Patriots notes: Brady made 'smart' play to not kneel

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Patriots notes: Brady made 'smart' play to not kneel

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

FOXBORO -- Deion Branch's 59-yard touchdown reception down the left sideline to end the first half in Sunday's 36-7 win over the Bears gave the Patriots a 33-0 lead. But as Branch pointed out after the game, the call from the sideline was a quarterback kneel, to run out the clock and head into halftime with a 27-0 lead.

Tom Brady was in the no-huddle, saw the clock winding down, and decided to go for one more big play. And it worked.

Coach Bill Belichick said Monday that Brady made a wise decision.

"We were in the no-huddle mode, and I thought that was a real smart play by Tom, at the end of the half, knowing that there was really only time for one more play," said Belichick. "And I think that when the ball was snapped, the three or four seconds left on the clock, it could have been the last play. So he took a shot down the field on a vertical pattern.

"Tom knew what he was doing, obviously, that he was just running the last play to have a shot to throw it down the field. If it was there, great. If it wasn't, then the half was over."

The Patriots held meetings on Monday at Gillette Stadium and cornerback Devin McCourty, who missed the second half of Sunday's game in Chicago with an apparent rib injury, was seen walking around with all smiles.

As expected, Belichick gave no update on the severity of McCourty's injury, but did show some confidence in Darius Butler, who has seen some more playing time as of late, after being benched in favor of Kyle Arrington earlier in the season.

"Whoever's out there on the field, if we don't have confidence in them, then we wouldn't put them out there," said Belichick.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' status for next Sunday night at Gillette Stadium is uncertain. He suffered his second concussion of the season on Sunday in a 7-3 loss to the Detroit Lions. His first concussion came in October against the Washington Redskins. He played the next week, which is why the Patriots aren't ruling him out, as they prepare for the Packers next Sunday night.

"Well, we always have to prepare for all the quarterbacks," said Belichick. "We know that this happened earlier in the year and he was back out there the next week. He's a great competitor and he's a terrific quarterback; I'm sure he'll do everything he can to be out there. Wherever that leads, and wherever that ends up, it ends up. It's out of our control. What we can control is our preparation."

Belichick said he's going to prepare for the Packers' backup quarterback, Matt Flynn, in case Rodgers doesn't make the start. But he won't draw up a completely different defensive game plan.

"Their offense is still their offense," said Belichick. "For them, if they change quarterbacks, it's not like they've got a hundred new plays that they haven't run before, just because they put one guy in there. They still run the plays that they run."

As for the Patriots players, they're being told to get ready for Rodgers, as of Monday.

"I don't know yet, but as far as what I've heard today, we're preparing for Aaron Rodgers," said Butler.

Danny Picard is on Twitter at http:twitter.comDannyPicard. You can listen to Danny on his streaming radio show I'm Just Sayin' Monday-Friday from 9-10 a.m. on CSNNE.com.

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New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has a court date next week on criminal charges stemming from a fight after he turned himself in to police and was later released on a non-monetary bond.

Revis faces aggravated assault and other charges alleging he was in a fight with two men last weekend in Pittsburgh. He answered no questions from the media as he turned himself in Friday. He later made an initial court appearance, and his next court date was scheduled for Thursday.

Revis' attorney has said Revis was physically assaulted by a group of at least five people. He said Revis "feared for his safety" and sought medical attention, but he didn't offer details about the severity of Revis' injuries.

Police say the fight started when a man began recording a video of Revis and Revis grabbed his phone and tried to delete it. Two men say they were punched and knocked out.

The New York Jets said through a spokesman they would have no further comment on Revis' situation other than their initial statement that they were aware of the matter and had spoken with Revis. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email to The Associated Press that the league was looking into the matter.

Attorney Blaine Jones said Saturday in a text message that while he was hired for the pre-indictment phase of the case, he would not be representing the Jets cornerback going forward.

Revis is due $15 million next season, including a $2 million roster bonus due on the second day of the new league year, March 10.

The $13 million in base salary includes $6 million in guaranteed money, which the Jets would owe him even if they decided to cut him before the deadline.

Revis had a bitter breakup with his agents last year and has no formal representation going forward.

Revis, who is from Aliquippa, was a star at the University of Pittsburgh and was drafted No. 14 overall by the Jets in 2007. He quickly established himself as one of the top players at his position - and in franchise history - while also earning the nickname, "Revis Island" for his penchant for routinely shutting down opposing teams' top receivers. He is in his second stint with the Jets.

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