By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard
FOXBORO -- Every once in a while, Patriots coach Bill Belichick turns a simple question into a descriptive answer, and on Wednesday, he opened up about how he handles 1-on-1 meetings with his players.
Belichick basically said that there's no set formula to how you manage the meetings, but he learned from watching other coaches, calling it one of the more challenging parts of the job.
I mean, theres 53 players, plus the practice squad, plussome other guys, so you know, its really impossible for me to hold regularmeetings with each player on a regular basis," said Belichick.So some of it depends on that players situation , or thatgame, or whatever happened to be going on that week. We talk to differentplayers at different times in different groups. Sometimes Ill meet withpositional groups. Sometimes Ill meet with individual players. Sometimes Idont. I try to do what I feel like would help the team, andwhats necessary.I would say, in football, its an interesting point, on howyou handle that. You only have so much time, so how you allocate that as a headcoach, relative to certain players or groups of players or your coaching staffand other people in the organization," added Belichick. "Its one of the challenging parts of thejob, it really is.In all honesty, I could sit down and talk to every playerabout things that I think are important. Its not that I dont want to talk tothem, its just, there are other demands too. You try to hit the things thatyou feel like will make the most difference, or do it in the most efficientway.
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FOXBORO -- The highly-anticipated first Patriots injury report of the week was released on Wednesday afternoon, and it was fairly predictable.
Both injured quarterbacks were active but limited in their practice participation, the report indicated. That comes as little surprise as both Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) and Jacoby Brissett (thumb) were spotted throwing passes early in Wednesday's practice. Neither appeared to be experiencing any significant discomfort as they made their warm-up throws.
Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower (knee) and tight end Rob Gronkowski (hamstring) were also limited. Gronkowski admitted that the team was taking it slow with him in his first game back on the field last week -- he played just 14 snaps in New England's win over Houston -- but he said on Wednesday that he hoped to go "freakin' crazy" on the field soon.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
QB Jacoby Brissett (right thumb)
OT Marcus Cannon (calf)
G Jonathan Cooper (foot)
LB Jonathan Freeny (shoulder)
QB Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder)
TE Rob Gronkowski (hamstring)
LB Dont'a Hightower (knee)
CB Eric Rowe (ankle)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
TE Charles Clay (knee)
OL Cyrus Kouandjio (ankle)
OL Patrick Lewis (knee)
WR Sammy Watkins (foot)
DB Colt Anderson (foot)
DB Ronald Darby (hamstring)
QB Cardale Jones (right shoulder)
DB Jonathan Meeks (foot)
WR Greg Salas (groin)
DB Aaron Williams (ankle)
OL Cordy Glenn (ankle)
FOXBORO -- Jimmy Garoppolo spoke Wednesday for the first time since getting his shoulder separated by the Dolphins’ Kiko Alonso. Standing by his locker, Garoppolo was predictably vague about the status of his arm, unless you consider, “Getting better day by day,” as being insightful.
The only two responses offered that were worth a damn came when asked if he could have done anything different when he got squished by Alonso while retreating and buying time.
“Just have to be smart I guess,” said Garoppolo. “I mean, it’s football and stuff’s gonna happen like that, but have to be smart in those situations.”
Asked if he regretted holding the ball as long as he did on a third-down play with the Patriots up 21-0, Garoppolo replied, “After it’s all said and done it’s easy to say that, but it’s one of those things, you’re in the heat of the game. But bottom line I have to be smarter than that.”
Meanwhile, as he worked last week to get back for Thursday night’s game against Houston, The Boston Herald reported that the Patriots were “putting pressure” on Garoppolo to be ready for the game. Working hard to get key players ready for upcoming games is standard operating procedure for a medical staff. Trying to force a player to perform is not.
I asked Garoppolo if he felt unduly pressured. He replied, “No.”