Pre-Thanksgiving Day chatter

Posted on November 21, 2007 
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•For the day before Thanksgiving, it was a large media contingent down at Gillette Stadium today. But with the Patriots in the situation they’re in–and no media availability tomorrow–it really isn’t all that much of a surprise. ESPN was in the house, as well as most of the major New England newspapers.

•Head Coach Bill Belichick had his usual Q-and-A with the media this morning, and touched on a number of topics, including preparing for Donovan McNabb vs. A.J. Feeley (“As always, we’ll be ready for the both of them,” said the head coach. “They’re both outstanding quarterbacks. They can both run the system.”) and Brian Westbrook. (“He does everything well. He’s just an outstanding player. It doesn’t take much with him.”) Sparked by a question about Heath Evans, he also talked about the evolution of the fullback position–look for it on the transcript later this afternoon. Really interesting stuff.

•Most of the usual suspects were present for Wednesday media availability, except for quarterback Tom Brady. Heath Evans, Mike Vrabel, Junior Seau, Rodney Harrison and Ellis Hobbs drew the largest crowds. (Seau, who usually only speaks with reporters on Thursday, decided to oblige us a day early because there’s no media availability tomorrow.) Vrabel was asked if there was anything he was thankful for this time of year. “I’m thankful for Tom Brady and Randy Moss and a good offense,” he said with a smile.

•While the Eagles’ quarterback situation remains up in the air because of injury, count Harrison among those who believe that it’ll be McNabb under center Sunday night for the Eagles. “McNabb will be there. We’re not worried about him,” Harrison said. “He’ll be there. That’s who we expect. Regardless of who’s back there, we still have to stop them. We still have to play solid, Patriots defense.”

•Shameless self-promotion time: Before you hop into Thanksgiving, check out my weekly “Inside Gillette” column over at–a site you should be checking out on a daily basis anyway. Check out my short and sweet story in today’s Metro, where John Madden says this New England offense is the best he’s ever seen. And lastly, I want to thank all the folks who have been turning out to get their copies of “The Blueprint” signed. I’ll be at the Yellow Umbrella bookstore in Chatham (501 Main Street, 508-945-0144) Saturday from 1-3 p.m. signing and talking football. Come on down and check it out!


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