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Architect of Colts' infamous fake punt vs. Patriots was at it again

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Architect of Colts' infamous fake punt vs. Patriots was at it again

Perhaps Denver Broncos special teams coach Tom McMahon knew the anniversary of the NFL's worst fake punt was upon us.

Why else would McMahon, formerly the Indianapolis Colts special teams coach, call for probably the second-worst fake punt on Thursday night in Denver's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs? 

Did he really think this (see below) would work?

Metaphorically, at least, haven't we all been Broncos punter Colby Wadman at one time or another?

Ben Volin of the Boston Globe pointed out that McMahon was also the mastermind behind the Colts' fake punt with a formation-never-before-seen in football that came four years ago today in a Patriots' 34-27 victory in Indianapolis.

That one left backup wide receiver Griff Whalen snapping the ball to safety Colt Anderson, all by their lonesome, with the rest of the formation yards away and not on the line of scrimmage, which led to a subsequent illegal formation penalty flag, but only after Whalen and Anderson got blasted by five Pats defenders.

Next time, McMahon draws up a fake punt, (if there is indeed a next time), his head coach might want to just go for it. It couldn't be any worse. 

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Tom Brady: Bill Belichick uses incidents like Myles Garrett's as 'teaching moments'

Tom Brady: Bill Belichick uses incidents like Myles Garrett's as 'teaching moments'

Just about every NFL player is being asked for his reaction to the crazy incident in Thursday night's game between the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers, and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady couldn't escap the question Friday.

Browns defensive end Myles Garrett has been suspended indefinitely by the league for taking off Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph's helmet and hitting him over the head with it. 

Brady told reporters in his Friday press conference that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick uses those types of situations to remind his players of what to do and what not to do when tempers flare.

"Coach Belichick tries to use it as teaching moments," Brady said. "(He) talks about not throwing punches, not touching the referees and staying on the sidelines."

How hard is it to stay disciplined?

"It's an emotional game," Brady said. "I think I got a penalty in 2002 -- I think I've only got one penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct, I kinda pushed someone back against Chicago. That might be my only unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Probably deserved a few more, but that was the only one I got called for."

The Patriots beat Garrett and the Browns 27-13 at Gillette Stadium in Week 8.

The defending Super Bowl champs return to game action Sunday afternoon with a Week 11 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.

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Eagles cornerback details what makes Julian Edelman so hard to defend

Eagles cornerback details what makes Julian Edelman so hard to defend

Julian Edelman is the New England Patriots' clear No. 1 wide receiver. He ranks third in the NFL in receptions and has at least seven catches in five consecutive games.

Which begs the question: If Edelman such an essential part of the Patriots' offense, why don't opposing defenses load up to stop him?

The answer: That's easier said than done.

Ahead of Sunday's Eagles-Patriots matchup in Philadelphia, Eagles cornerback Avonte Maddox explained why teams have a hard time containing Edelman even when they're keyed in on him.

"He's very quick. Physical. Great hands," Maddox said Friday, via NFL Network's Mike Giardi. "They (Edelman and quarterback Tom Brady) got a connection between them two that is very unique.

"His route running ... it's hard to know whether he's going in or out."

Maddox's scouting report checks out. Hall of Famer Jerry Rice recently claimed Edelman has the best footwork of any wide receiver in the NFL, citing his ability to get separation with quick explosive cuts.

Edelman likely will be Maddox's problem Sunday, as the 23-year-old has been playing slot cornerback for Philly with Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby playing on the outside.

Maddox knows staying with Edelman will be a tall task, but he has a plan of attack for Sunday.

"You've just got to be aggressive," Maddox said, via Tom Moore of the Bucks County Courier Times. "You've got to get in the receiver's face. You can't give him too much room (for Brady) to pick you apart."

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