Patriots

Marshall to McDaniels: 'What were you guys thinking?'

slide_5_brandon_marshall_122715.jpg

Marshall to McDaniels: 'What were you guys thinking?'

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -- After the Jets beat the Patriots in overtime thanks to a six-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Eric Decker, Jets wideout Brandon Marshall ran into Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. 

McDaniels was Marshall's head coach while both were with the Broncos in 2009, and he approached Marshall while players and coaches from both sides shook hands and exchanged pleasantries. 

"After the game Josh McDaniels came up to me, my old ball coach in Denver, and I asked 'What were you guys thinking?' " Marshall joked. "He explained to me the situation a little bit but I didn't believe him." 

Marshall's tone was light, but what he asked McDaniels was probably something similar -- perhaps a cleaner version -- to what Patriots fans were asking their television screens when Bill Belichick opted to kick the ball away to begin the overtime period.

Asked again about New England's decision to kick it off in overtime, Marshall had nothing but praise for the Patriots and the savvy of their coaching staff.

"They're so smart over there," Marshall said. "Coach Belichick is so smart. It wasn't serious what Josh told me. Their offense only scored one time or something all day. They wanted to play the field position game. Have us go three and out. Possibly punt and win field position, then go home. It was just bad timing for them."

After taking the ball to begin the extra period, the Jets needed just five plays to travel 80 yards and score the game-winner. One of those plays was a 20-yard completion to Marshall that set up Decker's touchdown. 

Marshall finished the game with eight catches for 115 yards and two scores, setting the Jets single-season record for receptions in the process. He has recorded 101 grabs in 15 games. 

Tom Brady had a great retort for 'Madden NFL 20' over high-five snub

tom_brady.jpg
USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady had a great retort for 'Madden NFL 20' over high-five snub

Tom Brady's social media game hasn't lost a step this offseason.

EA Sports released a teaser video for its "Madden NFL 20" video game that incredibly featured footage of the New England Patriots quarterback getting snubbed on a high-five attempt.

That's a pretty savage move ... and one that didn't go unnoticed by Brady, who fired back the perfect retort on his Instagram story.

Well played, Tom.

The "Madden Curse" used to be a real thing, as players like Rob Gronkowski and Peyton Hillis either got hurt or fell into obscurity after gracing the "Madden" cover. (Yes, Peyton Hillis was on a "Madden" cover.)

But Brady smashed the curse in 2017, winning NFL MVP honors after landing on the "Madden NFL 18" cover.

The 41-year-old QB also left a zinger for EA Sports in the Instagram comment section, where teammate Julian Edelman came to his defense, as well.

This is the second day in a row Brady has fired off a Madden-related barb on social media, so if you're going to take a shot at the GOAT, be prepared for battle.

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.

Report: 40% chance of Rob Gronkowski 'unretirement'

Report: 40% chance of Rob Gronkowski 'unretirement'

Rob Gronkowski and Brett Favre don't have much in common...yet. 

Pro Football Talk reporter Mike Florio compared the two on Tuesday after a source close to the retired tight end told Florio there's a 40% chance of Gronkowski coming back in 2019. Florio noted that a possible appeal from Tom Brady and an itch to get back to playing football could eventually sway Gronkowski out of retirement. Florio also speculates that Gronkowski may come back for the "good stuff," the end of the season and playoffs.

"For now, Gronk isn’t thinking about football," Florio writes. "He’s enjoying his life, he doesn’t need the money, and he’s having a blast. The question becomes whether Gronkowski misses his teammates and/or the games after August becomes September. While he won’t miss dealing with training camp and the preseason, he could miss the game once they start playing games that count."

Since retiring from the NFL, Gronkowski has posted cryptic messages about coming back on social media, chatted up Drew Brees at the ESPYs about apparently coming back, and caught passes from Tom Brady at UCLA, fueling comeback speculation. 

Separately, sources have told Florio that New England head coach Bill Belichick has been supportive of Gronkowski, and has developed a softer, more "player-friendly" approach as his Super Bowl rings pile up. 

Still, until Gronkowski decides definitively one way or another, the Brett Favre-esque retire-unretire speculation will continue. 

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.