Suh and Co. pleased with pressure on Brady

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Suh and Co. pleased with pressure on Brady

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
DETROIT - The ferocity of the Lions front-seven Saturday night is exactly what the New England Patriots needed. Tom Brady was under siege in a way that can only cause the Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia, receivers coach Chad O'Shea and offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien to examine closely how to fix a problem that -- when it arises -- usually results in the Patriots getting croaked. We saw this kind of pressure in each of the Patriots last three playoff losses. To get a fresh look now against an excellent front gives those coaches plenty of ammo. The Lions defense was on-point with both coverage and pass rush, said Detroit defensive end Cliff Avril who credited the secondary for making Brady hold the ball longer than desired. "It was also the defensive tackles," Avril added. "Once we made him step up, he didn't have a lot of stepping up room so he tried to slide out a little bit to the ends and we just made the plays. But definitely the defensive backs did their thing."Brady claimed in the postgame that the Patriots were trying to go downfield on the Lions and that's why he got stuck holding a little longer. He was waiting for wideouts to uncover that never did. But the pass rush -- even though Brady tried to absolve his offensive line -- was intense. Asked if Brady was rattled, Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh said, "To be honest with you, I didn't pay attention to his emotions. My job is to continue to rattle him and be in his face. When he starts yelling at me like 'leave me alone' that is when I know I have completed my job. He didn't talk too much today. He is a good player and I respect him a lot. Ever since we played against him last Thanksgiving and I had a conversation (with him) after the game, I have a lot more respect for him. He is a great player and he keeps it in house whatever is going wrong with him, if anything."What seemed to be going wrong with him had a lot to do with Suh and Co. on this Saturday night. Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

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."