Those Beautiful Boston Accents
August 24, 2012 at 12:22pm by Scott • 3 Comments »
All the talk over the past couple days has been the joint practices with the Patriots, which I suppose is an interesting nugget of information. But holy shit, the Patriots are the least interesting team in football. Unless you’re a fan of the team (and since you’re reading this, I’ll assume you aren’t), the Patriots are boring as hell. Stability at the head coach and quarterback positions, no drama, no controversy, and everyone who is a part of the organization has their personality surgically muted as part of their contract. Chad Johnson went there and became invisible for a full year. They let him loose and boom, he’s swearing like Dice Clay in press conferences and headbutting his wife. So yeah, I didn’t cover their visit to Tampa with the rapt attention given by the papers.
And boy did they cover it. Say, did you know Bill Belichick and Greg Schiano have a history together and that they respect each other? If not, you must be the Who’s Tommy because being blind, deaf and dumb is the only way you could have missed that story over the last seven months. And still, we got a huge dose of it this week. The biggest serving came from Martin Fennelly, which is a joke that writes itself.
Belichick heaped praise when the Bucs reached out to him while considering Schiano. Think Mr. Bill’s words didn’t fire the cannons? I bet Schiano didn’t even have to take the written after that.
Belichick is well-respected around the league, but he’s not a kingmaker. I’m sure he had great things to say about Josh McDaniels who got fired from Denver and Charlie Weis who got fired from Notre Dame and Romeo Crennel who got fired from Cleveland and, well, you get the point.
Credit where credit is due: I rip on Fennelly a lot for being awful, but this was funny.
I have no idea what it means when Bill Belichick says you have a good personality …
According to Schiano, practicing in the summer against another team may become a regular thing.
Like Belichick, Schiano has an interest in making joint workouts a regular part of his preseason routine. The key to doing that, though, is finding a good partner to work with.
“You’ve got to have the right relationship with the other head coach and trust that what we do together is amongst us,” he said. “Certainly, down the road, we can end up playing each other, and that’s fine, but you can only do this with people you trust.”
And if there’s one thing Bill Belichick is known for, it’s not illegally using information from practices to gain an advantage against an opponent.
The joint practices culminate in a preseason game tonight at Ray Jay, probably the last action the starters will see until the regular season. I was going to watch it live tonight, but I don’t think it’s being broadcast live anywhere except Tampa. The Falcons are being broadcast here, which not only means that I have nothing to watch but that the Matt Ryan voodoo doll I bought and ripped the head off of was a scam.