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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Stanford safety Justin Reid describes a Bill Belichick interview

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Stanford safety Justin Reid shed some light on what it’s like to be interviewed by Bill Belichick at an interview with the New England Patriots.

Reid said it was certainly an honor to meet the iconic coach.

“It’s like, you walk into the room, and it’s like, ‘Ah, Coach Belichick is here.’ It’s an awesome feeling to have the head coach,” Reid said, via Doug Kyed of NESN.

Belichick is known for being quite prickly to the media, but Reid said he takes on a different persona behind closed doors.

“He’s a totally different guy that he is (in front of the media),” Reid said. “He’s actually a really, really good guy.”

Unsurprisingly, the interview with the Patriots involved a lot of talk about scheme and strategy.

“It was cool. I know they heard about kind of how intelligent of a player I am, so they wanted to quiz me to see what I knew,” Reid said. “They brought up some film and asked me what I was doing in this coverage, what were some of the linebackers doing in the coverage. What I was thinking, what I saw, some formation alerts, some formation tendencies, things like that. Just to get a feel for how I saw the defense, and I feel like I left an impression.”

See? Belichick does do amiable sometimes. We just almost never get to see it.

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