Belichick geared up for Pats-Jets intensity

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Belichick geared up for Pats-Jets intensity

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick sounded as if he was past preparation mode for the Jets on Friday and is starting to warm to the intensity that's looming. Belichick even squeezed in one of his accidentally-on-purpose non-sequiturs when illustrating the climate, saying, "Its a pretty intense atmosphere when these two teams play. I think if you played in a parking lot out there by CBS News, whatever it is, itd be pretty intense." Belichick was referring to the parking lot near Patriots Place which has a restaurant called CBS Scene. Anyway, back to Belichick's appraisal of the bitterness between the two teams. "A lot of energy here, a lot of energy down there,"Belichick said."Its a good football game. Two teams that know each other well, a good rivalry." Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald decided to probe Belichick with a question about the day back in 2000 when Belichick resigned as head coach of the Jets. (HC of the NYJ). Rapoport noted that Belichick looked younger then. "What's that supposed to mean," Belichick said sternly. He entertained the question, though, saying, "That wasnt a great situation all the way around, with Bill Parcells resigning the day before and me resigning the day after that. Thats all water under the bridge."

It's not something he spends time reminiscing about. "I honestly dont spend a lot of time looking back on that," he said. "At that point in time, that situation, I did what I felt I needed to do, and I don't have any regrets about that. There's certainly a lot of things that could have been handled differently or whatever, but anyway, that doesnt matter now." Not so much.

Edelman says 'there was no maliciousness' to his Steelers comments

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Edelman says 'there was no maliciousness' to his Steelers comments

It's funny how during a week like this one, a singularly ridiculous act -- such as Antonio Brown's live stream of the Steelers postgame locker room celebration last weekend -- can lead to a series of brush fires that pop up only to be peed on and put out. 

That was the case yesterday as a comment Julian Edelman made to WEEI earlier this week about Brown's Facebook Live video was spun as a sort of vicious burn directed at the Steelers franchise. 

"That's how that team is run," Edelman said, a comment that read as a more serious indictment than it actually sounded. "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."

That led to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger being asked about Edelman's comments, and defending the honor of the Rooney family, during a press conference on Wednesday.

"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."

And on and on it went. Later in the day, Edelman was asked about his comments during a conference call with Pittsburgh reporters.

So just in case you're keeping score, a Steelers player streamed a video of coach Mike Tomlin calling the Patriots "a-holes," which prompted a response from Edelman. That response prompted a response from Roethlisberger, whose response to the response then led to a response to the response to the response from Edelman.

Got it?

"Yeah, I mean I think it was taken out of context," Edelman said. "I have nothing but respect for the Pittsburgh Steelers. They’re an unbelievable franchise. It starts from the top with the Rooney Family, Coach Tomlin, I think they just mis[interpreted] – I mean, I don’t know, I may have said it, but I think more of that was that it’s not the way we would do it here. That’s just how that goes. There was no maliciousness about it, but it’s whatever. That’s what the media does, try to make stories."