FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick, you may have heard, isn't the biggest proponent of social media. But that doesn't mean he doesn't hear about it when someone badmouths his team.
Jalen Ramsey put himself in the crosshairs of multiple franchises before the season when he rated quarterbacks and big-name pass-catchers, many of whom didn't impress him.
Belichick was asked if he had to do anything this week to make sure that his players don't engage in a back-and-forth with the big-mouthed, big-time corner or his Jaguars teammates.
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"We know when the game starts," Belichick said. "We'll be ready to go. I'm sure they will too. We'll see what happens.
"Right now we're focused on our preparation for the game. Got a lot of respect for coach [Doug] Marrone, their coaching staff, their players, their team. Hopefully we'll be ready to go."
Ramsey spoke to GQ and ESPN's Mina Kimes ahead of the start of the regular season and made some eyebrow-raising remarks about a couple of current and former Patriots players, including Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady.
"I don't think Gronk's good," Ramsey said.
He added: "Any time Gronk has been matched up with a corner, he's had a very bad game -- and that corner has had a very good game."
On Tom Brady, Ramsey told GQ that the 41-year-old doesn't suck.
The Jaguars like to stick Ramsey across from an opposing team's top receiver, typically, Belichick said during his Wednesday press conference. Would Marrone stick Ramsey on Gronkowski this weekend?
Perhaps, but that might open the Jaguars to a mismatch in the run game should Brady notice that strength-and-size disparity. The Jaguars could sick Ramsey on Gronkowski in obvious passing situations, but in last year's AFC title game, he saw mostly safeties and linebackers until he left the game with a concussion. Ramsey saw a good deal of Chris Hogan (targeted three times on Hogan) and some Brandin Cooks (once).
According to a new book written by ESPN's Ian Connor titled "Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time," the rift between Tom Brady and Bill Belichick may have been even more serious than originally thought.
The book claims that following the 2017 season Tom Brady wanted to part ways with his longtime head coach.
"If you're married 18 years to a grouchy person who gets under your skin and never compliments you, after a while you want to divorce him," a source told O'Connor. "Tom knows Bill is the best coach in the league, but he's had enough of him. If Tom could, I think he would divorce him."
O'Connor writes that Brady seriously reconsidered his future in New England up until late March, but the Jimmy Garoppolo trade ultimately left Brady feeling obligated to stay with the Patriots.
"But in the end, even if he wanted to, Brady could not walk away from the game, and he could not ask for a trade. The moment Belichick moved [Jimmy] Garoppolo to San Francisco, and banked on Brady's oft-stated desire to play at least into his mid-forties, was the moment Brady was virtually locked into suiting up next season and beyond. Had he retired or requested a trade, he would have risked turning an adoring New England public into an angry mob."
"Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time" will be released Sept. 25.
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