Brown on Parcells’: ‘What are you really judging him on?’


Brown on Parcells’: ‘What are you really judging him on?’

Pro Football Hall of Fame head coach Bill Parcells is not one of three finalists for  the 2016 induction into the Patriots Hall of Fame.

On Quick Slants the podcast -- recorded prior to the nominees being announced -- Tom E. Curran discussed Parcells’ candidacy with Patriots Hall of Fame receiver Troy Brown, who played for him. Curran made a case for Parcells falling short due to actively competing against the Patriots as head coach of the New York Jets immediately following his New England tenure.

“What are you really judging him on as to be a part of the Patriots Hall of Fame? Is it what he did for this franchise while he was here, or what he did for it while he was gone?” Brown said. “He’s in the same division as the New England Patriots coaching the New York Jets, which we despise and hate. And, which I’m probably sure why he doesn’t get a lot of the votes to get him into the Patriots Hall of Fame.

But if you set all that stuff aside and you want to be professional about it, and you want to be pretty objective about putting him into the Hall of Fame: what did he do for the New England Patriots?”

“Before the team he brought here in ’93 even set foot on the field, I think they were setting record for attendance at Patriots training camps,” Brown said. “After his first season we were in the playoffs. Within four seasons — young team — he had us in the Super Bowl.”

Parcells left New England for the New York Jets after that Super Bowl appearance, a loss to the Green Bay Packers. 

Listen to the entire interview starting at the 22:41 mark in the player above. Or search CSNNE on iTunes.

Raymond Clayborn, Mike Vrabel, and Kevin Faulk are the three nominees for 2016. Fans can cast their votes at

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.

Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.

The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.

More to come...

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment. 

Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".

Click here to listen and see how he did.