Belichick praises Seahawks 'D', Carroll

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Belichick praises Seahawks 'D', Carroll

FOXBORO -- The Seattle Seahawks are tied for third in the NFL with seven forced fumbles. So the Patriots know that their defense is energetic, aggressive, and disruptive.

Credit that to the players, of course. But also credit that mentality to Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, who's in his third season with the club.

"I think Pete's done a really good job putting together a football team," said Belichick on Wednesday. "They're young, and they're good. They of course got into the playoffs in 2010 and beat New Orleans. That was a big win for them. It looks like they've just continued to get better, individually and collectively, each year.

"I've got a lot of respect for Pete. I think he's a really good coach. Like I said, he's put together a real good team. His teams always play hard. They always have a lot of energy. They're a turnover-driven team. They take the ball away. They don't just wait for you to drop it. They go in there and aggressively take it away.

"You can see it's the coaching that emphasize that they get the football," added Belichick. "I think Pete does a good job. They're fast, they're aggressive, they take the ball away. They're sound. They don't run every trick play in the book. Defensively, they do what they do. They do it well. And they've been very successful at it. That's a good football team now."

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

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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

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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 MMQB.com on to discuss his day with ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

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