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Michael Bennett dissed Patriots DC Greg Schiano in 2013 interview

Michael Bennett dissed Patriots DC Greg Schiano in 2013 interview

Well, the first meeting between Michael Bennett and defensive coordinator Greg Schiano could be... awkward. The two first-year members of the New England Patriots were together for one season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and they apparently didn't get along.

After their lone season together in Tampa Bay, Bennett was critical of Schiano and, per NFL Network's Mike Giardi, once said this about him.

According to OMFonWEEI, Bennett said in that same 2013 interview that there wasn't respect for Schiano in the locker room, and that's part of what caused his tenure as head coach to end poorly.

These remarks from Bennett certainly don't paint a good picture of his relationship with Schiano, but there are a couple of things to keep in mind. First of all, Bennett said those things in 2013, so a lot of time has passed since then. He may have gotten over his disdain for Schiano long ago, so it's possible that these comments might not even matter.

Additionally, Bennett didn't like Schiano as a head coach. With the Patriots, Schiano will be a coordinator and will report to Bill Belichick, so it's likely that the power dynamics between Schiano and his defensive players won't be as bad. And if there is an issue, Bennett can always take it up with Belichick.

It's also fair to assume that Schiano has learned from his failed tenure as a head coach and given his successful stop with the Ohio State Buckeyes, he seems to know what he's doing as a coordinator. If he and Bennett have both grown, this could be a non-issue.

Bennett and Schiano will likely have to talk things out in the near future just to make sure they're on the same page. But, for now, these comments are merely a small hurdle.

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Patriots downgrade S Patrick Chung, RB Damien Harris to out for Eagles game

Patriots downgrade S Patrick Chung, RB Damien Harris to out for Eagles game

The Patriots have downgraded safety Patrick Chung and running back Damien Harris from questionable to out for the game Sunday against the Eagles in Philadelphia.

Chung has had heel and chest injuries but did play in the Pats' last game before their bye week, the Nov. 3 loss to the Ravens. Harris appeared on the injury report for the first time on Friday with a hamstring issue. The rookie third-round pick from Alabama has only been active for two games this season.

The loss of Chung could impact the Patriots most in their coverage of Eagles tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert. Taking on tight ends is something Chung has excelled at. 

ESPN Mike Reiss reports that Patriots tight end Matt LaCosse, out with a knee injury since Oct. 10, did travel with the team to Philly so he will likely be active for the game.

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Ten years ago today, on fourth-and-2, Bill Belichick made one of his most controversial decisions

Ten years ago today, on fourth-and-2, Bill Belichick made one of his most controversial decisions

It was one of the most controversial calls in Patriots history...and it didn't come from an official.

It was Bill Belichick's decision to go for it on fourth-and-2 in the final minutes against the Indianapolis Colts. And it was 10 years ago today.

THE DECISION

It remains Belichick's most talked-about moves this side of Malcolm Butler. In a Week 10 matchup in Indianapolis, the 8-0 Colts faced the 6-2 Patriots in a high-scoring affair. Leading 34-28 but backed up at their own 28-yard-line and needing two yards for a first down, Belichick chose to go for it on fourth down and try and keep the ball out of quarterback Peyton Manning's hands.

THE PLAY

Tom Brady completed a pass to running back Kevin Faulk, who was driven backward by the Colts' Melvin Bullitt. After a measurement, Faulk was ruled short of the first down. Three Colts plays later, a Manning-to-Reggie Wayne TD pass and extra point with 13 seconds left a 35-34 victory.

THE AFTERMATH

There was plenty of second-guessing of Belichick's move. Had he outsmarted himself? Why didn't he punt and show more faith in his defense? 

“We thought we could win the game with that play,” he explained at the time. “That was a yard I was confident we could get.” Belichick had maintained it was more like fourth-and-long-1, rather than 2. Where the ball was spotted after the Faulk play is still the subject of debate.

Those Pats would go on to lose two of their next three, finish 10-6, still win the AFC East but get smoked by the Baltimore Ravens 33-14 in Foxboro in a wild-card playoff game. Manning's team won its first 14 games, then rested its regulars and lost twice before reaching its first Super Bowl as the Indy Colts and losing to the New Orleans Saints. 

TODAY

When Indianapolis reporter Kevin Bowen tweeted about the play's 10th anniversary on Saturday, it stirred up memories for former Colts linebacker Gary Brackens, who recalled the disrespect he felt from Belichick's decision to test the Indy defense. 

To this day, "Fourth-and-2" means only one thing to most NFL fans.

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