PRACTICE/LOCKER ROOM REPORT: Every player was present for the media access portion of practice today. … The team practiced in the stadium. … Linebacker Tedy Bruschi, during the team jog, finished in the lead group. … Kicker Adam Vinatieri, tight end Christian Fauria and linebackers Don Davis, Willie McGinest and Monty Beisel were a few players drawing larger media crowds during the locker room media access (11:15-11:55 a.m. ET). … The big theme in the locker room was how intensity rises in the playoffs. … Running back Corey Dillon was approached by reporters but declined an interview.
BELICHICK BITS: In his press conference, Bill Belichick opened by saying: “The more film I’ve watched on Jacksonville, and the closer you look at it, the more impressed I am with them.” … Belichick stressed the Jaguars’ physical style of play and said the team’s success in coming back and winning games is a result of “wearing people down” as well as their physical and mental toughness. … Belichick said the Jaguars’ cornerbacks regularly jam receivers at the line of scrimmage, so getting off the line will be a focus for receivers this week. … Belichick continues to stress that the team’s sole focus is on Jacksonville, noting “this is not the time to go sledding, or start any new projects, or model airplanes.”
Looking ahead, we’ll plan on posting one more update later tonight.