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Bill Belichick “absolutely” wants draft moved back to April

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When Bill Belichick goes beyond his terse, half-mumbled phrases to answer a question, you can tell the answer is of some interest to him.

So it’s worth pointing out that he went on at a bit of length about his displeasure with having the NFL Draft in May, and losing time.

According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, Belichick raised exactly 124 words worth of displeasure, to be precise.

“Yeah, of course,” Belichick said. “I mean, the sooner you have your players, the easier it is to start, not only getting them integrated into your team but also building your team. There are certain things you get in the draft, then you have to fill other areas of the team with veteran players or college free agents or whatever. When that process is going on, you can see every day you pick up the transactions, every team has got — not every team — but there’s probably 5-15 transactions on a daily basis. Of course, if you had the draft, you can move that whole process up. Whatever it is, it is. It’s not my decision, but I would go for an earlier draft, absolutely.”

That’s reasonably strong — for Belichick — and certainly indicative of what most coaches think.

Now, they’d be as foolish as members of the media to think their opinion matters, but it’s at least another voice in the chorus.

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36 Responses to “Bill Belichick “absolutely” wants draft moved back to April”
  1. bassplucker says: Jun 17, 2014 9:45 AM

    Well, Bill usually gets what he wants so there you go.

  2. captbuff says: Jun 17, 2014 9:48 AM

    I hate the draft being in May. But if Belichick wants it in April let’s go ahead and keep it where it is.

  3. 6ball says: Jun 17, 2014 9:49 AM

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    The next voice I hear in favor of the May 10 draft will be the first.
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  4. dcpatfan says: Jun 17, 2014 9:52 AM

    Greatest Coach Of All Time.

  5. marvsleezy says: Jun 17, 2014 9:56 AM

    First 3 draft choices should be made live at half time of the Superbowl.

  6. dickshotdogs says: Jun 17, 2014 10:05 AM

    Regardless of your opinion of him, he’s right. Always is.

  7. jimmyt says: Jun 17, 2014 10:12 AM

    I agree with him but even a broken clock is right twice a day.

  8. Patskrieg dot com says: Jun 17, 2014 10:24 AM

    I saw the title and thought “The same people that whined about waiting so long for the draft are going to somehow find fault in Belichick saying the same thing.”

    And here we are…

  9. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 17, 2014 10:26 AM

    If everybody plays their part well, then a committed ensemble cast can perfectly paint the picture.

  10. elliottcovert says: Jun 17, 2014 10:26 AM

    I agree, and I hope the Commissioner realizes that the draft got such high ratings this year compared to last year not because of the fact that it was in May but because this draft had more intriguing talent in the first round.

  11. ez4u2sa says: Jun 17, 2014 10:27 AM

    Bill’s right (again) but his thinking runs up against the NFL trying to get a much money out of the draft event as possible. He should sit down with Robert Kraft and have a long talk with him. If he can change Kraft’s thinking, he might get somewhere.

  12. packergator says: Jun 17, 2014 10:30 AM

    He may be right but if a May draft gets better ratings and more attention, count on it happening again.

  13. pastabelly101 says: Jun 17, 2014 10:31 AM

    Belichick is always right, Goodell is always wrong and that includes the completely overblown filming of the opponents sideline. Goodell, the new commissioner and ex Jet employee overacted to show he was in charge. We have seen that over and over since then.

  14. tvjules says: Jun 17, 2014 10:39 AM

    He’s also sick of the additional weeks of mock drafts made by all the so called “experts” who are wrong more often than they are right.

  15. patriotsarespygaters says: Jun 17, 2014 10:45 AM

    Why does Belichick hate Goddell? oh wait….

  16. overratedsteelerhater says: Jun 17, 2014 10:50 AM

    who cares what bill wants!

  17. weepingjebus says: Jun 17, 2014 10:52 AM

    In other words, pushing the draft back in exchange for a few extra bucks may harm the on-field product. This is known as “penny wise, pound foolish” or “Goodelling yourself”.

  18. harrisonhits2 says: Jun 17, 2014 10:56 AM

    watching the draft is like watching paint dry. Not what I’d all exciting.

    Especially since with the web now you can check every couple hours and see who your team drafted and not have to waste time watching it.

    From a coaches standpoint of course Belichick is right. The sooner you get the draft done the sooner you can fill in the other holes from free agents and have your roster in place. The sooner the roster is in place the sooner the playbooks can go out and the players start learning the system.

  19. osiris33 says: Jun 17, 2014 10:58 AM

    Late April was already way too late. It should be no later than the 15th of April every year, preferably sooner. May is absurd.

  20. nfloracle says: Jun 17, 2014 10:59 AM

    Anybody who’s married knows that the only opinion that really matters in life is the old lady’s.

    If the Commissioner’s wife said she thought the draft should be in April, it would be changed to April in a heartbeat.

  21. bullcharger says: Jun 17, 2014 11:00 AM

    I guess when the draft is in April it kills the anticipation and there’s no real NFL news for 1-2 Months. Making it later probably keeps the league relevant year round… But as Belichick pointed out, it makes it harder to build a good team and therefore will reduce the quality on the field eventually leading to reduced revenue. Bad decision Goodell.

  22. blacknole08 says: Jun 17, 2014 11:16 AM

    Belichick is right. Move the draft back to April. That means we have to listen to McShay and Mel Kiper and deal with two more mocks for another month. Who truly wants that?

  23. radiofriendly420 says: Jun 17, 2014 11:19 AM

    I think Belichick may be my favorite individual in the NFL. Always calls it how it is. Hated for being great and right. Doesn’t follow the new American model of political correctness…

    Big fan! Wish he was with the Lions.

    Hey Pats fans, trade you Mayhew AND Caldwell for Belichick, straight up! Deal???

    :p

  24. jnbnet says: Jun 17, 2014 11:24 AM

    The draft should be in mid March, then at the end of April, they could have the start of free agency. That would spread things around a bit and we would know which teams need to fill holes via free agency.

  25. clashpoint says: Jun 17, 2014 11:44 AM

    I’m a Steelers fan agreeing with the coach of the Patriots, and Satan must wearing a parka.

  26. flaccoishermanmunster says: Jun 17, 2014 11:55 AM

    If he doesn’t like it, go to the CFL. I dont believe their draft is on tv.

  27. fmc651 says: Jun 17, 2014 12:01 PM

    Bill have Bob call
    Rodger and it will be done.

  28. iamkillerfin says: Jun 17, 2014 12:06 PM

    Goodell’s darling patriots wants it they will get it!!!

  29. 4grammarpolice says: Jun 17, 2014 12:07 PM

    Consider it done. Whatever Billy wants, Billy gets. (Extra point)

  30. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jun 17, 2014 12:13 PM

    I’m with the coach on the draft being in April. In fact who is in favor of it being in May other than that power loving, TV ratings ho, Goodell?

  31. ashleyschafferbmw says: Jun 17, 2014 12:18 PM

    Whoa, Bill is being reasonable and I agree with him. This is a scary moment guys.

  32. whatjusthapped says: Jun 17, 2014 12:23 PM

    If it means two or three less weeks of having Mel Kiper on TV, then I am in favor of it.

  33. j0esixpack says: Jun 17, 2014 12:32 PM

    Meanwhile Roger Goodell just announced that the 2015 draft will be held in 2016

  34. CKL says: Jun 17, 2014 12:48 PM

    radiofriendly420 says:
    Jun 17, 2014 11:19 AM
    I think Belichick may be my favorite individual in the NFL. Always calls it how it is. Hated for being great and right. Doesn’t follow the new American model of political correctness…

    Big fan! Wish he was with the Lions.

    Hey Pats fans, trade you Mayhew AND Caldwell for Belichick, straight up! Deal???

    :p
    __________________________________
    You guys had him already as a coaching assistant way way WAY back in the day. We Pats fans are going to keep him now. :)

    I too was stunned he made such a strong comment because his usual reply to anything about rules, etc is” whatever the rule/situation is, we’ll deal with it” end of story.

    With all the ways the NFL has changed since Goodell took office, they fall into two categories: a change that is better for the owners or a change that is better for the players. Lost in all this is that not a single change has been good for coaches, be it rule changes, or CBA changes, etc. Sure they get draft picks signed faster, that’s good for owners and players. No holdouts, so coaches should love it. BUT…they can’t meet that much or practice much anymore, so that’s still bad for the coaches (and for the quality of the game, in my opinion, but I digress). Since free agency and the implementation of the cap, I’ve thought that having a great head coach (to include being great at assembling a staff) is the single most important thing you can have. And the more things continue as is, it becomes even more important. And yet, even great head coaches often make far less a year than their best few players. It’s really a strange deal. I’m just very very thankful that Kraft is a great enough businessman to see through all the media and fan whining and know that BB was going to be a fantastic choice for a HC.

  35. blue18hutthutt says: Jun 17, 2014 12:49 PM

    Hate the Pats and their obnoxious fans but anytime BB says anything about the league, it’s almost always with it and the game’s best interests in mind

    I actually can’t think of many times where I’ve disagreed with him

  36. coachbeck says: Jun 17, 2014 1:13 PM

    I wish free agency came after the draft. But that would make the draft even earlier.

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