dangolka (CBS) — This season has been all about adjusting on the fly for the New England Patriots and just about each group within the NFL. Saturday morning was no completely different for the Pats.
With no new constructive COVID-19 assessments on Friday evening, the group will hit the apply area for the primary time all week Saturday morning after working remotely Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The Patriots selected to shut their services Wednesday following Stephon Gilmore’s constructive COVID-19 take a look at, which additionally precipitated the NFL to shift Sunday’s recreation towards Denver to Monday evening.
Even Invoice Belichick’s Saturday morning chat with the media required the group to name an audible, as technically difficulties compelled the video convention to turn out to be a convention name.
On that convention name, Belichick mentioned that he doesn’t anticipate having Gilmore or quarterback Cam Newton on the apply area on Saturday. And relating to making a name for his or her availability for Monday evening’s recreation, the coach wasn’t going to go there.
“I’m not getting right into a bunch of hypotheticals. We’re taking it daily, hour by hour,” he mentioned.
Requested once more if Newton could possibly return come Monday, Belichick once more gave a agency response.
“Hour. By. Hour,” he mentioned.
Okay, who will begin if Cam can’t go for a second straight week?
“We’re taking it daily. It’s Saturday morning,” he mentioned. “I respect all of the questions, however I’m not making choices about Sunday or Monday. We’re attempting to benefit from our alternative right this moment and can consider that and see what we’ve got to do subsequent. We’ll proceed these preparations up till recreation time.”
That’s the secret within the NFL in 2020. It isn’t straightforward, however to borrow a phrase from Invoice, it’s what it’s.
“One factor we’ve discovered this 12 months is all of us need to adapt to adjustments and make changes, and that’s what have been going to do,” mentioned Belichick. “Our apply right this moment goes to be configured to maximise our alternative to get on the sector and proceed our preparations for Denver. We’ll proceed to be prepared to regulate and adapt to what we’ve got to do. We’re actually taking this, I wouldn’t say daily, it’s extra hour by hour. We’ll proceed to maneuver ahead however on the similar time know that we’ve got to be prepared to vary, regulate and adapt because the scenario requires. I’m not going to attempt to make any choices or long-range plans till we’ve got slightly extra info. Actually not till we’ve got a possibility to get by right this moment.”
It’s not the very best scenario and positively one which isn’t very straightforward to navigate, however Belichick isn’t going to complain about getting an unfair shake this week. It was the group’s determination to shut their services, and Belichick mentioned that if it retains his gamers, employees and their households secure, then that’s the one strategy to do it.
“Now we have to make the selections on what’s finest for our soccer group. That’s the well being and security of our group, and that’s the No.1 precedence. With out that we don’t have a group. Now we have to take care of the integrity of not solely our group however the prolonged group, our households and the family members for each member of our group. That has to return first,” he mentioned. “Everyone acknowledges that and feels the identical method and we’ll need to work perhaps slightly more durable to make up for a few of the on-the-field apply time we missed this week.
“However we will’t compromise the well being, security and well-being of our group and the employees,” Belichick continued. “I don’t suppose that’s the way in which to go and in the long run that may be far more detrimental than a short-term adjustment we’ve got to make to maximise everybody’s well being and security. That’s our strategy and I do know that’s the way in which Mr. Kraft appears at it, in order that’s what we’re going to proceed to do. We’ll put the group first and that’s our philosophy.”