Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Bits from Belichick
By Chris Forsberg
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Three nuggets from Bill Belichick's near 23-minute chat with an overflow media crowd at Gillette Stadium Wednesday:
Roster moves: The Patriots signed rookie wide receiver Nick Moore to their practice squad (he Tweeted the news Tuesday night, along with the fact that he'd wear jersey No. 17), but Belichick indicated the formal announcement of a roster move won't come until later today. "As soon as we get it all straightened out, we'll have it for you," said Belichick. It would seem the easiest move might include moving wide receiver Wes Welker to season-ending injured reserve, with a current practice squad player elevating to the active roster.
Flacco and playoff experience: Quarterback Joe Flacco led the the Ravens to the AFC championship game last season as a rookie, but Belichick was asked Wednesday if playoff experience could be a factor when Baltimore visits New England Sunday in a wild card matchup. "It didn't in 2001," Belichick noted, a nod to Tom Brady leading the Patriots to a Super Bowl despite limited game experience to that point.
Praise for Burgess: Belichick heaped praise on the play of outside linebacker Derrick Burgess, who seems to be playing some of his finest football since being chastised for arriving late to a team practice last month. Burgess registered two sacks over the first 13 weeks of the season, but has logged three in the past four weeks, and totaled 18 of his 35 tackles during that span. "He's definitely what we needed as an edge player," Belichick said when asked if Burgess had met expectations since New England traded a pair of draft picks to Oakland for him. "He's done a good job for us. He's different than [outside linebacker] Tully [Banta-Cain], but both Tully and Derrick have given us very good play on our perimeter defense."