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Belichick assumes there will be no OTAs; playbook will be reduced

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Even before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals granted the NFL’s stay Tuesday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick had moved on from possible OTAs and minicamps.   In his mind, they have already been canceled.

“At one point, we had to prepare for the offseason program, and that’s not really a part of it now,” Belichick told Ian Rapaport of the Boston Herald recently. “We talked about some kind of minicamp or [organized team activities], but now, we just turn our attention to training camp and get our teaching and organization straight there.”

In some ways, this point should be obvious.  But it’s almost jarring to hear from a head coach like Belichick.  We haven’t heard anyone else say it.   Belichick also recognizes that his teaching methods will have to change in training camp and the playbook will have to be reduced.

“Something’s going to have to go, I would think. The progression’s got to stay the same, but the breadth of that amount of installation could be subject to being trimmed back, maybe drastically,” Belichick said.

As Rapoport points out, the Patriots may only have two new starters this year.  They have an elite quarterback and the second longest tenured coach in the league.  If they have to drastically reduce their playbook, think about how screwed new coaching staffs will be.

While the lockout may actually help established staffs like New England’s, Belichick sounds as frustrated with litigation as any fan out there.

“It’s obviously a whole big legal thing and these lawyers, they know everything,” Belichick said sarcastically. “I’m sure they have a good reason for everything they do. None of us can figure it out, but I’m sure they can figure it out.”

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38 Responses to “Belichick assumes there will be no OTAs; playbook will be reduced”
  1. krow101 says: May 17, 2011 10:53 AM

    Huge savings in videotape.

  2. nyjalleffingday says: May 17, 2011 10:54 AM

    Belichick is so good, that even with no OTA’s and a reduced playbook, he will coach the team to a 16-0 regular season and a nice first round collapse in the playoffs.

  3. touchdownroddywhite says: May 17, 2011 11:00 AM

    “I’m sure they have a good reason for everything they do. None of us can figure it out, but I’m sure they can figure it out.”

    Love the little jabs in there.

  4. killxswitch says: May 17, 2011 11:03 AM

    We need more comments like this. The more fans hear concrete consequences for this labor garbage, the more noise that will come from the fans.

    We need to pressure both sides to stop jerking off in court and instead hammer out a deal that is fair enough to get back to football.

  5. willycents says: May 17, 2011 11:03 AM

    Do they have an elite qb, still? If the litigation continues into the season, any attorney worth his salt will advise the defendents, in this case the NFL and all teams, to have no contact with the named plaintiffs in the lawsuit.
    In that normal scenario, the Patriots, as named defendents, would not allow Brady to be in contact with any Patriot employees nor acess to their facilities.
    I have been involved in a few lawsuits, both as plaintiff and as defendent, and have been given that advice in every one of them.
    I could very easily see the attorney’s advising that, and the ten named plaintiffs not getting any football participation until the lawsuits go away for some reason.

  6. jw731 says: May 17, 2011 11:06 AM

    As an Eagles fan……..I can now give you Fat Andy’s response……..”we gotta do a better job there”….Grunt, gasp……next question…..

  7. kellyb9 says: May 17, 2011 11:09 AM

    @nyjalleffingday – Win one super bowl in the next 3 decades and then you can *officially* brag. I’m kind of sick of Jets fans winning the super bowl in May.

  8. bravecitizen2011 says: May 17, 2011 11:10 AM

    Please go to the NFL Boycott page on facebook. Choose the one with the NFL Lockout logo, not the crossed out NFL official emblem. This is an organized and serious movement. See the description. THANKS and let’s get OUR sport back!

  9. marvsleezy says: May 17, 2011 11:11 AM

    I dont get it, isnt it mostly the same stuff as last year? And they may only have 2 new guys on offense.

    Im guessing he is full of it. Hes just trying to get everyone else to dumb down their system. Get it? Thats just his style.

  10. sdiegosteel says: May 17, 2011 11:11 AM

    Yet I’m sure the owners will want us to pay full price for football that is dumbed down and simplified because their greed took away these OTAs and playbooks. This year’s game is going to be an inferior product with out of shape veterans, rookies who don’t know what they are doing, and no timing for the first month of the year due in large part because of the lockout.

    In no way am I a Belichick fan, but hopefully more respected names in the business begin admiting that the emperor has no clothes – – even if it is in typical Belichickian code.

  11. holdthemayo123 says: May 17, 2011 11:21 AM

    Hate or love BB, the one thing he is consistent about is staying out of politics and drama and just wanting to play some darn football. Hopefully this attitude will spread and we will see an agreement ASAP.

  12. bucsballer says: May 17, 2011 11:30 AM

    Wow bill real smart. Ur prlly the only coach to think this. Dumb @$$ pats

  13. lickinfeat says: May 17, 2011 11:44 AM

    bucsballer says:
    May 17, 2011 11:30 AM
    “Wow bill real smart. Ur prlly the only coach to think this. Dumb @$$ pats”

    To think what there wont be any OTA’s…It sounds like he is being pretty optimistic if he said he is preparing for training camp most poepl are saying there wont even be a traing camp

  14. habsman says: May 17, 2011 11:48 AM

    Pats went 14-3 last year. Has anyone figured out how Bill did it yet? Video tapes? Audio bugs? Satelite imaging? Guys in trees with binoculars?

    Or is he just better than everyone else?

  15. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: May 17, 2011 12:04 PM

    @bucsballer—Judging by your command of the English language, it’s rather impressive that you can even locate the power button on your computer.

  16. nyjalleffingday says: May 17, 2011 12:24 PM

    Patriots fans need some Prep H apparently, HAHA!

  17. j0esixpack says: May 17, 2011 12:45 PM

    Although it’s a bit tough not to blame them, the players seem willing to admit they are LOVING the lack of OTAs and one expects would be happy to do without camp this summer.

    And why not? They’ll get paid exactly the same as long as they don’t miss any games.

    While less established teams with new coaches and players are sure to be at a disadvantage, again, they get the entire spring and summer off and all get their full pay.

    The quality of the sport is sure to suffer, which is unfortunate, but if my boss told me I could get a full year’s salary but not work in the Spring and Summer, I don’t think I’d have any incentive to negotiate a quicker return to work either.

  18. j0esixpack says: May 17, 2011 12:54 PM

    habsman says: Pats went 14-3 last year. Has anyone figured out how Bill did it yet? Video tapes? Audio bugs? Guys in trees with binoculars?

    Habsman – that’s George Halas and Lamar Hunt in the 1950s that you’re thinking of…

    (See the PFT story “Taping Practices is Nothing New” from 2/23/08)

    … though you might not want to remind other fans that those things have been going on for 60 years. They prefer to delude themselves that this is all new, and that only one team has ever engaged in such practice…

    … and most certainly not the grandpoohbas of the NFL like Hunt and Halas.

  19. richm2256 says: May 17, 2011 1:11 PM

    nyjalleffingday says:
    May 17, 2011 10:54 AM
    Belichick is so good, that even with no OTA’s and a reduced playbook, he will coach the team to a 16-0 regular season and a nice first round collapse in the playoffs.

    ————————————————

    This from a guy convinced the Jets are two-time defending Super Bowl champs.

  20. wetgremlin14 says: May 17, 2011 1:18 PM

    Belichick is probably busy with his video tap at Jets West camp.

  21. freedomispopular says: May 17, 2011 1:29 PM

    That’s probably just a smoke screen. In reality, he’s probably got a secret bunker somewhere where they’ve been having full scale workouts for the past 2 months.

  22. vahawker says: May 17, 2011 1:30 PM

    Hate the Pats, but gotta respect BB and admit he is BY FAR the best coach in the league.

  23. ampats says: May 17, 2011 1:31 PM

    nyjalleffinday,

    1969, 42 years.

    And please refresh everyone’s memory the last time the Jets even won the AFC East?

    How many times in the past twenty years have they won the AFC East?

    NYJets football,so much talk with so little results.

    Even the Dolphins and Bills have accomplished more.

  24. southridge23 says: May 17, 2011 1:31 PM

    jw731 says: May 17, 2011 11:06 AM

    As an Eagles fan……..I can now give you Fat Andy’s response……..”we gotta do a better job there”….Grunt, gasp……next question…..

    =================

    Thank you for making me LOL for a couple minutes..grunt, gasp…classic

  25. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: May 17, 2011 1:50 PM

    bucsballer says:
    May 17, 2011 11:30 AM
    “Wow bill real smart. Ur prlly the only coach to think this. Dumb @$$ pats”

    ———————–

    I can’t stop laughing…From a bucs fan no less,,,,It’s not like you are the Jets who just keep winning the SB every year…FFS

  26. unbreakable02215 says: May 17, 2011 1:52 PM

    Habsman

    And they have bascially rebuilt their team on the
    fly. They got alot younger very quickly. They
    were the youngest team in the league last year,
    I think. Not positive on that though.

  27. nyjalleffingday says: May 17, 2011 1:57 PM

    @richm2256

    …says the guy who refuses to admit the Patriots run of terror is over.

    @ampats

    So wait, if all that stuff is actually relevant to the ’10/’11 Jets, why couldn’t you beat us? I’m stumped.

  28. nyjalleffingday says: May 17, 2011 2:13 PM

    P.S.

    The Bills never won anything, the Dolphins haven’t won anything for nearly as many years as us and the Pats never won anything for 4 decades. The recent trend of winning is a new thing for your franchise. Get off your high horse.

  29. Slackmo says: May 17, 2011 2:21 PM

    “Huge savings in videotape” was the comment of the week, how can people thumb that down??

  30. habsman says: May 17, 2011 2:31 PM

    @sixpack,

    I have always thought Goodell over-reacted on the video taping. New to the job and felt that he had to show who was in charge. He also worked for the Jets at one time, so we don’t know what influence was exerted on him. They were the ones who lodged the complaint afterall.

  31. habsman says: May 17, 2011 2:38 PM

    @sixpack,

    Your right about the oldtimers Joe, they called it gamesmanship!

  32. lickinfeat says: May 17, 2011 2:40 PM

    “nyjalleffingday says:

    The Bills never won anything, the Dolphins haven’t won anything for nearly as many years as us and the Pats never won anything for 4 decades. The recent trend of winning is a new thing for your franchise. Get off your high horse.”

    clearly u r missing his point….u ttold him to get off his high horse……u muist have thaat backwars because he is taking about jets fans who act like their team actually won a super bowl u r the one bashing the coach with 3 super bowl rings and he is clearly putting u in ur place seeing how the jets havent won anything…..and yea the dolphins have won the afc east atleast once in the last 8 years unlike ur squad

  33. giraffesturbation says: May 17, 2011 2:45 PM

    To all the people who keep leaving SpyGate comments on EVERY Patriots thread, I want to ask a serious question: What will make you stop? Belichick Retiring? Kraft selling the team?

    How much longer until what the Patriots did (years ago…) stops being the excuse why your team can’t win?

    Isn’t it exhausting?

  34. xxpatsxx says: May 17, 2011 3:07 PM

    effingnyjallday:

    Recent trend of winning is new to this franchise? Maybe if you consider 10 year record (during the cap era) as new and/or recent.

    Either way, better than a trend of predicting SB wins & falling short.

  35. j0esixpack says: May 17, 2011 3:09 PM

    nyjalleffingday says: The Bills never won anything, the Dolphins haven’t won anything for nearly as many years as us and the Pats never won anything for 4 decades. The recent trend of winning is a new thing for your franchise. Get off your high horse.

    Yes… tell them to get off their high horse and do what the Jets do…

    i.e. – make bold predictions of winning the Super Bowl that they haven’t been able to make good on for 42 years

    At the very least the Bills have been AFC Champions twice in the last 20 years. That’s much more than Jets fans can say about the last 40.

    But I suppose if Rex Ryan keeps promising he will win the Super Bowl – guaranteed – enough, at some point in the next 40 years that might come through.

  36. CKL says: May 17, 2011 3:14 PM

    “Reducing the playbook” in the Pats case more likely refers to his young defense due to their inexperience and the complexity of BB’s 3-4 though it’s not clear right now how many new OL might be playing. That would hurt them for sure.
    Oh yeah and I love BB’s subtle jabs as well. :D

  37. ampats says: May 17, 2011 3:45 PM

    nyjalleffinday,

    Everyone is laughing at your comments from a fan of the team that has not won anything for 42 YEARS.

    Once again congratulations on winning the Divisional Playoff game only to choke a week later.

    But then again I remember the NY papers calling it the “Greatest Victory in the History of the NYJ”

    Thats what happens when you haven’t won anything else.

  38. tjrubleysaudible says: May 17, 2011 5:03 PM

    I’m a Packer fan, and I like Belichik. “Stats are for losers.” Gotta love that.

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