This will be no ordinary week for Patriots, and Giants for that matter
|08.29.11 at 9:44 pm ET|
Well, at least the Patriots aren’t going to be playing preseason games three apart.
But getting an extra three days of rest went out the window with Hurricane Irene, as they lost power, along with thousands of others, at Gillette Stadium, forcing them to an off-site location on Monday to catch up on film and paper work.
They did manage to cut 11 on Monday, add three players and now are trying to settle into a more normal workflow, beginning with moving back into Gillette on Tuesday.
“Quick turnaround here with the Giants — not as quick as theirs, but still pretty quick,” Bill Belichick said Monday, referring to the fact that the Giants hosted the Jets Monday night at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands. “We’ve got to get the film from Detroit out of the way and get ready for the Giants and be ready to go Thursday night.
“So hopefully we’ll be able to get the people that were out there practicing last week and maybe add a few more to that and increase our numbers of participants on the roster. So we’ll see how that goes tomorrow and hopefully that will be the case. That’s about it. We weathered the storm and we should get back hopefully into a normal flow of things here tomorrow.”
With Gillette unavailable, how were Belichick and his staff affected on Monday?
“We shuffled down a little bit here,” he said. “We’re working outside of the stadium, but we should be back there in a little while and it sounds like we’ll be back to normal.”
Belichick actually pointed to the two West Coast road trips of 2009 as good experience for handling things on the fly.
“We’ve been on the road before ‘ been away for weeks, a week at a time, whether it was the west coast trips a couple of years ago, the London trip, or whatever it happened to be, so we’re managing,” Belichick said. “We’re okay.”
Deion Branch said he weathered the storm fairly well once he got back to his North Attleboro home early Sunday morning after the 34-10 loss Saturday night in Detroit.
“I’m pretty good,” Branch said of his home. ” [In] North Attleboro, everything has been pretty cool. I don’t know about everybody in the area. My family is just now getting back, so they were stuck in Detroit. That may be the only scare that I really had. Other than that, the wind was blowing pretty good, like they said, like they predicted, high winds. Other than that, it was pretty smooth. [Monday was] a beautiful day. Hopefully we can get out and clean up some of the mess that [Hurricane] Irene caused and left behind.”
How disruptive was it to move work operations away from the stadium on Monday?
“We know how to adjust,” Branch said. “I think the biggest thing was just coming in and figuring out what the schedule was and adjusting to that. I don’t think ‘ it wasn’t too hard at all.”