Archive for April, 2006

A revealing non-answer answer

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

Here’s an interesting exchange from today’s press conference (via Reiss’s blog):

Do you like Bill Belichick?

ďI donít care who it is or whatís going on, I think, just to be real honest, I donít care if weíre brothers, sometimes you fight but at the end of the day you still love each other. I donít love Coach Belichick like I love my kids and my wife, but at the same time I think thereís definitely a level of respect I have for him, when you look at his track record, heís the winningest coach in the last four years. That speaks for itself. Myself, Iím like a sponge and I know he has a lot of knowledge and wisdom on a lot of issues as far as football is concerned that can help me out. Heís coached a lot of great players. Heís always pushed me to go to higher levels and thatís something that I definitely respect and would like to grow with as well.Ē

Mind you, I don’t really care that Seymour doesn’t “like” BB — that he respects him and will execute his game plans is good enough. But I do admit that I’d love to know what the players think of him. My guess is that they don’t really like him much at all (let’s be honest — between Holley’s book, Halberstam’s book, and the evidence we’ve seen, BB is probably not the most fun guy to be around), but like Seymour, they like that he can put them in position to win.

Apparently Reiss’s transcript left out the opening three words: “Why wouldn’t I?” Unlike some commenters, I don’t think that changes the meaning of the rest of Seymour’s answer.

Seymour Extended

Wednesday, April 12th, 2006

Though the contract can’t officially be signed until August because of NFL rules that a contract can’t be adjusted more than once in 12 months, ESPN reports the Pats and Seymour have reached a long-term deal. According to Reiss, the Patriots have confirmed the ESPN story.

The rule is apparently that a player can’t get a raise more than once in twelve months. So the contract can be executed immediately, and in fact (according to ESPN) is expected to be executed later this week, though the big money can’t kick in until later.

And Vinatieri gets replaced by…

Thursday, April 6th, 2006

Martin Grammatica????

And Tebucky “How many of my own guys can I knock off the tackle” Jones?

I might have to start seriously wondering about Bill and Scott after this.

The 2006 schedule has been released

Thursday, April 6th, 2006

Sunday, Sept. 10 – vs. Bills, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 17 – at Jets, 4:15 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 24 – vs. Broncos, 8:15 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 1 – at Bengals, 4:15 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 8 – vs. Dolphins, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 15 – BYE
Sunday, Oct. 22 – at Bills, 1 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 30 – at Vikings, 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 5 – vs. Colts, 8:15 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 12 – vs. Jets, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 19 – at Packers, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 26 – vs. Bears, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 3 – vs. Lions, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 10 – at Dolphins, 1 p.m.
Sunday. Dec. 17 – vs. Texans, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 24 – at Jaguars, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 31 – at Titans, 1 p.m.

Weeks 10-17 (except for the Christmas Eve week) are subject to being switched to NBC’s Sunday night game on twelve days notice.