Belichick: Patriots understand Baltimore's start


Belichick: Patriots understand Baltimore's start

The Patriots and Ravens currently have something in common. They've played two games each, and according to the tape, both look a little bi-polar.
New England:
Beat Tennessee soundly, 34-13, in Week 1. Couldn't get out of their own way and lost to Kevin Kolb's Cardinals, 20-18, in Week 2.
Beat Cincinnati soundly, 44-13, in Week 1. Couldn't get out of their own way and lost to Mike Vick's Eagles, 24-23, in Week 2.
It's not just one win followed by one loss, it's flipping from near-brilliant to largely flawed in seven days time.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick acknowledged the opportunity for empathy in his Tuesday conference call.
"I'm sure," Belichick said, "they got about the same feeling there that we have here."
After allowing less than 200 yards both in rushing or passing to start the season, the Ravens defense surrendered 486 net yards to Philadelphia. Rob Gronkowski should perhaps take note that tight end Brent Celek alone had 157 yards on eight catches.
Baltimore couldn't convert on third down (4-for-14), went away from Ray Rice (just nine carries in the second half), and couldn't capitalize on turnovers.
But Belichick refuses to rise and fall based on singular results.
"I think Baltimore played pretty well both weeks," he insisted. "Philadelphia's got a good football team. They have a lot of weapons and are pretty good defensively. Ravens were able to score on them and made plays in the kicking game both weeks. Cincinnati game was a very competitive game until the fourth quarter -- late in the third quarter -- and then it kind of got out of hand. Cincinnati's obviously a good football team, too.
"I think the Ravens are a good team. They played well. I'm sure they would have liked to have scored more points or given up a few less last week, I mean, that's obvious. It's the same feeling we have. I don't think it takes away from them as a football team."Funny. That's probably what the Patriots are hoping Baltimore believes about them.

Roethlisberger to Brady: I've never done this before but . . . can I have your jersey?

Roethlisberger to Brady: I've never done this before but . . . can I have your jersey?

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."


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."

Rex Ryan: Zero focus on 'extracurricular things' vs. Patriots


Rex Ryan: Zero focus on 'extracurricular things' vs. Patriots

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."