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Which Patriots won't visit White House? Harmon, McCourtys the first to say no

Which Patriots won't visit White House? Harmon, McCourtys the first to say no

Despite what some may think, not every New England Patriots player is gung-ho about visiting President Donald Trump in the White House.

Following the Patriots' Super Bowl LIII win over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night, safety Duron Harmon told TMZ Sports he won't attend the White House for the customary trip of championship teams visiting the Oval Office.

"Nah, man," Harmon said. "They don't want me in the White House, man."

Later Monday, safety Devin McCourty told the Associated Press that he'll skip the White House, too, and McCourty's twin brother and teammate, cornerback Jason McCourty, said he doubts he would make the trip if the team is invited. 

Harmon then was asked if he'd like to take the lead of the Golden State Warriors, who visited former President Barack Obama instead of Trump earlier this year to celebrate their 2018 NBA title.

"Yeah, that would be dope," Harmon responded. "Hey Obama, come holler at me, man! We love you over here, man!"

The Patriots are just hours removed from their sixth Super Bowl title, so it's unclear if and when a White House visit will happen.

The visits rarely have full attendance, as just 34 players visited Trump in Washington, D.C. following New England's Super Bowl LI win over the Atlanta Falcons in 2017. Team owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick both have supported Trump in the past and would be expected to attend.

Devin McCourty also said Monday he wasn’t ready to think about whether he’d play next season after he was asked by the media last week about the possibility of retirement. Devin just finished his ninth season in the NFL, all with the Patriots. Jason, in his first season with the Patriots, carried the Lombardi Trophy off the team bus when the Patriots returned to Gillette Stadium on Monday.

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Steelers reportedly not open to trading Antonio Brown to Patriots

Steelers reportedly not open to trading Antonio Brown to Patriots

It's never a good idea to trade your best player to a rival team. The Pittsburgh Steelers apparently are operating as such.

The Steelers will listen to trade offers from 27 NFL clubs for wide receiver Antonio Brown, the MMQB's Albert Breer reported Thursday. The four teams they won't do business with: their three other AFC North competitors ... and the New England Patriots.

Pittsburgh's stance should surprise no one, but it's a reminder the team still views New England as its biggest threat in the AFC. While the Steelers upset the Patriots in 2018, the Pats won the teams' previous five meetings and have had a stranglehold on the conference for the last several years.

The downside of that success: Patriots fans can stop dreaming about Tom Brady throwing touchdown passes to the best receiver in the NFL.

New England spending big on Brown seemed like a long shot anyway, but the 30-year-old apparently is getting serious about his trade request: He plans to meet with Steelers owner Art Rooney II to iron things out, per NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown will meet with team owner Art Rooney II to discuss his trade request, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Friday.

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Kyle Van Noy still baffled by Rams' vanilla Super Bowl LIII game plan

Kyle Van Noy still baffled by Rams' vanilla Super Bowl LIII game plan

The New England Patriots held the Los Angeles Rams to just three points in Super Bowl LIII thanks in part to excellent preparation and defensive game-planning.

But it's easier to be well-prepared when your opponent doesn't show you anything new.

Speaking Thursday on Barstool Sports' "Pardon My Take" podcast, Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy shared a pretty damning assessment of the Rams' offensive game plan and the lack of new twists it threw at New England.

Yeah. I couldn’t believe that, either. Like, they really didn’t do not one wrinkle. I was like, what the hell? They've got so many good players, they’ve got so many things they’ve done all year, and the one play they gave us which was a wrinkle was the [Brandin Cooks] screen that hit for a little bit. And that was it.

Cooks' 19-yard gain was the third-longest play for an L.A. offense that mustered just 260 total yards.

Pro Bowl running back Todd Gurley was a virtual non-factor -- 35 rushing yards on 10 carries -- as a unit that averaged an NFC-best 32.9 points per game during the regular season slowed to a crawl.

Rams head coach Sean McVay, who called the plays in the absence of a traditional offensive coordinator, admitted he got out-coached in the loss, and Van Noy's comments suggest he's right.

"We weren’t necessarily a zone team -- we didn’t play zone very much all year -- and in the Super Bowl, we were predominantly a zone team," Van Noy added.

"And that kind of probably threw him off. Like, I saw a clip of Sean McVay reading the clip, and he said, like ‘Oh [shoot]’ in his head, ‘they’re running the Bears’ thing,’ or whatever the Bears did. Shout-out to the Bears, baby.”

McVay led the Rams to the Super Bowl at age 33 in just his second season as head coach, which is no small feat. But he learned rather quickly there's another level of preparation required to beat Bill Belichick and the Patriots.

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