- Mike Reiss, ESPN New England Patriots reporter
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At one point during the Patriots' 35-21 victory over the Chargers, quarterback Tom Brady stood close to injured linebacker Shaun Phillips as Phillips lay on the field. It sure seemed like Brady was checking to see if Phillips was truly injured.
The Chargers had quite a few players go down with injury, then return, leading some to ask the question: "Are the injuries legit or are they being used as a tactic to slow down the Patriots' no-huddle, hurry-up attack?"
Coach Bill Belichick was asked about the topic during his Tuesday conference call, and how disruptive that can be to a no-huddle, hurry-up type attack. He delivered a notable response.
"I think we all see, the way the game is now, there are different breaks in the game at all points in time. You can have the momentum, and positive things going in your favor, and we stop and review a play, review a score, or a play gets challenged, or a player gets injured, a beach ball rolls on to the field. It could be a dog runs out there. It could be anything. Streakers, you could have that."
About those streakers ...
No, there wasn't a follow-up question, although it did bring back memories of Patriots linebacker Matt Chatham's big hit on a fan during the Super Bowl following the 2003 season.
"Things happen," Belichick said. "That's part of being focused and playing through the situation, whatever it is that comes up. ... You have to be able to deal with it, both sides of the ball, for and against it, on the road and home. It's just part of the game. I think if you want to address that whole issue, that's something that needs to go to the people who make the rules."
At one point during the Patriots' 35-21 victory over the Chargers, quarterback Tom Brady stood close to injured linebacker Shaun Phillips as Phillips lay on the field.