Kyle Van Noy: Patriots will use Super Bowl LII loss as motivation vs. Eagles

Kyle Van Noy: Patriots will use Super Bowl LII loss as motivation vs. Eagles

Super Bowl LII has been a popular topic in Boston and Philadelphia this week with the Patriots set to play the Eagles this weekend for the first time since that championship matchup to end the 2017 NFL season.

The Eagles triumphed in a shootout, beating the Patriots 41-33 to win their first Lombardi Trophy in team history. It was a huge opportunity missed from the Pats' perspective. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady set a Super Bowl record with 505 passing yards, and the offense's 33 points scored is the second-most New England has ever posted in nine Super Bowl appearances. 

Brady admitted Monday on WEEI that he hasn't yet gotten over that loss to the Eagles. Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy gave a similar reaction to Tom E. Curran during Tuesday's "Quick Slants" show on NBC Sports Boston.

"No, that one stings," Van Noy said.

When asked about a particular aspect of the game that stung, aside from the obvious fact the Eagles won, Van Noy said, "Defensively we couldn't stop anybody. It just pisses me off we lost that game."

Nothing that happens on the field Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field will change what occurred in that Super Bowl, but will the Patriots still use the defeat as motivation to bounce back from their only loss of the 2019 season with a statement win in Philadelphia?

"That game sucked. I wish I could take a bunch of plays back in that game. But that's good, we're going to use it as motivation," Van Noy admitted. "Why wouldn't you (use it as motivation)? It's the first time we've played them since (Super Bowl LII). We did in the preseason, but this one counts. We're excited for that."

Both the Patriots and Eagles have much to play for in Week 11. New England is protecting a one-game lead in the race for the AFC's No. 1 seed, while the Eagles are battling the Dallas Cowboys for the NFC East title. 

The Patriots clearly haven't forgotten about what happened at U.S. Bank Stadium in February 2018, and when you consider they've had two weeks to prepare for the Eagles following a Week 10 bye, there's a pretty strong chance New England will come out with great energy Sunday in Philly.

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Sources: Tom Brady and family preparing to leave New England

Sources: Tom Brady and family preparing to leave New England

Tom Brady doesn't officially become a free agent until the new league year begins on March 18, but the rumors are already flying about the New England Patriot quarterback's future.

A report surfaced earlier in the week that Brady and his family purchased a home in Greenwich, Connecticut. As NBC Sports Boston's own Tom E. Curran pointed out, that is false.

But that doesn't mean Brady isn't planning on making a move.

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Thursday night on "Arbella Early Edition," Gary Tanguay revealed that a source told him Brady and wife Gisele Bundchen are looking to leave New England.

"I was told today by a source the family is planning to leave the area," Tanguay said. "The priority this time is to let the kids finish school this year, then they're gone."

Tanguay's report doesn't mean Brady is definitely leaving New England, but talks of him and his family looking to live somewhere else continue to gain steam.

If Brady indeed is moving on from New England and looking to start a new chapter, some of that could do with his desire to finally make the money he's worth in free agency.

According to Tanguay, Brady is "embarrassed" by the number of quarterbacks in the league that make more than him and has been fed up about it dating back to the summer, before he signed his contract extension.

Thirteen quarterbacks, including Brady's former backups Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett, make more on average annually than the six-time Super Bowl champion according to

The truth is, we won't know for certain what's going through Brady's mind until the ink is on paper for the 42-year-old's new contract. Until then, it's going to be a stressful offseason for Patriots fans.

Curran: Is this newfound time a silver lining for Patriots?

Patriots Talk Podcast: What exactly are the Patriots up to right now?

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Patriots Talk Podcast: What exactly are the Patriots up to right now?

Needless to say, it's unusual for the New England Patriots to have so much down time in January. Typically, they're playing in the AFC Divisional Round. And the AFC Championship Game. And often, the Super Bowl.

But this year, they were eliminated in the Wild Card Round for the first time since 2009. And now, they have a lot of time on their hands.

And while their early playoff exit was surely discouraging, the Patriots could stand to benefit from this extra time.

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On the latest episode of the Patriots Talk Podcast, Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discussed how the Patriots could utilize the extra time and the positive impact it could have on the organization.

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Curran pointed out that because the team has so often been playing into February, their already thin staff has been stretched thin come draft season, which explains why the team has had some draft misses in recent seasons.

Really, it comes down to 312 days of prepreparation were sacrifice. And so for a bare bones organization in terms of both front office and coaching staff -- these guys have had shorter offseasons by a month on average than any other team in the NFL.

So on one hand, it's remarkable and it's a high-class problem. On the other hand, isn't it somewhat inevitable that you might have some draft swings and misses?

Perry agreed with Curran and brought up that the fact that the extra time off will give Belichick a real chance to thoroughly evaluate his roster.

I think for a team that is looking at a reboot, one of the sort of ironic things about that is that now you have time to really think that through in more detail and not to say that Bill Belichick isn't planning or looking at his roster, how it's constructed, how the contracts set up and trying to plan ahead. I'm sure he is doing that to a certain extent.

But you can only spend so much time on those things when you're getting ready for the divisional round, the AFC Championship Game every year, the Super Bowl every other year.

This surely makes sense and is definitely a positive for the Patriots. Perhaps with that extra time, Belichick can find a way to retain Tom Brady while significantly upgrading his supporting cast.

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