Quick hits from Belichick's press conference


Quick hits from Belichick's press conference

FOXBORO A few highlights from Bill Belichick's Monday afternoon press conference:

Randy Moss' third-quarter touchdown reception, one of the prettiest plays you'll ever see and the 150th TD of his career, is one we'll be talking about all season. But for Belichick, it was just another in a long line of ridiculous catches that he's seen from Moss.

"It was a terrific catch, but I think we've seen that play in practice at least a dozen times," Belichick said. "The first time it happened I was like, 'Wow, my God,' but then you see it again, and again. I'm not saying it was a routine play, I don't mean it that way. Just that for those of us at practice, who watch Randy, I've seen that play a number of times. "

After Jets safety Eric Smith sent Wes Welker to the sidelines with a crushing (and illegal) first-quarter hit, Belichick was seen engaging the officials in a relatively volatile conversation. Belichick was vague on the details of the talk, but made his opinion on the matter very clear.

"I don't think that's really what the league's looking for, he siad. "Those plays. I can't imagine that they are.

The coach was asked specifically about the play of two of his younger defensive players. Rookie Jermaine Cunningham, who made two tackles as a reserve, and second-year defensive end Ron Brace, who struggled for most of the preseason (with injury and conditioning) but started at right defensive end and made four tackles against the Jets.

"I'd say Cunningham's a little farther along from last week against Cincinnati, Belichick said. "It's almost like his second preseason game, really. He hasn't had a lot of opportunity to play. But Jermaine's working hard. He's coming along. He's doing things better in practice. Some of the things show up in the game, some of them don't because the opportunities aren't there, but we'll see how it goes."

"Overall, our run defense was competitive, he said when questioned on Brace, "and there were also times where we were a little softer than we want to be. But Ron's gotten some time in. He got off to a slow a start in training camp but he's picked it up and gotten more reps and playing time."

The overall mood of the press conference was, as you'd imagine, pretty somber, but at the end, Belichick was asked if, despite all the negatives, there was anything positive that jumped out as he reviewed the game

"Not enough," Belichick said. And that was that.
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Watch Tom Brady's daughter Vivian tear it up on ski slopes

Watch Tom Brady's daughter Vivian tear it up on ski slopes

Tom Brady's daughter Vivian is a natural on skis.

The New England Patriots quarterback and apparently proud father posted a comical video of his 4-year-old daughter tearing it up on the ski hill. Vivian took on the bottom section of the run while adhering to the all-important instructions from the Super Cool Ski Instructor from the Comedy Central show, "South Park."

Brady added the audio from the "South Park" ski instructor to the video of his daughter skiing, and included a joke about "french frying" and "pizzaing" at the correct moments. 

"That’s my girl! Pizzaing when she's supposed to pizza, French frying when she's supposed to French fry... NOT having a bad time!!" Brady joked on Instagram.

Curran: Jets' 2015 tampering with Revis more extensive than NFL revealed

Curran: Jets' 2015 tampering with Revis more extensive than NFL revealed

The Patriots obviously got it right when they pushed away from the table during the Darrelle Revis bidding war in 2015. 

The once-great corner spent the 2016 season languishing on the field. He’s spending the early part of the offseason reacting negatively to backpack journalism after midnight. 


But the alleged double KO by Revis and his buddies isn’t what prompts this submission. 

It’s the revelation from Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News that the tampering the Jets engaged in when they were prying Revis loose from the Patriots was way, way more involved than what the NFL fined them for. And that Jets owner Woody Johnson knew all about it. 

Mehta leads his piece revealing that, long before free agency opened in 2015, Revis “was ready to squeeze more money out of [Johnson] who he knew would be willing to overpay for his services again.”

Mehta reports that, “back-channel discussions with the Jets in February set the foundation for a Revis reunion . . . 

“Team officials in stealth mode communicated with Revis, Inc., through private cell phones and face-to-face covert meetings at the 2015 Scouting Combine rather than make calls from the team's landlines at their Florham Park facility. No paper trails were a must.

“Johnson, the driving force behind bringing back Revis to right a wrong in his mind, endorsed all of it.”

The Patriots -- who were in the midst of the Deflategate colonoscopy that resulted in absurd-level discipline -- lodged a complaint with the league over the Jets tampering after Revis signed with the Jets in mid-March of 2015. 

The Jets were fined $100,000 but weren’t docked any draft picks.. The tender wrist slap came, ostensibly, because Johnson moronically stated at a December press conference that he’d “love” to have Revis return to New York. 

Maybe Johnson wasn’t being a dummy. That comment provided cover for the league office -- which has a documented history of treating the two NYC franchises with kid gloves -- to let the Jets off easy. 

Mehta’s article is the latest offering from him since completing his heel turn against Revis. 

Mehta did everything but fly the plane to bring Revis to New York once the 2014 season ended. And this is what he wrote the day the Jets penalty came down: 

The NFL’s attempt to uncover any dirt was an exercise in futility, a witch hunt driven by nonsense from a hypocritical organization with no reason to feel threatened by its competitor. 

You may wonder what’s the point? 

Clearly, the Patriots got it right while the Jets cheated, got what they wanted, and are now getting what they deserved. 

And everyone already knows the league office’s investigations and operations arms under the brutally incompetent leadership of Troy Vincent are a laughingstock. 

All true. But if I don’t write this now, I may have no recollection of this particular instance of league corruption given the absolute avalanche of other incidents