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Bill Belichick shares interesting information about concussion checks

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 has said countless times throughout his career that he is not a doctor and does not dabble in diagnosing injuries, but there is apparently at least one scenario in which the future Hall of Fame coach forms something of a medical opinion.

The NFL has dealt with a massive amount of backlash after Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered a concussion on Thursday night. Tagovailoa played in the game just days after he took a big hit and appeared extremely unsteady on his feet in Miami’s previous game. Doctors said Tagovailoa only suffered a back injury and cleared him to return in that contest.

During his weekly appearance on WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show,” Belichick was asked if he has ever removed a player from a game for concussion symptoms or refused to let a player go back in even after they were cleared. He said that has “absolutely” happened.

“Even if the medical people were to clear a player, we still go through a coaching clearance to make sure that he’s ready to play football, not just medically cleared,” Belichick said.

Many people will be surprised by Belichick’s revelation. Some might even be skeptical. The general belief is that NFL teams do everything they can to keep players on the field, regardless of the risks. Belichick’s comments indicate there are situations where coaches prioritize the safety of players.

The NFL has made changes to its concussion protocol in the wake of the Tagovailoa situation. One independent doctor was also fired for clearing the quarterback in Week 3.

Aaron Rodgers shares why he spoke with Bill Belichick so long

Aaron Rodgers with his helmet on

Oct 28, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The admiration between Aaron Rodgers and Bill Belichick was evident in the week ahead of the Green Bay Packers-New England Patriots game, during the contest, and afterwards. Rodgers even shared after the game why the two shared such a long embrace after the game.

Rodgers led his Packers to a 27-24 win over the Pats in overtime on Sunday. After the game, the Packers quarterback and Patriots head coach spent a long time embracing and talking.

That wasn’t unique to the end of the game either; the two spent time pregame as well.

What was the reason the two spent so much time together? Rodgers said after the win that it will probably be the last time he and Belichick face each other.

He’s probably right. Those teams only meet every five years. Unless their teams make the Super Bowl in the same year, both men would have to still be around another five years in order to play (barring a trade).

The respect between the two legends was very strong.

After the game, Belichick said Rodgers was too much.

In the week leading up to the game, Rodgers said Belichick was the best coach in the game.

Belichick returned the compliment a day later.

Guys like Rodgers and Belichick are sure to make the Hall of Fame. They live for competition, and facing each other are among the biggest challenges in football.

Why Bill Belichick was wearing Croatian flag on his outfit

Bill Belichick with a flag on his shirt

Bill Belichick was seen wearing a Croatian flag on his outfit while coaching the New England Patriots during Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers.

Belichick was wearing his usual half-zip windbreaker with a Patriots logo on the left side. On the right side of the jacket was a patch with the Croatian flag.

What’s the story with the flags? The NFL is celebrating the league’s international diversity by having players and coaches wear the flags of countries to honor their family heritage. Belichick’s family is from Croatia.

Players were wearing flags on the backs of their helmets. You can see the full list of 200 participants here.

Bill Belichick flips out on referees over stopped clock

Bill Belichick looks upset

Bill Belichick flipped out on the referees in Sunday’s game between his New England Patriots and the Green Bay Packers.

Belichick’s Patriots were tied with the Packers at 24 late in the game. Green Bay was facing a 3rd-and-8 with 2:08 left. Aaron Rodgers attempted a deep pass into the end zone for Romeo Doubs, who initially made the catch but lost control of the ball as he went to the ground.

The pass was ruled incomplete with 2:02 left in the game. The play clock should have been ticking down from 40, but it reset at some point. Belichick went nuts because the play clock was reset, giving the Packers more time to decide if they wanted to challenge the call.

Green Bay, the home team, decided to challenge. They lost the challenge, but that doesn’t change that Belichick was right about the play clock.

Green Bay ended up punting the ball away on fourth down after taking a delay of game penalty. The Patriots got it back and didn’t do much, leading them to punt the ball back with little time left.

The game ended up going to overtime tied at 24.

Belichick is generally pretty composed while on the sidelines. Few coaches manage the clock better than he does, which is why it’s no surprise he was all over the error by the clock operator.

Bill Belichick offers Mac Jones update in funny video

Bill Belichick smiles at a press conference

Mac Jones is dealing with a significant ankle injury heading into Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers. While the assumption is that he will not play, anyone who has followed the New England Patriots over the years knows Bill Belichick is not going to share anything concrete about his quarterback’s status until he absolutely has to.

Belichick was asked several questions about Jones on Wednesday. He did not rule the former first-round pick out for Sunday, though he did acknowledge that veteran Brian Hoyer will start if Jones cannot. Belichick also said Jones has “made a lot of progress in the last 48 hours.”

As he often does, Belichick repeated the same phrase over and over while being bombarded with questions. CBS Sports shared a funny video that counted how many times the 70-year-old coach said “day-by-day.”

That was reminiscent of Belichick’s famous “we’re onto Cincinnati” press conference.

Tests on Monday revealed that Jones has a severe high ankle sprain. ESPN’s Adam Schefter said the injury is one that would result in surgery for many people, but Jones and the Patriots are still discussing options. Jones is said to be seeking a second opinion, and one rumor claimed he and the team are at odds.

If Jones does, indeed, have a significant high ankle sprain, he is likely to miss several games. The question is how many, and we are almost certainly not going to get a definitive answer from Belichick.

Bill Belichick makes surprising comment about Lamar Jackson

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

Lamar Jackson has been trying to negotiate a contract extension with the Baltimore Ravens without an agent, but the star quarterback may want to consider hiring Bill Belichick to represent him.

Belichick has a reputation for heaping praise on his upcoming opponents in the days leading up to games. He did more than that when talking about Jackson on Monday. Michael Giardi of NFL Network asked Belichick if he thinks Jackson has answered all of the questions that surrounded the quarterback and whether or not he was fit to play at the NFL level. The legendary coach had a somewhat uncharacteristic response.

“Without a doubt. He’s the type of player that’s an MVP-type of candidate,” Belichick said. “I think he’s more than answered (those questions). Wait until we see what his contract is, that’ll answer them.”

Belichick hardly ever talks about contract situations with his own players. We can’t remember many times he has voluntarily mentioned the contract of a player with another team. Though, it is pretty obvious that Jackson is eventually going to land a huge new deal, whether it comes from the Ravens or some other team.

Jackson reportedly turned down a massive contract offer from the Ravens before the start of the season. The team can — and likely will — use the franchise tag on him next offseason. For now, the former MVP is as determined as ever to prove that he should be the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL.

Bill Belichick addresses questions about Pro Bowler’s effort level

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 had some serious offensive line issues during their loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, and Trent Brown appeared to be responsible for some of them. That led to questions about whether the veteran was giving full effort, and one of those questions was directed toward Bill Belichick on Wednesday.

One of the ugliest plays for the Patriots came when they were trailing 3-0 in the second quarter and had the ball deep in their own territory. Miami’s blitzing defensive back had a free shot at Mac Jones, which led to a strip sack that was recovered for a touchdown. Brown was the closest man to the free rusher.

Brown was not the only one to blame for the breakdown in protection. Jones could have identified the blitz and changed the play to have an extra blocker on the left side. It is also possible that Brown missed his assignment.

Another tough play for Brown came when he was trying to set the edge on a rush and came up totally empty. The result was a significant loss of yardage.

When asked on Wednesday about Brown’s effort level, Belichick delivered one of his token snarky one-liners and highlighted one of Brown’s better plays.

Brown has bounced back and forth between right and left tackle throughout his career. He played right tackle during his first three seasons in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers. He was then moved to left tackle in 2018 in his first stint with the Patriots, and he helped them win a Super Bowl. Brown signed a big contract with the Las Vegas Raiders the following year and moved back to right tackle. He was named a Pro Bowler that season.

The Patriots brought Brown back via trade last year. He was named their starting right tackle before a calf injury derailed his season. The 29-year-old was once again moved back to left tackle this year, and there has been some speculation that he is unhappy there.

Whatever the case, Brown and the entire Patriots’ offensive line need to do a better job. What we saw from the unit on Sunday is not going to lead to many wins.

Tua Tagovailoa accomplished rare feat against Patriots

Tua Tagovailoa celebrates a play

Jan 9, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) reacts after running with the football for a first down against the New England Patriots during the fourth quarter at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins once again got the best of the New England Patriots on Sunday, and Tua Tagovailoa accomplished a rare feat with the win.

Tagovailoa is now 4-0 in his career against Bill Belichick. He is the first quarterback ever to win his first four starts against Belichick since the coach was hired by the New England Patriots. The only other quarterback to do it is John Elway, but that was when Belichick was with the Cleveland Browns.

Tagovailoa was made aware of the accomplishment after Miami’s 20-7 win. He quickly downplayed it.

“That’s not an individual accolade or I don’t even look at it as close to being that,” the former Alabama star said, per Tom D’Angelo of the Palm Beach Post. “It’s a team sport. This team has won four straight against New England. However way you see it, however way you put it, that’s what it is.”

Of course, all four of Tagovailoa’s wins against the Patriots have also come in the post-Tom Brady era. His record against Belichick probably says more about the way New England has struggled since losing Brady, but it is impressive nonetheless.

Tagovailoa completed 23-of-33 passes for 207 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions against New England. He did not exactly look like the dominant quarterback one of his teammates promises he will be, but he played well enough to help his team win an important divisional game. That has now become a theme for Tua each time he faces the Patriots.

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Bill Belichick reveals 1 quote he regrets

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

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is not known for his introspection, nor does he easily admit mistakes. However, he’s willing to look back at one quote of his and admit he would have been better off keeping his mouth shut.

In 2009, Belichick was quite firm in saying that he would not “be like Marv Levy and coaching in my 70s.” Things obviously changed, as Belichick turned 70 in April and is showing no signs of slowing down.

Belichick admitted in an interview with Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe that, in retrospect, it was a stupid thing to say.

“I wish I hadn’t said that,” Belichick said. “I was probably thinking of what I would feel like. Now, there’s what I actually feel like, and those are two different things. That was not one of my better statements.”

Hey, at least Belichick admits it. It would have been easy to say something about his views changing, but he was happy to own up to just being wrong.

Belichick is showing no sign of slowing down, and certainly appears to have at least a few more years in him. He also has quite the challenge based on how things have apparently been going in the preseason.

Patriots could make major change early in season?

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 England Patriots are entering the 2022 season surrounded by doubts about their new offense, and one reporter who covers the team hinted that the scheme could be scrapped early on.

Chad Graff and Ted Nguyen of The Athletic published an in-depth look at the problems the Patriots have on offense during the offseason and how they might be able to remedy them. New England has switched to a wide zone scheme, which is effective around the NFL when run properly. It was ineffective for the Patriots during their preseason game against the Las Vegas Raiders and the joint practices leading up to it, however.

As Graff notes, the Patriots attempted four outside zone rushes with their starting offensive line against the Raiders. They ended up with net negative yardage. Matt Patricia, a former Patriots defensive coordinator who was brought back this year to help coach the offense, essentially said the Pats were seeing what works and would not have run some of those plays against the defensive fronts they saw if it were a regular season game. In any case, New England’s new offense has looked terrible for weeks now.

“Still, the results from the preseason match what we saw in training camp. It has gone so poorly that there are questions about whether the Patriots might scrap this new scheme if it doesn’t find success early in the season,” Graff wrote.

Patricia acknowledged after the Raiders game that the Patriots will “modify and adjust as needed.” The big question is how drastic that adjustment might be if things go as poorly as many have anticipated they will.

Perhaps the Patriots will prove everyone wrong. Mac Jones is said to be working extremely hard heading into his second NFL season, though there was at least one troubling assessment of him recently. If New England is unable to move the ball and score in their season opener against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, there will be more than a few people ready to press the panic button.