Tom Brady has no plans of retirement after Patriots Super Bowl loss

NFL Football - Philadelphia Eagles v New England Patriots - Super Bowl LII - U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. - February 4, 2018 New England Patriots' Tom Brady walks off dejected after the game REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Updated 05 February 2018

Tom Brady has no plans of retirement after Patriots Super Bowl loss

LONDON: Tom Brady said he has no plans to call it quits after his New England Patriots were beaten by the Philadelphia Eagles in a shock Super Bowl result in Minneapolis.
Brady and the Patriots were red-hot favorites to see off the Eagles, who were in their first Super Bowl and expected to merely play the part of whipping boys as Brady went in search of a sixth Super Bowl ring.
But the Eagles, led by the brilliant Nick Foles, swooped to a 41-33 victory to surprise greatest NFL dynasty of the past two decades and most of the watching public.
Afterwards Brady, who will be 41 when the next season gets under way, declared he would continue to go in search of more Super Bowl wins despite the defeat.
The Patriots star quarterback has previously indicated he plans to play into his mid-40s, fitness permitting, even though his wife, the Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen has made it known she would like him to retire.
On Sunday, Brady said the defeat had not changed his outlook.
“I expect to be back,” Brady told reporters. “It’s 15 minutes after the game ended, so I would like to process this. I don’t see why I wouldn’t be back.”
Pressed later about whether he intended to return, he added: “I certainly hope so.”
Should he return he is likely to lead a very different Patriots side. Even before the defeat the team had shown signs of breaking apart.
Those fissures widened even further in the aftermath of a shattering loss, when star tight end Rob Gronkowski hinted that he may have played his last game in the NFL.
Gronkowski, still only 28, told reporters he planned to take time to consider his future in the off-season following the loss.
Gronkowski was badly shaken by a concussion last month against Jacksonville, an incident which added to a laundry list of injuries the 6ft 6in tight end has suffered during his career.
Asked about the rumors suggesting he may retire, Gronkowski said: “I don’t know how you heard that, but I’m definitely going to look at my future for sure.”
“I’m going to sit down in the next couple of weeks and see where I’m at.”
If Gronkowski does retire, it would leave a gaping hole in the Patriots’ offense.
Gronkowski is one of the favored targets of quarterback Brady.
On top of that Offensive co-ordinator Josh McDaniels, with whom Brady has forged a close relationship, is expected to leave in the summer to pursue a head coaching job with the Indianapolis Colts.
McDaniels refused to entertain questions about his future on Sunday. “I’m not talking about that tonight,” he said.
As well as McDaniels’ expected departure, head coach Bill Belichick is also likely to have to find a new defensive co-ordinator, with Matt Patricia linked to a move as head coach of the Detroit Lions.
Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty appeared resigned to Patricia’s departure. “He’s given a big piece of him each year for eight years now,” McCourty said.
“I think that’s what makes him want more.”
Patricia, too, deflected questions about his future.
“Right now, it is all about the game and Philly and my disappointment in the outcome of the game tonight,” Patricia said.
“I just feel really bad for our guys and that we didn’t put them in a situation that allowed them to be successful in the game,” Patricia said.

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick walks off the field after the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Eagles won 41-33. (AP)

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick blamed coaching mistakes for his team’s upset Super Bowl loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
The most successful coach in Super Bowl history was left shellshocked after the Eagles conjured up one of the great performances to win in an all-time classic clash.
Belichick, who had been aiming to win his sixth Vince Lombardi Trophy with the Patriots, pinpointed a lackluster first half when New England had been unable to put more points on the board.
“Obviously we didn’t do a good enough job coaching, missed a lot of opportunities offensively in the first half, didn’t play good enough defense, didn’t play good enough in the kicking game,” Belichick said.
“In the end, we just couldn’t quite make enough plays, and that was all on me. Disappointing, but I’m proud of the way our team competed.”
It was the third time Belichick has tasted defeat in a Super Bowl.
Belichick however insisted that despite the defeat his team could be proud of their season.
“These guys are champions, champions of the AFC. They earned that. We just came up a little bit short,” he said.
“Tough, tough, way to end. There’s a lot of really good things that happened this season, but that’s what this game’s about.”

Title, not invincible tag, the most important goal for Salah

Updated 18 January 2020

Title, not invincible tag, the most important goal for Salah

LONDON: Mohamed Salah says Liverpool’s focus is solely on ending a 30-year wait to win the Premier League title, rather than doing so by going the whole season unbeaten.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have dropped just 2 points in 21 games to set a new record for Europe’s top five leagues of 61 points from a possible 63 to start the campaign.

That has propelled the European champions into a 14-point lead over title holders Manchester City with a game in hand, but Salah insists the Reds are still taking their title challenge one game at a time ahead of Manchester United’s visit to Anfield on Sunday.

“We don’t think about being unbeaten until the end of the season. If we do that, it would be great, but at the end of the day we just want to win the Premier League. That’s the most important thing,” Salah told Premier League Productions.

“Unbeaten or not, it’s not necessary — we want to win the Premier League.”

Liverpool could move a massive 30 points clear of United with victory on Sunday, but the Red Devils are the only side to take points off them this season after a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in October.

Salah missed that match through injury and is keen to make up for lost time in the clash between English football’s two most successful sides.

“We need to win, we need to carry on in our way — the way we’ve been doing since the beginning of the season and since last year,” added the Egyptian.

“Of course we know it’s big for the fans, for the city and for us. But at the end of the day, we play the game to win.”