By Tom E. Curran
FOXBORO - You know Bill Belichick doesn't do Twitter or Myface or any of that. But somebody probably should get him Tweeting under the handle "StuffBBsays".On Wednesday morning, while fielding a fleet of questions about his 2010 captains that he enjoyed at first but began to weary of after a bit, Belichick was asked why the Patriots don't put the little "C" on the jerseys to denote who the captains are. He shrugged. "I guess that's another one of the new traditions in the league," he sniffed. "I've seen a lot of football games, there has been football for a long time, and there have been captains with no patches and it seemed like everything was fine. I guess that's another one of our improvements, with the new overtime rules and all that." So that would be example 374 of passive aggressivity (?) toward the powers that be. Amusing as this one was, it does not trump Belichick's reaction to the NFL's Director of Football Ops praising a hit by Brandon Meriweather a week after Meriweather drew a 50,000 fine for a helmet-to-helmet collision with Baltimore's Todd Heap. "I think that would be a first for me," Belichick said then. "The officials are now evaluating the players and their performance that's great. I can't tell you how much that means to me, really." The Patriots will hold a walk-through on Wednesday in the practice bubble. After two days off, it's clear New England's ratcheting it back this week. Asked if the walk-through was an "attempt to get healthier," Belichick said, "It's our preparation for the Dolphins. We'll be out this week, whatever the conditions are, we'll be out there and we'll deal with them."
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On Monday, Julian Edelman took a light shot at the Steelers when asked about Antonio Brown streaming Mike Tomlin’s postgame speech on Facebook Live.
"That's how that team is run," Edelman said on WEEI Monday. "I personally don't think that would be something that would happen in our locker room, but hey, whatever. Some people like red and some people like blue. Some people like tulips and some people like roses. Whatever."
Ben Roethlisberger, one of the players who was speaking during Brown’s video, was asked to respond to Edelman’s comments Wednesday. He did so by saying the Steelers are run in a manner that’s gotten them six Super Bowl championships.
“I don’t think I need to speak much,” Roethlisberger said. “We’ve got our trophies out there. I’ve got owners that I think are the best in the business. They’re family to us, and I’m sure if he talked to his owner, he would say the same thing about the Rooneys. Anybody in here in the football world or the regular world that owns the Rooneys knows what they stand for. It’s a blessing to call them a family.”
Brown, whose actions were admonished by Tomlin Tuesday, could be fined if the NFL determines that he violated the league’s social media policy. The policy is as follows:
"The use of social media by coaches, players, and other club football operations personnel is prohibited on game day (including halftime) beginning 90 minutes before kickoff until after the post-game locker room is open to the media and players have first fulfilled their obligation to be available to the news media who are at the game."
Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown posted an apology on social media Tuesday night for his Facebook Live video that has caused a stir over the last few days.
"I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans," said Brown in a statement on his Twitter. ""It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions.
"I'm sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while we're preparing for a big game on Sunday."
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect" on Sunday's game against the Patriots, but it was "selfish and inconsiderate" of his star wide receiver.
Brown could still be fined for violating the league's social-media policy. The policy states that players, coaches and football operations personnel are banned from using social media on game days 90 minutes before kickoff, during games, and before "traditional media interviews."