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Patriots Say ‘No’ to Texans to Front Office Interviews for Possible GM Job

The Patriots rejected Houston’s request to interview Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio and director of college scouting Monti Ossenfort for the Texans’ general manager job, and the Eagles told the Texans the same about their vice president of player personnel, Joe Douglas, a league source told Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Although Caserio and Ossenfort were prohibited from interviewing in-season, it doesn’t mean the matter is closed.

Under the NFL’s loosened rules for hiring executives from other teams, Caserio and Ossenfort still might be able to interview for the Texans’ GM job after the Patriots’ season ends, according to a league source.

Packers director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst was scheduled to interview for the Texans’ opening Sunday but instead was promoted to general manager by Green Bay, a source told ESPN. Buffalo Bills vice president of player personnel Brian Gaine is now considered the favorite for Houston’s GM job, sources told ESPN.

Dallas Cowboys vice president of personnel Will McClay has permission to speak with the Texans but has not heard from the club yet.

Brady Denies ‘Celebrating’ the Patriots Trade of Backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady countered the characterization in an ESPN The Magazine story that he “seemed liberated” after the team traded backup Jimmy Garoppolo, Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston reports.

The ESPN The Magazine story said “some players and staffers noticed that Brady seemed especially excited, hollering and cajoling.”

“I think that’s just such a poor characterization of anything. In 18 years, I’ve never celebrated when someone has been traded, been cut,” Brady said Tuesday in his weekly interview on sports radio WEEI’s Kirk and Callahan Show. “I would say that’s disappointing to hear that someone would express that, or a writer would express that, because it’s so far from what my beliefs are about my teammates.

“I think I’m very empathetic toward other people’s experiences. I know those situations aren’t easy. I’ve never been traded or released, but I can imagine how that might feel. I would never, ever feel that way about when Jimmy got traded, when Jacoby [Brissett] got traded. I’ve kept in touch with all those guys. When Matt Cassel was gone. All these guys I’ve worked with, I felt like I had such a great relationship with all the quarterbacks I’ve worked with. I kept in touch with basically everybody. So to characterize that as a certain way is just completely, completely wrong.”

Brady said he didn’t read the ESPN The Magazine story “cover to cover” but felt like he “got most of it.”

Asked if the story bothers him, he said on the program, “I think there are a lot of things that are said. I think you can go about your life, and certainly here with this team, and try to do what I’ve always done for a long time, and be a good teammate, and work as hard as I can to help the team win, and then somebody can write something to contradict that, and I think it’s up to everybody to believe what they want to believe.

“I don’t put too much thought into it, really. I feel like I have a great relationship with my teammates. If others don’t feel like they have a great relationship with me, that’s one thing, but I try to do what I’ve always done and be the best teammate I can be. I don’t think that’s ever really changed in my mind.”

Patriots Issue Join Statement Regarding ESPN Piece Released Friday Regarding In House Tension

The Patriots issued a joint statement from owner Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady on Friday, the day ESPN published a story detailing tension among the three, Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston reports.

“For the past 18 years, the three of us have enjoyed a very good and productive working relationship. In recent days, there have been multiple media reports that have speculated theories that are unsubstantiated, highly exaggerated or flat out inaccurate. The three of us share a common goal. We look forward to the enormous challenge of competing in the postseason and the opportunity to work together in the future, just as we have for the past 18 years. It is unfortunate that there is even a need for us to respond to these fallacies. As our actions have shown, we stand united.”

Don Yee, the agent for both Brady and former Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, also issued a statement regarding the ESPN story on Friday.

“I don’t really know what to say; it’s tough to have a response since it didn’t appear to me to have one on-the-record quote. All I can suggest is don’t believe everything you read,” Yee said.

Agent for Tom Brady Speaks Out Against ESPN Piece Stating Tension Within Patriots

Tom Brady’s agent, Don Yee, issued a statement to the Herald this morning regarding an ESPN story that portrayed a major rift between the quarterback, coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.

“I don’t really know what to say — it’s tough to have a response since it didn’t appear to me to have one on-the-record quote,” Yee said. “All I can suggest is don’t believe everything you read.”

The story, published Friday morning, suggests that this could be the final year of the Kraft-Brady-Belichick partnership.

Video: NFL Films Five-Minute Look at the Game of the Year Between the Pats and Steelers

NFL Films put up a great 5 minute look at the game of the year – as the Pats survived the Steelers in week 15 to basically clinch home field in the AFC.

It’s for sure worth a look.

Video: Former Patriots Great Tedy Bruschi Says He “Wouldn’t Be Caught Dead in a Steelers Uniform”

Former Patriots great Tedy Bruschi says he “wouldn’t be caught dead in a Pittsburgh Steelers’ uniform” on NFL Live.

New Patriots OLB James Harrison Details Messy Divorce with Steelers in Instagram Post

The ongoing saga between new Patriots OLB James Harrison and his old team the Steelers continued on Friday, as the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year put out a post on Instagram detailing his story of the season and why things might have been said about him by his now former teammates.

If you want to read the entire four pages you can see his Instagram post HERE – but here’s what it says:

“At the beginning of the season, when it was clear I didn’t have a role any more, I asked to be released. Throughout the season, I was told week in & out that I’d be used. I wasn’t. I started getting frustrated about the whole thing. I asked to not be dressed or take unnecessary practice reps if I wasn’t going to play. That’s what happened for a [couple] weeks, then we had a game week that I got reps in practice and everyone assumed I would play. I got to the stadium four hours early as usual, and my locker was empty. Nobody said anything to me about being inactive, just an empty locker. I asked to be released again. I was told no.

“A couple weeks later, they dress me for the game so I assume I’m going to play, and I get zero reps. Stood on the sideline the whole game. I asked to be released again, I was told no. Then a few days later, they released me.”

Harrison then detailed how he landed with the Patriots, signing a one-year, $1 million contract on Tuesday.

“I was never told I would be brought back, it was: If I bring [you] back, be in shape. I cleared waivers [Monday] and they didn’t call. New England called.”

“Maybe I didn’t handle my frustration the best that I could’ve,” he wrote on Instagram. “If you haven’t learned anything about me over the last 16 years, I’m a competitor to my core. I live and breathe competition. I do what it takes to keep my body and my mind ready to be on that field.”

So basically Harrison is stating that he wanted to play, the team was ready to move on, and he asked for his release a number of times and the team didn’t give it to him.

Such as life in the NFL – but no doubt it will be interesting to see what happens if the Steelers and Pats do meet again.

Patriots Sign Steelers All-Time Sack Leader James Harrison

If the AFC Championship Game happens to be between the Steelers and Patriots for the second straight season, the Pats could have a huge secret weapon in their corner, that being Pittsburgh’s all-time sack leader James Harrison.

It was reported earlier on Tuesday that Harrison was visiting the Patriots following his Saturday release by the Steelers, and now Adam Schefter and Field Yates of ESPN are reporting that Harrison is signing with the defending Super Bowl champs.

We will see just how much Bill Belichick and the Pats use Harrison, or if he’s simply there to be an informant to the Pats for how the Steelers run certain plays on defense to further help New England should a rematch occur in late January.