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Bill Belichick prepares for Pro Bowl: “We’ll scout the golfing”

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick grumbled his way through many answers at Monday morning’s season-ending press conference, but he did get off a good one-liner in talking about his role as coach for the AFC Pro Bowl team.

Asked whether he’ll be able to scout players on other teams during Pro Bowl practices, Belichick offered a wry response.

“With the tempo of those practices, I think that would be pretty minimal,” Belichick said. “We’ll scout the golfing.”

Obviously, Belichick and his staff would prefer to be preparing for the AFC Championship Game and the Super Bowl, not the Pro Bowl. But Belichick said he knows that’s his job now.

“It’s definitely not where we want to be, but we’ll go out there and do it,” Belichick said.

The press conference was also notable for Belichick’s refusal to get into questions about Patrick Chung’s failed fake punt, which led to a Jets touchdown. Belichick simply isn’t going to go there, seemingly because he wants to protect Chung from any further criticism.

And although Belichick didn’t enjoy speaking to the media this morning, he did conclude his final press conference with some warm words.

“I appreciate everybody’s cooperation and patience at times and I’m sure we’ll see you at some time here down the road,” Belichick said. “Thank you.”

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21 Responses to “Bill Belichick prepares for Pro Bowl: “We’ll scout the golfing””
  1. Moonman says: Jan 17, 2011 10:58 AM

    Watching him and his staff prepare for this game is probably hilarious. The game isn’t played hard, he won’t use any of his regular game plan. He has to be thinking what the rest of us do. “What’s the point?”

    I’m 28 years old and I have never watched a pro bowl. Not even flipped past it for a minute. It’s worthless.

  2. joetoronto says: Jan 17, 2011 11:00 AM

    He’s a breath of hot air.

  3. tkebean says: Jan 17, 2011 11:01 AM

    With Brady’s recent playoff performances, yes Bill, all those reporters will be seeing you give a similar press conferences after Brady loses more playoff games.

  4. sash765 says: Jan 17, 2011 11:05 AM

    This guy has no class no class at all

  5. realitypolice says: Jan 17, 2011 11:20 AM

    The Pro Bowl this year will be more ridiculous than ever. At least last year players could justify coming because it was in the same place as the Super Bowl.

    Now you are going to ask the players to be 3,000 miles away from the biggest party of the year. You think any of these players are going to want to pass up VIP ticks to the Maxim Party or any of the other Ho Fests in Dallas during SB week?

    It’s going to take alot more than Bill Belichick in a hawaiian shirt with a lei on.

  6. Stiller43 says: Jan 17, 2011 11:23 AM

    Re: the Pat Chung fake punt

    That HAS to be a worse call than it was execution of it. With about 2:00 left in the 1st half inside your own 40 down by 4 points, just punt it deep to them and let the clock run out. You get the ball back at the start of the 2nd half with a chance to take the lead, you shouldn’t be panicking.

    Instead you go with a play that has a chance to fail and give them the ball almost in scoring position and give them huge momentum going into half, which is exactly what it did.

    Say all you want about the execution, but Belichick was no genius yesterday.

  7. rayguyreturns says: Jan 17, 2011 11:31 AM

    “Film at 11:00″

    Signed,

    BB

  8. 1historian says: Jan 17, 2011 11:32 AM

    FYI – The Pats got their butts handed to them yesterday. No excuses.

    Sash675 – how would you recognize class when you see it?

    In Bill we trust – 22 players on the 53 man squad are either 1st or 2nd year. They just learned what the playoffs are all about – the hard way.

    We have 7 choices in the 1st 4 rounds of the draft, 3 of the 1st 33.

    3 straight post-season losses – at least we GOT into the post-season.

    GO STEELERS!!!!

    please

  9. nepatriots128154 says: Jan 17, 2011 11:37 AM

    Stiller43 says: Jan 17, 2011 11:23 AM

    Re: the Pat Chung fake punt

    That HAS to be a worse call than it was execution of it. With about 2:00 left in the 1st half inside your own 40 down by 4 points, just punt it deep to them and let the clock run out. You get the ball back at the start of the 2nd half with a chance to take the lead, you shouldn’t be panicking.

    Instead you go with a play that has a chance to fail and give them the ball almost in scoring position and give them huge momentum going into half, which is exactly what it did.

    Say all you want about the execution, but Belichick was no genius yesterday.

    ——————————————————————-

    Actually, it was Patrick Chung’s call. He had the ability to call for a fake punt before the ball is snapped, and he did. While it turned out awful, he would have had a 1st had he not dropped the ball.

  10. xtb3 says: Jan 17, 2011 11:39 AM

    these games come down to or are determined by a few plays – thats all!

    and yesterday the biggest one was the insane attempt to try that fake punt. even if they succeeded it only would have put the ball on pats 43 or so yardline with 1:40 left in the half. and patriots were getting the ball to open the 2nd half. if the attempt failed jets might stretch the 7-3 lead to 14-3 which to me sounds like you have everything to lose and nothing to gain if you try that play there.

    sure sanchez looked great – BELICHICK WITH THE EXCEPTION OF A COUPLE OF PLAYS AT THE START OF THE 2ND HALF REFUSED TO PRESSURE HIM. The same belichick who benched welker for the first series for joking about ryan’s foot fetish. the bsame belichick who ran a 4th quarter 10 minute drive while down 10 points, the same belichick who down a td 1:40 left in game with 2 timeouts and jets hands team out there refused to kickoff deep, the same belichick who up 6 points vs indy 2 min left 4th and 2 went for it.

    patriots were in the tank.

    do you remember mike holovak pats coach trying last second field goal down like 16-0 and making it to beat the spread?

    what do the rooney, mara and bidwell families have in common?

  11. clusterpuck says: Jan 17, 2011 11:48 AM

    This also gives him more time to think about advanced practice taping techniques and other ways he can cheat his way back to the top of the NFL again.

  12. ny82jy says: Jan 17, 2011 11:57 AM

    Ryan outcoached him plain and simple. There is no argument that can be made against that..

  13. Stupid Raiders Fan says: Jan 17, 2011 12:10 PM

    I wonder if Brady will play now or sit out like he usually does. I wish they would take away pro-bowl honors from players that skip it. I know it’s unrealistic but it seems like most of the stars don’t really want to play and skip it because of an injury, which is valid everyone is banged up at the end of the season.

  14. neatz says: Jan 17, 2011 12:41 PM

    Here a Pats fan,

    Congrats you played a great game and beat us fair and square, Rex put a great game plan.

    BB is still a great coach so lets not disrespect that, The guy has more than 100 victories, he is a genius, sometimes things dont go your way, This is a very young team and will get better next year, they learned a very valuable albeit painful lesson. Enjoy your success.

  15. freedomispopular says: Jan 17, 2011 12:42 PM

    I hope BB becomes a TV guy when he’s done with football.

  16. 1historian says: Jan 17, 2011 1:03 PM

    The fake punt – after it blew up in their face the replay showed that the entire left side of the field was devoid of jets if Chung could have gotten by the D line which he probably could have.

    Of course it would have helped if he hadn’t DROPPED THE DAMN BALL.

    Water under the bridge

    Congrats jets

    GO STEELERS

  17. bradyisgod says: Jan 17, 2011 1:20 PM

    sash765 says:
    Jan 17, 2011 11:05 AM

    “This guy has no class no class at all ”

    Besides your blind hatred. Can u please explain what he just did that was so classless?

  18. yamchargers says: Jan 17, 2011 1:41 PM

    The list of Superbowls that the Pats have won is still at ZEEEERRRRO! Its not true that cheaters never proper, but they dont proper after they get caught!

  19. pftfan says: Jan 17, 2011 1:51 PM

    I resign as HC of the AFC.

    BB

  20. flash1283 says: Jan 17, 2011 2:07 PM

    yamchargers says:
    Jan 17, 2011 1:41 PM
    The list of Superbowls that the Pats have won is still at ZEEEERRRRO! Its not true that cheaters never proper, but they dont proper after they get caught!

    00  
    ——–
    WTF , and I guess stupid is as stupid does.

    “cheaters never proper , but they don’t proper after they get caught”

    Nice one, moron!!

  21. jerrycolatrella says: Jan 17, 2011 2:28 PM

    The big questions everybody wants to know are:

    Is Bill going to be wearing the hoodie in Hawaii? It would look good with some bermuda shorts.

    When will he send his trusted aides ahead of time to Hawaii so they can be in place to tape the practices of the NFC team?

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