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Bill Belichick loves all his old players in Indianapolis

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The Colts might be thin at receiver, but it’s unclear if the Colts signed Deion Branch this week for anything other than just messing with the Patriots.

But even if that’s the case, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said it will help.

Belichick had nothing but praise for Branch in a conference call with the Indianapolis media.

Deion had a great career here,” Belichick said, via Tom Curran of CSNNE.com. “I think he was here for seven years or north thereof. Very smart, professional player. Great leader. One of the top guys we’ve had here in terms of off the field work ethic, leadership, intelligence, preparation, all those things. He had some very productive seasons here. He’s a tremendous person. He’s had a great career.”

Belichick was also piling on plaudits for Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri.

“I have the utmost respect for Adam and the way he approaches his job, the way he does his job,” Belichick said. “It really seems like every year, you turn on the film and he’s making 50-yard field goals and kicking them right down the middle and doing the same things that he did 17, 18 years ago, however long it’s been since ’96. He’s a great player and a Hall of Fame kicker if there ever was one.”

Of course, Vinatieri and Branch have in common the fact the Patriots didn’t want them any more.

Vinatieri was allowed to walk in 2006 when they couldn’t work out a contract, and they cleared Branch out to make room for a young crop of wide receivers this offseason, transactions the Patriots are none the worse for now.

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33 Responses to “Bill Belichick loves all his old players in Indianapolis”
  1. scalfor3 says: Jan 7, 2014 1:06 PM

    “they cleared Branch out to make room for a young crop of wide receivers this offseason, transactions the Patriots are none the worse for now.”

    O rly? I’m pretty sure I could cover Branch at this point.

  2. Patskrieg dot com says: Jan 7, 2014 1:07 PM

    Maybe the Pats should sign Braylon Edwards in a move to psych out Darius Butler.

  3. tonyugoh says: Jan 7, 2014 1:09 PM

    No love for Darius Butler?

  4. clelek05 says: Jan 7, 2014 1:14 PM

    Let’s not forget about Darius Butler. UCONN!

  5. rdumont55 says: Jan 7, 2014 1:15 PM

    What no love from Bill for Darius Butler? Oh wait, he sucked when he was in NE.

  6. jpb12 says: Jan 7, 2014 1:15 PM

    Gostkowski’s been 38/41 this year.

  7. cajunaise says: Jan 7, 2014 1:18 PM

    “Patriots will beat Colts, and it shouldn’t be close”, says Boston.com columnist Adam Kaufman.

    It’s a Boston tradition for their sports gurus to set themselves up to look silly later on. Just sayin’.

  8. realnflmaster says: Jan 7, 2014 1:18 PM

    How many superbowls since you were forced to put the cameras away? ZERO.

    #spygate #cheaters #JETSdynastysoon

  9. jnbnet says: Jan 7, 2014 1:23 PM

    We all loved Branch while he was with the Patriots, however we all know that Bill will let a player go ayear too soon rather than a year too late. That is one reason why he keeps a contending team year after year.

  10. jimmyt says: Jan 7, 2014 1:23 PM

    But he wouldn’t trade his video guy for all of them combined.

  11. yojoemama says: Jan 7, 2014 1:26 PM

    Belicheat is notorious for signing players off the street right before the playoffs so he could get an “honest” glimpse into their playbook and playcall signals. It was always interesting hahaha

  12. joetoronto says: Jan 7, 2014 1:28 PM

    The Pats just don’t pay the money anymore, other than Brady and Wilfork.

  13. indymarc says: Jan 7, 2014 1:31 PM

    Would love to see Deion make a few catches and pick up a first down.

  14. azarkhan says: Jan 7, 2014 1:31 PM

    “Of course, Vinatieri and Branch have in common the fact the Patriots didn’t want them any more.”

    You mean like the way the Colts didn’t want Peyton Manning any more or the 49ers didn’t want Joe Montana any more? Darin, it’s business, not personal. Try to remember that.

  15. bunkerhillbob says: Jan 7, 2014 1:36 PM

    The Pats are crummy now, only won 12 lousy games this season and lost to the hapless Jets and Dolphins. Time to reboot.

  16. stanzona says: Jan 7, 2014 1:37 PM

    So…who has the best winning percentage of any team in the four major American sports since Spygate? Yup, New England. At what point does your argument become embarassing?

  17. 6ball says: Jan 7, 2014 1:59 PM

    .
    Belichick’s win total since 2001: 11, 9, 14, 14, 16, 12, 16, 11, 10, 14, 13, 12, 12

    17 playoff wins, 5 AFC championships, 5 Super Bowl appearances

    For those who tout the fact the Patriots lost in their last two Super Bowls to the New York Giants, may I remind you that those guys could play a little ball too. They were not 22 random dudes pulled off a bus in Hoboken.

    .

  18. rodh32340 says: Jan 7, 2014 2:01 PM

    The more ex- players you have, the easier it is to defend their known weaknesses when you play them.

  19. wikidpissah says: Jan 7, 2014 2:07 PM

    “Of course, Vinatieri and Branch have in common the fact the Patriots didn’t want them any more.”

    They wanted Vinatieri, they just disagreed over salary. The Pats assign value to each position, and stick to it. They use the money saved to build depth. It’s how they go 12-4 despite a long list of season ending injuries to many of their most important players. Gostowski has been great, for about half the cost.

    Branch is another who will always be loved in New England. But he was a free agent all season and this is the first time a team has signed him. His time was, unfortunately, over.

  20. ricardorobertasq says: Jan 7, 2014 2:07 PM

    Belichek never says anything bad about his competition; go look it up. When he praises you, it’s like the kiss of death.

  21. steelerben says: Jan 7, 2014 2:15 PM

    When was the last time Belichik had something negative to say about an upcoming opponent in a presser?

    I mean, honestly, he’ll heap praise on anyone he’s about to play against. Unless they’re the Jets.

  22. thrillomania says: Jan 7, 2014 2:20 PM

    Not only did the Patriots not want Branch this year, the other 31 NFL teams, except for Indy a couple days ago, didn’t want him either. Weird, the way his signing is being covered, you would have thought the Colts just signed Calvin Johnson Jr.

  23. gojags says: Jan 7, 2014 3:15 PM

    What would you expect from BB on the opposing team players other than the customary flattering comments?

  24. jerrahsucks says: Jan 7, 2014 3:26 PM

    Billy won 3 Super Bowls on Vinatieri kicks. Since then? Not so much. Guess it just proves Patriots can’t win the big one without Charley Weis, Romeo Crennel, and Adam Vinatieri. Guess Brady just wasn’t that important after all.

  25. CKL says: Jan 7, 2014 4:16 PM

    I love how usually at least 1/3-1/2 of all comments on Pats articles are always bitter fans of other teams (which are not in the playoffs) doing some trolling.

    Besides Butler, Sergio Brown is a pretty good ST for the Colts,plus Ravens fans should love him because he’s the dude who broke Gronk’s arm (the first time) last year.

    As a Pats fan I don’t blame Deion one bit. No one wanted him all year then a team calls him and says they’ll give him 23 k to work for them for a week in the playoffs in the job he loves? I believe that’s called a no brainer.

  26. forsbergler says: Jan 7, 2014 4:32 PM

    Anyone else think the pats are alittle to conditioned to victory and are taking this Colts team way to lightly this week? Depending how paid off the refs are at home, I can see Indy coming into foxboro an dominating the pats this week.

  27. brazzz01 says: Jan 7, 2014 6:40 PM

    Bill thinks the Colts need more Rutgers players.

  28. aljack88 says: Jan 7, 2014 9:18 PM

    aljack88 says:
    Jan 7, 2014 8:30 PM
    yojoemama says:
    Jan 7, 2014 1:26 PM
    Belicheat is notorious for signing players off the street right before the playoffs so he could get an “honest” glimpse into their playbook and playcall signals. It was always interesting hahaha
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    name one

  29. callitrite says: Jan 7, 2014 9:23 PM

    “Billy won 3 Super Bowls on Vinatieri kicks. Since then? Not so much. Guess it just proves Patriots can’t win the big one without Charley Weis, Romeo Crennel, and Adam Vinatieri. Guess Brady just wasn’t that important after all.”

    You’re right. Brady’s just an average quarterback. He probably wouldn’t get picked up if the Patriots waived him.

    Where do you rocket scientists come up with this stuff?

  30. brazzz01 says: Jan 8, 2014 11:20 AM

    “Billy won 3 Super Bowls on Vinatieri kicks. Since then? Not so much. Guess it just proves Patriots can’t win the big one without Charley Weis, Romeo Crennel, and Adam Vinatieri. Guess Brady just wasn’t that important after all.”

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    Why are all Patriot haters this comically ignorant about the NFL?

    Inquiring minds need to know.

  31. brazzz01 says: Jan 8, 2014 11:21 AM

    But he wouldn’t trade his video guy for all of them combined.

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    Neither would any other team, since videotaping is of course legal.

    Now gimme a thumbs down if you’re an ignorant Pats hater.

  32. brazzz01 says: Jan 8, 2014 11:35 AM

    They wanted Vinatieri, they just disagreed over salary. The Pats assign value to each position, and stick to it. They use the money saved to build depth. It’s how they go 12-4 despite a long list of season ending injuries to many of their most important players. Gostowski has been great, for about half the cost.

    —–

    With all due respect to Gostkowski I will always believe that Belichick sends VInatieri to kick the field goal in SB42 instead of going for it on 4th and 13.

    And yes he makes that kick.

  33. tajuara says: Jan 8, 2014 1:44 PM

    I am an Indy fan, but even I know that this is going to be a difficult game. NE has an amazing OL and with only Mathis pressuring the QB, we will have a long day. Still we have some room for improvement for the following years. GO COLTS!!!

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