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Monday, August 12, 2013
Belichick won't be deterred

By Mike Reiss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- When Bill Belichick puts the blinders on and talks about the Patriots moving forward as a football team, good luck getting him to move off the spot.

An example of this came at his Monday afternoon news conference.

Monday marked the first time that Belichick was available to the media since Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Cary Williams said, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, that he purposely started a scrap with Patriots rookie receiver Aaron Dobson in last Tuesday's joint practice.

"They came in there talking. They had a lot of jokes, and [he-hes] and laughs, a lot of dirty plays that were going on," Williams said, according to the Inquirer. "So there was a reason behind what I did. There was a reason behind the madness."

On Monday, Belichick was asked quite directly if he thought Williams' actions on the first play of 11-on-11 drills and ensuing remarks were "garbage."

"I don't know. I didn't even see it," Belichick responded.

When a reporter attempted to follow up, Belichick interrupted.

"We've moved on. We're coming to Tampa [preparations]," he said.

When it was then mentioned to Belichick that Williams said the Patriots practiced dirty, and if it was something he felt the need to answer to, Belichick didn't budge.

"We've moved on," he said.

Quick-hit thoughts: Sometimes, a head coach fires back in the media, similar to what we saw with Jeff Fisher of the Rams when Browns analyst Bernie Kosar was critical of the team's receiving corps during the preseason opener between St. Louis and Cleveland. Belichick has done it in the past, too (e.g., Steelers safety Anthony Smith), as he is quick to defend his players. But not today. This was the laser-focused version of Belichick -- no time to look back, just forward.