The National Football League has lowered the boom on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
The league announced late Monday afternoon that Brady has been suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season for 'Deflategate,' in which footballs were deflated for the AFC Championship Game against Indianapolis. Additionally, and surprisingly, the Patriots were heavily penalized as well: The team was fined $1 million and stripped of its first-round draft choice in 2016 and its fourth-round pick in 2017.
The move was surprising since the Wells Report into the incident specifically absolved owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick of any responsibility. Kraft is on record as saying the team would not fight any discipline imposed onto the team by the league.
Brady, on the other hand, has appeal options at his disposal though the players' union, and agent Don Yee announced Monday night that the quarterback will, indeed, appeal the penalty.
NBC Sports Boston Patriots insider Phil Perry is joined by Rob Ninkovich to break down the Patriots 34-10 Week 10 loss to the Tennessee Titans.
2:51 - "This is the worst loss in November under Bill Belichick." Phil observes that the Patriots seemed confused in the locker room after the tough loss to the Titans.
4:12 - Rob Ninkovich says that the big-picture takeaway from the loss is that the Patriots "got their ass kicked" and that they need to "take that whole day and bury it."
7:09 - Phil wonders if this team has a problem with focus based on their poor performance on the road throughout the season. Nink makes some suggestions for what the Patriots can do to mix it up and what the defense needs to do differently to get better results.
15:38 - "Did the inside knowledge the Titans had of the Patriots on their calls on the offensive line have an impact?"
22:46 - Phil and Nink discuss what Josh Gordon has brought to the team and if he's figured out the Patriots offense yet.
26:39 - Nink breaks down the failures of the Patriots defense, including the shortcomings of the pass rush and the tough day Stephon Gilmore had in the secondary.
36:25 - Ninkovich on Dion Lewis' postgame comments: "That's bulletin board material if they play the Titans again."
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