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Patriots QB Tom Brady lets guard down, hits back at haters in CBS interview

Patriots QB Tom Brady lets guard down, hits back at haters in CBS interview

FOXBORO -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady usually gives a few cliché answers in his post-game interviews on the field after NFL playoff wins, but that wasn't the case Sunday.

Brady was interviewed by CBS' Tracy Wolfson after the Patriots punched their ticket to the AFC Championship Game with a convincing 41-28 win over the Los Angeles Chargers in the Divisional Round at Gillette Stadium. The 41-year-old let his guard down a bit and pretty much admitted he heard a lot of the criticism of him and/or the team entering the playoffs.

“It'll be a good game," Brady said of the upcoming conference title game. "They're a good team. We played them earlier this year. I know everyone thinks we suck and, you know, can’t win any games. So, we’ll see. It’ll be fun.”

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Brady was more reserved in his postgame interview with reporters at the podium. When asked about proving the haters wrong, he simply responded: "I just like winning." 

The Patriots hear the "this is the end of the dynasty" talk on a yearly basis, but the 2018 season seemed to have more of those hot takes compared to previous campaigns. New England did struggle more than it's accustomed to during the regular season, including a 3-5 road record and three losses by more than 10 points. 

But with Brady reportedly as healthy as he's been all season and the Patriots getting to play the underdog role entering the AFC title game showdown with the Chiefs, how could you bet against the legendary quarterback next Sunday? When you've won five Super Bowl titles, you need to find all the motivation possible, and perhaps Brady has found some with all of the criticism hurled his way this season.

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NFL Rumors: Patriots, Cardinals haven't spoken about Josh Rosen trade

NFL Rumors: Patriots, Cardinals haven't spoken about Josh Rosen trade

It was an interesting theory, but for now, Josh Rosen-to-the-New England Patriots remains just that: a theory.

On the morning of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals have no deal in place to trade quarterback Josh Rosen and haven't even spoken to the Patriots about a possible deal, ESPN's Adam Schefter said Thursday morning on WEEI's "Mut & Callahan."

"They do not have a trade. They do not have anything close to a trade," Schefter said. "The only two teams that they've spoken to over the last few weeks, the last month, have been the Miami Dolphins and the New York Giants.

"They have not talked to the Patriots."

Arizona has the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday's first round, and many believe they'll use it to draft Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Kyler Murray. That would make Rosen, the 10th overall pick in the 2018 draft, a potential trade chip, and the Patriots reportedly were "very interested"  in acquiring the 22-year-old QB as they search for a successor for 41-year-old Tom Brady.

But as the draft approaches, doubt has emerged that the Cardinals would even trade Rosen, with a recent report suggesting they may not draft Murray and opt to keep Rosen as their QB of the future.

Rosen would have been an intriguing option for the Patriots, but Bill Belichick and Co. have several other signal-callers to consider in this year's draft class -- Duke's Daniel Jones, West Virginia's Will Grier and Auburn's Jarrett Stidham, to name a few.

New England enters Thursday with 12 draft picks, including the No. 32 overall selection.

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Lombardi doesn't see a 'Day 1 starter' at QB in this draft

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Lombardi doesn't see a 'Day 1 starter' at QB in this draft

If anyone could provide insight into what Bill Belichick and the Patriots might be thinking on the eve of the NFL draft, it's Michael Lombardi. The former Pats staffer and Belichick confidant once dubbed "one of the smartest people I know" by the coach.

Lombardi joined Phil Perry this week on "The Next Pats Podcast" to look ahead to a draft he doesn't seem enamored with - particularly at quarterback for those thinking the heir to Tom Brady might be selected this weekend.

Lombardi was on Belichick's staff the last time that attempt was made - when Jimmy Garoppolo was drafted in 2014.

"Tom has defeated Father Time," Lombardi told Perry. "When we drafted Jimmy Garoppolo in 2014, did anybody think Tom would last another five years?  Anybody who said yes, other than Tom, probably wasn't telling the truth. Tom's just remarkable..."

As for this draft class of QBs, Lombardi said: "I'm not sure there's a quarterback in this draft, [rumored No. 1 pick Kyler] Murray included, who doesn't have some kind of fault in them...I have a hard time looking at this draft and saying [of the QBs] this guy's a Day 1 starter or a Pro Bowl player. "

Lombardi echoed Belichick's comments at the coach's pre-draft meeting with the media about the difficulty involved in evaluating college passers because of the level of competition they're coming from.

"Nobody ever talks about the level of competition and that's really the challenge of evaluating college players," Lombardi said. "When you watch pro players it's easy because they're going against other pro players."

And what might the Pats be looking for tomorrow night with pick No. 32? Lombardi sees them leaning toward defense.

"I think the thing about the Patriots is they realize that they've got to get a good player at 32," he told Perry. "If it's a corner that they like, that can come in and play a role for them this year, I think they could pick the corner. If there happened to be a linebacker or a defensive end that could rush, they can do that. It's going to be what the player's skill set is, what he could do this year and what impact he could utilize within there. You know there's always the chance he [Belichick] could trade down for more second-round picks."

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