It's not too often a New England Patriots fan hears about his or her beloved team fighting amongst itself during training camp.
Maybe tough competition that goes a tad overboard or a heated discussion between bubble players fight for positions. Sure, no big deal; however, as recent as today, players got into "two more full-scale scraps," per Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.
"Today’s first scrum, which stemmed from a spat between Ryan Wendell and Bobby Carpenter, went unpunished," wrote Howe. "Yet, a few minutes later, Brandon Deaderick and Darrion Weems got into it, and Bill Belichick had enough."
The head coach pulled an old school trick from his cut-off sleeves. Belichick sent his team and some of the coaching staff on three laps around the field.
"Competition is good, fighting is not…there's a fine line between taking it to whistle & taking it a little bit beyond," said Carpenter, who added he hadn't ran laps since high school.
Afterward, Belichick met with his players explaining "health is the most important element of the team. If they get hurt doing something stupid, it’s going to bring down the product on the field," said Howe.
And if the Hoodie's message didn't sink in, veteran quarterback Tom Brady made sure that his own did. TB12 called a players only meeting, imploring the fighting decreases productivity in practices and causes unnecessary breaks in solid performances.
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