By Danny Picard
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FOXBORO -- With Week 1 getting closer, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked about the teams captains, who havent been officially announced yet, and he responded by acknowledging New Englands solid leadership up and down the board.
I think we have a lot of good leadership on this team, regardless of who the captains are, said Belichick. Leadership will come from all the players who provide that.
When asked if Belichick ever tells players to take on more of a leadership role in the locker room, he said its just one aspect of the game that the coaching staff is telling its players to improve on.
I think we go to our players all the time and tell them what we want them to do, said Belichick. If theyre doing something well, we try and reinforce that. We tell them that theyre doing a good job with this, this is exactly what we want done, keep doing this, or this is something you need to improve on, or this is something that you could do better.
Sometimes we do that to more than one person, call them in collectively, and say, Look, heres something with you guys thats good, and heres something that isnt so good. . . . We try to coach them the best we can in all phases of the game.
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FOXBORO -- Seems as though the Bills don't quite have their stories straight.
On the one hand, you have Bills players, who say that they won't hesitate to retaliate if a Patriots player gets near one of their pregame warmup drills, as Jacoby Brissett did in Week 4.
On the other hand, you have the Bills coach, who sounded less eager for there to be any kind of scrap before this weekend's game at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
"No, I mean with us, just go out and warm up," Ryan said in a conference call Wednesday. "That’s what you do, but any of the extracurricular things, you know, there’s absolutely zero focus on that, and shouldn’t be any focus on that. It’s just about playing games.
"I mean if people want to show how tough they are, put the boxing gloves on and get in the ring or something. That might be more impressive -- I don’t want Gronk by the way.
"But I definitely don’t want to see that happen, and our focus is 100 percent on the game and doing the very best we possibly can."
It's an interesting comment from a coach who has made it very clear that he wanted to build a "bully" in Buffalo. His team shut out the Patriots after trying to intimidate New England's rookie quarterback before the game. Did his team not benefit somehow from what occurred before kickoff that day?
He doesn't think so.
"It had nothing to do with our team . . . Absolutely nothing," he said. "You know, those things happen every now and then but it was no big deal. It did absolutely nothing for us."
Tom Brady has fans everywhere, apparently. Even in Pittsburgh. Even on the Steelers roster.
Showtime's Inside the NFL caught video of Brady meeting with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger before Sunday's game between New England and Pittsburgh.
The pair hugged near the 50-yard line at Heinz Field. Brady called Roethlisberger "big guy." Roethlisberger, who was out with a knee injury, told Brady he wanted to play "so bad."
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Then Roethlisberger became a fan. And like many of them, he had a request.
"Um, hey, listen," he said. "I've never done this before, but I would love to get a jersey at some point. It'd mean...There's not many I want to put in my office. You're the best, dude."
Brady was happy to oblige. Just not right at that moment.
"Sure, I'd love to," Brady said. "I'll get you after the game."