Belichick tries to skip past Brady-O'Brien dustup

Belichick tries to skip past Brady-O'Brien dustup
December 12, 2011, 10:57 pm
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FOXBORO - When the head coach has to take time out from watching his patchwork defense give up chunks of fourth-quarter yards to a mediocre quarterback during a potential game-winning drive in order to break up a nasty battle between his Hall of Fame quarterback and his offensive coordinator, it would seem to be an unusual occurrence. So, naturally, one would need to ask Bill Belichick how that whole sideline brouhaha worked out between Tom Brady and Bill O'Brien. And how did the head coach deal with the sparring that took place? "We always go and look at the film and talk about it as a staff and a team about the previous game and things we did well and things we need to do better to get ready for the next opponents," Belichick said, a bit of detail that was known by every person in the room. "That's what Mondays are for."At some point, though, this particular Monday was also for making sure that Bill O'Brien doesn't completely lose his mind on the sidelines at a player again during the game. The reasons beingA) it doesn'thelp the team focus on the situation at hand, B) it reveals a whole lot to the snooping, invasive, irritating media abouthow the Patriots 2011lookand theirritation level the quarterback maybe operating at. Upon further questioning, Belichick offered, "Like I said, we do the same things we always do on Monday. We address the game and we move on to the next opponent. We transition off of one game and into the next. Whatever that is, that is. That's what Mondays are for."Wonder if, when watching that game film, Belichick might get a pang of regret that his quarterback was throwing to Tiquan Underwood in the first place. Meanwhile Jabar Gaffney - who was being shopped by Denver during the offseason - was elsewhere on that same film catching touchdowns on that patchwork secondary. Maybe the quarterback wouldn't be so harsh on his wideouts if he had a more competent group and the Patriots sent a fourth to Denver (which they reportedly were asking) instead of a fifth and a sixth to Cincinnati for the right to pay Chad Ochocinco 6 million to be useless. But we digress. ...