Bill Belichick Press Conference - 8/04/10. Belichick answers a question if Brandon Spikes playing style reminds him of anyone he has coached or seen over the years.
I'm not really sure exactly what his style is. Our defense is a lot different than what they ran at Florida. Obviously, he's a big, physical player, but I'd like to watch him in our defense a little bit. I think he's got some unique skills. For a tall player, he's got probably more quickness than most guys, probably a little more leverage than a lot of other tall players. He does a lot of things well. It's kind of not by the book but [it's] effective. So I don't know. It will be interesting to see how he... I was just talking to him down there this morning about a couple things that he was doing that are not exactly the way that everybody does them, but he does them effectively and I don't think he needs to change them, but it's just a little bit different. And so how he adapts to certain situations might not be quite the same as, say, Jerod or Gary or somebody else does it, but I think he does it and has done it effectively. It will be interesting to see how some of those things come together. Some may change and become a little more conventional. Some may be a little less conventional, but hopefully equally effective. He's an interesting player to coach.
Q: Are you talking about fundamentally or mentally?
BB: Both. Both. He sees some things that I'm not sure everybody sees. He's kind of got a little bit of his own... He's an instinctive player and he sees things. I don't know if they are exactly the textbook way you would read the plays, but he reads them. It's interesting to kind of work him into our system, really being a 4-3 middle linebacker in the front and system that they played [that was] just different than what we do. And now he's playing more on the guard, being uncovered with the guard as opposed to being covered playing behind a one technique or a defensive guy in front of him. It's just a little bit different, but he does things well. It's a transition, but a good one.
Paul Perillo offers some practice 13 observations, that had the players practicing in shells and shorts today.
–Julian Edelman spent some time with the running back during drills at the start of practice. He was a running quarterback in college, of course, so perhaps Belichick is looking for ways to get the ball in his hands more often.
--Wes Welker seemed to be a bigger part of the team period early in practice than he has been thus far. He and Brady connected on consecutive plays, the second of which came after a fake end around to the wideout when Brady swung a short pass to him in the flat. Anytime Welker is involved the crowd roars its approval.
–There were some interesting lineups during the team period on defense. James Sanders got some reps with Chung at safety while Devin McCourty and Darius Butler served as the corners. Brandon Spikes lined up next to Jerod Mayo at inside linebacker while fellow rookie Jermaine Cunningham got the nod at outside linebacker opposite Tully Banta-Cain.
- Paul Perillo Practice 13 observations.
- Andy Hart reports that training camp is starting to become a grind in Foxborough.
- Erik Scalavino notes Bill Belichick gave some props to rookie DE/OLB Dane Fletcher.
- Extra Points from Day 7. (2.15 min. video) Today -
- Patriots Today - A young man's game. (3.09 min. video)
- Locker Room Uncut - Thoughts from the newest Patriot. (2.19 min. video)
- Mike Reiss says recaps Brandon Spikes' brief session with the media following Wednesday's practice.
- Ian Rapoport notes Brandon Spikes knows he has instinctive vision that allows him to see the play before it happens.
- Ian Rapoport's video of the day: Brandon Spikes describes his style. (35 second)
- Shalise Manza Young examines the inside linebacker position and sees potential for this young group to be productive.
- Mike Reiss thinks Aaron Schobel's release by the Bills could be an opportunity for the Patriots to fill a hole.
- Jerry Thornton explores the vengeful animosity and anti-Patriot jihad from the Boston football media. It's unwarranted and out of control. Great article.
- Ian Rapoport reveals the rookies have an additional rite of passage to 'earn' their way onto the team besides the annual hosing - they have to put on skits for the veterans.
- Shalise Manza Young offers her notes from practice saying Devin McCourty's baptism by fire continues as he is lined up against Moss again and again. (Moss always wins.)
- Ian Rapoport notes Bill Belichick knows the stress of camp is where the players show the staying power, durability, consistency and reliability that define good-to-great players.
- Christopher Price reports from the Wednesday afternoon session.
- Ian Rapoport fills us in on what happened at the Patriots training camp Wednesday.
- Mike Rodak files some of his observations from Wednesday afternoon's practice.
- Danny Picard chimes in with his assessment of yesterday's lone practice session.
- Mike Reiss picks two players who have distinguished themselves through the first 12 training camp practices, and two who have yet to. (47 second video)
- Chris Gasper wants to emphasize that Patriots' kicker Stephen Gostkowski is that good.
- Christopher Price catches up with Alge Crumpler, who believes better days are in store for the tight ends to do things more effectively in the offense.
- Jeff Howe says Bill Belichick expects Gary Guyton to make plenty of noise in the crowded linebacking corps.
- Ian Rapoport notes the Patriots O-line is scrambling without Mankins. They've never had to rotate at left guard since Mankins arrived.
- Christopher Price reports the Patriots have to look at life beyond Burgess and Mankins.
- Karen Guregian reports the injuries and revolving door at left guard have given Logan Mankins some leverage.
- Ian Rapoport posts a great - and telling - picture of Tom Brady and Wes Welker comparing knee braces.
- Shalise Manza Young offers the transcript of her weekly online chat.
- Christopher Price notes Rodney Harrison blasted Favre on the Dan Patrick Show, saying he's never understood the veteran QB and thinks he just loves the media attention.
- Mark Cannizzaro, who covers the Jets for the NY Post, joined the Dennis & Callahan show on WEEI and says he doesn't believe the hype that the Jets are the clear favorite in the AFC East.
- Tim Graham (ESPN) Schobel a perfect piece for Patriots defense.
- Kerry J. Byrne (Cold Hard Football Facts) You're all worthless and weak (AFC edition). Here's the reason why your team sucks and has no chance at all this year.
- Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Dungy: If Bradford got $50M, Manning and Brady deserve $70-80M.
- Arthur Arkush (Pro Football Weekly) No timetable on Manning deal.
- Jason Cole (Yahoo! Sports) Manning demands better running game.
- Shutdown Corner (Yahoo! Sports) We're getting computer chips in our footballs.
- Shutdown Corner (Yahoo! Sports) Brett Favre's 'retirement' is all about money, says Pat Kirwan.
Mike Florio (Sporting News) Rendering verdicts in the Haynesworth, Revis, Johnson, Mankins (and more) contract disputes. Pats are in the right on this one.
- Michael Lombardi (NFL.com) Holdout does no good for Revis or Jets, so why the fuss?
- Nick Athan (Fox Sports) There was no better offseason move by GM Scott Pioli than his decision to hire Charlie Weis as the team's new offensive coordinator.