FOXBORO - Even though the Patriots will practice at night on this Wednesday, Bill Belichick pointed out that the team is nearing the so-called "Dog Days" of camp.
That's when one practice runs into the next and "What day is it?" becomes a perplexing question.
"Yeah, it's something we all need to go through, players, coaches just grind through it," said Belichick. "Mentally be ready to go and start all over again. Try to get a good night's rest and have a good day each day. That's part of team building and working through it when you feel tired and don't feel good. It's a long season so this is one of the many challenges you'll face."
It was a very brief press conference for Belichick. It's getting to the point in camp where he's got no games to refer to, he's commented dryly on most players and media people aren't pressing him to engage.
Belichick briefly mentioned the visit by former Giants linebacker Carl Banks, which kicked up some cluck-clucking on Tuesday (Banks is still the Giants color analyst on radio).
"We go back a long ways together. It was good to see Carl. Giants, Cleveland. I've stayed in touch with him through the years," offered Belichick. Carl has a long relationship with myself and Pepper. It was a two-day visit, so..."
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FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick knows that how you play, not where, is what matters most.
That's why when he was asked on Wednesday about the advantage the Patriots will have by playing at Gillette Stadium in the AFC title game, he wasn't willing to go all-in on how a comfortable environment will positively impact his team.
"I don’t know," he said. "Go ask Dallas and Kansas City."
The Patriots apparently thought enough of home-field advantage that they played their starters throughout their regular-season finale win in Miami, exposing their best players to potential injury in order to maintain their positive momentum while simultaneously ensuring a better road to the Super Bowl.
The Patriots fans in attendance on Sunday will help when the Patriots take on the Steelers, Belichick acknowledged. But there's much more to it than that.
"Yeah, of course," he said, "but the game is won by the players on the field. That’s who wins football games – the players. And they’ll decide it Sunday night."
And if you needed any further proof, just ask the Cowboys and Chiefs how helpful their home crowds were in the Divisional Round.