Bill has been much maligned about stonewalling journalists. I was watching the one where he refused to be drawn into a discussion of Gronk and Amendola's absence. All the chatter was about the "they were inactive" line he used. But he only reacts that way to questions that ask him to predict the unknowable or something in that vein.
On the other hand, in the same conference, someone asked a question relevant to Kyle Arrington's role. BB's answer was surprisingly detailed, thorough and nuanced. You can learn a lot about why Arrington was given an extension. It made me think that journalists who claim BB's pressers are uninformative are lazy, not football smart, or looking for a one-liner.
The Q & A is appended below:
Q: What are the differences between playing slot corner and playing on the outside?
BB: I think when you play inside, you’re really playing to a degree, a linebacker or a safety position. Even in man-to-man coverage, it’s different because the receiver has more options and the [slot] corner, if there is help, is closer to help than the [outside] corner is, if there’s some kind of inside help. If there’s no help, then the inside corner has more space to defend, across the ball or back outside as well as vertically compared to a corner who is more isolated in the area he has to defend. Once you get into combination of zone coverages, then that player’s responsibility is either that of a safety or linebacker depending on the coverage and what exactly you’re playing. That brings in a whole different awareness and conceptually playing as a linebacker or a safety as opposed to playing as a corner, if that makes any sense. All positions are difficult but I think it’s a difficult position to play because of the amount of things that happen and how fast they happen: tight ends and backs coming in or outside receivers coming into your zone or things like that. Whereas, as a corner you’re defending more space but there are less moving parts out there. There’s less guys that can get into your area. It’s usually just one or maybe two guys, whereas when you’re inside in the slot, there could be four guys easily that could get in there and once they get into tight splits and things like that, trying to sort all that out, I’d just say it’s a different game. It’s not playing safety but it’s not playing corner. It’s a little bit of a hybrid spot. There’s certainly a lot of awareness, a lot of things that those players have to see that are unique. It’s not a linebacker, it’s not a corner, it’s a nickel position.