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Suh says it's his job to make Brady lose his temper with his linemen, coaches

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Suh says it's his job to make Brady lose his temper with his linemen, coaches

FOXBORO -- There was a moment at Gillette Stadium two weeks ago when Tom Brady was on the turf after having taken another body blow from the Dolphins, and he was yapping back and forth with Miami receiver Kenny Stills. Soon thereafter, Brady was intercepted. 

You've never seen a sidelined player so pleased with himself. Stills bounced the length of the Dolphins bench area, grabbed his helmet and pointed to his head as if to indicate he was taking up real estate in Brady's noggin. 

The Dolphins have pulled no punches when it comes to their interactions with Brady. They want to get inside his head. They want to impact him emotionally in such a way that it effects his play. 

On Thursday, Ndamukong Suh re-established the fact that bothering Brady is one of Miami's objectives when the Patriots and Dolphins square off on Monday night. 

“I’d love to make him mad," Suh said. "My job is to piss him off and have him yelling at his offensive linemen for not blocking me, his coach and everybody on the sideline. That’s my job.”

The Patriots beat the Dolphins in Week 12, 35-17, but Brady was hit eight times. Suh and his teammates are hoping the hits have a cumulative effect.

“I think the last game we played them, we had some good hits on him and understood what they wanted to do," he said. "Personally, I can reach back to some times in Detroit where they actually pulled him from a game. [It was] a preseason game, so maybe it wasn’t that important, but it was important for us just to get a gauge to see where we were at. I’ve had some success against him.”

If Suh finds himself in Brady's personal space early next week, there should be genuine concern that he'll attempt to harm the Patriots quarterback in one way or another. That's been his modus operandi for years.

It seemed as though Suh tried to get out in front of that discussion when he spoke to Dolphins reporters and insisted that he wouldn't be lingering in the Patriots backfield looking for trouble. 

"I usually don’t like going to the ground," he said. "I like inflicting pain and then going about my business and getting ready for the next play. I usually try to not stay on the ground [and] hop up quick."

Report: James Harrison could return to Patriots

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Report: James Harrison could return to Patriots

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.

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King: It was football, not family that kept McDaniels with Patriots

King: It was football, not family that kept McDaniels with Patriots

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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