Patriots coach Bill Belichick answers James Harrison questions — kind of

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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.

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.