Belichick deflects Haynesworth questions


Belichick deflects Haynesworth questions

By Tom E. Curran Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
FOXBORO - Bill Belichick held his first press conference of 2011 and steered clear of discussing the 330-pound bombshell that dropped earlier today, the Albert Haynesworth deal. "Talked to Mike Shanahan last night and we're in the process of, acquiring process of Haynesworth, but that's not complete yet so I can't really comment on that until it's completed. If it does get completed," Belichick said with scrambled syntax. "We'll see how that goes."Asked if there was a contract holdup, Belichick said, "We'll talk about it when it's done."Asked to describe Haynesworthgenerally, Belichick said, "We'll talk about him when it's finished. If it's finished. Not there yet."What kind of pass rush needdo the Patriots have was the next probe sent forth. "Defensively the two things you want to do is pressure the quarterback andcover the receivers in the passing game," Belichick offered. "That's what pass defense is. Those two things working together, the timing of it, the coordination of it andthe execution of it, that's what the passing game is all about. You can never have too much pass rush, you can never have too much pass coverage."Given Haynesworth's checkered past which includes road rage, an on-field stomping, a sexual assault accusation, an accident while driving 100 mph in his Ferrari and outright quitting on the Washington Redskins because he didn't like the way he was deployed, it's important the Patriots know what the hell they're getting into.
Asked about the process for getting to know a player with a troubled past, Belichick said, "Any time you acquire a player, no matter how you do it, you always want to be comfortable bringing that player onto your team. Whether you draft him, sign him, trade for him, however you do it, that's what you want to try to do."Is this Patriots team strong enough to absorb aplayer like Haynesworth? Belichick was asked about the team's leadership - shaky in 2009 but improved in 2010. "I have no idea," he insisted. "We haven't even set foot on the field. It's a new year, new team, totally blank slate. I have no idea what we have right now. We haven't even gotten in a huddle yet."

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Butler imitates Brown with post-interception dance: 'Nothing personal'


Butler imitates Brown with post-interception dance: 'Nothing personal'

Malcolm Butler didn't mean any disrespect. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. 


When the Patriots corner picked off a Landry Jones pass in the first quarter -- one that was intended for receiver Antonio Brown -- Butler stood up in the end zone, faced the Heinz Field crowd, stuck one arm in the air But and gyrated like someone had attached jumper cables to his facemask. 

He was doing his best to mimick one of Brown's well-known touchdown dances.

"Me and Brown had conversation before," Butler said, "and it was a joke to him once I showed him how I do it. Much love for that guy. Nothing personal."

For Butler, it was the highlight of what was a productive afternoon. The third-year corner was asked to shadow Brown for much of the day, and he held Brown to five catches on nine targets for 94 yards. He also broke up a pair of passes intended for Brown's teammates.

“Stopping Antonio Brown, that’s impossible," Butler said. "You can’t stop him. You can only slow him down. I just went out there and tried to compete today . . . Great players are going to make plays but you have to match their intensity.”
Even on the longest throw from backup quarterback Landry Jones to Brown, a 51-yarder, it appeared as though Butler played the coverage called correctly. 

Butler lined up across from Brown and trailed him underneath as Brown worked his way from the left side of the field to the right. Butler was looking for some help over the top in that scenario, seemingly, but because Brown ran across the formation, it was hard for the back end of the defense to figure out who would be helping Butler. 

Coach Bill Belichick admitted as much after the game. 

"He was on [Brown] a lot the way we set it up," Belichick said. "Look, they've got great players. They're tough to cover. They hit us on a couple over routes, in cut where they kind of ran away from the coverage that we had. 

"The plays were well designed. Good scheme, good thorws and obviously good routes by Brown. They got us on a couple, but I thought we competed hard. We battled all the way. We battled on third down. We battled in the red area. They made some. We made some, but they're good. They have a lot of good players."

And Brown, in particular, is about as close as it gets to unstoppable in the NFL. Butler found that out in Week 1 of last year when he matched up with Brown in his first game as a starter, giving up 9 catches for 133 yards to the All-Pro wideout. 

Though Sunday might not have been perfect for Butler, it was better than that day about 14 months ago. And at times, it was worth dancing about. 

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Seahawks, Cardinals miss OT FGs, tie 6-6


SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Seahawks, Cardinals miss OT FGs, tie 6-6

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Seattle's Stephen Hauschka and Arizona's Chandler Catanzaro missed short field goals that would have won the game in overtime and the Seahawks and Cardinals settled for a 6-6 tie Sunday night.

Hauschka's 27-yard field goal was wide left with seven seconds left after Catanzaro's 24-yarder bounced off the left upright.

The tie was the Cardinals' first since Dec. 7, 1986, a 10-10 draw at Philadelphia when the franchise was based in St. Louis. It was the first for the Seattle since entering the NFL in 1976.

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