A report in ESPN claimed that the relationship between Brady, Belichick and owner Robert Kraft had become strained as a outcome of "serious disagreements" between the trio, concerning the quarterback's trainer, body coach and business partner Alex Guerrero, the long-term plan at quarterback and the trade of Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers - as well as the veteran head coach's style. "They got a bye week, so they're probably feeling really confident".
Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes in New England's 35-14 win over Tennessee, giving him 10 such games in his career - breaking a tie with Joe Montana for the most since the 1970 merger. Can they score? I believe they can. "That's fine", he said. "This team has done such a good job this year, focusing on what we need to". So it's easy for people to overlook us. The team's offense struggled to get anything going after a nice start, and the defense couldn't slow down the Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady. So they will ask Foles to air the ball, and cross their fingers they get the 2013 version.
But since 2001, quarterbacks making their first or second career playoff start are 0-7 against New England. Mularkey said after the contest that Mariota suffered a strained quad in the first quarter, but Mariota wasn't using it as an excuse.
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HEISMAN BROTHERS: Mariota, the 2014 Heisman victor, and Derrick Henry, the 2015 Heisman victor, combined to turn in the best rushing performance in franchise history in the wild-card round.
Currently, Henry leads the team with 744 yards rushing. But with DeMarco Murray injured, Henry's now showing what he can do.
After jumping out to an early lead, the Titans couldn't keep up with the Patriots the rest of the way. James White caught a touchdown pass and ran for another, and Danny Amendola had 11 catches for 112 yards. Linebackers Brian Orakpo (seven) and Wesley Woodyard (five) give the Titans a variety of options to attack Brady, not counting backup linebacker Erik Walden (four). New England scored on the next possession, and the one after that, and the one after that. He was listed as a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, but all signs point toward him playing against the Patriots.
I have under-rated this man's effect on this team, this year, but no more.
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Both Kraft and Belichick responded "absolutely" to questions of whether the coach will be back for the 2018 season. "Obviously you put New England in there because they're always in the mix but on the NFC side you have Atlanta [Falcons], you have New Orleans [Saints], you have the Minnesota Vikings".
The respect between the two is mutual.
"He's the best, " Mariota said of Brady this week.
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