Belichick: I thought they fought hard


Belichick: I thought they fought hard

Bottom-line business. And 11 hours after the Patriots succumbed to the Niners in one of the most entertaining games of the Bill Belichick era, the bottom line hadn't changed.

Not good enough.

"I thought they fought hard and competed well," Belichick said on a Monday morning conference call. "It just wasn't good enough. Too many bad plays, too many mistakes. But yeah, we fought, we hung in there. Just not good enough in any area."

The Patriots slipped to the third overall seed in the AFC with the loss. If the current seedings hold, the Patriots will host the Colts in the Wild Card round. A win would put them in Denver for a game against a team it's whipped thrice in the past year.

It will be a challenge the Patriots wouldn't have had to face if they won out. But Belichick did note he hasn't detected this team being daunted by adversity.

"I don't think that's been a problem this year," he said.

In terms of fallout from the game, the fumble by Stevan Ridley again brings into focus that he is average when it comes to ballhandling.

Belichick was asked if a fumble like Ridley's was excusable because of the picture-perfect nature of the tackle delivered by Donte Whitner.

"There are gonna be plays in the game that are sometimes . . . things happen in football that are part of football," he explained. "The way the ball bounces or so forth and so on. Everything we do we try to do and coach with the best possible technique whether it be carrying the ball, we try to teach it with the best technique."

In the end, the furthest Belichick would go in lauding his team was this: "There were times we did things at a competitive level."

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Darrelle Revis has court date Thursday on fight claims

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New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has a court date next week on criminal charges stemming from a fight after he turned himself in to police and was later released on a non-monetary bond.

Revis faces aggravated assault and other charges alleging he was in a fight with two men last weekend in Pittsburgh. He answered no questions from the media as he turned himself in Friday. He later made an initial court appearance, and his next court date was scheduled for Thursday.

Revis' attorney has said Revis was physically assaulted by a group of at least five people. He said Revis "feared for his safety" and sought medical attention, but he didn't offer details about the severity of Revis' injuries.

Police say the fight started when a man began recording a video of Revis and Revis grabbed his phone and tried to delete it. Two men say they were punched and knocked out.

The New York Jets said through a spokesman they would have no further comment on Revis' situation other than their initial statement that they were aware of the matter and had spoken with Revis. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email to The Associated Press that the league was looking into the matter.

Attorney Blaine Jones said Saturday in a text message that while he was hired for the pre-indictment phase of the case, he would not be representing the Jets cornerback going forward.

Revis is due $15 million next season, including a $2 million roster bonus due on the second day of the new league year, March 10.

The $13 million in base salary includes $6 million in guaranteed money, which the Jets would owe him even if they decided to cut him before the deadline.

Revis had a bitter breakup with his agents last year and has no formal representation going forward.

Revis, who is from Aliquippa, was a star at the University of Pittsburgh and was drafted No. 14 overall by the Jets in 2007. He quickly established himself as one of the top players at his position - and in franchise history - while also earning the nickname, "Revis Island" for his penchant for routinely shutting down opposing teams' top receivers. He is in his second stint with the Jets.


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