Bill Belichickis not the type of coach who will sign many autographs after a practice but he now feels it may be time to give back to those who have given him so much.
"The support has been great," Belichick said to the Boston Herald. "I appreciate it personally and for our team. The fans here and other places in the area - being in an airport and someone comes up to you and says something positive - have been great since I came here and took the job in 2000. The fan support has been good, and I really feel like I have a kind of personal connection."
When RB Lamont Jordangot cut by the Oakland Raiders, he didn't know what to expect, then the Patriots called. "That put a smile on my face," Jordan said to the Herald. "Any time you get an opportunity to put on a Patriots uniform, that's something you have to do."
Another Patriots Running back, Laurence Maroney, has high hopes for the 2008 season. He is using his success from late last season to push him forward this year telling the *Providence Journal *that:
"The second half I ended up pretty good, so it gives me something to work towards and build off of. When you get new things thrown your way you just have to adjust and once I adjusted to it and got the feel for it and understand what they wanted from me, it made things a lot easier."
Maroney also explains in the article that having help from veterans like Sammy Morris, Kevin Faulk,and Heath Evans is a big part of his success.
Finally, DB Tank Williamsknew coming into New England that versitility was a big part of the job but that didn't worry him to much. Usually this means a safety may play corner, but in Williams case, it meant linebacker,and that doesn't seem to worry him either.
"You look forward to that," he said to the *Sun Chronicle *about the opportunity to intensify his hitting as a quasi-linebacker. "That's what football's all about. It's a contact sport. Laying big hits when you get the opportunity and making big plays, that all comes with the game. If you don't relish those opportunities, then you really don't need to be out here, I guess."