After giving the team the day off from Training Camp on Saturday, Bill Belichick held practice number nine for the Patriots on Sunday on the practice fields at Gillette Stadium.
Belichick himself returned to the podium after a two-day hiatus to address a few subjects with the media. Here are some of the things that BB touched on:
On Robert Gallery's Retirement, And What It Means For The Offensive Line
"As we've talked about before, unfortunately if one player goes out then it provides an opportunity for somebody else and that's what it will be - opportunities for other players. I talked to Robert several times in the last few days. He made that decision, I respect it. He's a good player; he had a good career. I'm sorry it didn't work out this year but I understand it and both of us will move on. He worked hard while he was here; did everything we asked him to do."
On Whether He Thinks The Team Got The "Fighting Out Of It's System"
"I hope so. That's all a couple days old now so we're moving on. Yeah, I'm sure we're ready as a team to start to work against somebody else. We've seen plenty of each other and that's been good but that's not the way it's going to be during the season. We're going to face new people each week so we start doing it this week."
On Practicing With, And Playing Against The New Orleans Saints
"They're obviously an outstanding football team all the way around - 13-3 last year. They set several historical records in the National Football League. I think their proficiency is pretty well documented. [They'll] definitely be a big challenge. They're good on defense; good in the kicking game. They have a good, strong team; they're solid. They'll have a game under their belt so it will be good competition. [I'm] looking forward to it."
On The Continuing Progression Of Ryan Mallett
"He's way ahead of where he was last year. [He] knows more about what we're doing, I think has a better understanding of what the defense is doing and has run the plays - he's actually run them. Last year, we were putting them in and he had never done them before. This year, he had the benefit of last season and the entire spring. His execution, anybody's execution normally gets better with repetition and that's definitely the case for him too. The more he's had the chance to execute the plays, the more confident and better he's gotten with them."
On The Sudden Death Of Andy Reid's Son
"Very sad. Andy is a good friend of mine. My heart goes out to him and his family."