Belichick discusses life without Hernandez


Belichick discusses life without Hernandez

By Danny Picard Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard
FOXBORO --With the report that Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez willmiss some time because of an MCL sprain that he suffered on Sunday, BillBelichick addressed the issue moving forward, and how his offense will make upfor the receiving numbers hes put up through the first two weeks.

We have a lot of different skill players in our offense,said Belichick on Monday at Gillette Stadium. Weve got a lot of differentformations. We use multiple personnel groups, multiple formations. Whatever wehave to do, well use some combination of those.

Belichick has watched the film, and is ready to turn thepage and move onto the next game in Buffalo.

But before that page is completely turned, Belichick talkedabout some of the good and the bad from Sundays win over the San DiegoChargers, including how his defense was able to keep tight end Antonio Gatesreception-less.

Belichick doesnt believe they did anything revolutionaryto stop Gates, but seemed genuinely proud of the way his defense executed theirmixed-coverage scheme on him.

We tried to mix it up and switch our coverage looks betweenjamming receivers, said Belichick. Wed double him on the line and jam, notdouble him on the line and try to get more pass rush, double him down thefield. We had various degrees of success and not so successful times, doingthat. But we tried to keep him off-balance, give him a little mix, change thecoverages up a little bit.

The Patriots allowed 470 total yards on Sunday, which included372 passing yards. That comes just a week after allowing 516 passing yards tothe Miami Dolphins in Week 1.

Still, the Patriots are 2-0 on the early season, and havedone their fair share of damage on the offensive side as well. But as forwhats been going wrong in the secondary, Belichick said it has nothing to dowith one specific thing or player.

Id say the big problem we had yesterday was, we had ourchances to get off the field, and we just didnt do a good job of it, saidBelchick. Several plays we couldnt make on third down, that I think werepretty makeable plays. We just didnt make them.

As previously stated, the Patriots have battled those highpassing yards from opposing offenses, with extremely high passing yards oftheir own, which have included two 99-yard touchdown drives, which Belichickcalls a product of staying away from long-yardage situations.

If you were wondering what the officials were trying toreview in the fourth quarter, following a Vincent Jackson touchdown and theensuing extra point, then Belichick would be the wrong person to go to in orderto get an answer.

Belichick said on Monday that he had no idea what the reviewwas for, because under the new NFL rule of reviewing each scoring play, theofficials dont tell the coaches what theyre reviewing.

On a scoring play, its an automatic review of the scoringplay, including the extra point, which is a scoring play, said Belichick. Sowhat they were looking at, they dont tell us. We just sit there and look dumblike everybody else. Then they come out and say it was a touchdown, or if itwasnt, then they tell us it wasnt.

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Is Rob Gronkowski good to go?


BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Is Rob Gronkowski good to go?

00:43 - Rob Gronkowski says he's ready to go against the Texans. Michael Holley, Tom Giles and Kayce Smith talk about this risks of him playing while injured.

05:47 - Phil A.Perry follows up the Gronk discussion with a deeper breakdown of Gronk’s decision to play this Sunday.

10:02 - David Price appears to be easing back into baseball after pitching Friday night. Evan Drellich joins BST to talk about Price’s outing in Cincinnati. 

16:12 - The BST crew recaps the Red Sox win over Reds. Drellich returns to analyze how the pitchers performed and how that will impact the Red Sox postseason stretch.  

Danny Amendola embraces delayed follow-up to strong Week 1 performance


Danny Amendola embraces delayed follow-up to strong Week 1 performance

This actually won’t be the first time that Danny Amendola had to wait to follow up a strong season-opener with the Pats. 

As the veteran receiver aims to return Sunday from a concussion and knee injury after leaving the Pats’ Week 1 loss early and missing Week 2 altogether, he’ll try to build a Week 1 performance that saw him lead the Pats with 100 yards on six receptions. 

The stop and start is somewhat reminiscent of Amendola’s first year with New England in 2013, when he had 10 receptions for 104 yards in the season-opener. He suffered a groin injury in that game, however, and didn’t play again until Week 5. At least the wait is shorter this time around. 


“I mean, there’s going to be bumps and bruises along the way, but that’s football, right?” Amendola said Friday. “But I feel really good today, feel strong, so get ready tomorrow and just continue to prepare.”

In that first game back in 2013, Amendola again led the Pats in receiving yards, but it was in a terrible offensive showing for New England. All it took was four receptions for 55 yards to be the Patriots’ best receiver in a 13-6 loss to Cincinnati in which Tom Brady had a rare scoreless game. 

If Amendola can pick up where he left off in Week 1, the Pats will be in good shape. They’re also expected to have Rob Gronkowski and Chris Hogan ready to go, but Amendola was Tom Brady’s most reliable weapon in the Chiefs game, even though Brandin Cooks made a bigger impact with two pass interference penalties drawn in the red zone. 

Not known for his durability towards the end of his time in St. Louis, this will be the fourth of Amendola’s five regular seasons in New England in which he didn’t play in all 16 games. He played the full season in 2014, 14 games in 2015 and 12 games in 2013 and 2016. 

With Julian Edelman out, Brady could certainly use Amendola’s services as often as possible. That’s especially if he plays the way he did in Week 1.