Here is the transcript from today’s conference call with Patriots Sr. football advisor Floyd Reese.
(Big props to the fine folks in the Patriots media relations department)
FR: Let me start off by saying, first of all, thank all you ladies and gentlemen for coming. It’s going to be a pleasure to visit with you. I think the second thing is, if you look at professional sports franchises over the last 10 or 12 years and you say ‘name the top five,’ the New England Patriots are going to be there someplace. If you look at ownership of organizations and franchises and you say ‘okay, name the top five owners,’ Mr. Kraft and his family are going to be in there someplace. And if you look at the top coaches in any sport, Bill Belichick will be someplace near the top. I just want to say it’s a real honor and privilege for me to be a part of it.
Q: Can you start off by letting us know, kind of giving us an idea of the time line, how this started to come about?
FR: It actually started I guess maybe a week or 10 days ago. Bill [Belichick] called. I was in Connecticut-Bristol- and was on my way home and Bill wanted to see if we could get together and maybe visit. I spent some time with Bill and it escalated from there and finally [we] agreed to a contract and terms yesterday.
Q: Advisors come in different forms. Is this the type of role where you’ll relocate and work in the office up in New England every day?
FR: Yes. I will be moving to New England. I’m going to head up there Thursday morning. Of course, this time of year is very busy. My family will relocate as soon as we can sell and buy, which is not an easy ordeal at this time, but we’ll figure something out and we will be moving to Foxborough and living in the area.
Q: In terms of the contract itself, you mentioned you came to terms yesterday. Is this a long-term arrangement? Is it a one-year arrangement?
FR: You know, I would rather not talk about the contract, but I will say this: our plan is to be there for more than one year, yes.
Q: How do you define your role as a special advisor? What do you see it involving?
FR: Again, I think this is a very unique situation in a couple of dimensions. First of all, I have literally done just about everything there is to do in the NFL. I started as strength coach and coached for whatever it was, 15 or 16 years. [I] got into management [and] I have handled drafts, I’ve handled personnel, I’ve handled college, pros, equipment, video. I’ve done all those things. I think the important thing here and the thing to keep in mind is it’s different from a lot of situations. This organization doesn’t need a lot of fixing. They are in pretty good shape, so I think my objective is to come in and do whatever I can do to help Mr. Kraft and Bill [Belichick] win another world championship.
Q: How would you characterize your relationship with Bill [Belichick]? I know it goes back a long way.
FR: It does go back a long way and over the years I would say that we remained in touch. You know, calls, particularly during the season. Maybe at trade time [we] would talk and at draft time [we] would talk and of course if [we] played each other we would talk. We didn’t get on the phone once a week and chat, but have always been, I think, close from the standpoint that I have tremendous respect for Bill [Belichick] and what he has done with the New England Patriots and Mr. Kraft. I mean, it’s just incredible the streak they have going. So I think from that standpoint you always, when you’re around Bill you’re always lucky enough to get a little nugget of information that might help you do something better. (more…)