Belichick: Shanahan's a great competitor

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Belichick: Shanahan's a great competitor

As the Patriots prepare to face the Redskins this weekend, Bill Belichick reflected on his relationship with 'Skins coach Mike Shanahan. Belichick had Shanahan in Foxboro as a guest during the team's training camp in 2009 before Shanahan signed on with the Redksins in the following offseason.

But they go back further than that.

"I think Mike likes me because they used to beat up on us all the time," said Belichick. "You know, Denver, they got us a few times. And Mike was in San Francisco when I was with the Giants, so we've always competed against each other. I've gotten to know Mike a little bit off the field, in league meetings and stuff like that. He's a great competitor. I have great respect for what he's done, his championships and all the outstanding teams he's had and coached.

"We talked about some of the drills that we were doing, and he kind of asked about, why are you doing this, and whats your thinking here? He also gave us some insight as to how he had done it.

"It's great to be able to talk to somebody that has that perspective," added Belichick. "The Jimmy Johnson's or the Mike Shanahan's, or people like that that have been through NFL seasons, that have a lot of experiences and can relate to all the different points in time, whether it be the draft, training camp, regular season, X's and O's personnel. It's great to be able to exchange ideas with somebody like that."

As for being concerned with how much information he shared with Shanahan in 2009, knowing that he might one day return to coaching, Belichick said that there's always some hesitation, but he also knew he wasn't sharing strategy with a rookie coach, either.

"I think there's always a point, where you're competing with somebody or you're going to compete with somebody, how far can you really go there? But in Mike's case, this is a very smart and experienced coach," said Belichick. "And I don't think there's too much that we did that he hasn't seen."

Patriots-Rams inactives: Slater, Coleman, Richards out

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Patriots-Rams inactives: Slater, Coleman, Richards out

FOXBORO -- The inactive lists for today's Patriots-Rams game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
S Jordan Richards
WR Matthew Slater
DL Woodrow Hamilton
RB D.J. Foster
T LaAdrian Waddle
DL Darius Kilgo
CB Justin Coleman

PATRIOTS-RAMS PREGAME

LOS ANGELES RAMS
WR Tavon Austin
DE Robert Quinn
QB Sean Mannion
TE Temarrick Hemingway
OL Rodger Saffold
DB Steve Williams
OL Pace Murphy

Sunday Dec. 4: Zacha adjusting to life in the NHL

Sunday Dec. 4: Zacha adjusting to life in the NHL

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while marveling at the Bruins setting a franchise record this season for fewest practices in a regular season. Thanks compacted schedule due to the World Cup!

*Pavel Zacha is adjusting to life as a rookie in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, and things are getting better as they go along.

*Manitoba Moose players relive their favorite Star Wars moments prior to the team holding their Star Wars Night.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Friedman sits down with new Florida Panthers head coach Tom Rowe to discuss the massive changes in that organization with the firing of Gerard Gallant.

*Good for Anders Nilson putting a rainbow decal on the back of his goalie to mask to support some gay friends that have faced public resistance in their lives.

*Bruce Garrioch has his weekly NHL notes with several players, including Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald, potentially on the trade block if anybody wants them.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker has Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson suffering a broken leg that will keep him out 6-8 weeks.

*There was no blood for the Vancouver Canucks fans, but there was still plenty of drama in a win over the Maple Leafs.

*For something completely different: The World Baseball Classic works for everybody except for Major League Baseball, and that would appear to be a problem.