Morning Walkthrough: It's Week 1

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Morning Walkthrough: It's Week 1

It's Tuesday and we're into the regular season media schedule. Conference calls today at noon -- Belichick followed by the coordinators. Josh McDaniels should be awesome. Matt Patricia will make this guy look like a blabbermouth. I get Billy. Mary gets the coordinators. Quick Slants prep for Thursday's LIVE ACTION EVENT continues. Mayo interview up at the Renaissance this evening. And the fellas are all home with the first day of school coming tomorrow. Sam's going to be a junior, Danny a freshman and Young Tim an eighth-grader. Some stuff . . .
Jason McCourty of the Titans talks a little about his older (by 27 minutes) brother, Devin McCourty of the Patriots. Kamerion Wimbley, a solid pass-rusher who's been with the Browns and Raiders, is now with the Titans. He uses some familiar touchstones as role models: "I think a lot of the way I am is just stuff I learned from guys that were in the league before me that I had the opportunity to play with, guys like Willie McGinest and Richard Seymour." Does Rex Ryan have a media advisor who tells him to say the exact opposite of what should be said? Recommended answer in this instance. "I'm coaching for my job every practice. These are not lifetime appointments." Imagine the time he'd be afforded if he didn't have to spend so much time clarifying earlier remarks. Looking ahead? Why not. The Cardinals went with John Skelton as their starting quarterback. The Patriots have the Cards in Week 2.

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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