NBC Sports Boston Insider Tom E. Curran talks about the New England Patriots and the NFL.
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Who ya got all-time: Hightower or McGinest? Tom Curran talks with Deion Branch, Scott Zolak, Christian Fauria, and Devin McCourty to figure out which player should be ranked higher in his 2021 “Top 50 of the Belichick era” list.Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/mKATDPMhoEA
Tom Curran and Phil Perry look back at Curran's original list from 2015 of the Top 50 Patriots of the Belichick era. Tom and Phil dissect the list. Which players might move up? Which players might move down or off the board completely?
Tom Curran and Phil Perry debate how Cam Newton's impressive practice on Wednesday will impact the QB competition. Also, Tom tries out his new favorite game “Fair or unfair” where he rocks a Boston accent. 1:30-Cam Newton looked good on Wednesday; how will it impact the QB competition?4:30-Can Cam Newton prove that he can be more consistent this season?7:30-Recapping what we saw from Mac Jones during minicamp13:30-How and when will the holdout with Stephon Gilmore end?20:00-Curran's new favorite segment ‘Fair or unfair'Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/I88lY0-0h7g
Tom Curran and Phil Perry break down the latest from Patriots minicamp. How will Cam Newton deal with Mac Jones getting more reps? Who has the leverage, Gilmore or the Patriots?1:00-How did Cam Newton deal with Mac Jones getting more reps during Tuesday's minicamp?4:00-Cam Newton's comments from Tuesday regarding Mac Jones8:00-Is the door shut, cracked or wide open for Mac to overtake Cam?12:00-Belichick says he does not expect Gilmore to attend minicamp18:00-Who has the leverage, Gilmore or the Patriots?Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/w-hZrRsqLP8
Tom Curran breaks down what he saw from the Patriots Thursday practice. Also, Frank Edelman joins to discuss his expectations for the Patriots this season, and what led to Julian's decision to retire. 1:00-Curran's practice impressions from Thursday3:30-Mac Jones: “there's a lot going on in my brain”6:30-Interview with the legend…Frank Edelman10:00-Frank details what it was like to watch Julian succeed in the NFL17:30-Frank details what led Julian to retireWatch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/nRi9uqUL6ZY
Tom Curran talks with Deion Branch about why Julio Jones would not have been a good fit in the Patriots offense, and why he expects Cam Newton to be a much better QB in 2021.1:45-Why the Patriots ultimately didn't get Julio Jones6:00-Deion Branch explains why the Patriots offense wouldn't have been a good fit for Julio Jones11:00-Branch on why he expects Cam Newton to be a better QB in 202114:00-Ted Johnson: Mac Jones should be the starter, but he won't beWatch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/7AiNd_J0KHI
Tom Curran and Phil Perry break down Friday’s session of OTA’s for the Patriots. Cam Newton leaves practice with an injury to his throwing hand, how will the injury impact his preparation for the season?1:00-Cam Newton hurt his throwing hand on Friday, how bad is it?3:30-If Cam sits out next week’s OTAs, how will it impact preparation for the season?6:00-Breaking down Mac Jones & Jarrett Stidham’s practice on Friday9:30-Who had a better day on Friday, offense or defense?12:20-Julio Jones watch: Is the price for him going down?Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/xjLmJaPZX0E
Tom Curran and Phil Perry react to Josh McDaniels’ comments regarding Mac Jones, Cam Newton and the learning curve it will take for the Patriots to get ready for the season.1:45-With all the additions, what’s the excitement level for the Patriots offense going into the season?3:30-Josh McDaniels on his impressions so far coaching Mac Jones6:45-Should we be optimistic that Cam Newton will be better this year?16:00-How will the attendance at OTA’s impact the progression of the Patriots?Watch the podcast on YouTube: https://youtu.be/eoNU3CyPVbQ
Tom Curran and Phil Perry debate whether the Patriots are in a ‘good spot’ at QB. Also, what would it take for Mac Jones to start over Cam Newton in Week 1?2:20-Are the Patriots in a ‘good spot’ at the QB position?6:00-Breaking down the benefits of building around a rookie QB15:00-What would it take for Mac Jones to start Week 1?19:00-Making the case for why you should play Mac sooner rather than later22:00-Bill Cowher is still giving Patriots a pass on Spygate30:00-What deal should the Patriots offer for Julio Jones?Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/uE7r84h4AQQ
Tom Curran and Phil Perry break down their day 1 observations from Patriots OTA’s. Which players impressed the most?3:00-First impressions of Mac Jones at OTA’s5:15-How impressive was Mac Jones’ accuracy during Day 1?12:00-Does Cam Newton’s throwing motion look any different than last year?16:30-How will Belichick split the reps for 4 QBs?20:00-Assessing what we saw from the Patriots WRsWatch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/_EkJHBU3fRo
Tom Curran and Phil Perry break down what it would cost the Patriots to acquire Julio Jones, and how he would fit in New England. Also, they breakdown what to expect at Patriots OTA’s.5:00-What to expect from OTA’s?13:00-Why Julio Jones makes all the sense in the world for the Patriots19:30-How would Julio Jones fit in the Patriots’ offense?26:00-If Patriots acquire Julio, is Cam the right guy to be QB?36:00-How similar is the Aaron Rodgers situation to Brady and the Patriots?Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/HuzHTm7VxFk
Tom Curran talks with Fred Gaudelli, Executive Producer of Sunday Night Football, about their ‘Decade of Sunday Nights’ bracket challenge. How many Patriots games made the list? Later, Phil Perry joins to discuss 15 Patriots questions that need answers.1:00-Fred Gaudelli on SNF’s ‘Decade of Sunday Nights’ bracket challenge6:00-Breaking down the Patriots’ plays from the last decade that made the list 21:00-Have the Patriots lost the interest of the nation with Brady gone?26:30-Gaudelli shares amazing story of famous player he caddied for at age 1529:30-15 Patriots questions that need answersWatch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/_bx1a2WHzY0
Tom Curran and Phil Perry debate how the signing of Brian Hoyer will impact the New England Patriots’ QB depth chart. Also, should we overanalyze Robert Kraft’s comments regarding Bill Belichick’s salary?1:30-Patriots re-sign Brian Hoyer; what does it mean for Mac Jones?5:30-Will Hoyer act as a QB coach for Mac Jones?9:30-Does this move put Cam or Stidham on the hot seat?19:30-What to make of Robert Kraft’s comments regarding Bill Belichick’s salaryWatch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/4dc_Dfs3GfI
Tom Curran talks with Chad Pennington about how he thinks the Patriots should handle the development of Mac Jones. Later, Phil Perry joins to give a game-by-game breakdown of the Patriots’ 2021 schedule.1:00-Chad Pennington on Mac Jones being compared to him4:30-Pennington on playing with Randy Moss in college; did it make him a better NFL QB?10:40-Pennington on the importance of developing a young NFL QB15:50-Pennington says Jones should follow Mahomes plan20:45-Curran and Perry break down the Patriots’ 2021 schedule, giving their wins and lossesWatch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/JfspFlAhmY8
Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry get into the Patriots need for speed and discuss if it's actually that important. They also continue the Cam Newton vs Mac Jones debate and talk about when the best time for the Patriots vs Bucs game is.2:00 - This Patriots offense is not fast... but do they care?11:00 - Is this offense a good fit for Mac Jones? 15:00 - Do the Patriots have the wide receiver talent they need to win?19:00 - Is this offense set up for Cam Newton to be the long-term quarterback?24:00 - When is the ideal time for the Patriots to face Tom Brady & the Bucs this season?
Tom Curran and Phil Perry are joined by Jets writer Bob Glauber and Dolphins writer Armando Salguero to get an idea of what the Patriots will be up against in the AFC East this season.2:55 - Bob Glauber of Newsday in New York joins Tom and Phil and addresses how the Jets can launch their rebuild with a new head coach and rookie quarterback Zach Wilson at the helm.9:45 - What are the strong points and the weak points on the Jets roster?18:13 - Does new head coach Robert Saleh have what it takes to succeed in his first season?21:00 - Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald joins the podcast to talk about why the Dolphins roster has so many fresh faces on it and what that means for Tua Tagovailoa.30:25 - Does Armando think the Patriots can recapture the AFC East this season? The trio discuss the link between Tagovailoa and Mac Jones.
Former Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel joins Tom Curran and Phil Perry to give his take on New England selecting Mac Jones at No. 15 in the draft. The three discuss what exactly it will take for Jones to surpass Cam Newton as the starting quarterback in Foxboro.2:50 - Tom asks Matt and Phil at what point in the season they think Mac Jones will take over the starting QB role.11:40 - Matt gives his insight on where Jones will have to make adjustments as a rookie quarterback when it comes to pre-snap and run game play calling.22:22 - Addressing Mike Lombardi's comments about how Belichick will approach the QB battle.31:05 - Why are people criticizing the pick? Tom, Matt and Phil discuss Jones' skillset and compare him to other mid-first-round quarterbacks from the past.39:27 - Recalling stories about Belichick's mysterious advisor Ernie Adams after it was announced this was his final draft working with the Patriots.
Tom Curran and Phil Perry give their grades for the Patriots’ 2021 NFL Draft. What would they have liked the Patriots to do differently? Has the 3.0 version of the Patriots dynasty taken shape?4:00-Grades for the Patriots drafting Mac Jones16:30-Execution, player, and fit grades for Christian Barmore21:00-Should the Patriots have picked another position at #96?26:00-What could the Patriots have done differently?33:00-Which players are likely to be dealt this offseason?Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/RcDmR3CkpnU
Tom Curran and Phil Perry react to the Patriots selecting DT Christian Barmore and DE Ronnie Perkins during day 2 of the 2021 NFL Draft. How much has the Patriots’ defense improved this offseason?1:00-How much has the Patriots’ front-seven improved?2:30-What can we expect from Christian Barmore in year 1?5:30-Why taking a swing on Barmore is a good move by the Patriots7:30-What role will Ronnie Perkins have?11:00-What will the Patriots do on day 3 of the draft?Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/HtlpcO6bG8w
Tom Curran and Phil Perry react to the Patriots selecting Mac Jones with the 15th overall pick in the NFL Draft. Did the Patriots prefer Jones over Fields? Also, what are the Patriots’ needs in the next rounds?1:00-Like, love, or hate the Mac Jones pick?4:00-Will the Patriots regret not moving up for Justin Fields?9:00-Jim Nagy compares Mac Jones to Tom Brady11:30-Did the Patriots think they had a shot at Mac Jones at #15?16:00-Is Mac Jones the Week 1 starter?18:00-What are the Patriots needs in rounds 2 & 3?Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/mNatT6wD_fg
Tom Curran is joined by Patriots Hall of Famer Rodney Harrison to discuss New England's strategy heading into the draft. After that, Tom talks with Raynham, Mass. product and Northwestern University linebacker Blake Gallagher to talk about the challenges of his senior year and his expectations for the draft.2:10 - Rodney Harrison joins the podcast to circle back to his past take on Cam Newton. He also explains why the Patriots' priority should be acquiring Jimmy Garoppolo.5:10 - Harrison talks about some of his favorite players on both sides of the ball in the upcoming draft.8:50 - Does Rodney think Julian Edelman belongs in the Hall of Fame?12:16 - Tom is joined by Massachusetts native Blake Gallagher, who played linebacker all four seasons at Northwestern University. Gallagher discusses what the past year of his life has been like as a senior college football player.21:30 - Gallagher talks about the local support he's had from his Raynham community and spotlights some of the key players who stand out to him as the draft approaches.Watch every episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/krPRDLPEomg
Tom Curran talks with former NFL GM Thomas Dimitroff about the Patriots’ draft approach and whether the Patriots will be willing to pay the price to move up for a QB.1:15 - Thomas Dimitroff on how the Patriots build their draft board5:00 - Why Patriots' draft picks don't always match national grades and 'Big Boards'10:00 - Will five QBs really be selected in the Top 10 picks?13:45 - How will the Patriots approach their pick and can they trade up from the 15th pick?19:45 - What the final 24 hours are like for a GM on draft day
Tom Curran gives an in-depth explanation of Bill Belichick and the Patriots' 'stacks' drafting system. Later, he's joined by Phil Perry to discuss the depth of this year's draft class, New England's past picks and what optional OTAs might look like this season.0:40 - After hearing some draft comments from Michael Lombardi, Tom recalls and unpacks a past discussion with Bill Belichick about the Patriots unique draft strategy.11:51 - Phil Perry joins Tom to talk about Lombardi's comments about the Patriots strategy.20:45 - What are the 1A and 1B groups of top-tier players in the upcoming NFL Draft?25:00 - Tom looks back at where prominent Patriots players were taken in mock drafts compared to where they were drafted in the real thing.28:56 - Will players use the pandemic as an excuse to skip voluntary OTAs this season? Tom and Phil discuss the potential repercussions if this does occur.
Tom Curran and Phil Perry react to Bill Belichick’s press conference, and break down what his answers might mean for the Patriots draft strategy. 1:00-After listening to Belichick, is Trey Lance a realistic option?3:00-Are the Patriots willing to adapt their style for a new QB?8:00-Would Belichick rather have Justin Fields or Mac Jones?10:30-How does Bill feel about the price tag of moving up in the draft?20:30-Belichick on the difficulty of scouting this yearWatch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/qt6Z_o4bic4
Tom Curran and Phil Perry react to Julian Edelman retiring and discuss some of their favorite moments from his career. How will the Patriots be able to fill his void on offense?2:00-Why Julian Edelman decided to retire now6:00-Highlighting some of the best moments from Edelman21:30-Who replaces Edelman’s role on the offense?35:00-Will the Patriots draft defense at 15?46:00-Tom & Phil fight over whether Patriots should move up in the draft for a QBWatch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/1xDh6vniIs0
Tom Curran and Phil Perry discuss why it’s unlikely the Patriots move up in the draft for a QB. Also, legendary NFL throwing coach Tom House explains why he expects Cam Newton to be a more accurate passer this season.1:00-Would the Patriots really move up to get Fields or Lance at #4?13:30-Interview with QB throwing coach Tom House17:30-Can passing accuracy be taught?20:00-House on why he expects a better Cam Newton in 202125:00-House on the mechanics of Jarrett StidhamWatch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Egwh4G78O7s