No Huddle: Belichick on Ravens, linebackers, Ray Horton

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No Huddle: Belichick on Ravens, linebackers, Ray Horton

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick's Friday Q&A with reporters was his fourth of the week. But there are always new things for the Patriots coach to touch on when Friday rolls around.
Someone had to ask about Ray Horton, after all.
That and more, below....
Jerod Mayo and Brandon Spikes are two linebackers with different football personalities. Is there a value in having different types of personalities on defense?BB: "I really think we have 53 different personalities on the team. Thats probably a good thing; you dont want them all to be the same. They just have to blend in and respect each other. We all have our own personalities and like I said, I think thats great for the team as long as theres mutual respect and its done in a respectful way within the team context. I dont try to shape or judge anybody elses personality they are who they are."Is there more a spot for that on the defense, in terms of the energy?BB: "I dont know. Like I said, I think different people have different styles, playing styles and emotional levels and all that kind of thing. I think somehow its a blend of those personalities into your team. Thats what creates that team. Each team is different, unique. Its made up of different people every year and some personalities are added, some arent there and they mesh slightly or maybe sometimes not so slightly differently and that creates the personality of your entire team.
"I dont think theres any science to it. Thats not anything Ive ever tried to create, Oh, we need this kind of personality on the team or, Oh, we dont want that kind of personality on the team. If they can blend together and be part of the team and do their job and be productive, then that just affects the personality of that group of players. I dont think thats a bad thing."
Is preparing for the Ravens run defense any different compared to other teams in other weeks?BB: "Of course, theyre all different. The Ravens have different players and they have their own unique scheme, like everybody else does. Theyre a very good technique team, they play well with their hands, they recognize blocks well, linebackers are, its hard to fool them, especially Ray Lewis, but all of them are disciplined, they dont give up a lot of easy plays.
"You have to block them, they dont run themselves out of a lot of plays, they make you block them and you have to do a good job. You have to have good pad level, good technique; you have to finish your blocks, theyre a good tackling team. Theyre not easy to run the ball against."What stands out to you in your six meetings with Baltimore in six years?BB: "There have Been a lot of close, hard fought games going back to 07, last possession. Really all those games have come down to the last possession except the playoff game in 2010. All those other games were basically the last play really, not even in the last possession, Id say pretty much the last play; very competitive games. Weve had the last four of them here so we havent been down there in awhile so that will make this a little different from the last few. That all evens out in the long run."Whats your reaction to Ray Horton saying he could see your plays coming offensively last week?BB: "Were on to Baltimore."

Brady to Amendola on Facebook: 'Paddle's fixed. Time for a rematch!'

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Brady to Amendola on Facebook: 'Paddle's fixed. Time for a rematch!'

When Danny Amendola told the world on Tuesday that he's better than Tom Brady at ping pong, the quarterback must have been listening. 

On his Facebook page, Brady published a snarling image of his face Photoshopped onto the body of a table tennis player. That paddle he broke after losing to Amendola three years ago? It's fixed, Brady explained in the caption. And he's ready for a rematch.

Talk about intimidation.

Wilfork embracing modeling, tells Brady to put him in touch with Gisele's people

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Wilfork embracing modeling, tells Brady to put him in touch with Gisele's people

Vince Wilfork will be one of many well-known athletes to strip down and pose nude for photographs in ESPN The Magazine's's Body issue, joining a group that includes Cubs pitcher Jake Arrietta, Broncos defensive end Von Miller and Heat guard Dwyane Wade.

Judging by his latest tweet, the former Patriots defensive lineman -- who is listed at 325 pounds -- is getting pretty comfortable with the idea of becoming a model.

Now it's up to Tom Brady to play match-maker, it seems. Gisele retired from the runway last year so maybe her people are on the lookout for some new talent.

Belichick: Buddy Ryan a father to 'a great football family'

Belichick: Buddy Ryan a father to 'a great football family'

Bill Belichick released a statement on Buddy Ryan's passing Tuesday afternoon. 

"Today is a sad day in football due to the passing of Buddy Ryan," Belichick said. "It was always very challenging to compete against Coach Ryan, who was father to a great football family that carries on his coaching and defensive tradition. My condolences are with the Ryan Family."

Belichick is certainly very familiar with Ryan's legacy and the tradition Ryan passed down to his sons Rex and Rob. The Patriots coach has competed against all three.

Rex Ryan has squared off with Belichick during his time as head coach for the Jets (2009-14) and Bills (2015-present), and their matchups go back to Rex's days with the Ravens (1999-2008) when he was a defensive line coach and then defensive coordinator.

Rob Ryan, like his brother, got his first NFL break when his father was the head coach of the Cardinals in the mid-1990s. His second break, though, came from Belichick. He joined the Patriots staff during Belichick's first year as head coach in 2000 and coached linebackers for four seasons in New England. He has since competed against Belichick as a defensive coordinator for the Raiders, Browns, Cowboys and Saints. Rob joined Rex in Buffalo this year to serve as an assistant on the staff there. 

For Belichick's thoughts on the impact of Buddy Ryan's famous "46" defense, we dug up some of his comments from a 2012 press conference that you can find here. He called the combination of Ryan's scheme and the talented players Ryan had at his disposal as defensive coordinator of the 1985 Super Bowl champion Bears "pretty unblockable."