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Tom Brady to get 'Last Dance' treatment in nine-part ESPN documentary

Tom Brady to get 'Last Dance' treatment in nine-part ESPN documentary

It was only a matter of time.

ESPN found a smash hit with "The Last Dance," its 10-part documentary series on Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. So, why not apply that formula to football's GOAT, Tom Brady?

The network is rolling out a nine-part, multi-platform series in 2021 called "Man In The Arena," which will focus exclusively on the former Patriots quarterback while documenting his nine Super Bowl trips with New England over the last 20 years, according to Deadline.

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Here's the trailer, which Brady tweeted Thursday:

The series also promises to highlight "smaller, seemingly insignificant instances" that shaped Brady's career, per Deadline.

Don't expect too many controversial details, though. Brady will be heavily involved in the production process, as the series is co-produced by Gotham Chopra's "Religion of Sports" -- which produced the "Tom vs. Time" Facebook documentary series -- and the QB's recently-created company, 199 Productions.

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"I’m excited to have my company 199 Productions be in business with ESPN and Disney along with our Religion of Sports partners to launch this new series that gives an inside look into the championship moments I’ve been blessed to experience,” Brady said in a statement.

"Through the series, we’re defining the key moments and challenges that were seemingly insurmountable, but through hard work and perseverance, became career-defining triumphs, in both victory and defeat."

Aside from Brady's role in production, there's another obvious difference between "The Last Dance" and "Man In the Arena:" TB12 is still playing.

The 42-year-old QB is gearing up for his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and is on a two-year contract, so it appears we'll have a retrospective on an active NFL player next year.

Dante Scarnecchia hints at new Patriots offensive line coaching structure

Dante Scarnecchia hints at new Patriots offensive line coaching structure

Dante Scarnecchia reportedly helped the New England Patriots at this year's NFL Scouting Combine, but he's not coming out of retirement a second time.

How do we know this? Because the former Patriots offensive line coach has already named his successors.

In a recent interview with ESPN's Mike Reiss, Scarnecchia all but confirmed that Patriots assistants Cole Popovich and Carmen Bricillo will coach the offensive line in tandem this season.

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"They're both really good coaches and both really good people. Very, very smart guys," Scarnecchia told Reiss. "I know no one has been named, and there are reasons for that, but clearly those are the two guys that are going to do it, and I think they'll do an outstanding job.

"The other thing is they know the players. It's not like they're new, coming in from the outside. They've both been around there -- especially Cole, who has been in the system for five years. Carm for one."

The Patriots' official website (which has never been heavy on details) still lists Scarnecchia as the team's offense line coach. Popovich is listed as New England's assistant running backs coach, while Bricillo is labeled a "coaching assistant."

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Both assistant coaches have experience on the offensive line, though: Popovich was the offensive line coach at Minot State for two seasons until joining the Patriots in 2015, while Bricillo spent nine years as Youngstown State's offensive line coach before coming to New England in 2019.

The Patriots went outside the organization to replace Scarnecchia the first time he retired, naming Dave DeGuglielmo their offensive line coach in 2014. DeGuglielmo lasted just two seasons in New England, though, and it appears the Patriots are promoting from within this time to replace the legendary Scarnecchia -- who, to be clear, is not coming back in 2020.

"I've done it for 48 years. I think that's plenty," Scarnecchia told Reiss, "and I'm really, really grateful for every day, every year of those 48, and all the things it's provided us."

Brian Flores' statement on George Floyd death made Devin McCourty proud

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Brian Flores' statement on George Floyd death made Devin McCourty proud

Brian Flores' words are still resonating with one of his former players.

The Miami Dolphins head coach delivered a powerful statement Saturday following the recent murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. 

New England Patriots defensive backs and twin brothers Jason and Devin McCourty began their "Double Coverage" podcast Sunday night by discussing Flores' statement, with Devin -- who spent several years with Flores in New England -- lauding the former Patriots assistant for using his platform to deliver such a strong message.

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"He holds a position that falls right into that category (of representing the entire NFL)," McCourty said on the podcast. "A position that as players, as people who watch football know: We need more black coaches, we need more black GMs, we need more people in that position. So, to see him be outspoken -- and knowing him personally, he's always been like that -- to me was great to see.

"It's about leading men. It's about men seeing the important things. We don't just come to play football. We're around each other, we mentor each other, we try to pour into each other. So, to see him go out there and make it public and say how he felt I thought was really good."

Flores, who is one of just three black head coaches in the NFL, pointed out the hypocrisy of people being outraged by police officers killing black men and women but also taking offense to Colin Kaepernick's protests several years ago.

Devin strongly agreed with Flores in that sense.

"Look at Kaepernick. A couple years ago, people were going crazy. ‘This guy is this, he’s that,' " Devin said. "Then, the irony of a man losing his life because a knee is in his neck and now, all of a sudden, people are like, 'Oh man, let me take an extra second to listen to what Kaepernick said in an interview about why he took a knee and why he did a silent protest.'

" .. It’s like, if you ever stopped and listen to what he was doing and his true message, it would have never gotten to that point and you would have never talked about the military. You would have never talked about the flag. You would’ve understood he was talking about freedom."

Devin and Jason McCourty have showed support for Kaepernick over the years and are active members of the Players Coalition, which seeks to make progress toward ending social injustice and racial inequality.

Devin said he's had coaches reach out to him following Floyd's murder last Monday asking how they can "get involved with some of the work we've done in the past."

"Just to see people's eyes open -- it stinks that it had to be because of George Floyd's sacrifice, because he got murdered in cold blood, that people's eyes are really open now ... (but) to see some people's eyes open can lead us to create that change."

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