Patriots training camp notes: Love hurt, Brady frustrated


Patriots training camp notes: Love hurt, Brady frustrated

FOXBORO -- Kyle Love was face down for several minutes on his stomach with his hand to his head. When he left the field, trainers seemed to test for concussion, then seemed more concerned with trying to flush his eye. Love left the field and didn't return.

Tom Brady was 14-for-21 passing on the day. He cooled off quite a bit during the end of practice when the offense was running a two-minute drill. He wasn't too pleased with the execution either, screaming at one point, "What are we doing here?!" His agitation seemed directed at Donald Thomas.

The starting offensive line in 11-on-11 was Nate Solder, Thomas (in place of the newly-retired Robert Gallery), Dan Koppen, Dan Connolly and Marcus Cannon.

Cornerback Ras-I Dowling made the biggest play of the during the 11-on-11 portion of practice, intercepting a Brian Hoyer pass deep down the left sideline that was intended for Aaron Hernandez.

One of the most entertaining drills in camp has been 1-on-1 tackling. On Sunday, Jerod Mayo took down Hernandez. Bobby Carpenter got blown away by Shane Vereen. Hernandez stepped around Dont'a Hightower, Kyle Eckel beat Dane Fletcher and Alex Silvestro got tacked down by Aaron Lavarias. The move of the session went to Julian Edelman -- who took the hardest hit of the drill from Dane Fletcher moments earlier -- because he sent Josh Barrett to the ground with a jump stop and quick direction change.

James Ihedigbo and Matt Slater were out of their red "DON'T TOUCH ME!" jerseys and are now touchable.

Spencer Larsen, Tracy White, Tim Bulman, Visanthe Shiancoe and Matt Kopa were down in addition to the players still on PUP.

Brandon Spikes was wearing a brace on his right knee. He left Wednesday's practice after the big brouhaha with a knee issue.

Vince Wilfork nearly flipped over the one-player sled during one of the early drills. I mean flipped it over backwards. Scary strong.

A number of defensive backs and wideouts with special teams responsibilities worked on punt blocks and then the scoopscore move.

Wide receivers and defensive backs spent time trying to beatget jams at the line. Ross Ventrone struggled. Wes Welker abused Ras-I Dowling. Julian Edelman and Matt Slater both beat Kyle Arrington. Devin McCourty did well.

Brandon Lloyd took a lap around the field when he jumped the gun at the line of scrimmage for a false start.

Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran and Danny Picard contributed to this report.

Are Patriots still 'pissed off' at Ravens for Deflategate role?

Are Patriots still 'pissed off' at Ravens for Deflategate role?

The Patriots should always be motivated heading into games against the Ravens. After all, Baltimore might be the team’s primary rival. 

Yet Monday’s matchup might be about more than past meetings. It could be a revenge game for the Ravens’ role in the Deflategate fiasco. 

As Tom E. Curran notes in the above video, the then-recently eliminated Ravens set off the ordeal when they tipped off the Colts entering the 2014 AFC Championship game. From there, the year-and-a-half-long saga played itself out, ultimately resulting in Tom Brady accepting a four-game suspension from the league. 

Curran and Mike Giardi discussed whether Monday could be a revenge game, with them both concluding that they feel the Patriots are still “pissed off” at the Ravens. 

"I’m just reading the tea leaves,” Curran said. “Bill Belichick will usually throw bouquet after bouquet at the Baltimore Ravens any time they play, from Ozzie Newsome, to George Kokinis, to Eric DeCosta, to John Harbaugh, Dean Pees, everyone. Not a lot of that today. Make of that what you will; I don’t think it’s a coincidence because I do know that when the Patriots were going through the process early on, the fact that the Ravens had dropped a dime -- their assistant special teams coach Jerry Rosburg calling the Indianapolis Colts and saying, “Look there was some foolishness going on with the K balls.’

“Additionally, when that email from the Colts to the NFL was sent to Mike Kensil, it said, 'It’s well-known throughout the league that the Patriots screw with the balls after they’ve been checked by the officials.' So if that conversation was going on during the week between those two teams, one certainly has to surmise that they also spoke about the fact of deflating footballs. 

“So as much as John Harbaugh has tried to dissuade anyone from thinking there was involvement, Dean Pees was interviewed by Ted Wells, Jerry Rosburg was interviewed by Ted Wells. Those are the only two principals from other organizations who were involved, so yeah, I think they’re still probably pretty pissed off about it.” 

What if Belichick had coached the Ravens? 'I think we would've been competitive'


What if Belichick had coached the Ravens? 'I think we would've been competitive'

FOXBORO -- Ever wonder what might've been if Bill Belichick had remained the coach of the Browns, and later the Ravens, after they moved from Cleveland? He says he doesn't.

"I haven't spent a lot of time thinking about it, no," Belichick told Baltimore reporters during a conference call on Wednesday. "I try to think ahead and make the best of the situation that I’m in, which is what I tried to do when I was in Cleveland. I took a team that wasn’t very good in 1991, prior to free agency and all of that, had a real good team in 1994. The team moved in 1995."

The decision to move the team helped undo the Browns season in 1995, and Belichick was later fired. There's little denying, though, that he left the pieces of a competitive roster behind. And he helped stock the Ravens' cupboard with valuable assets.

Five years after Belichick's tenure in Cleveland had expired, the franchise won a Super Bowl with linebacker Ray Lewis -- drafted with a pick Belichick had acquired -- as its foundational piece. 

"We made a trade that provided two first-round picks that Ozzie [Newsome] did a great job with," Belichick continued. "Ozzie and Ray Lewis were two of the cornerstones of that eventual championship team.

"I have a lot of confidence in my ability, I had a lot of confidence in the coaching staff and the players that we had at that time – 1995 wasn’t obviously a great year for us. I don’t think we need to talk about that. We all know what happened. But yeah, I think we would have been competitive if I had been the head coach there. I think we would have been competitive. We had a good team, we had a good staff, and we had a lot of good players.

"Ozzie did a good job with that team and made it better, and they won a championship five years later [with] some of the same players that we started with. But you know, it wasn’t my choice, Ted [Marchibroda] came in there and was going to transition that for what they needed at that point in time. But I haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about it, no."