Belichick plays word association in CNBC interview

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When it comes to the media, Patriots coach Bill Belichick is cautious to the point of reclusive. He recently unshunned the process for an interview with CNBC’s Suzy Welch.

The interview, which will be televised on Power Lunch (1:00 p.m. ET), included a game of word association with the man who now owns seven Super Bowl rings. Here’s the full list of nine words (and phrases), along with Belichick’s responses.

Welch: Football.

Belichick: More sport than business. But it is a business. That I respect the game for the game and the sport.

Welch: The media.

Belichick: It is how a team connects to its fans.

Welch: Winning.

Belichick: The goal. There’s no medals for trying. This isn’t like eighth grade where everybody gets a trophy. We are in a professional sport and it is competitive to win. That’s what we do.

Welch: Deflategate.

Belichick: Ridiculous.

Welch: Aaron Hernandez.

Belichick: Tragedy.

Welch: Heartbreaking.

Belichick: Yes. That would be another word.

Welch: Next year.

Belichick: Is this year.

Welch: Perfect day.

Belichick: Nantucket.

Welch: Last one. Legacy.

Belichick: For another day.

Welch: Don’t think about it?

Belichick: No. Right now, 2017. Trying to have a good team this year. There will be another day to talk about it.

Welch: Just another day at the office for you?

Belichick: No. I mean, look, I’m aware of it, but I can’t sit and think about it. Look, this year is going to be part of it. So, try to have a good year this year and you know, we will figure out the rest of it later.

While none of it is earth shattering, it underscores Belichick’s approach to football. It’s a one-year-at-a-time proposition, with no time for looking backward or looking forward because looking anywhere other than right in front of you will keep you from winning and it’s all about winning.

33 responses to “Belichick plays word association in CNBC interview

  1. “It’s a one-year-at-a-time proposition, with no time for looking backward or looking forward because looking anywhere other than right in front of you will keep you from winning and it’s all about winning”

    Even the most casual NFL fan knows this is his position because it’s basically the only thing he says. Ground breaking stuff there.

  2. Everybody forgets his degree in math…For him it is nothing more than numbers..Every play, every day, every game, every season….No sympathy or charm….” It’s not personal, it’s just business” DO YOUR JOB

  3. Where was the word, “Spygate”?

    If someone stuck Belichick with truth serum prior to the interview, would anyone be surprised if his answer was, “The Patriot’s competitive advantage for 7 years”

    I mean other than the Patriot homers who have proven to have an unlimited capacity to justify any immoral behavior of the part of their team.

  4. People hate belicheck. I’m not a huge fan. But you can’t deny his greatness. I think this interview gives insight to his greatness.

  5. Pearls of wisdom yet again from Bill Belichick, the Greatest NFL Head Coach of All-Time and Greatest NFL GM of All-Time.

    We are living in Belichick and Brady’s NFL world, and we are not worthy.

  6. I’m only 50 but he is, by far, the best coach I have ever seen. Haters gonna hate but no one would not take him as their coach if they had the opportunity and says it all.

  7. My educated guess for the first round draft choice who showed up late to Belichick’s first team meeting is Terry Glenn.

  8. Awesome. The best illustration of Belichick’s mindset was when he was giving a press conference the day after winning Super Bowl LI and he pointed out that they were 5 weeks behind most other teams in preparing for free agency and the draft.

  9. It seems as if Belichick is enjoying the ride while being focused on the next game and the next season. He loves the history of the NFL and knows is place in it and he has a quarterback who is his extension on the field who has that same focus. It’s a perfect situation.

  10. Thank GOD he’s the coach for the Patriots…. Couldn’t be happier as a life long fan!!!
    Lombardi needs to be updated & renamed after Bill…. It’s time!!!!!
    Go Pats!!!

  11. Perfect example of sometimes less is more. There is more information than actual words in this interview which is sort of rare.

  12. whatjusthapped says:
    Apr 13, 2017 7:26 AM
    Where was the word, “Spygate”?

    If someone stuck Belichick with truth serum prior to the interview, would anyone be surprised if his answer was, “The Patriot’s competitive advantage for 7 years”

    I mean other than the Patriot homers who have proven to have an unlimited capacity to justify any immoral behavior of the part of their team.

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    It continues to remain exhausting explaining the obvious–that EVERY team in the NFL does or did this–EVERY team. It’s that the Patriots ignored the memo about WHERE you could film from. I’ll concede the institutional arrogance on their part, but everybody knows Belichick’s greatness is in the coaching–he’s been in the NFL for more than 40 years and he competes with “I’m just happy they let me do this job” type of guys. It’s not even a fair contest.

    The above excuse track just goes to show that the beaten human brain will do anything to soothe itself with false narratives to get through the day-month-season…

  13. It’s a one-year-at-a-time proposition
    —————————————
    Wrong. It’s a one-game-at-a-time proposition. And that unbending focus has made him the GOAT coach/GM.

  14. What they have accomplished in the salary cap era in nothing short of amazing. They have to be the greatest dynasty in sports history. I don’t think there is any question. Young Pat fans are spoiled, its not always like this. Enjoy it.

    -Cowboys fan

  15. While the interview goes along with his “Do your job” and “On to Cincinnati” mantra, Bill does look at the future a lot more than he is letting on.

    As the GM, you do not build a team in one week, or even in one season. It takes forward vision in forming a team that can perform at such a high level year after year.

    Deniers often point at Belichick’s time with the Browns as proof that he would be a lousy coach if not for the players he has on the Patriots. But if you look at the progression of results over the 4 years he coached the Browns (ignore the last year after Modell had already pulled the rug out under the team) and you see proof that it takes years to develop into a competitive team. And it takes a lot of vision to maintain that advantage year after year.

  16. He figured out a long time ago that football is a game where the team that makes the fewest mistakes, both physical and mental, wins. He coaches to that knowledge and it has worked out pretty well.

    How can you expect your players to remained focused on the task if you are continually being distracted. Simple answer, you can’t. Ask T Rex Ryan.

  17. A good measure of Belichick is Matthew Slater, who’s only job for 9 years has been “the gunner” and get down the field and stop the return man from making a play. Special teams are “special” to BB, because yardage refused is just like yardage gained, not to mention an opportunity to get a turnover.

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