RICHMOND -- A highly complimentary Bill Belichick thanked the Redskins organization and head coach Jay Gruden for hosting a series of practices, but didn't seem too interested in what impression his star quarterback leaves. Asked specifically if Patriots QB Tom Brady could have a positive influence on Washington signal caller Robert Griffin III, Belichick explained simply that he was "not really too worried."
"I don't really care about that," Belichick said.
There had been some talk of what the future Hall of Famer Brady could tell RG3, perhaps offering knowledge on both football throwing and handling celebrity. Griffin expressed interest in learning from Brady as well. Not surprisingly, Belichick's message was that New England came to Richmond for practices and to see some new looks from new players, not offer guidance to the third year Griffin.
"We look forward to having a good week."
The Patriots coach spoke highly of the Redskins organization, a team he knew much of as a young assistant with the Baltimore Colts. Belichick told a story that early in his career he was in charge of copying an old Washington playbook and whiting out the "Redskins" when Ted Marchibroda went from D.C. to Baltimore.
"Great to be down here and working with the Redskins," Belichick said. "Coach Gruden has been very accommodating."
New England's boss said this is a great chance for players and coaches, and had high marks for the 'Skins training camp setup in Richmond.
"Dan Snyder has done a great job with this beautiful facility."