Willie McGinest

Willie McGinest thinks Tom Brady wants to retire as a Patriot, but...

Willie McGinest thinks Tom Brady wants to retire as a Patriot, but...

Few people have the insight into Tom Brady and Bill Belichick that Willie McGinest has.

Still, like everyone else in the football world, the three-time Super Bowl champion with the Patriots -- now an NFL Network analyst -- is stumped when it comes to his friend and former teammate's future. His guess is what Brady wants to do might be different than what actually ends up happening, particularly with Belichick on the other side of the negotiating table.

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“I think he will want to retire as a New England Patriot," McGinest told our Tom E. Curran at the Super Bowl in Miami. "I think the Patriots will probably have an opportunity to have the first crack at it. But if not, I’m sure there’s teams that will be stepping up to the plate."

As for Belichick, McGinest says his former coach never lets emotion get in the way of his decision-making, even when it's one that will have a monumental impact on the franchise.

“The smart, the brilliant minds, they never rush and they never make decisions based on emotion," he said. "It always comes down to longevity, like how’s this going to affect us a year or two from now; what’s the best move for the team?”

Last month, McGinest had suggested the speculation of Brady-to-the-Chargers was ill-founded because Brady's wife, Gisele Bundchen, didn't like Los Angeles. Now, with the Chargers rumors still out there, followed this week by Las Vegas speculation, he told Curran that L.A. might not be off the table.

"I’m not sure. Tom’s lived out there. His kids are with him, except for Jack [his oldest son]. Jack’s on the East Coast. I think that’s important to him. I know he just bought a house outside New York. [A recent report suggests Brady is currently living in Manhattan.] ...I think Tom’s a smart businessman.”

Watch the video above for more of the discussion.

Tedy Bruschi celebrates Dean Pees' retirement with awesome throwback photo

Tedy Bruschi celebrates Dean Pees' retirement with awesome throwback photo

Dean Pees' second (and final?) retirement made a few of his former players nostalgic Tuesday.

The Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator announced Monday he's calling it quits after 47 years in coaching, 12 of which came in the NFL.

Pees' first NFL job came with the New England Patriots, who hired him as their linebackers coach in 2004 before promoting him to defensive coordinator from 2006 to 2009.

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Pees' linebacking corps helped the Patriots win a Super Bowl in 2004, so to commemorate his retirement, ex-Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi dug up an awesome old photo of that unit.

That's quite the formidable group, featuring the likes of Bruschi, Willie McGinest, Ted Johnson and current Titans coach Mike Vrabel.

Here's the full roll call from Bruschi's 2004 photo (seemingly taken before Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville) from left to right:

Ryan Izzo, Rosevelt Colvin, Matt Chatham, Tully Banta-Cain, Willie McGinest, Roman Phifer, Tedy Bruschi, Mike Vrabel, Don Davis and Ted Johnson.

That 2004 group spearheaded a dominant Patriots defense that allowed just 16.3 points per game (second-fewest in the NFL) and powered New England to a 14-2 regular season record.

McGinest also showed love for Pees, sharing Bruschi's photo along with a longer note for his former coach:

Current Patriots players may be equally happy to see Pees step down. The 70-year-old coach helped bounce New England from the playoffs on three separate occasions: twice with the Baltimore Ravens in 2010 and 2013 and once with the Titans in this year's AFC Wild Card Round.

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Chase Winovich raves about working with Patriots legend Willie McGinest

Chase Winovich raves about working with Patriots legend Willie McGinest

The New England Patriots have done a good job of bringing in some of their legendary players to help develop their younger players, and specifically, rookies, in practice. Recently, N'Keal Harry has been training with Patriots legend Troy Brown as he looks to become an impact receiver during his rookie season.

Meanwhile, Chase Winovich has been working with Willie McGinest. And evidently, Winovich loves learning from McGinest and has established a relationship with him.

"We had already talked before, just kind of picking his brain on techniques and stuff, playing that position. He’s a good guy and a great resource," Winovich said in a post-practice interview. "He’s one of the best to ever play this position in the entire sport, in the entire history of the sport. There was a lot of stuff he was able to teach me, the intricacies of the position that I was definitely able to pull from."

Winovich was already a strong pass rushing prospect and he notched 18.5 sacks in three seasons as a defensive lineman at Michigan. So, working with McGinest, who had 78 sacks in 12 years with the Patriots, should only help him to improve. Learning the finer points of the position could help Winovich to find success early in his career and could do quite a bit to help offset the offseason losses of Trey Flowers and Adrian Clayborn.

Winovich was also complimentary of McGinest's coaching ability and said that the Patriots legend has a "knack for it."

"He’s not a bad coach at all," Winovich said. "I’m not in a position to be hiring people. He’s got a knack for it, that’s for sure."

For the time being, McGinest isn't on the staff, but he maybe he will continue to work with Winovich in camp. But once the season gets underway, Winovich will work along with defensive line coach Bret Bielema, outside linebackers coach DeMarcus Covington, and potentially inside linebackers coach Jerod Mayo as he looks to carve out a role in the New England defense.

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