Focused Patriots 'ignore the noise' ahead of Titans clash

Focused Patriots 'ignore the noise' ahead of Titans clash

Brady reiterated on Thursday that his mind remains on the field.

"We're not here just to get here", Ryan said.

"It has been a fun group to coach because they come in and they work every day", McMillan said. There's a lot at stake, I think everyone's put a lot into it. "It doesn't really matter what happened outside of this facility and what we're trying to accomplish". If Mitchell is not included in the mix, the Patriots will have Chris Hogan, Brandin Cooks, Danny Amendola, Kenny Britt, and Phillip Dorsett at the receiver position.

"He's the ultimate professional and he (makes) his teammates better and he demands a lot", Amendola said. Obviously, it's not the end of the road, but this is what you want to do and this is who we want to be consistently.

We know the Patriots will be ready to face the Titans. In the Belichick/Brady era, the Patriots are 15-3 in home playoff games and can once again pull together to defeat the media noise that suggests they are about to disintegrate due to dissension. Only former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana had a longer streak with eight games. "I'm going to get another chance to play - it's a great team in a good environment - so just making sure I'm doing all the right things this week". I want to make him look like Blake Bortles if I can and try to catch a couple picks.

On Saturday, his opposite number will be 24-year-old Marcus Mariota, making for the largest gap in age (16 years) between the starting quarterbacks in an National Football League playoff game.

Hogan is a massive mismatch for a Titans secondary, which has allowed opposing wide receivers to rack up 193 catches for 2,286 yards and 17 touchdowns this year.

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The morning team is "so confident" the Patriots will win they are willing to send "lobster and clam chowder" down to Nashville.

Asked if expected to return to coach New England next season, the famously taciturn Belichick responded with one word - "Absolutely" - insisting he remained exclusively focused on the Titans. "When I play my best and I'm most comfortable, I just go out there and play". But his first three carries went backward, including a 12-yard loss that came dangerously close to a safety. People are going to put odds on us, but I don't give two &%!$ one way or other.

If the Titans have any hope of slowing down Brady, the X factor might be defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau.

Quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick, as well as others, were forced to answer questions all week after ESPN reported that there was turmoil atop the organisation.

"You know, we've had this discussion before".

Brady isn't taking anything for granted. He has appeared in 11 conference championship games overall, passing Gene Upshaw and George Blanda, both of whom had played in 10. "It's very challenging. Coach LeBeau is a great coach, he does a tremendous job, (he) has for his entire illustrious career as a player and as a coach".