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There's no such thing as a snow day for the Patriots

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There's no such thing as a snow day for the Patriots

FOXBORO -- This would not be a good time for anyone to point out, "It's not the Jetsons."

That, of course, was the way former Patriots linebacker Adalius Thomas explained himself to reporters in 2009 after being sent home for showing up late to a morning meeting.

The cause? Snow. The Jetsons reference? Thomas' excuse for not being able to avoid the traffic. 

"I can't jump up and just fly," he said. "What am I supposed to do?"

About a foot of snow is expected to be dumped on the area Thursday, but the Patriots are planning on having a normal work day. Meetings. Practice at 10:45 a.m. Media availability in the locker room at 1:45 p.m.

"You certainly better leave yourself enough time to get here on time tomorrow," Matthew Slater said. "We all know there’s weather. Coach has mentioned that several times to the team. I wouldn’t want to be the guy who’s late tomorrow. 

"But look, I don’t think we're going to have an issue. Guys understand we need to be here. The expectation is what it is. We live in New England. There’s going to be weather. Give yourself some extra time; as simple as that."      

Many aren't from the area, though, and so snowstorms -- and all the little annoyances that come with them --  are still new to some. 

Four years ago, former Patriots linebacker Brandin Spikes tweeted about how he couldn't get out of his driveway following a snowstorm. He was late to a meeting that day and was placed on injured reserve soon thereafter. He was almost released outright, according to a Mike Garafolo report, which would've cost him his playoff share. 

"Snow doesn't matter," Duron Harmon said. "You gotta find a way to get here. Just be prepared. Maybe wake up a little bit earlier to make sure your car is good to get out. Or maybe you need some time to shovel . . . These days are too important to us to have guys missing and being late."

Devin McCourty remembers being at Rutgers in 2009 when he flipped on ESPN and saw Thomas invoke the Jetsons inside the Patriots locker room. It stuck with him. The next year, he was drafted by Bill Belichick, and he didn't need to be told that tardiness would not be tolerated.

"I knew not to come late," McCourty said. "I found a couple nice places that are about 15 or 20 minutes away my rookie year and I was like ‘Nah, I'll do the three minutes away.’ . . . 

"You know here is the one place where, no matter what time of the year it is, if it's not going well, you'll get fired. Like I always say, the goal every day is not to get fired."

McCourty hasn't an issue in that regard. But he isn't planning on drawing Belichick's ire for losing track of time, and he suggests his teammates follow suit. 

"[Belichick] doesn't care. Don't call and say your car got stuck. I think everyone knows there's two hotels up here at Patriot Place, so stay there for the night. Find a way . . . Wake up earlier, especially if you don't have a garage or something. Wake up. Go clean your car out. 

"I think guys know. We're in the NFL playoffs . . . If you've been here for a week or two weeks, you kind of get that this guy Bill that talks every day in the morning meeting, he doesn't play. So not much needs to be said about being here on time and being ready to work."

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Trent Brown calls Patriots QB Tom Brady "one of the coolest guys" he's ever met

Trent Brown calls Patriots QB Tom Brady "one of the coolest guys" he's ever met

Trent Brown has played only one season with Tom Brady, but the offensive tackle clearly has a high opinion of the New England Patriots quarterback.

Brown was a recent guest on ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter's podcast "The Road Less Traveled", where he talked about free agency, his 2018 trade from the San Francisco 49ers to the Patriots, and more. 

The soon-to-be free agent also was asked about Brady, and he paid the 41-year-old quarterback quite a compliment.

“Tom’s really one of the coolest guys I’ve ever met in my life, and that’s no (B.S.) by any stretch of the imagination,” Brown said. “He’s really a cool guy. That’s really the only way I can say it.”

Brown is one of several current and former teammates to praise Brady over the last year or so.

Former Patriots linebacker James Harrison, who played with New England for just a few months last season, called Brady the "ultimate teammate" in January. Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore, during an appearance on FOX Sports 1 show "First Things First" earlier this month, called Brady a "great teammate" and "one of the hardest workers I've ever played with."

It's hard to find a negative opinion of Brady from players who've interacted with him on a daily basis. It probably also helps that Brady is the main reason why many of these guys have a Super Bowl ring (or multiple). 

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Patriots fans will enjoy this video of Tom Brady's top 10 plays in 2018

Patriots fans will enjoy this video of Tom Brady's top 10 plays in 2018

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady took a lot of criticism during the 2018 NFL season, and a good amount of it was warranted, but the 41-year-old veteran got the last laugh when he held the Lombardi Trophy after winning Super Bowl LIII.

Brady became the first player in NFL history to win six Super Bowls when the Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 on Feb. 3 in Atlanta. He didn't play particularly well against the Rams, but he made enough clutch plays with the game on the line in the fourth quarter.

The NFL tweeted a video Monday of Brady's top 10 plays from the 2018 season, including New England's memorable playoff run. Check out it out below:

Brady has been adamant about returning for the 2019 season, when the Patriots will try to become the first team since 2004 to repeat as Super Bowl champions. Given the way Brady played in 2018, there are plenty of reasons to believe next season's top 10 plays video will include several memorable playoff moments.

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