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Why Josh McDaniels never views Tom Brady's frustration as a bad thing

Why Josh McDaniels never views Tom Brady's frustration as a bad thing

Tom Brady's surprisingly dour mood Sunday night was off-putting for many, especially since his New England Patriots had just beaten the Philadelphia Eagles to move to 9-1.

But offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has worked with Brady long enough to know his quarterback's frustrations shouldn't be over-scrutinized.

"I can’t comment exactly on his frame of mind,” McDaniels said Tuesday on a conference call when asked about Brady's repeated laments regarding New England's offensive struggles. "I just know that he’s a competitive guy.

" ... I've been with Tom a long time. I appreciate his competitive spirit, his desire to be perfect in everything he does and everything that our unit does, and I don't ever take that as a negative."

The Patriots' offense has been far from perfect: Sunday marked Brady's third game this season without a touchdown pass, and New England ranks 16th in the NFL in yards per game despite its 9-1 record.

But McDaniels doesn't think it's a bad thing that Brady is vocalizing the unit's need for improvement.

"I talk to him frequently," McDaniels said. "We've had games where we've scored 40 points and we haven't been real happy either because there were certain things that we didn't do as well."

As Brady mentioned in an interview Monday, the Patriots don't even need to drop 40 points per game the way their defense has been playing. McDaniels seemed to share his quarterback's sentiment while acknowledging his offense must be better entering next Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys.

"When you don't do as well as you'd like to do, you can understand that ... you're frustrated with your output," McDaniels said. "But at the same time, understanding the big picture: Our number one goal and the most important thing for all of us is to contribute to wins.

"I think there were many things the other day that we did that helped contribute to that, and there were certainly things that we did that need to be better going forward."

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Report: Pats' punishments for videotaping could include fines, draft picks

Report: Pats' punishments for videotaping could include fines, draft picks

While the investigation into the New England Patriots' illicit videotaping of the Cincinnati Bengals' sideline last weekend is ongoing, The Washington Post's Mark Maske is reporting that the punishment could be aligned in severity with similiar game-day violations committed by other NFL teams in recent years.

That means fines in the range of six figures and/or a reduced round value on a draft pick — or worse still, the loss of one altogether:

"The NFL is likely to penalize the New England Patriots for their admitted violation of league video policy last weekend and is contemplating disciplinary measures in line with those imposed on teams in recent seasons for infractions of game-day rules, according to people familiar with the deliberations.

That could mean a fine in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and potentially the loss or reduction in value of a draft choice, typically a lower-level pick."

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Looking for something similar to what the Patriots were levied for Spygate? Maske points out that punishment was clearly an exception, not a guardrail:

The Patriots have admitted wrongdoing in last Sunday's incident in Cleveland, in which a credentialed Patriots video crew member was caught filming the Bengals' sideline during their game against the Browns. New England has said the camera crew was there to feature a scout as part of their "Do Your Job" video series.

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Report: Julian Edelman, Ted Karras make trip with Patriots, Cowart out for Bengals game

Report: Julian Edelman, Ted Karras make trip with Patriots, Cowart out for Bengals game

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman and center Ted Karras, who were each listed as questionable with injuries, made the trip to Cincinnati with the team Saturday but backup defensive tackle Byron Cowart was downgraded to out with a concussion, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

Edelman, the team's leading receiver, has been battling shoulder and ankle injuries. Karras, the starting center, missed the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday with a knee injury. Both were limited in practice this week. 

The Patriots (10-3), coming off back-to-back losses to the Houston Texans and Chiefs, play the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m.