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What they're saying: Eagles weigh in on the Belichick-or-Brady debate

What they're saying: Eagles weigh in on the Belichick-or-Brady debate

MINNEAPOLIS -- You probably can't go 10 minutes on Radio Row without hearing the question. We've been guilty of asking it. It's an amusing big-picture debate to kick around about a team that has been so successful that it entertains few of those these day.

Tom Brady or Bill Belichick?

The stock answer is another question: Why even bother? They're both obviously great. They both have obviously contributed to the success of the Patriots franchise. Their stories are very much intertwined.
That's just the way it is.

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While all of that is true . . . Belichick or Brady?

Eagles defensive end Vinny Curry fielded that question on Tuesday and rolled with the coaching half of the equation.

"I'm going to take Bill Belichick because he's the coach, and Tom doesnt get there by himself," Curry explained. "He's not out there playing defense. He's not calling the calls. He's not overseeing the entire team. Bill Belichick got him there, and then he just kept it going."

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Eagles corner Jalen Mills, meanwhile, took the other side.

"Brady," he said. "I'm a player not a coach as far as that goes. You always want to be around greatness, and he is a guy that is great at his position."

On and on the debate will rage this week, comparing a quarterback to his coach and vice versa. When it comes to the Patriots, because of all they've done since 2001, comparing them to other teams just doesn't generate the same type of chatter.

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If you're in town, make your way over the Radio Row and hear for yourself.

Here are a few of the others things the Eagles were saying on Tuesday . . .

Nick Foles on contemplating retirement after spending the 2015 season with the Rams: "It had nothing to do with starting. I really had to go with my heart in that situation. Getting the opportunity to step away, I went on a fly fishing/camping trip with my brother-in-law, Ryan, and coming back and just asking my wife Tori about it, I still didn’t have a clear decision about what I wanted to do.

“But that’s when I really prayed and really asked God for guidance. There wasn’t a sure path. I really just took a step on faith. I knew that I’d have more growth as a person going back to the game.”

Jay Ajayi on proving himself with the Eagles after a rocky breakup with the Dolphins: “It was more of just slowly showing who I was and just trying to feel it out. It’s a touchy situation, because at the end of the day, I didn’t come with this clean story line. Obviously, there was a story line of me being a bad teammate and all that stuff. So obviously some people may think that, so it was kind of let me just be myself, show who I am, be true to myself and everything will all work itself out, and it did."

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Julian Edelman posts video of resistance-band training

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Julian Edelman posts video of resistance-band training

Julian Edelman is grinding.

The New England Patriots receiver, who is recovering from an ACL repair surgery that ended his 2017 season, shared a quick video from his workout on Tuesday. Edelman is shown running with a resistance band and a trainer in-tow.

Edelman has posted a few tidbits on social media to show encouraging signs during his recovery since he got surgery in October after suffering an ACL tear in a preseason game. He was spotted around the locker room a few times during the final weeks of the 2017 season.

"Rehab is a [expletive]. It sucks," Edelman said in November on Barstool Sports' "Pardon My Take podcast." "You go in and you’re feeling decent and then you warm up, you beat it up and then you get stiff again. I mean it’s just a process and you go in six days a week and you’re going into work it, work on everything — your flexion, your extension."

Jesse James relieved Patriots didn't win Super Bowl LII

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Jesse James relieved Patriots didn't win Super Bowl LII

Steelers tight end Jesse James is glad the Patriots' Super Bowl pursuit is done -- mostly because he played a big part in helping accelerate it.

In the final moments of the game, James failed to catch the ball during a Week 15 contest between the Steelers and the Patriots. The non-catch was a controversial one.

James told Centre Daily Times' Josh Moyer he finally felt relief on the morning after the Super Bowl when the Patriots fell to the Eagles, 41-33.

“I don’t feel like I gave them a Super Bowl with that,” James told the Daily Times. “So I’m over it now, but it’s going to be a topic of conversation until the rule gets changed — or it doesn’t.”

James' play was initially ruled a touchdown before the referees overturned the play, and took the lead away from the Steelers in the final moments of the game. Ben Roethlisberger then threw an interception a few plays later. By winning, the Patriots took a huge step in locking themselves into the AFC's top seed with a first-round bye and home field advantage throughout the playoffs, which they rode into the Super Bowl.

But of course, they couldn't finish their Super Bowl pursuit -- to James' satisfaction.