Bill Belichick not a fan of international games, or volcanoes

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Some Patriots players were eager to take in the sights of a foreign country this weekend.

Coach Bill Belichick, as you might imagine, was not as enthusiastic about the disruption to his schedule.

Via Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, Belichick said during his weekly appearance on WEEI that the win over the Raiders was nice, but the bother of it was something he might have preferred to avoid.

“Personally I wouldn’t be in any big rush to do it again,” Belichick said. “It’s a long way to go for a game. There’s a lot in terms of all the logistics of it. They are not used to having an NFL team, so you have to go in there and handle a lot of the logistics. It took a lot of manpower, a lot of hours, a lot of energy out of our organization to do that. We are exhausted from the trip.”

The Patriots arrived home early Monday morning, and they were weary after more than a week on the road. They practiced last week at the Air Force Academy after beating the Broncos the previous Sunday night.

“It was a good trip but it took a lot out of us,” Belichick said. “It’s a lot. We spent a lot of time talking about altitude, about hydration, about food, water, training elements — much more so than, say, Denver. Pick another city that has some similarities, but it is quite a bit different.

“We dealt with it. Players did a great job dealing with all the challenges we had to deal with. I think we’re fortunate there was no volcano eruptions or earthquakes, or anything else while we were down there. You have two NFL franchises in an area that I don’t know how stable the geological plates that were below us [were], but nothing happened, so that was good.”

Of course, the league’s going back to Mexico City once a year through at least 2021. There were concerns about Estadio Azteca after a September earthquake in the area, but the building was deemed safe. And vulcanology and seismology are apparently things Belichick doesn’t want to have to worry about when formulating future game plans.

42 responses to “Bill Belichick not a fan of international games, or volcanoes

  1. What a moron Belichick is. Couldn’t you have just said international game preparation is a lot different, glad you and your players were able to be ambassadors of the great game of football, thank your Mexican hosts and move on? Did you really have to say your players having water is more important than the host country? What a moron.

  2. It’s a good thing Bill isn’t coaching in San Francisco. I know the geological plates below that stadium are not very stable. Maybe that’s why Oakland is leaving Oakland, or at least now Mark Davis can have that excuse ready if anyone asks. L.A. isn’t too stable either. Gosh two teams just moved there. Didn’t they know about the geological plates? Gosh Bill’s a genius.

  3. More importantly, with that win:

    1) Pats set record for longest road-streak (13 wins) in the era of Parity Rules (i.e. since 1994).
    [Note: Brady passed Peyton Manning’s career road record of 84 wins the previous week]

    2) Pats will finish at least .500 or above for 17th straight season, longest active streak.
    [Note: and joint 2nd all-time with 1957-73 Browns and behind the 21 of 1965-85 Cowboys]

    3) Since 1994 Pats own best NFL record in 2nd-half of season, only team over .700 since then.

    4) Belichick moved ahead of Tom Landry into 3rd place career wins (271).
    [Note: Belichick’s already all-time leader in playoff wins, 25, ahead of Landry 20, Shula 17]

    5) Brady, now on 3,183yds, has most 3,000yd seasons among active players (Brees is on 14)
    [Note: Brady is 3rd all-time behind Favre’s 18 and Peyton’s 16]

    6) Gostkowski on 1,563 points, moved ahead of Falcons’ Bryant into 20th all-time in scoring.
    [Note: 3rd active -Vinatieri 2,447, Dawson 1,754 -but in just over half the number of seasons]

  4. The guy thinks of everything. In addition to all the other innovative preparation and planning he did, he probably hired a contractor from the US Geological Survey to apprise him daily of tectonic plate shifts and magma flows in the vicinity. No stone unturned.

  5. Of course. It’s harder to affect the game as a coach when you don’t have all your resources at hands to cheat.

    No spy cams available in mexico, same thing with stealing the playsheets too!

    Oh, and there’s no deflator available like there would be in any nfl city.

  6. Good on BB for a subtle jab at the greedy owners. BB is on the players’ side in these cases and good on him for trying to help them with this nice little jab.

    Absolutely ridiculous that the Pats get strung up with faux scandals to steal their draft picks to try to keep a good parity, and then they’re also used to try to sell the league internationally.

    Insulting to everyone’s intelligence, including BB’s and everyone involved.

  7. thefirstsmilergrogan says:
    November 21, 2017 at 7:45 am
    funny he doesn’t sweat the san andreas fault when he goes to l.a. the same as the mexican geology….

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    Hint: Try reading between the lines. BB is protecting the players here, but taking an indirect jab at the owners’ greed.

    Get it?

    Ugh.

  8. limakey says:
    November 21, 2017 at 6:37 am
    What a moron Belichick is. Couldn’t you have just said international game preparation is a lot different, glad you and your players were able to be ambassadors of the great game of football, thank your Mexican hosts and move on? Did you really have to say your players having water is more important than the host country? What a moron.

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    Are you John Mara, Goodell, Woody Johnson, Irsay, Bisciotti, or John Elway? Are you a Rooney?

    Hmm….

    Which one are you, because you seem to be VERY supportive of cheating, no-ethics Goodell alongside a bunch of greedy owners, hell bent on ruining the sport on the backs of more eyeballs on tv screens in other countries.

    Very odd for ANY NFL fan that cares about the future of the sport, to back the owners/Goodell and their greed, unless he/she, too, is profiting off of it as well.

    So, please tell us “Limakey”…Your IQ is so high, we’re all just so impressed.

  9. wib22 says:
    November 21, 2017 at 8:41 am
    No spy cams available in mexico, same thing with stealing the playsheets too!
    Oh, and there’s no deflator available like there would be in any nfl city.
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    So how did they win? Never mind Chippy. Say, regards stealing plays, isn’t it about time the Dohphins were punished for admitting taping Brady’s calls in 2008? And for mimicking those calls to cause false starts? Or for repeating Dirty Don Shula’s cheating Mudgate trick just last December? Fraudger wouldn’t even have to retrospectively change one key aspect of Tagliabue’s new video rules (framegate1) or alter psi data (framegate2)! Oh, I sorry, I forgot, Parity Rules stops him from dumping on the crappy teams. Enjoy the playoffs!

  10. Are you John Mara, Goodell, Woody Johnson, Irsay, Bisciotti, or John Elway? Are you a Rooney?

    Hmm….

    Which one are you, because you seem to be VERY supportive of cheating, no-ethics Goodell alongside a bunch of greedy owners, hell bent on ruining the sport on the backs of more eyeballs on tv screens in other countries.

    Very odd for ANY NFL fan that cares about the future of the sport, to back the owners/Goodell and their greed, unless he/she, too, is profiting off of it as well.

    So, please tell us “Limakey”…Your IQ is so high, we’re all just so impressed.

    ****

    Tell the pats to stop abusing the IR, having contempt for the media, and being shady about practices then we can talk.

  11. thefirstsmilergrogan says:
    November 21, 2017 at 7:45 am
    funny he doesn’t sweat the san andreas fault when he goes to l.a. the same as the mexican geology….
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    Except there was an earthquake there a month and a half ago and the volcano was spewing ash last week.

  12. Greedy coach you are Belicheat. You will sell your soul to get an edge
    Belicheat also wants to find a way to get Ernie Adams to travel.

  13. wib22 says:
    November 21, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Tell the pats to stop abusing the IR, having contempt for the media, and being shady about practices then we can talk.
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    IR: They’re actually by the book. They’re required to report hang nails even (for the dense…that was a hyperbole to get a point across). If they didn’t report what they do then they would get dinged for not reporting stuff. So, its darned if ya do and darned if ya don’t with you people. What do you want exactly???

    Contempt for the media: Really? It’s only once in a blue moon they actually ask an intelligent question about football. What do you expect? BB doesn’t like distractions, drama, etc….would you be if you knew it would hurt your team? He’s paid to coach a pro team which means he protects his team from stupidity.

    Shady about practices – what?

    -Steelers fan

  14. firecracker87 says:
    November 21, 2017 at 9:51 am
    wib22 says:
    November 21, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Tell the pats to stop abusing the IR, having contempt for the media, and being shady about practices then we can talk.
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    IR: They’re actually by the book. They’re required to report hang nails even (for the dense…that was a hyperbole to get a point across). If they didn’t report what they do then they would get dinged for not reporting stuff. So, its darned if ya do and darned if ya don’t with you people. What do you want exactly???

    Contempt for the media: Really? It’s only once in a blue moon they actually ask an intelligent question about football. What do you expect? BB doesn’t like distractions, drama, etc….would you be if you knew it would hurt your team? He’s paid to coach a pro team which means he protects his team from stupidity.

    Shady about practices – what?

    -Steelers fan

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    Thanks for your honesty and objectivity.

    – Pats Fans

  15. David DeSteno has a special vantage point for observing public response to the Patriots. He is a professor of psychology in Patriots country, at Northeastern University, in Boston, and he was a co-author of the study mentioned above. DeSteno is not a football fan, but he is an expert on the psychology of emotion, hypocrisy and moral judgment. He said you can’t really blame the Patriots faithful for believing their team can do no wrong, and has done no wrong, even though it was twice caught cheating by the N.F.L.

  16. wib22 says:
    November 21, 2017 at 10:16 am
    David DeSteno has a special vantage point for observing public response to the Patriots. He is a professor of psychology in Patriots country, at Northeastern University, in Boston, and he was a co-author of the study mentioned above. DeSteno is not a football fan, but he is an expert on the psychology of emotion, hypocrisy and moral judgment. He said you can’t really blame the Patriots faithful for believing their team can do no wrong, and has done no wrong, even though it was twice caught cheating by the N.F.L.

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    Pats have caught Goodell and some owners cheating TWICE. Once in a federal court and once after the fact, years later, with support from someone like Bill Cowher, who helped prove Goodell is the cheater:

    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.”

  17. wib22 says:
    November 21, 2017 at 10:16 am
    David DeSteno has a special vantage point for observing public response to the Patriots. He is a professor of psychology in Patriots country, at Northeastern University, in Boston, and he was a co-author of the study mentioned above. DeSteno is not a football fan, but he is an expert on the psychology of emotion, hypocrisy and moral judgment. He said you can’t really blame the Patriots faithful for believing their team can do no wrong, and has done no wrong, even though it was twice caught cheating by the N.F.L.
    Regarding your comments on this article, this is Belichick’s way of voicing his displeasure with games abroad. He is correct and he didn’t mention security which is one of the most significant issues especially in a place like Mexico. If said all the things you wanted him to you’d turn and call him a shill for the NFL. You don’t like him or the Pats – WE GET IT ALREADY.
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    And there’s a difference between “caught cheating” and actually cheating. We all agree that they cheated in Spygate as the rule is written, so did the Patriots. What we questioned was the unprecedented penalty for what amounted the location from which the filming can be done. In Deflategate they were not penalized for cheating.

  18. We all know that if a volcano eruption or earthquake went off during a game, the opposing team would blame it on Belichick as an excuse, while Belichick would have a backup plan ready for it just in case.

  19. And there’s a difference between “caught cheating” and actually cheating. We all agree that they cheated in Spygate as the rule is written, so did the Patriots. What we questioned was the unprecedented penalty for what amounted the location from which the filming can be done. In Deflategate they were not penalized for cheating.

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    Umm, no. VERY CLEARLY, the inter-divisional tiff betwen the Jets/Pats cannot be ignored in this case. Goodell and Woody Johnson wanted the tiff to be ignored, in order to frame the Pats. It was in the best interest of framing the Pats from the JEts perspective and the league’s to knock the Pats down, get parity, and spread the wealth.

    Plain and simple.’

    Mangini left the Pats, tried to steal laptops and info off those laptops, and he was locked out of the building.

    So, there is that element to it, and once Woody Johnson thought he could lobby to change how the rule is worded, he did with Goodell in tow. The funny part is, they actually believed that because a video coordinator went on the road, that video coordinator ran into a secret room with a VCR, where BB and Ernie Adams would huddle, look at signals and decode them in 12 minutes at halftime, hence why the rule needed to be followed to the T.

    BB, and anyone with half a brain laughed at the absurdity of it, and he ended up mocking the JEts, Woody Johnson, Mike Tannenboob, Goodell, etc, the first chance he could, in Sept of 2007.

    That was on the heels of Mangini asking for a SECOND camera location in Foxborough (illegal for two of them, without permission), and the NFL shut down Mangini’s second camera that day, with the NFL doing nothing about it. No warning to the Jets, no warning to the Pats to cut out the shenanigans, Instead, Goodell enabled the Jets behaviors, which in turn allowed them to use the incident in Sept of 2007 the way they did.

    FACT: There was no cheating of any kind. At worst, it was a heavy fine FOR BOTH TEAMS to STOP the shenanigans. Tagliabue would have had a conference call, told them both to cease and desist as it’s bad for business, and would have privately fined each coach and the organization, appropriately.

    That’s how ALL tiffs have been settled under Rozelle and Tagliabue. Instead, Goodell and some owners, see it as a way to manipulate which outcomes they’d prefer to see to satsify their greed and for parite-sake.

    The reason why Kraft takes the side of Goodell is to HOPE teams don’t scheme behind his back, which he paid for under Framegate II.

    That’s how we all knew Brady never did anything the day the story broke.

    Pats have been cheated TWICE, while crappier organizations openly cheat with cover-ups (Ray Rice, Peyton Mannning PED admission_And there’s a difference between “caught cheating” and actually cheating. We all agree that they cheated in Spygate as the rule is written, so did the Patriots. What we questioned was the unprecedented penalty for what amounted the location from which the filming can be done. In Deflategate they were not penalized for cheating.

    With crappier teams or mediocre ones with less jealousy towards said team, that is why those teams don’t get draft picks as punishment, even with obvious, real cheating. This is why there is no punsihment (Giants Walkie Talkie gate or Minny/Carolina using heat warmer to adjust the balls) or a very minor punishment (Jets tampering, Steelers’ Tomlin fined 100K for on-field cheating), or outright cover ups to help teams hang on to compete with the Pats (Ray Rice and Peyton Manning admitting he cheated with PEDs to his house).

  20. limakey says:
    November 21, 2017 at 6:37 am

    What a moron Belichick is. Couldn’t you have just said international game preparation is a lot different, glad you and your players were able to be ambassadors of the great game of football, thank your Mexican hosts and move on? Did you really have to say your players having water is more important than the host country? What a moron.
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    How dumb do you have to be to consider the most prepared and accomplished coach in NFL history “dumb?” I bet you’re the same type that calls a billionaire super-successful for four decades before entering a new field and dominating it for a win also “dumb.”

    If you haven’t guessed, your insult of BB says more about you than him. Go away, dummy.

  21. wib22 says:
    November 21, 2017 at 9:25 am

    I will, when brady’s ride comes to an end against an NFC team.
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    Geez, just yesterday you had Jax taking him out. Now you have them in the SB. If reality keeps catching up with you at this rate chip pretty soon you will be down to one id and you’ll stop trolling. Oh almost forgot, please open that sock puppet drawer and say Happy Thanksgiving to everyone for us.

  22. aarons444 says:
    November 21, 2017 at 11:31 am
    Good points Bill.

    I did my part by not watching your game.

    Life is too short for Patriot football.

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    That’s the smartest thing said and done by you all year! What a successful individual you are, Erin.

  23. streetyson says:
    November 21, 2017 at 8:26 am
    More importantly, with that win:

    1) Pats set record for longest road-streak (13 wins) in the era of Parity Rules (i.e. since 1994).
    [Note: Brady passed Peyton Manning’s career road record of 84 wins the previous week]

    2) Pats will finish at least .500 or above for 17th straight season, longest active streak.
    [Note: and joint 2nd all-time with 1957-73 Browns and behind the 21 of 1965-85 Cowboys]

    3) Since 1994 Pats own best NFL record in 2nd-half of season, only team over .700 since then.

    4) Belichick moved ahead of Tom Landry into 3rd place career wins (271).
    [Note: Belichick’s already all-time leader in playoff wins, 25, ahead of Landry 20, Shula 17]

    5) Brady, now on 3,183yds, has most 3,000yd seasons among active players (Brees is on 14)
    [Note: Brady is 3rd all-time behind Favre’s 18 and Peyton’s 16]

    6) Gostkowski on 1,563 points, moved ahead of Falcons’ Bryant into 20th all-time in scoring.
    [Note: 3rd active -Vinatieri 2,447, Dawson 1,754 -but in just over half the number of seasons]
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    7) Been caught cheating twice as most than majority of nfl teams and currently lead the NFL in cheating scandals.

    8) Have destroyed opposing teams films than any other team since 2007

  24. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    November 21, 2017 at 11:32 am
    Oh almost forgot, please open that sock puppet drawer and say Happy Thanksgiving to everyone for us.
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    Oops I was too late, I see little aarons had already escaped the drawer

  25. thefirstsmilergrogan says:
    November 21, 2017 at 7:45 am
    funny he doesn’t sweat the san andreas fault when he goes to l.a. the same as the mexican geology….
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    Please name the last time Belichick coached a game played in LA. Here’s a hint: He wasn’t head coach of the Patriots when it happened.

  26. Look at the pan and suffering these Patriots have caused for these poor PFT posters. They just can’t take it anymore and want someone, anyone to beat NE.

  27. tylawspick6 says:
    November 21, 2017 at 11:21 am
    And there’s a difference between “caught cheating” and actually cheating. We all agree that they cheated in Spygate as the rule is written, so did the Patriots. What we questioned was the unprecedented penalty for what amounted the location from which the filming can be done. In Deflategate they were not penalized for cheating.

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    Umm, no. VERY CLEARLY, the inter-divisional tiff betwen the Jets/Pats cannot be ignored in this case. Goodell and Woody Johnson wanted the tiff to be ignored, in order to frame the Pats. It was in the best interest of framing the Pats from the JEts perspective and the league’s to knock the Pats down, get parity, and spread the wealth.
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    Umm, no – VERY CLEARLY the Patriots cheated in the spygate case. All teams received a letter prior to the season explaining where you can film from. Pats continued to film from an unauthorized area. BB admitted same to Kraft as Kraft relays in his book. So yes they cheated. As a long time Pats fan I have accepted this. Do I think it was much ado about nothing, yes. Did they violate the letter of rule – YES.

  28. “VERY CLEARLY the Patriots cheated in the spygate case. All teams received a letter prior to the season explaining where you can film from. Pats continued to film from an unauthorized area. ”

    Yes yes clearly a national crisis since we all know the zoom lens was not invented until after 2007.

  29. I have a question , does wib22 have a sock puppet named Aaron , are they best friends ? I heard that Aaron is a Patriots fan . I hope that does not cause any friction between them , it might rub wib22 the wrong way .

  30. greggallmansliver says:
    November 21, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Umm, no – VERY CLEARLY the Patriots cheated in the spygate case. All teams received a letter prior to the season explaining where you can film from. Pats continued to film from an unauthorized area. BB admitted same to Kraft as Kraft relays in his book
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    Kraft has never written a book. Belichick admitted to receiving a memo about filming and locations. He stated that he did not feel a memo rose to the level of an actual rule change and his interpretation was as long as the film wasn’t used in the same game it did not matter.

  31. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    November 21, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Kraft has never written a book. Belichick admitted to receiving a memo about filming and locations. He stated that he did not feel a memo rose to the level of an actual rule change and his interpretation was as long as the film wasn’t used in the same game it did not matter.
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    The author of the poorly worded memo appointed himself as both judge and jury and the patriots received a costly lesson in human nature when a petty tyrant over punished the Patriots because his memo wasn’t followed the way he intended to write it.

    That same petty tyrant is still hiding the PSI information from the 2015 NFL season because it would show everyone that he cheated the Patriots out of 2 draft picks in the name of league parity.

  32. I have a question , does wib22 have a sock puppet named Aaron , are they best friends ? I heard that Aaron is a Patriots fan . I hope that does not cause any friction between them , it might rub wib22 the wrong way .
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    Not quite. chip has twin sock puppets named wib22 & aarons. You’d think they were ‘both’ Pats fans the way they constantly bring up the Pats on other threads and devote so much time to them but that’s not the case. The wib sock is currently the sock of choice for mindless statements. The aarons sock is alternately used as a GB or shehawks id. There are multiple fake Pats fan socks though patsfan4lifesbchamps has overtaken patriotmaleorgy, superpatsfan and randy as the most used ‘Pats’ sock. The Patriots rub all of them the wrong way and Pats fans wouldn’t have it any other way.

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