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Articles tagged: Bill Belichick

Peyton Manning jokes that he should have had Bill Belichick as caddie

Part of Peyton Manning’s strategy heading into “The Match” was to talk as much trash about Tom Brady as possible, and the two-time Super Bowl champion remained committed to that approach as the players were warming up on Sunday.

During a brief interview with Amanda Balionis of CBS Sports, Manning joked that he should have asked Bill Belichick to caddie for him during the match to get inside Brady’s head.

Manning also joked that he could have brought former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, and Brady snapped his head around and said that was a “cheap shot” from Peyton. Foles, of course, was the Eagles’ quarterback when Philly defeated the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. Manning mentioned Rob Gronkowski, too

As expected, Brady didn’t just sit there and take it. He fired back by saying he was impressed with the way Manning looked in the rain considering he was a “dome quarterback” during his NFL career.

Manning has already taken some hilarious shots at Brady in the buildup to “The Match,” and there are sure to be plenty more during the 18-hole event.

Bill Belichick called Chip Kelly about Patriots’ UCLA draftee

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Bill Belichick sought advice from another prominent football coach before moving on his team’s third-round selection in this year’s draft.

Jeff Howe of The Athletic reported this week that the New England Patriots coach called UCLA head coach Chip Kelly, his trusted friend, before trading up to draft Bruins tight end Devin Asiasi at No. 91 overall. Howe adds that Kelly provided Belichick with a “last-minute assurance” about Asiasi.

“His athletic ability for his size, someone that big shouldn’t be that smooth an athlete,” Kelly was quoted as saying about Asiasi. “His versatility is what a lot of teams in the NFL coveted, and obviously Bill saw that himself. The one thing I knew in coaching that league is there aren’t a lot of guys out there, no matter what year it is, who are as big and athletic. The combination of Devin’s size and athletic ability, I knew it was going to make him unique, not just in this class but any class.”

Asiasi, listed at 6-foot-3 and 260 pounds, played two seasons for Kelly at UCLA after transferring from Michigan. 2019 was his breakout year, as Asiasi logged 641 receiving yards and four touchdowns (both second on the team).

As for Belichick and Kelly, they are known to be close, so close in fact that Kelly almost ended up in New England after he was fired by San Francisco.

Bill Belichick hints Patriots could add another quarterback

Bill Belichick

Are the New England Patriots done adding quarterbacks this offseason? That’s been a huge question from fans since the team lost Tom Brady. And while the Patriots have added some quarterbacks to their depth chart, Bill Belichick seemed to indicate they might not be done at the position.

Appearing on NFL Network’s 2020 schedule release show Thursday, Belichick left open the possibility for the team to add another QB.

“That’s where we are. You never know what’s going to happen down the road. We feel like we have four good players there. We added Brian (Lewerke) and J’Mar (Smith) to (Brian) Hoyer and (Jarrett) Stidham. Like to work with all of those guys and see how it goes,” Belichick said.

Hoyer has had two previous stints in New England, making him an option that makes sense as their backup. Stidham seems lined up to start for them, and Belichick likes the progress the former Auburn quarterback has made.

“He worked hard last season and made a lot of progress in terms of understanding our offense and understanding opponent defenses,” Belichick said of what Stidham has done this offseason.

Still, there is one free agent quarterback available that many think could be a possibility for them.

Bill Belichick releases statement on death of Don Shula

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Bill Belichick is the one head coach with a legitimate chance to pass Don Shula as the winningest in NFL history, so news of the Miami Dolphins legend’s death on Monday likely resonated with Belichick more strongly than some others.

Not long after the Dolphins announced that Shula passed away at age 90, Belichick issued the following statement:

Shula had 328 regular-season wins, which is an NFL record. Belichick has 273, so he would have to average about nine wins per season over the next six years to catch Shula. While that won’t be easy now that Tom Brady is out of the picture, it is certainly doable.

Shula was critical of Belichick over the years for the way the Patriots tended to bend the rules, but Belichick obviously respected the two-time Super Bowl champion for his contributions to the NFL and the game of football.

Bill Belichick offers effusive praise for retiring fullback James Develin

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Bill Belichick is not known as an emotional guy. and he does not offer praise very freely. That makes his statement about retiring fullback James Develin all the more noteworthy.

Develin, a veteran fullback, retired Monday after a seven-year NFL career, all with New England. He blamed complications from a neck injury that cost him most of the 2019 season.

In response, Belichick issued a statement offering very high praise for Develin, calling the fullback “one of the most appreciated and respected players we have ever had.”

Belichick’s publicly effusive praise is rare. Tom Brady got it after he left. For Develin to get a similar treatment illustrates just how much the Patriots valued him.

Bill Belichick has dog make Patriots’ draft pick

Bill Belichick’s live draft cam produced a truly fantastic moment early in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday night.

ESPN had live cameras set up to capture the setups for every NFL team’s coach and general manager. That meant Belichick had a camera on his setup in Nantucket.

When it came time for the Patriots to pick, Belichick didn’t show up on his camera. His dog certainly did, though.

Did Belichick do this on purpose? We can only hope. It would be a classic Belichick move in his own way. The dog ended up taking safety Kyle Dugger with the pick.

One could tell that Belichick probably wasn’t enamored with all this access just from how sparse his setup was. The man does not care what you think of him or his dog.

Bill Belichick’s draft room is just electric

Bill Belichick

This year’s NFL Draft taking place virtually gave fans a look inside the homes of many NFL team personnel members and players. And nobody’s draft room was more fitting than Bill Belichick.

Belichick was drafting from Nantucket, Mass., and his draft room was full of lively decorations, modern furniture, and charming lighting. Just kidding.

It was as bland as Belichick’s personality with the media.

The New England Patriots coach chooses substance over style every day.

On the bright side, this is one time where Kliff Kingsbury has Belichick beat.

Bill Belichick has moved on from Tom Brady

Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick gushed about Tom Brady in a statement released after the quarterback left New England for Tampa Bay in free agency. But don’t expect that sort of thing to continue.

Belichick spoke with reporters on Monday for a conference call and kept his focus on the future and his team, as usual.

When asked if the Patriots wanted to bring back Brady, Belichick deflected and called the subject “water under the bridge”, according to the Boston Herald’s Karen Guregian. Like usual, Belichick was focused on the future.

“We’re really just focused on this season and trying to look at our opportunities and make decisions and plan and prepare to be as competitive as we can be this year,” Belichick said.

Belichick, who tends to limit the praise of his players, was full of compliments for Brady in a statement after the legendary quarterback signed with the Buccaneers.

“Tom was not just a player who bought into our program,” Belichick said. “He was one of its original creators. Tom lived and perpetuated our culture. On a daily basis, he was a tone setter and a bar raiser. He won championships in three of his first four years on the field and in three of his final six seasons with us, while competing for championships in most every season in between. This is a credit to Tom’s consistency and what separates him. He didn’t just perform. He didn’t just win. He won championships over and over again.

“Tom and I will always have a great relationship built on love, admiration, respect and appreciation. Tom’s success as a player and his character as a person are exceptional. Nothing about the end of Tom’s Patriots career changes how unfathomably spectacular it was. With his relentless competitiveness and longevity, he earned everyone’s adoration and will be celebrated forever. It has been a privilege to coach Tom Brady for 20 years.

“Examples of Tom’s greatness are limitless, going back even before he was drafted. We witnessed how he prepared when he wasn’t playing, how he performed when he got his opportunity, what he did to continuously improve, his leadership, his mindset, the example he set, and, of course, the person he is. I am extremely grateful for what he did for our team and for me personally.

“Sometimes in life, it takes some time to pass before truly appreciating something or someone but that has not been the case with Tom. He is a special person and the greatest quarterback of all-time.”

Belichick said his piece then but is now back to business, which has always been his way. That has served the Patriots well for two decades, and surely Brady can understand that.

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have teamed up yet again! Treat yourself or a friend with this great Tampa Fiesta shirt. You can buy it here.

Bill Belichick dodges questions about Tom Brady: Patriots are ‘moving forward’

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Bill Belichick is going to be peppered with questions about Tom Brady for the foreseeable future, but we already know the New England Patriots coach is going to avoid answering them at all costs. Less than a month after Brady officially signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, that trend has already begun.

Belichick spoke with reporters on a pre-draft conference call on Monday, and there were several questions about Brady. In response to one of them, Belichick said it is not possible to sum up everything Brady accomplished in New England over the past 20 years. The coach also said the Patriots are “moving forward.”

Belichick was then asked if he wanted Brady back. To no one’s surprise, he didn’t take the bait.

The Patriots appear to be headed for an open quarterback competition between Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer, though they could draft a QB or add another veteran at some point. Belichick would not shed much light on the QB situation, only saying that the team has a “pretty good feel” for both players and will give everyone a chance to compete.

There has been a lot of speculation that Brady’s decision to leave the Patriots stemmed from a rift with Belichick, but the four-time Super Bowl MVP dumped more cold water on that during his recent interview with Howard Stern. Belichick has always avoided speaking about players who are no longer with the Patriots, and he will do his best to treat the Brady departure no differently.

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have teamed up yet again! Treat yourself or a friend with this great Tampa Fiesta shirt. You can buy it here.

Tom Brady tries to set record straight on his relationship with Bill Belichick

Tom Brady

There is a wide-ranging belief that Tom Brady left the New England Patriots this offseason because the relationship between him and Bill Belichick had deteriorated, but the six-time Super Bowl champion continues to insist that was not the case.

Brady had his highly anticipated interview with Howard Stern on Wednesday morning, and he answered a number of questions about his decision to leave the Patriots. As expected, he took the high road the majority of the time. However, Brady did share some interesting insight about his relationship with Belichick.

Brady was also asked about the debate over who deserves more credit for the Patriots’ success over the past 20 years — the QB or the head coach. Brady said both needed each other and the argument makes no sense.

“I think it is a pretty sh—y argument, actually,” Brady said, per WEEI’s Ryan Hannable. “I can’t do his job and he can’t do mine.”

Another fascinating part of the interview was when Brady said leaving the Patriots had nothing to do with furthering his legacy.

It seems fairly obvious that the relationship between Brady and Belichick was not warm and fuzzy over the past few years, but that may have been the case for the majority of their time together. Even Brady’s father defended Belichick for moving on from the QB, so perhaps the divorce was more amicable than perceived.

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have teamed up yet again! Treat yourself or a friend with this great Tampa Fiesta shirt. You can buy it here.