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Belichick indicates Matt Patricia is calling defensive plays

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The New England Patriots don’t have a defensive coordinator.  And that has caused many to assume that coach Bill Belichick calls the plays on defense.

Not so, according to Belichick.

Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald explains that Belichick indicated that safeties coach Matt Patricia calls the plays, without directly announcing that Patricia calls the plays.

“[D]uring the game, I talk to all the play-callers — to Scott [O’Brien], to Billy [O’Brien], to Matt [Patricia] — and first of all, we go into the game with a plan of how we want to try to start things,” Belichick said.

Some may think that Belichick is trying simply to pass the buck for a bad defense in 2011.  Think again.

“I’ll take responsibility for all the plays that are called,” Belichick said.  “I have the final say on it.  If I don’t want to run the play, I’ll call it off.  That’s my right as a head coach.  So, the bad ones, blame me for, because ultimately, I could change them if I want to.”

Some would say that he needs to change them more often.  Or that maybe, if he’s changing them to plays that don’t work, he shouldn’t be changing them.

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28 Responses to “Belichick indicates Matt Patricia is calling defensive plays”
  1. CKL says: Nov 16, 2011 1:36 PM

    Patricia called ‘em last year as well. Just like BOB called the offensive plays starting in 09. Love the poke BB got in at title crazed (OC, DC)people.

  2. citizenstrange says: Nov 16, 2011 1:38 PM

    Is that a picture of Robert De Niro in “Cape Fear?”

  3. joetoronto says: Nov 16, 2011 1:43 PM

    If their defense was playing lights out, you think we would have heard about this guy?

  4. 6ball says: Nov 16, 2011 1:59 PM

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    Belichick goes to great lengths to shield players / asst. coaches from media criticism. It’s not uncommon after a loss for him to say, “I didn’t have the team prepared. “. Or, ” I need to coach better. ”

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  5. chowderhead12 says: Nov 16, 2011 2:01 PM

    Let me tell everybody a hidden secret…… OUR DEFENSE IS NOT THAT BAD……

  6. CKL says: Nov 16, 2011 2:02 PM

    Ummm…their defense just came off it’s best performance of the year, Joetoronto. And in their losses the offense was almost always more to blame. The D has been steadily getting better since they played Dallas. Your mindless hate of all things Pats is silly.

  7. tombradyallday says: Nov 16, 2011 2:08 PM

    as a pats fan im just surprised belichick came out with the info. he usually never talks about what goes on inside the team

  8. jnbnet says: Nov 16, 2011 2:10 PM

    After loosing Romeo, C Weise, Mangini and McDaniels; He eliminat3d the “titles.” Bill deligates responsibilities and listens to his personel. He does have the final say, and he assumes the ultimate responsibility for the team.

  9. ippoic says: Nov 16, 2011 2:16 PM

    “If their defense was playing lights out, you think we would have heard about this guy?”

    Considering most people already know who he is, yes.

  10. gatherspeed says: Nov 16, 2011 2:17 PM

    Kenny Powers works for the Pats? Who knew?

  11. Patskrieg dot com says: Nov 16, 2011 2:19 PM

    Matt Patricia was a linebackers coach for several years. If he’s calling the plays you’d think they’d go with more than just a 4 man pass rush almost all the time.

  12. Ralphie says: Nov 16, 2011 2:25 PM

    “Some would say that he needs to change them more often. Or that maybe, if he’s changing them to plays that don’t work, he shouldn’t be changing them.”

    Or maybe some would say that the execution could be better by the players on the field with the plays being called by the coaching staff.

    The D’s play was a lot more nasty, aggressive and consistent Sunday night – so hats off to the coaches for their play calling and the players for their execution (for one week, anyway).

  13. savocabol1 says: Nov 16, 2011 2:27 PM

    NE is 6-3 and sitting atop the division. Why are you guys acting like this is such a terrible team?

    Be a fan of the Browns for one week, and you will all be gratefull to be 6-3 after 9 games.

  14. introy says: Nov 16, 2011 2:59 PM

    Matt Pat was a great center at RPI, and became a graduate assistant. He is a heck of guy and comes from coaching family. Oh and he graduated with and aerospace engineering degree from one of the best engineering schools in America.. Rocket Science Defense..

  15. ramjam28 says: Nov 16, 2011 3:09 PM

    Great performance against the Jets, i was on my honeymoon last sunday night and that was the best thing i got for a gift a Pats win over the Jets. Keep up the good work!

  16. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Nov 16, 2011 3:31 PM

    Heh heh heh heh…Patricia.

  17. expatpatfan says: Nov 16, 2011 3:36 PM

    The problem with the Pats defense isn’t play calling per se–I don’t find myself questioning specific plays all that often watching the games. It’s talent, or a lack thereof.

  18. earthtopft says: Nov 16, 2011 3:44 PM

    Patricia is calling the plays. From a smoky backroom somewhere in the Bronx. While playing cards with the goodfellas.

  19. essentialsausage says: Nov 16, 2011 4:15 PM

    This is just Belichick throwing Patricia under the bus. It’s the Patriot way.

  20. cliverush says: Nov 16, 2011 4:24 PM

    If one looks back at the games played earlier in the season you will notice that the coaches had the players in the right position most of the game. Poor tackling, lack of ball awareness, slow reaction to movement and a failure to work hard the entire game would cause any defense problems.

  21. promickey says: Nov 16, 2011 4:56 PM

    Well many times it may not be the defensive play calling. It may just be the defensive players not executing. Like against the NY Giants when an interference call was made near the goal line in the closing minutes against the Patriots secondary. The execution simply broke down and the Pats lost the game. A game they should have won minus the aforementioned interference call.

  22. bozosforall says: Nov 16, 2011 5:24 PM

    CKL says:
    Nov 16, 2011 2:02 PM
    Ummm…their defense just came off it’s best performance of the year, Joetoronto. And in their losses the offense was almost always more to blame. The D has been steadily getting better since they played Dallas. Your mindless hate of all things Pats is silly.

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    Your (and the rest of the idiot bandwagon Pats fans) mindless kneeling in front of the Pats team is even sillier.

  23. bozosforall says: Nov 16, 2011 5:40 PM

    promickey says:
    Nov 16, 2011 4:56 PM
    Well many times it may not be the defensive play calling. It may just be the defensive players not executing. Like against the NY Giants when an interference call was made near the goal line in the closing minutes against the Patriots secondary. The execution simply broke down and the Pats lost the game. A game they should have won minus the aforementioned interference call.

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    Most wins and losses hinge on just a play or two. Including all three of the Pats Super Bowl wins. Get over your whining, crybaby loser. The Giants were the better team, which is why they won the game. BOTH times (2007 SB and 2011 regular season).

  24. buffalodiehard says: Nov 16, 2011 6:01 PM

    Hmm that makes sense. The Pats have played more like Patricia’s this season.

  25. bozosforall says: Nov 16, 2011 8:26 PM

    CKL says:
    Nov 16, 2011 1:36 PM
    Patricia called ‘em last year as well. Just like BOB called the offensive plays starting in 09. Love the poke BB got in at title crazed (OC, DC)people.

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    “Title crazed”? He should try giving people the titles that they are performing, instead of shortchanging them by holding them back in the job market. Only a COWARDLY manager (head coach) holds back his people in regards to their personal advancement opportunities. Then again, someone like you, CKL, probably is totally satisfied with your “Assistant Fry Cook” title, though you are in actuality the only fry cook in the entire McDonald’s where you work. You should march right into your Manager’s office (or Assistant Manager, if he is also being shortchanged titlewise by the franchise owner) and demand that “Head Fry Cook” title that you have worked so hard for this past decade. Go get ‘em, CKL. Prove to “The Man” that your lack of a high school diploma won’t stop you from insisting that you can’t be pushed around.

  26. bospat says: Nov 17, 2011 12:23 AM

    Giants were the luckier team with last possession in 07…Yes they beat Pats kudos, but with all the time Brady spent on his back it still took the greatest catch in SB history or it’s game over….

  27. gimmeabruschi says: Nov 17, 2011 3:03 AM

    The Pats’ D has been looking better as of late. What is of the greatest concern is that in two of their losses the D faltered in the last minutes of winnable games. The D playing clutch in the 4th quarter will probably be the most critical concern when playoff time comes.

  28. bozosforall says: Nov 17, 2011 12:41 PM

    bospat says:
    Nov 17, 2011 12:23 AM
    Giants were the luckier team with last possession in 07…Yes they beat Pats kudos, but with all the time Brady spent on his back it still took the greatest catch in SB history or it’s game over….

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    Kinda like the Tuck Rule game in 2001? Karma is a beyotch.

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