Belichick says rotation kept Haynesworth out

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Belichick says rotation kept Haynesworth out

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick said Monday that Albert Haynesworth, the 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year and one of the most powerful players in the league, sat out the final 24 minutes of Sunday's game because his spot in the defensive tackle rotation never came up. "We had a lot of defensive linemen active so they played in different rotations," Belichick said when asked where Haynesworth disappeared to after a 10-yard Brandon Jacobs touchdown run. "Vince (Wilfork) is a guy, obviously, that we don't want off the field but the rest of those guys they can't all play. One guy plays for a while then somebody else plays and they rotate."Asked if Haynesworth's idle status was injury or performance-related, Belichick said, "It was rotation related."His number never came up once in more than aquarter-and-a-half including first-and-goal from the Patriots' 2 in the third-quarter and first-and-goal at the 1 in the final minute?"No," said Belichick. To call that unusual would be an understatement. To believe it on face value would be naive. There's been talk Monday of a sideline dustup between Haynesworth and defensive line coach Pepper Johnson that needed to be broken up by Jerod Mayo and Bill Belichick. That incident hasn't been confirmed. Asked about it, Belichick said,"Whatever we talk about as a team during the game or in meetings is between the players and coaches."On the bright side, Haynesworth has as many receptions in the past three games as Chad Ochocinco.

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

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."

Quick Slants Podcast: Antonio Brown’s betrayal; Matt Light; eyeing up Pittsburgh

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Quick Slants Podcast: Antonio Brown’s betrayal; Matt Light; eyeing up Pittsburgh

Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss the aftermath of Antonio Brown’s Facebook Live video. Curran interview Matt Light ahead of the AFC Championship. They dissect the press conferences of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, and look at how to beat the Steelers.

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2:29 Antonio Brown’s Facebook Live aftermath

13:14 Stopping Le’Veon Bell

27:16 heywassyonumba? with Patrick Chung and Kyle Van Noy

32:30 Injury report updates for AFC Championship

36:51 Brady and Belichick’s press conferences

44:50 Matt Light interview