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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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Bill Belichick stays silent in awkward but comical run-in with L.A. paparazzi

Bill Belichick stays silent in awkward but comical run-in with L.A. paparazzi

If there's one thing that is well-known about Bill Belichick, it's that he doesn't have a lot of patience with the media. He tends to give short answers to questions and in one of his most famous press conferences, he simply repeated the phrase "we're on to Cincinnati" over and over again.

That said, it's no surprise that Belichick didn't say much during a recent run-in with Los Angeles paparazzi.

In video captured by TMZ Sports, Belichick was seen on a date night with his girlfriend, Linda Holliday, and was swarmed by the paparazzi. Belichick stayed completely silent for almost the entirety of the encounter.

Everything happening in the video is both entertaining and extremely awkward. The questions being hurled and met with a weak smile from Belichick, the man who referred to Belichick as "Tom", and even man in the background trying to get Belichick's autograph...on a baseball. There's simply so much going on here, and it went exactly how most would expect it to go.

This encounter capped off a big week for Belichick. He was at two pro days this week, Georgia and Alabama, to do work on some of the prospects for the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft. One of the prospects of note was Alabama tight end Irv Smith Jr., who posted a photo with Belichick and Nick Saban after the event.

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Next Pats Podcast: Troy Brown on what it takes to be a receiver in Bill Belichick's system

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Next Pats Podcast: Troy Brown on what it takes to be a receiver in Bill Belichick's system

2:15 - Phil Perry is joined by Patriots Hall of Famer and three-time Super Bowl champion Troy Brown to break down how different types of receivers are utilized in Bill Belichick's system.

6:33 - Troy begins by discussing the role of the slot receiver: How he lines up on the field, and what kind of player he needs to be both physically and mentally.

11:11 - Next, Troy defines what the 'Z position' receiver is and gives examples of those versatile types of players from his time in the league.

16:25 - Troy finishes by explaining the role of receivers in the 'X position,' the big play makers on the outside, and how the Patriots haven't had a true 'X' since Randy Moss.

21:23 - Phil goes through a handful of prospective receivers the Patriots could draft this year and determines if they would fit in the Slot, Z position (26:41), or the X position (30:22) in the Patriots system.

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