Former Patriot Nate Ebner says Tom Brady will do his trash talking quietly

Former Patriot Nate Ebner says Tom Brady will do his trash talking quietly

Is Tom Brady a trash talker?

Former New England Patriots defensive back Nate Ebner says so. Well, kind of. 

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"He'll jab a little bit, but he's going to talk his smack quietly," Ebner told Bob Papa and Charlie Weiss on SiriusXM NFL Radio's Opening Drive Friday, as transcribed by Sports Illustrated's Jackson Thompson. "He usually lets his play handle it for him, [but] he'll say some stuff at the end of the day."

Ebner, of course, knows a little too much about Brady's smack-talking after spending eight years with the quarterback in New England. In fact, Ebner, an Ohio State alum, and Brady, former Michigan QB, have a nice little bet throughout the college football season. If Michigan defeats Ohio State, then Ebner has to wear Wolverines gear, but if OSU defeats Michigan, then Brady has to put on some Buckeyes gear. And it's been OSU gear for TB12 the past seven years. Ouch.

Last year, when the Buckeyes defeated the Wolverines again, Brady and Chase Winovich had to sport some Ohio State gear after losing the bet -- at least they were good sports about it. 

With Brady off to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Ebner heading to the New York Giants, it's only a matter of time before the trash-talking, and their bet, resumes. 

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.