Wednesday Update

Posted on November 14, 2007 
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A few random Wednesday thoughts on all things Patriots:

•The relationship between Dick Jauron and Bill Belichick is fascinating to me. Belichick is often painted as a guy who has only a precious few professional pals, and those who are tight with him have an obvious connection. (Most of them either worked together–Crennel, Saban, Ferentz, Hill, etc.–or share some teacher-student kind of bond, like Urban Meyer.) Other than the fact that Belichick’s first coaching job was with the Lions when Jauron played in Detroit, there’s no discernable connection between the two. However, it’s clear they both respect each other: Jauron was one of just a few coaches who did not say anything nasty about Belichick in the wake of “Spygate,” and Belichick has told people in no uncertain terms that Jauron would get his vote for coach of the year. In the media, we’re used to the usual friendly exchanges between coaches, but this appears to go deeper. Just my two cents.

•If this whole football thing doesn’t work out, many of the Patriots could easily go into T-shirt design. We saw Adalius Thomas’ “Humble Pie” shirt earlier in the season. Now comes “60 Minute Men” shirts that were being handed out in the locker room today by Jarvis Green. It got me thinking about the history of Patriots’ T-shirts: In 2002, there were shirts printed by the team that read “Targeting September,” a reference to getting off to a quick start. (They went 3-1 in September, but were 0-3 in October. Not good.) In 2003, there were “Homeland Defense” T-shirts created by nose tackle Ted Washington in honor of a defense that allowed just 238 points all year. Can’t recall shirts from 2004 through 2006–if you have a better memory than I do, lemme know.

•Spent some quality time chatting with linebacker Pierre Woods this morning. Woods, a diehard Indians fan, believes that the American League Cy Young Award went to the right guy. (Take it up with him, Sox fans.) The Michigan grad refused to make a prediction for the Ohio State game, saying only that he was focused on Buffalo.

•Another shameless plug: I’ll be on Patriots.com radio Thursday from 2-4 p.m. with my man Mike Parente. Make sure you tune in and check it out. And if you’re on the North Shore Friday, stop by the Jabberwocky Bookshop in Newburyport between 7 and 9 p.m. for a signing and reading.

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