Bill Belichick making first visit to Tampa as head coach on Thursday night

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Bill Belichick has done a lot of things over 356 games as an NFL head coach, but there are still some new experiences left on the list.

He will have one of them on Thursday night when the Patriots face the Buccaneers in Raymond James Stadium. It will be the first time that Belichick ever serves as head coach in a game played in Tampa.

The Browns did not play there when Belichick was their head coach from 1991-1995 and the lone road game that the Patriots have played against the Bucs since he took over in 2000 came at Wembley Stadium in London in 2009.

As seen in a chart of the location of Belichick’s head coaching wins shared by Dan Hanzus of NFL Media, that’s one of two wins for Belichick in London. He’s also won games in Anaheim (the first iteration of the Los Angeles Rams), Champaign, Illinois (the temporary home of the Bears in 2002) and every other home city in the league over his time as a head coach.

If the Patriots don’t win on Thursday, it will be a while before he gets another chance. Under current scheduling rules, the Pats won’t be scheduled for another game in Tampa until 2025.

22 responses to “Bill Belichick making first visit to Tampa as head coach on Thursday night

  1. Bucs are one of the teams a Belichick led Pats team has never lost to. If the Bucs are ever going to get over that hump this is the game to do it with the Pats D in a shambles and only 3 day turnaround time.

  2. I just hope we don’t experience the first time jitters and lose. Also hope the Sports Illustrated curse isn’t happening.

  3. It’s usually pretty tough to set up cameras to spy on the other team in your first visit to a new stadium. This will be a tough early season test at cheating for Bill and his staff

  4. spillertime21 says:
    October 5, 2017 at 2:31 pm
    It’s usually pretty tough to set up cameras to spy on the other team in your first visit to a new stadium. This will be a tough early season test at cheating for Bill and his staff

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    Just curious, but do you believe in the tooth fairy, too?

    2010:
    Bill Cowher: “You know, let me just say this: To answer your question, no, I don’t think so (it’s not an advantage for one team over another).
    I just know as a head coach, you are always looking for a competitive edge. We had people out there trying to look at signals. We had guys go to games. They would tape the signal caller and also write it down. They would take it back and match up the signals with the game film and certain defenses with certain plays that were being called, particularly the defenses being called, to see if we could come up with some kind of an alert for a signal. So, what they did with videotaping the signal caller, people do it with the people in the stands!!
    These people sitting there in the stands, looking at the signal, writing it down and matching up the 1st and 10 signal. Ok? Then you go back again and the 2nd and 10 and here’s the signal. You do that for a whole game.
    You then go back and match up the defenses with the signal. And you can come up with what the signal was.
    So, you don;’t need a video tape with what they were talking about doing. And people were doing it. WE were doing that. Everybody does that. You’re TRYING to gain a competitive edge. There is nothing wrong with that.
    That’s why baseball players go through the mirage of signals. They’ve got all these different codes. That’s part of the competitive spirit of the game. I think it’s totally overblown. I think if you get caught (signals compromised), then do what we did and go to wristbands, you are worried about it. We started putting defenses on wristbands. Then you find a way to not get caught (signals compromised). When your good at something and people try steal from ya, I think it’s flattering.”

  5. How is it possible that Bill Belichick has been coaching for so long (356 games) and not played Tampa Bay in Tampa Bay? Something is wrong with the NFL scheduling.

  6. August 28th, 1992 Preseason Week 4, a Bill Belichick led Browns team came to Tampa Stadium and beat the Bucs 24-3. I remember that game very well because I was there!

    August 27th, 1993, Preseason Week 4, a a Bill Belichick led Browns team came to Tampa Stadium and lost to the Bucs 23-20. I remember that game very well because I was there!

    Belichick has been a head coach in Tampa Stadium, but maybe not during the regular season! 😉

  7. How is it possible that Bill Belichick has been coaching for so long (356 games) and not played Tampa Bay in Tampa Bay? Something is wrong with the NFL scheduling.

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    The Buccaneers and Patriots play in different divisions and different conferences. I believe non-conference teams are slated to play each other once every what? 8 years? The Patriots last played in Tampa in 1997, the Bucs were slated to be the “home team” during their meeting in 2009 but the game was played in London.

  8. Bucs are one of the teams a Belichick led Pats team has never lost to. If the Bucs are ever going to get over that hump this is the game to do it with the Pats D in a shambles and only 3 day turnaround time.
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    Bucs beat the Pats in Belichick’s first game in 2000.

  9. rogergoodellmyhero says:
    October 5, 2017 at 2:54 pm
    Defensive genius? Sure doesn’t look like it.

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    Yes, blown coverages by a new FA signing in zone coverage means a defensive mastermind that has improved defenses IMMEDIATELY in every single stop in his career, with some of the most ingenius and creative deployment in personnel, trumps all of that after 4 weeks in Sept in an offensive era.

    LMAO

  10. Will Brady still be playing in the year 2025???
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    set to the Space Odyssy sound track..will Tom Brady still be playing in the year 2525?…will the NFL still be alive…

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