It all comes down to how the Panthers are helping Newton. Or whether they ever do.

The league office may have to weigh in (again) on how fast Newton cleared concussion protocol after that aforementioned pancake hit. That’s an old story, too: the blind spot about how bad a beating he’s taking and whether it’s ever enough to take him out of a game, at any point of the season, much less a playoff game.

A bombshell ESPN report said Belichick is considering leaving the Pats after owner Robert Kraft forced him to trade backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo largely because of Tom Brady’s insecurity. Belichick was an assistant coach with the Giants from 1979-90, serving as defensive coordinator under Bill Parcells for the last six years of that run.

The source had not spoken to Belichick since the ESPN story broke, but said he is certain, The Giants are the only place he wants to be.

Belichick exuded rare emotion as NFL Films documented him before a Patriots-Giants preseason game in 2009, the final year of Giants Stadium.

This is a great organization, said a teary-eyed Belichick, per the Daily News. It’s hard not to get choked up about it. I loved it here. I loved it here.

We caution that while a Belichick/Giants reunion makes sense in the wake of the ESPN report, it’s only speculation at this point.

If football isn’t in the cards for Favre’s offspring, what sport is?

I’m not going to encourage them to play [football]. I’m not going to discourage [them], Favre said. But I say this to everyone who will listen: if my grandsons were to say, and they call me Paw-Paw, if they were to say Paw-Paw, will you be my caddy in golf, I think I’m going to do golf instead of football, I would be much more happy, satisfied and excited by that than by them playing football.

Every tackle I would be cringing, hoping they get up and not shaking their head and saying they got a headache. But the likelihood of that happening by them playing football is very high. So I’d much rather them choose a safer route.

We thought it would be fun to record what an offseason of training looks like for a 40-year-old athlete, Brady told the Times in an email.

While Patriots coach Bill Belichick will be almost completely absent from the series, there is footage of Brady speaking with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels through video chat.

Tuesday, Brady took aim at the ESPN report detailing unrest in the New England franchise involving its legendary quarterback, Belichick and Patriots owner Robert Kraft, calling it far from any truth that I know.patriots_018_7b0b1a017dd7d943-180x180

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