Belichick likes Thursday games, would gladly take more than one

AP

Count Patriots coach Bill Belichick as a firm supporter of Thursday Night Football.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft said this week that Belichick “likes the Thursday night games and would be happy to have more than one in a season.”

The NFL tries to schedule each team on Thursday once but not give any team two Thursday games unless one of those Thursdays is Thanksgiving or the traditional Week One opener hosted by the Super Bowl champion. The idea behind giving each team only one Thursday game is that it makes the schedule more fair, so no team gets an abundance of short weeks to prepare for Thursday games, or long weeks to prepare for Sunday games following Thursday games.

Belichick, however, may feel that he does a better job preparing his team than other coaches during shorter or longer weeks, which means Thursday night games are advantageous to the Patriots. Unfortunately for Belichick, the Patriots only get one Thursday game this year.

92 responses to “Belichick likes Thursday games, would gladly take more than one

  1. The only person that would be happer than Belicheck if that happened would be the new Thurs nite announcer Jim Nantz. He might be the biggest Pats homer there is.

  2. I want to hear Belichick say that. Or does Kraft foresee more dollars coming his way with more week night games?

    I don’t know many season ticket holders asking for Thursday night games. Most of them have to get up on Friday morning and go to work.

  3. Belichick likes Thursday games, would gladly take more than one
    =======================
    I guess trying to get into Goodell’s pocket leads to better calls during games…

  4. Belichick likes Thursday games…Kraft Likes the idea of a London Franchise

    London Patriots play 4 thurs nite games in 2016

  5. It’s too bad my Giants were never able to convince Belichick to come coach the team and run the front office. The organization hasn’t been the same without him. Imagine what Belichick would have been able to do with Tiki Barber as one of his offensive weapons.

  6. Tom
    Ryan
    E.J.
    Geno
    Maybe Michael

    One of these is not like the others.

    They should have shortened this statement to “we like games.” 17 words with stipulation only waters down their confidence level, it implies they don’t like non-Thursday games as much for some kind of reason, sounds like some kind of fear or trepidation is brewing?

  7. I don’t like Thursday night games for a few reasons. some of these reasons may apply to Sunday and Monday night games, but I like football on those nights.

    1) i don’t think the players get enough recovery time. 2)i live on the east coast; i get up early for work. 3)it makes Thanksgiving football less special. 4)the games are usually not that good; see reason 1. 5)Mike Mayock thinks every player “has got to make that play”. 6)it’s on a cable channel that often requires an extra package from your cable company 7)cut’s into crappy network television i might want to watch. 8)Bill likes it so i automatically don’t.

    You know what i wouldn’t mind though? 1 more week of football. extend regular season by 1 more week. give each team 2 byes. every team has a bye prior to their Thursday night football game so the players get plenty of time to rest before that game. the league gets to say they did it for “player safety”.

  8. Did he actually say this? Or was it in the transcripts of the 33 pages of texts to Aaron H?

  9. Classic Belichek. Everyone has the same advantages/disadvantages when the 2 teams play thursday. The best and brightest coaches will adapt the quickest and exploit the advantages/disadvantages. As an Eagles fan, I’m sure Chip Kelly will thrive on thursday nights as well.

  10. All those who pretend to know Belichick and say he is some sort of company man should know he is always one to think outside the box, always ready to shake things up and the only thing he hates more than the Jets is their ex employee Roger Goodell!

  11. I thought pictures of him smiling were locked away in the same room as the lost ar

    They are locked in the same room as the raven trivia …. You know the white suit and the elevator video.

    Hate Bill all you want he is a great coach.

  12. Other things Bill Belichick likes:

    1> When the NFL front office will cover up for you by destroying the video tapes.
    2> Being in the same division with the weak sisters, jets, dolphins and bills.
    3> 3 tainted Lombardi’s on his resume

  13. I think it would help the teams out tremendously if the TNF matchups were primarily division rivalries, especially late in the season. Both teams are already familiar with each other and rivalry weeks typically reduce the “install” portion of the playbook for those teams.

  14. Too bad the New England Cheaters only were able to cheat for 3 SBs, not earn 5 (six in 2015) like the Dallas Cowboys!

    #CowboysDynasty
    #TonyRomo4MVP
    #BradyCheated

  15. The price of being successful in the previous season.. Seahawks start off the season on a Thursday and play the 49ers on a Thursday (Thanksgiving).

    Ain’t no thang.

  16. I cant understand why anyone who loves football complains about a Thursday night game.. The players get paid millions of dollars. Injuries happen, that means next millionaire up. They get a long rest afterwards, like 10 days. They are there to entertain me, I pay for NFL merchandise & a fat cable bill. The owners & players negotiated this in the CBA, they split the money almost in half. Get out there & play.

  17. To all my fellow Patriot fans, aren’t these comments awesome!? These guys are soooo incredibly jealous of us. They’re going to spend the rest of their day just livid with the fact that we’ve got it so much better than them, and knowing that if The Patriots are on their schedule, they’re already 0-1. I wonder what it’s like to be angry for more than a decade? Ouch.

  18. He like TNF because the NFL usually schedules a team that has played that Sunday and has to travel to Foxboro on short rest.

    If it’s a Top 10 team, same scenario, only difference is NE would be coming off their bye week.

  19. justinstuckrule says:
    Jul 18, 2014 10:25 AM
    It’s too bad my Giants were never able to convince Belichick to come coach the team and run the front office. The organization hasn’t been the same without him. Imagine what Belichick would have been able to do with Tiki Barber as one of his offensive weapons.

    Huh? Didn’t the Giants beat Belichick twice in the Super Bowl……what is wrong with you?

  20. Maybe the press should go to Kraft instead of Belichick when they want the real dope on Patriots’ injuries.

  21. The reason a lot of football fans don’t like it is because they’re watching a watered down product. Players cannot get as fully prepared physically, mentally, and strategically as they can when they have a full week.

  22. No team provides more great prime time games than the Patriots. I’m sure the league would love to give them more than one. Nobody likes having to play on 4 days rest, and if any other team had two Thursday night games the weeping and gnashing of teeth would be unbearable. However, if the Patriots ever got two Thursday night games, the howls of cheating would be deafening. Go figure.

    I wonder how Denver and Peyton Manning would react to two Thursday night games? I guess it would depend on who the league scheduled to play them after that, and if they were home or road games. Remember Peyton whining last year before the Philly game that Philly had 10 days to prepare for them, and how that was a little unfair? It was like he was laying the pre-game excuses in case he had a bad game. Heck, that game was in Denver, not Philly. The worst part of this was he was completely discounting that Denver had just opened the season against the Ravens on a Thursday night and then had 10 days to prepare for the Giants. We didn’t hear Mega Head complaining about that now did we? It was OK for him to have the advantage, but when it came time to even things up he complained about it. Par for the course.

    Say whatever drivel you want about the Patriots, but they always Man Up, and that is really the biggest problem most people have with them.

  23. If I were coaching/running/playing for a team — I would like Thursday games too. You play the Thursday game on equal footing with your opponent, and then, you have the advantage of 10 days rest against your next opponent.

    Total no-brainer.

  24. A real warrior doesn’t care what time or what place. They are ready. There is no whining in football.

    “Waaaah Thursday night doesn’t give us enough time to clean the sand out of our…” you get the point. I’m glad BB gets it, at least.

  25. That’s because the league gives him home games on those Thursday night games. On Sunday night games, Monday night games, and Thursday night games the league makes sure the Pats are at home 75% of the time.

  26. I love reading all that “stored up venom” against the Patriots…

    Tells me just how desperate some of the fans are for a winning team…

    Boo Hoo

  27. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 18, 2014 10:54 AM

    I thought pictures of him smiling were locked away in the same room as the lost ar

    They are locked in the same room as the raven trivia …. You know the white suit and the elevator video.

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh same place as the Roethlisberger police reports and settlements with three different women. Or maybe the Superbowl MVP trophy to Bill Leavy and his crew for SB 40? Or was it where the Steelers kept all those small school player films of the 70s like Stallworth when they didn’t return them?

    That room?

  28. All of Patriots Thursday night games have been at home, or they follow a bye week.

    It is just like the Patriots with Playoff games.

    Is it any wonder the Patriots like Thursday games?

    They also like Playoff Home games, which the league schedulers also go out of the way for the Patriots.

    Remember..Different Rules

    Signed, Terrell Suggs

  29. Notice that Bellichek did not same he also liked London games.

    Why is that? Why have the Patriots not had London games? Because every team that plays those loses, and the Patriots would have to play away.

    Bill is acting interested in Thursday night games, to avoid playing in London.

  30. How many of you read every thread about a team other than the one you root for as a fan? I know I don’t follow any other team other than the Patriots closely but will read a particular post about a topic of interest to me. For some reason, the Patriots have a cadre of haters that read every PFT article on the team and basically state the same comment on virtually every thread. How is this not tedious for the reader, PFT, and even themselves?

  31. Since the NFL started playing in London, the Pats have played there twice. That ties them with the 49ers for for the most. Pats won huge in both games. Love the haters and their dazzling array of facts. Most of these posts come from a handful of guys and a lot of them come from the same guy with his dizzying array of screen names. Whatever floats your boat. Everyone needs a hobby, I guess.

  32. Lol no the Pats Thursday night games are all home games. They’ve also played multiple games in London.

    But please, keep making things up about the mean ol’ Pats since it somehow seems to give a bunch of you thrills.

  33. I hate Thursday games… Combine Foxboro game traffic with Boston rush hour … getting to Foxboro is a nightmare… so play them on the road…

  34. People don’t like the Patriots because until Brady won his first Superbowl there weren’t any Patriot fans, even in N.E.

    There are 60,000 people on the season ticket waiting list and have been since 1994. Top 5 in the league. That’s 6 yrs before Brady was drafted, but 2 yrs before Parcells took them to the Super Bowl. Another genius rockin’ the facts.

  35. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh same place as the Roethlisberger police reports and settlements with three different women. Or maybe the Superbowl MVP trophy to Bill Leavy and his crew for SB 40? Or was it where the Steelers kept all those small school player films of the 70s like Stallworth when they didn’t return them?

    That room?

    Don’t worry your thin skin will heal. It’s called maturity…. It just takes raven fans longer. They like to dish it but can’t take it!

  36. Were you trying to suggest that Patriots fans are somehow clairvoyant because they sold out season tickets “6 yrs before Brady was drafted, but 2 yrs before Parcells took them to the Super Bowl”? I’ve had socks longer than that.

  37. People don’t like the Patriots because until Brady won his first Superbowl there weren’t any Patriot fans, even in N.E.

    Merely pointed out the validity, or lack thereof, of that statement.

  38. “I don’t know many season ticket holders asking for Thursday night games. Most of them have to get up on Friday morning and go to work.”
    _______
    That’s like saying SNF games are bad because they have to get up on Monday morning….same thing.

  39. Before Belichick arrived, the Patriots had only notched consecutive playoff appearances twice in their entire history. They still hold the dubious honor of the second worst defeat in a Superbowl 46-10 to the Bears in 1986 and they did play in one AFL championship game, following the 1963 season. They lost to the San Diego Chargers 51–10. And Tom Brady will be 37 before the season starts. I believe they call those facts.

  40. The Pats had their ups and downs but went to 2 SBowls between the merger and Brady/Belichick era. Better than most teams. But, what’s your point? If it’s to randomly change the subject when you’re proven wrong, I guess I get it. Not really connecting the dots between the Pats had no fans beforer Brady, the 1963 AFL Championship game, getting blown out by the Bears and Brady’s age. Free association day @PFT? If you want to recap the Pats history, don’t leave out they’ve been the greastest franchise in the NFL and maybe all sports(with the possible exception of the Spurs) for the last 13 yrs.

  41. swagger52 says:
    Jul 18, 2014 1:27 PM
    Notice that Bellichek did not same he also liked London games.

    Why is that? Why have the Patriots not had London games? Because every team that plays those loses, and the Patriots would have to play away….

    The Belichick coached Patriots played the Rams in London in 2012. The Patriots were one of 28 teams that did not play in London last season.

    Does that mean all of those 28 teams had an unfair advantage?

  42. Reynolds says:
    Jul 18, 2014 3:10 PM
    “I don’t know many season ticket holders asking for Thursday night games. Most of them have to get up on Friday morning and go to work.”
    _______
    That’s like saying SNF games are bad because they have to get up on Monday morning….same thing.

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    When the Patriots were real bad….I used to wish for a Monday night game……Then when I got seasons tickets, I wanted all the game to be a 1:00. Now that I am older and no longer able to easily go to games, I wish they were all at 4:00 .PM

  43. Are you talking about the Colts, Packers, Rams or Pats? If your talking about the Pats, I guess is just tough to go 19-0, since nobody’s ever done it. Maybe it was payback for beating the Rams as 14 pt underdogs in 2001.

  44. No, I don’t think it tarnishes the reputation of the Patriots. Anymore than Rae Curruth reflects on the Panthers.

  45. Thurs games against divisional opponents would be the most practical since these teams already know each other and don’t need all the prep time.

  46. Tell us how the greatest franchise in the NFL blows one of the most important games in history of the league to a 12 point underdog in Super Bowl XLII

    The Giants played their asses off. It happens. When you play in a lot of big games, you’re not going to win them all. And the Pats play in a LOT of big games.

  47. I wasn’t aware there were so many Patriots apologists.

    There weren’t any before Brady came along.

  48. gofor2with3pointlead says:
    Jul 18, 2014 2:16 PM
    People don’t like the Patriots because until Brady won his first Superbowl there weren’t any Patriot fans, even in N.E.

    Yes there were. I was there. I saw it with my own eyes. I was there when they got robbed in the game versus the Raiders in 77. That Pats team was the best team (ever) to never go to the Super Bowl. I was there in 1982 when the Pats were banned from MNF because their fans were too rowdy in the last MNF game versus the Cowboys. I was there when they tore down and carried the goal posts out to Rt 1 after beating Cincinnati and earning a playoff birth in 1985, and a bunch of guys got electrocuted (burnt hands) when the posts hit a power line LOL. I was there with 20,000 other Pats fans, on the road in Miami when they won the AFC Championship in the last NFL game in the Orange Bowl, and I was there in New Orleans for the disappointment against the Bears. I was there in Arizona in 1999 when 17,000 Pats fans descended on Sun Devil Stadium for an early winter break, 3000 miles from home, versus the Cardinals and my west coast relatives were amazed at the crowd. I was there for all of that and I have been there ever since. All that time, I was never alone. You say they had no fans because you never saw them on TV. We didn’t have the best team. We knew that. But we had us some good times…. and it’s why we all appreciate Kraft, Belichick, and Brady so much.

  49. No, I don’t think it tarnishes the reputation of the Patriots. Anymore than Rae Curruth reflects on the Panthers.

    Give it a rest Ted. After all you are the guy who was keeping track of my posts on a Steeler thread. Oh wait..it’s do as I say and I know the rest…hypocrite much Ted?

  50. Again, it was a lighthearted joke, and that’s why the Patriots are practically, universally loathed. Their fans are pretentious snobs who developed their sense of humor in a car accident.

  51. Google the definition of hypocrite. You obviously have no idea what it means.

    Work on your sense of humor Pats fans. After all, it’s ‘wicked’ important other fans like you. Pats are hated by a small percentage of fans, all out of jealousy.

    If you want to make lighthearted jokes, here’s an idea: bring something remotely funny to the table.

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