October 1, 2016

Media Notes – Back To Nantz/Simms

simms-nantzThe Patriots are back on CBS this weekend, and have the top broadcast team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms coming to Foxborough.

The game will be start at 4:15pm and most viewers east of the Mississippi will be seeing this game.

On National Radio, Sports Radio USA will carry the game, will the play-by-play by Larry Kahn and John Robinson.

98.5 The SportHub and the Patriots Radio Network will carry the game locally.

Phil Simms on the Patriots:

(On Bill Belichick’s fourth down call in Indianapolis game): It’s been documented that this was a premeditated thought. The whole week leading up to the game, he decided he was going to do this. I always tell people this about coaches: if it’s fourth-and-one from the one, the last play of the game, coaches already know what play they’re going to call. They determine those kinds of things during the week. So do I agree? It’s not about agreeing. Would I have done it? No, I would not have done it. What gets overlooked is not having timeouts. If he would have had one, I believe he would have won the challenge because in my mind Kevin Faulk was past the 30 yard line and clearly had possession of the football. It’s a general rule in the NFL to use your timeouts, no matter what, in the first half. In the second half, save them regardless of almost any situation, unless it’s a scoring opportunity. Save those timeouts for the end of the game.

(On how Patriots will respond to N.Y. Jets after loss to Colts): Emotionally there’s a little bit of a hangover from it because you put so much into the game. It was such an emotionally charged game. Then it’s talked about by the media, your family, your friends, your teammates. Sometimes it’s hard to put that behind you. If I was the coach, I would hope we do something good early to get the emotions and everything going our way in the game against the Jets.

(On Jets coming off five losses in last six games): The Jets have played a lot of close games. It’s how you play the last couple minutes of the game that many times determines if you’re a playoff team. They have not reacted well when the pressure is on – on either side of the ball – when it comes to those moments late in the game. Overall, the Jets have done a lot of good things. I’ve watched all of their games and Mark Sanchez has had a good rookie year. Has it been great? No, but it’s very good.

(On Jets-Patriots rematch): When the Patriots played in Week 2 they did not block the New York Jets very well. But now there’s a lot of film out there. There have been a lot of things to look at as the NFL season has settled in. Can the Jets get guys free and running at Tom Brady consistently like they did in Week 2? My first thought is, I have to see it to believe it. Because they’re experienced and had more time to prepare, I think the Patriots will handle the Jets’ blitz much better this time around.

SHOWTIME

James Brown, Cris Collinsworth, Warren Sapp, Mike Lombardi and Simms also talked about the Patriots on “Inside the NFL” on ShowTime:

(On Belichick’s fourth down decision):

SAPP: He sent a message to his defense that I don’t trust you no matter the time, the yardage that you have to defend, you cannot win games.

COLLINSWORTH: I was thinking this is going to be the greatest finish of all time. If I could just have two minutes to watch football, give me Peyton Manning against Bill Belichick’s defense. Seventy yards to defend and let’s go get it. Then he decided to go for it. It’s not that I didn’t believe it….I couldn’t imagine Buddy Ryan as a head coach deciding I am going to try to win it with the offense. I want to take my defense and I am the best in the business and I am going up against the best in the business and let’s see it.

SIMMS: Nobody plays us against the world better than the Patriots. Bill Belichick, it’s over. Let’s move on. Someone said this is going to be a great motivational tool for the Patriots. Well, you haven’t been around them much. They don’t really need motivation. Even if it’s not there, they’ll find a way to get it

LOMBARDI REPORT:

(On conversation with Belichick):

LOMBARDI: I talked to him. And the night before each game he sits down with his coaching staff, it’s like masterpiece theatre. He goes over the game in detail and how he’s going to play the game. In this instance he told his staff, any fourth and short, we’re going to go for it. Because what happened in the past, 2006…Fourth and four at his own 46 and he decided to punt to give Peyton Manning the chance to go 80-yards, cost him the chance at the Super Bowl. That memory is everlasting in his mind.

BROWN: He told you that he had this discussion with his staff, that he was going to do that, period?

LOMBARDI: At every opportunity that he had to take advantage of it. He was not going to watch Peyton Manning beat him with what happened in 2006.

ESPN

On Sunday NFL Countdown, the crew will also discuss the Patriots:

4th Down Decisions: On Sunday night, Patriots coach Bill Belichick made a coaching decision to go for it on fourth down and two yards at his own 28-yard line. The play didn’t work and ultimately led to the Patriots loss against the Colts. Belichick is one of several NFL coaches who have studied the work of a former Cal-Berkeley economics professor – who advocates coaches being much more aggressive going for it on fourth down. Greg Garber examines Belichick’s decision and whether strange mathematical symbols and theories should intersect on the football field.

On NFL Matchup, (Sunday 3:00 am and 7:30am) Jets/Patriots will be in focus:

Jets @ Patriots: Patriots Offense
– Jaworski goes ‘Inside the Matchup’ to clarify how the Patriots can use an extra offensive lineman or a tight end to help protect against the Jets’ complex blitz schemes.

Jets @ Patriots: Mark Sanchez – Hoge pulls out his ‘Coaches Clicker’ to highlight how rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez needs to be more disciplined with his footwork in the pocket.

NFL Network

On AFC Playbook (Sunday, 7:00am)

Brian Baldinger, Sterling Sharpe and Joe Theismann discuss:

How the Patriots will bounce back from their loss to the Colts by overwhelming the Jets

Jets S Kerry Rhodes tells Solomon Wilcots how to defend Patriots WR Randy Moss

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