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Belichick casts yet another informal Hall of Fame vote, this time for Brandt

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Belichick casts yet another informal Hall of Fame vote, this time for Brandt

In September of last year, Bill Belichick went on a quality rant when asked about the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The question posed to him was about career assistants and if some were deserving of more consideration for induction.

After explaining the importance of having good assistants on staff, Belichick steered his comments toward the Hall of Fame in general and his feelings on the selection process.

"Yeah, you know, I mean the Hall of Fame is a tough one," he said. "I don’t even know what the criteria is for the Hall of Fame. You’ve got guys that have played 15-20 years that aren’t in the Hall of Fame and you’ve got guys that have played four or five that are and vice versa. You’ve got guys that have had great short careers and aren’t, guys that have had ‘OK’ long careers that are. You’ve got guys that haven’t won championships that are. You’ve got guys that have won a lot of championships that aren’t. I mean, I don’t know. What are we basing it on?

"I don’t know . . . You’ve got different sets of rules for everybody too – coaches, players, contributors. Really I don’t understand it. I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it but what little I know about it is pretty confusing to me. I have no idea what the criteria is and if you talk to people that have been in that room, which I’m sure you guys have, it sounds like there’s a lot of confusion in there, too, about who we’re voting for or what we’re voting on. How much of it is political? How much of it is a campaign trail? I don’t know. It’s not really my thing. The whole process I’m saying is not really my thing."

What's interesting is that lately he has informally inserted himself into the process, casting a few informal Hall of Fame votes for men he considers deserving. Last month it was former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison, who Belichick described as, "you're talking about a Hall of Fame-level player, in my opinion."

On Monday morning, during a conference call, Belichick was at it again. This time it was former Cowboys vice president of player personnel Gil Brandt, who Belichick lauded as deserving of a bust in Canton, Ohio. 

Belichick was asked about being one win away from tying Cowboys Hall of Fame coach Tom Landry for third-most wins in NFL history, and he mentioned Brandt as part of the reason Landry's teams were as successful as they were.

"They had great players on offense. They had great players on defense," Belichick said. "Looking at Gil Brandt and the job that he did with the personnel, he certainly should be in the Hall of Fame based on his contributions to this game and contributions to the personnel and scouting side of it. He’d probably be the first guy I would put in there.

"The combination of the personnel that they had, and the coaching, and their system and their I would say, development of it, development of younger players through the system, which at that time without free agency they had the ability to take a little bit extra time to get those players to fit into their system. But it was very well thought out, very disciplined."

Brandt, who is now an analyst for NFL Media, held his title of VP of player personnel from 1960 to 1989. The scouting and evaluation systems he developed in Dallas are still used today by many clubs and, as his bio on NFL.com states, considered "standard operating procedure."

In a surprise move, Chiefs sign Darrelle Revis

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In a surprise move, Chiefs sign Darrelle Revis

KANSAS CITY -- The Kansas City Chiefs needed help in their leaky defensive backfield.

Darrelle Revis was ready to provide it.

So the AFC West leaders signed the seven-time Pro Bowl cornerback on Wednesday, a surprising midseason move involving a big-name player. Revis played for the New York Jets last season, but his massive salary cap number combined with a decline in performance led to his release in late February.

Still, the Chiefs were desperate to find a cornerback to play opposite Marcus Peters. Terrence Mitchell, Kenneth AckerSteven Nelson and Phillip Gaines have all failed to hold down the spot.

"He's ready to go now," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said in a conference call with reporters. "He was coming off the wrist (injury) and that he had last year, you know - this is when he was ready to go. We felt the same way. So it was a nice, mutual agreement that took place and here we are."

Reid did not rule out Revis playing Sunday against Buffalo, either.

Four days is typically a quick turnaround for a player to get acclimated to a team, especially one that hasn't played a snap since the end of last season. But Revis has a few things going for him: He has a vast amount of experience from which to draw, he is already familiar with defensive coordinator Bob Sutton's system having played for him with the Jets, and the Chiefs really have nothing to lose.

They enter the game with the 28th-ranked pass defense in the league, hemorrhaging more than 250 yards per game. That includes a 417-yard performance by Oakland's Derek Carr a few weeks ago.

"We've had some young guys trying their hearts out and doing a nice job for us, too," Reid said. "It's a win-win. You get a veteran guy and you have some young guys that will continue to grow."

Perhaps coincidentally, the Chiefs visit the Meadowlands to face the Jets on Dec. 3.

Revis at one point was considered the best cornerback in the league, picking off 29 passes over 10 seasons with the Jets, Buccaneers and Patriots. He won a Super Bowl ring with New England.

He parlayed that into a five-year, $39 million contract to return to the Jets, but a wrist injury slowed him down a couple of years ago. Revis struggled most of last season, looking as if the 32-year-old had lost a step for the first time, and the Jets made the decision to let him go.

He's spent the past summer and fall keeping in shape.

"He's been around awhile. He looks great physically," Reid said, "but time does that, time will take a step away from you. But he's a smart guy, knows how to play the game and that becomes important at this point in his career. I'm not telling you he can't still run, he can run."

Good enough to help the Chiefs (6-4), who had dropped four of their past five?

"Darrelle is a proven player in this league and we are excited to add him," first-year Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said in a statement. "He's had a Hall of Fame career and his leadership and playing experience will be valuable to our defense."

That may be where he is most beneficial: His experience. The Chiefs have little veteran presence in their secondary after safety Eric Berry was lost to a season-ending injury.

"You're talking about one of the all-time great players at that position," Reid said. "It's just a matter of getting him back in the swing of things and seeing where he's at. He's excited to be here. We are excited to have him. I would think his role would be to step in and be a starter."

Patriots-Dolphins injury report: Tom Brady sits out with Achilles injury

Patriots-Dolphins injury report: Tom Brady sits out with Achilles injury

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski both sat out of the entirety of Wednesday's practice at Gillette Stadium. 

Brady is dealing with an Achilles injury, per the injury report released by the Patriots. The Boston Herald has reported that Brady will play despite the issue. It's unclear when exactly Brady suffered the injury, but Brady was hit low by Raiders pass-rusher Khalil Mack in the fourth quarter on Sunday, and Mack was called for a roughing-the-passer penalty.

Gronkowski, like teammate David Andrews, is dealing with an illness. Patrick Chung, who left Sunday's game briefly, has an ankle issue. 

Here's the full injury report for both the Patriots and Dolphins . . . 

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
C David Andrews (illness)
QB Tom Brady (Achilles)
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle)
S Patrick Chung (ankle)
TE Rob Gronkowski (illness)
WR Chris Hogan (shoulder)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
WR Danny Amendola (knee)
TE Marellus Bennett (shoulder/hamstring)
DT Malcom Brown (ankle)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)
WR Matthew Slater (hamstring)

MIAMI DOLPHINS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
LB Stephone Anthony (quadriceps)
G Jermon Bushrod (foot)
QB Jay Cutler (concussion)
DE William Hayes (back)
T Laremy Tunsill (illness)

FULL PARTICIPATION
RB Senorise Perry (knee)
S Michael Thomas (knee)