Patriots plan to use Friday to adjust to London


Patriots plan to use Friday to adjust to London

FOXBORO -- Tuesday was essentially a Wednesday for the Patriots, as they alter their weekly schedule to prepare for a game in London on Sunday.

Bill Belichick briefly discussed the effects of the trip during a conference call on Monday, but in his Tuesday press conference at Gillette Stadium, the Patriots coach went more in-depth about the team's schedule of preparation, calling Friday a "transition" day.

"We're going to try to add a little bit of extra time on the back end, to rest and kind of get adjusted and all that, rather than spend it on game planning and that kind of thing," said Belichick on Tuesday. "We're going to try to do that on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, instead of Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. We'll kind of take Friday as a travel day.

"We'll see how much we actually get done on Friday. I don't want to say it's a lost day, but I think it's certainly a big transition day for us. Saturday, hopefully we can get back into our regular routine, and treat Saturday kind of like a normal Saturday."

Belichick makes surprise address at NCAA lacrosse banquet

Belichick makes surprise address at NCAA lacrosse banquet

It's been well-established that Bill Belichick has a strong affinity for the sport of lacrosse. That the NCAA Division I men's and women's lacrosse Final Fours are taking place at Gillette Stadium this weekend means that the Patriots head coach has an opportunity to be around the highest level of college competition the sport has to offer. 

And he's taking full advantage. 

Not only did he meet with and speak to the Boston College women's team on Thursday, he's also met with the Ohio State men's team, and he took a few minutes to speak to all eight finalists at the Division I lacrosse banquet on Thursday night before the weekend of play got underway.

"I know that for us, fortunately, we've been to a lot of these games, and we've come out on the good side on some and not on the good side on others," Belichick said. "But just the experience, the competition of playing at this level and playing against this type of competition for what's at stake this weekend, it's just an awesome experience for you and your families."

Belichick explained that he had seen all eight teams play at one point or another this year, and he sounded like a fan of them all as he closed his remarks.

"It's really exciting to watch," he said. "You guys play with a lot of class, a lot of heart, a lot of toughness, and that's what I admire. Hopefully, we can play like that this coming year."