FOXBOROUGH -- In front of the largest media gathering of the season -- it's obviously AFC Championship Week -- Bill Belichick and a handful of Patriots answered questions today pertaining to the Ravens, the buildup for such a big game, and if the Patriots can carry over any momentun from Saturday's 45-10 rout of the Broncos.
As you'd expect, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and safety Ed Reed were a popular topic. They certainly have a lot of admirers in the New England locker room.
"He covers more field back there as a single safety than most teams can cover with two," Belichick said of Reed. "He's got great instincts, tremendous player, and then Ray Lewis, everything that he brings to the game, his playmaking ability, his leadership, his experience, his ability to get people around him to play better, his anticipation, his football savvy ... those two guys are ... it's really hard to put anybody in that class, let alone ahead of them. I can't say I've coached against anybody better than Ed Reed in the secondary."
Tight end Aaron Hernandez, who left Saturday's game with an announced head injuiry after a fourth-quarter rushing attempt, said he feels fine, and looked and sounded like he wasn't suffering any effects. "I'm ready to play," Hernandez said.
Belichick, when asked about Hernandez's injury and possible availability to practice today, gave his standard answer: "We'll see how everybody is today going out there. I think everybody today is better than they were yesterday, and yesterday better than they were on Monday. Guys that are banged up are working hard and getting treatment to get back out there."