Safety Brandon Meriweather makes a statement yesterday following practice.
"Once again, I want to say I’m sorry for the hit. I understand the league is trying to protect the health of all our players, but …I don’t even know how to put it."
"To be honest, I just want all this to go away, you know what I mean? I want to focus, with the rest of my team, on the Chargers and really not let this come up again. I’m going to try my best to play within the rules, like my coach had always taught us. I’m going to hit and play the game like my coaches have always taught us. Even in training camp, we have always been taught the proper way to hit. Just focus on that and try to put it in my game in some way, shape or fashion.
"And, from here on, I’m focusing on the Chargers. Anything else spoken about this, I will not comment on."
Bill Belichick talks about what it is that allows Jerod Mayo to wade through blockers and see the backfield the way he does.
Jerod has terrific instincts. He had those in college and I think that's one of the impressive things about watching him at Tennessee - just the way he was able to sort plays out, find the ball, get over trash, get past guys that are around his feet or in the pile in the way and get past that to make the tackle. Of course he's a strong tackler.
I've talked, I've coached it a long time, coaching Harry [Carson] and Pepper [Johnson] and Carl [Banks] and those guys [and] in Cleveland, Mike Johnson, Clay Matthews, Marvin Jones, Mo Lewis. The more you talk to them, the more it's hard for them to explain it. 'What did you see on this play?' 'Well, I just saw it.' 'Why did you go there?' 'I just...it was there and I just felt it was the right thing to do.' There's just so much happening in front of you that it's really hard to say, 'It was this. It was that.'
But just put the whole picture together and they see something and that's why they go there. It's probably the same thing the back sees on the other side of the ball. 'What exactly did you read?' 'I saw this, but in the end I saw a space to run and that's where I went.' That's where the linebacker went to meet him.
- Injury Report. -Chargers Wednesday
- Erik Scalavino tells us what happened during Wednesday's practice at Gillette.
- Bill Belichick Press Conference (15 min. video) plus transcript.
- Locker Room Interview. (11.21 min. video) plus transcript.
- Wednesday Conference Calls: Norv Turner (8.13 min. audio) and Philip Rivers (14.20 min. audio).
- Patriots Today - Pats tapping into depth. (3.12 min. video)
- Patriots today - Observations from Wednesday's practice. (1.25 min. video)
- Patriots Today - Belichick Breakdown: Patriots vs. Ravens. (4.13 min. video)
- Locker Room Uncut - Meriweather and more from the locker room. (3.34 min. video)
- Ian Rapoport reports Jerod Mayo is second in the NFL with 61 tackles, despite the early bye week. He made a whopping 18 tackles in Sunday's game.
- Karen Guregian looks at the two choices available to Brandon Meriweather as to which kind of player he wants to be.
- Shalise Manza Young notes Brandon Meriweather is contrite about the way he hit Sunday and vows to tackle "the proper way."
- WEEI Roger Goodell appeared as a guest on the Dennis & Callahan show to discuss the league's approach toward disciplining players for illegal hits.
- Mike Reiss reports Rodney Harrison reached out to Brandon Meriweather and asserts Meriweather is not a dirty player.
- Steve Buckley focuses on how Tom Brady and the veterans use their behind-the-scenes leadership to help steer the young players in the right direction.
- Ron Borges talks with Sean Morey who has been both victim and deliverer of concussions NFL style, and gets his take on the issue.
- Chris Gasper says if coaches and owners are fined for their players' conduct then you might see a real change.
- Tim Booth gets safety Lawyer Milloy's thoughts on helmet-to-helmet hits and what the impact will be on the defenders.
- Brandon Lawrence highlights Vince Wilfork's brief media session yesterday as he spoke about the change in NFL policy regarding hits to the head.
- Kirk MInihane highlights Rob Ninkovich's Q&A with the media Wednesday.
- Mark Farinella notes Belichick's typical deep concern over the Patriots' next opponent, but he has reason to respect the Chargers.
- Michael Vega notes Norv Turner looks past the Chargers positive stats on offense and defense, saying turnovers have been the team's downfall.
- Shalise Manza Young breaks down her three keys for the Patriots in taking on the Chargers in San Diego on Sunday.
- Michael Vega highlights Philip Rivers' conversation with the media Wednesday.
- Mike Reiss looks at the receivers targeted and what their reception percentages are.
- Mike Reiss notes third-year Patriots OLB Shawn Crable has been one of the more surprising stories of the team's 2010 season.
- Mike Reiss notes San Diego Chargers coach Norv Turner told reporters Wednesday on a conference call that he is hopeful TE Antonio Gates will play Sunday.
- Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa found Jerod Mayo and Andre Tippett at Shaws in Mansfield as they kicked off the new Kids Cafe Scan Campaign to support children's feeding programs.
- Ian Rapoport Patriots Notebook: Shawn Crable is excited about increasing his pass rushing role and helping the defense get off the field; Roger Goodell expressed optimism that a new CBA could be reached before the end of 2010; Chargers TE Antonio Gates (toe injury) still hopes to be able to play on Sunday; Undrafted rookie LB Dane Fletcher was happy to contribute against the Ravens; Injury update.
- Monique Walker Patriots Notebook: Tom Brady won't complain if James Harrison decides to retire; Kevin Faulk will undergo surgery today to reconstruct his ACL; Shawn Crable said getting released was an eye-opener and getting brought back was an opportunity; Injury update.
- Christopher Price notes whinerbeeTerrell Suggs promised to "have the last laugh" on Brady. Yawn.
- Kirk Minihane answers his weekly Patriots mailbag.
- Tim Graham (ESPN) Want to a real-world idea of how much Brandon Meriweather's $50,000 fine will hurt his wallet? Check out the 'Crunch the Fine' converter.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Meriweather's penalty was more costly than a one-game suspension.
- Tim Graham (ESPN) Bruschi: Tacklers can deny big-hit instincts.
- Tim Graham (ESPN) How I see it: AFC East stock watch.
- Pat Fitzmaurice (Pro Football Weekly) Ten most intriguing players of Week 7. Deion Branch included.
- John Clayton (ESPN) AFC East huddle for Week 7. (2.05 min. video)
- The Top 100 Greatest Players (NFL.com) Series continues tonight with Tom Brady at No. 21. (4.16 min. video)
- Tim Graham (ESPN) AFC East got its kicks in Week 6.
- Matt Bowen (Nat'l Football Post) The impact of Dallas Clark's injury.
- Bob Kravitz (Indy Star) Why suspend McAfee for this first offense, and do nothing to Moala, who was charged with driving under the influence?
VIEW FROM SAN DIEGO
- Christopher Smith (Chargers.com) Depth tested on offense.
- Kevin Acee (San Diego Union-Tribune) There are reasons Bolts not running.
- Kevin Acee (San Diego Union-Tribune) Injuries mounting for Chargers.
- Kevin Acee (San Diego Union-Tribune) Kris Brown to replace Kaeding.
- Kevin Acee (San Diego Union-Tribune) Chargers missing half their offense.