Bill Belichick loves all his old players in Indianapolis

AP

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.

33 responses to “Bill Belichick loves all his old players in Indianapolis

  1. “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. “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’.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. “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.

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

  7. 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?

  8. .
    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.

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  9. “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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. “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?

  17. “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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

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    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.

  20. 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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