Bill Belichick explains why the team let Brandon Meriweather go

FOXBOROUGH - The Brandon Meriweather release has been covered extensively here the last few days, but the media was finally afforded its first opportunity to speak to coach Bill Belichick since the move was made.

Looking at his comments, it's pretty clear that the organization felt that Meriweather was headed in the wrong direction.

Here's what he had to say:

"Yeah, no doubt about it. Again, I think each year is a new year and I just don’t think you can pick teams, or pick your players based on what’s happened in the past," Belichick said. "You have to pick them based on what you think is going to happen this year, and that’s relative to the competition, to the make of your team, and player’s performance. All of those are obviously a part of it. Brandon played a lot of good football for us. We kept the players this year that we felt would be the best make up for the 2011 team. It’s not the 2009 team; it’s the 2011 team, so those are the players that we’ve selected."

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