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Bill Belichick is always coaching

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I’ve watched a lot of NFL Films over the years. A Football Life: Bill Belichick is as compelling as anything they’ve produced.

MDS already did a great job highlighting some of the best parts of Part I of the documentary, airing at 9 p.m. ET on NFL Network.

You see every side of Belichick: relaxed, profane, emotional, miserable, incisive, and even exuberant.   Not exactly “Dr. Doom” as Bill Parcells once referred to Belichick.

One big takeaway I took from the show: Belichick is always coaching, whether it’s with his son, his players, or his fellow coaches. Everything has a purpose and much of it is to develop like-minded thinking between his staff and his players.

Belichick coaches hard.  In the ’09 season opener against the Bills, Tom Brady looked antsy in his first regular season game since his ACL surgery.

“Settle down, there buddy.  Step into the throw. Okay? You all right?” Belichick asked.

After some back and forth, Belichick says: “Just step into it, Okay?”

It’s clear Belichick takes the losses hard. It’s like the life has been drained from him when the Patriots lose.

“That was some bad football out there fellas,” Belichick said in a whisper at a coaches meeting the following day after loss to the Broncos. “Bad coaching, bad playing, bad everything.

“Offensively, we’ve seen this now twice really.  If you just take Moss away on the deep part of the field and get down on Welker, we’re done. We’re done. We can’t run the ball, we can’t throw the ball to anyone else. We’re done. . . . We gotta do a better job than his fellas. This is some bad coaching.”

In the following team meeting, NFL Films gives us a window into Belichick’s coaching philosophy.

“It’s not someday else’s problem. It’s your problem. It’s our problem. And we’re the only ones that can fix it,” Belichick said to his team. “The only thing I can do fellas, and I’m going to do it, is put more pressure on you.”

The team responded, at least for a week.  They won 59-0 against Tennessee the following Sunday.

That sequence showcased the incredible highs and lows of the NFL.  A Football Life: Bill Belichick  delves deep into an NFL season in a way than we simply haven’t seen before.

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  1. gustavejfrerotte says: Sep 15, 2011 3:33 PM

    Didn’t Mangini name his son after the Patriots coach?

    “Hoodie….dinners ready.”

    awesome……………

  2. nzyme says: Sep 15, 2011 3:37 PM

    Belichick never hesitates to blame himself for what he thinks is bad coaching performance. There are coaches in this league who would NEVER blame a loss on bad coaching.

  3. techstar25 says: Sep 15, 2011 3:40 PM

    Coincidentally that is Rex Ryan’s favorite photo of Belichick.

  4. gmanpatsfan says: Sep 15, 2011 3:42 PM

    I hope Rex Ryan doesn’t see this picture of Belichicks bare foot.

  5. bigperm33 says: Sep 15, 2011 3:43 PM

    What I am interested in is that 2009 was probably the toughest/worst year the Patriots have had with Brady and Belichick together (putting 2000 aside when Brady was a rookie and basically didn’t play). They went 10-6, but were sluggish at times in many games, were 2-6 on the road, blew fourth quarter leads I think in 5 of the 6 losses. There was losing in Denver, being blown out by the Saints, and of course the game at the Colts with the infamous 4th and 2 call. Also, this was really the only season under Belichick where there seemed to be any sustained problems in the lockerroom. It was just a very different year than really any other and it should make for a fascinating look at a coach and a team that we really never get to see otherwise.

  6. giselleisasucubus says: Sep 15, 2011 3:48 PM

    for christs sake Rex, pull your damn pants up. Whats wrong with you….?

  7. bozosforall says: Sep 15, 2011 3:49 PM

    It would be more fitting if the title of this thread were “Bill Belichick is always cheating”.

    And before you crybaby Pats fans start about “lame jokes and comments”, please see the above “lame joke/comment” from one of your own, gmanpats fan. Any Pats fan who still wants to whine about my post, please see the word “hypocrite” in the dictionary.

  8. bluemist says: Sep 15, 2011 3:50 PM

    Foot jokes aside, I am looking forward to seeing this. And I am definitely NOT a Belichick fan. NFL Films produces some great stuff.

  9. rexismybff says: Sep 15, 2011 3:50 PM

    How quaint! What could be cuter than watching the game’s most punished rules violator frollicking with his boys. Any guest appearances by his friends? Like Manny Ramirez, Brian Cushing, or Cam Newton’s dad?

  10. mike83ri says: Sep 15, 2011 3:55 PM

    I can’t wait to see the clips of the Hoodie in his first preparations against the Footie.

  11. salvaje50 says: Sep 15, 2011 4:00 PM

    tough titty said the kitty, my milk is sour

  12. CKL says: Sep 15, 2011 4:03 PM

    bigperm33 says: Sep 15, 2011 3:43 PM

    What I am interested in is that 2009 was probably the toughest/worst year the Patriots have had with Brady and Belichick together (putting 2000 aside when Brady was a rookie and basically didn’t play). They went 10-6, but were sluggish at times in many games, were 2-6 on the road, blew fourth quarter leads I think in 5 of the 6 losses.
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    Seconded. What a bad team that was with a bad locker room dynamic (Moss, AD etc).Then add Brady not being himself again yet due to coming back from the injury (I never saw so many off the back foot hospital ball WTF passes from him in my life as that year). That’s why I think this is the best year of his tenure to have had him miked. I can’t believe he got that team to the playoffs if you ask me. That was a 6-10/7-9 team if I ever saw one.

  13. Ralphie says: Sep 15, 2011 4:06 PM

    Bill Belichick has balls. I remember him removing local hero Bernie Kosar on the Browns for Vinny T when he knew he’d get pummeled by the locals. To BB and Testaverde’s credit, the Cleveland Browns made the playoffs that year in 1994. He said the Browns just weren’t going to make the playoffs with Bernie and he did what a coach is supposed to do.

    Or drafting some guy in the first few rounds and then cutting him over an undrafted free agent which he has done a number of times; he’s not afraid to admit his mistakes. How many teams will hang onto a slappie for years just because of his high draft position, and not just admit the mistake and move on and try to help the team with another guy? Also of note is even though BB has all of those draft picks every year he is consistently in the top 5 teams every year for undrafted players or journeymen making the Pats. I think his attitude, and the attitude of his coaches is that if a player just has a certain makeup they look for they have the confidence that they will coach him up. The guy doesn’t have to be a superstar. That’s the coaching acumen that impresses me.

  14. sirsupersouthern says: Sep 15, 2011 4:10 PM

    Well, at least that explains the 59-0 win over Tenn, in which the Pats were up by 42 points at half-time and brought their starters back in the game for the third quarter. Brady threw for another 100 yards and a TD, making his fantasy football day even bigger.

    Yes, I was on the receiving end of that and I’ll never forget. Completely classless, but it looks like BB was just making up for the week before. Still horrible…

  15. homelanddefense says: Sep 15, 2011 4:10 PM

    bigperm33 says: Sep 15, 2011 3:43 PM

    What I am interested in is that 2009 was probably the toughest/worst year the Patriots have had with Brady and Belichick together (putting 2000 aside when Brady was a rookie and basically didn’t play). They went 10-6, but were sluggish at times in many games, were 2-6 on the road, blew fourth quarter leads I think in 5 of the 6 losses. There was losing in Denver, being blown out by the Saints, and of course the game at the Colts with the infamous 4th and 2 call. Also, this was really the only season under Belichick where there seemed to be any sustained problems in the lockerroom. It was just a very different year than really any other and it should make for a fascinating look at a coach and a team that we really never get to see otherwise.
    _________________________

    from what I understand they do not mention the players showing up late and getting suspended, or the Seymour trade at all. Shame…

  16. marvsleezy says: Sep 15, 2011 4:25 PM

    Post this to YOUTUBE tomorrow – I dont have NFL network, thanks.

  17. CKL says: Sep 15, 2011 4:35 PM

    sirsupersouthern says: Sep 15, 2011 4:10 PM

    Well, at least that explains the 59-0 win over Tenn, in which the Pats were up by 42 points at half-time and brought their starters back in the game for the third quarter. Brady threw for another 100 yards and a TD, making his fantasy football day even bigger.

    Yes, I was on the receiving end of that and I’ll never forget. Completely classless, but it looks like BB was just making up for the week before. Still horrible…
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    Wait…so you love fake football (fantasy) and think there’s running up the score in pro football and it’s “horrible”??? I think you’d be happier watching high school football. Or maybe pee wee league. No pro football team needs any sort of EXCUSE to leave their starters in on offense or defense and play football.
    Sheesh.

  18. mrconnors says: Sep 15, 2011 4:48 PM

    In case you were wondering, Bozosforall is a bitter Steelers fan who is mad that the Patriots crush the Steelers every time they play. He wants to point to spygate for why the Patriots always win (how that explains the 01 AFCCG where the Patriots offense didn’t do jack and they scored two ST TD’s, I don’t know).

    Except, the Patriots have beaten the Steelers worse since spygate. Tom Brady 400 yards, 3 TD’s in 2007, 350 yards, 3 TD’s one rushing TD in 2010. The Steelers can only beat Matt Cassel.

    The funny thing is, nimrod Bozosforall probably claims Brady is a system QB, as well.

  19. Ralphie says: Sep 15, 2011 4:50 PM

    bozosforall says:
    “… please see the word “hypocrite” in the dictionary.”
    ___________________________

    I looked up Hypocrite in the dictionary (like you asked). Webster’s says: Hypocrite: “A self-absorbed, arrogant prick of a Jets fan who constantly pisses and moans about other people doing something wrong, yet he constantly engages in that behavior by posting lame, anti-Patriots propaganda any chance he gets (even if it’s a story about the Bengals).”

    So what’s your point?

  20. descendency says: Sep 15, 2011 4:55 PM

    Being a Patriots fan and a Belichick fan, I can’t wait. Like Christmas when you are 10 can’t wait… times 10000.

  21. packmanfan says: Sep 15, 2011 5:02 PM

    gmanpatsfan says:
    Sep 15, 2011 3:42 PM
    I hope Rex Ryan doesn’t see this picture of Belichicks bare foot.
    ———————————————————————-

    Bad for us that we did.

  22. packmanfan says: Sep 15, 2011 5:06 PM

    This is the second day in a row that we have seen this plug for this film.

    Just how desperate are these guys to find football related stories?

    I mean, we got the point already: This is a great film about a cheater, watch it.
    Gee, you’d think it was the second coming of Christ or something the way they are going on and on about this non-issue.

  23. nard100 says: Sep 15, 2011 5:15 PM

    Belichik – “NO WIRE HANGEEEEERRRRRS!

  24. mornelithe says: Sep 15, 2011 5:28 PM

    @PackmanFan: It’s actually more likely they’re simply trying to advertise for the NFL network, which has abysmal viewership at the moment. The quicker they can get the majority of football fans subscribed to that Network, the quicker they can stop utilizing ESPN, local channels etc… That way, they get all the revenue.

    Seems pretty obvious what they’re doing, actually.

  25. august1969 says: Sep 15, 2011 5:39 PM

    Belichick had final editing authority, no doubt.

    A milestone moment though. Everyone now seems to spell his name correctly!

  26. pleasantsurpriselefty says: Sep 15, 2011 5:44 PM

    To paraphrase: “Winning is the best revenge.” Love reading all the whiners who will forever try to soothe their souls when they lose with the cheating nonsense. Desperate, and I love it!

  27. marinephinfan says: Sep 15, 2011 5:54 PM

    Did Belichick film this too?

  28. marinephinfan says: Sep 15, 2011 5:56 PM

    @ pleasantsurpriselefty:

    Since the cheating came out do you know what the Dolphins and Pats have in common?

    No Super Bowl wins. ;)

  29. patsfiend says: Sep 15, 2011 6:00 PM

    I can’t get enough of these foot jokes. I don’t know why, but they are endlessly funny to me. Thank you, Rex, for being such a clown. Thank you thank you.

  30. bozosforall says: Sep 15, 2011 6:06 PM

    pleasantsurpriselefty says:
    Sep 15, 2011 5:44 PM
    To paraphrase: “Winning is the best revenge.” Love reading all the whiners who will forever try to soothe their souls when they lose with the cheating nonsense. Desperate, and I love it!

    __
    Sounds like the perfect description of a Red Sox fan (as they whine about how the Yankees have pretty much owned them for the vast majority of MLB history).

  31. tiffpats4eva says: Sep 15, 2011 6:16 PM

    @ marinephinfan

    Was there ever a possibility of the fins winning anything? Ever? In this century?

    Don’t they throw a parade if the fins win 10 games?

    Do fin fans even bother attending games?

  32. tatum064 says: Sep 15, 2011 6:18 PM

    patsfiend says:
    Sep 15, 2011 6:00 PM
    I can’t get enough of these foot jokes. I don’t know why, but they are endlessly funny to me. Thank you, Rex, for being such a clown. Thank you thank you.
    ==============================

    And your welcome for the beat down up in Foxboro. The sequel is coming again..dont worry.

  33. tatum064 says: Sep 15, 2011 6:21 PM

    Wait…so you love fake football (fantasy) and think there’s running up the score in pro football and it’s “horrible”??? I think you’d be happier watching high school football. Or maybe pee wee league. No pro football team needs any sort of EXCUSE to leave their starters in on offense or defense and play football.
    Sheesh.

    ==================
    Dont worry supersouthern, Ravens and Jets figured out how to stop people running up the score. kick the sh%t out of Tom Brady…he’ll get real indecisive with the ball then. As always, DEFENSE beats them, that’s why they havent advanced.

  34. tatum064 says: Sep 15, 2011 6:24 PM

    “The Steelers can only beat Matt Cassel.”
    ===============================
    The Jets an Ravens beat Brady..handily. The Lions opened up a can this pre-season, and it wouldve been the same in the regular season.

  35. bozosforall says: Sep 15, 2011 6:32 PM

    tiffpats4eva says:
    Sep 15, 2011 6:16 PM
    @ marinephinfan

    Was there ever a possibility of the fins winning anything? Ever? In this century?

    Don’t they throw a parade if the fins win 10 games?

    Do fin fans even bother attending games?

    __
    Ever wonder why lame Pats fans always break out the “this century” argument?

    It’s because prior to Spygate (circa 2001), their team SUCKED. Same for their local baseball team. They so want to whitewash that sordid history that they pretend that the world was created at the turn of the century instead of facing the fact that no matter what happens, they have never been good losers, nor will they ever be good winners. Win or lose, the fans in New England will ALWAYS SUCK.

  36. tiffpats4eva says: Sep 15, 2011 6:46 PM

    @bozosforall,

    We sucked in 2007? We went 18-1, yamoron.

  37. zeussuperman says: Sep 15, 2011 7:05 PM

    “Winning is the best revenge”

    And Bill hasn’t won the Superbowl since he was caught cheating.

    Granted, David Tyree’s helmet was the only thing standing between him and a legitimate SB win.

    So, where’s the revenge?

  38. ampats says: Sep 15, 2011 7:13 PM

    bozosforall,

    needed to change your screen name from last season, koamisifan?

    Guess that’s because he sucks, just like your favorite team.

    Maybe try Daniel Thomas? Oh thats right another Dolphin bust!

  39. TheWizard says: Sep 15, 2011 8:03 PM

    you’d think it was the second coming of Christ or something the way they are going on and on about this non-issue.

    And yet, here you are.

  40. coachglove says: Sep 15, 2011 8:13 PM

    @tiffpats4eva-

    I’m not defending bozo here, but maybe you are misunderstanding the word “prior” in his post. I read his statement to be that Pats fans, in general, ignore the fact that the Pats sucked for a good 20+ years prior to 2001 and that since that time (like Sox fans post 2004) Pats fans are as obnoxious in victory as they were in defeat previously.

    I’m not agreeing or disagreeing with him…just poiting out that 18-1 in 2007 is POST 2001…thus confirming his point. He didn’t say the Pats sucked post 2001, he said the Pats FANS sucked post 2001.

  41. axespray says: Sep 15, 2011 8:35 PM

    Love NFL Films

  42. GG Eden says: Sep 15, 2011 9:15 PM

    Lol, watching parts of the Belichick documentary on the NFLN, and a game against Eagles, pre-match, Belichick goes up to the officials and says, “Look after Tom please, protect him, I don’t think we can block them.” And the officials both affectionately reply, “we’ll protect him, make sure he’s safe.”

  43. richm2256 says: Sep 15, 2011 9:16 PM

    bozosforall says:
    Ever wonder why lame Pats fans always break out the “this century” argument?

    It’s because prior to Spygate (circa 2001), their team SUCKED. Same for their local baseball team. They so want to whitewash that sordid history that they pretend that the world was created at the turn of the century instead of facing the fact that no matter what happens, they have never been good losers, nor will they ever be good winners. Win or lose, the fans in New England will ALWAYS SUCK.
    ———————————————————
    The Patriots in the late 70’s were an AFC powerhouse and a feared team. Look it up.

    The Jets in the 70’s truly sucked.

    The Patriots won the AFC in ’85 and went to a Super Bowl.

    Meanwhile the Jets of the Eighties still sucked.

    New England in the ’90s under Parcells were a very talented team that went to another Super Bowl in ’96.

    The Jets in the 90’s were in their third decade of sucking.

    The Patriots of the past ten years have been a team for the ages, playing in four – count ‘em, FOUR – Super Bowls, winning three. That’s four decades of solid performance, Chuckles.

    The Jets, in their fourth straight decade of continuing their tradition of suckiness, have still not even BEEN to – let alone won – a Super Bowl in forty two years.

    Want to tell us again how “great” YOUR team has been the past forty years, nimrod?

  44. joyjoy69 says: Sep 15, 2011 9:28 PM

    Wow! Nothing like a story that mentions the Patriots in any way to bring out the homers and the haters. Can any of you think for yourselves? Really?!

    I can’t wait to see the show, and I am a Patriot’s fan – I love quality football, and any show that might help me relive my highs school days. But I doubt this show will convince anyone with an opinion on Belichick to change their mind.

  45. mvlonergan says: Sep 15, 2011 11:05 PM

    I spent an hour processing what I just watched … for crying out loud I wish I could be like that with subordinates and coworkers at my job.

    Do your job, celebrate doing it well, celebrate those who do theirs well, and take responsibility when none of the above happens.

  46. 1historian says: Sep 15, 2011 11:27 PM

    attention all Pats haters (and I know there’s a bunch of you, bless your pea-pickin’ little hearts!!!)

    When you come on to do your spew, please have the guts to mention what team you root for. I must compliment the jets fans – at least most of them have the guts to say that they are jets fans. The rest of you just spew and run, and we Pats fans can’t begin to tell you how upset that makes us.

    Are we arrogant? You betcha.

    Are we obnoxious? You betcha.

    get used to it

  47. bozosforall says: Sep 16, 2011 2:03 PM

    1historian says:
    Sep 15, 2011 11:27 PM
    attention all Pats haters (and I know there’s a bunch of you, bless your pea-pickin’ little hearts!!!)

    When you come on to do your spew, please have the guts to mention what team you root for. I must compliment the jets fans – at least most of them have the guts to say that they are jets fans. The rest of you just spew and run, and we Pats fans can’t begin to tell you how upset that makes us.

    Are we arrogant? You betcha.

    Are we obnoxious? You betcha.

    get used to it

    ___
    1hysterectomypatient,

    No one here really “hates” the Pats, so get over that.

    What fans of other teams dislike is the false arrogance of a fan base who does NOTHING to affect the outcome of a single game, yet pretends that the accomplishments of mercenary players originally from practically everywhere else BUT New England somehow reflect positively on the merits of your small-minded region.

    Being obnoxious and arrogant about events that you collectively have had NO EFFECT upon is not only ignorant but just plain stupid. Go on deluding yourself though, since it likely redirects your disappointment that stems from the rest of your pathetic life. Enjoy that worthless history degree of yours though.

  48. greymatterstats says: Sep 16, 2011 6:12 PM

    Part 1 was fantastic, and looking forward to Part 2.

    As long as in has been in the League, it seems like we really didn’t know much about him. It surprises me that he agreed to do this.

    I love how they showed the interaction with his son, him reminiscing about Giants Stadium and just to make sure we didn’t forget there was another to the man -the look of disdain on his face as he ate rigatoni during the media call.

    Belichick is a great coach and a fascinating man.

    Great job by the NFL Network.

  49. bozosforall says: Sep 17, 2011 1:57 AM

    richm2256 says:
    Sep 15, 2011 9:16 PM
    bozosforall says:
    Ever wonder why lame Pats fans always break out the “this century” argument?

    It’s because prior to Spygate (circa 2001), their team SUCKED. Same for their local baseball team. They so want to whitewash that sordid history that they pretend that the world was created at the turn of the century instead of facing the fact that no matter what happens, they have never been good losers, nor will they ever be good winners. Win or lose, the fans in New England will ALWAYS SUCK.
    ———————————————————
    The Patriots in the late 70′s were an AFC powerhouse and a feared team. Look it up.

    The Jets in the 70′s truly sucked.

    The Patriots won the AFC in ’85 and went to a Super Bowl.

    Meanwhile the Jets of the Eighties still sucked.

    New England in the ’90s under Parcells were a very talented team that went to another Super Bowl in ’96.

    The Jets in the 90′s were in their third decade of sucking.

    The Patriots of the past ten years have been a team for the ages, playing in four – count ‘em, FOUR – Super Bowls, winning three. That’s four decades of solid performance, Chuckles.

    The Jets, in their fourth straight decade of continuing their tradition of suckiness, have still not even BEEN to – let alone won – a Super Bowl in forty two years.

    Want to tell us again how “great” YOUR team has been the past forty years, nimrod?
    __
    NOT a Jets fan, poormoron2256, so why would I care about your shots at the Jets, which are nothing more than a weak shot at the better of the two cities that the two teams represent, the better city being New York. Boston is second rate and will always be second to NYC, no matter how much you Boston losers whine about it.

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