Guenther’s defenses in Cincinnati have been some of the best in the league during his time as coordinator there.

Paul Guenther’s defense, it’s very aggressive, new middle linebacker Derrick Johnson said.

So many different looks. The onus is really on the linebackers to learn a lot of stuff. That’s good for myself because I know a lot. It’s putting a lot of pressure on me to learn it quickly.

Oakland is also hoping to get a boost with healthy seasons from last year’s top two picks, cornerback Gareon Conley and safety Obi Melifonwu, who were limited to 127 defensive snaps as rookies because of injuries.

The OTA system is voluntary. It’s a voluntary program, Belichick said. We have players that are in various stages of participation. So everybody does what they can, the best they can, to get ready to go. Whatever they can do.

Tensions have been high in New England, especially between Belichick and his players. The Patriots have also faced some criticism after a couple of players around the league bashed the Patriot Way and said the culture lacks fun.

But as long as the team keeps winning championships and performing at an elite level, Belichick will continue to block out the noise.

There is one photo of Namath fitted by a furrier in 1968 and another wearing a white fur coat on the Shea Stadium sidelines on Nov. 14, 1971. For old time’s sake, Namath showed up in a coat made of coyote with Norwegian fox trim for the Super Bowl XLVIII coin toss.

If Colts quarterback John Unitas personified the old-school NFL with his black high tops, along came the irreverent, irrepressible Joe Willie Whiteshoes, who wrapped white tape around his black shoes when the cleats began to wear out.

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