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Bill Belichick on missing coaches’ photo: ‘They can photoshop me in there’

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Every NFL head coach posed for a photo together at the annual head coaches meetings in Orlando on Monday with the exception of one. We’ll give you one guess who didn’t show up.

On Tuesday, Bill Belichick was asked why he was the only one of 32 current NFL head coaches who chose not to partake. He simply responded that “they can photoshop me in there” if they want. Naturally, the internet didn’t need to be told twice. The photoshops began rolling in almost immediately, with most of them featuring Belichick in his infamous pirate attire.

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Bill Belichick works out with girlfriend Linda Holliday in trademark hoodie

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When I think of Bill Belichick’s infamous hooded sweatshirt as it pertains to his and Linda Holliday’s relationship, I like to think it is something the three-time Super Bowl champion coach’s girlfriend only lets him wear during games. I envision a closet full of hoodies with the sleeves cut off and Holliday saying something like this about them.

“Don’t put any of those things NEAR my clothes!”

Maybe I’m wrong. Belichick also wears the trademark hoodie when he works out. On Monday, Holliday posted a photo of her and her boo hitting the weights. Belichick was in midseason form with his wardrobe selection.

Now that I think of it, Linda did once rock a “Ms. Belichick” jersey on the sideline during a game. Belichick was wearing the hoodie when she did that. She must dig it.

H/T SI Hot Clicks

Michael Lombardi brings Browns draft guide to Combine with Bill Belichick

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The New England Patriots hired former Cleveland Browns general manager Michael Lombardi as an assistant to the coaching staff last week. Lombardi, who was Bill Belichick’s director of player personnel with the Browns in the 1990s, is expected to help the Pats evaluate talent and build their roster. Is he using the same strategy he would have used in Cleveland?

Cameras spotted Lombardi thumbing through a guide at the NFL Scouting Combine on Monday that had the Browns logo on it. He was sitting next to Belichick at the time and they were presumably discussing draft strategy.

What does this mean? Absolutely nothing, as Lombardi has probably been compiling notes for months and wasn’t about to copy them over into a new notebook strictly because he got a new job. That said, there are a lot of Patriots fans who would probably like to see him dispose of that book. Anything that has been going on in Cleveland for the past several years hasn’t worked.

Photo via Twitter/Ryan Van Bibber

Bill Belichick rips Wes Welker over hit on Aqib Talib

Aqib Talib Wes WelkerOne of the most important plays of the AFC Championship Game on Sunday came in the first quarter when Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker collided with New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib. Welker cracked Talib on a pass over the middle that was intended for Demaryius Thomas. Talib left the game and did not return.

[WATCH: Wes Welker drills Aqib Talib over the middle]

Many questioned the hit and wondered if it was an illegal pick by Welker, but replays showed that Welker actually hit Talib right at the moment the ball hit Thomas’ hands. Bill Belichick did not see it that way, and he uncharacteristically blasted Welker for the play on Monday morning.

“That was a deliberate play by the receiver to take out Aqib,” Belichick said, via Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. “(Welker made) no attempt to get open. One of the worst plays I’ve seen. I’ll let the league handle discipline on that play. … That’s one of the worst plays I’ve seen.”

As Howe noted, Belichick’s comments came during his opening statements and not in response to a question from a reporter. It’s extremely rare for the Pats coach to talk like that about a specific play or player, so you know he had to have been steaming about it.

Talib held Thomas to just four catches and 41 yards in New England’s 34-31 comeback win over the Broncos in Week 12. After he left Sunday’s game, Thomas abused Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard and ended up with seven catches for 134 yards and a touchdown. The loss of Talib was obviously huge for New England’s defense.

As for Welker and Belichick, it is no secret that their relationship deteriorated quickly over the course of the 2012 season. Belichick tried to phase Welker out by starting Julian Edelman over him at the beginning of the season, but injuries resulted in Welker having another monster year. Had the play with Talib involved a different former Patriot, Belichick probably would not have had such a strong reaction.

Peyton Manning: Bill Belichick will go down as greatest NFL coach ever

Bill-Belichick-hoodiePeyton Manning has struggled to get the best of Bill Belichick throughout his career. When facing Belichick and Tom Brady, Manning is a combined 4-10 between the regular season and playoffs. Why has Manning had such a tough time? If you asked him, he’d tell you it’s because Belichick is the greatest NFL coach of all time.

“Coach Belichick is the best coach that I’ve ever competed against,” Manning told reporters on Wednesday, as noted by Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post. “I think it’s safe to say that he’ll go down as the greatest NFL coach of all time. The teams that he’s coach that I’ve competed against have always been well-coached, always been prepared and always played hard for 60 minutes.

“I played against him when he was a defensive coordinator with the Jets and then as the head coach in New England. Those things jump out, and to me that speaks to his coaching.”

Belichick is certainly going to be remembered as one of the best coaches in NFL history, but another Super Bowl ring would put him very close to the top of the pyramid. Many will say that Vince Lombardi can never be removed from his spot at the top. Chuck Knoll is the only NFL coach with four Super Bowl rings and Bill Walsh and Joe Gibbs are the only others with three. We also can’t forget about legends like Paul Brown.

On Sunday, Manning will be responsible for either cementing Belichick’s place in history or presenting him with another obstacle to overcome.

Bill Belichick loves Christmas music (Video)

Bill-Belichick-smilingThe most wonderful time of the year probably isn’t so wonderful for Bill Belichick at the moment. The New England Patriots lost a brutal game to the Miami Dolphins last weekend and are traveling to Baltimore for another tough contest against the Ravens on Sunday. A New England loss and Miami win would make the AFC East as tight as possible heading into the final week of the season. Still, Belichick seems to be in the holiday spirit.

Earlier this week, a reporter asked the typically cranky coach what his favorite holiday song is. Surprisingly, Belichick answered the question with a massive grin.

“Actually, I enjoy all of them,” he said. “I really do. Pretty much whichever one comes on puts a smile on my face. It’s a great time of year.”

It’s also a stressful time of year for NFL coaches, but we’re glad to see Bill is still taking time to rock out to Christmas tunes and enjoy himself. If the guy didn’t seem to enjoy Halloween so much, the Christmas carol thing might come as more of a shock.

H/T Jimmy Traina’s Big Buzz

Linda Holliday wears ‘Ms. Belichick’ jersey during Patriots-Dolphins game

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The New England Patriots wanted to leave Miami with a victory over the Dolphins on Sunday, but they came up just short. It looks like Bill Belichick had a nice consolation prize.

A Barstool Sports reader submitted the photo you see above, which supposedly shows Belichick’s girlfriend Linda Holliday wearing a “Ms. Belichick” jersey. I can’t think of anything that seems more unlike Belichick than having a personal cheerleader on the sideline, but the guy has been known to surprise us sometimes.

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If you saw the way Belichick and Holiday dressed on Halloween, you would know they enjoy having a good time. Hopefully Linda was able to cheer Bill up after the Brutal loss.