Bill Belichick Dressed as a Pirate for Halloween Roller Skating Party

There were many interesting aspects of the Bill Belichick: A Football Life documentary that aired on NFL Network. Nothing was more captivating, though, than seeing the notoriously uptight coach dressed as a pirate for the players’ Halloween roller skating party:

Not pictured: Randy Moss dressed as SpongeBob, Vince Wilfork as Fred Flintsone. And no, this wasn’t a halucination, and no, you did not drop some acid before reading this post. Bill Belichick loves Halloween and really dressed up like a pirate in 2009. Your life is now complete and you may die happily.

Pic via Mike Tunison aka Christmas Ape

Tom Brady Admits He Lies to Media to Avoid Controversy

Tom Brady found himself in the middle of a mini-controversy last week after telling Patriots fans to show up and start drinking early prior to the team’s game against the Chargers. The NFL, despite selling plenty of beer sponsorships, doesn’t want to encourage fans to get blitzed, so the Patriots tried to cover up Tom’s words. Brady explained that he was trying to bring a bit of humor to his press conference but that he won’t make the same mistake again.

During an interview played on Westwood One’s broadcast of Monday Night Football, Brady explained that he doesn’t tell the media how he truly feels or thinks because he needs to avoid creating headlines.

“I don’t often say exactly how I feel,” Brady said. “And I don’t often say exactly what I think. Because you don’t want to cause controversy. When there is controversy, all your teammates start getting asked about ‘What Brady said.’ Really, it becomes a distraction to the team. You’re trying to get ready for an important game on the weekend, and then now, on Thursday and Friday, the only thing that people want to talk about is some comment the quarterback on your team made.

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DeAngelo Hall Will Target Tony Romo’s Ribs, Felix Jones’ Shoulder

The Dallas Cowboys suffered several injuries to key players in their win over the 49ers on Sunday. Tony Romo played through a cracked rib and punctured lung, Felix Jones ran with a separated shoulder, and Miles Austin battled a hamstring strain. Romo and Jones are slated to play, and DeAngelo Hall will aim to make them pay.

“I want to get a chance to try to put my helmet on whatever’s hurt,” the Redskins cornerback told reporters Wednesday. “Romo’s ribs – I’m going to be asking for some corner blitzes.”

Hall also said he would target Felix Jones. “I’m not going to cut him, I’m going to try to him up high.”

“That’s just part of it. If you know something’s wrong with an opponent, you’re going to try to target in on that. We’re going to try to get as many hats on those guys as possible.”

I don’t see anything wrong with what Hall says. As long as the Redskins follow what Brian Orakpo said — not get too carried away with focusing on the injuries instead of playing their game — they should be fine. It’s the defense’s job to stop the offense, and hurting opposing players is one way to stop them. Nobody wants anyone getting injured, but hurting opponents is to be expected. Now you know why teams are so guarded with injury information.

Dolphins Already Have the ‘Here we Go Again’ Losing Attitude

The Miami Dolphins are 0-2 while the rest of the AFC East is 2-0. Things actually didn’t look that bad for the Dolphins when the season started out. They were tied 14-14 with the Patriots in the third quarter of Monday Night Football, and they were down just 21-17 towards the end of the third. But that’s when things got out of hand.

The Patriots reeled off three straight scoring drives, including a record-tying 99-yard touchdown pass to Wes Welker that got Benny Sapp fired. What was a close game turned into a blowout, and that resulted in some players having a “here we go again” attitude. That’s something the veterans are trying to change.

“The coaching staff is not the problem. The problem is us as players,” safety Yeremiah Bell said, according to The Palm Beach Post. “We need to be more focused in practice, and not allow some of the things that have been going on in practice.”

The Post adds that veterans Jason Taylor and Bell called out teammates for exhibiting a “here we go again” mentality during losses.

A big part of football is players’ mentality. In order to win games, you need to have confidence — you need to believe you can win. But if you’re used to failure, you begin to develop a losing attitude. That’s something the Dolphins are trying to change, and having a quarterback on offense who can consistently lead the team to victory would go a long way towards correcting the team’s overall mentality.

Deon Grant Insists He Wasn’t Faking Injury

The New York Giants were called out for faking injuries on Monday night to slow down the Rams’ no-huddle offense. It was pretty obvious that they were flopping considering two players went down at the same time the Giants were trying to make substitutions. The Rams sent in an official complaint, the league sent a memo to all 32 teams, and there has been talk about how to police the situation. But if you listen to Deon Grant tell it, there is no need for all of this.

The Giants defensive back is defying all reason and logic with his latest comments, and he’s telling us not to believe what we saw.

Grant was upset that he was being accused of faking injuries. He told reporters that he banged knees with an opponent on the previous play and listened to his teammates who told him to just go down. He’s arguing that his knee injury is legitimate, and he took the accusations as an affront to his toughness.

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Arian Foster Responds to Fantasy Football Hater on Twitter Again

Arian Foster was the NFL’s leading rusher last season and became one of the top picks in many fantasy football drafts. The Texans running back has been bothered by a hamstring injury since training camp and he re-aggravated the injury in week two. Now he’s hearing from disgruntled fantasy football owners again on Twitter, and he’s responding the same way he did before:

You may recall that the least time he heard from people concerned about his hamstring solely for fantasy purposes, he called them “sick.” I can’t imagine what he thinks of them now. I dunno, I think the proper response would have been telling the angry fan that he should have handcuffed with Ben Tate.

Antonio Cromartie: I’m a Better Playmaker than Nnamdi Asomugha

Come week 15, the Jets and Eagles will square off in a game that will feature two of the NFL’s best cornerbacks on the same field. In fact, every game that the Eagles play this season will feature two of the game’s best corners — Nnamdi Asomugha and Asante Samuel. As we all know, Antonio Cromartie believes he belongs in that discussion as well.

When the Raiders released Asomugha from his contract this past off-season, he immediately became the biggest name on the free agent market.  Rex Ryan and the Jets wanted him so badly that they even had Adam Sandler attempt to recruit him.  Cro was the backup plan — an expensive four-year, $32 million backup plan, but a backup plan nonetheless.  Still, Cromartie believes he is better at making plays than Asomugha.

“My style of play and his style of play are totally different,” Cromartie told Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com. “I feel I’m more of a playmaker than he is.”

Antonio is taller and longer which may allow him to make some plays that Asomugha could not make, but most of the plays Cro makes are negated by how frequently he finds himself out of position.  The Raiders were said to have made a strong play for Cromartie this off-season, but who haven’t they made a strong play for?  Cromartie intercepted Luke McCown twice last weekend, but as Shutdown Corner pointed out that is nothing to be proud of. If calling himself better than Asomugha at something helps him sleep at night, more power to him.