New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has officially addressed the acquisition of former Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown.
Belichick had refused to comment on the reported signing of Brown following the Patriots’ win over the Steelers on Sunday night.
The Patriots head coach addressed the signing this morning, however.
Belichick was asked why he was confident that Brown, who was a problem child in Oakland, wouldn’t be one in New England. He compared the situation to Randy Moss, who starred with the Patriots after a tough stint in Oakland.
“It’s the same thing you guys said about Randy Moss when we brought him in,” he said.
Asked Bill Belichick what made him confident Antonio Brown wouldn't be as disruptive here as he'd been in Oakland or Pittsburgh. His answer, "It's the same thing you guys said about Randy Moss when we brought him in."
— Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) September 10, 2019
Belichick added that he wasn’t in Oakland or Pittsburgh, so he can’t comment on why things went wrong for Brown there.
“I wasn’t in either one of those places so I can’t really comment on what did or didn’t happen there,” he said.
Belichick asked by @tomecurran why he's confident Antonio Brown won't be as disruptive as he was at his previous two stops: "I wasn't in either one of those places so I can't really comment on what did or didn't happen there."
— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) September 10, 2019
Brown is expected to make his Patriots debut on Sunday.
New England is set to play at Miami. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. E.T. on CBS.