Belichick discusses life without Hernandez

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Belichick discusses life without Hernandez

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard
FOXBORO --With the report that Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez willmiss some time because of an MCL sprain that he suffered on Sunday, BillBelichick addressed the issue moving forward, and how his offense will make upfor the receiving numbers hes put up through the first two weeks.

We have a lot of different skill players in our offense,said Belichick on Monday at Gillette Stadium. Weve got a lot of differentformations. We use multiple personnel groups, multiple formations. Whatever wehave to do, well use some combination of those.

Belichick has watched the film, and is ready to turn thepage and move onto the next game in Buffalo.

But before that page is completely turned, Belichick talkedabout some of the good and the bad from Sundays win over the San DiegoChargers, including how his defense was able to keep tight end Antonio Gatesreception-less.

Belichick doesnt believe they did anything revolutionaryto stop Gates, but seemed genuinely proud of the way his defense executed theirmixed-coverage scheme on him.

We tried to mix it up and switch our coverage looks betweenjamming receivers, said Belichick. Wed double him on the line and jam, notdouble him on the line and try to get more pass rush, double him down thefield. We had various degrees of success and not so successful times, doingthat. But we tried to keep him off-balance, give him a little mix, change thecoverages up a little bit.

The Patriots allowed 470 total yards on Sunday, which included372 passing yards. That comes just a week after allowing 516 passing yards tothe Miami Dolphins in Week 1.

Still, the Patriots are 2-0 on the early season, and havedone their fair share of damage on the offensive side as well. But as forwhats been going wrong in the secondary, Belichick said it has nothing to dowith one specific thing or player.

Id say the big problem we had yesterday was, we had ourchances to get off the field, and we just didnt do a good job of it, saidBelchick. Several plays we couldnt make on third down, that I think werepretty makeable plays. We just didnt make them.

As previously stated, the Patriots have battled those highpassing yards from opposing offenses, with extremely high passing yards oftheir own, which have included two 99-yard touchdown drives, which Belichickcalls a product of staying away from long-yardage situations.

If you were wondering what the officials were trying toreview in the fourth quarter, following a Vincent Jackson touchdown and theensuing extra point, then Belichick would be the wrong person to go to in orderto get an answer.

Belichick said on Monday that he had no idea what the reviewwas for, because under the new NFL rule of reviewing each scoring play, theofficials dont tell the coaches what theyre reviewing.

On a scoring play, its an automatic review of the scoringplay, including the extra point, which is a scoring play, said Belichick. Sowhat they were looking at, they dont tell us. We just sit there and look dumblike everybody else. Then they come out and say it was a touchdown, or if itwasnt, then they tell us it wasnt.

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Patriots-Steelers game notes: Pats shooting for record ninth Super Bowl berth

Patriots-Steelers game notes: Pats shooting for record ninth Super Bowl berth

A quick look at the information you need to know about tonight's Patriots-Steelers game:

TEAM RECORDS: Patriots 15-2, Steelers 13- 5

GAME TIME: 6:40 p.m. EST

TV: CBS

TV ANNOUNCERS: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson

NATIONAL RADIO NETWORKS: Westwood One

NATIONAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Kevin Harlan, Dan Fouts and Ross Tucker

LOCAL RADIO NETWORK: Anchored by WBZ-FM (98.5 The Sports Hub)

LOCAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Bob Socci and Scott Zolak

ALL-TIME SERIES BETWEEN THE TEAMS: Steelers lead, 15-14

LAST MEETING: Patriots 27, Steelers 16 on Oct. 23, 2016 at Heinz Field

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QUICK FACTS
-- Bill Belichick is coaching in his NFL-record 11th conference championship game. Tom Brady is playing in his NFL-record 11th conference championship game.

-- The Patriots are 8-4 in AFC Championship Games, including 5-1 in games played in Foxboro and 4-1 at Gillette Stadium.

-- The Patriots are 30-19 in postseason games, including 19-4 at home (3-1 at Schaefer/Sullivan/Foxboro Stadium, 16-3 at Gillette).

-- The Patriots' 30 postseason victories are tied with the 49ers for fourth-most in NFL history, behind the Cowboys (34), Steelers (34) and Packers (32).

-- The Patriots' .612 winning percentage in postseason games is third-best in NFL history, behind the Ravens (15-8, .652) and Packers (34-21, .618).

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MILESTONES
-- If the Patriots win today they will qualify for their ninth Super Bowl, most in NFL history. They are currently tied with the Cowboys, Broncos and Steelers at eight.

-- If the Patriots win today, Robert Kraft will set an NFL record for most conference championships by an owner (8) in the Super Bowl era. He is currently tied with the Denver Broncos' Pat Bowler at seven.

-- If the Patriots win today, Bill Belichick will move into a tie with Bill Walsh for third place on the NFL list of best postseason coaching winning percentage. Belichick (who would be 25-10 with a victory) and Walsh (10-4) would have .714 winning percentage. Belichick is currently in fifth place, two percentage points behind Joe Gibbs (17-7, .708). Vince Lombardi (9-1, .900) is in first place and Tom Flores (8-3. .727) is second.

-- If the Patriots win today, Belichick will advance to his seventh Super Bowl as a head coach, which would be most in NFL history. He is currently tied with Don Shula at six.

-- Tom Brady (8) needs one more playoff game with three or more touchdown passes to tie Joe Montana (9) for most three-plus TD playoff games since the 1970 NFL merger.

-- Stephen Gostkowski (142) needs 11 points to tie Gary Anderson for third place on the NFL's all-time list of kicking points in the postseason. Adam Vinatieri (234) is first and David Akers (175) is second.

-- Julian Edelman (76) needs nine receptions to tie Andre Reed (85) for sixth place on the NFL's all-time list of postseason receptions. Michael Irvin is fifth at 88, and Hines Ward and Wes Welker are tied for third at 88.

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TONIGHT'S OFFICIALS
-- REFEREE: Terry McAulay. UMPIRE: Rich Hall. HEAD LINESMAN: Wayne Mackie. LINE JUDGE: Mark Perlman. FIELD JUDGE: Scott Edwards. SIDE JUDGE: Boris Cheek. BACK JUDGE: Tony Steratore. ALTERNATES: John Parry, Mark Steinkerchner, Rich Martinez. REPLAY OFFICIAL: Mike Wimmer. SUPERVISOR: Gary Slaughter.

Brady goes back to high school for pregame social media post

Brady goes back to high school for pregame social media post

Tom Brady's pregame Facebook and Instagram post Sunday shows him wearing a different No. 12 uniform, that of Serra High School in San Mateo, Calif.

The Patriots quarterback, looking for his seventh Super Bowl trip Sunday night when he faces the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium in his and his team's sixth consecutive AFC Championship Game, posted the old photo and message on both his Facebook and newly opened Instagram accounts.

My family, my friends, my teammates, my coaches, Pats nation, my schools, our fans... I'm playing for you today. LET'S GO

Posted by Tom Brady on Sunday, January 22, 2017