Monday, December 10, 2007

"Eff-you" Patriots update

Pats are 13-0 with two "gimmies" left, and one game against the Giants in NJ that might see both teams resting a lot of starters (Giants has no chance at the division now and clinched a playoff spot this weekend).

Gotta love Brady and Belichick having fun at the expense of another player:

Brady exploited Smith again on the very next offensive series. He faked the handoff to Laurence Maroney and watched with glee as the safety came up to help stop the run, then got burned on Brady's 63-yard bomb to Moss. Asked if he intentionally called a play to embarrass the kid, Brady answered, "No, he just ended up being in the right place at the right time."

And then he burst out laughing.

There were yuks all around at Smith's expense. Even coach Bill Belichick, who never will be mistaken for Chuckles the Clown in his postgame news conference, joined in. When asked if he used Smith's guarantee to rally his team, Belichick deflected the question to comments made by Rodney Harrison earlier in the week. Under normal circumstances, the coach would have immediately reverted to his usual Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, but he couldn't resist.

"We've played a lot better safeties than him, I'll tell you that," he said.

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