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Belichick calls final cut day “the worst part of the job”

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It’s cutdown day in the NFL, the day when every roster has to get down to 53, and that means hundreds of professional football players become unemployed today. For Patriots coach Bill Belichick, that makes it a miserable day.

It’s the worst part of the job,” Belichick said. “You start with 90 players and you know you’re going to have to release 37 of them or 37 of them can’t make your roster – it’s usually more than that because other players come and are part of that process, too.”

Belichick said he feels badly for the players who won’t make the team simply because of the reality of the numbers.

“Guys work hard, they give you everything they’ve got, they go out there and compete, and not everybody can make it,” Belichick said. “It’s always a tough time of year for myself and all the other position coaches as well, because those guys spend a lot of time with those players in meetings, watching film with them, out on the practice field in smaller groups, and really try to develop a good working relationship with those players and it’s hard to see it end. But unfortunately, we all understand that’s part of the process and the business.”

When you’re a lifelong football coach like Belichick, final cut day is something you’re accustomed to, but that doesn’t make it easy.

“It doesn’t make it any easier, but it’s something you have to deal with every year,” Belichick said. “It doesn’t really get any easier. It’s always a grouping of people and you’re affecting their lives and their families and their careers and trying to do what’s best for the team, but that still can be tough. It is tough.”

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50 Responses to “Belichick calls final cut day “the worst part of the job””
  1. vicktator says: Sep 3, 2011 7:50 AM

    Final Cut? Sounds like he’s making more movies

  2. highpowered350 says: Sep 3, 2011 7:55 AM

    Bill then went back to his office to open his new 3D camera he just bought and said to himself “Im going to be the James Cameron of cheating”. He wanted to start cheating, I mean filming right away but Brady grabbed the camera and smashed it in a jealous rage when he found out the camera wasnt to take pictures of him in his uggs.

  3. ny82jy says: Sep 3, 2011 8:00 AM

    BB should cut Haynesworth (fatboy) and give the roster spot to someome who actually deserves it and will work hard.

  4. skoobyfl says: Sep 3, 2011 8:02 AM

    Make this team = giving up your soul.

  5. buhbay1c says: Sep 3, 2011 8:06 AM

    That’s funny, I thought getting caught in a disgraceful cheating scandal would have taken the cake.

  6. bdert says: Sep 3, 2011 8:07 AM

    Gotta suck!!!!!

  7. tatum064 says: Sep 3, 2011 8:08 AM

    A combination of regret, tension, stress and relief all at once. And thats just making the team, so imagine how a coach feels.

  8. scudbot says: Sep 3, 2011 8:13 AM

    “Making personnel decisions, you work to be in position where they’re hard to make,” (Ted) Thompson said. “That’s your goal as an organization and personnel people, you want competition and you want decisions to be hard.”

  9. gfan8611 says: Sep 3, 2011 8:27 AM

    Can’t be easy to sit down and tell some kid that’s been working at his dream of being a pro football player since he was eight that it’s not going to happen. And for quite a few of these guys that’s exactly it, they will be done with professional sports as a career option.

  10. tellemallrex says: Sep 3, 2011 8:35 AM

    Even as a Jets fan, I’m tired of the wedged in cheating references. They are as lame as the Rex foot jokes. Totally unrelated to the topic.

  11. charliewade says: Sep 3, 2011 8:38 AM

    *shrug*

    First off, if you get cut from a team, you yourself are as much to blame as anyone, since you put yourself in the position of allowing someone else to make that decision for you. Had you performed well enough, you wouldn’t be in danger of being cut.

    Second, so what? Then you go out and get a normal, 9-to-5 job like the rest of us shmoes.

    I get that most of these guys, football has been their life’s focus since before they can remember. But life doesn’t care, you have to accept that sometimes you can get paid to do what you dream of doing… and then you become like the rest of us: punching a clock doing something else you hopefully come to at least like.

  12. 6ball says: Sep 3, 2011 8:38 AM

    .

    Belichick is highlighting the difference between the NFL and the private sector. In the NFL teams fire guys despite him doing everything he’s asked by management. While in the private sector ….hey wait a minute . There is no difference.

  13. qdog112 says: Sep 3, 2011 8:48 AM

    Finally, Bilicheck and I agree on something. It’s even harder than spying because he’s got that down. This guy is a crook who only got away with it because he had won Super Bowls. A real investigation would have blown up the NFL. (imagine taking the trophies back) Remember he was fined $500,000 and the team was fined $750,000.

    So what does Goodell do, he destroyed the evidence. Like it or not, a full blown congressional investigation was in order, but Goodell wanted to swash the obvious corruption.

  14. richm2256 says: Sep 3, 2011 8:49 AM

    So many small-minded people here.

    Belichick is talking about how gut-wrenching it is to make decisions that you know will have real, dramatic impacts on families who may suddenly be without income today, and you morons can only talk about Spygate.

    I really feel bad for people with such a limited ability to grasp humanity.

    Sorry, I’m using words that their brains can’t understand…..

    You’re STOO-PIT.

    There, they’ll understand that.

  15. punkymagee says: Sep 3, 2011 8:52 AM

    And what happened then…? Well, in Brady-ville they say that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day.

  16. goodguyjohn says: Sep 3, 2011 8:56 AM

    Bill Belichick is a great coach in this once proud league. He’s one of VERY few guys that have derailed Joe Montana (when D cord with NYG) and Peyton with schemes alone.

    Looking forward to the Mic’d up show. Should be fascinating.

  17. rambo08 says: Sep 3, 2011 8:59 AM

    So Belichick does have a heart.

  18. boblavoie says: Sep 3, 2011 9:01 AM

    This coach has a good heart – he is the best there is.

    Bill, it is what it is. just do your job!

  19. ryanmallettsbluntwrap says: Sep 3, 2011 9:08 AM

    Tellmallrex :

    I completely agree with you , as a pats fan , everytime i read a rex ryan foot joke its like beating a dead body with a bat , just a bunch of idiots looking for some attention on a blog site . Every idiot that comes on here and says something about cameras or rexs feet or whatever it may be just say the same thing over and over . Pats – Spygate , Jets – Feet , Steelers – Steroids , raiders – al davis , washington -snyder ………. could go on with every team . Keep on hatin on other peoples teams morons while your team keeps sitting around not doin a damn thing.

  20. wawa33 says: Sep 3, 2011 9:09 AM

    Maybe he should illegally film other teams cut downs and than destroy the tapes.

  21. laeaglefan says: Sep 3, 2011 9:18 AM

    “And for quite a few of these guys that’s exactly it, they will be done with professional sports as a career option”

    Yeah….the poor guys will have to go out and get a REAL job. Welcome to the real world fellas…..the world that 99.99% of the population lives in!

  22. swarlesbarrkley says: Sep 3, 2011 9:21 AM

    charliewade says: Sep 3, 2011 8:38 AM

    *shrug*

    First off, if you get cut from a team, you yourself are as much to blame as anyone, since you put yourself in the position of allowing someone else to make that decision for you. Had you performed well enough, you wouldn’t be in danger of being cut.

    Second, so what? Then you go out and get a normal, 9-to-5 job like the rest of us shmoes.

    I get that most of these guys, football has been their life’s focus since before they can remember. But life doesn’t care, you have to accept that sometimes you can get paid to do what you dream of doing… and then you become like the rest of us: punching a clock doing something else you hopefully come to at least like.

    —-

    the reality is that 37 people must get cut, period. if it isn’t one person, its going to be somebody else. If all 90 players work their absolute hardest, and have the same exact stats, and perform the same as the guy next to him, guess what – 37 people are still getting cut.

  23. mkwelchsportsradio says: Sep 3, 2011 9:27 AM

    punkymagee has the best comment I’ve seen on the PFT comments in a long time.

  24. scudbot says: Sep 3, 2011 9:28 AM

    qdog112 says: “Finally, Bilicheck and I agree on something…” Say, this truly is a red letter day in NFL history then. Do you think he’ll call you before or after the cut downs?

  25. ernestbynershands says: Sep 3, 2011 9:33 AM

    Chad, you’re fired.

  26. qdog112 says: Sep 3, 2011 9:34 AM

    Belicheck was fined $500,000 because he didn’t cheat. The evidence was destroyed because it led nowhere and square is round and up is down.

  27. ampats says: Sep 3, 2011 9:34 AM

    The truth is most of these posts about spygate just shows these morons really don’t understand how the NFL really operates.

    It becomes a waste of time to respond, just like most of their lives..

    Example:Look at above wawa33 (and “than” destroy the tapes. )His third grade education is on full display for all to see

  28. richm2256 says: Sep 3, 2011 9:39 AM

    qdog112 says:
    Remember he was fined $500,000 and the team was fined $750,000.

    —————————————————————-

    No clue what he’s talking about.

    Belichick indeed was fined half a mill (think about that the next time you want to post that Goodell favors the Patriots!), the team however was only fined $250,000

    But hey, don’t let the truth get in the way, right?

  29. buttercheck says: Sep 3, 2011 9:43 AM

    It’s getting REAL tough to crowbar spy gate references into every Bellechick story. Cut’s = Film editing was pretty neat though.

  30. bradwins says: Sep 3, 2011 9:52 AM

    Belichick is one of the most misunderstood people in sports. Many of the comments here sadly reflect these common misconceptions.

  31. chadmurdigan says: Sep 3, 2011 10:02 AM

    While in the private sector ….hey wait a minute . There is no difference.

    Actually, I think you probably get a better and more humane termination from most coaches than you get from the corporate bosses taking home probably ten times what they were paying you anyway before telling you you have fifteen minutes to clean out your desk and leave the building.

    I think of the episode of Hard Knocks when Wade Phillips was tearing up in his office after telling a player he had been cut.

    I don’t see many of the BofA corporate types tearing up like Wade over the 20,000 to 30,000 men and women they’re getting ready to fire “to become more efficient as a business,” as stated in this morning’s news.

    Anyway, I’d hate to be a coach on final cut day.

  32. CKL says: Sep 3, 2011 10:06 AM

    I read that on the Pats there’s no one “turk”. Several people have those duties. I think that’s cool because no one person should have to do such a sucktastic job.

    To the people saying, “Well then they just have to get a job like the rest of us” it’s not the same situation AT ALL. I don’t think 90 % of us have been doing our jobs for fun since we were age 5 all the way through adulthood dreaming of being pro one day. I mean I don’t know about you but I’ve never seen an accountant or garbageman or mechanic get let go who has been doing that since they were 5 and it was their dream job but you never know. That element makes it pretty tough in a unique way for these guys. I do feel for them, with a different dimension than I do for other people who lose their jobs or are told they aren’t good enough for reasons that ARE NOT their fault.

  33. haanster says: Sep 3, 2011 10:20 AM

    Funny. I thought he would find it the best part of his job.

  34. bcgreg says: Sep 3, 2011 10:22 AM

    @ qdog112

    The Broncos were fined $950+ thousand dollars for cheating. Then, they were fined another $950+ thousand for cheating a second time. The 49ers (and the angents involved) were fined over $1M for cheating. These are facts. What’s your point?

    Jimmy Johnson admitted to doing the same thing as Belichick on his way to 3 SBs. He learned it from a guy in KC when Schottenheimer was coach. On the coaching staff in KC was Cowher, Dungy, and Herm Edwards. Cowher and Edwards have both said it’s no big deal. Dungy said he never got anything from the tapes so when he became HC of TB, he didn’t do it even though the guy in KC who taught Jimmy Johnson went to TB with Dungy.

    Eric Mangini got caught taping in the endzone at Gillette in the 2006 playoffs while HC of the NYJ.
    Again, what’s your point, hater?

    Just move on. My God!

  35. nahcouldntbethat says: Sep 3, 2011 10:33 AM

    @goodguyjohn

    “Looking forward to the Mic’d up show. Should be fascinating.”

    ———————————-

    100-1 he’s murmuring and using sign language and whistles and the like to give commands in that game.

    Nobody gives out less information than Bill Belichik. He makes Bill Parcells look like Oprah.

  36. essentialsausage says: Sep 3, 2011 10:59 AM

    Why are people giving “thumbs down” to comments about Belichick cheating? He’s a well-documented cheater, he shouldn’t even be in the league.

  37. jtm12180 says: Sep 3, 2011 11:32 AM

    whoa whoa whoa….wait a minute. was belichick showing emotion in this article?????????????????

  38. nomoreseasontix says: Sep 3, 2011 11:35 AM

    Two questions…

    1) Who has to deliver the news to “Happy” Haynesworth?

    2) Will that person be wearing a helmet?

  39. oakfan23 says: Sep 3, 2011 11:45 AM

    I know its just part of doing business, but its nice to see guys in that position “personalize” things like this. Its nice to see them caring about somebody else on that level.

  40. socaljetsfan says: Sep 3, 2011 11:46 AM

    Is it just me or is BB starting to reveal a little bit of insight of himself, maybe Rex is rubbing off on him. Seriously, maybe Bill has seen how Rex’s openness has related to players giving thier all for the coach.

  41. patssmelllikepoo says: Sep 3, 2011 11:52 AM

    I thought the worst part of the job is getting caught cheating. Boy, was I wrong.

  42. CKL says: Sep 3, 2011 11:58 AM

    essentialsausage says: Sep 3, 2011 10:59 AM

    Why are people giving “thumbs down” to comments about Belichick cheating? He’s a well-documented cheater, he shouldn’t even be in the league.
    ______________________________________
    So anytime there’s a post on Shanahan (salary cap cheater) or McDaniels (actually videotaped practices), all you “cheater” people say the same thing, right? Nope.

    You are all “disposable ‘heroes’ of hypocrisy.” That’s what ticks a lot of us Pats fans off. You guys use it to hate on the Pats not because you care about integrity. Irony at its finest.

  43. guypatsfan says: Sep 3, 2011 12:26 PM

    Belichick cheated, he was caught, he was punished. END OF CONVERSATION. That was four years ago. Time to move on.

  44. flagstaffphotos says: Sep 3, 2011 12:28 PM

    The “worst part of the job” for other NFL head coaches used to be having to prepare for Parcells’ great players PLUS BB’s cheating. That’s when the Pats won Super Bowls.

    Now the other coaches only have to prepare for BB’s cheating – his own players aren’t any good. And of course – no Super Bowls.

    Look out for the Dolphins and the Jets to pass you by again this year, Beantown homers.

  45. 1historian says: Sep 3, 2011 1:46 PM

    all you pathetic haters out there – here’s some new stuff for you to chew on.

    (I’ll try to make it REAL simple so you can understand it)

    1) since they got caught stealing the jets’ defensive signals in 2007 the Patriots have won more than 75% of the games they played in – better than ANY team in ALL of pro sports in that time frame.

    2) (follows 1) Any complaints about cheating with ANY validity to them since then? Nary a one. (conspiracy theories don’t count)

    3) (follows 2 which – if you remember back that far – follows 1) Of the 53 guys on their roster for the 2008 Super Bowl only 6 are on the present day roster. That means that somehow or other Belichik has managed to replace 47 people (88.7% roster turnover) over the last 3 seasons (4th coming up) and the Patriots are STILL considered among the top teams in the NFL.

    Finally, hear this heart-felt plea – GET SOME NEW MATERIAL

  46. 1historian says: Sep 3, 2011 1:48 PM

    calling all haters – when you are busy hating on our team, THE PATS – please have the decency, guts, courage, integrity, honesty, whatever you call it – to identify the team that YOU root for.

    p.s. – Jets fans – thanks for Woodhead from last season and for Ellis this season.

  47. nepatriots128154 says: Sep 3, 2011 1:55 PM

    Woah, so many Patriot haters in the first couple comments! Jealousy at its finest

  48. richm2256 says: Sep 3, 2011 3:37 PM

    flagstaffphotos says:
    The “worst part of the job” for other NFL head coaches used to be having to prepare for Parcells’ great players PLUS BB’s cheating. That’s when the Pats won Super Bowls.

    Now the other coaches only have to prepare for BB’s cheating – his own players aren’t any good. And of course – no Super Bowls.

    Look out for the Dolphins and the Jets to pass you by again this year, Beantown homers.

    —————————————————————-
    I think we’ve found Mark Sanchez’s 17 year old girlfriend, folks.

  49. tiffpats4eva says: Sep 4, 2011 7:49 PM

    Flagstaph’s job is to post anti Patriot comments on Patriot threads. During the economic boom, he was a Wal-Mart greeter.

    How the mighty have fallen.

  50. tiffpats4eva says: Sep 4, 2011 7:51 PM

    qdog112 says:
    Sep 3, 2011 9:34 AM
    Belicheck was fined $500,000 because he didn’t cheat. The evidence was destroyed because it led nowhere and square is round and up is down.
    **************************

    Thanks for staying on topic. This a profoundly relevant comment.

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