|06.13.11 at 5:05 pm ET|
Patriots fans, what do you think of Keith Bulluck? Because it sounds like he has some interest in playing in New England. The veteran middle linebacker was on NFL Radio’s Blitz show on Monday on Sirius XM radio with Adam Schein and said he has three teams he’s interested in playing for ‘ the Patriots, Lions and Giants.
The 34-year-old Bulluck, who has 1,108 tackles in 11 seasons in the NFL, was selected in the 2000 draft 30th overall by Tennessee and spent 10 seasons with the Titans. He signed a one-year deal with the Giants prior to the start of the 2010 season, and had 31 tackles and two interceptions in 13 games last season with New York, but was clearly disappointed by his Giants’ experience, saying he wanted a bigger role with whoever he played with in 2011 or he would call it a career.
“(A full-time role) is the only way I’m playing football next year,” Bullock told the Newark Star-Ledger on Jan. 3. This is the first time I’ve ever, since my rookie year and my second year in the league, come on and off the field. I’m someone that needs to be on the field all the time. That’s just how I feel, so yeah, that’s the only way I’d play football next year.”
|06.13.11 at 1:33 pm ET|
Patriots coach Bill Belichick attended the 25th anniversary of the 1986 Super Bowl Champion New York Giants on Sunday, connecting with more than 50 former players and fellow coaches, including Bill Parcells. While speaking with ESPN, Belichick took time to reflect about that team.
‘It was awesome, 25 years ‘¦ special group,’ Belichick told reporters. ‘Unselfish, it was a very competitive group, they loved to practice, they played hard. We had a lot of great players and they fed off each other.
‘Honestly, I think I learned something from every guy,’ he added. ‘Our defense understood the team concept. The corners knew what the linebackers were doing. The linebackers knew what the nose guard was doing. The nose guard knew it. I learned from Jim Burt, George Martin, Perry (Williams), Lawrence (Taylor), Pepper (Johnson), Carl (Banks), Mark Collins ‘¦ all those guys, I learned a lot from all those players.’
He also talked about how his experience with the Giants would prepare him to serve as the coach of the Patriots
‘It definitely helps to be in a big game and to have won them,’ Belichick said. ‘You learn something every day, every game. Each year is a learning year, it is a long process. But having done it, then when you go, like to go to the Super Bowl in ‘01, having been there on a short week like we did, that was a short week, we went on a short week after the San Francisco game, you are not going in there blind. You know what you are dealing with. I think that helps. And if you can convey that confidence to everybody else, look, I’ve been there, I know what we need to do, then maybe that comforts them a little bit. So there certainly is a lot of benefit to it.’
|06.13.11 at 10:27 am ET|
Do your job. It’s the overriding philosophy for Bill Belichick and the Patriots, and one the New England coach brought with him when he recently addressed a group of financial advisors at the Pershing INSITE conference in Hollywood, Fla.
‘In business things change quickly ‘ in your profession and in ours,’ said Belichick. ‘There are always new people and new environments.’ To stay competitive, Belichick said that everyone must do their part: ‘We need to all do our job,” he added.
Belichick this means four things: being prepared, working hard, paying attention to the details and putting the team first. It also means playing to your strengths and overcoming weaknesses. Belichick used Tom Brady and BenJarvus Green-Ellis as examples of two players who have overcome obstacles to be successful.
‘They still have shortcomings, but they play to their strengths,” Belichick said. “Their deficiencies don’t get spotlighted.’
Belichick also talked about his evolution as a coach, what makes a good leader (he singled out Troy Brown, saying the wide receiver was great when it came to leading by example), his favorite memories as a coach and the importance of loving what you do, saying he looks at punts when he wakes up at 5 a.m.
‘I know it is a little screwed up. I don’t feel like I am working,” he said. “If you are doing something you love, you will be motivated to do it, even when the conditions are not great.’
|06.13.11 at 10:17 am ET|
Patriots safety Bret Lockett backtracked on his initial story, telling “Showbiz Tonight” that he never actually met reality TV star Kim Kardashian. However, he insists the two shared romantic phone calls after she began dating NBA player Kris Humphries.
Kardashian, meanwhile, indicated she is planning a defamation lawsuit against Lockett.
|06.13.11 at 9:57 am ET|
Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork sat down with the NFL Network on Sunday night, hours after he was named the 35th best player in the league as part of their “Top 100″ series (click here for the video).
‘It’s just an honor to be in the top 100, especially with what I do, at nose tackle,” Wilfork said. “I think a lot of people see me move around a lot, and a lot of media [say] ‘nose tackle, nose tackle’ and I correct them. I’m a defensive lineman.”
Wilfork, who was ranked as the second-best defensive lineman in the game, then spilled the beans on who is the top-ranked d-lineman: Haloti Ngata of Baltimore.
“I’m just honored to be up there. I’m pretty sure I know who is the No. 1 defensive tackle, and he needs to be No. 1,” Wilfork said, “because I watch a lot of film on Ngata, and you know what? He’s a helluva player and I love the way they play him. And you know what? He’s a good friend. It’s just an honor to be up there.”
Wilfork was asked how the current crop of NFL stars compare to those of previous eras.
‘They’re all great players,’ Wilfork responded. ‘Those are the guys who laid the foundation for all of us. I’m pretty sure that any defensive player that watches the game and wants to be great, they try to find footage of those guys. You’re talking about greatness. I have Jerome Brown and Reggie White pass-rushing tape right now.’
|06.13.11 at 8:13 am ET|
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is saddened over the recent news that his longtime mentor Tom Martinez, after fighting a kidney condition for the last several years, is in poor health and has been given a short time to live. Brady told Peter King of SI.com that when it comes to Martinez, ‘There is no one who knows more about throwing the football than Tom. And no one has meant more to me when it comes to throwing the football than Tom.
‘We’ve been trying to get together this offseason for a session, and finally we met last Sunday at an indoor facility in San Carlos [near San Francisco],” Brady said. “We spent two hours there. He analyzed what I was doing, just like always. And when I got in the car with my dad afterward, I said to him, ‘It’s unbelievable how much he knows ‘ how much he helps me.’ ‘
Brady has worked with Martinez on a regular basis for nearly 25 years ‘ the two first connected when Brady was a struggling high school quarterback.
‘Every time you step on the field, whether there’s weather, whether you’re on the road, where you’ve got a big pass rush coming, it always comes down to mechanics. He instilled in me the importance of doing things the right way, every time,” Brady said.
‘There’s so many people I owe so much to — high school, college and the NFL,’’ he added. ‘But he is right at the top of the list. Second to none. He never held back with me. Even when I was going good, he’d watch me and call me and say something like, ‘Your feet are way too slow in the shotgun. Speed it up!’ or, ‘When you throw to your right, close your right shoulder.’
‘I just can’t say enough about him, and what he’s meant to me. When I heard how serious it was the other night, I was there in bed with my wife, and it was just a sad moment. Very tough on his family, and on ours.”
|06.12.11 at 9:24 pm ET|
Two Patriots players highlighted this week’s edition of the NFL Network’s “Top 100″ series, a players-only poll on who’s the best in the game. Offensive lineman Logan Mankins was slotted at No. 39, while defensive lineman Vince Wilfork was at No. 35.
Mankins was presented by coach Bill Belichick, and here are a few highlights of what Belichick said about New England’s first-round pick in 2005:
‘¢’There are tough players and then there are the super tough guys. I’d say Mankins would go into [the second] category. Both physically and mentally, he’s as tough as they come. … You could honestly pick out any one of 30 plays of him in any game and find him really dominating guys.’
‘¢’He played left tackle at Fresno State. He made the move inside right away and became an immediate starter for us from the first preseason game, the first year he’s out there. He’s been our most durable and consistent performer on the offensive line for several years.’
‘¢’With a quarterback like Tom Brady who needs to step up into the pocket — who likes to step up into the pocket — there has to be somewhere to step up into. Logan does a great job of that, of staying firm on the line of scrimmage and not getting driven back, so that Tom can step up and avoid the rush and make the throw.’
‘¢’I think Logan is really a force in the running game because he’s able to play with great leverage and power, and get movement. A lot of plays that run to our left side, you see him getting push at the line of scrimmage and creating seams for the back. He’s also a very good puller, and a lot of plays to the right, he ends up pulling around and leading the runner through the hole. A lot of times Logan is at the point of attack in the running game regardless of where the play is called.”
Wilfork was at No. 35, and presented by former college teammate and current New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma. Here’s Vilma’s take on Wilfork:
‘¢’He was with me in college for three years, I played against him twice a year when I was with the Jets, and the best thing about him is that as big as he’s gotten, it looks sloppy, but when you watch him on film it’s not. He’s very explosive, very athletic.’
‘¢’From college, we knew he had good feet, which is pretty impressive for a guy his size to have feet like that. All those things you want in a defensive tackle, that rough, down-in-the-trenches-type mentality, he has that. He’s going to disrupt it. If you’re one-on-one, he’s going to make the tackle. You have to double him. … You turn on the film and watch that and you know, that was because of him. [Someone else] may have gotten the stats, but that was because of Vince.’
‘¢’He lets you know ‘this is how I’m going to set the tone,’ and you love that, especially in a d-lineman, where it’s that big personality. He wants to be that guy who takes the leadership as far as being on the field and showing you how I’m going to play. … He’s a helluva player.’