|01.05.10 at 3:47 pm ET|
FOXBORO – Patriots defensive coordinator Dean Pees was back at work on Tuesday after leaving Sunday’s game in the second half with shortness of breath.
He returned to New England on Monday after being held in Houston for observation.
“Actually, I asked him how he was doing he was doing fine,” Patriots defensive lineman Ty Warren said on Tuesday.
The Patriots held meetings on Tuesday to begin preparations for the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday at Gillette Stadium in the opening round of the AFC playoffs.
|01.05.10 at 2:29 pm ET|
FOXBORO – Thanks to the Patriots media relations staff, here is the transcript of Bill Belichick’s Tuesday press conference at the Gillette Stadium media workroom.
BB: It’s good to be in here, getting ready for the playoffs. It’s always an exciting time of the year when you’re coming into postseason play. It’s something we’ve been working for all year. I know our football team and coaching staff, players, everybody is excited to get going here. [They have an] outstanding football team in Baltimore. They’re tough. They certainly have played a lot of very competitive games. It was an interesting comment that Ray Lewis made that their experiences this year have made them tougher and more resilient, more ready for playoff competition. I can certainly see that.
Other than the Chicago and Detroit games, the last half of the season, all their games have been very competitive, where they’ve been behind in the fourth quarter and come back to win them or played them right down to the wire. Or even last week’s game was an eight-point game for the better part of the second half. They’ve been in a lot of competitive situations. They’re excellent on defense. They are very good in the kicking game, lead the league kickoff returns and strong defensively, really in all areas, particularly the red area. They are a good turnover team. They don’t give up much. They take it away. They lead the league in points differential off turnovers. Offensively, they have a strong running game, good runners, real good tight end, good receivers, good quarterback, big offensive line. They do a lot of things well. It’s easy to see why they’ve had a successful season and why they’re our opponent this week. Read the rest of this entry »
|01.05.10 at 1:26 pm ET|
FOXBORO – Bill Belichick said the team has moved on from the season-ending left knee injury to Wes Welker. The Patriots coach was asked several times if he had any reaction or emotion following the news on Monday that Welker would be done for the season.
“Yeah, we’ve covered that and we’re off of Houston and we’re onto Baltimore,” Belichick said of the team’s Sunday playoff game at Gillette Stadium.
“The players we have out there, we’ll put together the best plan we can, get our players prepared, get them ready to go. I know they’ll all work hard to get ready for Baltimore.”
|01.05.10 at 3:52 am ET|
1. (Last week, 1) 13-3 Right now, San Diego is the best team in the NFL. This offense is a nightmare to game-plan against. The Chargers have a great quarterback in Philip Rivers, a solid running game and great balance at the receiver position. San Diego plays the Colts well every year and will give Peyton Manning and Co. a lot of trouble if the two teams collide in Indianapolis for the AFC championship.
2. (2) 14-2 The Colts are great on both sides of the ball. On defense, they’ve got one of best lines in the game with Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney coming off the edge and getting pressure on the passer. Offensively, Manning has proven he can do it all, and he has the luxury of passing the ball to receivers such as Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark.
3. (3) 13-3 One of the most important statistics in the playoffs is turnovers. The Saints were the best team in the NFL this year in creating turnovers. They had a total of 39 takeaways. The Saints also have the luxury of having Drew Brees leading the way. The road to Miami in the NFC goes through the Superdome and “Who Dat” Nation.
4. (6) 11-5 With all the weapons the Eagles have on offense, the Cowboys managed to shut them out Sunday. Dallas’ defense, led by the defensive line, has been outstanding over the past couple of weeks and there are no signs to make you think things will be any different Saturday night. Tony Romo has been terrific, throwing just two interceptions in the last six games.
5. (9) 12-4 Lots of question marks surround this team as it enters the playoffs. Minnesota has played very inconsistently down the stretch. A blowout win over a Giants team that gave up three weeks ago means nothing. The Vikings offensive line needs to step up, Adrian Peterson needs to protect the football, and Jared Allen and the Vikings defensive line need to return to that dominant form Minnesota fans got accustomed to watching in the beginning of the season.
6. (4) 11-5 Six straight wins for the Eagles means nothing after their demolition by the Cowboys. The loss to Dallas had huge consequences. Now Donovan McNabb and the Eagles have to win three road games instead of having a first-round bye and home-field advantage against every NFC playoff team except the Saints.
7. (5) 11-5 Green Bay has played well down the stretch, but is the Packers offensive line strong enough to last throughout the playoffs? Although the O-line was much improved the last three weeks of the season, many question marks surround a line that contributed to Aaron Rodgers being sacked 50 times this year.
8. (7) 10-6 The loss of Wes Welker all but put a fork in the Patriots’ playoff chances. Without Welker, this offense will have a rough time getting into a rhythm and moving the chains. Julian Edelman and Ben Watson will have to step up if the Patriots want to make noise in the playoffs. The Patriots defense will have to do a better job containing Ravens running back Ray Rice. Rice averaged 9.4 yards per carry the last time Baltimore and New England met.
9. (8) 10-6 The injuries are piling up for the Bengals. Chad Ochocinco has a banged-up knee, but more importantly, defensive tackle Pat Sims is out. With Rey Maualuga already out and Domata Peko still recovering from a knee injury, the Bengals will have a very difficult time defending the run.
10. (10) 10-6 The loss of Anquan Boldin could really slow down the Cardinals offense. The defense has an extremely tough task ahead as it tries to stop Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and Ryan Grant. Arizona has played well all year on the road (6-2) but has struggled at home (4-4). The defending NFC champs will have a tough time getting out of the first round.
11. (12) 9-7 I don’t like the Ravens’ chances when their road to the Super Bowl likely would have to go through New England, Indianapolis and San Diego.
12. (15) 9-7 A few weeks ago, coach Rex Ryan apologized to fans for failing to make the playoffs; a few breaks and weeks later, the Jets find themselves sitting in the No.5 seed in the AFC playoffs. Super Bowl teams can only get as far as their quarterback can take them, and despite a great running game and solid defense, Mark Sanchez won’t be able to lead his team to victory in the postseason.
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|01.04.10 at 11:38 pm ET|
It’s Bill Belichick vs. Charley Casserly, Round 2.
In his weekly appearance on The Big Show on Monday (click here to listen to the entire interview), the Patriots coach took some shots at the former Redskins and Texans general manager and current CBS Sports analyst, who said on Sunday that New England quarterback Tom Brady has been playing through three broken ribs.
“Who’s been wrong more than Charley Casserly since he left the Redskins? His percentage is like a meteorologist,” Belichick said. “He has no relationship to this team. I’d say less than zero. Based on what? He’s never at a practice, never at a game. … At least he put his name on it, which is more than a lot of guys. But, like he usually is, he was 100 percent wrong.”
The Belichick/Casserly feud goes back a few years. In late December 2006, Belichick and Casserly went a few rounds, a battle that began when Miami intimated it had gotten game tape of the Patriots with audio in an attempt to figure out Tom Brady’s protection calls.
Casserly said the Patriots had been warned by the NFL about having a staff member, “dressed in coaching attire with a video camera who was presumably videotaping the other team’s signals. You can’t do that. They were warned.”
The next day, Belichick was asked if he had heard anything from the league on the matter. He said he hadn’t, and he responded with a direct blast at Casserly.
“Why don’t you go talk to Charley Casserly?” Belichick said. “He seems to have all the answers on everything, so why don’t you go ask him?”
Later in the week, a reporter asked a semi-serious question on whether or not quarterbacks get too much protection from the league. Belichick initially answered — tongue-in-cheek — that his background is in defense, “so you can probably figure out the answer to that question.” But then, he added that no one cares what he thought anyway.
“I think you should talk to the guys who make the rules. There are plenty of people on that committee and they love to talk about the rules that they’ve made and how great they are and all that, honestly. The Charley Casserlys of the world, that have all the answers to everything. Talk to them. They’ve spent a lot of time studying it, a lot more than I have, and I’m sure they have all the answers.”
|01.04.10 at 6:04 pm ET|
Patriots coach Bill Belichick made his weekly appearance on The Big Show Monday afternoon and touched on a number of topics, including the regular-season finale against the Texans, the “terrible” condition of the turf in Houston and New England’s first-round playoff opponent, the Baltimore Ravens. Here’s the first part of the interview. (To hear the complete interview, check the audio on-demand page of The Big Show.)
How are you doing today?
I’m doing good, ready to move on to Baltimore here. Ready for the playoffs. It’s an exciting time of year to be involved in postseason play. We’re looking forward to it — it’s one of our goals. And now, it’s here.
On your plan for the final game, and if that changed when Welker went down with the injury:
No, not really. I’d say we pretty much played everybody and we got guys some experience, in normal situations and in some situations that they hadn’t been in — for example, Hoyer. I think that’s kind of what we wanted to do going into the game. Everybody played, everybody got a chance to get some work, of the guys that were active. And that’s the way it went.
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|01.04.10 at 2:49 pm ET|
WEEI has learned Patriots defensive coordinator Dean Pees was taken to the hospital during the third quarter in the Patriots’ 34-27 loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday.
Pees experienced shortness of breath while sitting in the coaches box and was consequently rushed to a nearby hospital. A battery of tests were done, and it was determined that Pees will make a full recovery and will get back to work this week.
The 60-year-old Pees, in his fourth season as the Patriots’ defensive coordinator, did not travel back to New England with the team following the game Sunday, but he is expected to return later Monday evening.
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