- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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FOXBOROUGH -- A few quick hits from Friday at Gillette Stadium:
EXPLAINING THE KENDALL SIMMONS RELEASE: Coach Bill Belichick touched on the decision to release veteran offensive lineman Kendall Simmons, saying: "Kendall really worked hard. I really have a lot of admiration for him. He's a pro. He came to work early, stayed late, worked hard. [We're] just managing the roster here, that's part of it. It was definitively not something we were looking to do, but we've got to try to manage our team." What Belichick was likely referring to was the interest that practice squad cornerback Kyle Arrington was drawing from another club. Instead of losing Arrington, the team is in the process of signing him to a two-year contract to join the 53-man active roster.
MARONEY SELF-SCOUTS HIS PERFORMANCE: When discussing what he focused on over the bye week, running back Laurence Maroney said he analyzed his performance through seven games and "was really being a hard critic on myself." He said he was focusing on runs in which he could have showed more patience, hit the hole better, and make the correct reads. "My main thing is to be patient, because I know sometimes I can get a little overexcited and really want to make a big play, and I can misread [things] or hit the hole too fast without letting the play set up," he said. "Something that could have been a 10-yard gain is now a 3-yard gain because I was being impatient. My main thing is to run physical, run strong, and run patient and run smart."
SEAU ON HIS WINNING STREAK: Linebacker Junior Seau has won 24 consecutive regular season games in which he's appeared with New England, tying defensive lineman Maulty Moore of the Miami Dolphins (1972-73) for the longest personal winning streak since the merger. Seau was asked his thoughts on the streak. "It's a great streak to talk about when you're winning but it takes more than one person to be part of that," he said.
BELICHICK Q&A: Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports sits down with Patriots coach Bill Belichick for a wide-ranging Q&A that is a must-read for fans who follow the team. Belichick shares insight on a number of topics -- including the trade of Richard Seymour -- with Cole.