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Martellus Bennett shares awesome story on Patriots QB Tom Brady's coachability

Martellus Bennett shares awesome story on Patriots QB Tom Brady's coachability

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has accomplished everything in the NFL. He's a three-time league MVP, a six-time Super Bowl champion and a four-time Super Bowl MVP.

It's not easy being a great player like Brady and having a coach tell you that in a particular practice or game that you performed poorly, or that you let the team down. Brady, as one of the most coachable athletes of our lifetime, understands that no one, even players with a tremendous résumé like him, are above criticism.

Martellus Bennett, who played one-and-a-half seasons with the Patriots and won Super Bowl LI with Brady, shared an awesome story Wednesday on FOX Sports 1 show "First Things First" that highlighted the 41-year-old quarterback's coachability.

“One day we were at practice and the defense is crushing us," Bennett said. "We can’t complete any passes. Sometimes they do the install and it’s just the right install. So we come into the meeting and Bill (Belichick) always had bad plays of the day and he’s just calling out Tom, ‘We have quarterbacks that can’t make throws.’ I’m like ‘This is Tom Brady. He can make all the throws.’

"I’ve never seen coaches really call out the quarterbacks in group meetings. I sit right behind Tom because I’m the quarterback whisperer. I like to whisper in their ear when I see things. So, after we break that meeting, I go to finish my workout or whatever and Tom is in there doing dropbacks. He’s just throwing dropbacks. He’s pissed off. The next day we go 33 for 33 or something like that at practice, and from then I was just like, ‘Oh, we’re gonna be great.’ I’ve never seen anyone that didn’t shut down. He was like, ‘Alright, I’m gonna show you tomorrow.’ He just picked them apart. Take this, take that.”

Not every player takes this kind of criticism well, especially when it's in a group setting, as the veteran tight end explained.

"You'll see a lot of guys retreat," Bennett said. "Oh, why are you pointing me out? Why are you doing this or doing that? I'm this guy or that."

Belichick clearly isn't afraid to get on anyone's case. He calls like he sees it, and Bennett clearly enjoyed that type of environment where no player is put on a pedestal based on talent or career achievements.

"He'll call out anybody," Bennett said of Belichick. "I try not to laugh sometimes because, like, the way he does it is funny to me. I find Bill to be hilarious. But he calls everybody out. That's the first team I've been on where I felt everyone was equal."

This style of coaching is not unique to Belichick, but it's not entirely common in sports today. One player/coach duo who had a similar dynamic to Belichick and Brady was San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and soon-to-be-Hall-of-Famer Tim Duncan. Duncan is one of the most coachable players in NBA history, and Popovich did not exclude him from critique despite his championship pedigree.

Brady's and Duncan's willingness to accept coaching, learn from it and use it as motivation is among the many reasons why both players kept winning at a championship level in the latter stages of their careers. And in Brady's case, he still could win a few more Super Bowl titles given the way he's battling Father Time.

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Prosecutors' appeal in Kraft case won't be heard before Sept. 4

Prosecutors' appeal in Kraft case won't be heard before Sept. 4

Prosecutors appeal of the Florida judge's decision excluding videotape evidence in Patriots owner Robert Kraft's solicitation of prostitution case won't be heard until at least Sept. 4, meaning the case likely won't be resolved until after the NFL season begins.

On Tuesday, Judge Leonard Hanser agreed to allow the case to run through the appeals process before it goes to trial. Last week, Hanser ruled two videos that police say show Kraft paying for sex when he visited the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida, in January can't be used as evidence in a trial. The Palm Beach County State Attorney is seeking to have that ruling overturned.

Kraft issued a public apology after the arrest and has pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor counts of solicitation. The Patriots owner also faces discipline from the NFL but the appeal and subsequent delay in the trial and resolution of the case could put that on hold as well.

The Patriots open their season and will raise their sixth Super Bowl championship banner Sunday night, Sept. 8, against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium. 

At a press conference in March, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was asked about the Kraft case and said, "The Personal Conduct Policy applies to everybody. Commissioners, owners, executives, players, coaches. And it will be applied to everybody. But it will be done after we get all the facts. When we have all the information, we'll be fair and smart about it. That's what we'll do."

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Tom Brady reflects on making 'Tom vs. Time' after winning Emmy

Tom Brady reflects on making 'Tom vs. Time' after winning Emmy

Tom Brady has had his fair share of challenges on the field, but one of the biggest challenges of his 19-year career came off of it.

"Tom vs. Time," a six-episode docuseries that centered around Brady's life during the 2017 season, was released in January 2018. On Monday, the series won a Sports Emmy for Outstanding Serialized Sports Documentary.

Brady took to Instagram on Tuesday and opened up about what went into the making of "Tom vs. Time."

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When I was approached by @gchopra at ROS, Facebook and @brawitz to explore this opportunity, it was a bit nerve-racking. This was so outside of the things I have always done and I wasn’t sure if we could pull it off. The reality was, before the filming began and even during the filming, it was on and off again at least 5 times. There were a lot of moving parts on all sides and it took a lot of work at every level to pull it together and have it ready for viewing 16 months ago. The Patriots had an amazing season of many highs and lows that added humanity to the story. And it was so much fun to have my family and friends and all the people who support me be a part of it. I couldn’t have been happier with the final product and people getting to see another side of me besides what most people see every Sunday. I can be a very focused and driven person on the field (and off too), but as most of my friends and teammates know, what you saw is just plain me. I can’t thank you enough for going on the journey with me. You all have made it all worth it, and to win an Emmy highlights the incredible work of everyone involved — the @religionofsports team, the @shadowlion team, @facebook, the @patriots, @nflfilms @tb12sports and my family, friends and teammates. Thank you. I love you all!

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It's clear filming the series was a daunting process, but ultimately it was all worth it for the six-time Super Bowl champion as he adds yet another accolade to his résumé.

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