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NFL Network will air two-part Bill Belichick documentary next month 08.29.11 at 6:55 pm ET
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For those of you bemoaning the fact the lockout derived everyone of another behind-the-scenes “Hard Knocks” look at the NFL, the crew at NFL Films has you covered. They announced on Monday that they would be airing “Bill Belichick: A Football Life” this fall on the NFL Network. Belichick was mic’d up for the entire 2009 season, and the results will be presented in a two-part documentary that begins on Sept. 15 at 9 p.m. (The second part airs Sept. 22 at 10 p.m.) Click here for a preview.

Here’s part of the press release that was sent out Monday by NFL Films:

Belichick is the first subject of a new series by the Emmy Award-winning producers at NFL Films, offering untold stories into the lives of some the NFL’€™s most recognizable icons. Each documentary provides unprecedented access to each featured individual to tell the story of how their legacy is forever intertwined in the fabric of NFL history.

“Bill Belichick doesn’€™t only make history — he studies it; he understands his place in it; and he appreciates our desire to capture it,’€ said NFL Films president Steve Sabol. ‘€œLike Vince Lombardi‘€™s Packers in 1967, Belichick and the Patriots gave us access to his football life and what we created is a portrait of the coach, the father, the taskmaster — and most importantly — the man.’€

In the 2009 season, which marked Belichick’€™s 35th consecutive year in the NFL and the Patriots’€™ 50th Anniversary season, NFL Films documented sides of the three-time Super Bowl-winning head coach few have ever seen. While his unmatched record as a head coach makes him no stranger to the NFL record books, Belichick made history in the production of A Football Life by becoming the only coach to ever be wired for sound for an entire NFL season.

‘€œThis documentary would not have been possible without the support of Robert and Jonathan Kraft and the entire Patriots organization,’€ said Howard Katz, senior vice president NFL Media and COO of NFL Films. ‘€œMr. Kraft is always searching for new ways to bring the fans closer to the game and this project was a perfect collaboration between the Patriots and NFL Films.’€

Actor Josh Charles (CBS’€™ The Good Wife) lends his voice to the two-part documentary that begins with Belichick spending his last day of the offseason in Nantucket before reporting to training camp the following day. The 2009 Patriots, who welcomed the return of QB Tom Brady, faced a number of personnel changes from the front office to the field. ‘Bill Belichick: A Football Life’ chronicles Belichick through the season in a variety of roles and situations including his last trip to Giants Stadium, game planning with quarterback Tom Brady, lighter moments with members of his team and family, and a look inside Belichick’€™s childhood during a visit with mother, Jeannette.

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Vince Wilfork on Big Show: ‘Detroit game wasn’t who we really are’ at 6:28 pm ET
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Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork joined The Big Show as apart of Patriots Monday to discuss Saturday’s game with the Lions, what the team can do better and wanting to play in the fourth preseason game, among other things.

“That New England Patriots team that just played the Detroit Lions, that is not who we are,” Wilfork said. “That is one thing we have to show. We know that is not us, so we have to prove it to ourselves, the coaching staff, the fans. We have to prove who we really are. That Detroit game wasn’t us at all.”

Following are more highlights from the conversation. To hear the interview, visit The Big Show audio on demand page.

On Saturday’s loss to the Lions: “Any time you lose a ballgame, you’re going to question what happened. I think that was the case all the way around the locker room, what we could have done better and go to Detroit and put out a better effort. We got a chance to sit back and watch film and go over corrections and it was a lot of things that happened in the game that shouldn’t have, a lot of football that was played the way it shouldn’t be played. At the same time there were things that we did well. At this point you have to correct and move forward. Thursday night with the Giants it will be rockin’ again. We have to put one foot forward and keep striding to be the best. We’re going to take another step this week.”

On what the Patriots could have done better: “First of all, it was inconsistent football all the way around. Defensively the screens killed us, at times we had them backed up and we let them off the leash. It was just a lot of inconsistencies. One things we pride ourselves around is being consistent and being able to play on the road, handle the road crowd, all those things. I don’t think we did a pretty good job of that.

“Defensively, giving up big plays played a big factor of what went on. Just little stuff here and there that made plays look even worse. You got to go back to the drawing board. We have one preseason game to go against the Giants and we have to make these corrections and move forward. The last thing we can do is sit back now and say, ‘What if, what if, what if, we should have …’ That’s it. It’s over with. We’ve watched film, and hopefully against the Giants we don’t make those mistakes. Sooner or later those mistakes are going to add up and bite us in the butts.”

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Bill Belichick on Big Show: Chad Ochocinco ‘has made a lot of strides with offense’ at 6:24 pm ET
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Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined The Big Show on Patriots Monday to discuss what went wrong Saturday in the preseason game against the Lions, the releasing of James Sanders, the offensive line’s play Saturday and the final preseason game, among all other things Patriots related.

Following are highlights from the conversation. To hear the interview, visit The Big Show audio on demand page.

On Chad Ochocinco making progress: “Absolutely, without a doubt he has made a lot of strides with the offense with the time he has been here. We’ve thrown a lot at him, and there is still a ways to go. I think getting open, catching the ball, working on timing with the quarterback in the passing game, coordination with the other receivers and so forth — the passing game is so dependent on that and as a unit we have to do a better job. Chad is working hard and getting better. I think our passing game is getting better. It didn’t all show in the game against Detroit, it is hard for anyone to look at that game and see improvement, but I am saying on a day-to-day basis we go out there and practice and some aspects in the game were better. We have to be more consistent than that.”

On what the coaching staff could do better: “Obviously, when you go out and play like that I don’t know how you can like the way the team was prepared and the way they performed. I didn’t go out there and play, but my job is to prepare the team, and based on the way we played there is not much I can take pride in there.”

On what went wrong vs. the Lions: “It is probably a combination of all of it. We didn’t get off to a very good start, obviously. Once we saw that we were a little bit on defensive mode we didn’t turn it around. In some cases we just made it easier for them with turnovers and long-yardage situations and negative plays, sacks, penalties. Then we kept it going defensively with more big plays and let them out of long-yardage situations, not that we had them in a lot of them — screens, scrambles. We didn’t do much in the return game to help ourselves. We were inconstant in a lot of areas and just never got it going back to a competitive game.”

On the release of James Sanders: “It is always tough when you have to release players, especially guys that have played for you and won for you. James certainly has done a lot of that, he has played a lot of good football here. He has been a solid team player, teammate and member of the team. Ultimately. we have to make the decision we feel is best for our team. That is an unfortunate part of this job and we will be doing it later this week. It is a tough part of the business, but one we all enter to with open eyes.”

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Transcript of Tom Brady on D&C: Patriots ‘don’t make excuses for losing games’ at 10:20 am ET
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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had his weekly phone conversation with Dennis & Callahan Monday morning, on the heels of Saturday’s 34-10 preseason loss to the Lions. Brady said the Patriots would not downplay the disappointing performance.

“You don’€™t make excuses for losing games,” Brady said. “We’€™ve never done that around here. Look, when you lose, you get outplayed. We had a bad night, we had a bad day, and I think in some ways we all create expectations through winning: ‘Man, we had one bad play in the game. Man, why did I make a bad play?’ Ultimately, we have to do a better job overcoming bad plays so that we can make better plays moving forward.”

Brady also said his goal as a quarterback is to always make the best play available, even if that doesn’t always lead to success.

“There’€™s no excuse for not going out there and playing well in the game, because no matter what play is called, you can still do what’€™s best for the play,” Brady said. “It may not be a successful play, but maybe the best thing is to throw the ball away, or take a sack of the quarterback, or throw the ball only where your offensive player can catch it. … That’€™s more what you’€™re evaluated on, that’€™s how we evaluate ourselves more-so than the points on the scoreboard.”

Following is a transcript of the conversation. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Can a loss like Detroit’€™s have the same kind of effect that the Cleveland loss did last year?

Who knows at this point? You hate losing any time you take the field in competition. I’€™m sure there’€™s a lot to be learned, a lot to be understood by our entire team of the things that we need to do on a consistent basis so we can win games. We’€™re getting back to work today, we had yesterday off, and I think everyone’€™s excited to go in there and see what the issues were and see the positives that we can take from the game so we can move on and hopefully play better this week.

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Patriots announce media schedule for next couple of days 08.28.11 at 7:14 pm ET
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According to the Patriots, power outages throughout the area contributed to the cancellation of coach Bill Belichick‘s conference call with reporters on Sunday afternoon. The team arrived home safely after a bit of an adventurous plane flight home (check some of the post-flight Tweets from players here and here) early Sunday, but were given the day off on Sunday. In addition, the Patriots announced that Belichick would hold a press conference at Gillette on Monday at 3:30 p.m., followed by media access to the locker room at 4:45 p.m.

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Jerod Mayo, Patrick Chung talk preseason on M&M 08.26.11 at 1:03 pm ET
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Linebacker Jerod Mayo and defensive back Patrick Chung joined the Mut & Merloni show Friday afternoon as part of WEEI’s Patriots Friday. To hear the interviews, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.

The Patriots play the Lions Saturday night in Detroit in the third preseason game. As for how much he and the other starters will be playing, Chung said: “I’ve got one more word for you: Confidential.”

Mayo said Patriots starters approach the preseason thinking they’€™ll get extended playing time.

‘€œCoach [Bill] Belichick always tells us to be ready to play the whole game, starting from the first preseason game to the last preseason game,’€ Mayo said. ‘€œThat’€™s the mentality that we’€™ve always had, and that’€™s the mentality that we’€™ll continue to have.’€

High preseason minutes may be because the Patriots do not see preseason games as merely a way to scheme against regular-season opponents, according to Mayo.

‘€œWe’€™re more just about getting the Patriots better,’€ he said.

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Heath Evans on D&C: Bill Belichick ‘the funniest guy I’ve ever been around’ at 10:16 am ET
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Former Patriots fullback Heath Evans, who this week announced his retirement from the NFL and a new job with the NFL Network, spoke with Dennis & Callahan Friday morning. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Evans said the move from the field to television has been a welcome change.

‘€œThe only thing I miss is the guys,’€ Evans said. ‘€œI don’€™t miss being sore. I don’€™t miss being yelled and cussed at. I don’€™t miss having to be up every morning at 5.’€

While in the last two years in New Orleans his career seemed headed toward the broadcasting booth, Evans said he didn’€™t think that way when he was with the Patriots.

‘€œI played for Bill Belichick for four years,’€ Evans said. ‘€œDo you think it was an easy job giving good interviews and good speeches?’€

Evans called Belichick ‘€œthe funniest guy I’€™ve ever been around in my life,’€ adding that Belichick probably enjoyed Wes Welker‘€™s foot comments prior the Patriots’€™ playoff game against the Jets last season.

‘€œInside, Bill Belichick thought that was hilarious,’€ Evans said, adding: ‘€œBut Bill also knows the ground that he runs his teams on, and there is no going back on what he says, and there is no going against what he says.’€

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