Bill Belichick wrapped his day-after conference call with the media short time ago; not surprisingly, there was quite a bit of talk about the Pats’ run game and tight ends.
Here are some quick bits from the call:
On tight ends being asked to learn multiple roles: “Some we do and some we don’t. Some guys are kind of responsible for everything, others are responsible for different things. There’s no real set formula on in but usually we try to overload them with learning so we don’t have to say three weeks or four weeks down the road, ‘we need you to start learning something else.’ Sometimes we trim that down so the number of assignments is not so overwhelming.”
On how Hernandez and fellow rookie Rob Gronkowski have processed things: “I think they’ve both done all right. They still have a long way to go. Not just (learning) formations, it’s adjustments after the snaps, it’s technique. So I think that both guys have made progress.”
The play of Fred Taylor and Sammy Morris last night: “I thought Fred and Sammy ran hard, broke some tackles and showed good vision. Some of the reads may have been a little bit better, with some of the blocking; we had some negative plays in the run game…some of the plays we had were checked running plays. It could all be better but for the most part those guys, including Benny [BenJarvus Green-Ellis], ran hard.”
Belichick indicated that conclusions should not be made about Laurence Maroney’s status after he didn’t log a carry and that he is unsure exactly how the next few days will play out for the team in terms of practice and the days’ structure as the Pats welcome the Rams on Thursday night.