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Buccaneers QBs coach reveals details of secret Tom Brady-Peyton meeting from years ago

Buccaneers QBs coach reveals details of secret Tom Brady-Peyton meeting from years ago

When Tom Brady met his new quarterbacks coach for the first time, Clyde Christensen had a folder of notes on Brady that he had gathered from another future Hall of Fame QB he had coached.

Christensen, on the Indianapolis Colts staff in various positions (including QBs coach and offensive coordinator) from 2002-15 with Peyton Manning at quarterback, talked about his first meeting with the new Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB on "The Pat McAfee Show" this week. 

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"I brought out a file and I had all this stuff about his offense and he goes, 'Where'd you get that?' " Christensen told the ex-Colts punter-turned-Barstool Sports' podcast host.

 "I know a little bit more than you think I know about you," Christensen said he told Brady.

The Brady-Manning discussion begins at about the 29-minute mark.

Christensen went on to reveal a story about a secret meeting Manning and Brady had in Tennessee one summer in Manning's Colts days.  

"I remember one year, we always had a project for Peyton [in the offseason]," he recalled. "We said, hey, bring Brady down to Chatanooga, sit on the lake, work out, throw, exchange ideas. He's the one guy who really at this point in his career can understand what you go through. It was post-30 [years old for each QB. Manning is about a year-and-half older than Brady]. They had a little one-on-one where they throw all morning, lift weights, run, hit the golf ball around and go sit and talk about everything from how do I handle the media to how do I handle a 'Bear' [a.k.a. goal-line] defense."

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Manning had passed his notes on to Christensen, who has since moved on to the Bucs. When Tampa Bay landed TB12 in free agency, it was time for Christensen to let Brady know what he knew about him. 

"I had all these pages of notes I start reading them off about Chatanooga, so, of course, I knew about it, but how they kept the thing secret, I'll never know. No one ever heard about it. It was unbelievable. Those guys went hard for 48 hours, just exchanged ideas," Christensen recalled. 

"Tom said, 'I've gotta pull out those notes. I got so many things from Peyton, too."

Safe to say that Brady and Manning will have more to talk about than just golf when they get together for their match with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson scheduled for May. 

 

Report: 2020 NFL Draft will be conducted from homes, not team facilities

Report: 2020 NFL Draft will be conducted from homes, not team facilities

While the tradition of the NFL draft in late April apparently will not be stopped by the coronavirus, the traditional draft "war room" might be.

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NFL teams are preparing to conduct the April 23-25 draft with personnel at their homes and not at their team facilities, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported.  

Schefter and ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski also reported that President Trump had a conference call on Saturday with the commissioners of each of the major league sports and Trump said he believes the NFL season should start on time. The regular season is scheduled to begin Sept. 10, a Thursday night, when the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs host an opponent to be determined. 

Trump, who last week expressed the hope that mass gatherings could return by Easter Sunday before backtracking on the advice of medical experts and scientists and extending restrictions until April 30, also said he hopes to have fans back in stadiums and arenas by August and September. 

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell ordered team facilities closed more than a week ago.

Earlier, when the NFL announced that the draft would go on as scheduled, it was thought that the teams would work from their facilities - with only 10 people in a room, each six feet apart - to make the picks and contact players chosen via video conferencing. 

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It appears from Schefter's report that the video conferencing will be going on not only with picks but among individual team's general managers, scouts and coaches as they shelter in place like the rest of us while the coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on the world. 

It creates an unprecedented draft, likely devoid of a lot of the glitzy production values that the original idea of the draft in Las Vegas would've had, but still a far cry from when the teams' decision-makers met in a smoky New York hotel ballroom on a Tuesday in late April to do the picking. 

 

New York Post salutes Robert Kraft with 'Thank You, Pats' front page

New York Post salutes Robert Kraft with 'Thank You, Pats' front page

That whole Boston-New York rivalry thing gets put aside when it comes to public health and the crisis we all find ourselves in these days.

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There's no better example of that than the front page of the New York Post on Saturday morning:

Patriots owner Robert Kraft sent the team plane to China to purchase and bring back 1.7 million N95 protective masks needed to help combat the deadly coronavirus that has hit New York City particularly hard. The Kraft family donated 300,000 masks to New York-area hospitals and they arrived on Friday in a tractor-trailer emblazoned with the Patriots logo. 

In a city that, as Post columnist Mark Cannizzaro put it, has "been trained to disdain" everything about the Patriots and Boston teams, it should be a gesture that forever puts Kraft in the New York family: 

Today, however, everyone associated with New York — Jets fans or otherwise — should salute the 78-year-old Kraft, who delivered a deed so special in this frightening and uncertain time of the coronavirus crisis that it should never be forgotten.

Even Jets superfan "Fireman Ed" Anzalone told the Post he has to put the rivalry aside.

“I don’t like his team. They’ve been beating us up for quite some time. But Kraft is just a wonderful guy, so I’m not surprised by his actions.”