Seymour tight-lipped about seeing old team

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Seymour tight-lipped about seeing old team

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran

FOXBORO - Richard Seymour's conference call visit with the New England media on Wednesday was noteworthy more for what he didn't say than what he did.

The first first-round draft choice during the Bill Belichick era, traded away suddenly in September 2009, was all business during the call.

At the end, Seymour was asked, "Are you hoping to catch up with Bill Belichick at all, before or after the game on Sunday?"

Seymour replied, "All my teammates out there. I dont have a problem with any of them."

The response is open to interpretation.

Seymour may have meant that, in addition to Belichick, he's hoping to catch up with "all (his) teammates out there."

Or he could have been specifically omitting Belichick and saying that he has no problem with any of his former teammates.

Whatever the answer truly meant is nice fodder for speculation about grudges and hurt feelings. Suffice to say Belichick isn't on Seymour's Christmas card list. But will their strained relationship impact this game? Probably not much.

Seymour would be motivated whether he was traded or left as a free agent. And his talking points Wednesday were torn from the Patriots' guide to speaking to the media. Few specifics. Short, to-the-point answers.

"Its a big game for us," acknowledged Seymour. "We have to bring our A game in order to beat them. This is a team that we respect and they have a lot of good players, so well put our best foot forward."

Seymour wasn't willing to discuss the deal that delivered New England a first-round draft pick last April (Nate Solder).

He said simply, "For me it was a business decision. They could have gone in any route that they wanted to in terms of the draft. I dont really get caught up in who they got and what pick was it. I cant control any of that. The only thing I can control is how well I go out and play and continue to do that. Thats really it from my standpoint. I dont really look at it any other way."

Seymour's play and his off-field influence on the team was a frequent touchstone Wednesday.

Asked about his former teammate, Tom Brady said, "Hes obviously a leader in that defensive front there and when he gets going, they all get going. Thats the thing, they really rally around him. When he makes his plays, then they all start making plays. So its got to be important for us to try to figure out ways to slow him down."

The only person Seymour discussed specifically was the late Myra Kraft. Seymour came to her funeral in July.

"For me, Myra was a great lady, she was great to the Kraft family - was great to me and my family," he explained. "I have a lot of respect for her and I just wanted to pay my respects. It isnt anything about football its about life. You know how valuable and precious life is.

"I know how much Mr. Kraft cared for his wife and loved her and he was always an example for me and my wife to follow in terms of how he treated her and how she treated him. For me, its about the type of person you are at the end of the day, so I just wanted to go and pay my respects."

Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran.

Van Noy sees playing-time bump as he learns Patriots language

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Van Noy sees playing-time bump as he learns Patriots language

When Kyle Van Noy was traded to the Patriots in late October, he had a lot to learn. He needed to understand the layout of his new team's maze-like facility. He needed to adjust to a new locker room. He needed to adapt to a new home. 

He also had to become fluent in a new language.

The former Lions 'backer was inactive for two weeks before he was comfortable enough with the Patriots system -- and the coaching staff was comfortable enough with him -- to get on the field. He played 29 snaps against the Niners in first game with his new club, then saw 28 plays against the Jets. On Sunday he saw his role expand as he played 40 of a possible 51 plays, which was more than Shea McClellin (38) or Dont'a Hightower (33). 

"Kyle has done a great job of working really hard to acclimate to what we’re doing, and he has had to learn really fast as far as the system, the communication, the language," said defensive coordinator Matt Patricia on a conference call Tuesday. "It’s like when you go to a different system, offensively or defensively, a lot of times it’s just learning the vernacular and the verbiage . . . That’s a big part of it. Then getting more familiar with that kind of terminology and the communication is critical because there’s a lot of calls and adjustments, things like that that we’ve got to do on the field."

Van Noy was making some of those calls himself on Sunday as he wore the green dot on his helmet when Hightower was on the sidelines. Even with the added responsibility, Van Noy was able to play freely enough that he put together what might have been the best game of his three-year career. 

Used at the end of the line of scrimmage as well as in a more traditional off-the-line linebacker role, Van Noy was effective in defending both the pass and the run: He stuffed three Rams rush attempts, he recorded a quarterback hit that led to an incompletion, he drew a holding call, and he recorded an athletic interception when he tracked a wobbling Jared Goff pass that floated over the middle after Jabaal Sheard hit Goff's arm as the rookie released his throw.

After several of his stand-out plays, Van Noy was visibly excited on the field and later on the sidelines. It was the culmination of six weeks of work, learning as much as he could from a coaching staff that was eager to teach him. 

"He’s extremely prideful in his work and his approach to the game," Patricia said. "He’s very cerebral. He’ll ask a lot of questions. He really wants to understand what we’re doing and why, which is great. We’re trying to give him those answers and insight into kind of where some of this either came from or developed or situations like that so that’s really good."