The Patriot Way: New England Patriots News, 5/16


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Report: NFL plans to change how footballs are handled before games

ESPN Boston

"A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press the NFL plans to change guidelines regarding the way footballs are handled before games.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday night because details will be discussed at the owners meetings in San Francisco next week. The procedural changes result from the Deflategate saga. The league wants to avoid the possibility that teams could tamper with footballs, and any change wouldn’t require a vote from owners."

DeflateGate: Ted Wells Contradicts Himself and Lies to Cover

Rich Hill-Pats Pulpit

"It should be generally accepted fact that the Wells Report isn’t worth its own weight. There are scientific flaws, obvious biases, a willingness to ignore context, and inferences that they take as evidence. It’s not a good documentSo it should come as no surprise that Ted Wells is contradicting him report after the Patriots put him on blast. Remember that Wells’ team agreed to just one interview per person, barring extreme circumstances. Wells overlooked a text prior to his interview with Jim McNally and tried to use that as a reason for a second interview. The Patriots weren’t going to reward his incompetence."

Curran: Goodell should save face and get out of hearing

Tom Curran-CSNNE

"At this point, neither the NFL or the Patriots look good in light of Deflategate.After the league came under fire for what many considered too heavy a suspension for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, commissioner Roger Goodell only made things worse when he appointed himself to hear Brady’s appeal."

Survey shows 15 percent increase in those who don’t like Brady

Darren Rovell-ESPN

"E-Poll Market Research released findings Friday on a poll conducted this week that asked more than 1,000 people representative of the U.S. population what they thought about Brady.The company’s E-Score celebrity index shows that 47 percent of those surveyed now say they don’t like Brady. An E-Poll survey taken in February, a little more than two weeks after the Patriots’ win in Super Bowl XLIX, showed 32 percent of the respondents didn’t like him at that point."