|Bill Belichick reflects on Super Bowl LI: ‘Our guys played like champions in the last 20 minutes’||03.22.17 at 12:09 pm ET|
Bill Belichick and Mike Krzyzewski are two of the greatest coaches to ever coach in any sport.
Krzyzewski hosts a weekly show on SiriusXM called “Basketball and Beyond with Coach K” and in the episode airing Wednesday at 7 p.m. he had Belichick on as a guest.
Belichick and the Duke coach talked about a number of different things, including the Patriots’ 34-28 overtime win over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI.
“Our guys played like champions in the last 20 minutes, and we really were able to have a lot of things go right, which they needed to pretty much just had to fall the way they did or we would have been in trouble,” Belichick said to Krzyzewski, via NESN.com. “So it was a great year and a great victory for our team.”
As Belichick noted the day after the Super Bowl, the team was five weeks behind in terms of the offseason, but clearly it has caught up with the number of moves made in free agency.
“I really enjoy the different phases of the season,” Belichick said. “Right now we’re in a team building phase with free agency and then next month the draft and then all the players will be in and we’ll start. As you know, you can’t pick up where you left off last year, you’ve got to start all over again, so the kind of starting all over again process has really already begun for us.”
Belichick will turn 65 years old next month, but is showing no signs of slowing down. He says working with so many young people is what keeps him going.
“I enjoy working with young people, that certainly keeps me young, even though the gap’s widening,” he said. “And I do my best to absolutely take on the whole social media thing, you know, head on, on a collision course. But other than that, being with young people certainly keeps you young, and that’s been important for me. I’m sure you feel the same way.”
|Bill Belichick attends Vanderbilt pro day||03.16.17 at 1:23 pm ET|
A day after agreeing to re-sign Dont’a Hightower, Bill Belichick is back on the scouting trail.
The coach was spotted at Vanderbilt’s pro day on Thursday. This comes after he was at Alabama’s last week. Belichick likes to be hands on in scouting players for the draft, so he will be seen at more and more of these as the weeks go on.
— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) March 16, 2017
|Sunday 7: Jimmy Garoppolo trade talk will certainly continue with current draft situation for Patriots||03.12.17 at 6:00 am ET|
1. Following the two trades the Patriots made Friday in acquiring Kony Ealy and Brandin Cooks, the Patriots are currently without a first or second-round pick in the NFL draft. The Patriots have never gone through a draft without making at least one selection in the first or second round. Given how much Bill Belichick loves working the draft board, it’s hard to imagine him entering a draft without a pick until the third round (No. 72 overall). So how will Belichick get some draft picks? The easy solution would be trading Jimmy Garoppolo. Look at how many draft picks the Browns have — two first-round picks (Nos. 1 and 12 overall) and then two second-round picks. They also have three second-round picks in 2018 in addition to their own first-rounder, so it’s clear the Browns have the draft picks the Patriots could potentially want. ESPN’s Adam Schefter has continued to defend his report that the Patriots are not trading Garoppolo, but if they are completely blown away by an offer, it’s hard to see the Patriots saying no. With the Patriots not selecting until the third round and the Browns reportedly still being interested in the Patriots’ backup quarterback, expect the trade rumors to continue right up until draft day.
2. A lot has been made of Malcolm Butler’s situation this week. It’s not too difficult to see why he’s at least a little upset with the organization. He’s been in negotiations with the Patriots since last offseason for a new contract, but hasn’t got one. New England went out and signed cornerback Stephon Gilmore to a five-year, $65 million deal with $40 million guaranteed — the largest in Patriots franchise history to a defensive player — this week. With Butler being in the organization for three years and doing everything he’s been asked to do on the field and not causing any issues off the field, he had reason to believe he would eventually get a new contract and be the Patriots’ No. 1 cornerback for a long time. Instead the organization gave the large deal to Gilmore, who wasn’t even in the organization. This doesn’t send the greatest message to the team by not being completely loyal to its players, but it’s worth wondering just how much Butler has been seeking per year. It’s likely been more than $13 million and a major reason why the Patriots signed Gilmore.
3. Butler is in a tough spot because he has no leverage. He’s under contract as a restricted free agent and since the Patriots placed a first-round tender on him, he’s on the books for $3.91 million — a large increase from his $600,000 a year ago. He could not sign the tender and hold out, but that wouldn’t do him any good because he wouldn’t get the year of service time and be in the same situation next offseason. The Patriots signing Gilmore is a sign they don’t view Butler as part of their long-term plans at cornerback because it’s hard to imagine the team spending at least $26 million per year on two cornerbacks. If they were willing to do that, it would have made more sense to extend Butler and re-sign Logan Ryan (who signed a three-year, $30 million deal with the Titans). New England could take the same approach with Butler as it did with Chandler Jones, and trade him this offseason to make sure they get something in return knowing they won’t be able to re-sign him when his contract is up after 2017. It’s already been rumored he could be traded to the Saints even after the Cooks trade. And with the Patriots not having a first or second-round pick, maybe a team would be willing to give up a low first or a second-round pick for the 27-year-old cornerback, and then sign him to a long-term deal.
|Bill Belichick shows up at Alabama pro day||03.08.17 at 2:43 pm ET|
Bill Belichick is officially back in football mode.
After spending the weekend at the NFL combine in Indianapolis, Belichick is now on the scouting road popping up at pro days.
On Wednesday, he was at Alabama’s pro day where he will be catching up with good friend Nick Saban and possibly current ‘Bama offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, who recently left his job with the Patriots as tight ends coach.
Expect to see Belichick at a number of pro days in the coming weeks.
— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) March 8, 2017
|Bill Belichick joins NFL Network at combine, shows more relaxed side||03.05.17 at 1:51 pm ET|
Bill Belichick didn’t hold a formal press conference at the NFL combine in Indianapolis this week, but he did take a few minutes to join the NFL Network’s live broadcast on Sunday with Mike Mayock and Willie McGinest.
“Willie, what’s going on? I am up in the press box where I’m usually not,” Belichick started his appearance with. “I haven’t been in the press box since I was in New England in 1996 when I coached the secondary.”
Belichick also cracked a joke about how he’s much more welcome in Indianapolis ever since the fourth-and-2 play many years ago.
“Trust me, Willie — when I came to Indianapolis they threw stuff at me, yelled at me and then when we went for it on [fourth-and-2] and got stopped, ever since then it has been, ‘Hey coach, good to see you,'” Belichick said.
The combine wraps up on Monday with the defensive backs working out on the field.
— NFL (@NFL) March 5, 2017
|Bill Belichick is owning the offseason, and it’s all because he’s taking days off||03.02.17 at 9:50 am ET|
At the Patriots’ championship parade last month, Bill Belichick sent out a message to the masses. “No days off!,” he shouted, to thousands of people who took the day off.
But in the ensuing weeks since New England’s historic comeback win over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI, Belichick hasn’t followed his own decree, either. He’s been traveling from coast-to-coast, basking in the glow of perhaps his greatest victory yet. Usually, Tom Brady or Rob Gronkowski are the ones generating headlines for their offseason excursions. But this year, it seems like we’re in for the “Summer of the Hoodie.”
Less than 24 hours after the Patriots had hoisted their fifth Lombardi Trophy, Belichick was off to Manhattan for a visit with “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon. A couple of days later, he played a round at Pebble Beach, partnering with Ricky Barnes.
“I always say, if you’d have had the four of us out there today, you’d have thought it was four normal guys who play their weekend game, that BS and all,” Barnes told reporters after the round. “You could tell there’s the ‘coach’ in him. He always wants someone else who it’s their profession to reassure him. So we [Barnes and his older brother and caddie, Andy] kind of help him out with the yardage and where to go, and he trusts the line.”
While Belichick may be a little awkward on the golf course, he seems to be at ease aboard his new board, “VII Rings.” Two weeks ago, he was photographed lounging on the vessel, which was docked in Jupiter, Fla. Belichick donated his old boat, “V Rings,” to a public sailing center in Rhode Island, and left it stocked with beer.
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) February 20, 2017
Bill Belichick had a night out with girlfriend Linda Holliday Wednesday night before heading to Indianapolis for the NFL combine, as the two attended the Celtics-Cavaliers game at TD Garden.
The couple sat in the first row next to the Celtics’ bench. The coach even cracked a smile when a member of the Harlem Globetrotters helped Holliday spin a basketball on her finger.
We made Bill Belichick laugh! Proof: pic.twitter.com/PVbrYn64fb
— Harlem Globetrotters (@Globies) March 2, 2017
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