Morning-walkthrough: March 29, 2012


Morning-walkthrough: March 29, 2012

Super Bowl L is just around the corner and the Cowboys plan on making a bid. The fact the 2010 event in North Texas was accompanied by all the charm, hospitality and shrewd planning of a yard sale apparently leaves Dallas undaunted.

One more time . . . the rule change to the 12-men-on-the-field penalty enacted on Wednesday would not have changed anything in the Super Bowl. If a player is trying to leave the field - as Justin Tuck was for the Giants during the Patriots final drive - the play is allowed to go on and will not be whistled dead.

Donovan McNabb is going after Mike Shanahan by pointing out the won-loss shortcomings of quarterbacks under Shanny. McNabb says RG3 won't fit either. McNabb was 5-8 under Shanahan in Washington and threw 14 touchdowns and 15 picks.

With the Super Bowl heading to New Orleans, Roger Goodell's in a sticky situation with that city given he's performed a vivisection on the team.

The old Raperoo went round-and-round with Jim Harbaugh about Randy Moss.

Pete Carroll, Mark Sanchez' coach at USC, says Sanchez is in a tough spot with Tim Tebow in town.

Just Belichick being Belichick at Friday presser

Just Belichick being Belichick at Friday presser

On Wednesday, the Patriots media room was festooned with AFC Championship Game adornments. A big red backdrop behind the podium, Patriots and Steelers helmets arranged on a table facing each other with the Lamar Hunt AFC Champion Trophy in the middle. 

Bill Belichick, who's not big on festoons, noted the helmets during his press conference and deadpanned, "So exciting...". That clip got some run. 

On Friday, when asked to recall his first Conference Championship as a coach, he mentioned the 2001 AFC Championship Game in Pittsburgh and the fact that Belichick, Lawyer Milloy and Tom Brady were all required to fly to Pittsburgh on the Friday before the game to do media duties. 

"That was awesome," Belichick snarked. Then, looking to the area where the display was on Wednesday, Belichick smiled and said, "Where's all the stuff from Wednesday? Did it get thrown out?"

He is the turd in the NFL's punch bowl and it's endlessly amusing. 

Belichick not focused on Trump shout-out before inauguration: 'We've got a big game'

Belichick not focused on Trump shout-out before inauguration: 'We've got a big game'

FOXBORO -- During a dinner for donors at Union Station in Washington, D.C. on Thursday night, Donald Trump name-dropped Bill Belichick on two separate occasions. It marked what might've been the first time a president-elect publicly shouted out an NFL coach on the eve of his inauguration in the office's history.

Trump and Belichick have a long-standing friendship, Belichick explained back in November. Still, on Friday morning, the Patriots commander-in-chief had little reaction to his name being mentioned by Trump the night before. 

"We've got a big game," Belichick said matter-of-factly. 

There was little chance Belichick would utter anything else. He's still in preparation mode, still trying to out-work the Steelers in order to have his team at its best Sunday night. 

It's that approach that urged Trump to mention Belichick in the first place.

"I out-worked everybody" during the election, Trump said. "I think I out-worked anyone who ever ran for office. I learned that from Belichick."

Trump also mentioned the four-time Super Bowl-winning head coach while in the process of pointing out Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft during the dinner. 

"In the audience we have somebody that's under no pressure whatsoever because he's got a great quarterback named Tom Brady and a great coach named Belichick: Bob Kraft," Trump said. "Good luck, Bob."