Bill Belichick was seen cursing at Adam Thielen during Sunday’s game between the New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings.
The Vikings had a 4th-and-1 at their 38 down 24-10 in the fourth quarter and went for it. They handed the ball off to Latavius Murray, who appeared to be stopped short of the first down marker. The call on the field was that he got a first down, so Belichick decided to challenge.
At the same time, Patriots safety Patrick Chung was down on the field with injury, and Thielen seemed to be complaining about Chung being down, preventing the Vikings from snapping the ball to keep the Patriots from challenging.
That’s why Belichick told Thielen to “shut the f— up.”
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) December 2, 2018
The call on the field was upheld, so Belichick ended up losing his challenge. The Vikings still ended up turning the ball over on downs to end the possession anyhow and lost 24-10.
Josh Gordon appeared to play his usual role for the New England Patriots on Monday night despite a report before kickoff claiming he would be disciplined by the team for tardiness, and Bill Belichick said after the game that he had no idea where that report came from.
After Gordon played 84 percent of the snaps in the Patriots’ win over the Buffalo Bills, both he and Belichick were asked about the wide receiver’s alleged tardiness earlier in the week. Gordon pleaded the fifth, while Belichick basically issued a denial.
Josh Gordon is asked, based on a report, if there is a problem with tardiness. “That’s a question you have to ask Coach about,” he said. “But in relation to the game, I was available, so that’s a plus.” pic.twitter.com/LB7wC2LGel
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 30, 2018
Bill Belichick on Josh Gordon: “You have to talk to whoever wrote that. I have no idea.”
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 30, 2018
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media was told by sources that Gordon was expected to be benched for several series — about a quarter — and then see his normal reps. Jeff Howe of The Athletic later added that Gordon showed up late on Sunday before the Patriots departed for Buffalo.
It’s unclear exactly what happened, but we have already heard an interesting theory about why Belichick may have changed his mind. While Gordon has obviously had numerous off-field issues during his career, whatever he did over the weekend — if anything — was not deemed serious enough to warrant being benched.
No coach in the NFL goes out of his way more to praise opposing teams than Bill Belichick, especially when the New England Patriots are preparing to face them. But on Wednesday, it appears a reporter finally found a line even Belichick is unwilling to cross.
While discussing the ways in which Chicago Bears pass-rusher Khalil Mack can impact a game, Belichick was asked if it’s fair to compare Mack to New York Giants legend Lawrence Taylor. He almost seemed offended.
One highlight of Bill Belichick presser: When asked if Khalil Mack is up there with Lawrence Taylor, Belichick almost seemed offended by the question. “Wait a minute, we’re talking about Lawrence Taylor now,” he said. “I’m not putting anybody in Lawrence Taylor’s class.” pic.twitter.com/IPR38s4Ftj
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 17, 2018
Belichick was an assistant coach with the Giants for the majority of Taylor’s Hall of Fame career, so you can understand why he puts him in a class of his own. That said, if you dig back several years you’ll find that there was at least one player Belichick was willing to compare to LT, so maybe Mack just hasn’t played long enough yet.
Whether he considers Mack as dominant as Taylor or not, you can bet figuring out how to stop the Bears star will be a point of emphasis for the Patriots this week.
Bill Belichick has never had a reputation for being a friendly guy, but his treatment of a couple of young Detroit Lions fans before Sunday night’s game took things a bit too far.
As Belichick was walking onto the field at Ford Field before the New England Patriots’ game against the Lions, the Pats head coach snubbed two Lions fans who had their hands out for a high-five:
Belichick has absolutely no time for children pic.twitter.com/P99XM91EF3
— Eric Hubbs (@BarstoolHubbs) September 23, 2018
There’s no way you can tell me he didn’t see them either. He did, he just chose to ignore them.
If that’s what he needs to do to maintain his edge on game day, so be it. But that’s not going to stop us from calling out his jerk behavior.
- Bill Belichick
Bill Belichick refused to discuss anything related to Josh Gordon earlier in the week, insisting the trade involving the star wide receiver had not been finalized despite both the Patriots and the Browns announcing it. But on Friday, Belichick finally admitted he has a new wide receiver.
Belichick began his press conference by mentioning that the Patriots have added two players to the roster — Gordon and defensive back Cyrus Jones. He later referred to Gordon as a “smart kid” and said he has “picked up a lot” since coming to New England.
Video: After greeting the “Friday crew” with a smile, Bill Belichick discusses two roster additions — Josh Gordon and Cyrus Jones. pic.twitter.com/dtIOsojvR2
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) September 21, 2018
That may not have sounded like a lot, but it was probably about as much insight from Belichick as we will hear until Gordon actually plays a game. One national writer was already highly critical of the Patriots for taking a chance on Gordon, and some felt Belichick was dodging questions about the trade for reasons like that. Apparently the trade really wasn’t completely finalized as of Wednesday. Or, Belichick may have just needed an extra two days to come up with that long-winded analysis of the deal.
Bill Belichick probably isn’t all that anxious to discuss the trade that is sending Josh Gordon from the Cleveland Browns to his New England Patriots, and the coach somehow found a way to avoid any and all questions about Gordon on Wednesday.
By all indications, the trade has been finalized. Heck, even the Patriots themselves have been hyping it up for more than 24 hours.
The funny thing about Belichick saying the Josh Gordon trade isn’t finalized is that the team has been hyping him up for two days now pic.twitter.com/vUrLLGaA8O
— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) September 19, 2018
Both the Patriots and Browns announced the trade on Monday, and it appeared on the NFL’s personnel wire on Tuesday. That typically means a deal has been finalized, but here’s a sampling of what reporters got when they asked Belichick about Gordon on Wednesday:
Belichick is perplexed that we keep asking questions about Josh Gordon. "I'm not saying it's not going to happen. I'm just saying it's not completed." #patriots
— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) September 19, 2018
How is it that Belichick gets away with this? According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, there has been a tweak in the language with the Gordon trade. Initially, it was reported that the Patriots would send a fifth-round pick to the Browns and get back a seventh-round pick down the road if Gordon is not active for at least 10 games in New England this season. As it turns out, the Pats are getting that seventh-round pick regardless.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 19, 2018
So, that answers that. Belichick will again be bombarded with questions about Gordon on Thursday, and he’ll really have no excuse not to answer them. But for a coach who has treated us to some phenomenal zingers when he doesn’t feel like talking, any loophole to not provide insight is bound to be exploited.
NFL teams are getting ready to trim their rosters from 90 to 53 players in advance of the Sept. 1 deadline, which means several veterans will be changing uniforms in the coming days. Preparing for that is a big part of a coach’s job during the preseason, as Bill Belichick so eloquently put it on Tuesday.
When a reporter asked Belichick if his coaching staff has been monitoring other teams for potential free agents that could become available, the Patriots coach delivered a fantastic zinger.
Bill Belichick said the Patriots obviously are monitoring all the other teams for potential players to add: "What do you think we're doing? We're in camp. We don't have watermelon rolls and badminton contests and all that."
— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) August 28, 2018
For those of you who are wondering, Belichick was likely referring to a popular dessert sold by the New England-based restaurant chain Friendly’s.
Whoa … Grew up going to the Sudbury Friendly's (RIP) … How'd I not know about this? I have failed. https://t.co/6hRUEOMy4y
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 28, 2018
As usual, Belichick is in midseason form very early on. He already got a rise out of the media with his joke about the Hall of Fame Game earlier this offseason, and the watermelon roll reference won’t be the last of it.