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January 4, 2008
Practice peek: In the bubble before the bye week / Photo
Journal photo / Bob Breidenbach
The New England Patriots practice this afternoon in the practice bubble at Gillette. Junior Seau, Mike Vrabel (#50) and Tedy Bruschi stretch at the start of practice. The Patriots have a bye week this week and will play next weekend at home.
We've just been tossed from the Dana-Farber Fieldhouse where the players are once again in full pads as they work on some fundamentals and team-specific things in advance of their first playoff game next week.
There were five players absent: Kyle Brady, Asante Samuel, Ellis Hobbs, Nick Kaczur and Kyle Eckel.
Ty Warren, who was absent yesterday, was on the field today. Kyle Brady was present yesterday but not today. Samuel, Hobbs, Eckel and Kaczur were all missing yesterday as well.
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Friday at Gillette
Hey all --
We've wrapped up the chatty portion of the day here at Gillette, and are waiting to head out to the team's practice session, which once again will be held inside the Dana-Farber Fieldhouse.
Bill Belichick opened his press conference by acknowledging his AP Coach of the Year honor, saying, "it's something I appreciate -- there's a lot of great coaches in this league. At the same time, the players and the assistant coaches, they deserve a lot more credit than I do."
Belichick also mentioned offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels' announcement last night that he will not interview with Baltimore and Atlanta.
"He said what he has to say and I don't have much more to add to it, but I think Josh is an outstanding coach, he does a great job. He has a tremendous future in coaching. But as he said, all that aside, we're all focused on the playoffs."
In the locker room, Mike Vrabel, Adalius Thomas, Rodney Harrison and Brandon Meriweather all drew media crowds, and defensive coordinator Dean Pees also chatted with a small group of reporters.
Pees said the Pats did take a step back as far as red zone defense against the Giants. In one of the touchdowns, he said, there was a communication issue, and on another there was a technique problem.
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