Belichick: Pats well-stocked in leaders


Belichick: Pats well-stocked in leaders

By Danny Picard Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard
FOXBORO -- With Week 1 getting closer, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked about the teams captains, who havent been officially announced yet, and he responded by acknowledging New Englands solid leadership up and down the board.

I think we have a lot of good leadership on this team, regardless of who the captains are, said Belichick. Leadership will come from all the players who provide that.

When asked if Belichick ever tells players to take on more of a leadership role in the locker room, he said its just one aspect of the game that the coaching staff is telling its players to improve on.

I think we go to our players all the time and tell them what we want them to do, said Belichick. If theyre doing something well, we try and reinforce that. We tell them that theyre doing a good job with this, this is exactly what we want done, keep doing this, or this is something you need to improve on, or this is something that you could do better.

Sometimes we do that to more than one person, call them in collectively, and say, Look, heres something with you guys thats good, and heres something that isnt so good. . . . We try to coach them the best we can in all phases of the game.

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Ohio State LB on Belichick: 'When you first meet him, you're scared'


Ohio State LB on Belichick: 'When you first meet him, you're scared'

Even for some of the nation's top athletes, confident 20-somethings with the rest of their (perhaps very lucrative) lives ahead of them, there's a feeling you just can't shake when Bill Belichick walks into the room. 

"When you first meet him, you're scared," said Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillan, per WBZ. "He's quizzing you. It's like a little test. But after you get done with the test, the quiz or whatever, drawing up the defense, it's pretty cool. They're real down to earth people. Really cool."

Belichick was spotted at Ohio State's pro day getting a closer look at McMillan and his teammates on Thursday. He then headed off to Ann Arbor, Michigan for the Wolverines showcase Friday.

During various scouting trips across the country, the Patriots appear to be showing significant interest in the incoming class of linebackers. Belichick spent some extra time with Vanderbilt's Zach Cunningham -- who's projected to be a first-rounder -- at his pro day. The team reportedly scheduled a meeting with a speedy linebacker from Cincinnati. And Matt Patricia caught up with Notre Dame linebacker James Onwualu once his workouts finished up on Thursday. 

As for McMillan, the 6-2, 240-pounder was a second-team All-American and a first-team All-Big Ten choice. He's instinctive, but there's some question as to whether or not he has the strength to hold up inside at the next level.

PODCAST: Dan Wetzel on the Aaron Hernandez double-murder trial


PODCAST: Dan Wetzel on the Aaron Hernandez double-murder trial

Tom E. Curran has Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports as a guest to discuss the Aaron Hernandez double homicide trial. Wetzel has been in the courtroom, and wrote this piece about the day Hernandez’s former friend Alexander Bradley testified in court. 

After speaking with Wetzel, Curran has Tim Rohan of on to discuss his day with ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

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