On the New England Way: "In New England you are more focused on your job. It's a small town. All that's there is football. We just focus on our job and everyone buys into the concept. You see how we play on Sundays. We are focused and have a set schedule that we go about every day. Everyone buys into the system. Coach Belichick is so smart. He really breaks down our opponents. I just try to soak in knowledge from him. He is one of the best coaches I have been around."
Julian Edelman at Media Day
On playing offense and defense for the first time in his life: "It is exciting. After a game, when you feel like you've contributed to a team win, there is nothing better than that. Anyway that you can help the team, is always awesome."
On preparing for the Super Bowl as an offensive and defensive player: "Depending on the week and stuff, depending on my role in the situation of each game, sometimes I have to be in the offensive meetings, and sometimes I have to be in the defensive (meetings). If I wasn't in the offense, or if I wasn't in the defense, then I will meet with the coach after practice when everyone is gone and kind of get the tips there and prepare myself best for the game."
On Giants WR Mario Manningham's comments about being covered by Edelman: "I am not really worried about what Mario Manningham is saying right now. I am more focused on doing my job, and that is preparing right now. We will see if that opportunity comes ahead of us in the game."
On how much pressure there is to block for Tom Brady: "A lot. That's our job and if we don't block for Tom, our offense isn't going to do any good. We know it falls on us to keep him up."
On the key to keeping Tom Brady off the ground: "Just staying on your man, keeping the defensive linemen off them or if they're blitzing, picking those up and just blocking those guys for as long as it takes. For as long as he needs, that's how long we're supposed to block for."
On what the best part about being an offensive lineman is: "Blocking. That's all we do is block, so that has to be the best. We've got it pretty good. I think it's a great job to have and I wouldn't want to play one of those other positions. They have to run too much."
- Patriots Media Day Quotes: Part I and Part II.
- Paul Perillo points out that despite the season-long struggles, the Patriots defense is playing its best football of the season.
- Patriots Today - Media Day Madness. (1.50 min. video)
- Patriots Today - The state of Gronk's ankle. (2.56 min. video)
- Patriots Today - A look back 10 years. (1.01 min. video)
- NFLN Videos: Deion's best of Media Day. (1.27 min. video)
- NFLN Videos: Ochocinco: 'I'm gonna do my job that's the easy part.' (4.06 min.)
- NFLN Videos: Deion has fun with Welker. (2.48 min.)
- Jerry Thornton nails the media take on the Super Bowl as Eli Manning's "legend grows like William Wallace's. He's 7 feet tall. Kills men by the hundreds. He'll consume New England with fireballs from his eyes and bolts of lightning from his arse."
- Ian Rapoport talks about Rob Gronkowski giving the boot to his boot, and what it really means.
- Mike Reiss shares some quick hits from Patriots Media Day.
- Mike Rodak recalls that when Brady went to his first Super Bowl he was a single 24-year old.
- Kevin Jackson reports Chad Ochocinco still drew a large crowd, even though he didn't have a podium.
- Mike Reiss spotlights Rob Gronkowski's Media Day appearance, and that Gronk won't say whether he'll play or not on Sunday.
- Dan Shaugnessy says Gronkowski was all the rage yesterday, and he answered every question except the big one.
- Karen Guregian reports WR Mario Manningham tried to say nice things about Julian Edelman, but he's still hoping to see him out there pretending to be a defensive back.
- Steve Buckley says Tom Brady is as smooth as they come on Media Day, with the perfect answers no matter the question.
- Jeff Howe says the players are feeling the excitement of the Super Bowl being only five days away.
- Christopher Price tells us five things we learned Monday: BenJarvus Green-Ellis is going to be a big part of things Sunday.
- Greg A. Bedard gives us his matchup of the day: LT Matt Light vs. RE Jason Pierre-Paul.
- Tom E. Curran reports the Patriots know they're going to have to protect Tom Brady on Sunday.
- Karen Guregian says this may have been Dante Scarnecchia's finest coaching jobs with the Patriots.
- Christopher Price tells us five things we learned Tuesday: Super Bowl XLVI will be a referendum on Pats' O-Line.
- Mike Reiss highlights Dante Scarnecchia's comments on some of his linemen during Media Day.
- Christopher Price reports Dante Scarnecchia revealed Sebastian Vollmer will play Sunday.
- Mary Paoletti talks with Rob Ninkovich who doesn't care if he's recognized as long as he's playing up to his standards.
- Mary Paoletti notes James Ihedigbo has never forgotten the trail his father blazed for him.
- Ron Borges catches up with Bill O’Brien, whose last day as a dishwasher in New England will be Sunday.
- Mike Rodak reports Bill O'Brien deflected questions about Penn State, saying this week was about the Patriots.
- Phil Perry notes Stephen Gostkowski hasn't had to make many walk-off kicks like his predecessor.
- Peter Abraham keeps an eye on the understudies at Media Day, who were having fun despite not attracting reporters.
- ESPNBoston posts a few photos from Super Bowl XLVI media day at Lucas Oil Stadium.
- Paul "Fitzy" Fitzgerald has a couple of new videos posted on Townie News: Peyton Manning's voicemail to Tom Brady and Fitzy goes to the Pats rally.
- Modell's Sporting Goods is selling Gronk "We're going to the 'Ship!" T-shirts. Here's Gronkowski's video promotion on YouTube.
- The AP reveals what the Boston and New York governors are each betting in support of their teams.
- Mike Reiss answers his weekly Patriots mailbag: Pats fans are both confident and concerned about Sunday.
- Dan Duquette, Jr. posts a picture of the Boston Public Garden ducklings all wearing Gronk T-shirts.
- Ian Rapoport Patriots Notebook: Stevan Ridley is anxious to make up for his fumbles, and confident he'll be playing Sunday; Matt Light and Sebastian Vollmer were sick with a stomach bug yesterday; Sterling Moore was asked a lot about his game-and-season-saving play against the Ravens; Pepper Johnson isn't having any flashbacks about his days as a Giant; Patriots plan to practice today, tomorrow and Friday.
- Boston Globe Patriots Notebook: Dante Scarnecchia praised his men and indicated Sebastian Vollmer would return to the lineup; Rob Gronkowski is rehabbing diligently and hopeful he'll be on the field; The Peyton Manning saga was a topic of discussion among players at Media Day; Giants owner John Mara praised Robert Kraft for his crucial role in the labor negotiations.
- Gary Dzen looks at what's the same and what's different from the last Patriots-Giants Super Bowl.
- Ben Muth (Football Outsiders) Super Bowl Preview: Analysis of the Patriots-Giants offensive lines.
- Kevin Fishbain (Pro Football Weekly) Patriots-Giants matchup of the day: DT Vince Wilfork vs. Giants' O-line.
- Staff Report (Sporting News) Super Bowl matchup of the day: Patriots RT Nate Solder vs. Giants LE Justin Tuck.
- Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News) Patriots anything but soft in middle with Wilfork, Mayo.
- Gronkowski's injury alter Patriots game plan? (Nat'l Football Post) Will
- Gregg Rosenthal (ProFootballTalk) Edelman tries to prove he's a "real defensive back."
- Herm Edwards and Merril Hoge (ESPN) How to defend Gronk. (1.48 min. video)
- Chris Burke (SI) Giants' D prepping for 'chess match' against Patriots' tight ends.
- Bucky Brooks (NFL.com) Five individual battles that could decide Super Bowl XLVI.
- James Walker (ESPN) Ochocinco humbled by first Super Bowl.
- Steve Wyche (NFL.com) Patriots' Ochocinco finally hits big stage, but as bit player.
- John Clayton (ESPN) How vulnerable is Tom Brady? Giants pass-rushers say they know exactly how to bother the Pats QB.
- Arthur Arkush (Pro Football Weekly) Webster: Giants will disrupt Patriots' receivers' timing.
- David Steele (Sporting News) With a will to match his size, Wilfork is everything Haynesworth wasn't.
- Joe Fortenbaugh (Nat'l Football Post) What is "The Patriot Way?" Vince Wilfork breaks it down.
- Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Patriots say practicing in pads was just what they needed.
- battle in trenches. (ESPN) Don't forget
- David Flemming (ESPN Page 2) 46 things that will happen before the Super Bowl.
- Clifton Brown (Sporting News) Giants' Nicks, Cruz give Patriots plenty to fear.
- Doug Farrar (Yahoo! Sports) Steve Mariucci still haunted by the Tom Brady pick he didn't make.
- Scott Smith (Sporting News) Super Bowl dynasty of the 2000s: New England Patriots.
- Albert Breer (NFL.com) O'Brien's juggling act to be tested on National Signing Day.
SUPER BOWL MEDIA DAY
- Chris Burke (SI) Welcome to the circus: Super Bowl XLVI Media Day live blog.
- Don Banks (SI) All eyes on Gronkowski's ankle at media day; and more.
- Joe Fortenbaugh (Nat'l Football Post) If it's really about revenge, the Patriots are doing a good job of hiding it.
- Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Patriots Media Day observations.
- Chris Chase (Yahoo! Sports) The best and worst from the New England Patriots media day session.
- Alex Marvez (Fox Sports) Ochocinco has 86'd the 'me' attitude.
- Marc Sessler (NFL.com) Ventrone's the Suburban Poet, don't you know it?
- Zack Pierce (Fox Sports) Fans take part in Media Day fun.
- Photo Gallery (Fox Sports) The best images from Super Bowl XLVI Media Day.
VIEW FROM NEW YORK
- Ralph Vacchiano (NY Daily News) Antrel Rolle (kind of) guarantees NY Giants will beat New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.
- Gary Myers (NY Daily News) QB Eli Manning could be in store for a record day against Patriots.
- Ebenezer Samuel (NY Daily News) Giants' Brandon Jacobs knows Super Bowl XLVI could be last game in Big Blue uniform, so he says he's leaving with a ring.
- Bart Hubbuch (NY Post) Giants' Baas fires back at Patriots' Wilfork.
- Kevin Manahan (NJ Star-Ledger) New England Patriots: 10 reasons to hate them.
- Paul Schwartz (NY Post) Giants follow Coughlin to brink of another title.
- Brian Costello (NY Post) Gronkowski's 'day by day' injury status puts Patriots in game-plan fix.
- Paul Schwartz and Brian Costello (NY Post) Giants DE Umenyiora says Patriots star will struggle on bad ankle.
- Bart Hubbuch (NY Post) Matchup to watch: Giants kickoff coverage vs. KR Danny Woodhead.
- Kevin Manahan (NJ Star-Ledger) Spurred by Patriots hatred, many Indianapolis Colts fans are rooting for Giants.
- Filip Bondy (NY Daily News) Bill Belichick takes on the crazies as New England coach tackles another Super Bowl Media Day.
- Bart Hubbuch (NY Post) Giants TE Ballard in overlooked position.
- Rich Cimini (ESPNNY) Shaun Ellis: Jets have no loyalty.