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Dec 4, 2016; Baltimore, MD, USA;  Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) passes against the Miami Dolphins at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Flacco is an aggressive passer for the Ravens. (Mitch Stringer/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — The last time Devin McCourty went up against Joe Flacco and the Ravens, the end result was great. But the journey to a 35-31 win in the AFC divisional round was like pulling teeth. It wasn’t an experience that McCourty tries to recall all that often, partially because Flacco and the Ravens were able to score at will on the Patriots secondary, a secondary that featured Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner.

Flacco threw four touchdown passes to four different receivers and Baltimore had leads of 14-0 and 28-14.

“We won. That’s it. I mean it was a tough game,” McCourty recalled Wednesday. “We were down 14 twice but just kept playing. [We were] able to make some plays offensively and defensively that really decided that game, but a little bit different teams on both sides personnel-wise, so we’ll see if that even has any bearing on this one.”

That was the game McCourty picked off Flacco, the first playoff interception of Flacco’s career. In that game, Steve Smith caught the first of four touchdown passes from Flacco. What has made 37-year-old Steve Smith so good for so long?

“I don’t know him personally but I would probably guess his work ethic,” McCourty said. “To still play at a high level I think one thing is obviously he’s very competitive. He goes out there and competes his butt off every game for 60 minutes. To keep getting older and keep getting better you have to probably have a tremendous work ethic and he obviously has that and he [has been] a tough matchup for years in this league.”

Smith is also one of the biggest trash talkers in modern NFL history.

“I don’t even think I need to say anything. I mean guys are competitive,” McCourty said Wednesday. “You’ve just got to go out there and play. You know, each week you’ve got guys that talk and obviously he’s elite at it, definitely. You’ve watched him do it for years. But I think it starts with going out there and playing well. If we do those things then we don’t have to worry about anything that’s being said out there and just have to focus on what we’re doing. I think just from a total team standpoint and aspect, we understand how important that is to do what’s best for the team out there on the field and we’ve talked about that numerous times as players, and coaches tell us. So I don’t think that will be an issue for us.”

Flacco and the Ravens offense has been an issue for the Patriots. Flacco owns two of the three wins by visitors ever in the playoffs at Gillette Stadium. In Jan. 2010, Flacco came to town and beat the Patriots, 33-14. In Jan. 2013, the Patriots couldn’t hold onto a 13-7 halftime lead and lost the AFC championship, 28-13, when Flacco and the Ravens scored 21 unanswered points in the second half. After a 3-0 start, the Ravens lost four straight. But since then, the Ravens have won 4-of-5 and stand 7-5. They’re rejuvenated.

“They’re good. Joe Flacco is one of the top quarterbacks in the league,” McCourty said. “I think his ability to get the ball down the field and also his experience and understanding of what’s going on out there and knowing how to attack a defense. I think they’ve always had a good running game. They have very good skill players. Offensively that’s what you want. They want to be able to run the ball but they also know they can drop back and throw the ball. They have a bunch of weapons – Mike Wallace, Steve Smith, [Dennis] Pitta. Kamar Aiken was here, we know he’s a tough football player. He’s going to make plays for them catching the ball. It’s a good amount of guys to stop and we’re going to have to try to slow them down.”

Flacco is a modern day gunslinger. He’ll throw balls into tight spaces. He’ll also get picked off. He has 15 touchdowns this season to go with 11 interceptions.

“He’s definitely going to give his guys a chance,” McCourty said. “I think he knows what he can do on the field. He has a very strong arm. I think all the good quarterbacks, there have probably been times where they’ve thrown an interception and are like, ‘I thought I could get that in there,’ and I think that’s a part of what makes them good quarterbacks.

“You know, having that moxie about you that you want to try to make a play or that you believe in yourself, you believe in your guys that you’re throwing the ball to. He has a good amount of weapons to get the ball to so he’s definitely going to give his guys a chance to make some plays and they’ve shown that they’ve made them. We’ve got to definitely cover guys but also be ready down the field to go up there and challenge them and make our own plays.”

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe speak with ESPN's Trent Dilfer and look ahead to the match-up with his old team, the Baltimore Ravens.
Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys continue to run away from the competition. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA Today Sports)

Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys continue to run away from the competition. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA Today Sports)

There were a few minor shakeups at the top and bottom, but, as has been the case this season, the good teams just aren’t losing unless it’s to another good team. We saw a great game in Atlanta as a fairly new NFL rule decided the outcome of another game this season. With the win, the Chiefs kept themselves in the top five. The Giants suffered a big drop, falling from four all the way to 10. The Lions have continued their steady climb up the rankings, and Calvin Johnson has to be wondering if he retired a year too early. Baltimore crawls into the top 10 for the first time this season, but the Steelers are hot on their heels.

Just when the Dolphins were starting to believe in themselves, they were absolutely steamrolled by Baltimore, dropping them four spots and out of the top 10. Toward the bottom of the list, we’ve had the same eight teams all year, and it was the Jets’ futile effort on Monday Night Football that was the most alarming. First Darrelle Revis quit, and now the rest of the team has followed suit. Bryce Petty is going to have a hell of a time not getting killed over the next four weeks as he tries to prove he’s good enough to play in the this league.

1. (1 last week) Cowboys (11-1) — The train keeps on rolling. With its 11th win in a row, this Cowboys team now has the longest win streak in team history. The two-point win over the Vikings was Dallas’ smallest margin of victory this season, and frankly, the Cowboys benefited from a missed call on the crucial two-point conversion in the closing minutes. Next up, they head to the Meadowlands to play the Giants, who gave them their only loss in Week 1.

2. (2) Patriots (10-2) — The Patriots defense did what it was supposed to do and held a garbage offense to a paltry 162 yards. The Pats also held the Rams to just one third third-down conversion in 12 tries. Tom Brady completed 72 percent of his passes in his first game without Rob Gronkowski, but he and Josh McDaniels will have their work cut out for them in their pursuit of a fifth Super Bowl title.

3. (3) Raiders (10-2) — Things were looking a little dicey on Sunday when the Bills were up 24-9 with 9:01 left in the third quarter. Fortunately for Raider Nation, Derek Carr snapped back to reality and threw for three TDs in a six-minute span to give his team the lead, and he added another one for good measure. Only Atlanta and New Orleans are scoring more points per game, but Oakland is winning the turnover battle (plus-7) and has the inside track for a first-round bye.

4. (5) Chiefs (9-3) — Eric Berry’s pick-two was the best play of the weekend. The Chiefs now have won seven of eight and get a chance to even the season series with the Raiders at home on Thursday night. A win would put them in first place since they own the tiebreaker over Oakland with a better division record.

5. (6) Seahawks (8-3-1) — A week after scoring just five points on the road against the Buccaneers, Russell Wilson and the Seahawks returned home to pour 40 on the Panthers. Seattle still leads the league in points against (16.2 per game) but the loss of Earl Thomas is a big blow. The offense has been pretty mediocre over the course of the season, but Thomas Rawls could emerge out of Marshawn Lynch’s shadow if he continues to play like he did on Sunday night.

6. (8) Lions (8-4) — For the first time this year, the Lions were NOT trailing in the fourth quarter. Matt Stafford beat the Saints at their own game and threw for 341 yards and two TDs on the way to a fourth straight win. Detroit now has a two-game lead in the NFC North, but it has a tough schedule down the stretch with games at the Giants and Cowboys before finishing the season at home vs. what will be a very desperate Packers team.

7. (10) Broncos (8-4) — Trevor Siemian needs to stay healthy. In his absence, Paxton Lynch was just 12-of-24 for 104 yards and no TDs. As usual, the defense came up big with two INTs, including a pick-six by Bradley Roby. Everyone knows this defense is great, but it’s dangerous to rely on it to win games week after week.

8. (12) Ravens (7-5) — Baltimore has won four of its last five, including a 38-6 thrashing of the Dolphins on Sunday. At 7-5, the Ravens are tied with the Steelers for the lead in the NFC North. They’re 4-0 in the division and already beat Pittsburgh earlier in the year, so tiebreakers are in their favor.

9. (13) Steelers (7-5) — The offense has been pretty good all year (although Le’Veon Bell is fumbling the ball these days) but it’s been the improvement of the defense that has helped Pittsburgh crawl back into contention. Sunday’s win over the Giants was crucial to keep pace with the division-leading Ravens.

10. (4) Giants (8-4) — What the hell was that? Things were going so well for the Giants as they rolled into Pittsburgh with a six-game winning streak. Odell Beckham Jr. was scoring touchdowns every week and the defense was making plays to justify the group’s huge contracts. The final score makes it look like it was just a 10-point game, but one of New York’s two TDs came with just 30 seconds left in the game. Three of the G-Men’s final four games are divisional battles, including a rematch with Dallas this Sunday night.

11. (16) Buccaneers (7-5) — Jameis Winston led a fourth-quarter comeback to take the lead over the Chargers, and the defense forced a late-game turnover to seal it. Winston now has a 2-to-1 TD-to-INT ratio, which could be better, but he’s doing enough to give his team a chance each week. He’ll likely have to score a lot more when he faces the Saints, the Cowboys and the Saints again over the next three weeks.

12. (7) Falcons (7-5) — Even if that two-point conversion attempt DIDN’T end in a total disaster, there still was 4:32 on the clock, which was more than enough time for the Chiefs to come back and win it, or at least tie. The Falcons still have the best offense in the league, but now they’ve got to fend off the red-hot Bucs, who are tied with them for the lead in the NFC South.

13. (9) Dolphins (7-5) — Miami’s six-game winning streak was snapped on Sunday, which wouldn’t be that big of a deal if the Dolphins hadn’t lost in such embarrassing fashion. A closer look at that winning streak reveals they only beat ONE team with a winning record in that stretch. In fact, all seven of their wins (save for Pittsburgh) have come against awful teams (a combined .301 winning percentage).

14. (11) Redskins (6-5-1) — A few weeks ago this team was trending in the right direction with back-to-back wins over the Vikings and Packers. Now it’s flipped and the Redskins are reeling from back-to-back losses at the hands of the Cowboys and Cardinals. They’ve got a few winnable games down the stretch but will need some help to make the final game against the Giants mean something.

15. (21) Packers (6-6) — A 21-13 home win against the Texans doesn’t do much to make me think the Packers have turned things around. It’s unlikely they go undefeated in their last four games (Seattle, Chicago, Minnesota, Detroit) and even if they do, it might not be enough.

16. (23) Colts (6-6) — The return of Andrew Luck was the difference between scoring seven points on Thanksgiving and scoring 40 points on Monday night. Maybe the Jets just forgot to cover him, but Dwayne Allen scored three TDs and could give opposing defensive coordinators something to worry about down the stretch. Hopefully for the Colts they can keep Luck upright for the rest of the season, but that’s been a real problem for this offensive line.

17. (19) Titans (6-6) — A win over the Bears technically keeps them tied for the division lead at 6-6 with the Colts and Texans, but things don’t look promising. They lose to Indy via tiebreaker since they were swept in the season series. The Texans beat them once already and have a spotless 3-0 record in the division. Apart from that, they play the Broncos and Chiefs in the next two weeks. Marcus Mariota is only a second-year QB at this point and has made some good strides, so the team could make a few moves in the offseason and should be ready to contend for the AFC South title in 2018.

18. (14) Bills (6-6) — Buffalo’s 32nd-ranked passing attack couldn’t keep up with Oakland down the stretch. It’s not 1963, so the Bills’ top-ranked rushing offense doesn’t really matter when the team is 6-6.

19. (15) Vikings (6-6) — At one point this season the Vikings were 5-0 and everyone was saying that trading a first-round pick for Sam Bradford actually was a smart move. Now Minnesota has lost six of seven and is 1-3 in the division. The Vikings will need some serious help in the final weeks of the season to make the playoffs, and since they were swept by Detroit, it’s likely they’ll be golfing in January.

20. (24) Cardinals (5-6-1) — After a slow start to the season the Cardinals aren’t done yet, but they’re on life support. They’re three games behind Seattle in the NFC West. With four games left in the season (three of them on the road) they’ll likely have to win them all and hope Seattle stumbles. That’s a lot to ask for a team that’s underperformed all season.

21. (17) Texans (6-6) — Another loss on Sunday pushes Houston’s losing streak to three. With 14 TDs and 13 picks on the year, Brock Osweiler might be the worst offseason signing in the league.

22. (20) Saints (5-7) — It’s hard to imagine Drew Brees throwing for 326 yards with no TDs, but he did it. He also threw three interceptions, so all-in-all not a great day for the future Hall of Famer. With just 13 points scored on Sunday, the Saints tied their season low.

23. (22) Chargers (5-7) — Philip Rivers had an unusually poor performance against the Bucs on Sunday, throwing for just 225 yards and two TDs with two picks, including one in the final minutes of the game that iced the win for Tampa Bay. San Diego fans are going through a tough time off the field as well, as the team prepares to leave the city again, with hopes of joining the Rams in Inglewood.

24. (18) Eagles (5-7) — Philly has an almost impossible schedule in the second half of the season, but the Bengals are a team the Eagles should have beaten. Instead, the defense was carved up for 34 points, and the Eagles now are in sole possession of last place. It gets even harder, as their four remaining games are against the Redskins, Ravens, Giants and Cowboys. If they’re lucky, the Cowboys will have wrapped up home field and Philly can play a few snaps against Tony Romo.

25. (27) Bengals (4-7-1) — Andy Dalton had one of the best games of his career against the Eagles on Sunday, throwing for 332 yards and two TDs while not getting sacked or turning the ball over. The Bengals snapped a three-game losing streak, but since they’re just 4-7-1 their Week 15 matchup with the Steelers has been flexed OUT of prime time.

26. (25) Panthers (4-8) — Can someone get Cam Newton a damn tie? He said in his postgame presser that because he’s 6-foot-5, it would have been really hard to find him a shirt and tie to wear on the team bus, which is ridiculous considering there are 18 players on the roster who are pretty much the exact same height as him. Regardless of a supposed dress-code violation, the Panthers had plenty of chances to bounce back after Derek Anderson threw a pick on the first play of the game, but this team quit weeks ago. Some would say they’ve been phoning it in since Newton failed to jump on that fumble in Super Bowl 50.

27. (26) Rams (4-8) — Shortly before Sunday’s blowout loss to the Patriots, news emerged that the team had extended Jeff Fisher’s contract. The players rewarded him with 162 total yards of offense, including just 25 in the first half. The return of professional football is off to a roaring start in L.A.

28. (30) Bears (3-9) — When the 1-10 49ers come to town, you’re supposed to win. However, in doing so, the Bears likely have lost their chance at one of the top two picks in next year’s draft. They’ll need a quarterback in 2017. Jay Cutler, who had surgery scheduled for Saturday, will either be traded or waived in the offseason.

29. (29) Jaguars (2-10) — Blake Bortles played one of the worst games of his career on Sunday, and after a breakout season in 2015, he seems to be trending in the wrong direction. In Sunday’s 20-10 loss to the Broncos, Bortles was just 19-of-42 with two picks and a career-worst 37.9 QBR. The team will eventually have to think about moving on from a guy with 11 career pick-sixes and just 10 career wins.

30. (28) Jets (3-9) — Monday night was an absolute embarrassment. The entire team has quit. It was Ryan Fitzpatrick’s LAST chance to prove he can be a starter in the NFL, and he blew it. Bryce Petty, who isn’t ready, will start for the remainder of the season.

31. (31) 49ers (2-10) — I’m sure you’ve seen this stat already, but it’s staggering and bears repeating: On Sunday, Colin Kaepernick became the first QB in history to be sacked five times and throw for just four yards.

32. (32) Browns (0-12) — In their finest performance of the season, the Browns stayed at home and got healthy during their bye week. In the next four weeks they play the Bengals, Bills, Chargers and Steelers. If they go 0-16, do the 2008 Detroit Lions pop champagne?

Blog Author: 
Paul Chartier

Tom Brady and Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs have had bit of a rivalry over the years, although it’s been relatively tame of late.

Most recently, Suggs refuses to say Brady’s name during interviews.

This continued on Wednesday when Suggs met with Baltimore reporters.

Tom Brady and Terrell Suggs haven't exactly got along over the years. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady and Terrell Suggs haven’t exactly got along over the years. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady and Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs have had bit of a rivalry over the years, although it’s been relatively tame of late.

Most recently, Suggs refuses to say Brady’s name during interviews.

This continued on Wednesday when Suggs met with Baltimore reporters.

“That’s pretty good,” Suggs said when told Brady became the winningest quarterback in NFL history on Sunday. “That’s pretty good. Like I said, wins are wins. Numbers are numbers and numbers don’t lie, so it’s pretty good.”

A reporter followed up by asking, “Is it safe to say you don’t want to talk about Tom Brady?”

“I’m like Marshawn Lynch, I know why I’m here,” Suggs said. “This is a big game this week, we get to play on Monday night. We’re playing a good team, they’re ahead of their division, we’re ahead of ours.”

Earlier in the week appearing on Westwood One’s pregame show for Monday Night Football, Brady said Suggs was playing the best he’s ever seen, even though he’s in his 14th year in the league.

Back in 2013, Suggs ripped Brady, saying the two don’t like eachother.

“I don’t think it’s appropriate for camera,” Suggs said. “I don’t like him. He don’t like me. I don’t like his hair. I don’t know. I don’t like his smug attitude. But then again he probably doesn’t like my a—— attitude. … Everybody just seems to worship the guy, not me though.”

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Ryan Hannable
Eric Rowe admitted he's frustrated with his hamstring injury. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports)

Eric Rowe admitted he’s frustrated with his hamstring injury. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — Part of the recent resurgence of the Patriots defense has been cornerback Eric Rowe playing a predominant role.

Rowe, who came over from the Eagles during training camp, has played quite a bit of cornerback the last three weeks, mostly on the outside with Malcolm Butler and Logan Ryan being on the inside.

Before the last three games, he and Justin Coleman were battling for playing time, but Coleman has been inactive the last three games.

The cornerback suffered a hamstring injury against the Rams, which Rowe admitted was frustrating given his increased role of late.

“I was finally getting into a groove,” Rowe said Wednesday. “It does set me back, just me not being out there practicing to keep it going. It is a little frustrating, but that’s part of the NFL. Just another thing I have to take on.”

Rowe has no idea when or how the injury occurred.

“I’ve played in cold games in college, I was nice and stretched. I obviously stretch my hamstrings a lot because I do a lot of running,” he said. “Just one play, a regular play, and I was just running and it came on me. I still can’t figure it out. It is frustrating.”

With four games remaining in the regular season, Rowe knows it’s important to be safe, but it was worth noting he was at practice on Wednesday.

“I’m just trying to take it day by day and get better. Obviously, hamstrings are nothing to play with,” Rowe said. “I’m not going to try to rush myself out there and make it worse.”

The first injury report of the week is due out Thursday, so more will be known then.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Kyle Van Noy has been a great addition to the Patriots defense. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Kyle Van Noy has been a great addition to the Patriots defense. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — It wasn’t the greatest two-and-a-half years for Kyle Van Noy with the Lions, who selected him in the second round of the 2014 draft.

Van Noy played in 30 games over the two-plus seasons and had a total of 35 tackles and a sack.

The linebacker was traded to the Patriots the week before the team traded Jamie Collins and after taking a few weeks to adjust to New England, Van Noy has been one of the defense’s best players the past three games, picking up both a sack and his first career interception.

The BYU product appears to be having a lot of fun on the field, which comes with being used as a pass rusher, something he wasn’t able to do much of with the Lions.

“Wouldn’t you have fun if you didn’t play that much and then you start playing? Yeah, it’s good,” Van Noy said. “It’s fun to play the game of football. It’s a kids’ game at the end of the day and, you know, we’re blessed to have the opportunity to get paid a lot of money to do it. You’ve got to have fun, even on the days when it’s a grind and all that. You’ve got to dig deep and find a reason and usually it’s being around a group of guys like we have here to enjoy the game.”

Van Noy has played 29, 28 and 40 snaps in the last three games — his first three as a Patriot.

“You just want to help out the team to win and prepare each week like you’re the starter,” Van Noy said. “It’s a work in progress and we’re just trying to get as good as we can and ready for the playoffs and ready to win each game.”

Bill Belichick praised Van Noy earlier on Wednesday, as it isn’t easy to join the Patriots midseason and pick things up.

It’s also worth noting he was the signal caller Sunday when Dont’a Hightower was out of the game.

“He started off well right away,” Belichick said. “He came in and learned things and picked things up. Again, with a player like Kyle, part of it is just getting to know him, just getting to work with him, getting to know what he — things he does well, things he picks up on quickly, things that are instinctive to him and maybe things he hasn’t done before.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Chris Long believes Joe Flacco is elite. (Mitch Stringer/USA Today Sports)

Chris Long believes Joe Flacco is elite. (Mitch Stringer/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — Is Joe Flacco elite?

That is a question that has been asked for years, and not only in just football circles, including most recently at presidential debates.

One person who does believe Flacco is elite is Patriots defensive end Chris Long.

“He’s smart, he can move around a lot better than people give him credit for in the pocket,” Long said. “He does a lot of things that make him an elite quarterback.”

Long was also asked about how physically tough the Ravens are and he found a way to mention Flacco being elite.

“As far as I can remember, Baltimore has been one of the most physical teams in the league,” Long said. “Of course, Coach [John] Harbaugh does a great job with that. They’ve got guys up front, they have good skill guys and obviously Joe, being an elite quarterback, is a big challenge.”

While Bill Belchick didn’t say Flacco was elite, on a conference call with the Baltimore media, Belichick praised the Ravens quarterback.

“We’ve played him quite a bit,” he said. “It seems like he always plays well against us, so I have a lot of respect for him. He’s a good football player and he’s been pretty good. Don’t forget, he took them to the Super Bowl championship.”

Flacco is completing 64.6 percent of his passes this season for 3,258 yards with 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Bill Belichick loves lacrosse. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Bill Belichick loves lacrosse. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — Sometimes it’s tough to get Bill Belichick to expand on things.

The Baltimore media found out lacrosse is not one of those things.

On Wednesday’s conference call in advance of Monday’s game with the Ravens, Belichick was asked about John Harbaugh starting to get into lacrosse with his daughter, Alison, being a promising lacrosse player in the Baltimore area and that set Belichick up for a long response showing his love for the sport.

“John [Harbaugh] and I saw a game a couple of years ago, a Hopkins [Johns Hopkins University] vs. Maryland game,” Belichick said. “Yeah, I think John is seeing the light. It’s a great sport. Obviously such a great part of Baltimore and Maryland tradition. Crabs and lacrosse, that’s part of what that area is, a big part of the culture there and it transcends the new people that move into the new area. They pick up on it pretty quickly and enjoy it and embrace it and see the way the game is spreading throughout this country and internationally really. But it’s now become much more of a national sport, especially with Denver winning and the World Championships a couple of years ago out in Colorado. I mean, I was fortunate to grow up in that area and have been able to enjoy so much of lacrosse and all that goes with it, what a great spring sport and tradition it is in that area, and I’m glad that my family have been able to – to have them share some of the same experiences and of course they all love the sport, played it.

“My daughter, [Amanda], coaching it and still coaching it at Holy Cross. It’s been a big part of our family and a big part of my life. I know at the end of football season that means we’re coming up pretty close to the start of lacrosse season. I know it’s right around the corner. I always look forward to getting down there and seeing Hopkins play, seeing Coach [Dave] Pietramala and the great program that they run, being around, meeting those kids. We have Mike Pellegrino up here with us. He’s done a great job for us on the staff. I feel very closely connected to that program and to Coach Pietramala and what he’s done for Hopkins and what he’s done for college lacrosse.”

Belichick said he didn’t need to do much convincing of Harbaugh and also noted there’s a Paul Rabil event in New York Wednesday night that he wishes he could attend.

“I think he’s seen the light,” Belichick said. “I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. Tonight is Paul Rabil’s big event in New York. I know Paul does a great job with his foundation and supporting lacrosse and some of the underprivileged programs that need support in lacrosse. I wish that I could be there to support Paul in that event but I can’t do it here tonight. I know that’s a big one in New York. A lot of those benefits will go back to that area and what Paul’s done in the Baltimore area.”

Belichick noted he will attend as many Hopkins games as he can this season and hopes to see them at Gillette Stadium as it will host the NCAA Final Four.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable