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Julian Edelman recalls first time Tom Brady yelled at him: 'No hard feelings'

Julian Edelman recalls first time Tom Brady yelled at him: 'No hard feelings'

There's been much speculation about what Tom Brady might be yapping about to his offensive teammates on the sideline when they aren't playing up to par.

Brady's right-hand man, Julian Edelman, provided a little insight into the sideline conversations Friday morning and recalled the first time the New England Patriots quarterback snapped at him. 

“The first day I got here, I remember I ran a route during OTAs, dropped a ball, and I had Tom yelling at me and I am literally 22 years old, been watching this guy win Super Bowls crapping my pants, thinking like, ‘Oh my God.’ It is just one of those things you have to deal with," Edelman said on WEEI's The Greg Hill Show Friday. "There’s no hard feelings, it’s just football. I think a lot of guys know that, most guys know that. He’s played enough football where he sees things a certain way and if he feels like he has to get a fire going under someone’s butt, that is what you have to do. That’s football.” 

After that rather jarring encounter with Brady in his younger years, Edelman now tries to help the younger guys that are in the same position he was. 

“If you see a guy is taking it too much, and that isn’t just Tom, this is football," Edelman said. "When you are younger, you don’t really understand. We’re not playing against Louisiana-Lafayette in a makeup game where you’re about to play in a bowl game, this is the National Football League and sometimes those things happen. You do go up to those guys and you tell them, ‘Hey, he is just trying to get the best out of you. You can go two ways from here: you can either tank it, or you can go and fuel off of it."

Edelman certainly has fueled off of Brady's sometimes harsh comments. The wide receiver has 581 receptions for 6,305 yards and 35 touchdowns in his NFL career -- all with the Patriots. He'll likely add to that total Sunday afternoon when the Patriots host the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium.

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Chiefs' Mike Pennel criticizes Patriots' lack of 'transparency' during tenure

Chiefs' Mike Pennel criticizes Patriots' lack of 'transparency' during tenure

The New England Patriots' system has transformed castoffs into Pro Bowlers. It has also kicked others to the curb.

Mike Pennel feels like he's in the latter category.

The veteran defensive lineman signed a two-year contract with the Patriots last March but didn't make it out of the preseason, as New England released him on Aug. 26.

Pennel latched on with the Kansas City Chiefs in October and now is heading to his first Super Bowl. And he has some grievances to air about his former team.

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"It was just tough," Pennel said about his Patriots release Monday at Super Bowl Opening Night in Miami, via the Boston Herald's Andrew Callahan. " ... You always want to know and sometimes in this business, especially the NFL, you don’t get answers to questions you want to know."

After playing just five snaps in the Patriots' preseason opener, Pennel saw a combined 42 snaps over New England's next two preseason games. The team released him prior to its preseason finale, though, and in Pennel's mind didn't clearly communicate why.

"I didn’t really understand what was going on and didn’t really get any answers," Pennel said, via NESN.com's Zack Cox. "So after that point, it was a little bit of confusion, a little bit of relief when I got cut. But I’m just glad to be somewhere with a lot more transparency."

Pennel also mentioned a "disconnection between something I was doing with the (Patriots') defensive line coach, (Brett Bielema)," before praising his new boss, Chiefs defensive line coach (and former Patriots assistant) Brendan Daly.

"It’s different when you can have a different technique or be able to talk through techniques with your coach," Pennel added. "Some places you can do that; some places you can’t. New England wasn’t the place to do that."

That sure seems like an indictment of Bielema, who left the Patriots last week to join Joe Judge's staff as the New York Giants' outside linebackers coach and senior assistant.

Pennel is hardly the first former Patriot to feel disillusioned about his time in New England. His departure seems like a win for both parties, though: Pennel now has a legitimate role on the AFC champion Chiefs, while New England finished with the NFL's top-ranked defense in 2019.

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Jimmy Garoppolo says it would be ‘hard’ so see Tom Brady leave Patriots

Jimmy Garoppolo says it would be ‘hard’ so see Tom Brady leave Patriots

MIAMI – If Jimmy Garoppolo were to give a Patriotic answer to a question about Tom Brady on Monday night, the upshot of it would have been that he was focused on his own self at this juncture.

But Garoppolo’s not a Patriot anymore so, when asked if he was curious where his former teammate may end up, the 49ers quarterback dove right in.

“Definitely,” Garoppolo said during Super Bowl Opening Night. “I think everybody’s curious. Whenever he makes a decision and whatever he decides, I’ll be happy for him.”

Garoppolo paused then added, “But … I heard Danny (Amendola) say the other day, ‘It’ll be hard to see him in anything other than a Patriots uniform.’ So we’ll see.”

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The atmosphere Monday night was positively playful as the Chiefs and 49ers met with the media en masse at Marlins Park. The Chiefs went first from 7 to 8 p.m. The Niners had the late slot, 9 to 10 p.m.

The indignation, irritation, rage, grudging respect and flat-out fatigue the Patriots inspire among the national media and football fans in general has given way to a kinder, gentler atmosphere this week, it seems.

The coaches are relatively cuddly. The quarterbacks are fresh-faced. The perpetual plumbing for scandal that accompanies every Patriots postseason run is wholly absent. Everyone wants to have a nice time.

But Garoppolo’s presence and past means the Patriots still have a hand in this one. I asked Garoppolo if he was at all eager to blaze a trail away from being thought of as a “former Patriot.”

“Your past is always part of you,” he said. “The Patriots is where I started and really introduced me to the pro game and how different it is than college. I thank everyone over there for everything they did for me. Obviously what they did there got to this point here. Everything’s tied together but the 49er team is kind of a story of its own.”

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