Regardless of the rape accusation not too long ago leveled towards Antonio Brown, the NFL will enable the Patriots broad receiver to play in Sunday’s sport towards the Miami Dolphins. However close to the crew’s choice whether or not to let Brown take the sphere for his first sport as a Patriot, Invoice Belichick is being characteristically cagey.
“I’m not going to hand out a copy of the game plan here,” Belichick informed reporters in a press convention Friday.
The Patriots coach stated the crew was nonetheless “determining” if Brown would play and, as at all times, will do “what’s best for the team.”
The 31-year-old star receiver was accused of rape and sexual assault in a civil lawsuit filed Tuesday by his former school classmate and coach, Britney Taylor. The NFL says they’re investigating the allegations, however ESPN reported Friday that, at the least at this stage, the league won’t place Brown on the Commissioner’s Exempt Record, that means he’s eligible to play Sunday in Miami.
The NFL is scheduled to satisfy with Taylor subsequent week, in line with ESPN. Brown has denied the allegations towards him.
Belichick had no touch upon the latest experiences Friday, however instructed there have been different causes the crew was nonetheless figuring out what Brown’s potential function could be Sunday. The coach stated Brown had “worked hard” to acclimate himself with the crew, however nonetheless had “a long way to go.”
“Obviously, he’s not familiar with our offense,” Belichick stated. “The systems that he’s been in have been quite different.”
Brown performed his first 9 NFL seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, earlier than signing with the Oakland Raiders for a short, but tumultuous, few months this offseason. The Patriots signed him on Saturday, hours after he was launched by the Raiders.
Belichick stated Friday that there’s “very little carryover” from the West Coast-style offense run by Raiders coach Jon Gruden and the Patriots’ offensive system.
“Not bad or good,” Belichick stated, noting that Brown’s place was hardly distinctive. “It’s just not all going to carry over, and a similar thing in Pittsburgh. You know, he’s working hard to pick it up, and we’re working hard to get it to him.”
When requested to elaborate how the 2 programs differ, Belichick stated there have been causes small and enormous, from easy variations of terminology to the core rules of every offense.
“There could be subtle differences based on different coverages or leverage that the defender plays, how we would run those routes,” he stated. “So, I mean, there’s a lot of variation there. I’d say the West Coast offense has core principles. From one team to another, I think a lot of those principles would carry over. But, that’s not what we do. It’s not good or bad, it just is what it is.”
Belichick famous that the crew has equally been working to assimilate a number of newly acquired offensive linemen. Nonetheless, for them, he stated the terminology between the 2 offenses is conceptually the identical. For Brown, who practiced twice in Foxborough this week, Belichick stated the crew was working to study what he’s already accustomed to and merge that information with the Patriots’ offensive scheme.
“It’s called teaching,” Belichick stated.
“We try to get him caught up to speed as quickly as you can,” he stated of Brown. “It’s too much ground to make up in a few days, but we do the best we can and we’ll see how it goes.”
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