Paul Petrone (Norwich Bulletin) Patriots coach, player visit Lebanon Middle School.
"It was an amazing experience," physical education teacher Alyssa Fabry said. "It was a big shock to see Bill Belichick."
Belichick and Koppen talked to the students about the importance of education and living an active lifestyle. Then they answered questions, including how it felt to be a coach and how often Koppen has to exercise.
The New England Dairy Council, a sponsor of the Fuel Up to Play 60 fitness program, took responsibility for the misunderstanding. But Patriots owner Robert Kraft felt he had to do something, James said.
"I kept telling him it isn’t our fault," [Stacey James, the executive director of media relations for the Patriots] said. "But he looked at me and said, ‘Nobody cares about who is at fault, people just care about the kids.’"
all the players, himself included, need to listen more to Belichick, be more receptive to coaching and listen to what he says the team needs to do.feels
I think the point is we do have the best coach probably in the history of the NFL and he’s got the answers. When he comes in on a Monday morning and says this is what we need to do to win and then he comes back the next Monday morning talking about the game and says, ‘I gave you six things, and we did one of them,’ obviously it is very frustrating for everybody. Me included.
There are games where he says, ‘They are a turnover driven team. We can’t have turnovers because they are going to capitalize and they’ve done that all season long. They are plus 12 on turnovers, they’ve scored this many points off of them, if this is what we do we are going to lose.’ And of course, I go out there on the first drive and fumble the ball. I always include myself, and I’m at the top of the list. I’ve got to have a great season in order for our team to be productive, along with everybody else. But the only person I can really control is myself...
Everyone needs to come together and it takes every single guy on the team. We need to do a better job at leadership — and believe me, I was one of the leaders last year and obviously I sucked at doing that. So I’ve got to do a better job at that and I’ve got to do a better job at quarterback, so that is what I’m prepared to do.
- Patriots Today - Pats make a visit to Connecticut. (2.40 min. video)
- Andy Hart notes Torry Holt is as happy to mentor as he is to make plays.
Patriots Today - Light's Locker Room Luncheon. (1.43 min. video)
- Shalise Manza Young reports the Patriots did the right thing with Bill Belichick, Dan Koppen, a Patriots cheerleader and Pat Patriot making the trip to Lebanon Middle School yesterday.
- Albert Breer found some interesting metrics from Advanced NFL Stats designed to measure performance of defensive players. Vince Wilfork rated particularly high.
- Christopher Price examines the Holt-Galloway question.
- Ian Rapaport notes Tom Brady likes the Patriots changes so far and is positive about the new receivers as well as the rest of the receiving corps.
- WEEI offers the transcript of Tom Brady's interview on the Dennis & Callahan show.
- Jeff Howe talks about the other players who have been missing in action from offseason workouts.
- Bill Belichick will be the honorary chairperson and speaker for the Friends Of Jaclyn Foundation Boston Gala.
- Albert Breer gives his take on the Brian Cushing matter. It doesn't make sense to come to the aid of someone who broke a rule, had his chance to appeal, and was again found responsible.
- Tom E. Curran explains why he voted for Cushing...again.
- Albert Breer rounds up some NFL power rankings and where the Patriots rank in each of them ... even though it's May.
- Shalise Manza Young offers the transcript to her weekly online chat.
- Ian Rapoport reports ex-Patriots QB Drew Bledsoe was in Newtonville yesterday, holding a wine tasting event to unveil his first offering as a wine maker. Cool.
- Mike Golic (ESPN) explains why he thinks the Jets -- and not the Patriots -- are the team to beat in the AFC East.
- quick-hitting thoughts on the Brian Cushing/performance-enhancing drug saga. (SI) Some
- Jason Cole (Yahoo! Sports) NFL needs to open door for quicker healing.
- Mike Florio points out the lag time in the Brian Cushing case.
- Tim Graham (ESPN) Byrd not the word after rookie revote.
- Alex Marvez (Fox Sports) Cushing cost himself votes with silence.
- Michael Lombardi (Nat'l Football Post) No excuses for Cushing.
- Andrew Brandt (Nat'l Football Post) The cost of Cushing's suspension.
- In Their Own Words: Bill Belichick. (22.23 min. video) Bill Belichick has been a very successful coach in the NFL. He has been a part of five Super Bowl championship teams. This program takes a look at his extensive and impressive career.