Belichick gets off first blast against Colts

New England and Indianapolis have gone at it over the years, and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick took his own subtle swipe at the Colts on Tuesday.

Check out this word-for-word exchange today between Boston-area reporters and Belichick — and notice the topic that Belichick comes back and hits voluntarily.

Q: What do you make of Peyton Manning so far, whose numbers aren’t what they have been in the past, but certainly he has had to battle a lot of injuries between himself, his offensive line and his skill players this year?

BB: I think he is a great player. I think he has done it all and I think he continues to do it — makes the throws, runs the team, makes good decisions, sees things well and gets the ball to his playmakers. So, I see the same player there — a real good one.

Q: This will be the fifth time you have played these guys about this time in November. Do you like having this game where it is in the season?

BB: Whenever they schedule them, we play them. I don’t really worry about it. Whenever they show up on the schedule then we try to get ready and play them. Honestly, I don’t even think about it. Let me just get back to [Peyton] Manning for a second. If I am not mistaken he hasn’t shown up on the injury report all year but maybe one day at the beginning of the season. I am not really sure what injuries you are taking about but he hasn’t been listed on the injury report all year.

Interesting points on Belichick’s part, especially considering that ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer suggested on air Tuesday that something might be wrong with Manning’s arm or hand, that the ball was not coming out the way it normally does. Replays of Monday night’s game backed up what Dilfer was saying. Now Belichick is raising the issue. And it bears watching.

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