DENVER -- A lot was made of the back-and-forth between the Patriots and Broncos earlier in the week. Was it overblown? Certainly seemed that way. But don’t tell that to Denver linebacker Brandon Marshall.
It was Marshall who fired the first salvo, saying the only way Pats tight end Rob Gronkowski got open was by pushing off. That comment was met with derision via social media.
“I didn’t think that they would blow up like that,” said Marshall after practice Friday. “ I definitely wasn’t aware that all the Patriots fans would be in my Twitter mentions and calling me all kind of explicit names. I’m sorry, I’m . . . whatever, I don’t want to say the names. I didn’t think that would happen, but I mean I said what I said. I can’t take it back. I just have to be ready to cover him.”
Gronkowski responded a day earlier to Marshall’s comments, and Broncos cornerback Chris Harris saying the only way to tackle the big tight end was to go for his knees, by saying, “It’s just part of the game. They’re not doing anything illegal out there. It’s just part of the game. I’ve just got to be aware of it. [I’ve] maybe just got to step up my game a little bit. Maybe throw a juke, I mean I don’t know how many jukes I’ve got, but I’ve just got to be aware for it. It’s football and it’s just part of the game."
James Harrison was a larger than life figure during his time in Pittsburgh.
It was as if God molded him to be a member of the Steelers: massive, physical, and an absolute bruiser.
But at the end of the day he is a football player. And athletes in this sport don't particuarly like time on the bench.
Mike Tomlin and the rest of the Steelers organization were reminded of this fact in a very harsh manner.
At the end of the December, Harrison made a late season move to sign with the Patriots. It left his former teammates in Pittsburgh frustrated, and his former fans confused.
But at the end of the day he just wanted to be on the football field again. And that's exactly where Belichick put him.
Harrison had the opportunity to appear in many more situations, and had several sacks at the end of the season.
Now there is a new report from Christopher Price of the Boston Sports Journal that he could re-sign with the Patriots in 2018.
A source close to Price and Harrison said "there's a reasonable chance" that he could be on the roster next year.
He will be playing this upcoming season at age 40, and has previously stated he'd like to play one or two more seasons.
There have been all kinds of theories of what ultimately kept Josh McDaniels from taking the Indianapolis Colts head coaching job.
NBC Sports Boston Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran offered his here and here. Ex-Pats linebacker Willie McGinest said he was told it wasn't because McDaniels was promised to eventually succeed Bill Belichick.
Now comes Sports Illustrated's Peter King, who told NBCSports Network's "PFT Live" that you can cross off the theory that McDaniels' reversal was about not wanting to move his family to Indianapolis.
“This had nothing to do with his family,” King said. “It was about the Patriots giving him a better option than Indianapolis.”
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