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Belichick takes a shot at “experts who have it all figured out”

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If you’ve watched a Patriots game and thought you knew who played well and who screwed up, Bill Belichick would like to have a word with you.

Belichick says that when you watch a football game, even if you’re watching the all-22 coaches’ tape, it’s difficult to know which players did their jobs unless you know the team’s playbook well enough to be aware of every player’s assignment on every play. Belichick says the only people who have that knowledge are in the team’s locker room, and he suggested that there are a lot of so-called experts who don’t know as much as they think they know.

“I don’t know how you can know that unless you’re really part of the team and know exactly what was supposed to happen on that play. I know there are a lot of experts out there that have it all figured out but I definitely don’t,” Belichick said.

Belichick said that when he’s watching film of opposing teams, he routinely sees plays where he knows a mistake was made, but he doesn’t know who made the mistake. If a blitzing linebacker comes untouched between the center and the guard and sacks the quarterback, you know someone on the offense made a mistake, but you don’t know if the center or the guard who was supposed to block the linebacker, or if a running back was supposed to pick up the blitz, or if the quarterback was supposed to recognize the blitz and get the ball away faster.

“I’ve watched plenty of preseason games this time of year and you’re looking at all the other teams in the league and you try to evaluate players and you’re watching the teams that we’re going to play early in the season and there are plenty of plays where I have no idea what went wrong,” Belichick said.

Even for an expert, evaluating a football team from the outside is tough.

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62 Responses to “Belichick takes a shot at “experts who have it all figured out””
  1. macker1283 says: Aug 18, 2013 11:33 AM

    I.e maybe Tebow threw it to the right spots but the receivers screwed up.

  2. donth8thehorns says: Aug 18, 2013 11:35 AM

    As a Viking fan! I love this guy! He gets it!

  3. infectorman says: Aug 18, 2013 11:40 AM

    Smartest guy in the room

  4. r81ders says: Aug 18, 2013 11:40 AM

    This guy knows what to say and when to say and i agree with him 100pct because you even got so called anylist making some predictions on my team and im like how do you know.

  5. lunchtimeallday says: Aug 18, 2013 11:51 AM

    Once he gets tape of the other teams plays than he’ll have it figured out to.

  6. bcgreg says: Aug 18, 2013 11:52 AM

    Queue the Spygate comments.

  7. unionjack1776 says: Aug 18, 2013 11:53 AM

    Of course Billy B has it figured out. He’s still got tape on everyone!

  8. rhabdodontidae says: Aug 18, 2013 12:04 PM

    That’s why people constantly quoting Pro Football Focus need to get some perspective.

    Another way of looking at things, yes, but they’re not the end all-be all of football analysis.

  9. canetic says: Aug 18, 2013 12:07 PM

    Well we can see Tim Tebow’s throwing motion. And we can see the open receiver. And we can see the ball hit the ground five feet in front of the open receiver. I think I can figure that out.

  10. spellingcops says: Aug 18, 2013 12:08 PM

    I love BB’s contempt for the media.

  11. EJ says: Aug 18, 2013 12:14 PM

    Bill Belichick is one of those guys that you see getting his coffee every morning at the local Tim Horton’s, You say good morning and he grunts and walks away shaking his head. One of those guys that needs shock treatment to be social. I feel bad for the media up in New England. Those guys must have amazing self-control, because I don’t think I would last 5 minutes in the same room as him. The guy literally thinks he knows it all.

  12. 11inthebox says: Aug 18, 2013 12:19 PM

    Man, it’s great to hear this. Belichick has spent most of his life in football and has won 3 super bowls.

    These days, a lot of former players work as analysts, but they get paid to pander to people who define “expertise” by fantasy football and Madden.

    It’s all so stupid.

  13. towniesman says: Aug 18, 2013 12:24 PM

    that’s my coach….

  14. janthon88 says: Aug 18, 2013 12:30 PM

    Well, it is much easier to figure out who screwed up when you know the opposition’s play calling signals. If only…oh…wait…

  15. maxkingpin says: Aug 18, 2013 12:35 PM

    Not a big fan of Belichick.
    That said he is spot on with those statements.

    Listening to the ex-player color analysts this weekend I wonder how they played for years with some of the “expert analysis” they provide.

  16. caffeinedrivendevelopment says: Aug 18, 2013 12:54 PM

    I love BB. I was raised in part by an uncle who was just as driven. Learned the same thing in the Corps. BB doesn’t care what you think. BB doesn’t care what the reporters think. He doesn’t care what I think. Singular dedication to excellence. Too many people is this country are doing things halfassed – and blaming somebody else for it. Love it.

  17. macfunden says: Aug 18, 2013 1:12 PM

    Spot on with his statement. He makes it tough for those who want quotes and want to know what’s happening inside the locker room but he is right in not providing info that can help the opposition. Why talk about injuries? Why provide bulletin board material? Why pretend you know what another team is working on etc?
    In college we would throw an int to work on what the offense does when an interception is thrown on a given play. Who covers who as you just went from offense to defense and trying to prevent a return for td. Cant have everyone just guessing, so maybe it a part of the plan. I don’t know and neither does the analyst.

  18. patsfansincegrogan says: Aug 18, 2013 1:36 PM

    RE: Bill Belichick is one of those guys that you see getting his coffee every morning at the local Tim Horton’s,

    No way, not in New England. In New England, we ran Tim Horton’s out of town with their crappy coffee and café style food. Its Dunkin Donuts or nothing here. I’ll take a medium regular and a sausage egg and cheese on an everything bagel.

  19. thingamajig says: Aug 18, 2013 1:47 PM

    It’s obvious that BB won’t be courted by ESPN or NFL Network for an analysis job after he retires from coaching

  20. wearethechampsandyourenot says: Aug 18, 2013 1:48 PM

    this guy is just preparing for getting beasted by the ravens twice — again — this year

  21. nypd1056 says: Aug 18, 2013 1:55 PM

    There’s an old Italian saying. “PEOPLE WITH A LITTLE BIT OF KNOWLEDGE ARE DANGEROUS.

  22. texanfan53 says: Aug 18, 2013 1:56 PM

    Well Bill is the smartest man in the NFL. Just ask any of the talking heads.

  23. bengalskuta82 says: Aug 18, 2013 2:01 PM

    Hes talking to the dumb analyists

  24. wesleyt4 says: Aug 18, 2013 2:06 PM

    If you believe for one second the he doesn’t know what happened when someone makes a mistake, I have some stocks I want to sell you. That guy knows…..

  25. s0merand0mguy says: Aug 18, 2013 2:18 PM

    @canetic
    Well we can see Tim Tebow’s throwing motion. And we can see the open receiver. And we can see the ball hit the ground five feet in front of the open receiver. I think I can figure that out.

    Ladies and gentlemen the first all knowing playbook master of the universe just said “yeah I’m just as smart as Bill!” so he goes on to provide us the in depth information he studied on tape to tell us BB is wrong and his knowledge of football excels beyond the understanding of any other human being. This guy is pure gold right here. Canetic how do you defy the odds and prove you are the master of the patriots playbook? Wow!

  26. puntonfirstdown says: Aug 18, 2013 2:19 PM

    Without villains, life would be boring.

  27. tedmurph says: Aug 18, 2013 2:20 PM

    wearethechampsandyourenot says:Aug 18, 2013 1:48 PM

    this guy is just preparing for getting beasted by the ravens twice — again — this year

    ———————————————————-
    Ravens would have to make the playoffs to play the Pats twice. Sorry pal, 9-7 ain’t gettin’ it done.

  28. mikejonesforum says: Aug 18, 2013 2:24 PM

    I think Bill has a lot riding on this season. 9-7 makes him look like a coach with a lot of success when he was uploading opposing teams film study.

  29. lightcleric says: Aug 18, 2013 2:30 PM

    Yeah I’m not an anti-sabermetrics guy by any stretch but this is one of those flaws. Like they may decide a tackle gave up a sack or a pressure when it wasn’t really their fault because someone else was supposed to pick the guy up.

  30. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 18, 2013 2:39 PM

    unionjack1776 says:

    Of course Billy B has it figured out. He’s still got tape on everyone!
    ___________________

    Wow how clever of you.

    And Bill for that matter if you’re claiming that tape of games years ago full of players no longer in the league, being coached by guys who as often as not are no longer coaching or certainly not using the same defensive signals, with defensive calls being called in by radio now, would be of any help at this point.

    And you apparently don’t know that all teams get the all 22 tape of every game played every year to review the video at will. And that players are supposed to spend a substantial amount of time watching game tape.

    But hey, if ignorance works for you more power to ya.

  31. tedmurph says: Aug 18, 2013 2:40 PM

    Good point lightcleric. It’s even worse with CBs. How many times do you see a CB getting ripped on ESPN when the CB, who was in position, expected inside safety help that didn’t come.

  32. 1historian says: Aug 18, 2013 2:40 PM

    EJ;

    This is so easy I’m (almost) embarrassed to say it.

    Your 12:14 – “The guy literally thinks he knows it all.”

    Compared to you he does.

  33. fryeways says: Aug 18, 2013 2:44 PM

    I love the comments here from people accusing him of thinking he knows it all, when he’s literally saying nobody, including himself, knows it all. BB’s biggest haters are the most simple-minded faux-fans of the game.

  34. truths4all says: Aug 18, 2013 2:46 PM

    “macker1283 says: Aug 18, 2013 11:33 AM

    I.e maybe Tebow threw it to the right spots but the receivers screwed up.”

    Tebow Haters will never acknowledge that possibility even though he has been playing with the 3rd and 4th stringers. When he played with the first and second units when Mallet went out, he probably had very little prior work with them.

    Sure, his bad play could be all his or due to the 3rds and 4ths. Probably it is some of both as he must be awfully rusty sitting on Rex Ryan’s shelf for a year without any real work that they promised him he would get. And you say Rex Ryan would not lie to Tebow about that? Consider the Jets GM and Ryan told Stanton that if he signed with them, he would be a lock to be the backup and perhaps contend to start. We all know lied about that!

  35. 1historian says: Aug 18, 2013 2:51 PM

    File this under ‘the seven P’s’

    Proper Prior Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance

    2002 – Pats @ Bears. Bears ahead in the 3rd quarter but the Pats are driving. There is an offensive play that goes the Pats’ way but is clearly questionable. While the Bears’ coach is trying to decide whether or not to challenge the call the Pats ran off another play which was clearly designed for that situation, the result being that the play under question could not be challenged. Replay showed clearly that the original call would have been reversed.

    The Pats were ready for such a situation, the Bears were not.

    There is a meter designed to measure what Belichik thinks of people who criticize him and question him in re football – it has NEVER moved above zero.

    And never will.

  36. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 18, 2013 2:56 PM

    Well that’s the issue with Belichick is he is not a very cerebral guy and he doesn’t know. He should know the answers to some of these conundrums that perplex him but he doesn’t know how to step back and really analyze a situation. He’s always coming up short and missing critical connection pieces and you can tell how obvious that is when he can’t even figure out how to call Timeouts properly to conserve clock time. He doesn’t score well on the mental tests and he’s stuck in a place of ignorance in terms of processing the finer points of strategy within a few key elements of the game.

    And don’t lump me in with the other “experts”. I’m a different kind of expert and I don’t roll with the guys you are calling out.

  37. marcuswelby1 says: Aug 18, 2013 2:57 PM

    EJ says:
    Aug 18, 2013 12:14 PM
    Bill Belichick is one of those guys that you see getting his coffee every morning at the local Tim Horton’s, You say good morning and he grunts and walks away shaking his head. One of those guys that needs shock treatment to be social. I feel bad for the media up in New England. Those guys must have amazing self-control, because I don’t think I would last 5 minutes in the same room as him. The guy literally thinks he knows it all.

    ————————————————————-

    BB owes the media nothing…zero.
    And he owes Borges less than nothing. Matter of fact, is that you Ron?

  38. patsfan13 says: Aug 18, 2013 3:01 PM

    Sorry to offend all the Tebow supporters, but, he sucks. I am amazed he is still on this team or any other team in the NFL. He has no talent at QB. Just because he is an overly devout Christian, doesn’t make him a quality football player.

  39. whiningpatriotfans says: Aug 18, 2013 3:09 PM

    Can’t wait for this guy to go away. He’s honestly a good guy in his personal life, but my god – has there been a less likable personality in the history of the game? He makes al davis look like strawberry shortcake.

  40. tedmurph says: Aug 18, 2013 3:19 PM

    Hey whining, it’s not his job to make you or the press like him. It’s his job to win FB games. And he does it well, better than almost everyone in history and the best of the salary cap era.

    Stategy, do you realize how dumb it sounds that you think you know more than a coach that is universally on everyone’s top 10 list of all time? Evidently not.

  41. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Aug 18, 2013 3:31 PM

    Coach Belichick *is* an expert, and he’s absolutley right.

    A sign of very high-powered intellect is having an acute awareness of the truism, “the more you know, the more you realize you don’t know.”

    And the Patriots have beaten my team in more AFCCGs than any other team — but ya gotta recognize.

  42. decayeahranger says: Aug 18, 2013 3:55 PM

    It seems to be funny that people remember nothing about “Spygate”? When the Steelers SNAPPED” the Patriots 21 game win streak by 2 touchdowns @HeinzField in 2004 yet the same Patriots team “came back” in the AFC Championship to win by 2 touchdowns , even though that Steeler defense dominated everyone that year. All we want to know is that if Belichick was such a “great coach”, why’d the NFL destroy the SPYGATE tapes(allegedly going back to the win over The Rams in the Superbowl) and how come (since they got caught) they’ve had a 5-5 record in the playoffs, when before they were “10-0″? (I also find it funny that all three of their “Superbowl Wins” came off of a field goal, imagine if they hadn’t known the play calls(Rams would’ve been back-2-back, Panthers & Eagles fans would both have one)?

  43. dlk47823 says: Aug 18, 2013 4:03 PM

    Will the Koolaid drinking Pats fans still love him 10 years from now when he doesn’t deliver on another SB victory?

  44. macjacmccoy says: Aug 18, 2013 4:13 PM

    FINALLY, some one stated the obvious. I have been yelling this at my tv for the last couple years. I use to think this way too a couple of years ago. If a guy got a sack off the edge I would say ” Man that TE messed up there”, but then I realized I had no clue if the TE was just suppose to chip and then the rb or fb was suppose to finish him off, or if the tackle was suppose to come off his double team and then switch over to the defender, or if the qb was suppose to only take a 3 step drop and then get rid of the ball no matter what.

    It is impossible to know who really made the mistake unless you know the exact assignment of every player on that player.

    No wonder coaches are so smug with the media. Experts and reporters will question them about a player who they think has had a bad training camp or game and then point to certain plays with an attitude like they know something and that the coach is just full of it for not admitting it. I would be pretty smug when dealing with people like that too.

    Its like the Vick Foles situation . People keep saying Vick is ahead bc he can stretch the field yada yada yada. But they dont know which one is executing the game plan better. And they sure dont take into account the running plays. Where the team has been more successful under Foles then Vick. And because there is a lot of run pass options in this offense the success of many running plays is a result of how the QB reads the defense.

    But hey people who dont know the play call have seen Vick connect on more mid to long range passes so he most be in the lead. And if you say other wise your a hater who cant let the dog fighting go, or a bigot who will always think a white qb is better then a black one. Then they wonder why people are so smug when they talk to them.

  45. tedmurph says: Aug 18, 2013 4:42 PM

    decayeah ranger is just another example of a hater that keeps making excuses for his team losing to the Pats, fair and square. The steelers lost to the PAts in the AFCCG(for the 2nd time) because they turned the ball over 4 times. Roethlisberger choked(3 picks). Nothing to do with defensive signals. In the reg season game Corey Dillon, Ty Law, TPoole(both startingCBs) were all hurt.

    If the Pats knew the Rams defensive signals in the SB, why did they only score 13 pts and have 267 yrds of offense? They won that game on D. Nothing to do with def signals.

    NFL destroyed the tapes. Big deal. They showed them to the press at a conference 1rst. What else was there to see? These people just don’t know what they’re talking about. They Pats have had less success in the playoffs recently(despite going to two SBs) because the D is nowhere near what it was during that run. Period, end of story.

  46. db105 says: Aug 18, 2013 4:52 PM

    mikejonesforum says:
    Aug 18, 2013 2:24 PM
    I think Bill has a lot riding on this season. 9-7 makes him look like a coach with a lot of success when he was uploading opposing teams film study.
    ———————————————————————————–
    Isn’t that what all coaches and scouts do in preparation of a future opponent? What an idiot!

  47. metitometin says: Aug 18, 2013 5:01 PM

    Again, EVERY team was videotaping because it was legal. Roger Goodell sent that memo about videotaping to EVERY team in the NFL, not just the Pats. If the Pats were the only team videotaping, then why did Roger Goodell send that memo to EVERY team in the NFL? Because EVERY team was videotaping. Too bad the Pats had to take the hit for the bogus Spygate non-scandal because every team was doing the same thing as the Pats. People need to get a clue.

  48. rjp1130 says: Aug 18, 2013 5:33 PM

    decayeahranger,
    The Pats beat the Steelers the same the Jets beat the Pats a few years ago. They had a better game plan. Get over it.

  49. lanman11 says: Aug 18, 2013 5:42 PM

    RE: Bill Belichick is one of those guys that you see getting his coffee every morning at the local Tim Horton’s,

    No way, not in New England. In New England, we ran Tim Horton’s out of town with their crappy coffee and café style food. Its Dunkin Donuts or nothing here. I’ll take a medium regular and a sausage egg and cheese on an everything bagel.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yeah, and if you say “Venti” in New England, you get punched in the face! LOL.

    Make mine a “Laahhhge Regyala.”

  50. vaphinfan says: Aug 18, 2013 7:08 PM

    Can tedmurph or harrisonhits2 make their own comments instead of commenting on everyones elses?

    1972

  51. castlelong1 says: Aug 18, 2013 7:32 PM

    decayeahranger says:
    Aug 18, 2013 3:55 PM
    “It seems to be funny that people remember nothing about “Spygate”? When the Steelers SNAPPED” the Patriots 21 game win streak by 2 touchdowns @HeinzField in 2004 yet the same Patriots team “came back” in the AFC Championship to win by 2 touchdowns …”

    Whatever helps you sleep at night, Steeler fan, but let’s look at key moments of that game: Bus gets stopped for no gain and fumbles on 4th and 1. Ben throws pick six to Harrison at end of first half. The chin eyes a 4th and 1 at the goal and opts for the FG. Is your claim that somehow magically knowing defensive signals made the Steelers crap the bed on offense?

  52. patriots420 says: Aug 18, 2013 8:46 PM

    thingamajig says:
    Aug 18, 2013 1:47 PM
    It’s obvious that BB won’t be courted by ESPN or NFL Network for an analysis job after he retires from coaching

    —————-

    I don’t think he will entertain those offers, he is better than selling out to ESPN. Not trying to seem like a negative nancy but is it me or does every washed up recently retired athlete run to ESPN or NFLN(looking right at you Donovan and Ladanian)

    BB Is in the elite strata of the NFL and will likely ride off into the sunset and the last we will see him is 5 years later in Canton. He may go for a Joe Torre-esque job with the shield where he is near the top of the chain and head of on field related matters.

  53. joejgibbs says: Aug 18, 2013 9:13 PM

    Absolutely 100% true. Especially within the secondary, fans routinely bark out at the guy they think got beat just because he’s in the picture on the TV set. There’s a giant dance of assignments going on at the same time that you have no idea are going on.

  54. majormalphunktion says: Aug 18, 2013 10:09 PM

    “It seems to be funny that people remember nothing about “Spygate”? When the Steelers SNAPPED” the Patriots 21 game win streak by 2 touchdowns @HeinzField in 2004 yet the same Patriots team “came back” in the AFC Championship to win by 2 touchdowns …”

    Wait…the Pats needed film of the Steelers defense?
    Zone Blitz. Every down. It’s what they have always done, and why when healthy, the Pats pick them apart.

  55. tedmurph says: Aug 18, 2013 10:24 PM

    Can vaphinfan ever make a post other than ’1972′ or ‘spygate’?’

  56. xinellum says: Aug 18, 2013 10:26 PM

    You sure did a lot of illegal taping for someone who doesn’t benefit or know what is going on with film, Bill. Oh that’s right, it does assist you in stealing signals and calls and it helps you figure out who is supposed to be where because you taped practices illegally. So let us tape your practices and we all will be able to tell when someone makes a mistake just like you did illegally. Oh by the way, how many Super Bowls has that dynasty won since they haven’t been able to cheat. Yep, none. But it must be nice that your boss Kraft has bought and paid for Goodell so it’s not like you have to worry about any real punishment.

  57. stevejjones says: Aug 18, 2013 11:48 PM

    I think this is Bill definitely sticking up for Tebow. Bill knows he had him burning time of clock which is why he only threw 7 passes. There were two snaps where Tebow had to literally leap in the air quite impressively to haul in. Best vert of QBs at combine in his class. I was impressed that he corralled those bad snaps. One interception came off one of those. That’s a sure case for the timing gone wrong. Tebow also was playing behind a 3rd string line that was worse that my Bears 1st string line last year. It was rapidly collapsing. One of his “errant” passes was a definite case of his arm getting hit. The negative yardage was on a play that got stuffed. Tebow also had a monster run of 33 yards that was called back because of a penalty. I think Bill knows something the public doesn’t. Tebow did what he was asked. The clock was eaten up. He was not ought there doing passapalooza. He moved the ball, played conservatively, and took a beating so Tom and Ryan didn’t have to.

  58. cmdrsmooth says: Aug 19, 2013 12:16 AM

    Extra cameras don’t hurt your player and team evaluations Billy.

  59. lrjets says: Aug 19, 2013 5:46 AM

    As a Jets fan, I’m supposed to despise BB.
    I don’t.

    Every August you Pats fans have the excitement of knowing you’re part of the mix to go deep into the playoffs.

    Thank BB. He is the master. No ego, no glitz, just goes about his business.

    Then you see the talking heads on the networks picking games.

    “Uh Michael, your record is 12 and 15″. Does it matter? Do their jobs depend on it?
    Only those in control on the sidelines face accountability, and BB is one of the best all time.

  60. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 19, 2013 8:37 AM

    I agree with coach on this one. I’ve played football and still it often isn’t clear to me who missed an assignment. It kind of depends.

    If you go to an NFL game, it’s the nerds and geeks that act like they know exactly what went wrong, who did it, and what play the coach should have called. Call them out Belichick!

  61. keepounding1234 says: Aug 19, 2013 9:20 AM

    @decayeahranger says:
    Aug 18, 2013 3:55 PM
    ______________________________
    Whatever. Didn’t Big Ben throw three or four interceptions that game?

  62. rc33 says: Aug 19, 2013 9:46 AM

    Specific hacks (Like uh…Borges and Shaughnessy) hate Belichcik because from moment one, Belichick treated the Globe the same as he treated the Herald, the Patriot-Ledger, NESN, etc..
    No favoritism.
    Watching Borges grit his teeth and be forced to write complementary articles about Belichick and the Pats for the past decade plus has been fantastically amusing.
    It’s possible Belichick doesn’t hate the media (though he likely does) but one thing’s for certain; their are compromised, agenda-driven members of the Boston media that despise Belichick, for no other reason than they’re from the Big Bad Established Newspaper in Boston and he gives them no favor..

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