Notebook: Final Thoughts On Ravens

News and notes from last week's game and the injury front this week. Could Junior Seau return? What was the deal with the officials and more...

Seau Return

Asked to address a rumor that the Patriots might be interested in signing veteran LB Junior Seau for a third time, coach Bill Belichick offered a playful response.

"I noticed he was doing some bull-riding, bull-stomping, or some bulls were stomping him, or whatever it was," Belichick said in reference to Seau's latest bull-riding stunt on his own reality show. "We'll have to take a look at that workout and see how he looked doing that."

Reports soon surfaced shortly after Belchick's press conference that the veteran linebacker woudl sign a deal to return to New England next week, after the Broncos game. The premis for the delay was that Seau would not have been active for Sunday's game in Denver, therefore the additioanl time allowed him to wrap up other projects such as the Versus TV show "Sports Jobs with Junior Seau."

Adding Seau back to the mix gives New England veteran depth on the inside, something they've been lacking since Tedy Bruschi retired.

No Joshing

This week's opponent, the Broncos, feature a familiar face in head coach Josh McDaniels, who served as New England's offensive coordinator before heading to the Mile High City.

So far, McDaniels' Broncos are 4-0 after toppling Dallas on Sunday.

"They're playing good football. They don't beat themselves. It doesn't surprise me. It certainly doesn't surprise me," Belichick said. "I have all the respect in the world for Josh, both as a coach, personnel evaluator and in general for his football knowledge and his ability to manage the game, whether it is as a coordinator or as a head coach.

"I think he has great insight into the game, so it doesn't surprise me. Just watching them play, they do a lot of things well, so that's reflected in their record."

Bad Calls Are Part Of The Game

--The Ravens complained about several calls in Sunday's loss, including a crucial roughing-the-passer penalty late in the game. QB Tom Brady said he has no sympathy for Baltimore's plight.

"Are you kidding me? (Quarterbacks) are holding the ball, we're unprotected, just sitting there defenseless, so they've got to stay away from me. They deserve to get flagged," Brady said with a smile.

At one point, Brady pointed to his knee while looking directly at an official, perhaps bringing back memories of last year's season-ending injury.

"They can't go low," he said. "We learned that lesson a few years ago. They threw the flag. They threw a couple flags on our defense, too, so it goes both ways out there."

--RB Sammy Morris didn't put up huge numbers Sunday, but his effort certainly reflected in his performance. He finished with 34 receiving yards in addition to his 21 rushing yards and also converted on a big fourth-and-1 on the team's first scoring drive.
--CB Leigh Bodden came up with the play of the game on an interception along the sideline to snuff out a potential Baltimore scoring drive in the second quarter. Bodden's balance allowed him to keep one foot inbounds and drag his other foot toward the sideline.
--DL Mike Wright had a huge game as his role continues to grow. He finished with two sacks and had three quarterback hits in a constant effort to flush Baltimore's Joe Flacco out of the pocket.
--RB Laurence Maroney finished with a paltry six yards on seven attempts and elicited a smattering of boos from what has become an increasingly dissatisfied crowd.
--S James Sanders continues to play in a backup capacity, which may be a sign of where the Patriots see him fitting into their defense. Brandon McGowan started for the third game and ultimately stayed out there when Sanders hurt his arm late in the game.

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