Technology isn’t ‘the highest priority’ with Bill Belichick
|11.18.11 at 3:07 pm ET|
FOXBORO — One of the more surreal scenes from “A Football Life: Bill Belichick” was the Patriots coach intensely studying at his desk and working off his computer while a technician was working on the television in his office. There was also the more humorous moment when he tried to set the clock in his car to Daylight Savings Time back in Oct. 2009.
He thought, you have all these buttons on the dash and there isn’t a simple way to fix a clock radio in a car?
When asked about signals being called into the helmets of offensive and defensive players on the field, Belichick has often said he doesn’t worry about the technology since he couldn’t even figure out all the wires in the back of his computer.
On Friday, Belichick was reminded that teams like the Ravens have turned to installing portions of their playbook on the iPad. Has he thought of doing it with the Patriots?
“There’s so much technology out there, you could go to whatever you want. I’m sure we have enough technological equipment in here to put the whole team on the moon,” he said with his typically wry smile.
So – he was asked – are the Patriots sticking with good old-fashioned ring binders for their game plan?
“In the end, it comes down to ‘ you’re at all the games ‘ it comes down to blocking and tackling and running and throwing and catching and kicking and solid fundamentals and all that. You could put the iPad on the super-duper wizard computer and whatever you want. You could throw all that crap on there and I’m sure it would come out great. I’m sure you could get some statistical analysis that would provide 28 theses for MIT. In the end, you have to go out there and play football.”
Then the real revelation of the day: Bill Belichick is not a big fan of ‘Moneyball’ in football. Yes, he has people like senior advisor Floyd Reese, consultant and confidant Ernie Adams and personnel chief Nick Caserio who due diligent football research. But in terms of the games themselves, Belichick hasn’t forgotten that it’s the physical talent that wins out in the end.
“Personally, I wouldn’t lose too much sight of that,” he said. “Same thing in baseball. Tony [Tony La Russa] and I, we’ve have talked about that a lot too. You have to throw the ball, you have to hit it, you have to catch it, you have to field it, you have to run the bases. You could go out there and talk about some guy’s batting average when the count is 2-1 at night. I mean, sooner or later, you have to go out there and play. I think you have to keep sight of that.
“As you know, I’m not the most technological person in this organization. I rely on some other people to try to help, like you said, streamline things or find a way where we can do things a little bit more efficiently. I understand that the people coming into the organization, that’s what they were brought up on and that’s not what I was brought up on, so I understand there’s a difference there. I think there’s a marriage but at the same time, I don’t think that’s the highest priority.”
So, I asked, have you embraced technology as much as you’re going to?
“I probably embrace it a little bit more now than I did a few years ago ‘ at least I can turn it on,” Belichick said.