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Belichick on Brady and Burgess

Posted by Albert Breer  July 30, 2010 10:00 AM

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"Time Management, game management, and so forth and so on. Each year’s a new year, we all start all over again every season. That’s the same for every player. Tom works as hard as anyone does, he’s very professional and has a great work ethic, he’s very intelligent, so I’m sure he’s done all those things. But still, there’s no substitute for being out there with the other 21 players and putting it together from a team standpoint."

Bottom line: Brady's showing up and going to work, which is more than you can say for AWOL OLB Derrick Burgess right now. Belichick confirmed what we reported in this morning's Globe, which is that the club was not informed that Burgess would be sitting out.

"Derrick, of course, wasn’t here yesterday," Belichick said. "We expected him to be here, he’s not here. The situation certainly isn’t unprecedented. We’ll deal with it going forward. I’m not sure I know all the information I need to know, so that’s where it is for now."

The team has placed Burgess on the "Did Not Report" list, and the next step would be to set a deadline for him to show up before terminating his contract.

Belichick didn't let that kill his good mood, though. At the start of the press conference, he gleefully (for him) talked about getting back into the grind of football season and said, "There's no place I'd rather be."

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