Belichick opens up about player meetings

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Belichick opens up about player meetings

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard
FOXBORO -- Every once in a while, Patriots coach Bill Belichick turns a simple question into a descriptive answer, and on Wednesday, he opened up about how he handles 1-on-1 meetings with his players.

Belichick basically said that there's no set formula to how you manage the meetings, but he learned from watching other coaches, calling it one of the more challenging parts of the job.

I mean, theres 53 players, plus the practice squad, plussome other guys, so you know, its really impossible for me to hold regularmeetings with each player on a regular basis," said Belichick.So some of it depends on that players situation , or thatgame, or whatever happened to be going on that week. We talk to differentplayers at different times in different groups. Sometimes Ill meet withpositional groups. Sometimes Ill meet with individual players. Sometimes Idont. I try to do what I feel like would help the team, andwhats necessary.I would say, in football, its an interesting point, on howyou handle that. You only have so much time, so how you allocate that as a headcoach, relative to certain players or groups of players or your coaching staffand other people in the organization," added Belichick. "Its one of the challenging parts of thejob, it really is.In all honesty, I could sit down and talk to every playerabout things that I think are important. Its not that I dont want to talk tothem, its just, there are other demands too. You try to hit the things thatyou feel like will make the most difference, or do it in the most efficientway.

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Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL


Tom Brady delivered a video message last week at the funeral of Navy SEAL Kyle Milliken, a Maine native and former UConn track athlete killed in Somalia on May 5.

Bill Speros of The Boston Herald, in a column this Memorial Day weekend, wrote about Milliken and Brady's message.   

Milliken ran track at Cheverus High School in Falmouth, Maine, and at UConn, where he graduated in 2001. Milliken lived in Virginia Beach, Va., with his wife, Erin, and two children.  He other Navy SEALs participated in a training exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011 where he met and posed for pictures with Brady.

Speros wrote that at Milliken’s funeral in Virginia Beach, Va., Brady's video offered condolences and thanked Milliken’s family for its sacrifice and spoke of how Milliken was considered a “glue guy” by UConn track coach Greg Roy.

Milliken had served in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning four Bronze Star Medals and was based in Virginia since 2004.  He was killed in a nighttime firefight with Al-Shabaab militants near Barij, about 40 miles from the Somali capital of Mogadishu. He was 38.

The Pentagon said Milliken was the first American serviceman killed in combat in Somalia since the "Black Hawk Down" battle that killed 18 Americans in 1993. 

In a statement to the Herald, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said: “It was an honor to host Kyle and his team for an exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011. It gave new meaning to the stadium being known as home of the Patriots. We were deeply saddened to hear of Kyle’s death earlier this month.

“As Memorial Day weekend approaches, we are reminded of the sacrifices made by patriots like Kyle and so many others who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend and protect our rights as Americans. Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt appreciation are extended to the Milliken family and the many families who will be remembering lives lost this Memorial Day weekend.”