Belichick goes light at AFC coaches breakfast

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Belichick goes light at AFC coaches breakfast

PALM BEACH -- Bill Belichick generally doesn't seem to enjoy like being told where to go, how long to stay and who to talk to.

When he's told those things by NFL officials he likes it even less. And when those things include meeting with the media, he likes it least of all.

So the kinder, gentler, happier Bill Belichick we saw at the Super Bowl in Indianapolis was not in attendance at Tuesday's AFC Coaches Breakfast.

For most of his 45-minute sitdown, Belichick was cordial but curt. Specific questions on the Patriots' personnel moves, rules changes, moves around the AFC and other league issues were met with general responses.

He was ultimately more expansive on some historical topics toward the end of his session.

At one point, I asked Belichick if he would prefer toe surgery or the coaches breakfast.

"This is great," he deadpanned. "Chance to see everybody here, got a good turnout. You guys are pretty well represented."

Noting that Rex Ryan and John Fox were garnering the biggest audiences because of their quarterbacking moves recently, Belichick offered, "Sean (Payton) is out in the lobby if you need to talk to him."

A few nuggets on players . . .

Expectations for Chad Ochocinco in his second season with the team?
I think I have the same expectations for all our players, doesnt matter who they are, doesnt matter what year theyre in. Come in, work hard, be prepared, go out there and compete on the field. No difference for any player. First year, second year, theyre here to play football for us, then thats what they need to do.

On whether Anthony Gonzalez worked out for the Patriots?
Yeah, Im not going to get into specific guys. We go through the process of a lot of things, were comfortable with the player, whatever the process is then we sign him. Or, if hes comfortable with us, then he signs with us. Theres a lot of factors that go into it and kinda each ones different . . . We did a lot of work on him when he came out four years ago. Hes never been in our system, Ive never coached the player, so I dont know. Well have to see how it all goes.

On recently-signed pass rusher Trevor Scott?
Hes another guy who was, four years ago, we did work on him. Thats what we do. We scout the players coming out, evaluate them, some come to our teams, some go to other teams, and then our pro personnel department evaluates them through the course of their career, first, second, third year, whatever it is. Monitor their progress and if they become available later on, whether thats trade, release, free agency, whatever the process is, then we take the old evaluations, put them with the new evaluations and try to get a profile of the player and based on the other factors, our team, salary, contract, etc., all that, sometimes it comes together, sometimes it doesnt, so

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Rough start for Al Horford

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Rough start for Al Horford

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the first half of tonight’s game between the Boston Celtics and the Detroit Pistons in which the Celtics lead 54-50.

 

STARS

Isaiah Thomas

At the half he led all scorers with 16 points coming on 6-for-10 shooting from the field.

Reggie Jackson

The former Boston College star has been a main cog in the Pistons’ offense tonight, leading them with 15 points on 5-for-9 shooting with five assists.

 

STUDS

Marcus Morris

He was relatively quiet most of the first half, but came up with a last-second 3-pointer that sent the Pistons into the half with some momentum to cap off a 15-9 run to end the quarter.

Jaylen Brown

Boston is looking for a steady No. 2 scorer to compliment Isaiah Thomas, and Brown was that guy throughout most of the first half. He finished with nine points on 4-for-5 shooting to go with three rebounds.

Amir Johnson

The former Piston looked very much at home around the rim in the first half, scoring just four points but grabbing seven rebounds in addition to dishing out two assists.

Andre Drummond

He had six points and six rebounds in the first half, but didn’t really dominate the way you would expect from the best big man in the building. Boston didn’t give him too many looks at the basket, and when they did they fouled him. He went to the line for five free throws in the half, and missed all of them.

 

DUDS

Al Horford

Boston has made getting him the ball tonight a priority, and the four-time All-Star is simply not finishing off plays. Credit Detroit’s defense which has contested most of Horford’s shot attempts. That said, he has to deliver more offensively than the two points he scored while missing eight of his nine field goal attempts.

Talking points: Patrice Bergeron is best player on ice in Bruins' win

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Talking points: Patrice Bergeron is best player on ice in Bruins' win

Here are the talking points from the Boston Bruins' 6-3 win over the Dallas Stars where Patrice Bergeron scored two goals.