Skip to content

Billick says the media should leave Belichick alone

Belichick AP

Patriots coach Bill Belichick has come under heavy criticism in recent days for his failure to speak and/or his failure to say anything when speaking.

Curiously, the loudest voices come from analysts employed by CBS, which is widely perceived in media circles to be the official network of the New England Patriots.  It started on Sunday night, with Shannon Sharpe sounding off on Belichick’s refusal to give a post-game interview to Steve Tasker of CBS.  It continued on Monday, when Boomer Esiason explained that Belichick’s approach to the media gives those inclined to “hate” him a strong reason for doing so.

But Brian Billick of FOX, who coached the Ravens for nine years, goes the other way.  In a video posted at FOXSports.com, Billick says criticism of Belichick should end.

Let this thing go, guys,” Billick said.  “This is the way he rolls, this is what he’s about.  I want you to take the clip from last year’s AFC championship game where they won and look at his postgame news conference, then I want you to look at the one he did [Sunday], turn the sound off, and look at the two.  It’s the same thing.  This is what this guy’s about.  It’s what he’s about.  It’s his personality.  It’s not going to change.  You can’t fault the guy for being true to his personality.  And when he does finally say something, we rip him for not saying something interesting, he says the same thing. . . .  Quit ripping him for being who he is.”

It’s a fair point, but Belichick isn’t consistent.  At a Monday press conference, as Tom Curran of CSN New England explained during PFT Live, Belichick was more expansive and less perfunctory.  Last year, in the days leading up to the Super Bowl, he was loose and jovial.

And what’s wrong with criticizing someone for being who they are?  Plenty of folks who do objectionable things are simply being who they are, and we don’t look the other way.  People are capable of changing their behavior, and they often are more inclined to do it when bad behavior is pointed out to them.

Though Belichick indeed would have said nothing of value to Tasker, refusing to say anything creates the impression that Belichick is a sore loser.  And while his motivation for saying nothing when he talks (he often comes off as a bad ventriloquist, trying to get the words out without moving his mouth or any other part of his face) could be rooted in strategic objectives, it that’s just the way he is then he should be that way all the time, without moments when he decides that he doesn’t find the process irritating and/or he lacks disdain on that specific day for those who make a living asking him questions.

The one thing Belichick either doesn’t realize or refuses to accept is that he gets paid millions every year not because there’s any inherent value in the service he provides but because people find entertainment in watching the games that his teams play.  If he were a professional lacrosse coach, he’d be doing basically the same thing but making pennies in comparison, because no one would care.

And so the people who justify Belichick’s salary want to hear from him.  Press conferences and interviews are the conduit for that.  He’s smart enough to know it, and he presumably has enough self-awareness to realize that, if he says nothing or says something while actually saying nothing to an audience that expects the men who play and coach the game to periodically say something while actually saying something, he will be criticized.

So it’s fair to rip him for being who he is.  Though he works for the Krafts, his customers are the folks who choose to watch his team’s games — and who in turn want to hear him say meaningful things while projecting slightly more charisma than a cinder block.

Permalink 64 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Home, New England Patriots, Rumor Mill
64 Responses to “Billick says the media should leave Belichick alone”
  1. pef12 says: Jan 22, 2013 9:00 AM

    Pete Carroll or Bill Belichick – amped up glib Petey who says nothing of substance or Belichick who says nothing but does not waste your time. Shadenfreud by the thin skinned “reality show driven” media clowns (This means you Shannon Sharpe)

    Belichick talks but you have to listen.

  2. benh999 says: Jan 22, 2013 9:04 AM

    Outside of sports journalists, no one cares. People act like this is new behavior.

  3. ajb3313 says: Jan 22, 2013 9:05 AM

    “The one thing Belichick either doesn’t realize or refuses to accept is that he gets paid millions every year not because there’s any inherent value in the service he provides but because people find entertainment in watching the games that his teams play. If he were a professional lacrosse coach, he’d be doing basically the same thing but making pennies in comparison, because no one would care.”

    I’m pretty sure there’s inherent value in being the best coach in the NFL, curmudgeonly as he may be.

    Can we just drop this thing altogether? This is asinine.

  4. stevemo says: Jan 22, 2013 9:08 AM

    If you cannot criticize someone for the content of their statements to the media, criticize them for the demeanor and unwillingness to deal with the media.

  5. thecrowesnestri says: Jan 22, 2013 9:11 AM

    The general public could care less. It’s only the media who grouses over this. Peyton Manning and John Fox didn’t do an interview the week before after losing. No outcry there

  6. schulzey22 says: Jan 22, 2013 9:15 AM

    Remember, Billick wants another NFL job, he isn’t going to rip anyone.

  7. eatitfanboy says: Jan 22, 2013 9:18 AM

    Got to hand it to you. For the first time ever, you’ve actually changed my mind about something.

    When I started reading this article, I pretty much felt like Billick did- he’s never going to change, leave him alone.

    But you are 100% correct- there are people in other walks of life who are just as good at their jobs as Belichick is at his, and they make a fraction of what he makes. He got lucky enough to be really good at something that is very lucrative to be good at.

    The media, love them or hate them, are part of the machine that prints the money that pays for his boat and his home on Nantucket.

    He should treat them with a little more respect.

  8. crackerjack1 says: Jan 22, 2013 9:18 AM

    “Though Belichick indeed would have said nothing of value to Tasker, refusing to say anything creates the impression that Belichick is a sore loser. ”

    Florio, the point is that this happens ALL THE TIME, and only Belichick gets called out for it. You and your media buds are hypocrites for holding him to some different standard. Unless I missed your piece on Jim Harbaugh declining his championship game post game interview 2 years in a row? Personally I dont really remember seeing a post game interview with a losing coach and I’m not sure why we should.

  9. Gordon says: Jan 22, 2013 9:19 AM

    I’m having a hard time feeling sympathy for you media guys. Bunch of whiners.

  10. truthfactory says: Jan 22, 2013 9:21 AM

    If it doesnt bother you, thats fine… But I dont get the argument of : “well, he’s always a bland a$$hole so lets let it slide”. Just because someone is consistantly a prick, doesnt make it okay.

    Personally, i dont care either way, but if it bothers some I think its fair game to criticize someone for always acting like a jack ass

  11. geniusfan says: Jan 22, 2013 9:21 AM

    My god people really hate this guy don’t they? At this point the media is coming off as petty and pathetic. The Patriots lost, Belichick said little to nothing which is what he always does and he’s still getting killed for it.

    The guy is one of the greatest coaches ever he has a right to not spill his soul to the media after a tough loss to a great team. These guys work 365 days a year in order to try and win a championship and it just came to an end maybe he wasn’t ready to speak right away.

    The media targets Belichick mercilessly maybe if people of your ilk start treating him with any semblance of respect he’ll return the favor.

  12. nflofficeadmin says: Jan 22, 2013 9:22 AM

    Stay true.

  13. dontfeedgigantor says: Jan 22, 2013 9:26 AM

    “The one thing Belichick either doesn’t realize or refuses to accept is that he gets paid millions every year not because there’s any inherent value in the service he provides but because people find entertainment in watching the games that his teams play.”

    There’s also entertainment value in these press conferences. That’s why they happen, right? While I don’t necessarily disagree with criticizing Belichick for being a sore loser, I think it’s a little hypocritical to complain about it ceaselessly, especially considering he’s giving you guys something to talk about. If Belichick stops being Belichick, then you’ve got to write about something else.

    Maybe that’s the real reason that this “story” is still going on.

  14. ray1950 says: Jan 22, 2013 9:26 AM

    I’d love to know what earthshaking statements the media expects from Belichick or any coach (win or lose) following a game. All it amounts to is an excuse to justify the media’s presence.

    Left unsaid in this article is the praise John Harbaugh gave Belichick for his gracious congratulations after Sunday’s game. That is more important than anything Belichick could have said to Tasker.

    Shannon “I talk at the speed of light” Sharpe would do well to remember that Jim Harbaugh didn’t speak to the media following last year’s loss or this year’s win … Nobody cared, except perhaps Sharpe and Esiason.

    As for Boomer, he gives people plenty of reasons to dislike him. His entire routine changes every weekday morning on the radio when his program often sinks into the gutter, thanks to his refusal to rein in partner Chris Carlton.

  15. kelsey412 says: Jan 22, 2013 9:27 AM

    Who cares. Do I really need hear it is disappointing and Balt was a better team. Belichick just lost his biggest game of the yr. something they work for all yr. leave the guy alone. He will talk later. What were we going to get out of a on field interview anyhow. Nothing.

  16. wittersworld says: Jan 22, 2013 9:31 AM

    I’m with Billick, but not for the same reasons. I for one am sick of the media ripping people who don’t talk to the media or who talk in a way that doesn’t meet their standards. The media obviously have a vested interested in having people talk to them, and when they perceive even the hint of a slight, they go ballistic and start tearing the person down.

    Do we as NFL fans, or even Patriots fans, really care that much about the meaningless sound bites that come from interviewing the losing coach/players? We don’t, but the networks seem to think we do.

  17. goirishgo says: Jan 22, 2013 9:32 AM

    The story is the game not the post game interview. Media can be an incredibly self-serving bunch.

  18. abninf says: Jan 22, 2013 9:33 AM

    I don’t like Belichick but I don’t blame anyone for wanting to avoid the media.

  19. mightymightylafootball says: Jan 22, 2013 9:33 AM

    These are facts – draw your own conclusions:

    The Pats have 11 10+ win seasons in the last 12 years, but,

    They’re 8-7 in the playoffs since 2005

    They admitted under investigation to videotaping from 2000-2007 (when they were caught)

    They won their 3 SB titles (2001, 2003, 2004) by three point each

    The Pats are a great team, but is cheating do enough to get an extra field goal when it matters?

    I just don’t know…

  20. damnsureis says: Jan 22, 2013 9:35 AM

    Some people just do their job instead of talking about it. His team just lost in the playoffs. Is it better to talk to some half-assed reporter who is going to ask the same questions and get the same answers no matter who was the coach or go address your team? I would choose the latter.

  21. pinion8ted says: Jan 22, 2013 9:36 AM

    Allow me to offer this quote, which can be used in place of any Bill Belichick interview you could ever want. They all sound the same; the guy hates perfunctory interviews by dim-witted writers and reporters, and who can blame him, so this is what you hear time after time:

    “They’re a great team, we have our work cut out for us.

    We have to do better in all three aspects of the game, we have to coach better, play better, execute better”

    Now leave the freaking guy alone, would you? You wishe YOUR coach was as successful as he is.

  22. keepounding1234 says: Jan 22, 2013 9:38 AM

    His pressers would be great and full of info if the media would ask intelligent questions that actually relate to the game of football.

  23. seaucidaltendencies says: Jan 22, 2013 9:39 AM

    Personally, I’d like to see Bill Belichick put on some respectable clothing. Maybe something with buttons or no frayed ends.

  24. nokoolaidcowboy says: Jan 22, 2013 9:43 AM

    This is sports entertainment and it would be nice to get some insights into why things materialized the way they did straight from the horses mouth.

    Whether its the fans that are curious or just the rest of the NFL fans it would have been interesting to hear the NFL coach’s take.

    That’s all.

  25. polegojim says: Jan 22, 2013 9:52 AM

    Nawwww… please…

    How about Jim Harbaugh’s refusal to interview and his absence the NFL championship trophy presentation?

    That’s screwed up for sure, way more than anything BB does.

  26. pabrownsfan says: Jan 22, 2013 9:56 AM

    He acted the same way when he coached in Cleveland. Not a big deal. I still love the guy as a coach!

  27. j0esixpack says: Jan 22, 2013 9:57 AM

    There’s a lot relevant to game strategy that many coaches reveal in their post game interviews.

    They reveal these things whether they win or whether they lose (for example, the Patriots “hurry up” offense resulted in missed opportunities on a few occasions. Don’t expect Belichick to offer a lot of commentary about that)

    Belichick certainly knows how much other coaches reveal. He studies such conversations and applies it to game planning.

    It’s tough to fault him for not wanting to divulge anything to give another team an edge.

  28. weepingjebus says: Jan 22, 2013 9:59 AM

    So Belichick — who by many accounts is in private quite funny and erudite — adopts his stone faced persona in response to constant media efforts to create stories out of thin air, and now the media is creating stories about how he’s not giving them anything to create stories with.

    Great work everybody.

  29. bowsi says: Jan 22, 2013 9:59 AM

    Seems to me Belichick is giving you guys lots of nothing to write about. Billick is right, fans get what Belichick is about, but you media types want to force him to change and all this whining you’re doing is putting you in a bad light. Does the media ever admit when the’re wrong?

  30. bick54 says: Jan 22, 2013 10:08 AM

    Here’s an idea…if you folks in the media are so outraged he won’t speak to you when he loses, don’t interview him when he wins.

    I’m sure he and the rest of us will lose a lot of sleep over this either way.

  31. jamaltimore says: Jan 22, 2013 10:10 AM

    Overrated cheating jerk of a coach. He has 0 class and he’s made trademark of being a jerk. That doesn’t mean people should stop calling him out for it. It’s time for the organization to move to the back page. Ravens just shut the window on hoodie and brady! Last repeat last time they make afc championship game together.

  32. steelerben says: Jan 22, 2013 10:15 AM

    Something about this whole story line reminds me of a moment from the Olympics. It was after the American girl that everyone thought was going to win the gold medal in the gymnastics all-around failed to qualify. She was standing there crying and the media was circling her like sharks trying to get shots of her tears and trying to stick mics in her face.

    The guy doesn’t want to talk to the media and is contractually obligated to do so. He meets the requirements set forth but doesn’t have to pretend to enjoy it.

  33. apmn says: Jan 22, 2013 10:23 AM

    I can’t believe that I am defending Belichik, but I gotta agree that he should be left alone. He isn’t a show pony, he is a football coach. He is clearly uncomfortable talking with the media. Why force him to be someone he’s not? We already have Rex Ryan to spout stupidity after a loss.

  34. hellshire says: Jan 22, 2013 10:25 AM

    Florio, I hate you. I really do. Hate is a strong word, I know, but i cannot believe that this is what you get paid to do, write vitriol about people involved in the game of football , something you supposedly love. It’s just shocking how much negativity you put out into the world with your stories, your targets like Belichick or any article you write about the Bucs, such bias in the free world of journalism. I can’t believe NBC pays you for this. So many times I’ve sworn never to read this site again, because such little positivity flows from the words posted here, and its like a car accident , I just have to rubberneck along, but I think I have had my full.
    May everything you eat taste rotten, all you drink taste sour, and may your gold be tarnished.

  35. nebster21 says: Jan 22, 2013 10:27 AM

    If Bellacheat wants to be left alone tell him to stop coaching. That is going to happen when you are a coach of a NFL team.

  36. brwmstr says: Jan 22, 2013 10:30 AM

    I don’t know why this surprises anyone. This guy was ripped and vilified by the media perpetuated “spygate” story for months if not years. Was he guilty of breaking a rule, YES. He was fined the team was fined and they lost a first round draft pick. More than ample punishment for the transgression. But the media perpetuated the story and even went so far as to make up aspects and print stories that were later proven false and for all this you expect Belichick to be civil to these guys that tried to ruin him??? He does what he is contractually obligated to do and absolutely nothing above and beyond. You kinda have to admire him for having the balls to keep sticking it to the media year after year after year. By the way he does interviews with local guys that were fair in their coverage of “spygate” where he is quite free with information.

  37. fran021 says: Jan 22, 2013 10:30 AM

    Belichick’s interviews on Boston sports stations, when he’s talking to local guys,often one of whom has played the game, are pretty often funny (in an understated way) and very insightful.

  38. tim8450 says: Jan 22, 2013 10:41 AM

    “…the people who justify Belichick’s salary want to hear from him.”

    wow, talk about a sense of self importance.

    I think that fans of the patriots were perfectly satisfied with his response, and he owes the media nothing.

    Especially former Bronco and Raven Shannon Sharp. Pats fans remember this guy’s obnoxious taunts and complete lack of sportsmanship and his disrespect when he was a member of the Broncos playing the Pats in Foxboro. He was 5 times worse that Suggs or Pollard and he has the nerve to claim to feel disrespected? Maybe CBS would like to send Derrick Mason over to the locker room to interview Belichick. When you go through life pooping on people every chance you get, don’t be surprised when they won’t go out of their way to may your job easier as a personal favor. Maybe if Sharp was as professional, respectful and intelligent as Curran, he might have some credibility.

    Belicheck works for the Patriots, not the NFL, not CBS and not the fans. These talking heads, if they are unwilling to speak the truth and treat coaches with dignity and respect, then they should not be surprised when they are respectfully ignored.

    Sharp, seriously, talking about disrespect. As if the Patriots owe him any.

    PS:
    Only 8-7 in the playoffs since they won three superbowls? Please, what other team has played in 15 playoff games let alone won 8 of them since 2005. #DynastyProblems

  39. psousa1 says: Jan 22, 2013 10:45 AM

    and when Peyton Manning refused to speak with a CBS sideline reporter after the Baltimore game………………..what?

  40. giablommi says: Jan 22, 2013 10:46 AM

    “The one thing Belichick either doesn’t realize or refuses to accept is that he gets paid millions every year not because there’s any inherent value in the service he provides but because people find entertainment in watching the games that his teams play.”
    ^^^^^
    As a Patriots fan, I don’t care that Belichick has a disdain for the media or that he gives one word non answers. In fact having watched more than a few BB press conferences in my day, I find his stoic and aloof persona and non-answers to questions to be more entertaining than most other coaches across the league.

    It’s only you media types that get all butthurt about this stuff, and you all really come off as a truly unlikable group of lame, entitled whiners. To your seriously misguided point above: Bill Belichick’s job is to WIN FOOTBALL GAMES, not entertain housewives in Connecticut who don’t care about football or to tell funny jokes to sportswriters and do their job for them.
    Repeat after me:
    “Bill is a football coach.”
    “Bill’s job is to manage his players and win football games.”
    Got it?

  41. cmonelisha says: Jan 22, 2013 10:49 AM

    Patriots coach Bill Belichick has come under heavy criticism in recent days for his failure to speak and/or his failure to say anything when speaking
    _______________

    where has these people been for umm you know his whole career? he talks like that when he wins, and loses..hes the best coach the entire nfl has ever seen, ever..the man can act however he feels he wants to.

  42. pongonfl says: Jan 22, 2013 10:50 AM

    for the fans who hate him, its nothing to do with the interviews.
    For the fans that love him, your attacks just strengthen it.
    He was fired by the browns for his press handling as much as anything. Its not news guys.

  43. promickey says: Jan 22, 2013 10:57 AM

    Florio writes:

    So it’s fair to rip him for being who he is. Though he works for the Krafts, his customers are the folks who choose to watch his team’s games
    ==================================
    Sorry Mike but where is the poll that says the Patriot fans and customers want to hear more from Bill Belichick?

    That reads like an asumption on your part.

  44. giablommi says: Jan 22, 2013 11:00 AM

    “These are facts – draw your own conclusions:

    The Pats have 11 10+ win seasons in the last 12 years, but,

    They’re 8-7 in the playoffs since 2005

    They admitted under investigation to videotaping from 2000-2007 (when they were caught)”
    ^^^^^
    Let me teach you something about football:
    In football there is offense, defense and special teams. If you know anything about football other than what TMZ tells you, you’d know that the Patriots had a feared and dominant defense made up of veteran leaders such as Tedy Bruschi, Rodney Harrison, Mike Vrabel, Willie McGinest, etc from roughly 2001-2008. Their defense (and special teams) is what won Super Bowls in 2001 and 2003, while their 2004 team was the most complete offensive and defensive team in that era. While 2007 was the greatest team of all time to not win a Super Bowl (sorry 98 Vikings), that team’s make up and philospohy was different than the previous SB winners.

    Now, if you knew anything about football, you’d realize that after 2006 the Pats decided to change their philosophy, and what we got was a team that was totally dependent on Tom Brady, as defensive players retired and/or became less effective. Nobody has picked up the slack on defense and this team’s foretunes have basically hinged solely on Tom Brady since 2009. Incidentally, Brady has had his best statistical seasons post-2004.

    Again, if you understood football and could think for yourself beyond what the media tells, you, you’d understand that the reason the Patriots haven’t won a SB since 2004 is that a.) nobody fears their defense, b.) they turned into a physical, feared team to a finesse team and c.) a team that is totally reliant on Tom Brady. You’d also understand that the teams that have beat NE in the postseason lately -Baltimore, NYG, NYJ, all were tougher teams that went in with the intent on punching a finesse team in the mouth and did just that.

    But keep spouting your Spygate/Camerahunt nonsense. To the rest of us who actually understand the game of football, it makes you simpletons pretty easy to spot and ridicule.

  45. urbusted2 says: Jan 22, 2013 11:04 AM

    This is called play ball with the media (ESPN) or they’ll ram the bat up your ass.

  46. nopuntintended says: Jan 22, 2013 11:09 AM

    “The one thing Belichick either doesn’t realize or refuses to accept is that he gets paid millions every year not because there’s any inherent value in the service he provides but because people find entertainment in watching the games that his teams play”

    His teams wouldn’t be nearly so entertaining without his genius helping them scheme to win games. If that isn’t inherent value, I don’t know what is. You couldn’t just put any old coach in there with the same result.

    The people primarily paying his wages, if you want to look at it, are fans of New England. Judging from the outcry here in the responses from them, and the few I know in real life, they’re all quite content with Belichick behaving exactly the way he does. None of them are upset that he didn’t do a post-game CBS interview. He did his press conference and said exactly what you’d expect him to say. What more would you like out of him?

    Sorry you don’t like his attitude, but that just doesn’t matter. He’s not Rex Ryan, he’s not going to give you some soundclip that you can tear up in the papers. He contributes his coaching abilities which helps the Patriots win games. That’s what gets him paid. He owes you nothing, and he owes me nothing, he owes “patriot nation” nothing. He coaches and wins games. He does what is expected of him. It’s part of what makes him so successful, and the media blinders to that is just astounding.

  47. metitometin says: Jan 22, 2013 11:30 AM

    Look, I’m a Pats fan and I want answers as to why the Pats got their lunch handed to them Sunday. I’m sick of the same old same old mumbo jumbo.

    I want to know why Belichick punted twice from the Baltimore 35. I want to know why Talib couldn’t come back into the game. I want to know why Woodhead and Vareen weren’t used more. I want to know what the hell happened with clock management at the end of the first half. I want answers as to why the season went down in flames and if Belichick can’t give me those answers then find me a coach that can.

    Belichick’s style is growing real old with me and I suspect with other Pats fans as well.

  48. dennisatunity says: Jan 22, 2013 11:31 AM

    Hey, we can leave Belichick alone, but there is one small concession he has to make. He is a multi-millionaire for one reason only–because of the media. (He doesn’t have all his money because of football because thousands of players played the game for decades without becoming millionaires. ) He got the money because the media fell in love with football. So the media will leave him totally alone if he gives every penny back–every penny.

    I can’t stand the jerks who say, “I want all the money but I don’t want any of the responsibilities that go along with it.”

  49. pooinyourface says: Jan 22, 2013 11:33 AM

    oh yea leave him alone however continue to bash Rex Ryan for no reason

  50. hankhillspropanetank says: Jan 22, 2013 11:40 AM

    I actually find it hilarious how he approaches the media, it’s like a game unto itself for him, not to elaborate on anything or give them anything worthwhile in an interview and see how boring he can be. The “A Football Life” segment on him was great and gives a insight on the man, very smart, good sense of humor. Just seeing him in shorts and flip flops 80% of the time was funny.

    It is refreshing to have a Belichick in a league full of coaches who all act the same for the most part, cornball sense of humor not coming off as genuine like they are trying to make people like them. Please get rid of Shannon Sharpe, he is on the same level as Skip Bayless to me, 100% unlikeable

  51. blutbaddenbill says: Jan 22, 2013 11:42 AM

    one big horse’s arse taking up for another! If Belicheat showed some respect for the media,maybe they would not be on his case so much! by the way he acts,he makes it really easy to hate the patriots!

  52. ijahru says: Jan 22, 2013 12:53 PM

    Belichick did a post game press conference. CBS and their in studio morons are upset because he didn’t talk with them.

  53. ss376 says: Jan 22, 2013 2:00 PM

    Happens every year with the Pats. They go 13-3 or 12-4 and no-one remembers that they play in a terrible division. A cupcake schedule makes for a cupcake team. When you’re putting up 50 points on the Jets and the Bills, of course you won’t figure out your weaknesses…

    Belichick is starting to become the NFL’s Bob Stoops so why do people care about what he has to say (or not say).

  54. melikefootball says: Jan 22, 2013 2:10 PM

    Why is this a surprise to anyone. This is the way of the league, cheating, lieing, players in trouble off the field and disrespecting other players on the field. The announcers jump on one story and leave another alone depending on their agenda. The NFL is about money not character or sportsmanship. Starting next year all the commentary on the TV shows will be what a great coach, great guy ,motivator Belicheat is and move on. So who will be the first to have him as coach of their fantasy league?

  55. CKL says: Jan 22, 2013 3:55 PM

    dennisatunity says: Jan 22, 2013 11:31 AM

    Hey, we can leave Belichick alone, but there is one small concession he has to make. He is a multi-millionaire for one reason only–because of the media. (He doesn’t have all his money because of football because thousands of players played the game for decades without becoming millionaires. ) He got the money because the media fell in love with football. So the media will leave him totally alone if he gives every penny back–every penny.

    I can’t stand the jerks who say, “I want all the money but I don’t want any of the responsibilities that go along with it.”
    _________________________________
    That’s one of the funniest things I’ve ever read in my life. He’s a millionaire because of the media ????
    No, he’s a millionaire because his boss has one standard for him, help the team win games. You know, a HC’s JOB. The reason players, most of whom I bet make a lot more money than BB does per year when they aren’t as good at their job as he is at his,aren’t rich is because they piss away their money on dumb stuff.

    Brian Billick never defeated BB head to head and is a current member of the media so has a lot of reason to “hate” on him, but he isn’t letting BIAS infuse his opinion. I’d call that fair to the max.

  56. endzone says: Jan 22, 2013 4:19 PM

    I think in this age saying nothing while you are saying something is both smart and sensible given what the sports media and social media can do to BB and his team with just a few impetuous words on his part. Rex Ryan is a case in point. I’d wager in BB’s mind he gives away nothing verbally to protect himself and his players. No one has a right to anyone else’s thoughts if they don’t want to express them. He felt bad about the loss and didn’t trust himself to speak immediately on the field to CBS, thereby possibly making things worse. I call that smart and wise. Give him a break and the credit he’s earned. Quit bringing up Spygate. He paid for that forever ago. That has nothing to do with his current team.

    Also why can’t the media leave the losing team alone until the next day and give them time to compose themselves? Because watching people squirm increases ratings.

  57. damadgreek says: Jan 22, 2013 9:01 PM

    I tell you what, he can come coach my team and bring us to the playoffs every year. I don’t need the press conference.

    To tell the truth, I like watching his press conferences now.

  58. fdugrad says: Jan 22, 2013 9:26 PM

    Makes no never-mind to me if he speaks or does not speak. The thing I have always wondered, however, is how can ANY person who is as talented, wealthy and overflowing with success, appear to be SO miserably unhappy? It is just fine with me if this is his way, it just doesn’t make sense in the least.

  59. ravensplease says: Jan 22, 2013 10:38 PM

    I wish the media would just leave the man along, i like him, i like way he treats the media buzzards, they build you up so they can tear you down, he knows that better than anybody. He was very gracious to John after the game and John said that to the media. It’s a lot of talking heads that need to just shut the hell up.

  60. mblaskov says: Jan 23, 2013 5:21 AM

    leave coach bilicic alone, someone above stated that he worked all season hard and after huge defeat it is normal (at least for me) to be hit and refuse to talk to media, and that guy “Shannon Sharpe” .. during his playing time (broncos) he was joking about “we are killing patriots .. mr. president please send national guard .. help is on the way” really pathetic guy .. how can patriot fans like him after that .. he has not any right to rip coach bilicic .. bilicic is really last anarchist .. after all you can not be great coach with mediocre standards .. like in other professions

  61. tigerlilac says: Jan 23, 2013 7:06 AM

    To the Patriot haters. The Patriots organization, their coaches, players and fans don’t care that you hate them. Your hate is on you, not them. If anything, it brings them closer together. That was never more true than the year after spygate.

  62. anonymousnevermindfishdeath says: Jan 23, 2013 11:48 AM

    Belichick is from the Bill Parcells coaching tree, where misinformation/no information is an important part of having success on the playing field
    Love ‘em or hate ‘em, he’s doing his job

  63. sbelig says: Jan 23, 2013 3:38 PM

    “Though he works for the Krafts, his customers are the folks who choose to watch his team’s games”

    And his customers could care less if he doesn’t speak to Steve Tasker. As “his customer” I find it funny as hell when he ticks off all the media guys. I for one like his personality. It’s all business. He’s into managing football games not making media guys feel good about their jobs.

  64. patssteelersorgiants says: Jan 25, 2013 2:05 AM

    Sharpe retired in 2003, Esiason in 1997. Can’t they find some more recent players with more talent to do TV?

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!