A .500 Bill due in Foxborough
Page 2 of 18 -- "To me it is good that there is a franchise there. I think there should be one there and this is a very strong one. The fans support them with a lot of enthusiasm and vigor."
Interesting to see what the Gillette Stadium surface looks like Sunday because it hasn't looked great recently. The Patriots took a major hit when Dennis Brolin quit this summer in a dispute with Belichick. Brolin might be the Michael Vick of groundskeepers. You realize how good he is when he's gone.
The Patriots had a good run of staying out of the police blotter until right tackle Kenyatta Jones showed up there late Tuesday night. Jones, who had been scheduled to return to practice this week, finds himself answering assault and battery and mayhem charges stemming from an incident in his Walpole home where he allegedly threw scalding water at an associate. Jones has pleaded innocent. He's retained Joseph Cataldo as his attorney. The name rings a bell because Cataldo represented Terry Glenn in his legal woes a couple of years ago.
Received a few questions about Larry Centers this week. He can return to the Patriots in Week 15. Centers took a two-week injury settlement and was waived. He can sign with another team. But if he doesn't, because he was waived in Week 7, you add two weeks of settlement to the standard six-week waiting period after a settlement and that brings us to Dec. 20 vs. the Jets at the Meadowlands.
Richard Seymour, one of the most polished young players I've ever seen, was asked this week whether the '03 Patriots are looking like the '01 team. Response: "It's some of that mentality that's here at this point, the run that we made in '01. Definitely don't want to say that we're going to the Super Bowl just because we have that mindset right now. The run that we made in '01 was a tremendous one, but this one presents different challenges and we have to understand that. There's different guys here at this point, but still there are guys that are hungry that haven't been to mountaintop. Like I say, the higher you go up the mountaintop, the harder the wind blows and the more everybody's trying to knock you off."
Asked about the dimension Rodney Harrison brings, Seymour said, "I think the level of play has been even higher than we've ever had back there. I think with the way they've been able to gel together, with the two young guys (Samuel and Wilson), Rodney and also (Tyrone) Poole. You know, he's having an All-Pro season, as well. He's been stepping his game up and doing some good things for us. They've been hung out to dry. They've been one-on-one and it's tough to be out there on the island back there with some of the top receivers, like Chambers, who are playing in this league." Continued...