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Shuffling off to Buffalo: Belichick laughs it up

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Shuffling off to Buffalo: Belichick laughs it up

By PhilPerry
CSNNE.com

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick started out his Friday press conference in a somber mood, announcing how disappointed he was to have to place center Dan Koppen and Myron Pryor on injured reserve earlier this week.

But, boy, did things change by the end of his time at the podium.

irst, he was softened up with a question having to do with last night's airing of the second part of 'Bill Belichick: A Football Life' on NFL Network. If you haven't seen it, record it on your DVR, look up clips online, sneak a peak through your neighbor's window -- it's worth it.

In last night's show, Belichick showed up to a Patriots Halloween party (organized by Randy Moss) dressed as a pirate. Eye patch, sword, cap, pirate goatee and all. He got called out today by ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss.

Were there any other costumes Belichick was thinking about?

"There probably were some other options," Belichick said with a smirk. "I was hoping you wouldn't recognize me in that one. That was a fun night. Randy did a good job organizing that. It was a good team-building exercise."

Then the 'Football Life' questions started flowing. What was up with Belichick not being able to figure out his car's clock?

"That was one of the big challenges that year," he said matter-of-factly. "I'm terrible at that stuff. If I didn't have younger people in my life that understood that, I'd be at a total loss.

"Just dumb it down for some of us," he pleaded.

Hear that, Volvo?

He didn't stop there. GPS systems caught some flack as well.

"It'd be nice if it worked," he said. "It's frustrating when they send you the address and say type this into the GPS and you type it in and the thing comes up and says, 'Not listed.' "

He closed his rant with, of all things, a Three Stooges reference. Who knew?

"Great line from Curly in 'The Three Stooges,' " Belichick said. " 'Hey what's wrong with this car . . . I don't know it seems fine . . . Clock's working.' "

Ba-dum-bum.

"Back in those days, I mean whose clock worked when I was growing up? Whose clock worked?" Belichick asked.

Not sure how we got there, but we did. Then Belichick's mind quickly went back to business.

"See ya in Buffalo," he said. And like that the show was over. A rare glimpse into the pirate-loving, modern technology-loathing world in which Belichick lives. Or something like that.

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Julio Jones presents Johnson Bademosi opportunity to prove he's not niche player

Julio Jones presents Johnson Bademosi opportunity to prove he's not niche player

None of us thought Johnson Bademosi would be starting this past Sunday at MetLife Stadium against the Jets because -- well -- that’s not what we perceive the 27-year-old to be. He’s a special teamer. It’s how he’s made his mark in the NFL dating back to 2012 with Cleveland. So why would that change in mid-October for a team he’s only been with for six weeks? Because Bademosi is -- and has always been -- intent on proving he’s more than a niche player.

“I see myself as a football player,” he said, “and whatever position they put me in, I’m going to try to be the best because that’s how I operate and who I am as a person. Whether that’s as a cornerback, on special teams, if they ask me to play wildcat quarterback. Whatever…”

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Bill Belichick and his staff asked for Bademosi to go on the field and not come off. He played 73 defensive snaps in addition to his usual core four special teams duties. 

“I felt like I played a whole game,” Bademosi joked, before saying, “I love playing football so I’m going to go out there and empty myself.”

He did just that, getting targeted only two times in the 24-17 win over the Jets. It was hoped that Bademosi would return to his normal specialist role, but with Stephon Gilmore still out with a concussion, it now seems more and more likely that the sixth year pro will have to be an ironman again Sunday night in primetime against the Falcons. Historically, the Pats have defended bigger receivers. That means Bademosi may be responsible for one of the most dangerous players in the league, Julio Jones.

“He’s an amazing player," he said. “We all know what he’s capable of. As a defense, we have to be prepared for him.”

The Pats were on Super Bowl Sunday and Jones still made a couple of ridiculous plays with either Logan Ryan or Eric Rowe in coverage with safety help over the top.

“He’s fast. He’s physical. He can jump. He can run. He’s smart. He’s everything you want in a wide receiver,” said Bademosi without blinking an eye. That’s the kind of confidence you want from a player at that position and facing this type of challenge. 

“You gotta believe in yourself,” he said “ I’m confident in my abilities. I work hard and trust my preparation.”

Being an elite athlete certainly helps. Bademosi was a scholarship football player at Stanford -- “some guy named Jim Harbaugh called” -- before ending up in the NFL. But it’s Bademosi’s willingness to go all in in the film room that impressed safety Devin McCourty. 

“…I think, honestly, the most work he did was probably with just himself jumping into the film, watching more stuff to exactly see,” said McCourty Thursday. “You know, when you’re a backup more, you’re kind of trying to see everything because you don’t know what role you might be thrust upon once you’re in the game. But, I think once he knew he was starting, it was kind of like, ‘Alright, let me focus in on this.’ I thought he did an awesome job of just being ready and competing.”

Bademosi will have to compete his ass off Sunday night, even against what has been to this point a physically compromised Jones. Based on what he did several days ago, there’s no reason to believe the Pats cornerback won’t bring everything he has, trying to prove again that he’s more than just a special teams whiz.

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