Bill Belichick: The NFL Wants to Eliminate Kickoffs Altogether

After only one week of preseason games, a ton is already being made about the new NFL kickoff rule.  It is no secret that the rule change was put into effect to protect players and increase the amount of touchbacks.  An increased number of touchbacks means a decrease in high speed collisions.  There is one way the NFL could eliminate kick returns altogether, and that would be to eliminate kickoffs.  According to Bill Belichick, that is the direction the league hopes to head in.

According to Tom E. Curran of CSNNE.com, Belichick hinted on Monday that the NFL intends to eliminate kickoffs altogether.  When pressed further, the Patriots coach basically said it was a fact and not his opinion.

“That’s what they told us,” he said hastily. “I’m not speaking for anyone else. That’s what they told us, that they want to eliminate the play.”

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Bill Belichick Made PB and J Sandwiches on a Cooking Show in Cleveland (Video)

Anyone who has followed Bill Belichick closely for the past decade or so knows he is a man of mystery.  One minute you’re watching TV and you see a guy at the podium who looks like he’s about to be forced into a root canal.  The next time you look up you might see a man in a hoodie glaring at one of his players as he pulls him from the game.  If you look up a third time, you might see the Patriots coach smiling and joking around with either of his two extremely close friends, Jon Bon Jovi or Chad Ochocinco.  And when he was coaching with the Browns 20 years ago, you could even catch Bill Belichick making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on TV.  Check out the Bill Belichick cooking show video, courtesy of The Big Lead:

Yeah, that just happened.  Alright it didn’t just happen, but you watching it just happened and it did actually happen back in the day.  This is not a joke and this is not a hoax.  Bill Belichick, cooking show, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Bill Belichick’s Son Stephen Makes Rutgers Team as Walk-On Long Snapper

Pictured above is Stephen Belichick, the son of his Darth Vader father, Bill Belichick. Aside from his long hair and strikingly dissimilar look from his father, the big surprise here is that Bill actually has a child. Does he strike you as the type of caring and compassionate person who would have ever changed a diaper? Me neither.

Anyway, Stephen is a senior at Rutgers and he decided to try and play football this season after playing for the lacrosse team the last for years. He made the squad as a long snapper and will compete for playing time on special teams. Apparently he’s wanted to play football since entering Rutgers.

“He always wanted to play football,” Schiano said of the younger Belichick. “Truth be told, when he first came he talked to me about trying to play football and we said, ‘Hey, look, you’re here to play lacrosse. Get comfortable there and if it doesn’t work out.'”

“Whether he wins the job or not, I think Stephen has some aspirations with coaching and wants to get re-acclimated with football,” Schiano said. “And it’ll be fun to have him around.”

Those sneaky Belichicks. Always have something in mind! He’ll probably get into coaching at the college level for a few years before he catches on with the Pats. Then dad will probably put him to work taping opposing teams on the sidelines.

Thanks to Lost Letterman for the tip

Patriots and Eagles Swapped 6th-Round Draft Picks to Keep Trade Streak Alive

Bill Belichick is known as a boring, unfriendly, stick in the mud type of coach. Andy Reid is considered to be friendlier and forgiving. When you think of the two of them, you wouldn’t consider them to be frequent trading partners, but that is actually the case.

We learned over draft weekend that the Pats and Eagles swapped 6th-round picks — New England’s 193rd for Philly’s 194th — in order to keep a streak alive.

Since Belichick took over the Patriots in 2000, the two men have made a draft-day trade every single year.

Belichick explained the decision to the media in a way only he can. “We talked to the Eagles,” Belichick deadpanned. “We wanted to make the trade, they wanted to make the trade.”

Though you wouldn’t peg Belichick and Reid to be friends based on their seemingly dissimilar personalities, they actually are buddies. Maybe it’s this type of sense of humor that other coaches around the league need to adopt in order to be as well-tenured as they are.

Bill Belichick Only Coach Who Blew off Media Breakfast at Owners Meetings

Prepare yourselves for one of the most shocking tales you will ever read here on LBS.  On Tuesday morning, the NFL asked that every team’s head coach meet with members of the media during a one-hour breakfast before proceeding with their daily schedule at the owners meetings.  Of the 32 head coaches in the NFL, 31 showed up to the voluntary breakfast to entertain the media’s questions.  That leaves only one missing coach.  That coach was — brace yourselves — Bill Belichick.

According to Shalise Manza Young, the Patriots coach showed up after 8 a.m. (the scheduled start time for the media breakfast), poked his head into the ballroom where it was being held, and continued walking.  Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald later added that Belichick walked out of a meeting on proposed rule changes later in the day and said, “Sorry I overslept this morning.”  When he was told he missed a good meal, the coach responded, “Do I look undernourished.”

Overslept, huh?  One of the most meticulous men in all of sports waking up even a second later than he wanted to?  Somehow I don’t believe that.  One thing I do want to congratulate Belichick on is successfully emerging as one of the biggest dicks in sports over the years.  Honestly, could he be any better at it?  Everything the guy does just radiates f-you.  He may not like the media, but the same is true for most coaches in sports.  Belichick hates them, wants you to know about it, and wants you to know that he knows there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it.

Sal Alosi Has Nothing on Bill Belichick Who Once Blocked Marvin Harrison

The video archives have not been kind to Bill Belichick. First there was this clip of Belichick being a jerk to the Steelers many years ago (definitely a must-see video). And now … well this video makes the Sal Alosi controversy look like a squabble over a parking ticket. As played on Comcast New England and relayed via Greg Bedard on twitter, here is the Bill Belichick-Marvin Harrison video from 2004:

Now compare that to the infamous Sal Alosi video and tell me which is worse. Alosi’s move seemed like a spur of the moment instinct based on a desire to help his team win. Belichick’s was clearly pre-meditated and motivated by a desire to go out of his way to impede an opponent’s movements.

All along I’ve empathized with Alosi who has become the fall guy in the case. I’m sure he’s not a man with malice in his heart but rather someone who was trying to play a role in helping his team win and made a stupid move. Belichick on the other hand has evil in his heart. But he is one darn good coach.

Eric Mangini 1, Bill Belichick 0

Looks like the head games the Patriots’ mastermind was trying to play during the week only served as motivation for the Browns. Who saw a 34-14 win coming for Cleveland? Certainly not me, but Colt McCoy and Peyton Hillis sure were studly against the Pats. Two New England fumbles were critical to them getting blown out, but even if they got those scores they did a poor job stopping Cleveland’s suddenly punishing rushing attack.

That’s the second time Mangini got a weak handshake from Belichick. I don’t know about you, but I sure as heck would want to wipe that smirk off Mangini’s face, that’s for sure. Nice win by his Browns. They’re not even close to a being a playoff team but at least they’re playing hard.

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