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Phil Simms explains why Tom Brady's goal to play until age 45 is easily attainable

Phil Simms explains why Tom Brady's goal to play until age 45 is easily attainable

Tom Brady "falling off a cliff"? Not so fast.

Brady will appear in his ninth Super Bowl on Feb. 3. The 41-year-old Patriots quarterback recently said there is "zero" chance he is retiring after the Super Bowl, and reiterated his desire to play until age 45.

On the latest edition of The Michael Holley Podcast presented by Night Shift Brewing, Phil Simms explained why Brady's goal isn't a farfetched one.

"The game has changed, [quarterbacks] can take better care of themselves, they have more stuff available to them," Simms said. "I mean, I walk out to the practice field some days and go, 'How am I going to throw the ball? I am so stiff and beat up and all this.' But now, they don't go through that, you know? They know how to take care of themselves. They got all this new, whatever, to keep them fixed and keep the soreness out and prevent injuries. The rules have changed for quarterbacks. I think it's in some degrees easier, because the rule changes. And the knowledge, oh, I think I might be more jealous about the knowledge than I am about the money, you know?"

"To answer your question about Tom Brady, the great thing about him is, he has done such a magnificent job of course with his body and all that, but his arm," Simms continued. "His throwing arm. He keeps perfecting how to throw a football. And you know, you don't lose that arm strength with a football like you do in baseball. A guy throws 99 miles per hour one year and the next he's throwing low 90s. In the NFL, that doesn't happen. I would say he's probably throwing as close to as hard and as easy as he ever has in his career. So, I laugh when he says he's going to play until 45 because that's a great thing to say, it gives you good publicity, but I'm starting to believe he's going to make it."

Listen to the full episode of The Michael Holley Podcast below, where Simms also talks about his experiences with Belichick and whether this is the most unlikely Pats team to reach the Super Bowl:

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Bill Belichick seemed to enjoy shutting down these Josh Gordon questions

Bill Belichick seemed to enjoy shutting down these Josh Gordon questions

We all knew Bill Belichick would be asked about Josh Gordon on Monday. We also knew he wouldn't say much about the reinstated wide receiver.

What we didn't know was that Belichick would turn into a standup comedian (by his standards, anyway).

The New England Patriots head coach first was asked in his Monday press conference if Gordon was in good spirits after being reinstated from his indefinite suspension over the weekend.

"I released a statement on that," Belichick snapped. "I have nothing to add on that."

When another Gordon question followed, Belichick repeated his answer, before turning a mischievous grin on the reporter who dared to press further.

"Did you get a copy of the statement? Sorry, I don't do MyFace, but I'd be happy to give you a copy. That's where I'm at."

Belichick's statement didn't provide much detail on Gordon, only noting the Patriots will "do what we feel is best for Josh and the team" when he returns. But we still don't know when Gordon will return to the Patriots' roster, as he was placed on the non-football injury list Sunday.

NBC Sports Boston's Phil Perry asked Belichick about that uncertainty -- and was met with another wisecrack.

"He hasn't even been on the field yet. I think I've covered it," Belichick said.

" ... Is there another line of questioning, or can the witness step down now?"

Belichick likely will continue to field questions on Gordon until the talented wideout returns to the field. But at least the grumpy head coach is having some fun with his non-answers.

You can check out Belichick's exchanges in the video below, starting at around the 2:05 mark:

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Stephon Gilmore aptly captures Bill Belichick's insane attention to detail

Stephon Gilmore aptly captures Bill Belichick's insane attention to detail

Those best equipped to describe Bill Belichick's football genius are the players he shares that genius with.

Take it from Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who's developed into one of the best defensive backs in the league since coming to New England in 2016.

In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated's Conor Orr, Gilmore recalled a detail Belichick shared with him prior to a 2018 game that may go overlooked on other coaching staffs.

"He said, ‘When the ball is traveling in this certain direction, the wind is blowing hard enough where you should probably trail the receiver just a little bit because the ball isn’t going that deep,' " Gilmore told Orr.

"I mean, nobody looks at those kinds of things. It’s the little things like that. You listen to him."

Gilmore seemingly reaped the benefits of Belichick's extra insight, too. As Orr points out, both of Gilmore's interceptions in 2018 came in outdoor stadiums -- Week 1 vs. Houston Texans, Week 11 at New York Jets -- on underthrown deep balls. (You can see them at the 0:01 and 6:17 marks of the video below).

 

Gilmore's anecdote shouldn't surprise you: Belichick is famous for leaving no stone unturned and makes a habit of surveying the field several hours before a game to gauge everything from wind speed to field conditions to the position of the sun.

But every once in a while, a player like Gilmore gives us a reminder that Belichick's relentless preparation hasn't changed as he enters his 20th season as Patriots head coach.

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