Schiano learns the power of Belichick


Schiano learns the power of Belichick

Bill Belichick and Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano are good buddies, and here are a few for instances to prove it.

In the past, Belichick has spoken at Schiano's summer camp.

Last year, Schiano let Belichick's son Stephen walk on to the Rutgers football team.

Last season, during the Pats' bye week, Belichick traveled with Rutgers (on the team charter) for a game in Louisville. He reportedly sat next to Schiano on the plane and talked defense the whole way down.

In December, when Belichick was asked about having four Rutgers alums on his roster, he said: Coach Schiano, I have a good relationship with him and anytime hes told me anything, its always been 100 percent accurate. A player that hes familiar with, I would definitely want to take the opportunity to get his opinion and see what he thinks because of his experience and the amount of respect I have for him."

Last January, when Schiano left Rutgers for Tampa Bay, Belichick wasted no time offering up his approval: Obviously, hes done a great job at Rutgers. And I think hes a tremendous coach, he's done a great job with that program, and his players have been very pro ready. They may not be first-round picks or whatever, but they have enough talent to really compete in the NFL and most of them end up staying in one way or another. I think thats a credit to the preparation and the program he has built there."

There are some who believe that Belichick was integral in Schiano getting hired in the first place.

I've heard they like to refer to themselves as "Thunder buddies."

Like I said, they're good pals. But today, Schiano learned that it doesn't matter what kind of off-the-field relationship you have with Belichick, once you're a head coach in the NFL shark tank, you're no less likely to feel his bite.

What am I talking about? Well, here was the report out of Tampa Bay earlier this week (from beat guy Stephen Holder) surrounding Olympic sprinter and former Florida RB Jeff Demps:
Last points on Demps: He's now heard from every NFL team, more than he expected. Bucs definitely a front runner. Decision likely by Monday Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) August 15, 2012
Here was the news today (courtesy of local reporter Kevin O'Donnell):

Fox 13 Sports (WTVT-Tampa) has learned that Jeff Demps will be a New England Patriot. Decision came down to NE and Bucs. Off. ann. soon. Kevin O'Donnell (@ODonnellFox13) August 17, 2012
As to why Demps ultimately went with the Pats, O'Donnell added: "Demps just felt New England is a better fit."

Of course he did.

Welcome to the NFL, Coach Schiano.

And as for Demps, here's a little of what we have to look forward to:

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Butler imitates Brown with post-interception dance: 'Nothing personal'


Butler imitates Brown with post-interception dance: 'Nothing personal'

Malcolm Butler didn't mean any disrespect. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. 


When the Patriots corner picked off a Landry Jones pass in the first quarter -- one that was intended for receiver Antonio Brown -- Butler stood up in the end zone, faced the Heinz Field crowd, stuck one arm in the air a and gyrated like someone had attached jumper cables to his facemask. 

He was doing his best to mimick one of Brown's well-known touchdown dances.

"Me and Brown had conversation before," Butler said, "and it was a joke to him once I showed him how I do it. Much love for that guy. Nothing personal."

For Butler, it was the highlight of what was a productive afternoon. The third-year corner was asked to shadow Brown for much of the day, and he allowed Brown to catch five of nine targets for 94 yards. He also broke up a pair of passes intended for Brown's teammates.

“Stopping Antonio Brown, that’s impossible," Butler said. "You can’t stop him. You can only slow him down. I just went out there and tried to compete today . . . Great players are going to make plays but you have to match their intensity.”
Even on the longest throw from backup quarterback Landry Jones to Brown, a 51-yarder, it appeared as though Butler played the coverage called correctly. 

Butler lined up across from Brown and trailed him underneath as Brown worked his jway from the left side of the field to the right. Butler was looking for some help over the top in that scenario, seemingly, but because Brown ran across the formation, it was hard for the back end of the defense to figure out who would be helping Butler. 

Belichick admitted as much after the game. 

"He was on [Brown] a lot the way we set it up," Belichick said. "Look, they've got great players. They're tough to cover. They hit us on a couple over routes, in cut where they kind of ran away from the coverage that we had. 

"The plays were well designed. Good scheme, good thorws and obviously good routes by Brown. They got us on a couple, but I thought we competed hard. We battled all the way. We battled on third down. We battled in the red area. They made some. We made some, but they're good. They have a lot of good players."

And Brown, in particular, is about as close as it gets to unstoppable in the NFL. Butler found that out in Week 1 of last year when he matched up with Brown in his first game as a starter, giving up nine catches for 133 yards to the All-Pro wideout. 

Though Sunday might not have been perfect for Butler, it was better than that day about 14 months ago. And at times, it was worth dancing about. 

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Seahawks, Cardinals miss OT FGs, tie 6-6


SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Seahawks, Cardinals miss OT FGs, tie 6-6

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Seattle's Stephen Hauschka and Arizona's Chandler Catanzaro missed short field goals that would have won the game in overtime and the Seahawks and Cardinals settled for a 6-6 tie Sunday night.

Hauschka's 27-yard field goal was wide left with seven seconds left after Catanzaro's 24-yarder bounced off the left upright.

The tie was the Cardinals' first since Dec. 7, 1986, a 10-10 draw at Philadelphia when the franchise was based in St. Louis. It was the first for the Seattle since entering the NFL in 1976.

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