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Bill Belichick explains time-speed vs. football speed

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Jacoby Brissett #7 of the New England Patriots dives for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium on September 22, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images) Getty Images

Patriots coach Bill Belichick routinely draws attention during press conference for short, dismissive, impatient, and/or sarcastic answers. On Friday, he provided a meaningful explanation regarding the differences between the way a guy runs in a straight line and how he runs on a football field.

The question emerged because quarterback Jacoby Brissett ran the 40-yard dash in 4.94 seconds at the Scouting Combine. That’s 0.14 seconds slower than Peyton Manning’s effort in 1998.

“The time-speed is always a tricky thing because time-speed isn’t football speed,” Belichick said. “When you run a 40-yard dash there’s nobody in front of you, nobody’s going to hit you. It’s just Point A to Point B, and there’s something to be said for that. Football’s in a lot of cases not like that. So a player’s running a ball or running full speed covering a kick or running the ball and there is people in front of him and people trying to tackle him, it’s a little different speed than running a sprint on the stop watch.

“We look at that more as competitive speed and when you see competitive speed in a game, whether that’s scouting in the draft or watching a competitive NFL game, sometimes competitive speed takes over for a little bit for what the time-speed is or isn’t. We’ve seen a lot of fast guys not be the first guy down on kickoff coverage. We’ve seen a lot of guys that aren’t that fast be the first guy down on kickoff coverage and so forth.

“And there are some players, Lawrence Taylor was one that however fast he needed to run, he ran and caught the guy. It didn’t matter what that guy’s time-speed was. It didn’t matter what Lawrence’s time-speed was. If he was behind him and he had to catch him, he caught him. So again, there’s just another element to that. I don’t think there’s any doubt about Jacoby’s athleticism and his physical strength and stature. I would say his speed is not slow. I don’t know whatever the next adjective is, but I certainly wouldn’t call it that. He’s got long legs. He eats up a lot of ground. He certainly showed enough speed on that quick sweep play on the touchdown run that we needed for that situation.”

Indeed Brissett did, running the ball 27 yards into the end zone. So regardless of his time-speed, he possesses the ability to run fast in game situations, when he needs to.

Belichick still possesses the ability to be sarcastic during a press conference. Asked about the team’s blue-on-blue look from Thursday night, Belichick said, “I mean I can’t even tell you how excited I was about the uniforms last night. That’s really incredible.”

Yes it is, Bill. Yes it is.

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57 Responses to “Bill Belichick explains time-speed vs. football speed”
  1. sportmigos says: Sep 23, 2016 1:35 PM

    hes basically admitting hes cheating with a time traveling machine smh and nothing is done about this.

  2. scrappler says: Sep 23, 2016 1:39 PM

    cheating or not cheating. doesn’t matter, that guy is the real GOAT that makes the patriots run.

    by the middle of the second quarter, he had taken the will from the texans — coaches included. wow.

    brady, cassel, garoppolo, brissett, they just keep chugging.

  3. flash1287 says: Sep 23, 2016 1:40 PM

    sportmigos says:
    Sep 23, 2016 1:35 PM
    hes basically admitting hes cheating with a time traveling machine smh and nothing is done about this.

    Okay, that was funny!!

  4. jimmyjohns01 says: Sep 23, 2016 1:46 PM

    In other words known as “run for your life” kind of speed. Like when you’re being chased by a dog.

  5. gixrider says: Sep 23, 2016 1:46 PM

    “And there are some players, Lawrence Taylor was one that however fast he needed to run, he ran and caught the guy. It didn’t matter what that guy’s time-speed was. It didn’t matter what Lawrence’s time-speed was. If he was behind him and he had to catch him, he caught him.

    Cocaine’s a hell of a drug.

  6. davebarnes21 says: Sep 23, 2016 1:48 PM

    Belichick is the greatest that ever coached the game… we all know it.

  7. oiler1980 says: Sep 23, 2016 1:48 PM

    In the zealous attempt of the other owners and Goodell to stop the Patriots from winning by throwing Brady to the wolves, they handed the Coach of the Year award to BB….

    You can’t make this stuff up.

    Go Pats!

  8. sbchampsagain says: Sep 23, 2016 1:54 PM

    NYTimes had a great, long article today about the Exponent Company behind the deflate gate ball testing.

    They opened up their doors and showed how they tested.

    Turns out it was what everyone except those in NE thought.

    The Patriots did cheat.

  9. truthprofessor says: Sep 23, 2016 1:56 PM

    Brissett’s 4.94 40-time is bizarre. He must have not worked with a track guy, had a slight injury, or something. He is a heck of an athlete.

    Brissett was a top-100 basketball player coming out of high school, recruited as a hoops guard by North Carolina, Wisconsin, LSU, Florida, and others. He outplayed Duke recruit and NBA-er Austin Rivers in the Florida state championships.

    Don’t believe me? Go to youtube and search Maxpreps Jacoby Brissett basketball

  10. TB12RALLYCRY says: Sep 23, 2016 2:00 PM

    Three weeks into the season and the Pats have a three game lead over the division…..Its good to be a true Patriots fan indeed……

  11. factschecker says: Sep 23, 2016 2:01 PM

    If BB can get roughly 10 to 12 wins a year for the next 10 years he’d break Don Shula’s record for wins. After all the drivel Don Shula has thrown at “Belicheat” I wouldn’t put it past BB to do just that. He has added both of his sons to the Patriots staff over the years so he has his family close to him. To me he is showing no signs of fatigue or slowing down anytime soon. This must be how UCLA fans felt back in the days of John Wooden. I feel lucky to be watching history unfold week after week.

  12. nfella says: Sep 23, 2016 2:02 PM

    For years it was BB is a mediocre coach who would be out of a job without Brady. Lately, now that Brady is out and the Pats are winning – people are forced to see the level BB coaches at, and Brady is just a system QB who is mediocre.

    When will people put their biases aside, use some logic, and recognize that BB and Brady are both elite craftsman at their game, and it’s the bad luck for the rest of the NFL these two came together under the same banner.

  13. flaccojumpball says: Sep 23, 2016 2:04 PM

    Please, he’s not the greatest. Harbaugh is a better coach. He owns this cheat. Belichick is a dirty cheater who has never won a clean super bowl as a head coach. Parcells taught him a lot of things and cheating was probably one of the main things. Hmm where else did Parcells coach? Oh yeah, NEW ENGLAND. Cheating since 96.

  14. 12coltsfan12 says: Sep 23, 2016 2:06 PM

    Let’s face it, there are two types of NFL fans:

    1. Patriots fans
    2. The rest of us who wish we were Patriots fans
    😥

  15. mypostsalwaysseemtogetdeleted says: Sep 23, 2016 2:07 PM

    sbchampsagain says:
    Sep 23, 2016 1:54 PM
    NYTimes had a great, long article today about the Exponent Company behind the deflate gate ball testing.

    They opened up their doors and showed how they tested.

    Turns out it was what everyone except those in NE thought.

    The Patriots did cheat.

    1 23
    ***********************************************
    And next week the NYTimes will run a second article where “the Exponent Company opens up their doors” and shows how they worked with the Tobacco Industry to show that second hand smoke does NOT cause cancer…sigh…

  16. paulieorkid says: Sep 23, 2016 2:07 PM

    It was a case of, Coach O’Brien getting “sonned” by Coach Belichick.

  17. inyourmind says: Sep 23, 2016 2:07 PM

    Sbchampsagain give it a break

  18. stipez says: Sep 23, 2016 2:08 PM

    LT was ON speed.

  19. bearfan21 says: Sep 23, 2016 2:09 PM

    Thanks for Brissett’s amateur basketball background. How that is relevant is a great question.

  20. dsigrey says: Sep 23, 2016 2:12 PM

    sbchampsagain says:
    Sep 23, 2016 1:54 PM
    NYTimes had a great, long article today about the Exponent Company behind the deflate gate ball testing.

    They opened up their doors and showed how they tested.

    Turns out it was what everyone except those in NE thought.

    The Patriots did cheat.
    __________________________

    You’re kidding right???

  21. Della Street says: Sep 23, 2016 2:13 PM

    flaccojumpball says:
    Sep 23, 2016 2:04 PM
    Please, he’s not the greatest. Harbaugh is a better coach. He owns this cheat. Belichick is a dirty cheater who has never won a clean super bowl as a head coach. Parcells taught him a lot of things and cheating was probably one of the main things. Hmm where else did Parcells coach? Oh yeah, NEW ENGLAND. Cheating since 96.

    _________________

    LOL! You mean Harbaugh of the 5-11 Ravens last year? HAHAHAHA

  22. xxsweepthelegxx says: Sep 23, 2016 2:14 PM

    sbchampsagain says:
    Sep 23, 2016 1:54 PM
    NYTimes had a great, long article today about the Exponent Company behind the deflate gate ball testing.

    They opened up their doors and showed how they tested.

    Turns out it was what everyone except those in NE thought.

    The Patriots did cheat.
    ——
    Yes, yes, Exponent. The company that argued second hand smoke doesn’t cause cancer. Yes those guys.

    If it feels good to put your vote in THAT corner, go right ahead

  23. shadesofjoe says: Sep 23, 2016 2:14 PM

    NYTimes had a great, long article today about the Exponent Company behind the deflate gate ball testing.

    They opened up their doors and showed how they tested.

    Turns out it was what everyone except those in NE thought.

    The Patriots did cheat.

    —————————————————

    This is the same Exponent company that said secondhand smoke doesn’t cause cancer. They’re hired guns. It’s that simple. Their job is to reach the conclusions that those writing the checks want them to reach.

  24. Getoffmylawn! says: Sep 23, 2016 2:17 PM

    TB12RALLYCRY says:
    Sep 23, 2016 2:00 PM

    Three weeks into the season and the Pats have a three game lead over the division…..Its good to be a true Patriots fan indeed……
    ————————————–
    You mean the other teams have already lost Sunday’s games?
    Are you using Belichicks time machine?

  25. pastabelly says: Sep 23, 2016 2:20 PM

    Obviously, the Patriots color rush uniforms are illegal and made them faster. Add on another couple of games to the Brady suspension.

  26. nypd1056 says: Sep 23, 2016 2:20 PM

    “Belichick still possesses the ability to be sarcastic during a press conference. Asked about the team’s blue-on-blue look from Thursday night, Belichick said, “I mean I can’t even tell you how excited I was about the uniforms last night. That’s really incredible.”

    How did the color of the uniforms have any effect on the outcome of the game. Just another dumb question from the media. Coaches get OUT COACHED and they cry like little children. Bill in not unbetable. See SB XLII & XLVI. Its not his fault if the coaches are unable to come up with winning game plans.

    GO BIG BLUE

  27. TheBrownswillstinkagain says: Sep 23, 2016 2:26 PM

    And this is why Belichick drafts football players and the horrible moron teams like the Browns pick the combine All Stars

  28. xxsweepthelegxx says: Sep 23, 2016 2:26 PM

    flaccojumpball says:
    Sep 23, 2016 2:04 PM
    Please, he’s not the greatest. Harbaugh is a better coach. He owns this cheat. Belichick is a dirty cheater who has never won a clean super bowl as a head coach. Parcells taught him a lot of things and cheating was probably one of the main things. Hmm where else did Parcells coach? Oh yeah, NEW ENGLAND. Cheating since 96.
    ———
    We all come to PFT for the great articles and sometimes get too excited to read the entire article before posting comments. It happens to all of us. But this article was actually about Belichicks greatness and not Harbaugh’s whinyness. Harbaugh is the best at complaining and not taking ownership but that must have been a PFT article in Baltimores fan page.

    You’re welcome and good day. Now please go away

    PS Harbaugh is like 2-9 against BB or something ridiculous like that, that is ‘owning’ alright, but perhaps you’re on the wrong side of the fight on that one

  29. rpmcanes says: Sep 23, 2016 2:28 PM

    Coaches get OUT COACHED and they cry like little children. Bill in not unbetable. See SB XLII & XLVI. Its not his fault if the coaches are unable to come up with winning game plans.

    GO BIG BLUE

    I’m a Patriots fan and I agree with this. Coughlin is the reason why you guys beat us those times IMO.
    And I’m not ashamed to say I’m glad he’s not there anymore.🙂

  30. FoozieGrooler says: Sep 23, 2016 2:33 PM

    So, running alone in a straight line is different than running in a straight line with a bunch of guys trying to kill you?

    You don’t say?
    How profound.

  31. lscottman3 says: Sep 23, 2016 2:34 PM

    flaccojumpball

    you have to realize that after Harbaugh gets flustered by one of Bill’s moves Harbaugh then implements the same moves.

    Except when he does it, it is after the league changes the rules, and harbaugh then gets penalized, i call your attention to the substitution of an eligible/ineligible receiver.

    to think he is smarter than Belichick shows how smart you are.

  32. cadreamer1969 says: Sep 23, 2016 2:36 PM

    It’s 40 yard dash speed vs functional speed. Read Tony Razzano’s book on scouting, there’s also functional strength.

    Love BB’s pressers. If the media asks football questions BB tends to give a clinic, if they ask TMZ questions he doesn’t say much. Guess when one doesn’t know much about football, they have to resort to the shock, troll questions.

  33. aquineas1 says: Sep 23, 2016 2:38 PM

    Bill’s a bit of a horses rear-end (and unfortunately one of the best coaches in the league), but he’s right on this. Jerry Rice, who I think ran a 4.6 40, was never caught from behind until later on his playing career.

  34. swagger52 says: Sep 23, 2016 2:39 PM

    It is like the difference in speed playing AWAY Thursday night football games versus HOME Thursday night football games.

    Since the start of Thursday Night football
    Patriots Home Record 5-0

    Even more impressive, what is their AWAY Record?

    Oh Wait..Patriots have never played an AWAY Thursday night game. Maybe that explains their speed?

  35. alewatcher says: Sep 23, 2016 2:40 PM

    FoozieGrooler says:
    Sep 23, 2016 2:33 PM

    So, running alone in a straight line is different than running in a straight line with a bunch of guys trying to kill you?

    You don’t say?
    How profound.
    ————–

    Way to miss the point. Too many coaches get all wrapped up in 40 times at the combine. Belichick’s point was that in many cases it’s not relevant.

  36. swagger52 says: Sep 23, 2016 2:40 PM

    So which team plays the most AWAY Thursday night games?
    Oh my…all the Patriot closest competitors over the last 10 years
    Ravens, Colts, Broncos, Steelers, Bengals.

    Hmmm…wonder why that is?

  37. packmanfan says: Sep 23, 2016 2:43 PM

    davebarnes21 says:
    Sep 23, 2016 1:48 PM

    Belichick is the greatest that ever coached the game… we all know it.
    ————————————————————————–
    Lombardi was never suspected of cheating scandals.

  38. weepingjebus says: Sep 23, 2016 2:46 PM

    You can also distort your speed and strength by training to those tests rather than to football. This is why there are workout wonder guys at the combine/draft every year. The true measure isn’t how fast you run in a straight line, but how fast you can process and execute a pinball sprint between and past numerous opposing players before ramming into a guy twice your size hard enough to pick up another yard and a first down. This is why Edelman was the fastest guy on the field last night.

  39. mmack66 says: Sep 23, 2016 2:52 PM

    sbchampsagain says:
    Sep 23, 2016 1:54 PM

    NYTimes had a great, long article today about the Exponent Company behind the deflate gate ball testing.

    They opened up their doors and showed how they tested.

    Turns out it was what everyone except those in NE thought.

    The Patriots did cheat.
    ————————–

    You’re a day behind or something.

    You should also know that Exponent was further exposed as fraudulent shills with their poor handling of psigate related “testing”.

  40. aljack88 says: Sep 23, 2016 2:59 PM

    packmanfan says:
    Sep 23, 2016 2:43 PM
    davebarnes21 says:
    Sep 23, 2016 1:48 PM

    Belichick is the greatest that ever coached the game… we all know it.
    ————————————————————————–
    Lombardi was never suspected of cheating scandals.
    ==================================
    who in their right mind went to Green Bay looking for scandals back in the 50s and 60s? Al Gore was years away from inventing the internet so there was no where near the team exposures that exist today. While I greatly respect what the Packers and Lombardi accomplished back in that era, there’s no way Vince’s mannerisms would be tolerated today.

  41. 4ever85 (aka Butch DeadLift) says: Sep 23, 2016 3:01 PM

    I think Jerry Rice (who ran like a 4.6 40) falls into this category.

    Even though he timed slow at the 40, he always seemed to outrun everyone on the field.

    When asked about this, he said, “I was basically running for my life.”

    I think some ppl become more superhuman when adrenaline kicks in than others.

    Need a geneticist to figure that one out.

  42. mmack66 says: Sep 23, 2016 3:02 PM

    packmanfan says:
    Sep 23, 2016 2:43 PM

    Lombardi was never suspected of cheating scandals.
    —————————

    That’s because he didn’t operate under a sack of superpatriotsfan commissioner, nor did he have a bunch of whiners coaching other teams.

    He would also never have come up with a bunch of lame BS and blame it on another coach whenever he lost.

  43. cadreamer1969 says: Sep 23, 2016 3:04 PM

    NYT needs to come to Texas in the next few weeks where the weather is going from hot to cool. A lot of tire monitor system lights with be turning on. Like a comedian use to say ‘You can’t teach stupid”.

    That company also said everybody needs alot of chromium, luckily PG&E lost a bundle in Hinckley.

  44. mullman76 says: Sep 23, 2016 3:05 PM

    Brisett did an excellent job adhering to the system.

  45. th56 says: Sep 23, 2016 3:48 PM

    That’s what I hate about the combines. All it does is fool the scouts and coaches and causes them to forgot how a player actually played in real games. It seems like there are more and more 1st round busts since the combines than before.
    That’s probably why the Patriots don’t like 1st round picks, they know the teams will miss out on the real footbal players and they can grab them in the 3rd and 4th rounds.

  46. titans12thman says: Sep 23, 2016 3:50 PM

    oiler1980 says:
    Sep 23, 2016 1:48 PM
    In the zealous attempt of the other owners and Goodell to stop the Patriots from winning by throwing Brady to the wolves, they handed the Coach of the Year award to BB….

    You can’t make this stuff up.

    Go Pats!
    ———————————————

    It’s so great to watch it unfold, regardless of the claims and sideshows his team has faced, he has the Pats banging on all cylinders in every phase of the game. I really do hope the pats can make it to the Super Bowl starting the first quarter of the season with backups.

    I don’t speak for everyone but I’m happy for Pats fans as its a once in a lifetime experience to have such a successful team for so long. Wish my boys could go on a tear like that!

  47. 345snarkavenue says: Sep 23, 2016 3:51 PM

    swagger52 says:
    Sep 23, 2016 2:40 PM

    So which team plays the most AWAY Thursday night games?
    Oh my…all the Patriot closest competitors over the last 10 years
    Ravens, Colts, Broncos, Steelers, Bengals.

    Hmmm…wonder why that is?
    ——–

    18 teams play the most away Thursday games…..1 each. and only 2 of those listed above do. Ravens, Colts and Bengals do not.

  48. mmack66 says: Sep 23, 2016 3:56 PM

    mullman76 says:
    Sep 23, 2016 3:05 PM

    Brisett did an excellent job adhering to the system.
    ———————-

    In New England, the system is called “Winning”, so you are correct.

    Even Charlie Sheen agrees.

  49. joetoronto says: Sep 23, 2016 4:11 PM

    Like it or not, he’s the greatest HC of all time and easily too.

  50. 6ball says: Sep 23, 2016 4:12 PM

    .
    As usual, an excellent post is sullied by a plethora of moronic comments unrelated to the original writing.

    This is actually a fascinating topic because what he’s saying actually goes against the laws of science. Scientifically, the guy with the fastest 40 time should always win the footrace, right? Yet, we’ve seen the opposite with our own eyes. We’ve seen guys with great 40 times who can’t gain separation from much slower players. It’s an unusual phenomenon.

    This topic would be relevant to when setting a draft board. I’m sure Belichick and his scouts discuss whether there’s a difference between a player’s timed speed and playing speed.

    If you appreciate the game of football, one would be wise to pay attention when Belichick give a long winded response to a question. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the game. Love them or hate them, Patriots fans are fairly advanced when it comes to knowledge / strategy of the game. That’s mainly because we’ve had coaches (Parcells, Pete Carroll, Belichick) who are also excellent teachers. Just by osmosis, you become a more astute fan.
    .

  51. goodguyattorney says: Sep 23, 2016 4:41 PM

    I hate the Patriots. I hate the Patriots. I hate Tom Brady. I hate Bill Belichick. I hate the Patriots. Gawd, I wish I grew up in Boston so I could be a fan. But, I didn’t. So I hate them.

  52. mmack66 says: Sep 23, 2016 4:47 PM

    6ball says:
    Sep 23, 2016 4:12 PM

    .
    As usual, an excellent post is sullied by a plethora of moronic comments unrelated to the original writing.

    This is actually a fascinating topic because what he’s saying actually goes against the laws of science. Scientifically, the guy with the fastest 40 time should always win the footrace, right?
    ——————————

    That’s because, as Belichick pointed out, running routes isn’t a foot race. It’s not very often that a receiver just runs straight down the field.

  53. ibillwt says: Sep 23, 2016 6:38 PM

    All you have to do is ask him a reasonably intelligent question Mike. He’s considerate of the press when they are not lazy.

  54. platinumraider32 says: Sep 23, 2016 11:45 PM

    Bill reminds me a lot of John Wooden(dating myself, lol). He understands the science and the mechanics of what he’s so passionate about. He’s true genius, probably not fully appreciated because of the “politics” that often comes with pro sports in heavy doses. But it’s what you sign up for.

    Also, I just assumed people knew what was meant by “football speed”. It truly is different from “track speed”.

  55. goattoday says: Sep 24, 2016 8:19 AM

    Love to hear great coaches like BB talk football!!

    I remember Emmitt Smith running 70 some yards for a touchdown, breaking a couple of tackles along the way. Post game a reporter mentioned to Smith how he was not know for being fast. Smith said “I was fast enough.” That’s football speed.

  56. standinginmybboystance says: Sep 24, 2016 8:35 AM

    packmanfan says:
    Sep 23, 2016 2:43 PM
    davebarnes21 says:
    Sep 23, 2016 1:48 PM

    Belichick is the greatest that ever coached the game… we all know it.
    ————————————————————————–
    Lombardi was never suspected of cheating scandals.

    _________________________________

    Sports fans weren’t trolls back then and you cannot tell anyone that old school football never had cheaters… even Lombardi.

  57. swagger52 says: Sep 24, 2016 8:54 AM

    345snarkavenue says:
    Sep 23, 2016 3:51 PM

    swagger52 says:
    Sep 23, 2016 2:40 PM

    So which team plays the most AWAY Thursday night games?
    Oh my…all the Patriot closest competitors over the last 10 years
    Ravens, Colts, Broncos, Steelers, Bengals.

    Hmmm…wonder why that is?
    ——–

    18 teams play the most away Thursday games…..1 each. and only 2 of those listed above do. Ravens, Colts and Bengals do not.

    ________

    You must be applying the Patriot Ideal Gas Law on your estimates. The Colts have played away Thursday games every year 2011 thru 2015. That is 5 away games. How many away games have the Patriots played? 0

    Oh yeah..Complain about Goodell some more.

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