FOXBORO — This was a Bill Belichick no one had ever seen before.

Bill Belichick said he was proud of his team during Saturday's press conference. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Bill Belichick said he was proud of his team during Saturday’s press conference. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — This was a Bill Belichick no one had ever seen before.

The coach with over 40 years of coaching experience rarely ever gets as fired up and passionate about something as he did Saturday afternoon in an impromptu press conference to put an end to the Deflategate story this week — at least for the time being.

It was in that 25 or so minute press conference that he went off course a bit and discussed this year’s team and how hard they work when referencing the footballs the team uses in practice, as they are often messed with (ie. pouring water on them) to prepare the team for the toughest of playing conditions.

“Anyone who has seen us practice knows that we make it harder, not easier, to handle the football,” Belichick said. “Our players train in conditions that a lot of people would recommend that we not drive in. That’€™s what they do. They’€™re a physically and mentally tough team that works hard, that trains hard, that prepares hard and have met every challenge that I put in front of them. And I know that because I work them every day.”

“This team was the best team in the AFC in the regular season. We won two games in the playoffs against two good football teams. The best team in the postseason, that’€™s what this team is,” he added. “I know that because I’€™ve been with them every day and I’€™m proud of this team.”

Despite all the distractions this week, the team still has their biggest task of the season ahead — Super Bowl XLIX against the Seahawks Feb. 1 in Glendale. The team is looking to avoid losing three straight Super Bowl games and give Belichick his fourth title as a head coach.

He sent a strong message — he is moving on. Moving on to more important things like preparing his team, which he genuinely likes and believes in, for the Seahawks and next week’s Super Bowl.

“This is the end of this subject for me for a long time, OK? We have a huge game, a huge challenge for our football team and that’€™s where that focus is going to go,” said Belichick.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Bill Belichick said he was proud of his team during Saturday's press conference. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Bill Belichick said he was proud of his team during Saturday’s press conference. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — This was a Bill Belichick no one had ever seen before.

The coach with over 40 years of coaching experience rarely ever gets as fired up and passionate about something as he did Saturday afternoon in an impromptu press conference to put an end to the Deflategate story this week — at least for the time being.

It was in that 25 or so minute press conference that he went off course a bit and discussed this year’s team and how hard they work when referencing the footballs the team uses in practice, as they are often messed with (ie. pouring water on them) to prepare the team for the toughest of playing conditions.

“Anyone who has seen us practice knows that we make it harder, not easier, to handle the football,” Belichick said. “Our players train in conditions that a lot of people would recommend that we not drive in. That’€™s what they do. They’€™re a physically and mentally tough team that works hard, that trains hard, that prepares hard and have met every challenge that I put in front of them. And I know that because I work them every day.”

“This team was the best team in the AFC in the regular season. We won two games in the playoffs against two good football teams. The best team in the postseason, that’€™s what this team is,” he added. “I know that because I’€™ve been with them every day and I’€™m proud of this team.”

Despite all the distractions this week, the team still has their biggest task of the season ahead — Super Bowl XLIX against the Seahawks Feb. 1 in Glendale. The team is looking to avoid losing three straight Super Bowl games and give Belichick his fourth title as a head coach.

He sent a strong message — he is moving on. Moving on to more important things like preparing his team, which he genuinely likes and believes in, for the Seahawks and next week’s Super Bowl.

“This is the end of this subject for me for a long time, OK? We have a huge game, a huge challenge for our football team and that’€™s where that focus is going to go,” said Belichick.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (left) poses with good friend and Patriots owner Robert Kraft. (Getty Images)Shame on the NFL, again.



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FOXBORO — Bill Belichick spoke Saturday afternoon for over 23 minutes on the Deflategate situation, maintaining the team didn’t do anything wrong and followed “every rule to the letter” after conducting an internal investigation.

Here is his partial opening statement:

FOXBORO — Bill Belichick spoke Saturday afternoon for over 23 minutes on the Deflategate situation, maintaining the team didn’t do anything wrong and followed “every rule to the letter” after conducting an internal investigation.

Here is his opening statement of sorts:

“I want to take this opportunity to share this information. I’ve spent a significant amount of time this past week learning what I could learn, more than I could ever imagine to tell you the truth about ladders, air gauges, stitching, pressure, game day ball preparation, rub downs, so forth.

“I’m trying to be as helpful as I can here with everything I have learned. Having coached for 40 years in the National Football League, played for several years, growing up in a football family, being around this game my entire life — it’s clear that I don’t know very much about this areas.

“Over the last few days I have learned a lot more than I ever knew, exceptionally more. I feel like this is important because there have been questions raised and I believe now 100 percent that I have personally, and we as an organization have absolutely followed every rule to the letter. I feel on behalf on everyone in the organization, everyone that is involved in the organization that I needed to say something.”

More to come…

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — The Patriots have shown they can beat some of the top defenses in the league through the air this season, by the way of their seven straight wins from early October to late November.

Seattle’s defense may be their toughest test yet and going up against its Legion of Boom secondary.

“They are good. They fly around, they play hard and we’re going to continue to prepare for them,” wide receiver Danny Amendola said Saturday.

The Seahawks had to earn their way to the Super Bowl as they came from behind to beat the Packers in overtime in the NFC championship game. Seattle didn’t allow a touchdown in the second half — only two field goals — in its 28-22 win.

“They are a good team. They play hard for four quarters and in their case a little longer. It’s going to be a battle for sure,” Amendola said.

Facing their own secondary in Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner, Devin McCourty among others in practice should prepare the Patriots receivers for whatever is to come next Sunday when they go up against Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and the rest of the Legion of Boom.

“Absolutely,” he said. “Those guys are some of the best to play that position and they play against us every day.”

Amendola caught 27 passes this season for 200 yards and a touchdown, but has picked up his play in the postseason and become a bigger part in the offense. In the two playoff games he’s caught six passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns, both coming in the divisional round game with the Ravens.

This will be Amendola’s first Super Bowl and he said he is trying to do his best to treat it like any other game.

“It’s a game, we’re going to prepare the same way we prepare for every single game,” he said. “Every game is the biggest game because it’s the game of the week, so this is the game of the week for us.”

Scoring points will be hard to come by against the Seattle defense, which allowed an average of 15.9 points per game, the lowest in the NFL. The magic number for the Patriots is 23, as they are 12-0 this season when scoring 23 or more points.

“You just have to make plays. I feel like our coaches are putting us in a position to be successful and we have to play really well, they are a great defense and we have to be ready,” Amendola said.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — The Patriots held practice inside the Dana Farber Fieldhouse at Gillette Stadium two days before departing for Arizona and Super Bowl XLIX.

FOXBORO — The Patriots held practice inside the Dana Farber Fieldhouse at Gillette Stadium two days before departing for Arizona and Super Bowl XLIX.

All players were present for the session, which was held in sweats and shells.

It’s worth mentioning rookie center Bryan Stork appeared to be moving well and had a brace and sleeve on his injured knee. He was listed as questionable for the game on the injury report, which came out on Friday night. It was the third straight day he practiced.

The team will hold one more practice (Sunday) before departing for Arizona on Monday.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable