Belichick was asked about a situation, like the one just recently, that brought former Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch to the Patriots divisional round opponent, the Indianapolis Colts and if that gives the Colts any advantage at all. Belichick didn’t seem to want any of that question:
“I think that’s way overrated,” Belichick answered about those situations in a general sense. “A lot of time the information in those situations is misinformation, because things have changed from whenever that person was on the other team. I’m not saying that in any particular circumstance, I’m just saying in general, a lot of times a player who has been with another team tells you, (information)and then it turns out that’s really not what it is.
“So, honestly, we have enough trouble doing all the things we do and getting them right and getting everybody to do them well. I’m sure they have the same thing with the amount of volume that you have in your different systems, and the amount of volume that you face on the other side of the ball. To be able to not only know everything you’re doing, but also be able to figure out everything they’re doing, it’s pretty overrated.”
Belichick echoed my thoughts on the Branch signing and I can’t say it enough. I hope that the Colts put Branch out on the field because at this stage of his career, he’s a liability on the field. Sure he has a few catches in him, but he’s easily contained and takes away a weapon from the Colts offense.
Branch can’t get separation, can’t come out of breaks the same way and isn’t as fast as he used to be. The best bet for the Colts would be to put him in there in a key situation where you need a set of sure hands. Branch can still catch and still has a good set of hands.
The Patriots offense from this year to last is completely different minus Welker, Gronkowski, Woodhead, Lloyd and Hernandez that nothing Branch knows would be of any use now. Maybe he can crack the code of ‘Omaha!’