Belichick cool on Wednesday night fight

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Belichick cool on Wednesday night fight

FOXBORO -- Wednesday's night training camp scuffle may have gotten a reaction from the stadium crowd, but Patriots coach Bill Belichick didn't really blink.
"Football is competitive," he said the next morning. "We're in a competitive camp. I think some of those things are just part of football."
He may not be so cool if Brandon Spikes comes out worse for wear.
When the normally docile Nate Solder unleashed a little bit of Colorado-born hell on Spikes, the linebacker limped off to the locker room. He reemerged wearing a brace on his surgically repaired knee.
Belichick was asked if fights can reveal strengths in a team, like leadership. He replied with a sardonic smile.
"I don't know about all that. I don't know if fights can crystallize the team. Not any that I can think of."
With a pro coaching career that dates back to the 1970s, Belichick has seen a few scraps. Many have been "a lot worse." But per usual, he stayed tight-lipped about the details. The only anecdote Belichick would share sounded more like advice.
"The thing I try to do is stay out of the way and not get hit. That's happened more than once. I'm the last one to try to break up something like that."

Ohio State LB on Belichick: 'When you first meet him, you're scared'

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Ohio State LB on Belichick: 'When you first meet him, you're scared'

Even for some of the nation's top athletes, confident 20-somethings with the rest of their (perhaps very lucrative) lives ahead of them, there's a feeling you just can't shake when Bill Belichick walks into the room. 

"When you first meet him, you're scared," said Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillan, per WBZ. "He's quizzing you. It's like a little test. But after you get done with the test, the quiz or whatever, drawing up the defense, it's pretty cool. They're real down to earth people. Really cool."

Belichick was spotted at Ohio State's pro day getting a closer look at McMillan and his teammates on Thursday. He then headed off to Ann Arbor, Michigan for the Wolverines showcase Friday.

During various scouting trips across the country, the Patriots appear to be showing significant interest in the incoming class of linebackers. Belichick spent some extra time with Vanderbilt's Zach Cunningham -- who's projected to be a first-rounder -- at his pro day. The team reportedly scheduled a meeting with a speedy linebacker from Cincinnati. And Matt Patricia caught up with Notre Dame linebacker James Onwualu once his workouts finished up on Thursday. 

As for McMillan, the 6-2, 240-pounder was a second-team All-American and a first-team All-Big Ten choice. He's instinctive, but there's some question as to whether or not he has the strength to hold up inside at the next level.

PODCAST: Dan Wetzel on the Aaron Hernandez double-murder trial

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PODCAST: Dan Wetzel on the Aaron Hernandez double-murder trial

Tom E. Curran has Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports as a guest to discuss the Aaron Hernandez double homicide trial. Wetzel has been in the courtroom, and wrote this piece about the day Hernandez’s former friend Alexander Bradley testified in court. 

After speaking with Wetzel, Curran has Tim Rohan of MMQB.com on to discuss his day with ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

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