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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Bill Belichick

Did Bill Belichick take shot at Jets with ‘another team’ remark?

Bill Belichick

There is no love lost between Bill Belichick and the Jets, and it appears the Patriots coach gave us a subtle reminder of that during a training camp press conference on Wednesday.

While speaking before his team’s joint practice with the Texans, Belichick was asked about his relationship with Houston defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel. The two coaches worked together for years, including with the Jets in the late 1990s. Belichick mentioned the Patriots and Giants when recapping his history with Crennel, but he referred to the Jets as “another team.”

“Well, Romeo and I started together at the Giants in special teams, so he and I coached special teams together and then we coached defensively together through 1990,” Belichick said, per Ryan Hannable of “We worked at the Patriots together, then another team, and then back with the Patriots in 2001. I’ve relied on him through the years, both with our team when I worked with him, but even at times outside when we could help each other and it wasn’t a conflict in competitiveness. He’s helped me with a lot of things.”

Could that have simply been an oversight? Sure, but this is Bill Belichick we’re talking about. Almost everything he does is calculated, and we have no reason to think his “another team” remark was any different when you consider his history with the Jets.

Belichick was the head coach of the Jets for one day in 1999 before he resigned and took a job with the Patriots. That soured the relationship between the two sides, and Belichick has taken some uncharacteristic jabs at his division rival in the past. Calling the Jets “another team” was almost certainly another instance of that.

Bill Belichick jabs at media for questions about OTAs

Bill Belichick

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick doesn’t read much into performances at OTAs, and he made quite clear that he’s not a big fan of it when the media does so either.

Belichick went on an extended diatribe Friday when asked a question about wide receiver Austin Carr’s OTA performances, prodding them as “a pretty talented group of evaluators” and noting that the Patriots don’t draw extensive conclusions from such an environment due to the lack of real contact.

Belichick has never been afraid to call out a stupid question when he hears one. It’s part of what makes him who he is.

NFL scout: Bill Belichick thinks Jimmy Garoppolo is ‘the next great one’

Jimmy Garoppolo

The New England Patriots stubbornly refused to trade backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo over the offseason, and one NFL scout thinks he knows why.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the AFC scout told Mike Giardi of CSN New England that he thinks the Patriots’ refusal to deal Garoppolo is down to coach Bill Belichick believing he has the next great New England quarterback.

“He’s Bill Belichick. He doesn’t give a [damn] about what you, or me or anyone else thinks,” the scout said. “I know teams called about Garoppolo. I don’t believe they were ever given a realistic price. Why? To me, the answer is simple: Bill thinks he’s got the next great one. I watched his snaps. I think he can be that. [Garoppolo] has a great base, and his mechanics are close enough to [Brady] that you appreciate his willingness to learn and the coaching he’s gotten there.”

One team’s attempts to deal for Garoppolo were repeatedly rebuffed by the Patriots. Belichick is, quite obviously, a big believer.

NFL execs reportedly ‘fascinated’ with Johnny Manziel, want to ‘fix’ him

Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel has not found himself in the news or tabloids for quite some time, and that is probably a good thing. Does it mean he is any closer to being given another shot in the NFL?

Not exactly, but never say never.

Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report was told that Manziel’s representatives are the ones who have reached out to NFL teams recently and that there “remains little interest in Manziel across the league.” However, Freeman also notes that there are NFL executives and scouts who are still intrigued by Manziel’s game. In fact, the reporter doesn’t think it would be a complete shock if a team gave the former Texas A&M star a shot in training camp.

However, some personnel men remain fascinated with Manziel. They see that college tape and fall into the eternal trap of thinking they can fix him, and that’s what I’ve been told is going on in some front offices right now.

Though Manziel remains radioactive around much of the league, I’ve also been told it would not be stunning for a team to bring him in for a training camp look.

There may be a wide gap between a handful of teams talking about it and teams willing to do it, but wilder things have occurred in this league.

Manziel’s talent is undeniable, and he’s still only 24. The issue with him has always been his love for partying, plus one former teammate recently made a disturbing revelation about Manziel’s work ethic.

If Manziel is truly committed to resurrecting his NFL career and can prove he has kept clean, it may be too early to write him off. Time is certainly on his side.

Bill Belichick on not proposing rule changes: ‘We love the rules’

Bill Belichick

The New England Patriots almost always propose offseason rule changes to the league office, but they chose not to this year. Why?

According to Bill Belichick, his team likes things just the way they are.

When asked on Thursday about not submitting any rule change proposals, Belichick had a response that the “Patriots are cheaters” crowd is going to love.

“We love the rules the way they are,” he said, via Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. “Yeah, we don’t want to change them.

Belichick had to have known what he was doing there.

The future Hall of Fame coach was also asked about overtime being shortened from 15 minutes to 10 minutes, and he downplayed it.

“I mean, I don’t think it’s a big deal,” Belichick said. “I mean, it’s shorter, so it is what it is.”

Between the rule change comments and what he had to say about concussions earlier in the week, Belichick is already in midseason form with his media sessions. All is well in Foxboro.

Bill Belichick dodges questions about Tom Brady concussion

Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick was asked on Tuesday if he has any thoughts on Tom Brady’s wife recently saying the All-Pro quarterback has suffered numerous concussions throughout his career, and you can probably guess how the coach responded.

While speaking to reporters before the New England Patriots kicked off their mandatory minicamp, Belichick was very vague and said the team will release its first injury report when it’s due.

“We file our reports in compliance with league guidelines,” he said, per Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk.

Belichick was then asked if he thinks players have been more willing to self-report concussion-like symptoms in recent years. He wasn’t having any of that, either.

“You know, our medical staff really handles the injury situation with players,” the coach said. “Players don’t come to me and I don’t treat them for injuries. That’s not really my job. That’s what we have medical staff for.”

As you likely saw, Brady’s wife Gisele created some serious drama when she said in an interview that her husband sustained a concussion in 2016 and has suffered more than one in his career. Brady has never been listed on the official injury report with a concussion, and his agent later said the four-time Super Bowl MVP has never been diagnosed with one.

If you saw how Belichick reacted last year when peppered with injury questions (video here), you know he let reporters off easily on Tuesday.

Eric Mangini wants to mend fences with Bill Belichick

Eric Mangini

It’s been a decade since Spygate, and Eric Mangini is still trying to reconcile with Bill Belichick.

Mangini, once Belichick’s defensive coordinator with the New England Patriots, strained his relationship with the coach when he left to become head coach of the New York Jets in 2006. A year later, Mangini’s intervention led to the Spygate scandal, which ruined their relationship once and for all, with the two men not having spoken for a decade.

“Am I surprised? I hope it’s something that can come back,” Mangini said Saturday, via ESPN’s Rich Cimini. “Look, Bill is a big part of my life. Bill gave me a tremendous opportunity, and I enjoyed that experience, and I respect him. It’s disappointing, the way it’s been. Hopefully, it can change at some point.”

Mangini said he never intended for the Spygate scandal to spark the firestorm that it did.

“It was never supposed to go the way that it went,” Mangini said. “It was more about, ‘Hey, don’t do this here.’ It wasn’t about reporting it. Sometimes things get out of hand and get rolling in one direction. It was never, ever supposed to go that way.”

Belichick never forgets, so it’s probably no surprise he’s still ignoring Mangini’s calls. He can say all he wants about how much he regrets what happened — and he has in the past — but odds are it won’t change much.

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