Patriots coach Bill Belichick sat down with Mike and Mike on ESPN Radio this morning live from Gillette Stadium and talked for about 7 minutes. Some highlights:
* The role of the tight ends in the Patriots' offense: "We haven't had this kind of production from our tight ends really since I've been here."
* Rob Gronkowski's development: "He practices hard, he loves to play football. Whatever you ask him to do he'll do his very best at it. If you want him to run through a wall he'll put his head down and run through it."
* What's the No. 1 reason why Tom Brady has become the player he's become: "You have to have two things: You have to have talent and you have to be able to perform. Tom has done a great job at both of those. He's improved on a steady basis since he got here in 2000. He's as hard a worker as anybody we have, he's very well prepared. But he can also play. He's accurate and he makes good decisions, that's what you need from a quarterback. I'd glad he's our QB, I think the world of Tom Brady. But I'm also proud of the fact that without Tom Brady we still won 11 games in 2008. We have a good program here. It's bigger than any of us individually. Collectively we are competitive."
* If you couldn't be a football coach, what would you be?: "I'd coach lacrosse."
(Editor's note: We're still trying to work out the kinks with the video. In the meantime, you can listen to Belichick's comments on Mike and Mike on this podcast.)