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Monday, October 23, 2017

Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick explains why he won’t read Tom Brady’s new book

Bill Belichick

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has a new book on shelves as of Tuesday, but don’t expect his head coach to read it.

The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance came out on Tuesday, and it serves as a guide to the training and nutritional regimen that Brady has credited for keeping him at the top of the NFL into his 40s.

His coach, Bill Belichick, will pass on it, though, and he gave a rather succinct explanation as to why.

Belichick has been in fine form with the quotes this season. To be fair, Brady’s workout plan probably won’t help the Patriots as a whole, and if it could, well, he could tell them about it himself.

Bill Belichick shoots down question about past recovery from losses

Bill Belichick

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick was not in a pleasant mood after his team’s 42-27 season-opening loss at home to the Kansas City Chiefs, and the media did little to improve his mood.

Belichick was particularly critical of a question relating to a 2014 Week 4 loss to Kansas City, a game which brought about Belichick’s famous “on to Cincinnati” press conference — and saw the Patriots rebound to go 9-2 to end that year. Belichick certainly isn’t looking for parallels now, though.

“I think I said it a thousand times. I think we’ve got a lot of work to do,” Belichick said, via Josh Alper of ProFootballTalk. “I don’t think anything that we did really was good enough. I’m not really interested in living in the past in 2014, 2015, 2003, 2004, which constantly keeps coming up. I mean, everything’s about some other year but this year and this team. I don’t really think all that’s relevant because we’re talking about another team, but we’ve got a thousand questions about it every week. So, I’m really concerned about the 2017 team, what this team is, what this team needs to do. I’m not trying to live in the past like everybody else is.”

After watching what the Chiefs did to his team on Thursday, Belichick is focused on putting things right. What happened to his team three years ago doesn’t matter much to him.

Bill Belichick offers hilarious quote about Jacoby Brissett trade

Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick is back at it again with the deadpan humor.

Speaking with reporters on Sunday, the New England Patriots head coach addressed the trade that sent Jacoby Brissett to the Indianapolis Colts for Phillip Dorsett. When asked why he decided to deal Brissett, Belichick replied matter-of-factly, “To acquire Dorsett,” per Ryan Hannable of WEEI.

“If you want something you have to give up something,” he added. “That’s what trades are.”

It’s a very on-brand retort from Belichick, who has tortured many a reporter over the years with his trademark snark. With the 2017 season set to kick off in just a few days, it’s nice to see that Belichick is already in midseason form.

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 WEEI.com. “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.

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