Sherman on Brady: 'They've got several rules to protect him'

Sherman on Brady: 'They've got several rules to protect him'

Both the Patriots and Seahawks have proclaimed their respect for one another on multiple occasions over the course of this week as they prepare to square off Sunday night.

Bill Belichick lobbed verbal bouquets in the direction of Pete Carroll and his players. Carroll did the same for Tom Brady and the Patriots offense. Brady did the same for the Seahawks defense and in particular their secondary. 

It's all been very . . . nice. But there are enough gum-flappers on both sides for the occasional jab to be thrown, which is exactly what happened this week when Seattle corner Richard Sherman was asked about Brady's start to the season. 

Things started out on the same track that Belichick, Carroll and Brady had taken previously.

"He looks great. He’s on fire," Sherman said. "He hasn’t thrown an interception yet. He’s completed 70-something percent of his passes. He’s on fire. He’s even taken off and run a couple times just to show that he can and he looks good moving around."

Then Sherman did what Sherman has never been afraid to do: He spoke his mind. Though his words weren't exactly directed at Brady -- they were intended more for the officials who officiate games played by Brady -- they could be considered relatively biting during what has been a quiet week of back-and-forth between clubs.

“You just have to tackle well," Sherman said. "You have to be ready for quick passes and the occasional shot. [Brady]’s very creative in the way he manipulates a defense. He does a great job with his eyes. Obviously staying off of him -- they’ve got several rules to protect him in various situations so you’ve got to be careful with how you sack him."

Odds are Sherman won't be drawing any flags for illegal hits on the quarterback; he doesn't have a sack, quarterback hit or quarterback hurry this season. But given how he has made it a point to get a photo-op with Brady during each of their last two meetings, it's worth watching to see if the All-Pro corner has an opportunity to get near the Patriots quarterback between whistles this weekend. 

Former Patriots RB Danny Woodhead announces retirement

Former Patriots RB Danny Woodhead announces retirement

Former Patriots running back Danny Woodhead has announced his retirement after 10 years in the NFL.

The 33-year-old took to Instagram to make it official.

10 years! Wow, God had crazy plans for a small little kid from North Platte, NE! It’s been a wild ride and feel so blessed He allowed me to do what I loved for so long. But now it’s time to say goodbye to the game I love. First, I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Without Him my career wouldn’t have been possible. He blessed me with the gifts and He paved the way. All I had to do was follow His plans for my life, and His plans were crazy awesome! Next, I want to thank my wife who has been by my side since freshman year of high school. She has been a rock through all the ups and downs. Sis, Willy, Mae Mae, and Hopie your daddy is going to be home a ton more and I can’t wait! Thanks to my Dad and Mom for always supporting me and showing me that God is first, then everything else will fall into place. Ben, Joel, and Anna thanks for preparing me for the NFL in our backyard games growing up. The dreaded in-laws Steve and Suzie for always being there for me. Chris Gittings (agent) you’re the best and thankful your my brother/uncle! Thank you Jets, Patriots, Chargers, and Ravens! Thanks to all my head coaches (Bob Zohner, Brad Smith, Bill O’Boyle, Eric Mangini, Rex Ryan, Bill Belichick, Mike McCoy, and John Harbaugh) who believed in me! To my rbs coaches (coach skiles, coach reiners, Jimmy Raye, A Lynn, Ivan, Ollie, Ridge, and Thomas) thanks for putting up with me. Thanks to all my teammates from high school till now. Without you guys I never would’ve become who I was as a player. To all my olinemen, you guys deserve the credit for anything that I received credit for. I thank you for helping make my career. To all the trainers, team docs, strength coaches, chiropractors, massage therapists, physical therapists, body gurus thanks for making sure I was on the field. To all the people who made my life easier at the facility (ops, pr, equipment staff, cafe workers, custodians) thanks and your work doesn’t go unnoticed. And how could i forget all my fans?! You’re the best and have always felt the love and support! I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few but know that I’m thankful for everything everyone has done on my journey.

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Thursday, it was reported the Patriots reached out to Woodhead for a possible reunion. 

The last two seasons have been challenging for him, as he dealt with season-ending injuries in both 2016 with the Chargers and 2017 with the Ravens.

Woodhead finishes his career with 2,238 yards rushing, 2,698 yards receiving, 15 rushing touchdowns and 17 receiving touchdowns.


NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: C's win despite injuries, Pats make additions

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NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: C's win despite injuries, Pats make additions

1:20 - Despite throwing a depleted roster out there, the Celtics were able to get back in the win column vs. the Magic. Michael Holley and Tommy Heinsohn break down the win.

6:17 - Finally, the Patriots have done something! On Friday night it was reported that New England signed defensive end Adrian Clayborn as well as running back Jeremy Hill. Tom Curran, Alex Giaimo and Ben Volin discuss the impact these additions will have on the team.

11:05 - While the Celtics were able to pull out the win on Friday, the team did announce that Marcus Smart is expected to miss six to eight weeks after undergoing thumb surgery. A. Sherrod Blakely expresses his optimism on Smart’s return for the playoffs.