Belichick cool on Wednesday night fight

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Belichick cool on Wednesday night fight

FOXBORO -- Wednesday's night training camp scuffle may have gotten a reaction from the stadium crowd, but Patriots coach Bill Belichick didn't really blink.
"Football is competitive," he said the next morning. "We're in a competitive camp. I think some of those things are just part of football."
He may not be so cool if Brandon Spikes comes out worse for wear.
When the normally docile Nate Solder unleashed a little bit of Colorado-born hell on Spikes, the linebacker limped off to the locker room. He reemerged wearing a brace on his surgically repaired knee.
Belichick was asked if fights can reveal strengths in a team, like leadership. He replied with a sardonic smile.
"I don't know about all that. I don't know if fights can crystallize the team. Not any that I can think of."
With a pro coaching career that dates back to the 1970s, Belichick has seen a few scraps. Many have been "a lot worse." But per usual, he stayed tight-lipped about the details. The only anecdote Belichick would share sounded more like advice.
"The thing I try to do is stay out of the way and not get hit. That's happened more than once. I'm the last one to try to break up something like that."

Clowney fined for hit on Brady; Rowe fined for unsportsmanlike penalty

Clowney fined for hit on Brady; Rowe fined for unsportsmanlike penalty

When Tom Brady complained to officials during the third quarter of last week's Divisional Round game against the Texans, he was wondering why Jadeveon Clowney wasn't penalized for a late hit. 

Not only did Brady get the call a little later in the game when Clowney hit him again in the fourth, but Clowney has now been fined for that hit. Per Pro Football Talk, Clowney was docked $18,231 for roughing the passer. 

Brady defended his on-the-field tantrum in the third quarter after Clowney's hit, insisting it may have helped lead to the Patriots being given extra yardage in the fourth. 

"Yeah, I would love to try to make sure the officials are paying close attention," Brady told WEEI's Kirk and Callahan show. "If we can get one of those 15-yard penalties, those are important."

Patriots corner Eric Rowe was also fined for his actions during the Divisional Round. He was hit with a $12,154 penalty after picking up an unsportsmanlike penalty for pulling a Texans player off of a scrum in the first quarter