Belichick: DeOssie changed punting game


Belichick: DeOssie changed punting game

By Danny Picard Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard
FOXBORO --With news that the Patriots signed veteran long snapper JamesDearth on Tuesday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick talked in-depth about what he called a key position, and went out of his way to proclaim Steve DeOssie as the manwho single-handedly changed the position.

I think the risk that you run, when you have a regularplayer doing something like that, if something were to happen to them, thenyoud need a replacement in such a key position, said Belichick.

The guy that really changed the game was DeOssie, addedBelichick. When Dallas had him, they went to the spread front formation. Hewas able to snap and block. Prior to that, most teams kept their ends tight."

Belichick said that DeOssie changed the punting game from a9-on-10 at the line of scrimmage, to an 8-on-8, thanks to his special abilityto both snap and block. Before DeOssie did that, the center wasnt responsiblefor a man, and therefore, the kicking team was outnumbered.

DeOssies talents allowed punting teams to spread the ends,and clear things up, changing the game and the position. For that reason, the Patriots went out of their way to sign another long snapper Tuesday.

In a lot of respects, Steve really changed, in my opinion,he changed the punting game in the National Football League, and in college aswell, said Belichick. He was the first one to really allow teams to do that.And then people copied it, and other snappers came along.

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Steelers RB Williams tweets nonsensical video about Patriots fan, deflated football


Steelers RB Williams tweets nonsensical video about Patriots fan, deflated football

DeAngelo Williams is not a Patriots fan. The Steelers running back took a shot at Bill Belichick back in February, and in July, after Tom Brady accepted his four-game suspension for Deflategate, Williams said he was happy the Patriots were going to be running into issues to start this season. 

I am glad they got problems. I don't care,” Williams said. “Everybody has their problems, and I am glad they have theirs.”

Williams' most recent shot at the Patriots is a confusing one. It's clear he had an idea. He probably even thought it was a funny idea. The execution, though, was . . . lacking. Instead of a production put on by a multi-millionaire, the video he tweeted on Saturday looked more like something written and shot by a couple of third graders then slapped up on YouTube. 

Hey, DeAngelo? Yeah, um, what was that? He may not get back to us so if anyone out there has any answers, by all means, leave a comment.

NFL IN LONDON: Giants pick off Rams, 17-10


NFL IN LONDON: Giants pick off Rams, 17-10

LONDON -- The New York Giants capitalized on four interceptions of Case Keenum to defeat the Los Angeles Rams 17-10 Sunday in the first NFL game played at London's home of English rugby, a sold-out and raucous Twickenham Stadium.

Keenum, coming off the best start of his career, had the Rams at the Giants' 15-yard line with 50 seconds left when he lobbed a pass in the left corner of the end zone that Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie easily picked off. Keenum's intended target, Brian Quick, failed to get the quarterback's audible and cut off his route early.

Keenum, who finished 32-of-53 for 291 yards and one touchdown, has thrown an interception on the Rams' final offensive play of the last three games. That likely will fuel debate on a potential quarterback change to overall No. 1 draft pick Jared Goff.

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