Belichick: A quick response to Ryan


Belichick: A quick response to Ryan

By Tom E. Curran

Aside from noting that rookie inside linebacker Brandon Spikes is rusty since his return from a four-game suspension, not much emanated from a round of conference calls with Bill Belichick, Nick Caserio and linebackers coach Matt Patricia today. So we'll keep tossing logs on the obligatory verbal warfare. Belichick engaged a bit, answering thusly when asked about Ryan's proclamation this is "Ryan vs. Belichick." "Well, I might have a little quickness on him," said Belichick. "Hes probably got a little more strength and power on me. So, I dont think youll see either one of us out there making any blocks or tackles or runs or throws or catches. At least you wont see me doing it. Its probably a good thing for our team." Belichick really has yet to publicly show any irritation with Ryan.Really, since he'sjoined the Jets, Belichick seems wholly unperturbed by Ryan. Amused, even. Maybe because, in the end, Ryan's just doing Belichick's motivational work for him. Asked about Ryan's approach, Belichick said,"I just try to coach my team. Im not really worried about how everybody else coaches theirs. Everybodys got their own style and a lot of coaches do a great job. Rex does a great job with his team. Im just trying to coach mine. Im not really worried about what anybody else is doing."

Tom E. Curran can be reached at Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Brown releases statement: 'I never struck my wife, and never would'


Brown releases statement: 'I never struck my wife, and never would'

Giants kicker Josh Brown released a statement via ESPN on Thursday

Brown was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list last week after more information about his history of abusing women -- a history he admitted to in documents obtained by SNY -- came to light.

"I am sorry that my past has called into question the character or integrity of The New York Giants, Mr. Mara or any of those who have supported me along the way. I have taken measures to get help so that I may be the voice of change, not a statistic. It is important to share that I never struck my wife, and never would. Abuse takes many forms, and is not a gray area. Through the past several years I have worked to identify and rectify my own behaviors. The road to rehabilitation is a journey and a constant modification of a way of life. My journey will continue forever as a person determined to leave a positive legacy and I embrace the opportunities to show and speak about what has helped me to be that man. In the interim, I am cooperating with the Giants and the NFL. Thank you to everyone that has supported me, I will not let you down."

While Brown apologized to his team, Giants owner John Mara and those who've supported him, he did not apologize to his ex-wife, Molly, or any of the other women who he, in his own words, "objectified," according to an email turned over to police. 

While Brown wanted to make clear he did not strike his wife, he did not mention the toll taken on victims of emotional or psychological abuse -- both of which he has admitted to in journal entries.

While he released a statement, there's still plenty left unsaid.