Belichick thankful for friend La Russa


Belichick thankful for friend La Russa

FOXBORO -- Make no mistake, the Patriots are fully-focused on the Pittsburgh Steelers.

But Bill Belichick is a loyal friend, which would explain the white Tony La Russa St. Louis Cardinals jersey he sported in the Patriots' locker room prior to Friday's practice at Gillette Stadium.

Belichick and La Russa are good friends, and the Pats' coach was clearly pulling for the Cardinals manager after Thursday night's wild Game 6 of the World Series, in which St. Louis came from behind several times and finished it off with a walk-off home run in the 11th inning.

"I'm happy for Tony," said Belichick in his morning press conference. "I wish him well tonight. That team's showing a lot of resiliency, physical toughness, mental toughness, from being way behind in September, and in the World Series and in various games. They lost a couple games I'm sure they feel like they should have won. But they've been able to bounce back from those. And now it's a one-game season."

Belichick said he spends at least one day with La Russa in spring training every year, and sees plenty of benefits with having a great relationship with coaches of other sports.

"It's good to talk to people, sometimes, in other sports," said Belichick. "Coaching's coaching. Dealing with players, dealing with coaches, dealing with other situations. There's certainly a lot of common ground there. I'm fortunate to have a great relationship with a person like Tony."

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


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