Is Al The Real Liar?
Coach Bill Belichick responded Wednesday to Al Davis' claim that the Patriots tampered with WR Randy Moss prior to the draft-day trade in 2007. Oakland's longtime owner suggests New England met with and worked out Moss before the deal was done.
"I've told the story about Randy many, many times," Belichick said during a conference call with the San Francisco media. "The first time I ever talked to Randy was the Sunday morning of the second day of the draft last year. That is the first time I met him (and) the first time I talked to him. No, there was no workout. There was no other contact with him."
Not A Good Trend
The 49ers are one of two NFL teams the Patriots have never beaten on the road. The Patriots are 0-4 lifetime at San Francisco and 0-2 at Washington against the Redskins.
Three of those four games against the 49ers were played at Candlestick Park while the 1989 game was played at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, Calif., following an earthquake.
Meeting An Old Friend
Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork will get reacquainted this weekend with former University of Miami teammate Frank Gore, who is now a running back for the 49ers. The two were on the same team together when Miami won the 2001 BCS national championship by crushing fourth-ranked Nebraska, 37-14.
Big Play Threat
The 49ers rank second only to Dallas in the number of big plays they've made on offense, which Bill Belichick defines as anything over 20 yards.
"There are a couple run-after-the-catch plays, but most of them are down the field," Belichick said. "They have had a couple screens and Frank Gore is capable of going 20, 30 (or) 40 yards."
Davis Always Dangerous
After the Dolphins exploited the lack of defensive pressure in the middle of the field two weeks ago, Belichick is anticipating the 49ers utilizing tight end Vernon Davis in their offensive game plan.
"He's a very fast, explosive player (who is) good after the catch," Belichick said. "They have some plays that are specifically designed for him -- tight end screens and things like that, that you don't see every week.
"He's seen a lot of coverage over the top of him to take away some of those routes. They use him a lot in protection. That might take away some of his catches, but I don't think that diminishes his effectiveness as a player. I don't think there are any tight ends that are faster than him."
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