It Is What It Is
Follow football writer Christopher Price at In addition, get the latest updates at
A Patriots Blog Blog Network

Brady lands at No. 21 on NFL’s Top 100 list

10.18.10 at 8:07 pm ET
By   |   Comments

Not sure what people are going to think about the choice of presenter, but the NFL’s Top 100 (an outstanding series) has announced that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is No. 21 on their list. You can’t embed the video, but check out the segment on Brady here.

Read More: Tom Brady,

Bill Belichick Q&A, 10/18

10.18.10 at 8:02 pm ET
By   |   Comments

Thanks to the Patriots’€™ PR staff, here’€™s the complete transcript of today’€™s Q&A between Bill Belichick and the media:

BB: Well, it was certainly good to watch the game this morning knowing what the outcome was. It was really a hard-fought game going back and forth for 70 minutes, whatever it was, 73 minutes, however many it was. Good feeling to come out on top. The Ravens are a good football team. They did a lot of things well. I thought we just were fortunate to be able to make a couple more plays than they did and come out on top. As I said after the game, I think our captains in particular did a real good job of setting the pace and bringing some guys with them. The team practiced well. We went over a lot of situations that came up in the game. I think that helped us. Hopefully, we can build on this one, have another good week of practice and play well out in San Diego. It’€™s a real good football team. They’€™ve had a couple of disappointing losses, but you watch them on film, they’€™re real good on offense, defense, and also have a lot outstanding football players, well-coached. We know what it’€™s like to go out there and get hammered, what happened to us two years ago. They’€™re good. We have a lot of work to do to get ready for them this week.

Q: You mentioned the captains. Can you talk about the decision to make Alge Crumpler a captain?
BB: With Kevin [Faulk] being injured and Tom [Brady] really being the only other offensive captain, who’€™s a quarterback, that position is a  little different than all the others positions on the team. We just felt like it would be good to add somebody. We talked about it as a group, and felt like Alge would be a good choice.

Q: It seems like whenever the tight end group comes up Tom Brady is creating reasons to talk about Alge Crumpler and the impact he has had on this team. What does Alge bring?
BB: He’€™s very professional. Alge’€™s really smart. He’€™s into football. He works hard at it. He has a great presence. He’€™s one of those guys that just seems like he always does the right thing no matter what the situation is. Whether it’€™s in a game, in practice, in a meeting, in a walk through, whether it’€™s a decision on the play, whether it’€™s the way his demeanor is at that particular time, he knows when to smile, he knows when to be serious, he knows when to [step up], when to back off, when to gear it up, when to say and do the right thing. He’€™s constantly helping his teammates and making reminders to them or telling them what to do to help them work off of him and so forth. I guess I think the best way I can put it is it seems like he always does the right thing no matter what the situation is. On or off the field, in the locker room, meetings, practice, it just seems like he always does the right thing.

Q: You guys had five third down stops in the fourth quarter and overtime, and you used that same package. Had you shown that before? Is there something in the past that made you bring that up? Or what did you like particularly about that package?
BB: No, we’€™ve used that throughout the year, one defensive lineman, well not [Dane] Fletcher. He hasn’€™t played a lot. It’€™s the most plays that Dane’€™s had on defense. But we’€™ve used one defensive lineman and either five linebackers and five DBs or four linebackers and six DBs.

Q: What did you see from that package?
BB: We played a little better coverage a little bit differently than we did with our regular nickel package. So it was just a little changeup. This is why I don’€™t think it’€™s a real big thing. It worked well for us, don’€™t get me wrong, but it wasn’€™t like we recreated a defense or anything.
Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Bill Belichick,

Bill Belichick on The Big Show: ‘We have to play by the rules’

10.18.10 at 6:58 pm ET
By   |   Comments

Patriots coach Bill Belichick made his weekly appearance on The Big Show Monday afternoon as part of WEEI’s Patriots Monday from Gillette Stadium. Belichick talked about the physical nature of Sunday’s win over the Ravens.

“It’s two physical teams, both teams playing hard, there was a lot at stake,” he said. “The game came right down the wire. It went 13 extra minutes. There were a lot of hard-hitting, tough plays by a lot of tough, hard-hitting football players. That’s the way it is. I think it was a physical game. I know we’ve got a lot of sore guys in our locker room. I’m sure they do today, too. I’m glad we were able to come out with three more points than they had.”

Following are highlights of the conversation, including Belichick’s thoughts on Brandon Meriweather‘s head-to-hit hit on Todd Heap and possible repercussions from the league. To hear the interview, go to The Big Show audio on demand page.

On the defense’s improvement in Sunday’s game:

I think the biggest thing was third down. We played better on third down in the second half, particularly in the fourth quarter. ‘€¦ Overall, I thought the players played hard. We made some adjustments.

On if there was any carryover of confidence from the Miami game:

I think it reinforced some things, probably, yeah. It’s a different game, and a whole different set of problems with Baltimore. But I think the  fact that we built on ‘€” we’ve kind of gotten a little bit better each week. Regardless of the stats or the score or anything else, I think just watching us play and coaching us, I feel like we’ve gotten better every week.

We’ve prepared a little bit better, we’ve executed a little bit better. We’re more aware of certain situations and things that come up in the game, even though they might only come up one time. And they might not come up at all. But when they do come up, we seem like we”re more on top of it and we anticipate it a little bit better. So, hopefully, we can continue doing that.

It was like the quarterback sneak on third-and-1. The players were on that, they were on that right away. The situation, they were alert for it, then they got the look. They jumped in there. Jermaine Cunningham was playing right end and he was all the way down on the guard on that play. So, there’s sometimes where those things ‘€” not that that situation happened in the Miami game, it didn’t ‘€” but just the awareness and the confidence to say, “I know what this is, I’m going to kind of not do so much of my responsibility because I know what this play is.” Just kind of play the play sometimes.

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Bill Belichick, Brandon Meriweather, Jermaine Cunningham,

Report: Junior Seau arrested, then car goes off cliff

10.18.10 at 1:13 pm ET
By   |   Comments

Former Patriot Junior Seau was in an accident in which his car fell off a cliff near his San Diego-area home shortly after he was released from jail early Monday morning following his arrest on suspicion of domestic violence, according to a report from that cited law enforcement officials. The report indicated Seau survived the accident and was transported to a local hospital.

Seau, a 12-time Pro Bowler, was the fifth overall pick by the Chargers in the 1990 draft out of USC. He played for San Diego through the 2002 season before being traded to the Dolphins. After three seasons in Miami, he announced his retirement. However, just days later he signed with the Patriots. He played two full seasons in Foxboro and parts of the last two campaigns.

To read the report at TMZ, which includes a photo of the car, click here.

Read More: Junior Seau,

Danny Woodhead on D&H: ‘Everyone wants to win so badly’

10.18.10 at 12:52 pm ET
By   |   Comments

Patriots running back Danny Woodhead visited with Dale & Holley at Gillette Stadium as pat of WEEI’s Patriots Monday. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.

The Jets castoff said he wasn’t sure what to expect when he was signed by New England before Week 2, but he didn’t think it would be only to help the Patriots learn more about New York’s offense.

“I was thinking it was a great opportunity,” he said. “I’m going to go in and work hard just like I’ve worked every single day of my professional career.”

Asked how he was able to pick up the offense so quickly, he said: “Coming to work and working. It does come down to working. I’ve been able to pick things up, and I’m very thankful for that. But it does come down to working. I mean, it is my job. I take it very seriously. Whether it’s a week or three weeks to get to learn a playbook, I feel like that’s something I need to do. I need to know that playbook, because if I do get an opportunity that first week, I need to be ready in case my number is called.”

Woodhead said despite the Jets-Patriots rivalry, the transition was easy. “Yeah, the Patriots were a rival when I was with the New York Jets, but you can quickly change hats when you get picked up by the other team,” he said. “The thing I’ve really enjoyed seeing about this team is the commitment to winning. Everyone wants to win so badly, and I think it shows in the effort, in the preparation and everything that comes with it, week in and week out.”

Read More: Danny Woodhead,

Brandon Meriweather on D&H: Hit was ‘split-second decision’

10.18.10 at 12:31 pm ET
By   |   Comments

Patriots defensive back Brandon Meriweather joined the Dale & Holley show Monday morning, one day after a 23-20 overtime win over the Ravens. To hear the interview, check the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.

Meriweather was penalized 15 yards after a helmet-to-helmet hit on Ravens tight end Todd Heap in the second quarter Sunday, and the hit has generated much discussion. After some initial hesitation to discuss the matter, Meriweather opened up about the play.

“I just attacked,” Meriweather said. “I wasn’t trying to hit head-to-head contact or injure anybody or play dirty in any kind of way. It just happened.”

Added Meriweather: “I don’t want to make a big deal out of it. I was playing aggressive and something happened. I’m trying not to look at it and make it a big deal, like everybody else is doing. … It’s football. You’ve got a lot of good players, where you think one thing, and another thing can happen in a split-second. So, you’ve always got to make a split-second decision, and my split-second decision was to be aggressive and not wait for it.”

Meriweather said he hasn’t watched a replay of the hit. “Everybody keeps telling me about it, so I kind of don’t want to see it, to be honest.”

As for critical comments from former Patriot Rodney Harrison on CBS, Meriweather brushed them off. “Hot Rod has his opinion on a lot of things,” he said. “I think if was playing he wouldn’t have said anything like that. I don’t think he would said that, period ‘€” if he was playing still.”

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Brandon Meriweather, Rodney Harrison, Todd Heap, Vince Wilfork

Vince Wilfork on D&H: Brandon Meriweather illegal hit sparked Patriots

10.18.10 at 11:16 am ET
By   |   Comments

Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show as part of WEEI’s Patriots Monday. To hear the interview, check the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.

Wilfork said Sunday’s win over the Ravens was as physical at it looked.

“It was a very physical game,” he said. “I think that’s probably one of the most physical games I’ve ever been in. We knew what Baltimore was going to come in and do. We knew our game plan. We knew they weren’t going to back down, and we weren’t going to back down. It was from whistle to whistle.”

Added Wilfork: “They wanted to be physical. They wanted to run the ball. And you know what? We answered the call. We knew that they wanted to do that. And don’t forget, we’re built the same way. We’ve been around here for a long time, too. We’re built to stop the run. We’re big and we’re physical. That’s one thing we said: We have to play up to our potential. And I think yesterday we did.”

Patriots defensive back Brandon Meriweather was hit with a 15-yard penalty and faces a fine from the league for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Ravens tight end Todd Heap after an incomplete pass in the second quarter. “Brandon wasn’t happy with himself,” Wilfork said. “That’s something that he’s going to have to deal with. ‘€¦ From a guy that’s been fined [for rough play], the last thing I want to do to him is go harp on it. Because he’ll hear it from every point ‘€” from the media, from friends, from family, from the Patriots. He’ll hear it from everywhere. The last thing I want to do is be that voice also. I’m the voice for him, ‘Hey, look, that’s bygone. What going to happen is going to happen. But don’t allow it to happen anymore.”

However, Wilfork said Meriweather’s hit may have served to inspire the Patriots. “I just think at that time, it was like, ‘Wow, somebody’s out here trying to be play some football and trying to be physical.’ Yes, it’s a penalty. But at the same time, something happened in that play. After that, I think after that everybody was, like, in tuned. We were in tuned. That was one thing I saw happened after that play.

“Like I said, I didn’t wish anything on anyone on anything like that there. The last thing I want to see is guys get hurt ‘€” and the penalty, a 15-yarder for Meriweather. But it was like after that play, it was like, ‘OK, let’s play some football.’ We started rolling from that. … Whatever it was, it worked. I hope it wasn’t the 15-yard penalty that got us riled up or got us going. But whatever it did, we were ready to play.”

Wilfork said the Patriots did what they had to to make sure the Randy Moss situation would not be a distraction to the team in the days leading up to the Ravens game. “That’s one thing we didn’t want to happen,” he said. “Guys understood that. ‘€¦ Whatever’s being said outside of here, let it stay outside of here. When we come to work, let’s work.”

Read More: Brandon Meriweather, Randy Moss, Todd Heap, Vince Wilfork
Latest on Twitter



Patriots Headlines
NFL Headlines
Tips & Feedback