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Patriots say practicing in pads was just what they needed

Kevin Faulk AP

Bill Belichick gave a dry answer when asked about putting the players in pads for Monday’s practice in Indianapolis, but a couple of Patriots players were a bit more chatty.

And they all seem to agree that a full-pads practice to start Super Bowl week was the right way to go.

“We were happy,” Patriots safety Patrick Chung said. “Time to get back at it. We’re on a business trip. It’s the Super Bowl, festivities, and it’s fun and all that, but when we’re on the field, it’s ‘go’ time. It’s a business.”

Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty said the Patriots wanted to work hard to remind themselves what the goal is.

“We felt like we wanted to come out here and practice hard to start off the week,” McCourty said. “This was an important day to kind of set the tone.”

Today the teams are off the practice field and at Lucas Oil Stadium for Media Day. They’ll probably wish they had pads on as they get stampeded by thousands of reporters asking them the same questions over and over.

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27 Responses to “Patriots say practicing in pads was just what they needed”
  1. joetoronto says: Jan 31, 2012 9:35 AM

    “This was an important day to kind of set the tone.”

    Setting the tone by putting pads on, really?

    This game can’t get here fast enough.

  2. sprest83 says: Jan 31, 2012 9:48 AM

    That’s code for extra film session.

  3. bigblueblitz says: Jan 31, 2012 10:11 AM

    interesting. always pegged them as more of a tampon squad.

  4. ampats says: Jan 31, 2012 10:24 AM

    Keep talking trash Giant fans.

    Everyone knows about the great 9-7 Giants gauntlet.

    It will be very quiet in New York come Sunday night around 10PM.

  5. bigblueblitz says: Jan 31, 2012 10:40 AM

    if anyone should be aware of the irrelevance of regular season records in the Super Bowl, it should be the bandwagon Patriots fans. (18-1 anyone?)

    You’ve got WRs on defense and TEs as tailbacks haha… may the best team win.

  6. n0hopeleft says: Jan 31, 2012 10:41 AM

    ampats says:
    Jan 31, 2012 10:24 AM
    Keep talking trash Giant fans.

    Everyone knows about the great 9-7 Giants gauntlet.

    It will be very quiet in New York come Sunday night around 10PM.

    ___________________________________

    We heard that from Green Bay and San Fran – you know, two teams that are BETTER than yours.

  7. n0hopeleft says: Jan 31, 2012 10:43 AM

    I can’t wait until Brady is tearing his chinstrap off his helmet in disgust.

    Boston – HOW IN THE HELL ARE YOU GOING TO BLOCK TUCK, OSI, JPP, and CANTY??!?!

    HAHAHHAHAHHHHHAHAHAHAAAAA

  8. jakek2 says: Jan 31, 2012 10:45 AM

    “It will be very quiet in New York come Sunday night around 10PM.”
    ————
    Probably right. We don’t celebrate as hard on school nights.

  9. bozosforall says: Jan 31, 2012 10:46 AM

    ampats says:
    Jan 31, 2012 10:24 AM
    Keep talking trash Giant fans.

    Everyone knows about the great 9-7 Giants gauntlet.

    It will be very quiet in New York come Sunday night around 10PM.

    __
    Someone sounds really worried that his mercenaries aren’t going to pay out on the check that grampats’ ass can’t cash.

  10. Ralphie says: Jan 31, 2012 10:46 AM

    Rex Ryan just picked the Giants to “win big”.

  11. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Jan 31, 2012 11:01 AM

    Just want to know if Brady was wearing slacks instead of a skirt.

  12. rc33 says: Jan 31, 2012 11:06 AM

    We heard that from Green Bay and San Fran – you know, two teams that are BETTER than yours.

    ———————————————-

    Better not lose this game, huh?

  13. cruuuzcontrol says: Jan 31, 2012 11:09 AM

    Hey, Pats… The “business trip” mantra was claimed by the Giants last week. Way to be original.

  14. rahavort says: Jan 31, 2012 11:16 AM

    Can’t wait to see Manning’s face after throwing 5 INT’s this coming game. Keep runnin your mouths Giants

  15. grpatriot says: Jan 31, 2012 11:30 AM

    Has Rex been right about anything this year?

  16. severinsmith says: Jan 31, 2012 11:31 AM

    Oh HERE’s where all the troll Giants fans are… I was actually thinking all the chatter had been respectful, analytical, and handled with class up until this point. Good to see some things don’t change.

    I think this will be a tough game, and look forward to seeing which team plays better.

    Go Pats.

  17. pleasantsurpriselefty says: Jan 31, 2012 11:35 AM

    If I were a Gnts fan I wouldn’t be worried about Gronk’s health or Brady. I’d be worried that Belicheck is so relaxed and doing stand up comedy. You think he’s doing that because he’s worried? Clearly he has something up his sleeve. Beware the sleeping possum!!!

  18. Ralphie says: Jan 31, 2012 11:35 AM

    Bozo, what time do your beloved Jets meet the media?

    Oh, wait…

  19. thetruth1313 says: Jan 31, 2012 11:41 AM

    Am I missing something here? When did the Giants defense become the 85 Bears?

    Giants allowed an average of 25 points per game and the Patriots allowed 21.4- Giants allowed 400 points during the season while the Pats allowed 342

    Yards allowed by the Patriots 411 and Giants also at the bottow with 376.4

    Giants had 48 sacks and Patriots had 40 sacks

    Giants +7 on turn over differential and Patriots +17

    This isnt 2007, when Brady had to have time for his receivers to get down the field. Alot has changed with the additions of Gronk and Hernandez.

    Yes the Giants are peeking but I am guessing the Patriots going on a 10 game winning streak isnt considered peaking? With both teams getting some luck since they both played each other.

    It will be a close game for 2 teams that match up well. Win or lose, the Patriots showed alot this year and its been a great season. And the Patriots arent going away anytime soon!

  20. rpmcanes says: Jan 31, 2012 12:35 PM

    You’ve got WRs on defense and TEs as tailbacks haha… may the best team win

    ———————————-

    Yes, as utilized in 2 prior Super Bowl victories.

  21. theandy59 says: Jan 31, 2012 12:58 PM

    I believe that having players that can and do play multiple positions is actually the epitome of “team”. What kind of moron points to that as a negative? I’m pretty sure Mike Vrabel did a nice job when he moonlighted as a tight end, right? LB’s that play TE, WR’s that play CB, TE’s that play running back, OL’s that play FB….this is a group of guys that will do whatever it takes to get the job done. That there’s a team, folks.

  22. bozosforall says: Jan 31, 2012 1:26 PM

    Ralphie says:
    Jan 31, 2012 11:35 AM
    Bozo, what time do your beloved Jets meet the media?

    Oh, wait…

    ___
    I see you are just as stupid as before, Ralphiethemoron.

    The next time that I care about the Jets will be the first time…but you keep on believing in fairy tales. I’ll keep on laughing at your blind flailing.

  23. bozosforall says: Jan 31, 2012 1:28 PM

    thetruth1313 says:
    Jan 31, 2012 11:41 AM
    Am I missing something here? When did the Giants defense become the 85 Bears?

    Giants allowed an average of 25 points per game and the Patriots allowed 21.4- Giants allowed 400 points during the season while the Pats allowed 342

    Yards allowed by the Patriots 411 and Giants also at the bottow with 376.4

    Giants had 48 sacks and Patriots had 40 sacks

    Giants +7 on turn over differential and Patriots +17

    This isnt 2007, when Brady had to have time for his receivers to get down the field. Alot has changed with the additions of Gronk and Hernandez.

    Yes the Giants are peeking but I am guessing the Patriots going on a 10 game winning streak isnt considered peaking? With both teams getting some luck since they both played each other.

    It will be a close game for 2 teams that match up well. Win or lose, the Patriots showed alot this year and its been a great season. And the Patriots arent going away anytime soon!

    __
    None of those numbers matter, moron…since they weren’t against each other. The only thing that matters one bit is that the Giants have already beaten the Pats once this season…and stand a good chance of doing it again on Sunday.

  24. Ralphie says: Jan 31, 2012 1:43 PM

    Bozo, you’re the worst type on fan; the bandwagon jumper. ALL YEAR you profess your admiration for YOUR team, the Jets, “Rex is the greatest”…non-stop yappin’ how the Jets rule – now the Giants are your team? You’re a front runner, the worst type of fan.

  25. thetruth1313 says: Jan 31, 2012 2:04 PM

    @ Bozo

    Ok so the numbers that are accumulated throughout the season mean nothing but just saying a team is going to win with no logical reasoning or explanation is ok? Got it. You sir, are the true moron.

  26. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 31, 2012 2:06 PM

    “Yes, as utilized in 2 prior Super Bowl victories.”

    You forgot the LB employed as TE when Vrabel got TD catches in both SB 38 and 39.

    And of course Troy Brown had 3 INTs and several passes defensed when he was playing nickleback and corner one season.

    @rpmcanes, its called players that are versatile and don’t whine when asked to do something outside of their normal position play. Instead they go out of their way to study and be good at any position the coaches ask them to play or fill in at.

  27. CKL says: Jan 31, 2012 2:16 PM

    Listening to BB yesterday about how often the NYG practiced in pads when he was there made me realize he’s on the same page as I am: hating that part of the CBA that screws coaches chances to prepare their teams even more.

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