Monday, August 27, 2012
Belichick: 'Lot of balls in the air'
By Mike Rodak
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Some quick-hit soundbites from head coach Bill Belichick's news conference Monday:
No roster announcements yet. Belichick said the team doesn't have any roster moves to announce yet. They must be at 75 players by 4 p.m. today. Belichick said the team has "a lot of balls in the air" between roster moves, preparing for their final preseason game Wednesday night, and preparing for the regular season.
Thoughts on Aaron Hernandez contract extension. "Any contract that we agree to is one that we're in support of. If we agree to a contract on a player, then we're in support of that player, the length of the contract, the amount that we're paying him, and all the other things that go with the contract. We wouldn't do it if we weren't in support of it, as an organization, me personally, all of the above. ...Again, we wouldn't have done it if we weren't happy with it. Glad it worked out," Belichick said.
Any concern for offensive line? One major storyline this preseason has been the offensive line, highlighted by quarterback Tom Brady being hit several times in Friday's night's loss in Tampa. "Never want to see your quarterback get hit, but it's a function of a lot of things. Not getting rid of the ball, protection, routes, a lot of things come into play. It needs to be better all the way around," Belichick said. "We haven't played very well offensively in any game, with anybody, for any length of time, so we have a lot of work to do."
No updates on Brian Waters. Belichick said there is no update on the status of guard Brian Waters, who did not report for training camp. Asked if he wants to establish a consistent set of five starters along the offensive line at this point in the preseason, Belichick said: "Well I'd say we're probably doing the best we can given the circumstances that we have. ...I don't think all of our offensive linemen have been available. We have some guys on the roster that have been in different degrees, have worked in different ranges or stages, and they haven't been totally available for one reason or another, so it is what it is."
No decision on playing starters in preseason finale. "We haven't made any decisions on playing time or any of that yet. We're just day-to-day and get some things accomplished today in practice, and then we'll meet after practice tonight and talk about how we want to use the players Wednesday night," Belichick said.