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Belichick says Stevan Ridley needs to be ready

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The Patriots benched running back Stevan Ridley on Sunday after he fumbled the ball twice in the first half, giving the lion’s share of the work to Shane Vereen.

Vereen paid them back with the only 100-yard rushing performance by a running back all day, but he also injured his wrist and is expected to miss the next few weeks while he recovers. While the Patriots have other backs, the absence of Vereen would seem to make it hard for the Patriots to keep their Week One starter in the doghouse.

As you’d expect, coach Bill Belichick isn’t giving up the identity of the guy who will be getting the most action in the backfield this Thursday. He did say that Ridley isn’t being treated any differently than the other players on the roster as a result of his blunders, however.

“I talked to Stevan,” Belichick said, via the Boston Globe. “Look, every player has the same responsibilities every week. Be ready to play, be ready to go. That’s their job. They can’t control coaches decisions. Coaches decisions are coaches decisions. They control their preparation and they control their performance when they’re in the game. That’s what a player’s job is. That’s always what it has been for everybody.”

Ridley said Sunday that he won’t be pouting over being benched, which fits well with Belichick’s suggestion that players not worry about decisions made by the coaching staff. We probably wouldn’t be talking about him getting an immediate chance to reclaim the coach’s confidence without Vereen’s injury, but the facts are what they are and that should mean the return of Ridley on Thursday night.

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18 Responses to “Belichick says Stevan Ridley needs to be ready”
  1. tedmurph says: Sep 10, 2013 11:16 AM

    In other words, Bolden and Vereen are hurt, our passing offense isn’t clicking yet, so we have to use you.

  2. jcmeyer10 says: Sep 10, 2013 11:30 AM

    Well, he’s going to get a second chance, but he’s pretty close to being able to commiserate with Doug Wilson.

  3. fakeflorio says: Sep 10, 2013 11:40 AM

    “As you’d expect, coach Bill Belichick isn’t giving up the identity of the guy who will be getting the most action in the backfield this Sunday.”

    I’d be more concerned with who is going to get the action on Thursday. You know, when the Patriots actually play.

  4. the8man says: Sep 10, 2013 11:43 AM

    Actually, in other words, “Drop the rock again and I’ll pull someone off of the practice squad or the waiver wire to run the ball before I give it to you again.”

  5. ccjcsr says: Sep 10, 2013 11:44 AM

    Captain Obvious with the other RB out with injury.

  6. tv426 says: Sep 10, 2013 11:51 AM

    Ridley was a beast at LSU. The only reason he wasn’t more highly touted out of college was because LSU had like 10 beast RBs. So his “numbers” were not huge.

  7. brokentreehousemusic says: Sep 10, 2013 11:58 AM

    “Captain Obvious” is the single least funny phrase that everyone for some reason thinks is super hilarious and clever.

    There is nothing obvious about Ridley getting a shot here, it’s still entirely likely we see a Blount/Bolden/Washington deployment in a pass-heavy day.

  8. AngryHumanoid says: Sep 10, 2013 11:58 AM

    Also else being equal, regardless of injuries they would LIKE him to be out there, he’s got skills, but if he’s have mechanics issues with holding onto the ball they would want that fixed first. Do the injuries make it more likely we will see Ridley again soon? Absolutely, but under that coach you can be sure that if those fumble issues continue Ridley will be out on his ass, regardless of how talented he is when he isn’t dropping the ball.

  9. doe22us says: Sep 10, 2013 12:02 PM

    People i guess didnt notice Ridleys outstanding season last year. No problem, he obviously is the most talented pure runner on that squad.

  10. tformation says: Sep 10, 2013 12:02 PM

    Hey thanks for tanking my fantasy league, Ridley.

    Jerk.

  11. dlbpatsfan says: Sep 10, 2013 12:03 PM

    I think that when or IF, Vereen gets back to full health, he may take the starting job. He was drafted higher too, doesn’t necessarily mean anything but just saying.

  12. pillowporkers says: Sep 10, 2013 12:04 PM

    Who is Doug Wilson?

  13. jack3dsd says: Sep 10, 2013 12:08 PM

    I hope he fumbles again or gets hurt so Legarrette can start and I look like a fantasy genius

  14. 21stnprime says: Sep 10, 2013 12:55 PM

    Ridley hasn’t been the same since the AFC championship game when he met Bernard Pollard in the alley

  15. giantssb42champs says: Sep 10, 2013 1:00 PM

    When Coach Mumbles speaks, all I hear is Charlie Brown’s teacher’s voice.

  16. bcgreg says: Sep 10, 2013 1:03 PM

    At the very least, Ridley should be fresh with the short week. Might be a blessing if he can hold onto the rock.

  17. myeaglescantwin says: Sep 10, 2013 1:30 PM

    watch Legaret Blount come out and run for 120yds.

  18. patsfan13 says: Sep 10, 2013 2:44 PM

    Ridley had 1200+ yards last year. Won’t make a difference if he can’t hold onto the ball. Another fumble or two and his days might be through with the Pats. Ball security is very high on the to do list.

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