Patriots coach Bill Belichick answers James Harrison questions — kind of

Bill Belichick over the years has developed a reputation for giving short, coach-speak answers to questions from media, even though the Patriots coach sometimes delivers thoughtful responses in press conferences. Perhaps it depends on the question, the subject and/or the 65-year-old's mood.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick answers James Harrison questions — kind of

Patriots coach Bill Belichick answers James Harrison questions — kind of

Belichick on Wednesday seemed to be in no mood to talk James Harrison, or at least expand on his answers.

New England on Tuesday signed Harrison, the longtime Pittsburgh pass-rusher whom the Steelers cut last week. The media assembled at Wednesday's conference in Foxborough inevitably asked several questions about the Patriots' Harrison signing.

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Here are those questions and Belichick's answers ... if you want to call them answers.

Q: How would you describe James Harrison's playing style?

BB: He's played outside linebacker for the Steelers. We'll see how it goes.

Q: Is there carryover from what they asked him to do and what he could do for your team?

BB: Yeah, I don’t know. We'll start working with him and see how it goes.

Q: What are your thoughts on his career?

BB: Good.

Q: How much of a factor did his experience in big games play a role in the decision to sign him?

BB: Yeah, we can’t control any of that.

Q: You guys have a lot of experience playing against him. Is the process different when bringing in a guy like that as opposed to someone with less experience?

BB: Every player is different.

Q: Do you put any stock into the fact that he could provide valuable intelligence given his familiarity with the Steelers and their system?

BB: Well, we're playing the Jets this week. I don’t really know what that has to do with it. Maybe I’m missing something. I don’t know.

Q: What about looking ahead to any possible matchups in the playoffs?

BB: Well, we play the Jets this week.

Q: When you coached the Pro Bowl, was James Harrison a player of yours? Did you have any familiarity with him prior to yesterday?

BB: Yeah, not too much.

Q: Was important to just meet him yesterday and try to get to know him a bit?

BB: It's always good to meet somebody.

Q: Do you view it as a positive when someone like him comes in late in the year and doesn't have a lot of wear-and-tear on their body from earlier in the season?

BB: I don’t know. We'll see how it goes.

Q: When evaluating a potential player, do you weigh more heavily what the player can do or what the player can't do?

BB: I think you bring players onto the team for what they can do.

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