Q: How do you assess the character of the men you currently are going to have in your locker room, and when you give that assessment how are the fans supposed to believe you given the colossal failure in this case?
BB: We have a long track record. We’re going to continue to do what we feel is best for the football team, whatever we that happens to be and we’ll continue to evaluate our team. Where we think we can improve it, we’ll try to improve it.
Q: Are you confident in the character of the men you have in there now?
BB: I’m confident in all the people that have been brought into the organization. Some have worked out and some haven’t. Hopefully we can put more on the ‘have’ side of the ledger than the ‘haven’t’, but I’m sure going forward we’re not going to be 100 percent in the future, just like nobody else is. But we will do our best.
Q: For clarification, someone asked about your knowledge of the 2012 double homicide and the incident in Miami and your answer was ‘no.’ Was that no, you can’t comment or no, you didn’t know?
BB: That would be no.
Q: Is the issue of guns among athletes a topic of discussion of management and coaches around the league because this is a problem that previous generations have also had?
BB: I can’t speak for all the other teams in the league and I can’t speak for what other discussions go on around the league. It’s certainly a point of discussion in league meetings and with security people that we talk to on a regular basis, whether they be local security or league security. We have league security meetings each year with the NFL and I’d say that topic has been address as long as I’ve been in the league, which would be [since] 1975. I think that topic has been addressed every single year.
Q: Can you discuss the thinking behind Alfonzo Dennard, who has had some issues, given your track record of when you stick with a player or don’t stick with a player. What went into that decision?
BB: I can’t comment on that.
Q: How, if at all, has your relationship with Robert Kraft been affected by this? Has it been strengthened or damaged?
BB: I feel like I’ve had a strong relationship with Robert and his family since I was here in 1996 and I think it’s gotten stronger every year that I’ve been here with the Patriots. The more things we do together, talk about together, work together on, the closer we become and the more we rely on each other. I feel like our relationship is very close and continues to grow closer every year as we grow older together.