speaks to the media for the first time in New England.
What was your first reaction [to find you had been traded to New England]? Hell yeah.
You said you were a fan of this organization. Why? I always liked Coach [Bill] Belichick, just the way he did things, the way the team performed. I've come to games when I was in the pros. I came, I think it was here, when they played the AFC Championship, I want to say they were playing San Diego, and I was sitting up in the stands freezing my butt off. I sat there and watched them play. I've always been a fan of this team.
How much of a fresh start do you consider this in New England? It's a great chance. It's a great chance to be on a great team. It's a chance to restore my name or whatever you want to say. It's a great chance to get back on the field and play football.
On the prospect of lining up next to Vince Wilfork: That's going to be scary. It's going to be scary for other teams.
What do you respect the most about Bill Belichick and getting the chance to play for him? From being outside, I don't know, just the way I guess he handled the team and everything. Now being on the inside, he's very detail oriented and he demands perfection every time. I've been on some really good teams, with a lot of great players, but I've never been in a situation where it's like, you know, perfection every time, not for a person but for the team.
How much is that going to push you and motivate you? It's going to be awesome. I enjoy being here. It's a refresher and I love it and it kind of revived me, playing football again.
Bill Belichick addresses the media Tuesday.
I think [the learning process for players] varies from player to player. With every single player on the team, we have certain goals for them and we have certain responsibilities. We tell him, ‘Look, this is what you're responsible for and this is what we want you to learn.'
Maybe we tell him what the rotations are going to be or how many reps they're going to get doing whatever it is that's scheduled for them and those kinds of things. So each player has his own set of priorities and his own, I would say, guidelines or expectations for him as far as what he's going to do or how he's going to do it or what things we want him to learn or what he needs to work extra on or that type of thing. Every player has that, doesn't matter whether they're new or old, rookies or 20-year veterans.
We try to prioritize things for every player so that when they start the season, they know the things that we feel like are most important and they improve on or show us in the early part of it. Then we reevaluate that as we go at the start of the season, at the bye week. At the end of the season we kind of recalibrate that going into the offseason. It's a continuous process and it's constantly being revised. ...
Q: Would you ever challenge other teams to beat an opponent?
BB: Right now, I'm really just worried about the challenge that we have as a football team and I think we have a big one as far as where we need to go and how much work we have to do to get there. I'm kind focused on that.
Q: [Rex Ryan] got a big tattoo on his leg during the offseason. Would you like to disclose any tattoos you got?
BB: I'd like to see that one. I'm tattoo free.
- Erik Scalavino offers a full report on Tuesday's practice.
- Ask PFW: All 4 a defensive change?
- The New England Patriots announce the signing of second-round draft picks Ras-I Dowling and Shane Vereen.
- Patriots Today - Second-round picks signed. (1.35 min. video)
- Patriots Today - Haynesworth eyes a fresh start. (2.39 min. video)
Patriots Today - Haynesworth talks with media. (8.30 min. video) plus Transcript.
- Bill Belichick Press Conference - 8/02/11. (12.31 min. video)
- Player Interviews: Dan Koppen (2.36 min. audio) and Wes Welker (1 min. audio).
- PFW in Progress - 8/22/11: The PFW crew recaps all the events of Training Camp thus far. (2 hour program)
- Training Camp podcast - 8/02/11: PFW recaps all the events of day five of Patriots Training Camp. (13 min. audio)
- Greg A. Bedard graphs out rookie compensation so far and says the Patriots have stayed true to the allocations, and aren't tying future salaries to bonuses.
- Greg Bedard and Amalie Benjamin tell us why Nate Solder hasn't signed. Another staring contest is in the works over guaranteed money.
- Christopher Price reports the Patriots lose Jarrad Page in free agency.
- Mike Reiss reports the Patriots worked out free-agent OLB Matt Roth.
- Mike Rodak shares his observations from Tuesday afternoon's practice.
- Greg A. Bedard gives us a rundown of Tuesday's practice.
- Christopher Price recaps the eventful full-pads practice session from Tuesday.
- Ian Rapoport breaks down the Patriots full-pads practice after a day off.
- Mike Reiss posts some soundbites from Tuesday afternoon.
- Christopher Price highlights Albert Haynesworth's session with the media Tuesday afternoon.
- Karen Guregian describes Haynesworth as one big, happy camper.
- Mark Farinella says Haynesworth is buying into the 'Patriot Way.'
- Bob Ryan hears Albert Haynesworth give all the right answers, but he isn't fully convinced "all that stuff" has been "left behind".
- Mike Petraglia reports Albett Haynesworth hints at why he might just be a perfect fit with these Patriots.
- Mark Farinella catches up with Devin McCourty, who is settling in this year as a 'veteran.'
- Karen Guregian reports Brandon Meriweather said he was happy to be back playing football, and "the sky's the limit" for this defense.
- Paul Kenyon reports the signs point to the Pats switching to 4-3 defense.
- Mark Farinella sees a rejuvenated Leigh Bodden strengthening the secondary. A far cry from two years ago.
- Ian Rapoport predicts that Brady will love Ochocinco better than Moss.
- Mike Reiss offers some quick-hits from Belichick's news conference on Tuesday.
- Mike Reiss talks about "Tattoo-free" Bill Belichick's response to being told Rex Ryan was challenging the rest of the NFL to beat the Patriots.
- Mike Reiss checks in on the Patriots unsigned draft picks.
- Mike Reiss hears the Colts are tentatively scheduled to play the Pats in 2012, for the 10th straight season.
- Ian Rapoport Patriots Notebook: Nate Solder is now the only unsigned rookie and Belichick said "We've almost got that process completed."; Ras-I Dowling impressed early at practice; Mankins and Light watched but couldn't practice; Nice to see Mankins shaking Robert Kraft's hand; Pats worked out OLB Matt Roth and will bring in DE Raheem Brock today; Wilfork admits he's excited for preseason; James Sanders returned after missing several days with an off-field injury.
- Mike Reiss answers his weekly Patriots mailbag. New names, possible new scheme the buzz this week.
- Mike Reiss gets Belichick's thoughts on Randy Moss' retirement announcement.
- Kirk Minihane says Randy Moss is an easy call as a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
- Mike Reiss notes Bill Belichick's son Stephen has joined the Rutgers football team as a long snapper.
- ESPNBoston gives us the Madden 12 ratings for the Patriots and the Jets.
- Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Haynesworth said "Hell yeah" when he became a Patriot.
- Tom Pedulla (USA Today) Chad Ochocinco vows to blend in with no-nonsense Patriots.
- Pat Kirwan (NFL.com) New, volatile additions must assimilate to 'Patriot way'.
- Matt Bowen (Nat'l Football Post) So long, Randy.
- Jason Whitlock (Fox Sports) Moss' legacy falls short of his talent.
- Gregg Rosenthal (ProFootballTalk) The list of first-round holdouts continues to dwindle.