By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard
FOXBORO -- A day after Patriots offensive coordinator said that Chad Ochocinco's playing time would be evaluated on a "week-to-week" basis, coach Bill Belichick said that New England's wide receiver does understand the system, and his minimal 20 plays on Monday night was nothing more than the team running through its game plan, which will change every week.
I think when you add up all the skill players, Im surewell be able to come in here after every game and say, Well this guy didntplay a lot, and this guy played more. So well be doing that every week if wewanted to pick out a guy that didnt play as much as somebody else. Youllalways be able to pick one out."
Belichick was asked about Ochocinco again, and was adamant that he's only concerned about the team's success.
Its not really my job to try to pad up any individualstatistics for any player on the team," said Belichick. "Im not really interested in that. Theonly statistic really I care about is the final score, and thats what our goalis.
Danny Picard is on twitter at http:twitter.comDannyPicard.
Haters gonna hate. Robert Kraft knows that, and he's not going to hold a grudge because of it. But he won't forget, either.
The New England Patriots owner appeared on the latest episode of HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" for an interview with Andrea Kremer that aired Tuesday night, and he was as candid as any member of the organization has been throughout the Deflategate saga.
“I really don’t hold grudges,” Kraft admitted in the interview, per WEEI. “I mean, I remember everything, but I move on. ... Envy and jealousy are incurable diseases. The haters still hate. And I understand it, and we’ll do our best to keep them in that position.”
And while Kraft isn't holding grudges, he still recognizes the negative impact the controversy left on Tom Brady's pristine reputation.
“He’s just not the greatest quarterback in the history of the NFL,” Kraft began. “He’s an amazing human being. And is genuine. And as nice as everybody thinks he is, he’s nicer. And to see anyone attack him as an individual or his integrity. And that just wasn’t fair.”
Will Martellus Bennett be back with the Patriots next season?
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says it's "a real possibility" Bennett leaves given the asking price and potential offers.
Less than an hour later, the unrestricted free agent sent out a tweet responding to speculation about his future.
Bennett, who will 30 years old in March, had seven touchdowns in 19 games in his first season with the New England Patriots.