Bill Belichick makes an unplanned cameo on NFL Network

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During Sunday’s coverage of the Scouting Combine on NFL Network, Patriots coach Bill Belichick made an unexpected visit to the broadcast booth. After lurking at the edge of the camera shot and making remarks to Mike Mayock, who once played for Belichick, Mayock suggested giving Belichick the headset so that he could speak to former Patriots linebacker Willie McGinest on the field.

“I’m up here in the press box where I’m usually not,” Belichick said to McGinest, wearing a sweatshirt bearing the former name of his boat, VI Rings. (It’s now VII Rings.) “I haven’t been in the press box since I was in New England in ’96, when I coached the secondary.”

The back-and-forth continued for several minutes, with McGinest and Belichick sharing memories. Belichick smiled through it all, and he came off as the guy that people who know him always say he’s capable of being when he gets away from football.

Along the way, Belichick reminisced about McGinest’s impact in a couple of games against the Colts.

“One of my best memories is right here on this field, when you made the short-yardage stop down there against the Colts, and then the next year we opened with them, and you made the sack that took [Mike] Vanderjagt out of field goal range. And I think that’s where [Mike] Vrabel got them on the fake time out, too, and then they changed the rule on that.”

McGinest pointed out that those Colts stories don’t help him much when he now visits Indianapolis.

“It’s not a warm welcome,” McGinest said. “So I don’t tell those stores when I’m here, only when I’m away from here.”

Belichick said he previously got the same treatment. For a while.

“When I went for it on fourth and one and got stopped,” Belichick said, “ever since then it’s been, ‘Hey Coach, it’s good to see you.'”

It was a moment that was far more interesting than 99.9 percent of the lather-rinse-repeat Combine workouts, and it makes me want to hear more from Belichick when he’s not locked in with the shields up.

70 responses to “Bill Belichick makes an unplanned cameo on NFL Network

  1. jchipwood says:
    Mar 5, 2017 5:59 PM

    Goat of cheating…….twice last decade.
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    That’s only in the extremely small minds of willfully ignorant science denying dupes.

    Anyone know when the NFL plans to announce the results of the PSI measurements that were collected during the 2015 season?

  2. jchipwood says:
    Mar 5, 2017 5:59 PM
    Goat of cheating…….twice last decade.
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    WRONG !!!

    • A camera needed to be move a few feet to comply with a poorly worded memo. The Patriots received a lesson in human nature when they told a petty person that his memo was poorly worded. The Patriots were subsequently over punished when that petty memo writing person got to also be the judge and the jury.

    • The weather explained the drop in PSI for the Patriots footballs and the Colts footballs. And the more recent drop in PSI for the Steelers footballs. Plus after the NFL admitted in court that they had no evidence…the NFL said that Brady was “generally aware”. Not the coach.

  3. A smart network will specially create an Xs and Os role for BB on their broadcast team when he retires.

  4. jchipwood says:
    Mar 5, 2017 5:59 PM
    Goat of cheating…….twice last decade.

    ———-

    Don’t fret Chippy…..Don Shula still holds that record..

  5. dansardo | Mar 5, 2017, 5:55 PM EST
    The GOAT franchise

    The QOAT dynasty

    The GOAT QB

    The GOAT HC

    It’s amazing to be a pats fan, it truly is

    You need to get out more lift some weights and try to be a real man not a fanboy.

  6. idiedpretty says:
    Mar 5, 2017 6:08 PM

    It’s amazing that you have no life outside of football and believe Brady is your best friend.
    =========================

    Thank you chipster! The ironic humor of that statement coming from the guy with an entire drawer full of sock puppet id’s which even reflect different teams including the Pats that you interchange to troll them may be lost on you but it amuses Pats fans no end. 2 of the 12 posts here as I type this are yours with heaven knows how many to follow but somehow you believe the Pats or their fans are the problem instead of looking in the mirror. Your pain is our pleasure, please don’t change. Oh, don’t forget to trot out the ‘Randy’ id for this one.

  7. .
    ” it makes me want to hear more from Belichick when he’s not locked in with the shields up. ”

    ____

    Belichick is the antithesis of Rex Ryan. His personality type is just not comfortable in large rooms, answering mostly inane questions on meaningless (to him) topics.

    However, his best attribute is teaching, and if you ask him about the benefits of a two TE offense or the importance of holding the edge he’ll expound all day. Most Patriots fans would freely admit that most of what they know about the game originated with Belichick.
    .

  8. Most people have little to know accomplishments of which to be proud so they spend time denigrating the greatest football coach of all time with petty slights and barbs.

    If you do not like Coach BB and can’t see the genius in how he manages team after team to levels of success that your team only dreams of achieving ONCE every decade, then that says so much more about you than it does him.

  9. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Mar 5, 2017 6:48 PM

    You need to get out more lift some weights and try to be a real man not a fanboy.
    __________________________

    Someone that mindlessly snipes at others in the childlike fashion you constantly employ is in no position to hand out advice on manhood.

  10. idiedpretty says:
    Mar 5, 2017 6:08 PM
    It amazing to be a Pats fan.

    It’s amazing that you have no life outside of football and believe Brady is your best friend.

    14 39

    —–

    It’s amazing that you always show up on Patriot articles. Do you have a life outside of Patriot Nation.

  11. In the future, a best-selling movie will FOREVER PRESERVE the disgraceful actions of the current NFL office and forever preserve the excellence of this Great Football Team.

    Since the end of the first half of the game in question: Brady 81 Touchdowns, 15 Interceptions; 2 AFC Championship WINS; 2 Super Bowl WINS; and helped his team win enough games to play in the 2016 AFC Championship game.

    New England Patriots and Tom Brady:

    PRIOR to DEFLATEGATE: 5 AFC Championships WINS and 3 Super Bowl WINS.

    AFTER DEFLATEGATE (3 seasons): 2 AFC Championships WINS and 2 Super Bowl WINS.

    DEFLATEGATE FACTS:
    During 19 January, 2015 (day after AFC Championship Game), an official letter sent to Mr. Kraft from the senior vice president of NFL operations (David Gardi) informed the Patriots that an investigation will be conducted.

    1. FACT: On page two, the letter states the following: … “each of the Colts’ game balls that was inspected met the requirements set forth.”

    That statement turns out to be totally not true. Page 8, of the Wells report confirms that 3 of the 4 Colts’ footballs were in fact deflated. Who from the NFL office directed to stop testing the Colts’ remaining 8 footballs???

    2. FACT: The NFL has finally admitted that they DID NOT know anything about the Ideal Gas Law (IGL). That admission is incredible!

    3. FACT: Brady was found guilty by the NFL office based on “ASSUMPTIONS AND DATA THAT IS UNCERTAIN” (quote Wells Report).

    4. What would you do if someone in your family was accused and deemed guilty based on “ASSUMPTIONS AND DATA THAT IS UNCERTAIN” (quote Wells Report)? Could you accept that???

    5. Why wouldn’t Brady turn his cell phone in? …… Would you provide your cell phone to folks that you know are not truthful (19 Jan. letter, etc.)???

    6. FACT: NFL announces creation of PSI rules just hours before leaking story that Brady “destroys” phone. Thus, the public quickly forgets the NFL admits they had no PSI rules or knowledge of the Ideal Gas Law.

    This is AMERICA and King Roger and Troy Vincent are NOT bigger than our great Country!

  12. Belichick is just here on vacation. He’s kicking back and having a good time. Other coaches are looking pretty serious while taking notes and writing down 40 times. No wonder Belichick dominates. If you come to Indy to evaluate players, you’re in big trouble.

  13. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Mar 5, 2017 6:48 PM
    You need to get out more lift some weights and try to be a real man not a fanboy.

    Says the body builder that spends every waking moment whining on Patriots related articles. Actually on EVERY article even when it doesn’t involve them.

  14. Belichick and Brady always give a little extra something for ol’ Willie Mac. Willie looks like he could play a few downs a game and still be effective.

  15. jchipwood says:
    Mar 5, 2017 5:59 PM
    Goat of cheating…….twice last decade.

    ——

    I wish I could call you the “Goat of Disguised Accounts” but you’re as transparent as Saran Wrap. Suffice it to say, Scotland Yard will not be requesting your services anytime soon.

  16. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Mar 5, 2017 6:48 PM
    dansardo | Mar 5, 2017, 5:55 PM EST
    The GOAT franchise

    The QOAT dynasty

    The GOAT QB

    The GOAT HC

    It’s amazing to be a pats fan, it truly is

    You need to get out more lift some weights and try to be a real man not a fanboy.

    Does anyone else see the irony in fools comment?

  17. ” it makes me want to hear more from Belichick when he’s not locked in with the shields up.”

    Its very easy. Ask real football questions instead of asking stupid questions you know he won’t answer. He’ll be that guy you like all the time if you do that.

    Its when mediots ask a question they know he won’t answer, and then rephrase it to ask it 4 more times and waste everyone’s time that he gets pissed off.

  18. This is a point I’ve made in the past when fans try to make him into this rigid dictator who doesn’t get along with his players. He’s good at connecting with them and the guys doing the Napoleon routine like the Greg Schianos and Chip Kellys of the world have nothing in common with him and how he gets along with them. He’s one of the best ever at helping players see their role and fitting in that, and you can’t do that effectively if you’re a dictator making all of your players uncomfortable and walking on eggshells.

  19. .

    Nofoolnodrool says:
    Mar 5, 2017 5:16 PM

    ” I think it is hilarious to see the same weak males whining about the Steelers and Goodell. I get a huge kick out of the constant whining by the same trolls on both Steelers and Patriot threads. But I came to the conclusion that never in my 70 plus years have I ever seen grown men whine so much….then it dawned on me that these are not grown men but male football fans. Probably millennials and their entitled parents with very weak constitutions.
    Thanks sissies for making my day. ”

    ” Nofoolnodrool says:
    Mar 5, 2017 6:48 PM

    ” You need to get out more lift some weights and try to be a real man not a fanboy. ”

    ——-

    You’re in your mid 70’s and your lecturing 20 somethings to lift weights? Maybe you need to take your walker in for a tuneup?
    .

  20. He cemented his spot on the local Mt Rushmore years ago. There’s no need to worry, in Patriot nation, as long as he’s around. We’ll always have a chance, guaranteed. Now, I’ve never met him, so humping his leg may be a stretch. But I’d give my left nut to go fishing for a day on VII Rings with him. He just won his 7th ring. Unbelievable.

  21. I almost forgot to mention that reminiscing about the times the Patriots outplayed or outsmarted the Colts never, ever gets old.

    Their only answer to getting routinely beaten was to create a sting operation and falsify data–both illegal acts and they have remained unpunished…

    …except in Karmaville where it really counts.

    Look for the pattern to continue in 2017.

  22. Member when we used to say “you haven’t won squat since Charlie and Romeo left”

    Member when we used to say “you haven’t won squat since spygate”

    Member when we used to say “you can’t win without cheating”

    Member. Ya, that was cool!

    Don’t worry guys, I’m sure you’ll come up with somethin else.

  23. idiedpretty says:
    Mar 5, 2017 6:08 PM
    It amazing to be a Pats fan.

    It’s amazing that you have no life outside of football and believe Brady is your best friend.
    ======================================
    Nofoolnodrool says:
    Mar 5, 2017 6:48 PM
    dansardo | Mar 5, 2017, 5:55 PM EST
    The GOAT franchise

    The QOAT dynasty

    The GOAT QB

    The GOAT HC

    It’s amazing to be a pats fan, it truly is

    You need to get out more lift some weights and try to be a real man not a fanboy.
    =======================================
    Is it me or does it not appear that these two might be one in the same?

  24. Sorry coach, that was at the RCA Dome, not Lucas Oil. Also, the fake injury should be remember also (wink, wink)!

  25. imodan says:
    Mar 5, 2017 7:45 PM

    Is it me or does it not appear that these two might be one in the same?
    =====================

    I can see where you might pick up on the similarities but it’s a visceral insecurity driving the chipster that manifests itself in severe compulsive patsanoia. With drool it’s just an innate lack of testicular fortitude that drives an unbridled masochism. They do share a moth to flame style compulsion to amuse us and have their heads handed to them but not even the chipster deserves to be tarred with the drool brush.

  26. Not a Pats fan, but all this talk of them cheating is just sour grapes.
    The players still had to execute the plays, and no denying Belichick is THE best coach in the NFL bar none.
    Likewise Brady. Look at the WRs he had, no amount of cheating could make them better, but Brady did.

    Simply amazing, and any football fan that thinks otherwise is plain jealous.

  27. The day that Belichick retires is the day that they should rename the Lombardi trophy to the Belichick trophy.

    The day that the NFL locates a team outside the USA is the day that thy should rename the league to the Brady Football League.

  28. Pat Hater here. Stunned to see BB in the cameo. Warm, likeable guy with personality. Very surprised. He seems to be opening up to the media. Retirement next? Go out on top and GOAT.

  29. idiedpretty says:
    Mar 5, 2017 8:17 PM

    Pat Hater here. Stunned to see BB in the cameo. Warm, likeable guy with personality. Very surprised. He seems to be opening up to the media. Retirement next? Go out on top and GOAT.

    ————————————————————-
    Pats fans know that this is nothing new.
    Pats haters just get to see him as sound bites after a dumb reporter asks him a stupid question. Most are not capable of asking actual football questions, so that happens too often.

  30. maust1013 says:
    Mar 5, 2017 8:12 PM

    . They do share a moth to flame style compulsion to amuse us and have their heads handed to them

    ————————————————————-
    It’s seems that they willfully volunteer their heads to be used in the virtual PFT game of Whack-A-Troll.

  31. Anything featuring the GOAT head coach… in case you forgot, that the coach of the World Champion Patriots…. always makes it much better.

    🙂

  32. With drool it’s just an innate lack of testicular fortitude …
    ——————
    well, yeah, because she’s a 70-year old spinster. Bet she wields a mean cane, though.

  33. exinsidetrader says:
    Mar 5, 2017 7:00 PM

    Most people have little to know accomplishments of which to be proud so they spend time denigrating the greatest football coach of all time with petty slights and barbs.

    ————————————————————-
    Remember that little twerp at the beach that was too pathetic to build a sand castle….so he took joy in stepping on sand castles built by those with creative talents?

    Well those little twerps are now older and their parents pay for them to have Internet access. Apparently some of them are much older and social security checks pays for their Internet access. Now they write nonsense on here instead of going to the beach to step on sand castles.

  34. ” it makes me want to hear more from Belichick when he’s not locked in with the shields up.”
    ============================
    My admiration for Bill Belichick would fall several levels if he ever agreed to appear on your show. He doesn’t respond to softball questions and has no use for click bait bloggers.
    Keep the shields up Mr. Belichick. Those are the responses I, for one, thoroughly enjoy.

  35. 6ball says:
    Mar 5, 2017 7:30 PM
    .

    Nofoolnodrool says:
    Mar 5, 2017 5:16 PM

    I came to the conclusion that never in my 70 plus years have I ever

    ” Nofoolnodrool says:
    Mar 5, 2017 6:48 PM

    ” You need to get out more lift some weights and try to be a real man not a fanboy. ”

    ——-

    You’re in your mid 70’s and your lecturing 20 somethings to lift weights? Maybe you need to take your walker in for a tuneup?

    ———————

    Actually I’m calling bull on the ’70s’ bit. He was claiming 60 just a few weeks ago when he found out there are actually some true 60 year olds here. So he upped it to mid 70s. He wants to pass himself off as older because he thinks age is something to lord over all others like it makes him wiser or something. But those of us that actually are older have learned that age does not make us a single bit wiser or smarter, it even slows us down. Also an older person does not see being older as anything to boast about, that perspective is only held by very young children. (Lets face it, people are starting to downplay their age even as they hit 20) Given he has no idea what being old means that would suggest he’s just a kid playing charades. The fact he aged himself a decade and a half on short notice only supports that theory.

  36. rootpain says:
    Mar 5, 2017 9:53 PM
    ” it makes me want to hear more from Belichick when he’s not locked in with the shields up.”
    ============================
    My admiration for Bill Belichick would fall several levels if he ever agreed to appear on your show. He doesn’t respond to softball questions and has no use for click bait bloggers.
    Keep the shields up Mr. Belichick. Those are the responses I, for one, thoroughly enjoy.

    ————————————-

    I still miss Parcell’s press conferences. His way of ‘having his shields up’ was to come in and just start chewing out the reporters basically for being there. Great TV.

  37. He’s getting warm & friendly lately….super bowl week he was letting his feelings show…. something’s up. Retirement soon?

  38. BB usually has the personality of Styrofoam. Has he achieved Zen as an NFL coach? Dude gets the most out of players and can create synergy out of anything.

    He makes it look easy, which it isn’t.

  39. “nodroolnofool
    You need to get out more lift some weights and try to be a real man not a fanboy.”

    He’s definitely putting a thought together but not at that G.T.L. level yet… If he reps 3 thoughts 3 times a day, he’s got a shot to challenge the G.T.L. guy.

    Do it 100 times a day for a decade? the gronk and the GOAT of meatheads title may be in his sights.

    As a patriots fan, lifter and gronk supporter… I thoroughly enjoyed this post and wish him well.

  40. “Stunned to see BB in the cameo. Warm, likeable guy with personality. Very surprised. He seems to be opening up to the media. ”

    Every year his answers on general football and individual players and their talents are longer. (His answers to personnel and game-specific questions are the same length. 🙂

    While there are still unprepared reporters wasting their time occasionally, BB has gotten better at using “gray-area” questions to talk about his love of the game without giving away advantages or playing into tabloid questions.

    I’ve watched his press conferences years for same reason I listen to CEOs during quarterly earnings calls. In some ways it’s better because BB does 30 of these every year- you can see him learning and making small improvements over the whole season.

  41. tonebones says:
    Mar 5, 2017 7:11 PM
    Belichick is just here on vacation. He’s kicking back and having a good time. Other coaches are looking pretty serious while taking notes and writing down 40 times. No wonder Belichick dominates. If you come to Indy to evaluate players, you’re in big trouble.
    ————————————————————–

    Yeah my guess is that the Pats brass just uses the NFL combine as a first opportunity to interview some players that they may or may not be interested in, and as a chance to start trade discussions with other teams. They never seem too interested in the workouts, and have been known to draft players early who were not even invited to combine (e.g. Sebastian Vollmer, 2nd round pick and good NFL player, not invited to combine).

  42. The genius to me that translates even away from football to any industry you want to name is Belichick’s ability to read, manage, and motivate people to give their very best. That’s what makes him truly a great coach.

  43. I love how every new england fan is every team cheats!!! But why do the cheatroits get caught every time. Well that’s because every team don’t cheat accept the pats. There is no goat in the cheatroits. The first three super bowls have * next to them. The cheatroits have to thank Goodell for loving bill and destroyed all the evidence against the cheatroits before anyone could see how much they had. When one team beats you the first time by 20 points and the next time you lost by 20. it’s because the first time they didn’t have tape with all there plays on it. So yeah it make every other fans and teams hate the cheatroits not because they win stupid ownership. Cheaters =Patriots

  44. raymondtx says:
    Mar 6, 2017 12:30 AM

    You have to admire him…Greatest Cheater of All Time. Not even close.

    ————————————————————
    In 2017 that belief only exists in the weak minds of fools who became susceptible to confirmation bias after a petty tyrant over punished him for not following a poorly worded memo. According to the memo writer, the memo obligated him to locate a camera in a different place. The camera was in the “wrong” location for a portion of a game.

    Biased fools subsequently believed every nonsensical story. Those fools will never recover after being duped by a media saturation lie campaign when the weather lowered the PSI in footballs.

    Maybe if the NFL ever releases the PSI information from the 2015 season the fools would see that footballs always lose PSI when its cold and they would question how they could have been so duped.

  45. Everyone is gushing over this interview. It’s nothing new to anyone that actually pays attention, and it was really a pretty lame interview in terms of banter. Bill is a likeable guy, and if you’re looking to see a different side of him, watch his two hour ‘A Football Life’ biography.

  46. Pats Fans who watch Patriots All Access every Friday before games know that Belichick already has a great X’s and O’s gig called “The Belistrator” segment.

    He goes through a small sample of the kind of game video analysis they go through for every upcoming opponent. His football genius is totally apparent to even a hater, if they actually bothered to watch it.

    But apparently it is more comforting to those hating losers to point fingers and make weak, unfounded, and unproven accusations. Pathetic, is what that is.

  47. steelers5thwheel says:
    Mar 6, 2017 7:21 AM
    I love how every new england fan is every team cheats!!! But why do the cheatroits get caught every time. Well that’s because every team don’t cheat accept the pats. There is no goat in the cheatroits. The first three super bowls have * next to them. The cheatroits have to thank Goodell for loving bill and destroyed all the evidence against the cheatroits before anyone could see how much they had. When one team beats you the first time by 20 points and the next time you lost by 20. it’s because the first time they didn’t have tape with all there plays on it. So yeah it make every other fans and teams hate the cheatroits not because they win stupid ownership. Cheaters =Patriots
    ————————
    Roman Maroni continued to butcher the english language…

  48. riraider says:
    Mar 6, 2017 8:56 AM
    FYI
    The Pats are ranked #15 on your team cheats
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    A site written by a Pats homer who rated Spygate 1 camera out of 5. Yeah, that’s some credible source….smh

  49. Five minutes research will show just where your team ranks on the cheat list.
    ALL of the teams HAVE been caught cheating. What’s the matter you too scared to check out your team.
    Raiders = # 9

  50. riraider says:
    Mar 6, 2017 11:47 AM
    Check other sites for ranking cheaters!

    PS I’m a Raider fan. I dislike HYPOCRATES

    —-

    Come on now, there’s no reason to drag the father of modern medicine into this…

  51. steelers5thwheel says:
    Mar 6, 2017 7:21 AM

    I love how every new england fan is every team cheats!!! But why do the cheatroits get caught every time. Well that’s because every team don’t cheat accept the pats.
    ————————

    Every team breaks rules, which is all the Patriots have been alleged to do, and only twice at that, and one of those was completely made up.

    Only the perennial losers consider the Patriots continued success a product of cheating.

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