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Ted Johnson calls Tom Brady's brain comments "insensitive," "irresponsible"

Ted Johnson calls Tom Brady's brain comments "insensitive," "irresponsible"

Former New England Patriots linebacker Ted Johnson isn't buying Tom Brady's methods to help his brain become more wired for contact.

In an interview with Jim Gray on Westwood One on Dec. 13, the New England Patriots quarterback said "my brain is wired for contact" while talking about how his routine keeps him feeling good late in the season.

Johnson was on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Felger & Mazz" show Thursday, and he gave a strong response to Brady's comments. 

"I'll be honest, and I love Tom, it made me throw up in my mouth a little bit," Johnson said. "It was very irresponsible for Tom to talk like that. 'My brain's wired for contact.' So, what, Kevin Turner's wasn't? Junior Seau's wasn't? Justin Strzelczyk's brain wasn't? Andre Waters' brain wasn't wired for contact? But yours is (wired for contact)? It was very insensitive and I thought irresponsible to talk like that."

Co-host Michael Felger later told Johnson, "(Brady) is claiming his brain exercises in the TB12 method can wire your brain for contact. Do you believe that?"

Johnson replied: "I don't. I don't. I haven't seen it in the medical journals, right? It's in his book, right? But I haven't seen any other scientists back it up and validate it. (If) that happens, maybe I'll start taking it serious. But until that time, it just seems very irresponsible."

Brady and the Patriots host the Los Angeles Chargers in the AFC Divisional Round on Sunday at Gillette Stadium. It's the first step in New England's attempt to reach the Super Bowl three consecutive seasons.

Johnson remains confident in Brady's abilities, though, and believes he has what it takes to carry the Patriots to another Super Bowl if needed

"He can still get it done," Johnson said.

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Crazy stat reveals how unlikely Josh Gordon's sideline catch vs. Jets was

Crazy stat reveals how unlikely Josh Gordon's sideline catch vs. Jets was

Josh Gordon's skills as a receiver are unquestioned. He's been a Pro Bowler and he has a career average of over 17 yards per catch.

On Sunday afternoon against the Jets, those skills were on full display as he skied over Jets cornerback Darryl Roberts to make a phenomenal 28-yard reception on third and 22. Gordon somehow got both feet inbounds to set up a first-and-goal, and a Patriots touchdown just three plays later.

Watching it in real time — and again in slow motion — the grab was highly improbable. Now we know exactly how unlikely it was.

According to NFL's Next Gen Stats, the play had only a 15.8 percent chance of resulting in a completion. That's the third-lowest completion probability of any completed pass so far this season.

Making the catch even harder? Gordon had injured his hand earlier in the game when trying to block New York's Trumaine Johnson — and that's after going to the blue medical tent earlier in the game after a hard fall.

No wonder Phillip Dorsett called him a "warrior" after the game. 

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Tom E. Curran's Patriots-Jets Preview/Review: New England didn't dominate

Tom E. Curran's Patriots-Jets Preview/Review: New England didn't dominate

While the Patriots defense once again dominated for a fourth straight game, dating back to last season's Super Bowl, Sunday's win over the Jets wasn't as overwhelming as it could have been.

Though New England jumped on top early and raced out to a 30-0 lead, the offense stalled in the second half thanks in part to injuries and absences. Meanwhile, the Pats allowed defensive and special teams touchdowns to ruin a bid for a second straight shutout.

So what did Tom E. Curran get right about Sunday's game? And which predictions failed?

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