Ben Volin | on football

Kraft, Brady explanations have inconsistencies worth exploring

While the owner and QB offered passionate responses to the NFL’s decision on Deflategate, they weren’t totally convincing.

Ben Volin | on football

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Patriots owner Robert Kraft returned to a defiant tone against NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and gave his support to Tom Brady.

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Brady seeks to have his entire punishment overturned on the grounds that Roger Goodell was inherently biased.

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/29/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/chin072915Patriots_spt8.jpg Devin McCourty, Matthew Slater support Tom Brady

Their answers to questions about Brady’s suspension underscore how coach Bill Belichick conditions his players to tune out the noise.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/28/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy-7101.jpg Deal with it — Tom Brady and the Patriots are cheaters

This is way worse than Spygate. The hard-earned accomplishments of Brady and the Patriots are tarnished.

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/29/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Gasper-7125.jpg Patriots’ defense has done team no favors

Behaving in a secretive and dismissive manner has proven counterproductive and destructive in dealing with Deflategate.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/29/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/462659308.jpg Tom Brady tells NFL ‘I did nothing wrong’

The Patriots quarterback responded to the NFL’s decision to uphold his suspension via Facebook.

BEN VOLIN I ON FOOTBALL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/fd26447cdf4049e08a597f871568a0dd-fd26447cdf4049e08a597f871568a0dd-0-7272.jpg Tom Brady, with nothing to lose, should take NFL to court

At this point, given how badly the Patriots QB feels he is being mistreated, he might as well fight this thing to the end.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/29/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/200_brady_phone.jpg In upholding Brady suspension, NFL says coverup attempted

The league’s commissioner said Tom Brady instructed an assistant to destroy his phone hours before meeting with the Deflategate investigator.

Patriots, NFLPA blast Goodell decision on Brady appeal

The Patriots continued to focus on the science defense for Deflategate, while the NFLPA vowed to go to court.

Tom Brady’s agent calls appeals process ‘a sham’

Don Yee called the NFL’s decision “deeply disappointing, but not surprising.”

Rob Gronkowski (center) engages a teammate during a blocking drill at last season’s training camp.

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How to watch training camp like a pro

Here’s your guide to understanding the action when the Patriots begin practicing for the 2015 season.

Among the new procedures, the NFL will introduce random football pressure-checking at halftime and after the game.

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NFL finalizes new rules for football inspection

Among the new procedures, the league will introduce random football pressure-checking at halftime and after the game.

Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, who is participating in the team’s training camp in Latrobe, Pa., will be forced to meet the first two games of the regular season.

NFL notebook

Le’Veon Bell’s suspension cut to two games

The Pittsburgh running back was initially suspended three games in April following his arrest in August 2014 on DUI and marijuana charges.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/29/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/482219408.jpg Jen Welter embraces chance for Cardinals coaching internship

The former BC rugby player is relishing her role as the first woman to hold any kind of coaching position in the NFL.

BEN VOLIN | SUNDAY FOOTBALL NOTES

Why do NFL owners still back Roger Goodell as commissioner?

Goodell, signed through the spring of 2019 and the third commissioner in league history, isn’t going anywhere.

Ben Volin | Three downs

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/28/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/brady-big-7033--90x90.jpg With training camp looming, Patriots still waiting on Deflategate

Exactly five weeks since Tom Brady’s appeal at the NFL league offices, we still don’t have any resolution.

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Allen, signed as an undrafted free agent out of Louisiana Tech in 2013, averaged 46.1 yards per punt in his first two seasons.

Belichick era database

INTERACTIVE DATABASE

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/01/10/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/2004g18c-2786--90x90.JPG Patriots during the Bill Belichick era

Look back on the Boston Globe’s coverage of every game the Patriots have played since Bill Belichick became the head coach in 2000.

From the archives

Super Bowl XLVI

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/02/07/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/138327411--150x150.jpg Giants break Patriots’ hearts again

Look back at complete coverage of the Patriots' loss loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.

Past seasons

2013 season recap

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/05/06/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_neden5_spts-10061-13863--90x90.jpg An ugly end in Denver

Track the high and low points of the Patriots’ 2013 season before their eventual loss to the Broncos in the AFC title game.