Belichick doesn’t sound in a rush to name an offensive coordinator
|01.11.10 at 5:22 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Patriots coach Bill Belichick says that if fans had a problem with the offensive play-calling this past season, they should talk to him.
On his weekly appearance on The Big Show, Belichick was asked how much of the offensive play-calling he was involved in this past season — a year where the Patriots did not utilize a traditional offensive coordinator. The coach was straightforward in his answer.
“Well, ultimately, every play that gets called, I have the final say on,” Belichick said. “So therefore, I’d say if there was any of them that you didn’t like, you should probably hold me accountable for them.”
After offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels became the head coach in Denver last offseason, the Patriots did not name a new coordinator for the 2009 season, leaning on a variety of people to serve in that capacity, including quarterbacks coach Bill O’Brien. But Belichick indicated Monday that when it comes to offensive decisions, “the buck stops on my desk.”
“I have the final say on the plays, so ultimately, if the play is a bad play or of its called in the wrong situation or it doesn’t work out right, then I’m the one that’s finally responsible for it,” he said. “I accept that.”
Critics of New England’s offensive performance this past season say the Patriots need a strong offensive coordinator like the days of McDaniels or Charlie Weis. However, speaking at his season-ending press conference Monday morning at Gillette Stadium, Belichick certainly doesn’t appear to be in a hurry to slap a title on someone just to call them offensive coordinator.
“I don’t know — I think what’s important is the process and how things work,” he said when asked if would be interested in giving someone the title. “I’ve never been a big believer in titles. I’ve had them; I haven’t had them. I don’t think that’s an important thing. I think it’s how an operation works, how it functions.”
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