Belichick: 'I've got to do a better job' of making players maintain composure


Belichick: 'I've got to do a better job' of making players maintain composure

FOXBORO -- When the Patriots were rolling over the Raiders in Mexico City, there was a play near the end of the game that stood out. 

Unhappy with Jonathan Jones' shove on one fourth-quarter pass play, Oakland receiver Johnny Holton approached Jones and gave Jones an open-hand smack to the helmet. Holton was penalized. Jones wasn't because he let Holton walk away after he noticed a flag was thrown immediately. 

A few days later, Belichick was asked about the incident. How often is poise in those situations discussed during Patriots meetings?

"We talk about it every day," Belichick replied. 

Fast forward two weeks, and the Patriots are now without one of their stars because he lost his cool late in another blowout win. Rob Gronkowski was penalized and later suspended for his late hit on Bills corner Tre'Davious White. Danny Amendola was also flagged for a shot on safety Micah Hyde that occurred about the same time. 

During Wednesday's press conference, Belichick seemed to shoulder some of the responsibility for his players reacting as they did in that instance. 

"Yeah, that’s important for us," Belichick replied when asked about players keeping their composure. "Yep, that’s important every week. It’s a competitive game. There’s a lot of emotion out there. Yeah, as the coach, I’ve got to do a better job of that."

Monday night's game in Miami could test the Patriots in that regard. The last time they played the Dolphins, two weeks ago at Gillette Stadium, Tom Brady took a couple of questionable hits. Danny Amendola found himself in a wrestling matching with Bobby McCain that got McCain ejected. And there was plenty of jawing back and forth from both sides. 

There figures to be no lack of emotion when the two teams get together again in prime time. Belichick will undoubtedly be providing reminders for his players to keep their heads and simply "do business as business is being done." 

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.

Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.

The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.

More to come...

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment. 

Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".

Click here to listen and see how he did.