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.
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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.
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.
The New England Patriots are known for signing aging star players and taking advantage of every last ounce of good football they have left, but Nick Mangold doesn’t envision himself being the next one. Why? Because he doesn’t think Bill Belichick likes him.
In an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio Tuesday, Mangold was asked about the possibility of signing with the Patriots.
“That would be awfully difficult,” he said, via Rich Cimini of ESPN.com. “I’ve got to assume that after years of all the battles that I’ve had with New England, I don’t think Bill’s all that fond of me.”
Mangold, of course, spent the first 11 years of his career with the New York Jets. There is obviously some mutual hostility between Belichick and the team he once resigned from a day after being hired, but The Hoodie is arguably the best coach in NFL history because he always tries to do what’s best for the team.
Heck, the Patriots signed Darrelle Revis and went on to win a Super Bowl with him, and look at some of the things the All-Pro cornerback said about Belichick and Tom Brady before he landed in New England.
If the Patriots show no interest in Mangold, it will be because the seven-time Pro Bowler — who is 33 and nearing the end of his career — is not a fit. Whether or not Belichick is “fond” of Mangold as a former Jet means nothing.
Sports icons collided — literally — in Boston on Wednesday night.
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was sitting under one of the baskets to watch the Celtics take on the Cleveland Cavaliers at TD Garden.
Midway through the fourth quarter, James crashed the basket in an attempt to put back a missed shot. He ended up whiffing and running into Belichick and girlfriend Linda Holliday instead:
LeBron out here trying to kill Belichick fam pic.twitter.com/wNVKZfFIzU
— Anthony Bartoloni (@YoAnty_) March 2, 2017
Earlier in the game, Belichick was seen eyeing James in a very captionable photo moment:
"I wonder if he'd be cheaper than Hightower" pic.twitter.com/bILHouVNV4
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) March 2, 2017
Yes, LeBron did play football in high school, and some believe he could play in the NFL. You think Belichick is considering him a backup option in case the Pats lose Martellus Bennett in free agency?
Patriots owner Robert Kraft sparked some paranoia among New England fans before the Super Bowl when he said he knows when Bill Belichick is planning to retire, but those comments apparently were not meant to be interpreted as Belichick contemplating retirement.
According to Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report, people within the Patriots organization say Belichick plans to coach at least five more seasons. And if Tom Brady plays another five years in New England, it sounds like Belichick could stay even longer.
Every indication I hear from inside the Patriots is that Belichick plans to stay on as coach of the team for at least five more years.
These people also say Belichick wants to coach after Brady retires. They think Belichick wants to prove he can win without the best quarterback of all time.
That isn’t the first time we have heard of the belief that Belichick wants to prove he can win without Brady. While the 64-year-old would likely be considered the greatest NFL coach of all time if he retired today, there are some critics who would argue that he has not won a Super Bowl as a head coach without Brady. Does that talk bother Belichick?
It shouldn’t. There’s no shame in sticking with what works, and one player cannot singlehandedly lead a team to five championships. Belichick deserves just as much credit as Brady — if not more — for what the team has accomplished in the past 15 years.
Belichick lives and breathes football, so we could easily see him coaching through age 70 because he loves what he does. If he does plan on doing that, one of his top assistants may want to rethink his future plans.
Bill Belichick has officially updated his boat’s name to reflect the New England Patriots’ win in Super Bowl LI.
Belichick’s boat was originally named “V Rings” but was updated to “VI Rings” after the Pats beat the Seahawks in the Super Bowl. Then after New England defeated Atlanta, there were questions about when he would update his boat’s name again.
Belichick wasted little time making the change.
Barstool Sports shared this photo of Belichick reportedly in Jupiter, Fla., with his updated boat name:
— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) February 20, 2017
The title “VII Rings” represents the five Super Bowls Belichick has won as head coach of the Patriots and the two he won as an assistant with the New York Giants.
There’s no better way to sail the high seas than in a boat like that.