Belichick: Not trying to solve the world's problems

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Belichick: Not trying to solve the world's problems

With all the media hoopla that was stirred up over the postgame handshake between Lions coach Jim Schwartz and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, Bill Belichick was asked whether or not the media dynamic around football has changed since he was with the Giants in the 1980s.

Belichick could have answered, but he stopped himself before launching into a dissertation.

"We don't have time for a long answer like that," Belichick said. "I don't know. Look, it's the way of the world, we're all living in it."

But do football fans suffer because of the, at times, sensationalized coverage?

"I don't know. You'll have to ask them," Belichick said. "Look I'm not here to solve the world's problems. I'm just trying to coach a football team, see if we can get ready to beat Pittsburgh and have a couple of productive days on the bye week. Those philosophical questions probably need to go to a much higher plane than the one I'm on. You're asking more than I have."

So in other words, it is what it is.

Patriots undrafted free agent signing Josh Augusta cut out pizza and lost a lot of weight

Patriots undrafted free agent signing Josh Augusta cut out pizza and lost a lot of weight

FOXBORO -- There are a lot of things in Josh Augusta’s past in football that makes him an intriguing player as the undrafted defensive tackle enters his pro career. Among them: a high-school career as a 320-pound receiver and fullback reps in college. 

Also in his past: About 50 pounds. 

That’s how much weight the Missouri product says he has lost since the end of last season, when he began slimming down from 390 pounds to where he is now with the Patriots. 

How did he do it? Cutting out pizza, for one. 

“I cut out all the fast food, late-night eating, cut out all that,” Augusta said Tuesday at Gillette Stadium. 

There were ample reasons to lose the weight. He’s had asthma all his life and has also dealt with sleep apnea and a thyroid condition in recent years. He wanted to be able to not only move better, but breathe better. 

Now in the 340s as he nears what he previously set as a 335-pound target weight, Augusta’s body is getting closer to what it was when he arrived at Missouri. 

“I feel faster. My breathing’s getting better, just because I lost the weight,” he said. “Just stay on track and hopefully everything still goes right.”

For Augusta, everything going right would entail him enjoying a long NFL career. For all the potential versatility with Augusta -- he says he could still see himself playing some fullback for the Pats if they wanted -- there was little surprise when he went undrafted given that he was not a consistent starter throughout his college career, which he finished as a second-stringer. There were also questions of his stamina, which he feels the weight loss has helped.

Yet the Patriots have done plenty with works in progress, particularly ones who can be used in multiple spots. As he looks to shape his professional career, Augusta thinks New England is the best-case scenario. 

“I feel great here,” he said. “I know I know I’m in good hands, just because of the history they have.” 
 

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