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Patriots don’t bother practicing for Jets


One of the perils of the short weeks caused by Thursday games is the lack of time to prepare.

So the Patriots, tasked with getting ready for Geno Smith and the Jets in two days, have decided not to.

According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, the Patriots have scheduled just a walk-through for today, meaning there won’t be a full practice session prior to Thursday’s game.

Expect the Jets to play this for full dramatic effect, using it to fuel the no-respect engine that keeps players moving.

But the reality is, there was a long week in front of the opener, giving Bill Belichick and his staff plenty of time to game-plan. And with a roster that’s still populated by stars nursing injuries, easing up a bit now might be the more prudent play for the long season ahead.

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  1. nobby821 says: Sep 10, 2013 10:01 AM

    I bet the Pats get so many penalties for hitting Geno out of bounds…

    and not care at all because theyre up by 28.

  2. FinFan68 says: Sep 10, 2013 10:02 AM

    Sounds a tad overconfident. Would they do that if their opponent were the Texans, Broncos, Ravens, etc? Mess around and drop a division game, nobody outside of Pats fans would complain.

  3. aljack88 says: Sep 10, 2013 10:10 AM

    That’s good. No practice is needed for the WRs and Brady?….. that’s an invitation for more trouble

  4. patriottony says: Sep 10, 2013 10:12 AM

    Ok,,,Bill is up to something harsh,,,BET ON IT! I don’t know what,,but there is no way,,,he says “No practice” before the JETS,,,,either he has some massively funky chicken game plan….like 65 straight runs (Remember the preseason game?)…..something is going on here. Or he has poisoned their food,,,,IDK….
    They are down to one TE, missing their best runner, and two receivers are hurt…..WTH?

  5. jetsclaps says: Sep 10, 2013 10:14 AM

    If Rex did this the media would explode and Rex Ryan would be crucified.

    And I mean both of those things would literally happen.

  6. alexb1234 says: Sep 10, 2013 10:15 AM

    the patriots arrogance irritates the hell out of me

  7. willyshock says: Sep 10, 2013 10:21 AM

    Smart move by BB. It’s a brain game, and I’d guess the NEP have been game planning for a couple of weeks. Of course they can workshop & walk through 2 game plans at a time. Teams that go Sunday to Sunday are reactive. A few teams practice looking forward 2 or 3 games = proactive & winning.

  8. nxsteven says: Sep 10, 2013 10:22 AM

    “Expect the Jets to play this for full dramatic effect”

    Just like the media will?

  9. sfniners4life says: Sep 10, 2013 10:22 AM

    Lol. Really that offense needs practice outside of Brady. I’m sure geno wants to do what Sanchez can’t. Still expect pats to win but they need to get it together on offense or they will lose once they player a good team.

  10. ampats says: Sep 10, 2013 10:22 AM

    The Patriots know Sanchez is not playing otherwise they would spend some time on recovering fumbles that bounce off offensive linemen’s butts.

  11. 6ball says: Sep 10, 2013 10:25 AM


    This game plan should have been in the can weeks ago since they knew their own schedule. Why beat up on each other during a short work week?


  12. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Sep 10, 2013 10:28 AM

    I’m far from an NE fan, but they are playing a division rival. They know the Jets better than anyone.

    And let’s be honest… it’s the Jets.

  13. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 10, 2013 10:29 AM

    Patriots still win by 2 possessions

  14. revischrist16 says: Sep 10, 2013 10:34 AM

    Patriots aren’t the powerhouse they once were. Adding fuel to the fire isn’t smart.

  15. scaredhitless says: Sep 10, 2013 10:35 AM

    Who needs practice when you know the opponent’s defensive signals *wink*

  16. azarkhan says: Sep 10, 2013 10:38 AM

    Rex is a drama queen anyway, so even if the Patriots practiced 12 hours a day this week, Rex will make some silly comment that makes the news.

  17. CKL says: Sep 10, 2013 10:39 AM

    Yeah the Pats being down so many key players is a concern. RR almost always does a good job defensively against the Pats. I hope Amendola doesn’t like to make feet jokes.

  18. graphicwolfart says: Sep 10, 2013 10:40 AM

    “BACK TO EARTH” Session for JETS

  19. jnbnet says: Sep 10, 2013 10:43 AM

    I’m sure that the Jets will spin it, but I think Bellichick is doing the right thing.

  20. zeke2517 says: Sep 10, 2013 10:45 AM

    “I bet the Pats get so many penalties for hitting Geno out of bounds…

    and not care at all because theyre up by 28.”

    Yeah? Well you suck at grammar.

  21. titknocker says: Sep 10, 2013 10:45 AM

    We talking about practice…..not a game

  22. rhamrhoddy says: Sep 10, 2013 10:48 AM

    Another reason why the Thursday night games don’t make sense. They may make a few extra dollars for the shield but they don’t make sense.

    Thanksgiving games are once a year and are special games. The rest of the Thursday nighters are just money grab opportunities that cut recuperating time and practice time in half.

  23. dogman9 says: Sep 10, 2013 10:51 AM

    Pats are far from invincible anymore. All their receiving assets were replaced, defense is always suspect, and RB is now thin.

    Jets will give them a game in Foxboro, and an upset is not out of the question.

  24. whatnojets says: Sep 10, 2013 10:52 AM

    I hope that the Jets stomp the hell out of those obnoxious northern jerks!!

    King George
    Queen Elizabeth II
    Prince William
    James Bond – 007

  25. bsandcs says: Sep 10, 2013 10:53 AM

    They practiced yesterday! and there’s tomorrow. Because BB wants to give them a light day in between after a rash of injuries does not mean they are taking the jets lightly or are arrogant or any of the othe inflammatory things the media is trying to drub up. Belichick of all coaches is obsessive when it comes to preparing for the next opponent. To suggest the pats “don’t bother practicing” is media talk. Stupid.

  26. denverwally says: Sep 10, 2013 10:55 AM

    You’re all right, after a tough hard hitting battle in Buffalo, the Pats should have gone full pads and hit for a 2 hour full contact drill! Then the Jets would not feel the sting of disrespect.

    What a bunch of bedwetters. This team can fix more of the misreads by breaking down game film than by running pass patterns against air or 7 on 7’s.

  27. evinnie says: Sep 10, 2013 10:58 AM

    Only BeliCheat can get away with this. If he does it, it’s prudent, if Rex was to do it he’s incompetent and people are calling for his job. The jets do need the practice though.

  28. fanfrommontreal says: Sep 10, 2013 11:03 AM

    Don’t try to make something out of nothing, BB do not schedule practices with the media’s opinion in mind, and even less on the base of the opponent’s sensitivities. He does what he thinks is best for his team, like any coach would do.

  29. rally411 says: Sep 10, 2013 11:06 AM

    I don’t blame patsies. It sure pays playing in the shyttiest division in football. SMH

  30. jsho55 says: Sep 10, 2013 11:07 AM

    Its a short week and a lot of their guys are banged up….if they did practice a handful of guys would be practicing on a limited basis. Seems like the right call.

  31. doggeatdogg says: Sep 10, 2013 11:13 AM

    What arrogance. I can’t stand either team but I’m rooting for the Jets (cough a lot). The Pats barely escaped Buffalo for goodness sake.

  32. nolasoxfan2012 says: Sep 10, 2013 11:18 AM

    This is just more of the “Bill Belichick as Lex Luthor” meme. Would it be news if the [insert team here] didn’t have a full-pads practice on a short week? Nope.

  33. forsbergler says: Sep 10, 2013 11:21 AM

    Pats are at home and able to send in Def calls to Brady on a secondary freq. Geno’s comms will get jammed on all important 3rd downs. Typical Pats cheating will be expected at home. Should be an easy win for the Pats. I don’t think this rook QB will put on the performace E.J. Maunual put on them last week. Once again Pats easy schedule wont allow them to measure up against anyone good until it’s to late and they are out of the playoffs.

  34. all4patriots says: Sep 10, 2013 11:24 AM

    2 of 3 TEs are injured,
    2 of 5 WRs are injured,
    a 100 yard rusher is out

    It makes sense you’d not take any chances on people getting more banged up.

    Plus this schedule was know all off-season, so you can bet that the last month had a lot of preparation for both games 1 & 2.

  35. davikes says: Sep 10, 2013 11:24 AM

    The game plan for one athletic rookie qb with poor receivers and no game film is going to be pretty much the same as it would be for another athletic rookie qb with poor receivers and no game film.

  36. whatnojets says: Sep 10, 2013 11:27 AM

    Is Arron Hernandez starting at TE this Thursday against The New York Jets?

    If so, can we get a gun check station at the end of the tunnel please?

  37. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 10, 2013 11:53 AM

    Apparently a lot of you don’t realize not practicing in full pads and doing a walkthrough doesn’t mean they aren’t doing all the meetings etc that go with the full pads practice.

  38. skoobyfl says: Sep 10, 2013 11:57 AM

    The Refs will probably call 60% more penalties on the Jets anyways because that’s a usual stat when you play the Pats. You should also figure that the Pats penalties will be called on 1st / 2nd down, versus 3rd versus their opponents.

  39. realfootballfan says: Sep 10, 2013 12:01 PM

    This garbage is ridiculous. The NFL needs to give every team playing on Thursday night their bye the week before. Otherwise, this further degrades the quality of play as the year goes on.

  40. svn2011 says: Sep 10, 2013 12:05 PM

    Jets are doing the same as per ESPN

    This is what Rex said.
    “Adopting a similar practice schedule to the Patriots with walkthroughs: “We’ll have a little bit more than that but not much. It’s about just getting through with a game and keeping your players fresh. Obviously they have to mentally be focused.”
    Stop being a tabloid.

  41. cometkazie says: Sep 10, 2013 12:06 PM

    Why are the playing on Thursday night again?


  42. elmoron says: Sep 10, 2013 12:06 PM

    Understandable. After all, there are only so many visiting days available at the state prison. BB needs to hold the ‘Patriot Way’ instruction class for the rest of his roster.

  43. richndc says: Sep 10, 2013 12:17 PM

    Yes, will the brilliance demonstrated by this team on Sunday, why do they even need to bother practicing at all this week?

  44. wrdtoyrmama says: Sep 10, 2013 12:17 PM

    Jets will give them a game for sure.

    The matchup to watch will be the Pats Oline against the Jets Dline. Jets match up well against the Brady Bunch defensively.

    Jets Dline was quick, athletic and pretty much shut down Muscle Hampster on Sunday.
    25 carries/65 yds, with a 17 yd td.
    Toss the td run, and that’s a 2 yd average.

    I’m guessing Cromartie will play much better against Thompkins than he did against VJack.
    So let Ridley drop the ball on the ground a couple times, and lets see what happens.

  45. jicjak says: Sep 10, 2013 12:25 PM

    Exactly why should they practice? The Jets are coming to town.

  46. substanceoverceremony says: Sep 10, 2013 12:27 PM

    Better title – “Managing injuries during short week, Belichick opts for Walkthroughs”

  47. TheWizard says: Sep 10, 2013 12:30 PM

    I think the headline was supposed to be funny, not launch everyone into “those arrogant Patriots!”.

    Nuance, fellas.

  48. realfootballfan says: Sep 10, 2013 12:37 PM

    As Buffalo demonstrated, the Rex Ryan method confounds
    Brady at times. Also, I wouldn’t take much from that game anyway because they routinely have problems when they open the season with Buffalo when they play them early in the season no matter who the coach has been. I would expect this to be a game that could go either way because the Patriots have several injuries.

  49. dietrich43 says: Sep 10, 2013 12:53 PM

    LT used to send hookers to opponents’ hotel rooms. Maybe Brady will send foot models to make sure the Jets aren’t ready.

  50. Ridley Me This says: Sep 10, 2013 1:19 PM

    lol, people who complain about “arrogance” are hilarious.

  51. jolink653 says: Sep 10, 2013 1:21 PM

    In what way is this arrogance? Players are hurt from last game so rather than injure them further, they schedule a light workout to run through the plays without much contact

  52. multiplemiggs says: Sep 10, 2013 2:10 PM

    oh I love the last paragraph in this article lol. If Rex did this he would be ripped apart. KEEP HATING

  53. surfinbird1 says: Sep 10, 2013 2:12 PM

    Danny Amendola was not at the walk through,and will not play Thurs. nite. Tom B. will be pullin’ his hair out.

  54. looneybny2809 says: Sep 10, 2013 2:20 PM

    dude is stupid. fall asleep on the jets and thats when they destroy you. its funny because in the first game they have the number 4 defense in the NFL patriots are number 9 and the patriots almost lost to a team who is number 26. go ahead. don’t practice. the defense is going to destroy tom brady. everyone sleeps on the jets and that’s the wrong thing to do.

  55. blanchonegro says: Sep 10, 2013 2:26 PM

    jags raiders n jets worse 3 teams in the NFL in that order. so I don’t think many teams need to practice to beat them.

  56. jetsareajoke says: Sep 10, 2013 3:17 PM

    “I don’t blame patsies. It sure pays playing in the shyttiest division in football.”
    Since the NFL is a “you are what your record says you are” league, wouldn’t that make the AFC North the “shyttiest division in football”? Every team is 0-1 while the AFC East has three 1-0 teams (and the only reason it is all four teams is probably because one team played the other in the division. Just sayin…….

  57. exboomer says: Sep 10, 2013 3:32 PM

    I’ll laugh my butt off if they lose on Thurs. That’s what they deserve for being so arrogant.

  58. lrjets says: Sep 10, 2013 4:15 PM

    blanchonegro says:Sep 10, 2013 2:26 PM

    jags raiders n jets worse 3 teams in the NFL in that order. so I don’t think many teams need to practice to beat them.

    worse??? Good luck in America.

  59. fordmandalay says: Sep 10, 2013 6:03 PM

    After nearly losing to the pathetic Bills, the Pats have no reason to act like the Jets are patsies. They better serious up, because they looked like crap on Sunday.

  60. lemmetalkwouldya says: Sep 10, 2013 7:47 PM

    I mean, how exactly do you practice for an opponent’s self-implosion, anyway???

  61. patsfan13 says: Sep 11, 2013 5:15 AM

    I get tired of hearing about how the Patriots play in a weak division. Is it their fault that the other teams aren’t managed as well as they are? Do they have moles in the other teams management system? People accuse them for everything under the sun, why not this?

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