Belichick: Intel from past Patriot 'overrated'

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- One of the questions that resulted from the Indianapolis Colts signing longtime Patriots receiver Deion Branch on Monday was if Branch might be able to provide valuable Patriots-based information that helps in game planning.

The topic was brought to coach Bill Belichick during his Wednesday news conference.

“I think that’s way overrated,” he answered to a question not specific to Branch, but those situations in general. “A lot of time the information in those situations is misinformation, because things have changed from whenever that person [was on the other team]. I’m not saying that in any particular circumstance, I’m just saying in general, a lot of times a player who has been with another team tells you, ‘This is what they do, this is their call, this is this, this is that,’ and then it turns out that’s really not what it is.

“So, honestly, we have enough trouble doing all the things we do and getting them right and getting everybody to do them well. I’m sure they have the same thing with the amount of volume that you have in your different systems, and the amount of volume that you face on the other side of the ball. To be able to not only know everything you’re doing but also be able to figure out everything they’re doing, it’s pretty overrated.”

When asked specifically if the Patriots would change anything with Branch signing with the Colts, Belichick said simply, “We’ll do whatever we think is best.”