Cardinals linebacker Washington could pose problems for Pats

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Cardinals linebacker Washington could pose problems for Pats

BOSTON -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick said, on Friday, that this week felt like a short week, considering the fact that they had much more time to prepare for their Week 1 opponent in the Tennessee Titans.

But it's not really a short week. It's just the first normal week. And in this first normal week, Belichick's been able to get a good look at Arizona's defense, and what makes them tick up front.

Prior to Friday's practice at Gillette Stadium, Belichick praised the way inside linebacker Daryl Washington's presence led the Cardinals' defense.

"He's fast, he covers a lot of ground, he makes plays sideline-to-sideline," said Belichick. "He's a big guy, athletic guy. Of course, they blitz him a lot. They blitz all their linebackers, but we have to deal with him in a lot of different ways.

"The front that he plays behind is very good, which, that's a problem. Dan Williams is a problem on the nose, and of course Darnell Dockett and Calais Campbell are big problems at end or tackle, if they play nickel or whatever front they happen to be in. I think the combination of all those players, they compliment each other so that if you really worry about Dockett and Williams and Campbell, then that frees a lot things up for Paris Lenon and Washington to run and make plays. And if you're too anxious to get them and block them and you go a little light on the down guys, Dockett and Williams, if you single them out, then that's a problem.

"So, they have a very good group," he added. "They're all productive. But Washington is fast, he covers a lot of ground. They count on that because they rush their outside linebackers a lot. They're rushing a lot of the time, so that means that the inside guys have to be able to run and cover ground and make up some of that space out there, which both Lenon and Washington, and Stewart Bradley, for that matter, all do a good job of."

Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown posted an apology on social media Tuesday night for his Facebook Live video that has caused a stir over the last few days.

"I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans," said Brown in a statement on his Twitter. ""It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions.

"I'm sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while we're preparing for a big game on Sunday."

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect" on Sunday's game against the Patriots, but it was "selfish and inconsiderate" of his star wide receiver.

Brown could still be fined for violating the league's social-media policy. The policy states that players, coaches and football operations personnel are banned from using social media on game days 90 minutes before kickoff, during games, and before "traditional media interviews."

Koppen: Antonio Brown should know locker room isn’t time for Facebook posts

Koppen: Antonio Brown should know locker room isn’t time for Facebook posts

Former NFL player Dan Koppen says the team locker room after a win is a sacred place and that Steelers WR Antonio Brown should know not to be posting on Facebook.