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Bill Belichick text messages to Brian Flores reveal Giants violated Rooney Rule

Bill Belichick looks on from the sideline

Brian Flores has filed a lawsuit against the New York Giants, and the main piece of evidence in the suit is a text message exchange he had with New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.

Flores has accused the Giants of racial discrimination in the process that led to them hiring Brian Daboll as their next head coach. The lawsuit states (here is the PDF file) that the Giants had decided on hiring Daboll before they had even interviewed Flores. Flores learned that Daboll was in line to get the job after Belichick mistakenly texted him congratulating him. Belichick, who had Flores on his staff in New England for more than a decade, allegedly texted Flores thinking he was texting Daboll, who is another former Belichick assistant.

Flores quickly realized that Belichick meant to text Daboll, as evidenced by Belichick referencing the Buffalo Bills. Daboll was previously the offensive coordinator with the Bills. You can see the screenshots of the texts below:

The texts appear to be proof that the Giants violated the spirit of the Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview minority candidates before making a hire.

Belichick has a reputation for despising technology and social media. Fans were not surprised that he allegedly texted the wrong Brian. The 69-year-old appeared to make an honest mistake, but it is one that served as a catalyst for a massive lawsuit.

Photo: 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

Tom Brady had notable omission in his retirement announcement

Tom Brady after a game

Tom Brady officially announced his retirement from the NFL on Tuesday, and he did so with a lengthy statement on social media. He thanked and mentioned many people and organizations, but there was one notable omission.

Brady made no mention of the New England Patriots or anyone associated with his former team. He thanked Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians, his Bucs teammates, Bucs general manager Jason Licht and the Glazer family. He also thanked “every single Bucs staffer and employee.” Brady gave nods to his agents, trainer and best friend Alex Guerrero, the city of Tampa, and his family. There was nothing about the Patriots, Bill Belichick or the Kraft family.

You can scroll through the full statement below:

It was not a coincidence that Brady totally ignored the Patriots. The omission was by design. The question is why. It’s possible that Brady feels he has already said enough about New England. He has had nothing but positive things to say about the team since he left in free agency two years ago. Brady shared several nice tributes to the Patriots after the Bucs traveled to New England to face them earlier this season. He also had a lengthy private meeting with Belichick after the game. Perhaps Brady simply felt now is the time to show appreciation to his most recent team.

The juicier take would be that Brady is angry with the Patriots for not re-signing him two years ago. That seems unlikely, especially given all he has said about them since.

Another possibility is that Brady plans to acknowledge the Patriots again at a later date. Some have even speculated that he could sign a one-day contract to retire as a member of the team, though that seems unlikely.

Brady and Belichick certainly had their differences, but they worked together for 20 years. Brady proved last year that he can win a Super Bowl without Belichick. He almost certainly would not have won six more without the help of the coach. The way Brady and Patriots owner Robert Kraft greeted each other earlier this season made it clear there is no animosity there.

It would be somewhat surprising if Brady mentions nothing about the Patriots in the coming weeks.

Photo: Sep 9, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) reacts after defeating the Dallas Cowboys at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports

Josh McDaniels has key backer in Raiders head coach candidacy

Josh McDaniels before a game

Josh McDaniels and the Las Vegas Raiders appear to have strong mutual interest, and there are key differences between this search and others McDaniels has been involved in.

The fact that McDaniels agreed to an interview with the Raiders is seen as a major signal that the Patriots offensive coordinator is serious about the opportunity, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. More notably, McDaniels has the backing of New England coach Bill Belichick, which La Canfora reports has not always been the case for every opening.

There is always some doubt about McDaniels’ commitment after he backed out of the Indianapolis Colts job in 2018. In light of the reports that have come out about the Raiders position, that seems unwarranted here. Belichick’s backing is a big deal, especially since McDaniels has been picky about head coaching opportunities in recent years.

McDaniels met with the Raiders on Friday and is interviewing for the position on Saturday. The job is likely his if he wants it.

Photo: Oct 29, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Allen reveals what Bill Belichick told him after playoff blowout

Bill Belichick looks on from the sideline

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen admitted he got some high praise from Bill Belichick after dismantling the New England Patriots.

Allen threw five touchdown passes in Buffalo’s Wild Card win, and Belichick’s Patriots had no answer for the Buffalo offense. By Allen’s retelling, the Patriots coach admitted it, too. Allen told “The Pat McAfee Show” that Belichick went out of his way to come up and talk to him after the game.

“Just more respect, like, ‘What you did out there was awesome. You played well tonight; we didn’t have an answer,'” Allen recounted. “Again, I shared respect right back, obviously, because I’m a big fan of his and I could go on and on about the accolades that he has. But again, for a coach to do that, that high caliber, was pretty special.”

Belichick does praise opponents sometimes, but he’s still pretty tight-lipped with this sort of thing. There was nothing else he could say about Allen, though. Buffalo won 47-17, and New England was totally outclassed. Belichick can hold his hands up and admit that much.

Photo: 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 reveals plans for 2022 season

Bill Belichick looks on from the sideline

The New England Patriots suffered arguably their most embarrassing loss of the Bill Belichick era on Saturday night, but it wasn’t quite bad enough to force the legendary coach into retirement.

Belichick, whose Patriots are fresh off a 47-17 loss in their AFC Wild Card game, held his end-of-the-year press conference with reporters on Sunday. He offered a very forward-looking perspective, which prompted a question about whether he plans to coach in 2022. Belichick essentially confirmed he is not going anywhere.

Belichick, who will turn 70 in April, wasn’t thinking about retirement to begin with. The Patriots showed a lot of promise this year, and Mac Jones should continue to get better. There’s a lot for them to build on. Plus, Belichick could never walk away after such a bad loss.

The Bills totally dominated the Patriots and made some incredible history in the process. That will undoubtedly leave a foul taste in Belichick’s mouth. He’ll be just as focused this offseason as he has throughout his Hall of Fame career.

Photo: 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 coaching tree has taken a big hit

Bill Belichick looks on from the sideline

The Bill Belichick coaching tree took a big hit this week.

Many coaches who have been assistants under Belichick with the New England Patriots have gotten opportunities to coach their own NFL teams. Most have not fared well. And after this week, Belichick’s tree was almost non-existent.

On Monday, former Belichick defensive assistant, Brian Flores, was surprisingly fired by the Miami Dolphins despite leading them to a 9-8 season.

Then on Tuesday, the New York Giants decided to fire Joe Judge, who was their head coach for two seasons.

That left no former Belichick assistants as coaches in the NFL.

Some of the former Belichick assistants who became NFL head coaches include:

– Romeo Crennel
– Eric Mangini
– Josh McDaniels
– Jim Schwartz
– Bill O’Brien
– Matt Patricia
– Flores
– Judge

All of the aforementioned coaches were coordinators under Belichick, except Flores, who never officially held the defensive coordinator job title.

Most of the coaches on the list (and you can probably include Charlie Weis, who coached in college) were unsuccessful as head coaches. O’Brien had a successful run in Houston and could very well land another NFL or college head coach job. Flores should get another chance too, so it’s possible the tree could be revived. But for now, it’s dead.

If you go way back though and you don’t restrict the list to Patriots assistants, Belichick’s gets much more impressive. The legendary Nick Saban serve as his defensive coordinator with the Cleveland Browns from 1991-1994. Pat Hill and Kirk Ferentz also were former Belichick assistants several years ago and became great college head coaches, while Al Groh also had some success at Virginia.

Steve Belichick needs to take over an NFL team fast and get them to the playoffs to make his dad’s tree in the NFL look better.

These results just might be proof that Tom Brady and Belichick were the two biggest reasons for the Patriots’ continued success over the years, and that the coordinators may have been interchangeable. It could also just be proof that some of the assistants, like Flores and Judge, were fired prematurely.

Photo: 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 has notable praise for highly-touted rookie

Bill Belichick looks on from the sideline

Bill Belichick is not known for offering a lot of praise for players, particularly those on other teams. On Friday, the New England Patriots coach did offer a ringing endorsement to a rival rookie.

Belichick said Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence has improved throughout the season, and that the first overall pick has the chance to be “great.”

“I think he’s gotten more comfortable as the season’s gone on and gotten comfortable with the offense,” Belichick said, via Grant Gordon of “I’d say the offense has gotten comfortable with the things that he does best. Definitely, a good level of execution there. They did a good job last week against the Jets, mixing in different varieties of passes: quick throws, moving pocket throws, deep balls, third down conversions, red area plays. He’s pretty good at all of them and continues to get better. I think he’s had a good year and I think he’ll be a solid NFL player, maybe great. I don’t know, but he’s certainly made a lot of progress this year.”

Statistically, Lawrence definitely has room to grow. He has just nine touchdowns to 14 interceptions on the year, though he does not have a great amount of talent around him. The Jaguars certainly still believe in him judging from the role they’re planning to give him as they hunt for a new head coach. A Belichick endorsement certainly can’t hurt his stock either.

Photo: 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

Tom Brady has awesome joke about question reporter asked Bill Belichick

Tom Brady nods to the crowd

Bill Belichick is known for being short with the media on a good day, let alone after New England Patriots losses. One member of the media ignored that reputation and asked the coach a non-football question on Sunday, and Tom Brady admired that reporter’s courage.

After New England’s 33-21 home loss to the Buffalo Bills, a reporter told Belichick she was doing a story on New Year’s resolutions and asked if he had any to share. As expected, the 69-year-old was in no mood. You can see the video here.

Brady was asked during the latest episode of his “Let’s Go!” podcast if he has any New Year’s resolutions. He said he wants to be “as brave and courageous” as the reporter was who asked Belichick the same question.

Brady, of course, knows Belichick better than most. He was a first-hand witness to many of the coach’s tense exchanges with the media for two decades. It’s unclear what the reporter expected, but perhaps she saw the recent apology Belichick issued and felt he is a changed man. Brady probably could have told her to save that question for another day.

Photo: Aug 28, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) jogs off the field after a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Bills accomplished 1 incredibly rare feat against Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick looks on from the sideline

The New England Patriots could not come up with the stops they needed to mount a comeback against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. In fact, they barely came up with any stops at all. Josh Allen and company may not have realized it at the time, but they pulled off the seemingly impossible against Bill Belichick.

The Bills did not punt once during their 33-21 win over the Patriots. As ESPN’s Mike Reiss noted, that was the first time in Belichick’s coaching career that a team has had zero punts against him. That’s pretty remarkable considering he has coached nearly 500 games.

Buffalo did turn the ball over on downs once, when they were stopped on 4th-and-goal from the 1-yard line. That was a huge stop for the Patriots at the time, as they were trailing 10-7. It didn’t matter, however, as they went three-and-out on the next drive and the Bills scored a touchdown to take a 17-7 lead into the half.

The Bills converted several third- and fourth-down plays on a day where the Patriots simply couldn’t get off the field. Buffalo’s aggressive approach paid off.

Belichick was understandably in a foul mood again after his team’s second straight loss. It’s no surprise he didn’t want to answer a question about his New Year’s resolution.

Photo: 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

Video: Bill Belichick was not in the mood for silly reporter question

Bill Belichick fields a question

Bill Belichick is known for being surly with the media even during the best of times. Talking to him after a loss is worse, especially when he is asked a question that has nothing to do with football. One reporter found that out Sunday following the New England Patriots’ 33-21 home loss to the Buffalo Bills.

The reporter said she was doing a story on New Year’s resolutions. She asked Belichick if he had any to share. Belichick was clearly not amused.

We’re not quite sure what that reporter expected to get. In fairness, she almost sounded like she knew it was coming, too. Still, it’s probably a good time to read the room.

Belichick was actually in a fairly cordial mood with the media recently. It’s possible that the same apology is in play here, though Belichick doesn’t seem the type to do New Year’s resolutions no matter what mood he’s in.

Photo: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports