Smerlas: Too early to question Belichick's reputation

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Smerlas: Too early to question Belichick's reputation

Ex-NFL lineman Fred Smerlas says it's too early to question, as Michael Felger is doing, Bill Belichick's reputation as a defensive genius.

In the light of the Pats' defensive meltdown Sunday in Buffalo, Felger wondered why Belichick has the reputation as a great defensive coach. But Smerlas says this year's team is still learning to play together.

We saw a whole new group of players come in that we thought could play," he told Felger Monday on 'Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight'. "It's the third game; they haven't performed. Albert Haynesworth hasn't played as well as we thought he would. Andre Carter, we thought he'd play better. Mark Anderson, Shawn Ellis . . . So you're going to have to give them a little bit of time.

"You're right. If this does not pan out, this will be on Belichick's head because he brought these guys in.

"I feel that these players are much better than what they had last year. If they keep performing at this level, it's a disaster. But there's still plenty of time, Felgie."

Bennett to critics: ‘You take a paycut’

Bennett to critics: ‘You take a paycut’

Martellus Bennett is as good at Twitter as he is at football. Add to that the fact that all eyes are on whether the free agent will stay in New England and the @MartysaurusRex account becomes a must-follow. 

On Wednesday, Bennett put his powers to good use and shared a glimpse into his line of thinking regarding free agency.

Bennett, who could very well leave the Pats for more money, responded to a criticism of his desire to get paid and followed it with several more musings. 

Report: Belichick may be called to testify in Hernandez trial

Report: Belichick may be called to testify in Hernandez trial

Bill Belichick, identified as "William Belichick," has been added to the list of potential defense witnesses who could testify during the upcoming double-homicide trial of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, according to the Boston Herald.

Per the Herald, the new list of potential witnesses for the defense also includes Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, who was Hernandez's teammate at the University of Florida. 

Belichick, McDaniels and Pouncey aren't guaranteed to testify, but their presence on the civilian witness list makes their presence in court a possibility. 

Hernandez's trial is scheduled to start next Wednesday. He's accused of killing Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu and Safiro Furtado back in July of 2012. Hernandez is currently serving a life sentence after being convicted of the murder Odin Lloyd in 2013.