Belichick “speaks to no one” – Really?

Might as well start the war with the New Orleans sports media nice and early. The Times-Picayune of New Orleans has a piece up by Peter Finney today, looking forward to the showdown between the unbeaten Saints and the Patriots a week from tonight.

In looking toward the game, Finney says:

Despite three losses, the New England Patriots speak for themselves, a perennial contender whose coach speaks to no one.

Finney is going by the commonly-held belief, especially among those outside New England, and in the national media, that the Patriots coach just doesn’t speak to or cooperate with the media.

Apparently Finney didn’t catch Belichick’s press conference this morning, which begins on a light note (the microphone was too high for the coach) and proceeds to talk about missing out on Wes Welker in the draft, and then (about 16 minutes in) getting into a fantastic in-depth conversation about roster decisions and what goes into them. Mike Reiss for one, really appreciated the session with Belichick.

One of the many misperceptions that the media puts out there about Belichick is that he doesn’t give anything to the media. In fact, it is the exact opposite.

While Belichick doesn’t give injury or contract information and doesn’t play the human interest or cliché game that some columnists are after, when it comes to pure football talk, few speak more and none provide anywhere near as much insight. It would be nice if some in the media, both locally and nationally acknowledged that fact.

The coach who “speaks to no one” followed that press conference with a one-on-one session with WCVB’s Mike Lynch, and then with radio call-ins to WFAN-New York and SIRIUS NFL Radio, and will appear on WEEI’s Big Show in the 5:00pm hour today.

Celtics Escape From New York, NU Dumps Football

There were two Boston-New York battles yesterday, and perhaps surprisingly, it was the Celtics that had the tougher afternoon with their Gotham opponent.

The Celtics needed overtime to defeat the Knicks, 107-105 at Madison Square Garden.

Julian Benbow has Paul Pierce carrying the Celtics on the afternoon, but passing off to Kevin Garnett for the game winner. Paul Flannery says that a win is a win, ever over the lowly Knicks. Steve Bulpet has KG finishing a bad game with a big shot. A. Sherrod Blakely says that the game winner by KG didn’t come as a surprise to the Celtics.

Gary Washburn says that the absence of Glen Davis is truly hurting the Celtics right now. Tim Weisberg says that the three-point shot has become a serious problem for the Celtics.

Benbow’s notebook has Rajon Rondo trying yet another routine at the free throw line. Bulpett’s notebook has another awful shooting game from Rasheed Wallace. Chris Sheridan looks at what is wrong with the Celtics.

Northeastern

Northeastern University has announced that they will discontinue their football program, following 74 years of play. Andrew Ryan has NU officials making the decision because they feel the sport is too expensive to justify. John Connolly has many unhappy with the decision.

Dan Shaughnessy weighs in on the demise of the program.

Bruins

Joe Haggerty has Marc Savard returning tonight, and hoping to recharge the Bruins power play unit. Mike Loftus has the Bruins hoping Savard can add to the positive streak the team has been on recently. Mick Colageo has the Bruins with Savard returning, finally on track to get themselves into legitimate top-eight position. Stephen Harris has Savard excited to get back out on the ice. Kevin Paul Dupont has Byron Bitz getting a bump up to the top line.

Misc

John Tomase has J.D. Drew on the mend after shoulder surgery.

Mark Blaudschun has the BCS resulting in terrific dramatic games week in and week out.

Wes is More For Patriots Against Jets

Now we know. The biggest difference between the Patriots of week two, and the Patriots now is the little guy who wears number 83. By doing everything in their power to ensure that Randy Moss didn’t beat them, Darrelle Revis and the Jets won that battle, but lost the war in a 31-14 victory by the Patriots. Welker finished with 15 catches for 192 yards on the afternoon.

Chris Warner has the Gut Check after this one.

Adam Kilgore has the Patriots successfully moving from last weeks loss in Indy. Tom E. Curran has the Patriots avoiding the “Indy Hangover” by handily beating the Jets. Ian R. Rapoport has the opportunistic Patriots taking advantage of the Jets mistakes yesterday. Shalise Manza Young has the Patriots bringing an end to a long week with the big win yesterday. Tim Whelan Jr. has the Patriots hazing the Jets rookie QB on their way to victory. Jennifer Toland has the Patriots bouncing back and getting some revenge. Tim Weisberg says that this could be the statement game that the Patriots defense has been waiting for. Mark Farinella says there were plenty of superlatives all around for the Patriots yesterday. Mike Reiss has the Patriots getting off the mat to deliver a knockout yesterday.

Michael Felger says that the Patriots might’ve played terribly in this game, but thanks to Mark Sanchez, the Patriots made it look easy. Steve Buckley says that you can always count on the Jets to make a lot of noise, and to face away as the season goes on. Rich Garven has the Patriots just getting back to ‘Business as Usual’ yesterday at Gillette. Jonathan Comey looks at this game and others in Monday Morning Fullback. Christopher Price shows us 10 Things We Learned Yesterday.

Bob Ryan looks at the huge afternoon by Welker, and wonders again why Miami ever let him come here. Jeff Jacobs says that thanks to Welker, this rematch was no match at all. Ron Borges says that while Revis may have shut down Randy Moss, Welker shut up the entire Jets team. Reiss says that Welker could be the Pats’ MVP this season. Brian MacPherson says that next time perhaps the Jets should send Revis over to cover Welker. Jim Donaldson says that it was Welker that made the difference between the week two loss and yesterday’s win. Andy Vogt has Welker as the key to beating the Jets defense. Farinella has more on the unstoppable Mr. Welker yesterday. Glen Farley says that Welker was no side story yesterday.

Albert R. Breer has Vince Wilfork once again anchoring the defense up front. Karen Guregian says that the defense never lost its swagger or confidence this week, and they showed that on the field. Glen Farley has the defense putting an exclamation point on their statement game. Reiss has the Patriots defense bringing heat yesterday, and Mark Sanchez wilting as a result. Robert Lee looks at the huge afternoon from cornerback Leigh Bodden. Rich Thompson has Bodden picking off Mark Sanchez three times yesterday. Farinella has No. 23 feeling comfortable here in New England.

Dan Duggan has Tom Brady and the Patriots getting much better results against the Jets this time around. Chris Forsberg has Brady able to handle the pressure of the Jets yesterday. Monique Walker has Laurence Maroney with another fumble, but also two touchdowns on the afternoon.

Brendan Hall looks at the job Darrelle Revis did in backing up his talk about keeping Randy Moss covered. Bill Burt makes this matchup his biggest focus of the game.

Borges gives us the best and the worst from yesterday. Duggan examines the marquee matchup of Revis vs. Moss. Lee has postgame analysis from both sides of the ball. Hector Longo continues to hate Jerod Mayo in his Two-minute Drill. Take that, you Kool-Aid drinkers.

Walker’s notebook has Leigh Bodden coming up with three interceptions off Mark Sanchez on the afternoon. Rapoport’s notebook has Maroney continuing his solid play as of late. Heading up Young’s Talking points is Revis being able to get the better of Randy Moss once again. The Daily News’ notebook has the Patriots getting the better of  “The San-chise.” Toland’s notebook has Bodden and the defense playing like they had something to prove yesterday. Weisberg’s notebook has Welker leaving us to wonder how the Patriots might’ve fared had #83 played in week two. Farinella’s notebook has Tom Brady adding to his resume yesterday. Farley’s notebook has an Easton grandmother picking up $300,00 at halftime.