FOXBORO -- They say a team takes on its coach's personality.
Bill Belichick would agree with that notion, when describing what type of football team the San Francisco 49ers are, as they prepare for a Sunday night matchup at Gillette Stadium.
And Jim Harbaugh, as Belichick described him, was a tough guy. Which is exactly what he sees in San Francisco, toughness.
"He's a tough, competitive guy," said Belichick on Friday. "He would definitely stand in there. He had a lot of toughness. He had a good career.
"They play very competitively. They play physical, with an edge. Yeah, I'd say he was a tough guy for a quarterback, definitely. His team reflects that, yeah. He has a good personality, a strong personality. They play that way, they play aggressively."
On Monday, Julian Edelman took a light shot at the Steelers when asked about Antonio Brown streaming Mike Tomlin’s postgame speech on Facebook Live.
"That's how that team is run," Edelman said on WEEI Monday. "I personally don't think that would be something that would happen in our locker room, but hey, whatever. Some people like red and some people like blue. Some people like tulips and some people like roses. Whatever."
Ben Roethlisberger, one of the players who was speaking during Brown’s video, was asked to respond to Edelman’s comments Wednesday. He did so by saying the Steelers are run in a manner that’s gotten them six Super Bowl championships.
“I don’t think I need to speak much,” Roethlisberger said. “We’ve got our trophies out there. I’ve got owners that I think are the best in the business. They’re family to us, and I’m sure if he talked to his owner, he would say the same thing about the Rooneys. Anybody in here in the football world or the regular world that owns the Rooneys knows what they stand for. It’s a blessing to call them a family.”
Brown, whose actions were admonished by Tomlin Tuesday, could be fined if the NFL determines that he violated the league’s social media policy. The policy is as follows:
"The use of social media by coaches, players, and other club football operations personnel is prohibited on game day (including halftime) beginning 90 minutes before kickoff until after the post-game locker room is open to the media and players have first fulfilled their obligation to be available to the news media who are at the game."
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