Houston Texans owner Bob McNair blames Tom Brady and The Patriots for escalating Deflategate

JJ Watt and Bob McNair shake hands before a game against the Patriots in 2012. (Photo By:  Jim Rogash/Getty Images North America)

JJ Watt and Bob McNair shake hands before a game against the Patriots in 2012.
(Photo By: Jim Rogash/Getty Images North America)

Houston Texans owner Bob McNair appeared on SportsRadio610 in Houston, talking to Mike Meltser and Seth Payne, weighed in on deflategate, while everyone awaits Judge Berman’s decision on Tom Brady’s suspension.

Mike Meltser tweeted out the main quotes from McNair on deflategate and WEEI.com wrote about them and now so are we.

McNair was asked if the whole situation is a bad look for the NFL and he replied that it is.

“I think [The NFL] could have handled it better, the Patriots could have handled it better, Brady could have handled it better,” McNair said.

McNair said the whole thing escalated because Tom Brady and the Patriots were not cooperative during the investigation.

“What escalated the whole thing is that Brady and the Patriots were going to cooperate fully, and then when it came down to it, they didn’t,” Bob McNair stated.

He also said if it was JJ Watt in this situation, he wouldn’t have destroyed his cell phone.

“If it was JJ Watt I think he would have been cooperative, and it wouldn’t be a questionI don’t think JJ would destroy his cell phone,” McNair said.

He did admit there isn’t anything solid that proves Brady had anything to do with deflating footballs.

“Is there anything conclusive there? No, you don’t have any conclusive evidence, but the whole idea is we want to make sure we have a competitive playing field that’s level for everybodyWe don’t want people breaking the rules.”

Even though the Texans owner admitted there was no hard evidence against Brady, he still spoke as if he knows 100% for a fact they indeed deflated footballs on purpose.

“In the minds of somebody in that organization, they thought it was important. They thought it would give them a competitive advantage and that’s why they did it. You just want to eliminate that kind of situation if you can,” McNair said.

Way to be a company man Bob McNair. 

 

Patriots place FB James Develin on the IR

 James Develin during Super Bowl 49.  (Photo By: AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

James Develin during Super Bowl 49.
(Photo By: AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The Patriots have placed FB James Develin and CB Darryl Roberts on the IR, the team announced today.

They also made official their trade for WR Jalen Saunders from the Saints, and announced they claimed WR DaVaris Daniels off waivers from the Minnesota. He’s a rookie.

The Patriots placed LB Dane Fletcher and DL Chris Jones on the Pup/Reserve List and released G Chris Baker and rookie LB D.J. Lynch.

The Pup/Reserve List means the players on it have to sit out the first 6 games of the season.

To learn the full rules of the Pup list go HERE. 

Patriots trade for WR/Punt Specialist Jalen Saunders

Jalen Saunders returns a punt to the 1 yard line against the Atlanta Falcons in 2014. (Photo by G. Andrew Boyd, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

Jalen Saunders returns a punt to the 1 yard line against the Atlanta Falcons in 2014.
(Photo by G. Andrew Boyd, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

The Patriots have traded for the New Orleans Saints WR Jalen Saunders for a conditional draft pick, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. 

Saunders was drafted in the fourth-round of the 2014 draft by the New York Jets. Saunders was cut by the team on September 29th, three games into his rookie season.

Saunders spent some time on the Cardinals and Seahawks practice squad before landing with the Saints last Novemeber.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the Pats are sending a 7th round pick to the Saints.

Jalen Saunders played his college ball for the Oklahoma Sooners after starting his career with Fresno State.

In 2013, he caught 61 receptions for 729 yards and 8 touchdowns. He also caught 5 passes for 75 yards and two touchdowns in the Sugar Bowl against Alabama.

During two seasons with the Sooners, he returned 25 punts for 396 yards and 3 touchdowns.

In one season, Saunders has played in 9 games and returned  15 punts for 125 yards. He’s also returned 2 kickoffs for 120 yards.

I like this trade because I wanted the Patriots to draft Saunders in 2014 for his ability to return kickoffs and the fact I thought he’d make a nice explosive slot receiver. Now, I’d love to see him be the return specialist for the Patriots, giving Edelman a break in that area, so we don’t risk his health even more. I think the Pats could use a really explosive returner, and Saunders can be. We will see if he sticks with New England.

Patriots release WR Josh Boyce

WR Josh Boyce waived by the Patriots.  (Photo From Musketfire.com)

WR Josh Boyce waived by the Patriots.
(Photo From Musketfire.com)

The Patriots released WR Josh Boyce, Jonathan Krause, TE Jimmay Mundine, DL Joe Vellano, and LB Dekoda Watson, the team announced today via their official website. 

Boyce will be the most familiar name of the bunch, a fourth round pick in 2013’s draft from Texas Christian.

Boyce and Krause were waived/injured, so if they are not claimed by tomorrow, they will go to the team’s IR list.

The Pats must trim down their team to 75 players by tomorrow’s 4:00 pm deadline. They have 80 players right now.

 

Deflategate ruling to be made this week

Tom Brady showing up to court today. (Photo From Sportingnews.com)

Tom Brady showing up to court today.
(Photo From Sportingnews.com)

Tom Brady and Rodger Goodell were back in a New York courtroom today for only 10 minutes, to state they will not settle.

Judge Berman announced the two sides will not settle, so he will make the decision on Brady’s four game suspension as early as Tuesday and no later than Friday.

“I have no qualms about everybody’s dedication,” Judge Berman said.

Brady and Goodell did not look at each in the courtroom today, nor did they seem to be in a good mood, according to Yahoo Sports Dan Wetzel’s tweet.

This week, at some point, we will know if Brady will appear in the first four games of the season.

No matter the decision, the losing side will probably appeal the decision, so the true end to deflategate may be a ways off.

Predicting NFL division winners

 

Manning, Romo, Rodgers, Luck, Flacco, and Brady. (Photo From CBS Dallas)

Manning, Romo, Rodgers, Luck, Flacco, and Brady.
(Photo From CBS Dallas)

The NFL regular season is only 13 days away!

The Patriots will get things started on Thursday Night Football against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

I will give my best predictions for each NFC and AFC division winners this year.

Here are the teams I believe are destined for the postseason as division champions, starting with the AFC.

Brady, Manning, and Luck. (Photo From USA Today Sports)

Brady, Manning, and Luck.
(Photo From USA Today Sports)

AFC East: New England Patriots. 

Miami has come a long way, but not enough to overtake the Brady led Patriots. This year is still New England’s time and not Miami’s.

I believe Miami will finish 2nd, Buffalo 3rd, and the Jets 4th.

AFC West: Denver Broncos. 

I don’t know if Peyton can make the entire season healthy, and I don’t know if he is past his prime, but I wouldn’t bet against him during the regular season….. Just the postseason.

I have the Chargers finishing 2nd, Chiefs 3rd, and Raiders 4th.

AFC North: Baltimore Ravens. 

This is a hard one. The Bengals, Steelers, and Ravens are all playoff teams, so picking a division winner is tough. I’ll just go with the Ravens for right now, but I wouldn’t be shocked if the Steelers and Bengals both made the postseason. I hope the Ravens don’t make the postseason because they are the toughest out, but I’m guessing they will. I have the Steelers finishing 2nd, Bengals 3rd, and the Browns 4th.

AFC South: Indianapolis Colts. 

Andrew Luck has been good since day one of his NFL career and he’s only getting better. The offense is too powerful for the Texans or Titans or Jaguars to dethrone them. Their defense is what will hold them back from a trip to Super Bowl 50.

I have the Texans finishing 2nd, Jaguars 3rd, and Titans 4th.

Photo from SportingNews.com's "Predicting AFC and NFC division winners.

Photo from SportingNews.com’s “Predicting AFC and NFC division winners.”

Let’s now move on to the NFC and who I believe will win each division.

NFC East: Dallas Cowboys.

Tony Romo is the best QB in the division with the best OL and a decent defense. Darren McFadden may be in for a career year running behind that OL if he can stay healthy and how will the other defenses in the division stop the Romo-to-Bryant connection? It’s time to say it and admit it, Romo is a dang good QB and he will get his team to the postseason.

I have the Giants finishing 2nd, Eagles 3rd, and Redskins 4th.

NFC West: St. Louis Rams.

What!? Did I just pick a team to win the West other than the Seahawks and is that team really the Rams!?

Yes, I did and yes it is. The Rams defense is every bit as good as Seattle’s with an unreal front line. They gave Seattle all sorts of trouble last season with no QB and now they have a QB. Nick Foles is good and I really like him with this team and I believe he will lead them to the postseason as division champions. I just love this team this year.

I have Seattle finishing 2nd although I don’t like the injuries they are dealing with, Cardinals 3rd and 49ers 4th.

NFC North: Green Bay Packers. 

Even without Jordy Nelson, Aaron Rodgers will still be the excellent QB he always is, and lead his team to a division title. Green Bay will probably be the number one seed overall.

I have the Lions finishing 2nd, Bears 3rd, and Vikings 4th.

NFC South: New Orleans Saints. 

Drew Brees will be back in the postseason this year! They will have a very good running game and improved pass protection, so there isn’t any reason they won’t succeed in a bad division. The defense should also be better.

I have the Falcons finishing 2nd, Panthers 3rd, and Tampa Bay 4th.

 

 

 

 

 

James Develin suffers broken tibia in preseason win against Carolina

James Develin during last night's game. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

James Develin during last night’s game.
(AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

Patriots fullback James Develin broke his right tibia during the fourth quarter of last night’s preseason game against the Carolina Panthers, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss. 

Develin was carted off the field.

Develin will undergo surgery in Charlotte, his injury is a clean break in his right leg.

“He didn’t come back with us on the trip. He still down there in Charlotte. I don’t really have anything at this point,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said in his day-after-game conference call.

The hope for recovery will be 6-8 weeks, according to reports.

Photos from The Patriots win over Carolina

Scott Chandler catches a touchdown pass against the Panthers before the half. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

Scott Chandler catches a touchdown pass against the Panthers before the half. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

Scott Chandler celebrates his touchdown. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

Scott Chandler celebrates his touchdown.
(AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

Brandon Bolden. (Photo By: Keith Nordstrom)

Brandon Bolden.
(Photo By: Keith Nordstrom)

FS Devin McCourty back at his safety spot, makes the play. (Photo By: Keith Nordstrom)

FS Devin McCourty back at his safety spot, makes the play.
(Photo By: Keith Nordstrom)

Tom Brady hands off to Jonas Gray. (Photo By: Keith Nordstrom)

Tom Brady hands off to Jonas Gray.
(Photo By: Keith Nordstrom)

 Stephen Gostkowski  nails a 53 yard field goal to give the Pats their 2nd straight preseason win. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

Stephen Gostkowski nails a 53 yard field goal to give the Pats their 2nd straight preseason win.
(AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

 Jimmy Garoppolo rushes four times for 16 yards in the Pats win last night. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

Jimmy Garoppolo rushes four times for 16 yards in the Pats win last night.
(AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

Former college rivals, Hightower (Alabama) and Cam Newton (Auburn) hug after the game last night. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

Former college rivals, Hightower (Alabama) and Cam Newton (Auburn) hug after the game last night.
(AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

(All photos from patriots.com)