Bill Belichick Q&A, 9/30

Here’s the complete transcript of the recently concluded conference call between Patriots coach Bill Belichick and the media this afternoon.

Bill Belichick Q&A, 9/29

Here’s the complete transcript of today’s Q&A between Bill Belichick and the media held at Gillette Stadium:

In focus: Mike Martz and the 49ers offense

The San Francisco offense and Mike Martz’s influence on it was one of the areas of focus this morning at Gillette Stadium. Patriots coach Bill Belichick said “it’s the same offense” that Martz has run with the Lions and Rams over the years, and several Patriots referenced the fact that they could go back and look at the tape of their 2006 game against the Lions a few seasons ago as a point of reference. Here are a few other quotes of note about the Martz effect:

Troy Brown press conference transcript

Courtesy of the Patriots’ PR department, here’s the transcript from today’s Troy Brown press conference:

Matt Cassel Q&A, 9/25

Thanks to the Patriots’ PR staff, here’s the transcript of Matt Cassel’s Q&A with the media this morning at Gillette Stadium:

Patriots scheduling press conference for Brown tomorrow

The Patriots have just announced that they have scheduled a press conference for 10 a.m. Thursday with wide receiver Troy Brown, coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft. No other details have been provided, but it’s expected that Brown will announce his retirement from the game of football. The classy veteran holds the franchise records for career receptions (557), and places second on the franchise’s receiving yardage list with 6,366 yards. In addition, Brown set a franchise single-season record with 101 receptions in 2001. He spent 15 years in a New England uniform — only quarterback Steve Grogan (16 seasons) has had a longer Patriots career than Brown.

Bill Belichick Q&A, 9/24

Here’s the complete transcript of Bill Belichick’s Q&A with the media this morning at Gillette Stadium:

Special teams in focus

Maurice Price Q&A, 9/24

The newest member of the Patriots, wide receiver Maurice Price (no relation) was swarmed by the New England media today down at Gillette Stadium. Here’s a small part of the Q&A he had with reporters.

Patriots release Eckel

The team just issued the following release:

“The New England Patriots released fullback Kyle Eckel today. Eckel was signed by the Patriots as a free agent on Sept. 15.

“Eckel, 26, has played in 12 career games, all with the Patriots last season. He was listed as a gameday inactive for the Patriots’ game against the Miami Dolphins yesterday. The 5-foot-11-inch, 237-pound fullback has totaled 33 career rushes for 90 yards and two touchdowns and caught one pass for six yards. He has also totaled 12 career special teams tackles. The Navy product was originally signed by the Patriots on April 29, 2005 and was waived by New England on Sept. 3, 2005. He was claimed off waivers by the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 4, 2005 and spent the entire 2005 season and part of the 2006 season on the reserve/military exempt list. He was reinstated on Nov. 2, 2006 and spent the remainder of the season on the Commissioner’s Exempt Permission list. Eckel was released by the Dolphins on Sept. 1, 2007, and was signed to the Patriots practice squad on Sept. 3, 2007, before being signed to the Patriots active roster on Oct. 1, 2007. He was released by the Patriots on Aug. 26, 2008.”

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