View full article
  8. Do the Patriots have the easiest road to the Super Bowl of the remaining NFL playoff teams?
  9. Each season the NFL presents the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award to a player who has had a significant impact on his community. This year, the New England Patriots team nominee is seventh-year, All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski. Here is the team's official endorsement: Rob Gronkowski has been a larger than life presence in the New England sports world since being drafted by the Patriots in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Now in his seventh season, the 6'6'', 265-pound tight end is a four-time Pro Bowler and has been selected as a First-team All-Pro four times. He led the NFL in touchdown receptions in 2011 and was named the 2014 NFL Comeback Player of the Year after he returned from a season-ending injury in 2013 to help lead the Patriots to their fourth Super Bowl title. Rob's physical stature and impact on the football field is matched by his commitment to giving back to children and families off the field. Since he first arrived in New England, he has consistently been one of the most active players in the community. As part of the team's "Community Tuesdays", Rob can always be found bringing a smile to somebody's face. He has visited dozens of schools across the region to promote the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and to lead students through a PLAY 60 ultimate gym class. Rob has even helped to provide play spaces to children by building new playgrounds in underserved communities across New England. During the holidays, Rob is always eager to spread some cheer to children and families in need. Whether it's helping to deliver more than 200 Thanksgiving meals to families in Boston, throwing a holiday party for 250 children or taking teenagers on a holiday shopping spree, he is always willing and able to put a smile on the faces of people who need it most. Over the years, Rob has teamed with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to meet some of his biggest fans who are battling life-threatening illnesses. Each year, he welcomes children and their families to Gillette Stadium to offer his support and to clear their minds from their health complications. His commitment goes even deeper as he teams with One Mission, a local nonprofit organization, to shave his head each spring to raise money for pediatric cancer patients. Football has always been a passion for Rob and through the Gronk Nation Youth Foundation, he is helping to share that passion with youth. His foundation is dedicated to inspiring youth to reach their potential by empowering them to be positively involved in sports, community activities, education and fitness. Through this charitable organization, Rob is helping youth stay actively involved in both school and sports while also providing them with the resources they need to follow their dreams. Over the years, Rob's foundation has provided underserved communities with new weight rooms and athletic equipment to help them to live a healthy lifestyle. Rob was selected as a team captain this season and has been a leader on and off the field. His smile and his laugh are infectious as he brings joy to everyone he meets. We emphatically support Rob Gronkowski as our nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. According to the league website, "the winner will receive a total of $1 million donated in his name, with $500,000 going to a charity of his choice and $500,000 supporting the expansion of Character Playbook across all NFL markets." This year's winner will be officially announced on February 4, 2017 during the "NFL Honors" primetime television special from 8-10pm EST on FOX. To view the full list of NFL nominees, click HERE.
  10. Each season the NFL presents the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award to a player who has had a significant impact on his community. This year, the New England Patriots team nominee is seventh-year, All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski. Here is the team's official endorsement: Rob Gronkowski has been a larger than life presence in the New England sports world since being drafted by the Patriots in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Now in his seventh season, the 6'6'', 265-pound tight end is a four-time Pro Bowler and has been selected as a First-team All-Pro four times. He led the NFL in touchdown receptions in 2011 and was named the 2014 NFL Comeback Player of the Year after he returned from a season-ending injury in 2013 to help lead the Patriots to their fourth Super Bowl title. Rob's physical stature and impact on the football field is matched by his commitment to giving back to children and families off the field. Since he first arrived in New England, he has consistently been one of the most active players in the community. As part of the team's "Community Tuesdays", Rob can always be found bringing a smile to somebody's face. He has visited dozens of schools across the region to promote the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and to lead students through a PLAY 60 ultimate gym class. Rob has even helped to provide play spaces to children by building new playgrounds in underserved communities across New England. During the holidays, Rob is always eager to spread some cheer to children and families in need. Whether it's helping to deliver more than 200 Thanksgiving meals to families in Boston, throwing a holiday party for 250 children or taking teenagers on a holiday shopping spree, he is always willing and able to put a smile on the faces of people who need it most. Over the years, Rob has teamed with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to meet some of his biggest fans who are battling life-threatening illnesses. Each year, he welcomes children and their families to Gillette Stadium to offer his support and to clear their minds from their health complications. His commitment goes even deeper as he teams with One Mission, a local nonprofit organization, to shave his head each spring to raise money for pediatric cancer patients. Football has always been a passion for Rob and through the Gronk Nation Youth Foundation, he is helping to share that passion with youth. His foundation is dedicated to inspiring youth to reach their potential by empowering them to be positively involved in sports, community activities, education and fitness. Through this charitable organization, Rob is helping youth stay actively involved in both school and sports while also providing them with the resources they need to follow their dreams. Over the years, Rob's foundation has provided underserved communities with new weight rooms and athletic equipment to help them to live a healthy lifestyle. Rob was selected as a team captain this season and has been a leader on and off the field. His smile and his laugh are infectious as he brings joy to everyone he meets. We emphatically support Rob Gronkowski as our nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. According to the league website, "the winner will receive a total of $1 million donated in his name, with $500,000 going to a charity of his choice and $500,000 supporting the expansion of Character Playbook across all NFL markets." This year's winner will be officially announced on February 4, 2017 during the "NFL Honors" primetime television special from 8-10pm EST on FOX. To view the full list of NFL nominees, click HERE. View full NFL news story
  11. Tough season for Philly, but there's still something to look forward to with Wentz. I appreciate this transparency though!
  12. This is not a drill. We repeat: this is not a drill. Tom Brady has a new social media account. The New England Patriots quarterback has taken to Instagram after mulling his options over for a few days. The four-time Super Bowl champion posted this video on Saturday to officially announce his decision: In just a few hours, Brady's following has already surpassed 500,000 people. Expect that number to continue to rise. Brady, named to the AP All-Pro Second Team on Friday, helped guide New England to a league-best 14-2 regular season record. Despite missing the first four games of the season due to suspension, the 39-year-old had his way with opposing defenses to the tune of 3,554 yards, 28 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions while completing 67.4 percent of his passes. If his Instagram game is as strong as his Facebook game, Patriots fans are in for a treat. You can follow Brady's new Instagram account right HERE. View full NFL news story
  13. This is not a drill. We repeat: this is not a drill. Tom Brady has a new social media account. The New England Patriots quarterback has taken to Instagram after mulling his options over for a few days. The four-time Super Bowl champion posted this video on Saturday to officially announce his decision: In just a few hours, Brady's following has already surpassed 500,000 people. Expect that number to continue to rise. Brady, named to the AP All-Pro Second Team on Friday, helped guide New England to a league-best 14-2 regular season record. Despite missing the first four games of the season due to suspension, the 39-year-old had his way with opposing defenses to the tune of 3,554 yards, 28 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions while completing 67.4 percent of his passes. If his Instagram game is as strong as his Facebook game, Patriots fans are in for a treat. You can follow Brady's new Instagram account right HERE.
  14. Yes, you never want to see injuries derail anybody. I just hope he makes the best decision for his own future. There is a life after football, of course.
  15. Gronk. Pimp Daddy Gronk. Gronkosaurus Rex. Whatever you call him, Rob Gronkowski has proven to be a force on the football field. Over his first seven seasons in the NFL, the New England Patriots tight end has racked up 405 receptions, 6,097 yards and 69 touchdowns. The 27-year-old is also a four-time Pro Bowl selection, three-time First Team All-Pro and 2014 Comeback Player of the Year. Even the best defensive players on the planet have trouble containing the ultra-athletic 6'6" playmaker. Flashback to high school and the story remains much of the same -- you can't stop "Gronk", you can only hope to contain him. Check out this highlight video from his younger football days. You won't be disappointed.