Belichick and Casserly going at it again
|01.04.10 at 11:38 pm ET|
It’s Bill Belichick vs. Charley Casserly, Round 2.
In his weekly appearance on The Big Show on Monday (click here to listen to the entire interview), the Patriots coach took some shots at the former Redskins and Texans general manager and current CBS Sports analyst, who said on Sunday that New England quarterback Tom Brady has been playing through three broken ribs.
“Who’s been wrong more than Charley Casserly since he left the Redskins? His percentage is like a meteorologist,” Belichick said. “He has no relationship to this team. I’d say less than zero. Based on what? He’s never at a practice, never at a game. … At least he put his name on it, which is more than a lot of guys. But, like he usually is, he was 100 percent wrong.”
The Belichick/Casserly feud goes back a few years. In late December 2006, Belichick and Casserly went a few rounds, a battle that began when Miami intimated it had gotten game tape of the Patriots with audio in an attempt to figure out Tom Brady’s protection calls.
Casserly said the Patriots had been warned by the NFL about having a staff member, “dressed in coaching attire with a video camera who was presumably videotaping the other team’s signals. You can’t do that. They were warned.”
The next day, Belichick was asked if he had heard anything from the league on the matter. He said he hadn’t, and he responded with a direct blast at Casserly.
“Why don’t you go talk to Charley Casserly?” Belichick said. “He seems to have all the answers on everything, so why don’t you go ask him?”
Later in the week, a reporter asked a semi-serious question on whether or not quarterbacks get too much protection from the league. Belichick initially answered — tongue-in-cheek — that his background is in defense, “so you can probably figure out the answer to that question.” But then, he added that no one cares what he thought anyway.
“I think you should talk to the guys who make the rules. There are plenty of people on that committee and they love to talk about the rules that they’ve made and how great they are and all that, honestly. The Charley Casserlys of the world, that have all the answers to everything. Talk to them. They’ve spent a lot of time studying it, a lot more than I have, and I’m sure they have all the answers.”
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