Bill Belichick is on to 2017

AP

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has said it. Now, Patriots coach Bill Belichick has done the same, essentially. His team is on to 2017.

“It was a great night,” Belichick told reporters about the team’s recent 283-diamond ring ceremony. “But, really, we need to move on to 2017. You know, we’ve had enough parades, enough celebrations and enough everything. This ’17 team hasn’t done anything yet — none of us have. We really need to focus on what we’re doing this year. There have been a lot of great moments in the past, which is great, but that isn’t going to help us this year.”

It’s classic Belichick, forgetting about yesterday, ignoring tomorrow, focusing relentlessly on the here and now. And he manages to persuade his players to do the same, not getting complacent about last year because last year was last year and this year is this year until next year, when it will be last year. Or something.

Regardless, the approach works. Whether they win the Super Bowl, lose the Super Bowl, or lose in the AFC playoffs, the Patriots routinely welcome the descent to 0-0 and the challenge of climbing back to relevance, contention, and possible championship status.

19 responses to “Bill Belichick is on to 2017

  1. Patriots have the best system in the league. That system is hard work, conditioning, studying, preparedness, short term goal focus, and a do your job mentality that goes from the owner down to the practice squad.

    I don’t think we’ve ever seen a sports franchise buy into it’s coach’s winning ways more than the Belichick era Patriots. Truly a special time to be a football fan from New England.

  2. TB12#BLITZFOR6 says:
    Jun 13, 2017 12:11 PM

    In Bill we trust….glad hes my coach……..
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    You play for the Patriots?

  3. One for the other thumb says:
    Jun 13, 2017 12:17 PM

    Patriots have the best system in the league. That system is hard work, conditioning, studying, preparedness, short term goal focus, and a do your job mentality that goes from the owner down to the practice squad.

    I don’t think we’ve ever seen a sports franchise buy into it’s coach’s winning ways more than the Belichick era Patriots. Truly a special time to be a football fan from New England.

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    then there is always this cheating thing, so you have that going for you as well

  4. mmack66 says:
    Jun 13, 2017 12:19 PM

    TB12#BLITZFOR6 says:
    Jun 13, 2017 12:11 PM

    In Bill we trust….glad hes my coach……..
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    You play for the Patriots?
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    All Pats fans think this.

  5. The most Belichickian moment for me was when he was asked the day after Super Bowl LI to reflect on how it feels to have won 7 championships (5 as an HC) and his response was that he was 5 weeks behind most other teams in the league and that it was time to get back to work, not reflect on past glory.

    G.O.A.T.

  6. And when he was asked at a mini-camp press conference what could be done to add to all that he’s accomplished, he said….having a good practice would be top of the list. And you know what, I believe he was serious about that.

  7. Also the annual chance for the haters to reset to 0-0 and come up with something new that won’t leave them with egg all over their faces by week 3. They won’t.

  8. Belichick has T-bagged Lombardi and every other head football coach. He’s too respectful to ever admit it, but he doesn’t have to.

  9. Pretty sure he made that transition on February 6th.

    Like most Pats fans I too feel slightly conflicted about wishing our all too brief summer away wanting the season to start. 20 years ago the only great thing we could count on year after year about Fall here was the short window of great weather before Winter reared it’s ferocious head. But the Pats have become even more consistent than the cold or the shortened days. For as long as this run has lasted, even if it ended tomorrow it would easily sustain us for decades to come. It’s been a helluva ride and more than any of us who ever froze our butts off watching Kiam’s Klowns or the Sullivan’s Patsies could ever have dreamed of. That it drives the trolls to distraction is just teh cherry on top.

  10. “Also the annual chance for the haters to reset to 0-0 and come up with something new that won’t leave them with egg all over their faces by week 3. They won’t”

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    Yes, this is my favorite time of the offseason, that time of year when all the jealous haters come on message boards like this and boldly declare that the Jets, Dolphins and Bills have closed the gap between them and the Patriots, and that THIS is finally the season where the Patriots come back to the pack.

    Of course, we’ve been hearing this for about a decade now.

    Keep saying it though, by all means. It has to come true some day. I guess.

  11. “Also the annual chance for the haters to reset to 0-0 and come up with something new that won’t leave them with egg all over their faces by week 3. They won’t”

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    Yes, this is my favorite time of the offseason, that time of year when all the jealous haters come on message boards like this and boldly declare that the Jets, Dolphins and Bills have closed the gap between them and the Patriots, and that THIS is finally the season where the Patriots come back to the pack.

    Of course, we’ve been hearing this for about a decade now.

    Keep saying it though, by all means. It has to come true some day. I guess.

    I think it says volumes about the tough teams in their conference the past decade…..they sucked. If you can coast against teams you play twice a year it makes your season easier….but don’t expect crybaby nation to grasp that nuance.

  12. “If you can coast against teams you play twice a year it makes your season easier…”

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    Sorry, but that myth has been fully debunked. Here is their record during the Brady era versus each division:

    AFC East 66-20 (.767)
    AFC North 25-7 (.781)
    AFC South 33-6 (.846)
    AFC West 22-14 (.611)
    NFC East 14-5 (.737)
    NFC North 14-3 (.824)
    NFC South 13-3 (.813)
    NFC West 7-4 (.636)

    Care to try again, Einstein?

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