Bill Belichick isn’t interested in reliving past rebounds from bad losses

AP

As Thursday night’s game wound down and it became clear that the Patriots were going to be on the losing end of their matchup with the Chiefs, more than a few minds likely wandered back to 2014.

That’s when the Chiefs routed the Patriots 41-14 in Week Four and coach Bill Belichick used his postgame press conference to turn the attention to the next week by repeating that the team was “on to Cincinnati” many times. The Pats won that game 43-17 and went 9-2 the rest of the way to set up a playoff run that ended with a Super Bowl title.

Belichick was asked about that 2014 game, specifically his feeling that the Patriots finished well, during a Friday conference call. If anyone was expecting an answer that would link this team with that one, Belichick’s answer probably wasn’t too satisfying.

“I think I said it a thousand times. I think we’ve got a lot of work to do,” Belichick said. “I don’t think anything that we did really was good enough. I’m not really interested in living in the past in 2014, 2015, 2003, 2004, which constantly keeps coming up. I mean, everything’s about some other year but this year and this team. I don’t really think all that’s relevant because we’re talking about another team, but we’ve got a thousand questions about it every week. So, I’m really concerned about the 2017 team, what this team is, what this team needs to do. I’m not trying to live in the past like everybody else is.”

The answer wasn’t “on to New Orleans,” but the message was pretty similar. The Patriots can’t change what happened on Thursday night or in 2014, so they shouldn’t be thinking about it on a Friday in 2017.

62 responses to “Bill Belichick isn’t interested in reliving past rebounds from bad losses

  1. They got their butts handed to them in the 2nd half, there is no other way to put it. I was never on the dumb 19-0 train anyway, or the 9 pt spread, but I thought they would win. KC is a good team. I think it’s fixable, if they don’t suffer too many more key injuries. I wouldn’t want to be at practice this week.

  2. Chiefs were the better team with more speed and athleticism. Brady was off but will rebound fine. Gronk looked like he missed half of last season and cooks and Brady aren’t quite on the same page. Hightower injury was big. The chiefs had no problem moving the ball when he was off the field. Patriots will be fine and improve as the season goes on

  3. My gosh, it’s a single loss…

    Having any conversation about championships in September is meaningless… Injuries are bound to happen, rosters will get jostled… We’ll know by Thanksgiving who are the forerunners for the playoffs as well as the best bet to make it to SB LII…

    Partiot’s still have as much chance of securing the Championship as any other team… It’s only week one folks…

  4. The Chiefs ALWAYS look like world beaters.. until the playoffs when they get pwned. Regular season champs. The Patriots will be fine as their new players adjust and the coaches adjust to them.

  5. thereyougo2 says:
    typical media, lose a game and “what’s wrong” articles appear.

    Typical football fan. Win a game — which the Patriots most often do — and the “best team in football” articles appear, which you apparently have no problem with. But when the opposite happens it’s suddenly some kind of an affront to human decency.
    There are two old sayings: 1. You have to take the good with the bad, and 2. Don’t dish it out if you can’t take it.

  6. tedmurph says:
    September 8, 2017 at 1:22 pm
    They got their butts handed to them in the 2nd half, there is no other way to put it. I was never on the dumb 19-0 train anyway, or the 9 pt spread, but I thought they would win. KC is a good team. I think it’s fixable, if they don’t suffer too many more key injuries. I wouldn’t want to be at practice this week.

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    yep. i feel bad for the saints d next week

  7. What is Brady’s W-L record without Edelman? Didn’t he go 4-4(or something along those lines) without him the other year? Then he lost Amendola in the 2nd half while the defense lost Hightower…

    a lot of the issues seemed to be lack of chemistry between Brady and his WRs, they probably should have kept running at all those formations where KC had 7-8 men in coverage and passing to the RBs in the slot…They really let the Chiefs dominate once they got away from the game plan

  8. they went in with the idea they were anointed and supposed to win. didn’t have to play just show up. woe is them. lol

  9. objectivefootballfan says:
    September 8, 2017 at 1:41 pm
    That Patriots Defense needs some work!!

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    it always does early in the year especially dealing with some
    key starters being out at the moment

    nice to see 2 rookies in wise and butler flash a bit, though

    scheme and personnel choices was much of the problem last night

  10. This is such an obvious thing, but fans and media have such a difficult time grasping it. Every year, you field a new team with new players coming while others leave. The 2017 team has no relation to the 2014 team, or any other season for that matter. This group will need to come together, put in the work, and find their own unique identity. The major advantage they have is the leaders of the team (Belichick, Brady, Hightower, McCourty, Slater) know the path that must be taken to reach their goals. The rest of the players must follow their lead – if they do, they’ll be fine. It doesn’t always work that way though,

  11. It’s one game, big deal. The Pats will be there in the mix come playoff time. Sure, it is a little concerning if you are a fan, but there are 15 more regular season games to play. If anything, fans of other teams are assured that they are beatable, for those who had doubt. Watch the Pats come out next week and beat New Orleans by 24, then Week 1 will be a distant memory…

  12. Just yesterday I was reading the so called experts were predicting a undefeated season for the Patriots. So much for that.

  13. Everyone is so quick to look at rebounds from the past to settle their nerves.

    BB knows that whether they rebound or not has nothing to do with the past and everything to do with hard work and preperation.

    Fans can think about the past because that’s all they can do. It’s not like they can work hard on anything.

    Eventually though…eventually 40 whatever is going to be too old. Tom looked really old and slow to me last night. That underthrow at the end where the ball hit the ground at the backs feet was about as pathetic as the empty stands of people that were no longer there to see it.

    Pats fans should never be included in best fans conversations. The stadium was literally empty at the end. You would never see that in seattle. First game of the year…not even any encouragement for the next game, they just turned their backs on the team like spoiled brats and walked out of the stadium.

  14. yep. i feel bad for the saints d next week

    I feel bad for the Pats D. They made Alex Smith look like a first ballot HOFer, we may have never seen the kind of game Brees will have.

  15. It looks to me as if the Pats have little depth after purging the roster of high end talent due the big payday over the past few years.

    It is now no wonder no one was lining up to pay Hightower stupid money, he is not durable.

    Gronk is right, Edelman will not be replaced. Cook looks like a #2, not a guy that takes over a game.

  16. As a Bills fan, I remember seeing this type of game at the end of the 4 Super Bowl runs – they are worn out, Brady looked human, lost a step, the Pats had no clue that last nights result would happen, just lIke Jim Kelly and the boys, they had no clue the end was near – makes the loss super scary – the end is near for the Pats –

  17. That’s why you play the games. Brady under 50% passing with no TDs?! Gronk invisible for the entire game?! Alex Smith and Kareem Hunt both unstoppable, piling up yards and TDs at will?!

  18. silvernblackpride says:
    September 8, 2017 at 1:27 pm
    I always thought Alice Smith had the noodle arm but last night Tammy Brady looked old and noodle like !!!!
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    Maybe you should have watched the game. Smith and Brady were going vertical like it was the 70’s or 80’s. BTW what’s the deal with referring to adult males with girl’s names? What are you 12?

  19. Yeah yeah. Heard all this when they lost 31-0 at home to the Bills, heard it when they got destroyed by the Chiefs on the road, even heard it that one time Peyton’s wife got her mail early and he managed to actually beat them in the playoffs. The season is a process and the team you have at the beginning is not and should not be the one you have at the end. Belichick has literally written the book on this. Stay tuned.

  20. The Patriots lost a non-division game. The Chiefs lost their best defensive player. Who really lost?

    I like both of these teams and hope they end up in the playoffs again.

  21. This ended the Media gushing that this would be a 16 regular season win year for the ever lovely
    Tommie Brady.
    Thank you Alex Smith and the KC Chiefs.

  22. Well, at least the Pats won the off-season … which is nice!

    #dreamteam!
    #chess_vs_checkers
    #wegotButler!
    #wegotCook!
    #wegotHightower!
    #wegotGillmore!

  23. mogogo1 says:
    September 8, 2017 at 2:59 pm
    That’s why you play the games. Brady under 50% passing with no TDs?! Gronk invisible for the entire game?! Alex Smith and Kareem Hunt both unstoppable, piling up yards and TDs at will?!

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    hope you enjoyed it

    won’t be happening in january if kc even makes it to the title game

  24. r502 says:
    September 8, 2017 at 2:31 pm
    It looks to me as if the Pats have little depth after purging the roster of high end talent due the big payday over the past few years.

    It is now no wonder no one was lining up to pay Hightower stupid money, he is not durable.

    Gronk is right, Edelman will not be replaced. Cook looks like a #2, not a guy that takes over a game.

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    nink retiring at his age and salary, walking from chris long, and walking from sheard, somehow means they have “purged” their roster?

    like in 2014, some of you are in for a rude awakening

    the rb group is loaded

    bad gameplanning, scheming and personnel usage last night, but once
    hethier later in the year, it is still their division and that road goes
    through foxborough until it doesn’t

    one of the youngest and most experienced teams in the league
    that never starts fast anyway

  25. tjacks7 says:
    September 8, 2017 at 2:12 pm
    yep. i feel bad for the saints d next week

    I feel bad for the Pats D. They made Alex Smith look like a first ballot HOFer, we may have never seen the kind of game Brees will have.

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    hint: pats d won’t play the same way next week

    coaches screwed last night up. bad scouting, gameplan and playcalling tied to bad personnel deployment

    doubtful jordan richards is used in dime as a second rover ever again

    experiment failed

  26. I think we all have realized and figured out the Belichek formula .. steal signals, sign Buffalo Bills players, deflate footballs and work hard.

  27. jmethane says:
    September 8, 2017 at 2:08 pm
    Everyone is so quick to look at rebounds from the past to settle their nerves.

    BB knows that whether they rebound or not has nothing to do with the past and everything to do with hard work and preperation.

    Fans can think about the past because that’s all they can do. It’s not like they can work hard on anything.

    Eventually though…eventually 40 whatever is going to be too old. Tom looked really old and slow to me last night. That underthrow at the end where the ball hit the ground at the backs feet was about as pathetic as the empty stands of people that were no longer there to see it.

    Pats fans should never be included in best fans conversations. The stadium was literally empty at the end. You would never see that in seattle. First game of the year…not even any encouragement for the next game, they just turned their backs on the team like spoiled brats and walked out of the stadium.

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    lol!!!

    did you just compare seattle as a sports town to boston?

    i think ya did and that was really funny

  28. jmethane says:
    September 8, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Pats fans should never be included in best fans conversations. The stadium was literally empty at the end. You would never see that in seattle.
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    i love this type of flawed rationale/superfan bravado – “you would never see that in (insert city here).” yes you would. like when cleveland fan littered the field in beer bottles, everyone was “you would never see that in (city where i live).” and by *everyone* i mean the same clowns you see in any nfl parking lot anywhere picking fights w/ each other after a few pops.

  29. The Patriots had something to prove last year following Brady’s suspension. They no longer have anything to prove to anyone. It was apparent last night and it’s probably not something that can be fixed. Brady is now 40 and all the exercise and dieting in the world won’t change that. This is likely the beginning of the end of a spectacular run. At best Belichick may coach them up to being just another one of many good teams but their domination is most likely over.

  30. That was a BEATING @ Home where they NEVER lose.

    I saw a defense lacking star power (See the All Pro’s Belicheck trades away every year)

    A Broken shell of Gronk….He looked Slow, Stiff, & weak. His back is not good….

    A 40 Year old Madden Cursed Brady (Eventually Father time catches up to everyone)…

    Maybe they rebound, maybe they don’t but I don’t see them winning more than 11 games and 6 Wins due to playing in a joke conference.

  31. Love to see the Patriots lose. They are a great franchise with a great coach, great QB, and an arrogant owner.

    I’m sure they’ll bounce back, but it was extremely enjoyable to watch.

  32. Has there ever been a coach, in the history of professional sports, who has more grudgingly given the other team credit for winning than Belichick? I believe he would be more willing to pass a kidney stone than tip his hat to the other team. What a sore loser.

  33. Karma for their loudmouth blowhard fan base. Karma is their favorite word and hit smacks them in the face. What karma that is LOL!

  34. Bill Belichick isn’t interested in reliving past rebounds from bad losses

    LOL

    If his team continues to play like that he’d better get used to it not being “past losses” and more resembling something called a Trend.

    The issues last night don’t fall into the “one bad game” category.

    Until further notice Brady may be sitting across the dinner table from Father Time. Most other great QBs fell off relatively precipitously, they didn’t trend downward.

    Otherwise, that doesn’t look like a D that simply played bad yesterday. It looks like so many of their past recent Ds, one that’s very average but hasn’t had to step up because the offense has been so good.

    At the end of the season this may very well end the debate as to who was more relevant in their 15 years of winning, Brady or Belichick.

  35. Watch out, remember the “Dream Team” comment that killed the Eagles that year? The Patriots spent too much time reading the newspapers and listening to the pundits declare them the prohibitive favorites to repeat as Superbowl champions.

    Its the kiss of death, mark my words.

  36. The Cheater head coach has his hands full – his team has no depth, has a QB who can only play one quarter at a high level, and has a defense filled with former Hardee’s employees.

  37. If it wasn’t for 139 yrds in penalties by the Chiefs it would’ve been even more lopsided. Poor game plan, poor execution. They looked like they thought that all they had to do is show up and every team would just implode against the mighty Patriots. To use a favorite quote of tylawspick6 “What a bunch of entitled millennials!”

    Oh and let me through in a “Cap hell” just ’cause that always has to be in every comment!

  38. thereyougo2 says:
    September 8, 2017 at 1:21 pm
    typical media, lose a game and “what’s wrong” articles appear.

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    I agree, but it’s the NFL. It’s a “but what have you done for me lately” league. If Brady and BB wanted to go off into the sunset they had a chance. They didn’t because they love the grind. This is what you get. Loss of your best receiver, a first game loss and a near must win next game, after coming off what was viewed as a very successful offseason after winning a historic championship. They live for this stuff.

  39. steelcurtainn says:
    September 8, 2017 at 5:14 pm
    New England about to be 0-2 next week on the road to the saints. Its over!

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    4 teams have made it to the Super Bowl after going 0-2 out of 102 teams. The Patriots have done it twice of those 4 times, in 1996 and 2001. They won the latter.

    So you are right that its a problem if they were to go 0-2. It’s not the death blow though. That would be 0-3 historically. However, I wouldn’t count Brady out of anything until he was statistically eliminated. Would you?

    Should be an interesting game in New Orleans given the current apparent weakness of the Patriots on Defense is the Saints strength. Brady should be able to bounce back on offense though. Going to be a fun one.

    I’m trying not to get too worried about it as a Patriots fan after the success we’ve enjoyed the last few years. Getting to watch Brady and BB after 16 years is gravy. I hope Brady has a bit of magic left.

  40. r502 says:
    September 8, 2017 at 2:31 pm
    It looks to me as if the Pats have little depth after purging the roster of high end talent due the big payday over the past few years.
    It is now no wonder no one was lining up to pay Hightower stupid money, he is not durable.
    Gronk is right, Edelman will not be replaced. Cook looks like a #2, not a guy that takes over a game.

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    That’s quite an analysis after one game.

  41. tylawspick6 says:
    September 8, 2017 at 3:19 pm
    one of the youngest and most experienced teams in the league
    that never starts fast anyway

    But those were all brilliant cost saving moves in the offseason, and man did they look awesome last night, such a deep roster! Remember the patsie fans saying “it doesn’t matter” when Edelman went down, “BB will find a bag boy at the grocery store and make him #1 WR in the NFL,” bwahahahahahhahaha.

    Looks like the “deflategate karma” BS you like to post for every other teams injuries is starting to bite you back.

  42. tylawspick6 says:
    September 8, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    hope you enjoyed it

    won’t be happening in january if kc even makes it to the title game

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    People with crystal balls lose all credibility

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