Belichick: Shanahan's a great competitor

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Belichick: Shanahan's a great competitor

As the Patriots prepare to face the Redskins this weekend, Bill Belichick reflected on his relationship with 'Skins coach Mike Shanahan. Belichick had Shanahan in Foxboro as a guest during the team's training camp in 2009 before Shanahan signed on with the Redksins in the following offseason.

But they go back further than that.

"I think Mike likes me because they used to beat up on us all the time," said Belichick. "You know, Denver, they got us a few times. And Mike was in San Francisco when I was with the Giants, so we've always competed against each other. I've gotten to know Mike a little bit off the field, in league meetings and stuff like that. He's a great competitor. I have great respect for what he's done, his championships and all the outstanding teams he's had and coached.

"We talked about some of the drills that we were doing, and he kind of asked about, why are you doing this, and whats your thinking here? He also gave us some insight as to how he had done it.

"It's great to be able to talk to somebody that has that perspective," added Belichick. "The Jimmy Johnson's or the Mike Shanahan's, or people like that that have been through NFL seasons, that have a lot of experiences and can relate to all the different points in time, whether it be the draft, training camp, regular season, X's and O's personnel. It's great to be able to exchange ideas with somebody like that."

As for being concerned with how much information he shared with Shanahan in 2009, knowing that he might one day return to coaching, Belichick said that there's always some hesitation, but he also knew he wasn't sharing strategy with a rookie coach, either.

"I think there's always a point, where you're competing with somebody or you're going to compete with somebody, how far can you really go there? But in Mike's case, this is a very smart and experienced coach," said Belichick. "And I don't think there's too much that we did that he hasn't seen."

Steelers GM on Hightower: 'It didn't work'

Steelers GM on Hightower: 'It didn't work'

Speaking to reporters at the NFL owners meetings in Arizona, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert touched briefly on the team’s unsuccessful attempt to lure Dont’a Hightower away from New England in free agency. 

Hightower returned to the Patriots this month on a four-year, $43.5 million deal with $19 million guaranteed. He was also courted by the Jets and Steelers, among others, with his offer from the Jets reported to be the biggest before they reportedly pulled it due to physical concerns. 

The Steelers also reportedly offered more money than the Patriots, with Jason La Canfora reporting that Pittsburgh offered more than $9 million annually. Hightower’s deal with the Pats pays him $8.7 million per year. 

“We made an attempt [with Hightower], it didn’t work,” Colbert told reporters. “We’re fine. We move on. Vince Williams, we were very confident in Vince. That’s why we signed him to the extension last year. So that if we got to this point and Lawrence had left us, and we didn’t sign anybody from the outside, Vince was certainly capable of stepping up and being the next guy.”

Hightower is entering his sixth season with the Patriots, who selected him with the 25th overall pick in the 2012 draft. 

Tom Brady tees it up with Jordan Spieth at Augusta National

Tom Brady tees it up with Jordan Spieth at Augusta National

It's been a long time since Tom Brady's been considered a true underdog. You might have to go back to Super Bowl XXXVI for anyone to remember a time when it seemed like the quarterback with the most championships in NFL history was a long shot to win. 

Not when it comes golf, though. 

Brady's a talented golfer, no doubt. He's eagled at Pebble Beach. He once teamed up with Jim Nantz to beat up on two US presidents

But even Brady knew he faced long odds against Jordan Spieth at Augusta. According to Brady's Instagram page, it seems as though the two Under Armour pitch men made up a foursome at the famed course about two weeks before the Masters kicked off. 

Trying to beat @jordanspieth in golf is like trying to arm wrestle @therock... #DreamBig #NeverGiveUp

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Brady has also taken on Augusta with Rory McIlroy. Still waiting on those scores to come out, but as with the recent Spieth round, probably shouldn't hold your breath.