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Mike McDaniel has funny line about facing legend in head coach debut

Mike McDaniel at a press conference

Feb 10, 2022; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel speaks during a press conference at Baptist Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel will be facing a significant experience gap in his head coaching debut. He will be up against the New England Patriots, led by Bill Belichick, a coach who is a shoo-in for the Pro Football Hall of Fame someday.

McDaniel is not dwelling on that, and even had a funny response to it on Monday. The new Dolphins coach made light of the experience disparity and said it would matter more if the two were “doing an Oklahoma drill.”

Probably the best route McDaniel can go here. He’s not going to beat Belichick in experience, and there’s no point in trying to act like that’s not the case. He just has to embrace what he can do.

The nice thing that McDaniel does have on his side is a sense of humor — not to mention a pretty good understanding of human emotion, or so it would seem.

Report: Bill Belichick had key reason for passing over Bill O’Brien

Bill Belichick with a headset

Dec 29, 2019; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the sidelines during the second half of their loss to the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots’ rough training camp offensively brought back questions about why coach Bill Belichick did not do more to bring former assistant Bill O’Brien back into the fold. A new report shed some light on why such an arrangement was never seriously considered.

According to Albert Breer of The MMQB, Belichick was concerned that O’Brien would be a one-year replacement for offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, and that O’Brien would bolt for a head coaching position in 2023. Belichick was apparently wary of that outcome, and made little attempt to speak with Alabama coach Nick Saban about bringing O’Brien back to New England.

O’Brien, currently the offensive coordinator at Alabama, worked for Belichick from 2007 to 2011. In theory, the two sides might have been able to work something out, but Belichick is clearly fixated on a bit more continuity on his coaching staff. Previous reports suggested that the relationship between Belichick and Saban also played a role.

The Patriots have lost a number of high-profile coaches in recent years, with McDaniels leaving to take over the Las Vegas Raiders. That may be why Belichick is content to rely on an unorthodox play-calling arrangement in 2022. The long-term view is admirable, but it might harm the Patriots this season more than it helps.

Video: Bill Belichick was so excited about press conference visitor

Bill Belichick with a headset

Dec 29, 2019; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the sidelines during the second half of their loss to the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick showed another glimpse of his human side Monday at the start of his press conference.

The typically surly Belichick lit up when he saw legendary ESPN host Chris Berman enter the media room Monday. Belichick gave Berman a round of applause, said the Patriots were being “graced” by Berman’s presence, and even went out of his way to give the ESPN host the first question.

You don’t see Belichick light up like that ever, really. Then again, the Patriots coach has been showing off a lighter side lately. Perhaps he’s just getting it out of the way before the regular season starts.

Berman does not make quite as many appearances on the NFL map these days, which is probably why Belichick was so pleasantly surprised to see him. The 67-year-old still hosts “NFL Primetime” on ESPN+, and recently made an appearance where he towered over his colleagues at the Home Run Derby.

Bill Belichick has surprising excuse for Patriots’ preseason loss

Bill Belichick with a headset

Dec 29, 2019; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the sidelines during the second half of their loss to the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots looked bad in their preseason finale Friday, losing 23-6 to the Las Vegas Raiders. Bill Belichick had an interesting theory as to why his team was so flat.

Belichick suggested after the game that the Patriots may have left it on the practice field during joint practices with the Raiders on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“All right, well we didn’t have a really good night tonight in any phase of the game,” Belichick said after the game, via Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. “That’s obvious. Might have left it on the practice field on Tuesday and Wednesday. Certainly practiced a lot better than we played out there tonight.”

It’s not often that you will hear a coach suggest that their team may have actually practiced too hard. Of course, process is hugely important to Belichick, so he can deal with bad preseason showings if he thinks the practices are good enough.

The bigger issue may be that the Patriots once again looked inept on offense. That has been a trend throughout camp, and it raises worries about their bizarre playcalling setup as the regular season looms.

Video: Bill Belichick makes hilarious appearance at UFC headquarters

Bill Belichick on the sideline

Oct 10, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reacts during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Sometimes you get the rare moment where Bill Belichick shows off a bit of personality. That happened Wednesday when the New England Patriots coach paid a visit to UFC headquarters.

Belichick and the Patriots are in Las Vegas for Friday’s preseason game against the Raiders, so the head coach dropped in Wednesday to check out the UFC’s facilities there. UFC president Dana White was on hand and even gave Belichick a championship belt.

Belichick got into it a little bit and posed as a champ while wearing the belt.

Yes, Belichick is capable of having fun. Authentic fun, too, not just the sort that comes from tormenting the New York Jets.

It’s good to see Belichick relaxing a bit ahead of what promises to be a long season. It’s also good to see there are apparently no hard feelings between Belichick and White over the whole Tom Brady-Raiders fiasco we learned about recently.

Have Patriots decided on a play-caller?

Bill Belichick with a headset

Dec 29, 2019; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the sidelines during the second half of their loss to the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Who will call plays for the New England Patriots in 2022? Head coach Bill Belichick isn’t ready to publicly commit just yet, but the evidence is clearly pointing in a specific direction.

During a 20-10 preseason victory over the Carolina Panthers on Friday night, it was senior football advisor and offensive line coach Matt Patricia with the playsheet in his hand.

Even though Patricia was the playcaller for the game, Belichick won’t confirm things.

“It’s still a process,” Belichick said with a sly smile, via MassLive.

Belichick even refused to acknowledge Patricia was calling the plays on Friday night despite the obvious.

“Communication with the quarterback, yeah. As far as calling the plays, there’s a whole ‘nother process on that,” Belichick said.

Someone should inform quarterback Mac Jones, because he’s talking differently.

“He’s one of the most brilliant people I’ve ever been around in terms of football knowledge,” Jones said, via the Boston Herald. “Between all the coaches we have, they’ve done a great job preparing us. He’s really starting to get a feel for (play-calling). That’s the thing, he’s just growing each week and making sure that we can stack good days together. He’s very easy to talk to on the sideline, very easy, laid-back kind of type coach but he demands a lot, and I respect that about him. Hopefully we can grow for a long time.”

Joe Judge had been another option for Belichick and the Patriots, but he seems destined to exist in the background.

Giants DC has hilarious response to Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick on the sideline

Oct 10, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reacts during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants’ strategy seemed to be a source of frustration for New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick in the team’s preseason opener. Giants defensive coordinator Wink Martindale clearly is not apologizing.

Belichick hinted at frustration with the Giants’ frequent blitzing during New York’s 23-21 preseason win last Thursday. Those blitzes would have been dialed up by Martindale, who is entering his first season as the Giants’ defensive coordinator following a stint with the Baltimore Ravens.

Martindale fielded a question about Belichick’s apparent frustration while meeting with the media on Thursday. He clearly came prepared for it judging by his response.

To be fair, Martindale can actually say this correctly. The Giants’ next preseason game is, in fact, against the Bengals.

The reference is, of course, to Belichick’s famous “on to Cincinnati” press conference back in 2014. That response has been jokingly used many times since, but not necessarily in a comeback to Belichick like this.

Don’t hold your breath waiting for a response from Belichick. After all, he’s a busy guy with a focus on his own team, as one of his other slogans would point out.

Bill Belichick did not seem happy with Giants’ preseason strategy

Bill Belichick with a headset

Dec 29, 2019; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the sidelines during the second half of their loss to the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Bill Belichick did not seem particularly happy with how the New York Giants operated during Thursday’s preseason opener.

Statistics showed that the Giants blitzed Patriots rookie quarterback Bailey Zappe on over half his snaps during Thursday’s game, which seemed to prompt New England to dial back their playaction calls. When asked about that, Belichick offered up a quote that certainly hinted at some frustration with the Giants.

Belichick is a man of few words at the best of times, but this certainly looks pretty pointed from him.

The Giants are adjusting to life under first-year defensive coordinator Wink Martindale, who certainly has some fire to him. He would likely argue that the Giants were practicing plays and schemes they intend to use during the season, and a lot of them happened to be blitzes. Belichick probably would not buy that explanation either.

Ex-Patriot got into car crash to avoid wrath of Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick on the sideline

Oct 10, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reacts during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Bill Belichick is known for running a tight ship in New England. One thing the longtime coach does not tolerate is players being late to practice, and a former Patriots lineman told a shocking story this week that helps illustrate just how intimidating Belichick can be.

Rich Ohrnberger, an ex-Patriots offensive lineman, said on his “The Hartman And Rich O Show” this week on XTRA 1360 that he once intentionally got into a car accident so he had an excuse for being late to practice. The 2009 fourth-round pick said his phone died overnight and he overslept. When he was already five minutes late with a 15-minute drive ahead of him, Ohrnberger decided to take drastic measures.

“I’m gonna be 10 minutes late for this day. I have this sinking feeling in my stomach like, ‘I’m gonna be cut. (Belichick’s) not gonna have me on this football team come tomorrow. What do I do?’” Ohrnberger recalled, as transcribed by Jared Greenspan of the New York Post. “I see a church van in front of me that’s all dinged up and it’s got the black smoke coming out of the exhaust pipe and I’m like, ‘I’m gonna hit this car.’ It’s better to pay the insurance than embarrass myself by being late for a Patriots team meeting.”

Ohrnberger says he drove his Chevy Tahoe into the back of the van just hard enough to dent his bumper so he had proof of the accident. He said his heart was “pounding with regret and guilt” when an elderly man stepped out of the van, but fortunately no one was hurt.

The Patriots bought the story, according to Ohrnberger. He kept his job despite his offensive line coach saying “that stuff doesn’t work here.”

Belichick has a history of benching players seemingly without explanation, so you can understand why Ohrnberger panicked. Does that mean rear-ending a car on purpose was a good decision? That one is debatable.

Bill Belichick shares his thoughts on fantasy football

Bill Belichick with a headset

Dec 29, 2019; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the sidelines during the second half of their loss to the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

A reporter had the courage to ask Bill Belichick about fantasy football on Thursday, and you can probably guess how the New England Patriots coach responded.

Belichick was asked a fantasy-related question during his training camp media availability. While we have certainly seen the 70-year-old more annoyed, he was not having it.

“Honestly, I don’t really have any opinion on that because fantasy football doesn’t mean anything to me,” Belichick said. “We’re just trying to win games out here. I don’t know who’s hot, who’s not, who wins, who doesn’t. I don’t really care about that. I just care about whether we win. Have fun with that.”

Belichick hates distractions, so he certainly does not want to spend time thinking about fantasy football. The future Hall of Famer seemingly makes an effort to not keep up with modern technology.

If you remember what Belichick once said about social media backlash, you probably could have guessed how he felt about fantasy football.