Bill Belichick mum on plans for Antonio Brown on Sunday

AP

The NFL won’t keep receiver Antonio Brown on the sidelines for Sunday. Will the Patriots?

Predictably, coach Bill Belichick declined to delve into that subject during a Friday press conference with reporters.

“Are the plans to have Antonio Brown play on Sunday?” Belichick was asked by a reporter, via Mike Reiss of ESPN.com.

We’ll do what’s best for the team,” Belichick replied.

“Will it be best for the team to have Antonio play?”

“We’ll determine that,” Belichick said. “I’m not going to hand out a copy of the game plan here.”

Although Belichick arguably didn’t strike the right tone when fielding questions earlier this week about the lawsuit filed against Brown for sexual assault and rape, questions about whether and to what extent Brown will play on Sunday should go nowhere.

24 responses to “Bill Belichick mum on plans for Antonio Brown on Sunday

  1. Strike the right tone? You know, I’m kind of tired of the public expecting everyone to be sock puppets mouthing everything we want to hear. Bill didn’t condone what Brown may or may not have done. He simply refused to talk about it. What do you want? A sermon from Bill Belichick about the evils of nonconsensual conduct?

  2. He doesn’t make decisions on Friday. He explained that it’s a different system than the West Coast system Brown is use to. Brown isn’t the only one. The new OT is in the same boat. He also explained why a team captain didn’t play last week. The defensive game plan called for other traits. He also explained there’s a difference for a player who normally plays on the ball to play off the ball, etc. A lot of good info.

  3. “We’ll determine that,” Belichick said. “I’m not going to hand out a copy of the game plan here.”

    Bill’s in midseason form already.

    Things have come out about the woman deleting social media posts that others have saved relating to Brown, her attempts to get him to invest in her now failed business, etc.

    These things certainly don’t exonerate Brown, but they do cast doubt on her claims. And given she won’t meet with the league until next week how can either the NFL or the Pats reasonably take Brown out of circulation until at the very least she does?

    Not play him because he hasn’t absorbed enough of the playbook maybe, and if that’s the case fine. But I expect he’ll be on the field for a limited package of plays to help break him in. There’s far more to this story than just the claims in the lawsuit I think.

  4. Sick of the media mistaking Belichick’s unwillingness to opine on his roster, his opponents, injury status, game plans, legal troubles, etc. with him being a “jerk,” or as this blog says, taking the wrong “tone.”

    Bottom line is this: If you were accused of something in a civil suit, would you want your boss out there serving as your head of PR? So why should Belichick be expected to do that?

  5. If Belichick had any integrity, which we know he doesn’t, he would have never signed Brown. And it has nothing to do with the lawsuit.

    3:2:1 – Patriot fans digging up all the dirt on Ms. Taylor to make Brown look innocent.

  6. I would rather cheer for the Dolphins than any team with him on it. Had the Packers picked him up I would have abandoned the team. He showed he was a me first person before this and now even if the rape is untrue the text message is enough for me to not want anything to do with him.

  7. Brown since April 2018

    In a fit of anger threw a tantrum and yelled at a security guard. Threw furniture over his balcony almost hitting a 2 year old boy and his grandfather. 2 civil suits against Brown were filed.

    Screwed the Steelers and forced a trade resulting in $21mm dead cap

    Screwed the Raiders, helmet-gate, frostbite-gate, no-show-gate and Mayock-gate resulting in getting cut

    Negotiating the accusations over the last few months with Ms. Taylor’s attorney and making sure the civil lawsuit wasn’t filed until after he signed.

    And the morally corrupt Patriots signed this guy and their fans are ok with it.

  8. Watch… when Bill retires he’ll probably go straight to a TV gig. Wouldn’t that blow everyone’s mind?

  9. I’m pulling for any team bill belichick is coaching and not worrying about who’s on the roster. bill will have the best combo available to help is team win. and that’s what I want belichick to do – WIN and shut up all the phony, self-righteous, know-nothing talking heads and fans.

  10. ibillwt says:
    September 13, 2019 at 12:42 pm
    I’m pulling for any team bill belichick is coaching and not worrying about who’s on the roster. bill will have the best combo available to help is team win. and that’s what I want belichick to do – WIN and shut up all the phony, self-righteous, know-nothing talking heads and fans.

    __________

    Wow!!!

  11. I’m not going to hand out a copy of the game plan here. But I have the playbook of the Miami Dolphins right here if you want”

    -Bill Belichick
    ______________________________
    Miami’s game plan is to tank for the season. It’s on the front page of every Florida paper.

  12. Thetruthspeaks says: 9-13-2019,12:32pm
    “If Belichick had any integrity, which we know he doesn’t, he would have never signed Brown.”

    ===============

    Please save me the lecture. Before the allegation, EVERY team would still want Brown at the right price. This notion of football as morality play is so misguided. If Brown’s allegation becomes true, he will be punished by the law not by football people and that’s how it should be.

  13. VvTo all those who said Antonio Brown was going to destroy the locker-room I hope you are paying attention.

    Philip Dorsett, who we were told was going to be bummed at the Brown signing because it would eat into his minutes, called Brown “a hard worker” and “a playmaker”. Gordon calls Brown “the Great Antonio Brown”. Edelman said Brown is an “absolute stud” who “raises the level with how hard he works”.

    Sorry, haters, your perception is not reality.

  14. I’m not one to defend Bill’s demeanor at a press conference, but if you want to know who might play for the Pats check the injury report and the gameday roster. He is 100% correct to not divulge anything about who may play or not play.

  15. I’m not one to defend Bill’s demeanor at a press conference

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    Defend it? I love it!

    I get as much of a kick out of BB as I do Tylaws’ stuff on these boards.

  16. A smile came to my face when I thought about what draft picks the Patriots gave up for their QBs and WRs.

    Brady – 6th round

    Stidham – 4th round

    Edelman – 7th round

    Brown – FA

    Gordon – 5th round (but got back a 7th)

    Dorsett – traded Brissett

    Meyers – UDFA

    Olszweski – UDFA

    And the haters like to say Belichick is a poor GM.

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