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..."
FOXBORO -- Seems as though the Bills don't quite have their stories straight.
On the one hand, you have Bills players, who say that they won't hesitate to retaliate if a Patriots player gets near one of their pregame warmup drills, as Jacoby Brissett did in Week 4.
On the other hand, you have the Bills coach, who sounded less eager for there to be any kind of scrap before this weekend's game at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
"No, I mean with us, just go out and warm up," Ryan said in a conference call Wednesday. "That’s what you do, but any of the extracurricular things, you know, there’s absolutely zero focus on that, and shouldn’t be any focus on that. It’s just about playing games.
"I mean if people want to show how tough they are, put the boxing gloves on and get in the ring or something. That might be more impressive -- I don’t want Gronk by the way.
"But I definitely don’t want to see that happen, and our focus is 100 percent on the game and doing the very best we possibly can."
It's an interesting comment from a coach who has made it very clear that he wanted to build a "bully" in Buffalo. His team shut out the Patriots after trying to intimidate New England's rookie quarterback before the game. Did his team not benefit somehow from what occurred before kickoff that day?
He doesn't think so.
"It had nothing to do with our team . . . Absolutely nothing," he said. "You know, those things happen every now and then but it was no big deal. It did absolutely nothing for us."
Tom Brady has fans everywhere, apparently. Even in Pittsburgh. Even on the Steelers roster.
Showtime's Inside the NFL caught video of Brady meeting with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger before Sunday's game between New England and Pittsburgh.
The pair hugged near the 50-yard line at Heinz Field. Brady called Roethlisberger "big guy." Roethlisberger, who was out with a knee injury, told Brady he wanted to play "so bad."
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Then Roethlisberger became a fan. And like many of them, he had a request.
"Um, hey, listen," he said. "I've never done this before, but I would love to get a jersey at some point. It'd mean...There's not many I want to put in my office. You're the best, dude."
Brady was happy to oblige. Just not right at that moment.
"Sure, I'd love to," Brady said. "I'll get you after the game."