Skip to main content
Larry Brown Sports Tagline. Brown Bag it, Baby.
#pounditThursday, August 18, 2022

Articles tagged: Bill Belichick

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.

Bill Belichick has noteworthy praise of Mac Jones

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

There has been a lot of hype surrounding Mac Jones in his second NFL offseason. Typically, Bill Belichick does his best to temper expectations in a situation like that. The New England Patriots coach is not doing that this time, however.

Belichick was asked on Tuesday how much input Jones has had in building the Patriots’ offense. He took the opportunity to shower the former Alabama star in praise.

“I think Mac’s done a great job. He’s worked extremely hard. He’s got a tremendous work ethic,” Belichick said. “In all areas, I think there’s a dramatic improvement — his physical work and conditioning, working on his mechanics, working on his footwork. He’s understanding of our offense, of opponents’ defenses, of situations, all of those things. He did a great job last year but he’s starting from a much higher point this year than where he started last year.”

You can hear more of Belichick’s comments below:

Jones was impressive as a rookie last year. His stats — 3,801 yards, 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions — were nothing special, but he played well enough to lead the Patriots to the playoffs. He is clearly committed to avoiding the sophomore slump.

A recent photo that went viral appeared to show that Jones is in great physical shape. Veteran teammates have also had nothing but positive things to say about him.

It would be a surprise at this point if Jones does not take a step forward in his second NFL season.

Patriots make decision on offensive coordinator role

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 have named their coaching staff for the 2022 season, meaning they have made a decision on who will serve as offensive coordinator. The answer? No one, at least officially.

The Patriots listed Joe Judge as an offensive assistant and quarterbacks coach, while Matt Patricia is a senior football advisor and offensive line coach. The team declined to officially name a defensive coordinator as well, with both Steve Belichick and Jerod Mayo being assigned to linebackers.

In other words, the Patriots simply are not going to tell us who is going to call plays. Supposedly Patricia had the inside track to get the role, but others who know how coach Bill Belichick works are quite skeptical of that.

The Patriots’ playcalling role is vacant after longtime offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels departed to become head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. We may not actually know who the replacement is until preseason games begin and we see the Patriots in action.

Bill Belichick once savagely trolled his own defensive backs

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 is known more for his motivational skills than his sense of humor, but the New England Patriots coach apparently knows how to combine the two when the situation calls for it.

Former Patriots safety Duron Harmon shared a funny story about Belichick during a recent appearance on “The Patriots Podcast” with the Boston Globe’s Christopher Price. Harmon said he and two of his fellow defensive backs, Logan Ryan and Devin McCourty, were battling injuries prior to a preseason game in 2016. Belichick did not feel the injuries were serious enough to hold them out of the exhibition game, and he had a hilarious way of conveying that.

“He’s a jokester. He’s got his days where he likes to joke,” Harmon said, via Nick O’Malley of MLive.com. “I’ll never forget, right before the third preseason game, he brings in a glass container of marshmallows. He sent them into the DB room for me, Dev and Log. It was like, ‘Are you guys gonna be soft or y’all gonna be ready to play this preseason game?’ Because I think we were all coming back from injuries, if I’m not mistaken.”

The three defenders responded well to the challenge. They each had an interception in the game.

“So he was like, ‘Soft, soft, soft.’ I promise you, that preseason game, all three of us had an interception,” Harmon recalled. “We go into halftime, and it’s like ‘Well, I guess you (expletive) boys aren’t soft anymore.’”

There are very few coaches who could get away with calling their players “soft” as they nurse injuries before a preseason game, but Belichick is obviously one of them. The results say it all.

Patriots center has funny take on Bill Belichick’s practice help

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’s hands-on efforts in practices this year are appreciated by the New England Patriots. However, one veteran player wants it to be clear that his head coach has some work to do on fundamentals.

Belichick has gone as far as to join drills and snap the ball to quarterback Mac Jones. Patriots center David Andrews certainly appreciated that, but he was not terribly impressed with his coach’s form.

“It looks like he needs to work on those snaps a little bit,” Andrews said, via Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal. “No, I mean, coach has always been really hands-on from the time I got here. His knowledge of the game — that’s how it’s always been. I can maybe work on him with the snaps a little bit.”

According to Jones, Belichick has been much more hands-on with the offense than he was in 2021. That is definitely to the team’s benefit, and Andrews is really just giving his boss a hard time. That said, it really makes us want to see some film of Belichick’s attempts at snapping. The 70-year-old is in good shape, but that’s no easy task.

Ex-Bill Belichick advisor weighs in on Patriots’ playcalling mystery

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 have not named a formal replacement for Josh McDaniels, and that is likely the way it will stay through the 2022 season. Still, someone has to call plays, and everyone wants to know who that will be. Michael Lombardi is not buying the latest report.

Jeff Howe of The Athletic reported this week that Matt Patricia is the favorite to be the de-facto offensive coordinator in New England this year. Head coach Bill Belichick said earlier this offseason that Patricia will be working with the offensive line. Former Patriots assistant Michael Lombardi said on “The GM Shuffle” podcast this week that he does not think Patricia can do that and call plays.

“I don’t see how an offensive line coach can call plays,” Lombardi said It’s hard enough to get those five guys to play good, to make sure they handle the protections, to make sure everything is copacetic in the run game, to make sure everybody’s doing their job. You’re focused on them. … Who’s sitting with Mac Jones? That’s the guy who has to call the plays. On Monday through Saturday, that personal relationship between the quarterback and playcaller manifests itself on Sunday.”

You can hear more of Lombardi’s rationale below:

Lombardi served as an assistant to the coaching staff under Belichick in 2014 and 2015. He is quite familiar with how the legendary coach operates. The former longtime NFL executive questioned the source of Howe’s reporting.

“How can Matt Patricia coach the line and those 8-10 guys he’s gotta coach and then have to develop a relationship with the quarterback?” Lombardi asked. “It doesn’t make any sense to me. I think it’s just somebody throwing stuff out there.”

Patricia was an offensive assistant for a brief time in his first stint with the Patriots. He really made a name for himself as a defensive coordinator, however, which is why it would be bizarre if Belichick named him the team’s playcaller. The other top candidate for the job is not one who excites Patriots fans all that much, either.

Mac Jones shares notable change in Bill Belichick

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’ offense is shrouded in uncertainty ahead of the 2022 season. According to Mac Jones, however, Bill Belichick’s fingerprints will be all over it.

Jones said Thursday that Belichick has been more involved in the offense during offseason workouts compared to 2021. Jones, entering his second season with the Patriots, said Belichick was more “hands-on” with his offensive unit, especially compared to the previous year.

This was probably to be expected. In 2021, Josh McDaniels was still New England’s offensive coordinator. He has since become head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, leaving a vacuum to be filled. Some rather unexpected names are involved in doing so thus far, but Belichick taking on a bigger role makes sense.

Belichick is known more as a defensive standout, but he did have a one-year stint as a wide receivers coach for the Detroit Lions in the late 1970s. The guy has been around the game long enough that he’s picked up plenty that he can probably share regardless of his history.