Ravens' Pees will try to jam Patriots system


Ravens' Pees will try to jam Patriots system

FOXBORO -- Dean Pees spent six seasons in New England, his final four years as the team's defensive coordinator.

Pees and the Patriots parted ways after the 2009 debacle against the Ravens in the playoffs and -- after two seasons as Baltimore's linebackers coach -- Pees is now running the Ravens' defense.

But Pees, who's taking over for Chuck Pagano (head coach of the Colts), hasn't tried to reinvent the wheel in Baltimore, said Tom Brady.

"He's been in that system and knows those players, and theyve got a lot of playmakers and I think hes great at using those guys really doing what they do best," Brady explained. "Ray Lewis is a big time playmaker, Ed Reed is, Haloti Ngata; Lardarius Webb has turned into one of the best corners in the league. Theyve got a lot of great players that can really wreak havoc. I think Dean does a great job of putting those guys in positions where they're able to make those plays and its not so scheme-oriented where sometimes Ray is out of a play -- Rays in every play. Im sure thats just the way he wants it, too."

Brady fully expects tweaks from Pees this week as he prepares to face his former team. There's different personnel on hand here but the fact Josh McDaniels -- a Patriot contemporary of Pees' during their time here -- is running the offense can at least give Pees insight into what McDaniels' tendencies might be.

"The base of their defense has been the same way for a long time; the coordinator probably has the most different flavor," said Brady. "How they're going to play us, we dont know that. They're going to have their own game plan. I'm sure its not going to look like the Eagles game plan. Theyll have probably their core things they do and from week to week some different looks, some different blitz looks.

"Like last week, well probably have to make some adjustments over the course of the game, because its still early in the year and things still havent really played out," Brady added. "You dont have your whole playbook in, so to speak, so theyre just trying to find ways to screw us up a little bit and vice versa."

Like last week, the chess match will be interesting. Especially now that the Patriots will be revamping what their offensive plans are without Aaron Hernandez in the mix. We could see something Sunday we haven't seen in either of the two games.

From both teams.

Rex Ryan: Zero focus on 'extracurricular things' vs. Patriots


Rex Ryan: Zero focus on 'extracurricular things' vs. Patriots

FOXBORO -- Seems as though the Bills don't quite have their stories straight. 

On the one hand, you have Bills players, who say that they won't hesitate to retaliate if a Patriots player gets near one of their pregame warmup drills, as Jacoby Brissett did in Week 4. 

On the other hand, you have the Bills coach, who sounded less eager for there to be any kind of scrap before this weekend's game at Ralph Wilson Stadium. 

"No, I mean with us, just go out and warm up," Ryan said in a conference call Wednesday. "That’s what you do, but any of the extracurricular things, you know, there’s absolutely zero focus on that, and shouldn’t be any focus on that. It’s just about playing games.

"I mean if people want to show how tough they are, put the boxing gloves on and get in the ring or something. That might be more impressive -- I don’t want Gronk by the way.

"But I definitely don’t want to see that happen, and our focus is 100 percent on the game and doing the very best we possibly can."

It's an interesting comment from a coach who has made it very clear that he wanted to build a "bully" in Buffalo. His team shut out the Patriots after trying to intimidate New England's rookie quarterback before the game. Did his team not benefit somehow from what occurred before kickoff that day?

He doesn't think so.

"It had nothing to do with our team . . . Absolutely nothing," he said. "You know, those things happen every now and then but it was no big deal. It did absolutely nothing for us."

Roethlisberger to Brady: I've never done this before but...can I have your jersey?

Roethlisberger to Brady: I've never done this before but...can I have your jersey?

Tom Brady has fans everywhere, apparently. Even in Pittsburgh. Even on the Steelers roster. 

Showtime's Inside the NFL caught video of Brady meeting with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger before Sunday's game between New England and Pittsburgh. 

The pair hugged near the 50-yard line at Heinz Field. Brady called Roethlisberger "big guy." Roethlisberger, who was out with a knee injury, told Brady he wanted to play "so bad."


Then Roethlisberger became a fan. And like many of them, he had a request. 

"Um, hey, listen," he said. "I've never done this before, but I would love to get a jersey at some point. It'd mean...There's not many I want to put in my office. You're the best, dude."

Brady was happy to oblige. Just not right at that moment. 

"Sure, I'd love to," Brady said. "I'll get you after the game."