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Belichick won't talk about RB's healthy scratch

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06:58 AM ET 12.02 | New England moved to 9-3 Sunday, and it did so without running back Stevan Ridley. Patriots coach Bill Belichick did not want to talk about [Ridley], who was inactive for the team's 34-31 win over the Houston Texans Sunday. "Is there any reason why," Belichick said, repeating the question posed to him. "Because there was 46 other players active today." Ridley, who has 576 rushing yards this season and seven touchdowns, was not on the team's injury report, making him effectively a healthy scratch. Last week, he coughed up his fourth fumble of the season that was returned 60 yards for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos. He hasn't played a snap since. Belichick did give praise to the Texans (2-10), who kept it close as he expected. "They're a good football team," he said.

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December 2, 2013  07:39 AM ET

Your positive feedback aside, the Texans are not a good football team.

December 2, 2013  07:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Your positive feedback aside, the Texans are not a good football team.

The Dark Lord never runs down his opponents. He doesn't want his team "looking past" someone like the Texans, because that sort of thing leads to upsets. On the other hand, "They're a good football team" is applied to everyone.

December 2, 2013  07:45 AM ET

Belichick doesn't need to talk about it. If you can't figure out why he sat you are not paying attention.

December 2, 2013  07:46 AM ET

As for Ridley? You fumble, you sit. No one should be surprised. With Ridley out, Vereen, Blount and Boldin got carries.

December 2, 2013  07:58 AM ET

Why should a winning head coach have to explain to the media why a player isn't starting ?

December 2, 2013  08:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Why should a winning head coach have to explain to the media why a player isn't starting ?

If the media is that stupid to ask that question, they should be driving a garbage truck.

December 2, 2013  08:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Why should a winning head coach have to explain to the media why a player isn't starting ?

You can't assume that the media understands anything.

A commuter train went off the tracks in New York over the weekend. At the press conference with the NTSB, a reporter asked, "Will you be looking into speed as a factor in the accident?"

December 2, 2013  08:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

You can't assume that the media understands anything.A commuter train went off the tracks in New York over the weekend. At the press conference with the NTSB, a reporter asked, "Will you be looking into speed as a factor in the accident?"

the skills for being a reporter are no higher than it is for someone flipping burgers. I apologize to all those working at McD's, Burger King, Wendy's and all the other fast food places.

December 2, 2013  08:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

You can't assume that the media understands anything.A commuter train went off the tracks in New York over the weekend. At the press conference with the NTSB, a reporter asked, "Will you be looking into speed as a factor in the accident?"

So True !

Like the actor of all the "Speed" movies died in a car crash over the weekend. He was in a gazillion dollar porche with a race driver at the wheel. Car was in a million pieces in a residential area, and they ask "Was speed a factor"?

December 2, 2013  08:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

If the media is that stupid to ask that question, they should be driving a garbage truck.

They're all a bunch of button pushers. I don't think they expect to get a straight answer from BB but can't help themselves for asking anyways.

December 2, 2013  08:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

If the media is that stupid to ask that question, they should be driving a garbage truck.

Hey!! What's wrong with driving a garbage truck?

December 2, 2013  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Why should a winning head coach have to explain to the media why a player isn't starting ?

Well one of his obligations as a spokesperson for the team is to answer questions even if his answer is: NO COMMENT.

There are some coaches and players that do not like having to give press conferences even when things are going good.

The message to Ridley is clear and maybe Belichick sent a message to the NFL that Ridley can be traded for. THey have capable backs in Vereen and Blount.

December 2, 2013  09:26 AM ET

Ridley was seen holding a football on the sidelines for most of the game. Still not using both hands.

December 2, 2013  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Ridley was seen holding a football on the sidelines for most of the game. Still not using both hands.

He needs to get a grip.

December 2, 2013  09:39 AM ET

The reporter was obviously trying to start a controversy about sitting Ridley.
BB wasn't going to play along, and gives a flip-off answer.
Then the media complains about BB being rude and uncommunicative with reporters?
Game, set, and match to Belichick.

December 2, 2013  10:27 AM ET

Belicheat has an obligation to provide answers and information to the press. His continued silence on matters just fortifies his position as a chicken sh$#...........

December 2, 2013  10:30 AM ET

should have listed him on the injury report with "fumble-itis of the hands"

December 2, 2013  11:00 AM ET

...so does he get a one game scratch to ensure he gets the message, or is BB going to continue to sit him?

December 2, 2013  11:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

should have listed him on the injury report with "fumble-itis of the hands"

No, a healthy scratch must mean that he has some sort of skin condition

 
December 2, 2013  11:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

No, a healthy scratch must mean that he has some sort of skin condition

Unlike his teammate Gronk, who after spending the weekend with "starlet" Bibi Jones, probably developped a nasty case of the "unhealthly scratch"

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