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"....As for the scraps, they came toward the end of the full-pads practice in 11-on-11 work, both on running plays. Once again, seemingly every player on the team was involved; many served as peacemakers, but there was plenty of pushing and shoving.
After the second scrap, coach Bill Belichick sent the team on three full laps around the field, players running from goal post to goal post.
Center/guard Ryan Wendell and linebacker Bobby Carpenter were at the heart of the first scrap. Rookie free agents Darrion Weems (offensive tackle) and Marcus Forston (defensive line) looked like they were in the middle of the second scrap.
After the scraps, there was a players-only huddle on the field. "
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Re: Geez, Two More Fights Today
Back in the 1980s, urban legend has it that Parcells and BB would huddle before practices and "encourage" certain defensive players to provoke and antagonize O-linemen. The goal was to gauge how nasty and protective of the QB they were.
Not implying that is what Spikes did but the temperament of camp is starting to get volatile- which is normal for a NFL training camp.
“I'm not really concerned about the other 31 teams,” - Bill Belichick
"If a player has talent and doesn't succeed, that means that they either don't want to be successful or I have failed as a coach." - Bill Belichick
Last edited by robertweathers; 08-03-2012 at 05:17 PM..
Actually, I heard the same story about Parcells and BB. I really wouldn't put it past BB or someone around there to plant a seed or two.
We get what we deserve.
------------------ “On a day when they could have had impact players David Terrell or Koren Robinson..they took Georgia defensive tackle Richard Seymour, who had 1 sacks last season in the pass-happy SEC and is too tall to play tackle at 6-6 and too slow to play defensive end. This genius move was followed by trading out of a spot where they could have gotten the last decent receiver in Robert Ferguson and settled for tackle Matt Light, who will not help any time soon.”
It was interesting reading Reiss and others reporting on this today. Carpenter said it was the first time he ran three laps since high school. For the most part, the players who commented said theres a thin line between tough and fighting and you shouldn't cross it, so I guess that's the company line. Also interesting that a few reporters said Brady "kicked the coaches out" of the huddle for a players-only huddle.
Me, I like it all, from the orneriness to the coaching discipline to the Brady leadership.
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—President Barack Obama, April 18, 2013
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