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Bill Belichick: Training camp fights are part of football, no big deal

Jerod Mayo, Danny Woodhead, Bill Belichick AP

We noted yesterday that fights broke out at the Patriots’ practice. That concerns Bill Belichick not at all.

Belichick said afterward that he didn’t see why reporters were making an issue of the fights, which started with offensive tackle Nate Solder taking a cheap shot at linebacker Brandon Spikes and eventually involved much of the team in an offense vs. defense fracas.

“Football is competitive. We’re in a competitive camp,” Belichick said. “It’s part of football. I don’t think it’s a big deal.”

Belichick said that as long as the fights don’t spill over and involve him, he’s not too worried.

“I’ve seen a lot worse,” Belichick said. “I try to stay out of the way and not get hit. . . . I’ll be the last one to try to break that up. They’d probably all go after me.”

So as long as the players are going after each other and not their coach, Belichick is OK with a few fights breaking out.

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26 Responses to “Bill Belichick: Training camp fights are part of football, no big deal”
  1. patriots123456 says: Aug 3, 2012 7:20 AM

    If the fights are an indication of the intensity and competitivness of trying to make the team, what else could you ask for.

    I mean who wants the players showing up handing out flowers? LOL

    This is contact sport, have at it!

  2. patsandwannabees says: Aug 3, 2012 7:25 AM

    I heard this interview live. Its good to see Bill in such a good mood. It means he is liking what he sees out of this year’s team. He had the media laughing it up, too. A side of him you don’t see too often around game time.
    Pats are gonna have a monster season…….Again.
    Bring on the haters!

  3. 1historian says: Aug 3, 2012 7:26 AM

    ok pats haters, Belichick haters and just plain haters – Hit us with your best shots!!

    You will be judged on style points, spelling, originality, and overall intelligence.

    GO!!!

  4. deathonwings410 says: Aug 3, 2012 7:28 AM

    Great! Belicheat confirms it.

  5. punkscotty says: Aug 3, 2012 7:39 AM

    ….Belichick said. “It’s part of football. I don’t think it’s a big deal….everyone else does it that we’ve taped, err, heard about…”

  6. sj39 says: Aug 3, 2012 7:41 AM

    I think he is correct about the training camp fights but he also said he thought taping his opponents defensive signals was part of football and no big deal. He was lying about that one.

    Patriots***

  7. staffordsyear says: Aug 3, 2012 7:47 AM

    @patriots123456

    Dont tell goodell this is a contact sport..he might act like a sqweemish little girl.

  8. cspades99 says: Aug 3, 2012 7:54 AM

    If my team isn’t having training camp fights, I’m worried that they don’t give a deuce.

  9. jetsfaninjersey says: Aug 3, 2012 8:01 AM

    as much as I despise Bill personally, I envy his coaching and the professional manner his teams employ. The man is a winner…Jets fans like myself will always be bitter as to the way that bill left us…its going to be a street fight this year..Pats, Bills, Jets in the east, in that order

  10. iamthefootballjerk says: Aug 3, 2012 8:04 AM

    1historian says:
    Aug 3, 2012 7:26 AM
    ok pats haters, Belichick haters and just plain haters – Hit us with your best shots!!

    You will be judged on style points, spelling, originality, and overall intelligence.

    GO!!!
    ====================================

    I will enjoy seeing shots of spectators dressed as empty seats at Gillette when Brady hangs em up.

  11. bostonhasrealhockey says: Aug 3, 2012 8:05 AM

    Cannot wait for this season to start

  12. hulkhogansays says: Aug 3, 2012 8:10 AM

    Bill Belichick *.

  13. enea900 says: Aug 3, 2012 8:14 AM

    Wasn’t Bilicheck the guy who supposedly paid his backup lineman money to start fights in camp?

  14. fintastic13 says: Aug 3, 2012 9:01 AM

    Solder vs Spikes?!?!?! You’ve got to admit, that is just awesome… I mean if it were two rookie free agents, hoping to make the practice squad, I would understand.

    One must respect “Sir Bill” because this makes it clear that he motivates like no other….

  15. bengalsnation11 says: Aug 3, 2012 9:09 AM

    So let me get this straight, 2 average citizens get in a fight and throw punches at each other and were cited and booked into jail. BB is promoting this because the NFL players are exempt. Im all about the toughness of the NFL, but this is garbage. Goes to show if you pay the piper, your good to go…..

  16. ampats says: Aug 3, 2012 9:25 AM

    Patriots continue to dominate and haters continue to hate especially sj39 who still can’t come to grips that Mike Martz was totally outcoached in SB36 as the Rams choked by not adjusting their game plan when the Pats took Marshall Faulk completely out of the game.

  17. trollhammer20 says: Aug 3, 2012 9:27 AM

    Gee, you get 90 young males chosen for their size, speed, aggression, and athletic ability, and have them engage in a gladiator-type, me dominate u! kind of sport for only 45 jobs, and there might be some pushing and shoving and heated tempers?

    Next thing you know you’ll be telling me that having 80,000 drunk people in a stadium cheering them on might lead to some kind of conflict in the stands or parking lot.

  18. titansbro says: Aug 3, 2012 9:29 AM

    He’s right. We hear about 4-5 training camp fights every year & nothing ever comes of it.

  19. lombardisshineinfoxborough says: Aug 3, 2012 9:43 AM

    to Jetsfaninjersey,
    Classy comment. For what it’s worth though, remember that we’re still slightly bitter too about the way Parcels left and how that essentially ruined the 97 Superbowl. It will be interesting to see what the next chapter brings.

  20. andrewproughcfe says: Aug 3, 2012 12:22 PM

    Asterisks are a natural part of Patriot football

    XXXVI*
    XXXVIII*
    XXXIX*

  21. censoredpost says: Aug 3, 2012 2:14 PM

    I wonder why, in my mind, I read all of Belicheats comments in a drunken Larry Merchant voice. He is right though.

  22. mikep363839 says: Aug 3, 2012 3:18 PM

    The people that say belicheck is a cheat are so stupid dont get mad you didnt make it to the nfl dont get mad ur too dumb to be a sports reporter go do ur nine to five

  23. chazzmon says: Aug 3, 2012 3:19 PM

    Okay haters, Belichick taped practices and was stealing handsignals. The haters would have nothing to say if they just beat down their opponenets instead of looking for a questionable edge.

  24. patsfiend says: Aug 4, 2012 12:51 PM

    ampats says:
    Aug 3, 2012 9:25 AM
    Patriots continue to dominate and haters continue to hate especially sj39 who still can’t come to grips that Mike Martz was totally outcoached in SB36 as the Rams choked by not adjusting their game plan when the Pats took Marshall Faulk completely out of the game.
    ————-
    The way I remember it, as a Pats fan, was as much the Rams not getting Faulk the ball enough as it was the Pats having a great game plan.

    I think if they got the ball to Faulk more, even on dump offs, they would have won that game. I was having a frickin’ heart attack every time he touched it (which, thankfully, wasn’t much.) Thanks Mike!

  25. bcgreg says: Aug 4, 2012 5:47 PM

    @ chazz

    Pats have sold out since 1993–7 years BEFORE Brady was drafted.

    And, now I will no longer take anything you say as true–even that you’re a Giants fan–because the Pats NEVER filmed a practice or a “walkthrough”. It was proven false. Get a clue.

    Stealing hand signals? Every team steals hand signals. That’s not what they were punished for, moron. They weren’t even punished for filming the opponents’ sideline. They were punished for having a camera on the sideline after EVERY TEAM was told not to do it anymore. God, you have no clue as to what happened.

  26. nickhead12 says: Aug 5, 2012 11:24 AM

    deathonwings410 says:
    Aug 3, 2012 7:28 AM
    Great! Belicheat confirms it.
    censoredpost says:
    Aug 3, 2012 2:14 PM
    I wonder why, in my mind, I read all of Belicheats comments in a drunken Larry Merchant voice. He is right though.

    Don’t know if your aware of it or not so I’ll remind you, it’s spelled Belichick

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