Belichick: 'Two out of three . . . way it should be'


Belichick: 'Two out of three . . . way it should be'

By Tom E. Curran

Bill Belichick discounted the importance of the Patriots' 45-3 depantsing of the New York Jets in Week 13 during a conference call Sunday afternoon.
War Room: Jets don't pose much of a threat
"I don't think the last game or the first game means a whole lot," said Belichick. "We're ready for a whole new week of preparation. Seems every time you play a team, things go a lot differently. We're not expecting anything other than starting this game off and trying to do a better job than the Jets do next Sunday afternoon."Belichick says he watched the entirety of the Wild Card win by New York over the Colts, calling it a "terrific game." He held off on attacking the theactual preparation until Sunday, though. "I'm not much of a night person," he said. Belichick was pretty chipper last week but the shade has been drawn on that, which you could tell in his tone during the call. You can also tell he relishes the chance to play New York again. "We split with them, now it will be the best two-out-of-three which is probably the way it should be," he said. "We'll find out which team will advance."Given the nature of New York's win over the Colts - a field goal at the gun to win it - Belichick was asked if he expected the Jets to have any additional momentum. "I don't think what happened last week or some game in December . . . will have too much bearing on it," he answered. "What happens between now and kickoff and how the teams perform once the game starts will decide the winner."Belichick said he didn't begin thinking of playing Indy when Adam Vinatieri drilled a go-ahead kick in the final minute.
"In this league, you don't think it's over until the final gun goes off," he warned. "Whether we're playing in a game or we're watching a game.A lot of things happen at the end. That's why ratings are so high. People don't turn off their sets. They want to see how it turns out."There's no mistaking the succinct message Belichick will deliver to his team. Asked what he would tell his rookies they should keep in mind about playoff football, he answered, "If you lose, you go home."That wasfollowed by about 10 seconds of uncomfortable silence.
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Perry's Patriots 53-man roster projection


Perry's Patriots 53-man roster projection

With New England Patriots organized workouts finished until next month, Phil Perry puts together another 53-man roster projection.

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Affleck offers passionate Brady defense when asked about Deflategate


Affleck offers passionate Brady defense when asked about Deflategate

When the topic of Deflategate was broached on HBO's Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons, which debuted this week, Ben Affleck became all kinds of fired up.

"What they did was suspend Tom Brady for four days for not giving them his [expletive] cellphone," Affleck said. "I would never give an organization as leak-prone as the NFL my [expletive] cellphone . . . so you can just look through my emails and listen to my voicemails?"

Affleck grew up in Cambridge, Mass. and is a passionate Patriots fan. He made no attempts to hide his fandom, and his appreciation for Brady, as he and Simmons (also a Patriots fan) discussed the football-deflation controversy that has now lasted well over a year. 

Affleck, who said he would want to cast himself as Brady if ever a Deflategate movie was made, harped on the fact that the league wanted Brady to turn over his phone. 

"Maybe Tom Brady is so [expletive] classy and such a [expletive] gentleman," Affleck said, "that he doesn’t want people to know that he may have reflected on his real opinion on some of his co-workers."

Brady is waiting for the Second Circuit to make a decision as to whether or not it will rehear his case against the NFL. Earlier this offseason, the Second Circuit reinstated Brady's four-game suspension issued by the league when a three-judge panel ruled in favor of the NFL, 2-1. 

Pro Football Talk wrote on Thursday that a decision from the Second Circuit could come at any time. If the rehearding request is denied, Brady could then take the case to the Supreme Court. Should the Second Circuit grant Brady a rehearing, his suspension would be delaed until the court reached a decision. In that case, Brady could potentially play the entire 2016 season before a decision came to pass.