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NFL roundup: Brady's wife rips Patriots' receivers
The Patriots' receiving corps didn't exactly put up a model performance on Sunday night in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLVI.
Now, they're hearing about it from a model.
Supermodel Gisele Bundchen, the wife of New England quarterback Tom Brady, let loose on the Patriots wide receivers in a video that was picked up by TheInsider.com.
Bundchen initially kept civil while being taunted by Giants fans - including one who screamed, "Eli [Manning] owns your husband]" - but couldn't keep quiet any longer once she had escaped into an elevator.
"You have to catch the ball when you're supposed to catch the ball," Bundchen is heard saying. "My husband cannot [expletive] throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time."
Bundchen expressed cleaner thoughts in the days leading up to the Super Bowl, encouraging friends and family to pray for her husband. "I feel Tommy really needs our prayer, our support and love at this time," Bundchen wrote in an e-mail.
In the fourth quarter, Brady complete just six of 15 passes for 64 yards with an interception, after completing 21 of 26 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns in the first three quarters.
|Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots is comforted by his wife Gisele Bundchen after losing to the New York Giants by a score of 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)|
Reports have at least four of Brady's incomplete passes in the game as drops by receivers, none bigger than the second-and-11 pass to Wes Welker with just over four minutes and the Patriots leading 17-15.
"That's a play I make a thousand times," Welker said at the postgame press conference. "I just didn't make it. The ball was right there. I've got to make that play"
--- Sunday night's Super Bowl game on NBC garnered an overnight Nielsen rating of 47.8, down slightly from last year's record of 47.9, but easily the most watched Super Bowl ever on NBC. NBC's previous best rating was a 46.9 for the Super Bowl XX matchup between the Patriots and the Chicago Bears.
The Super Bowl also set a record for sports-related conversation on Twitter. The social media service reported a peak volume of 12,233 tweets per second about the game, topping the previous record of 9,420 tweets per second about the Broncos-Steelers AFC Wild Card game in January.
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---Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennell knows exactly what he's getting from his new offensive coordinator. After all, they've worked together before.
Brian Daboll, who worked alongside Crennell for four seasons and three Super Bowl victories on Bill Belichick's coaching staff in New England, was hired Monday as the Chiefs' new offensive coordinator. It will be his fourth season as an offensive coordinator, after he spent the 2011 campaign as offensive coordinator in Miami and the 2009 and 2010 seasons in Cleveland.
The Stanford Connection
--- Raiding the Stanford coaching staff has already produced one great NFL comeback story. The Oakland Raiders are hoping there's room for another.
The team announced on Monday that Stanford defensive coordinator Jason Tarver will leave the college ranks to take the same position with the Raiders, making him the newest addition to new head coach Dennis Allen's staff.
It's a return to the NFL after a one-year break for Tarver, who spent 10 seasons as an assistant with the 49ers before taking the Stanford job.
Schiano Still Looking
---Last year, Dan Quinn left the NFL for the college ranks, signing on as the new defensive coordinator at the University of Florida. Apparently, he's in no great hurry to get back to the pros.
The Gainesville Sun reported on Monday that Quinn had turned down an offer from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to become the team's new defensive coordinator. The Bucs are still looking for a coordinator to serve under new head coach Greg Schiano.
Haley To Pittsburgh
--- Former Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley will be hired as the Pittsburgh Steelers' offensive coordinator, ESPN reported Monday.
Haley would replace Bruce Arians, who was not retained by the Steelers. Arians was subsequently hired as the Indianapolis Colts' offensive coordinator.
Haley, 45, was fired by the Chiefs in December when the Chiefs were 5-8. He had led the Chiefs to the AFC West title in 2010.
Chiefs Nab Another
---Tom McMahon is the new special teams coach for the Kansas City Chiefs, the team announced on Monday.
McMahon comes to the Chiefs from the Rams, where he served as special team's coordinator from 2009-11.
A Ring And A Ring
------Amid the falling confetti following the Giants' 21-17 win over the Patriots in Indianapolis on Sunday night, New York Giants rookie linebacker Greg Jones proposed to his girlfriend. She accepted, ensuring that the 23-year-old Jones has more than one ring in his future.
Jones, who played on special teams during the Giants' victory, left the engagement ring with Christian Hopkins (a tight end on the practice squad) for safekeeping during the game. When the win was sealed, Jones retrieved the ring and proposed.
Early To Work in The Big Easy
---With next year's Super Bowl set to take place in New Orleans, several members of the Saints are getting to work early, in the hopes of playing for their sport's biggest prize in front of a home crowd.
Messages from Nate Bussey, Jo-Lonn Dunbar and Jonathan Vilma on their Twitter accounts indicated that the Saints linebackers are already working out in preparation for the 2012 NFL season, less than 24 hours after the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI
"In the complex," Bussey tweeted (@NateBUSSEY59). "Time to go to work."
"Who's workin," added Vilma (@jonvilma51).
"The next season officially starts today," said Dunbar (@JDunbar56). "Make the most of it. SuperBowl in NO.