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The standard procedure following each Patriots game is for coach Bill Belichick to amble into the assembly room for his Marshawn Lynch-like I’m-just-here-so-I-won’t-get-fined media session.

When Belichick is done, quarterback Tom Brady speaks. If there’s some star-of-the-game type whose accomplishments merit podium time, he gets ushered into the room.

Sometimes Brady goes first, either because Belichick is predisposed, or because a ball-and-chain device is being applied to the coach’s ankle in order to keep him from escaping his Happy Time with the sportswriters. But it was just as well Brady batted leadoff following the Pats’ 42-27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs Thursday night, considering he delivered much of the time-tested, all-phases-of-the-game oratory we’ve come to expect from Belichick.

“Every position that we have is going to have to do a better job than we did tonight,” Brady said. “There was nothing really positive about anything that was done, so we’ve got to get back to work. We’ve got nine days before the next game, and hopefully we play a lot better than tonight.”

“Every position that we have” = all phases of the game.

“We’ve got nine days before the next game” = we’re on to New Orleans.

But Brady also slipped a little note under the door that should come as maybe not alarming news to Patriots fans, but definitely something to think about.

In response to a question about the Rob Gronkowski touchdown that was called back, Brady started with some boilerplate stuff: “Yeah, that was a disappointing play. I mean, that would have been a big play in the game . . .”

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NEW ORLEANS — Drew Brees said he felt “sad for New Orleans” but also “angry at New Orleans” in the wake of former teammate Will Smith‘s death in a shooting late Saturday night following a traffic accident.

Like New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton did on Monday and many others have done over the past 48 hours, Brees talked passionately on WWL Radio on Monday night about the overwhelming amount of gun violence in New Orleans and elsewhere.

Brees was asked what could come out of Smith’s situation to possibly help and to keep people from reacting to incidents like this with, “Oh, that’s New Orleans.” His answer lasted nearly five full minutes:

“You have to find a way for something positive to result out of this. As difficult as that sounds right now because it’s so tragic and we’re all so torn up about it, you have to find a way to make this a catalyst for positive change. I think that’s part of how we can all remember Will’s legacy is that he had as big an impact as when he was here on this earth as he’s gonna have when he’s no longer here.

“You know, there were so many emotions when I first heard what happened. And I’ll be honest with you, part of my emotions was I was angry. I was sad for New Orleans, and I also was angry at New Orleans. Because I feel like this is a problem that’s been around for a long time. And it’s not just New Orleans, it’s nationwide. It’s worldwide. It’s the way that people treat people. And somehow along the way, we’ve all become desensitized to the fact that this stuff happens every day and it’s OK, or we can kind of just move on from it as if it’s gonna happen and it’s part of the way things are and there’s nothing we can really do about it. And listen, it’s overwhelming.

“It’s overwhelming when you think about this epidemic, or this problem, of young, mainly young men, killing young men for no apparent reason. In many cases, it’s drugs, it’s gang violence, it’s different things. But then you have an instance like this where it’s a traffic accident. I don’t know the exact details around it but two guys get out of car and next thing you know one of them pulls out a .45 and not only is he shooting the guy he’s arguing with, but he goes to shoot at everybody in the car, including his wife and who knows, it could have been the rest of his family in that car. What that tells me is that the person who’s pulling the trigger in many cases has no regard for the life that he’s about to try to take. And he also has no regard for his own life, because there’s consequences with that and they have to recognize those consequences.

“What that tells me is that too many of these people don’t have any hope, and what’s the source of that? Well I think it’s a lot of things. I think that too many of these young men, and I say ‘young men’ because that’s the majority, that’s the vast majority … young men probably feel like they don’t have a purpose, like they have been abandoned, whether it be by their family, the lack of a father or the lack of a male role model in their life, that they feel like they don’t have an opportunity to better themselves or better their family in life. ‘Nobody cares about me in school, I’m not gonna get a great education, I’m not gonna have a chance to go to college, I’m not gonna have the chance to break the cycle of poverty within my family. The only thing I can resort to, the only family that I have is a gang. The only opportunity I have to make money or be successful in life is to deal drugs.’ And all those things — listen, there’s so many things — but all those things culminate to this attitude or this mindset that, ‘This is the only thing I have to live for and this is my reality.’ And that, I feel like we can change.

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NEW ORLEANS — The outcry, the passion, the anger, the sadness and the frustration over gun violence in New Orleans has been as loud as ever in the wake of former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith‘s shooting death late Saturday night.

But nothing has changed for Saints cornerback and New Orleans West Bank native Keenan Lewis, who has been spreading that same message for years.

Lewis told ESPN.com that his desire to help his hometown community was one of the reasons why he came back to New Orleans as a free agent in 2013. And it has been a mission of his charitable foundation to show youth they can take a different path.

Lewis said he intends to hold a pop-up camp at a local park this weekend, even if he has to just pull kids off the street. He later challenged others to join him on Instagram.

“It’s not my message because of what happened this weekend,” said Lewis, whose brother-in-law was shot and killed in New Orleans in December, along with his brother-in-law’s pregnant girlfriend.

“You’re taking these people’s lives. Nobody wins from that. For example, the Will Smith situation. Nobody won. Every week, I’m losing a close friend or family or hearing about someone being gunned down. Man, we need these people to make our community better.”

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