Belichick on looking past Miami: “Give me a break”

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There has been plenty of talk in recent weeks about the Steelers looking past opponents to their showdown with the Patriots. After the Patriots lost on Monday night to the Dolphins, the first question from reporters for coach Bill Belichick was whether his team was looking past their opponent to Sunday’s game at Pittsburgh.

“No,” Belichick said, shaking his head with a look of disdain (then again, he looked that way throughout the press conference). “Give me a break. Any questions about the game or not?”

There were questions about the game, even if the assembled reporters were more reluctant to ask them than the Cowardly Lion was to venture down the hallway to see the Wizard of Oz. As to their 0-for-11 struggles on third down, Belichick said, “Not good enough.”

And as to an unconventional (and unsuccessful) onside kick attempt, which had all players clustered around the kicker and a slow-rolling Bocce ball that had no chance of going at least 10 yards, “They recovered it.”

Yes they did. And the Patriots will now have to recover on a short week for a game at Pittsburgh that suddenly looks like it may not be a blowout for the Patriots. And that would allow the Steelers to take a huge step toward clinching the No. 1 seed.

93 responses to “Belichick on looking past Miami: “Give me a break”

  1. “…And that would allow the Steelers to clinch the No. 1 seed with a win.”

    Yeah, nice thought but simply NOT true.

    JAX would still take the #1 Seed IF they win out and the Steelers beat NE but lose to both HOU and CLE.

  2. Not a chance did the Pats look past Miami. If you look at the history the Fish have always given the Pats problems. It’s a division game. Records mean nothing. It was just not New England’s night. Pats will probable crank it up and finish out the regular season strong.

  3. After just having come off a loss & Gronk’s suspsension, coupled with the Steelers not having Ryan Shazier & Joe Haden, New England is going to demolish us on Sunday. It’s not going to be pretty.

  4. Reporters prefer not to ask many questions about the game because those questions would be out of their comfort zone. More knowledge is required to break down what went on and caused the Miami offense to produce yardage to keep Tom Brady off the field. Moreover the Dolphins finally figured out that throwing the ball down the field works if a defense is not expecting that from the offense. Additionally Kenyan Drake is a very talented RB who should have received more opportunity to help his team to start the season. Drake offers speed and versatility; running and catching the ball out of the back field. Adam Gase had a great game and his changes led his team to victory which was the reason the Dolphins won and not that the Patriots were looking to their next game against Pittsburgh.

  5. .
    ” And the Patriots will now have to recover on a short week for a game at Pittsburgh that suddenly looks like it may not be a blowout for the Patriots.”

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    Blowout? Who’s predicting a blowout? Everyone I know envisions a hotly contested, hard fought battle that will go down to the wire. Vegas has installed the Patriots as a 2.5 pt early favorite. That spread is more likely to decrease rather than increase as the week progresses.
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  6. Patriots were smacked in the mouth. It was tough to watch, turned back the clock 10 weeks. Team looked in disarray on offense, no game flow, and the defense, while undermanned, was exposed at the line and at LB. thankfully for us Pats fans it’s only week 13 and corrections/practice can still be made.

    In what will likely be a lost season for he Phins, just goes to show you how much talent is on both sides of the ball. Drake looks special too, can’t believe the Ajayi trade is looking this smart but it is.

    Good win by the Phins who always seem to take it to another level at home vs Pats. Brady’s record and stats there are some of his worst stats in his 17 year career. Credit to them.

  7. Even a great team like pats lose games they should’ve won. And people ripping Vikings for almost winning Carolina game with bunch of back ups.

  8. Only the so called experts have been confident of a Patriots blow out versus the Steelers. We simple fans know that is going to be an extremely hard game to win on the road against a tough opponent who are well fired up for the game.

  9. Typical Belichick, and the press runs scared. The league would fine any other coach that acted as such. The press would continue to ask the same question of any other team in the position of the Pats for looking ahead nd would be the head lines of the day.

  10. I am fairly sure that a Patriots team wouldn’t be looking past anyone. I would argue that focus on the task is one of the things they do best. Sometimes a team just puts up a stinker and this was likely it. Where other teams would get blown out on their stinker, the Patriots lost by a TD.

  11. Just answer the question,? Why does ge make a big drama about every press conference, especially if they lose.

  12. “We’re on to Cincinnati”
    But coach you play pittsburg next week…
    “We’re on to Cincinnati”

  13. As a GB fan, I love Belichick. Not only is he the GOAT, but he loves to make reporters feel uncomfortable. Love it!

  14. Complacent Patriot team gets smoked in Miami in a game that probably means nothing leading to a week of ferocious practices, detailed preparation and fierce determination going into Pittsburgh for the “showdown”. Belichick can’t be happy but he will use the sloppy defeat to refocus the team for the stretch run. Pittsburgh will be prepared so I expect the best game of the year next week.

  15. It’s as obvious as the nose on your face that the Hoodie is one of , if not the greatest, coaches in NFL history. It’s also obvious that he is a total d*%k. He was asked legitimate questions after the game and his answers were asinine. I wish, just once, that a reporter would call him out in one of these post game pressers. Dealing with the media is part of his job and I notice that he seems willing to answer, in some detail, the stupid questions that are asked of him on his weekly radio show. Of course, he’s financially compensated to do the radio show.

  16. I cant really see the criticism. If I am getting peppered with questions, some pretty inane, on a topic I am inwardly seething about I would act like that too.

  17. Even if Billy B wasn’t looking past the ‘Fins, I’ll bet some on his team were. Though, if anyone thinks the Patriots will drop an egg in Pittsburgh like they did in Miami, they’re crazy. The Steelers will get the Patriots best.

  18. Wow the offense sucked last night. I think the empty stadium must have had them spooked, you could hear a pin drop in that place.

  19. For once I agree with BB and his saltiness. Reporters ask dumb questions sometimes. Tom Brady teams are 7-9 at Miami – that’s 16 years of games for those of you counting, and Miami, who is not a very strong team, owned them last night. Also think there’s some credence to be given to Brady’s Achilles injury as since he announced it, his numbers have been way down. Could also be a 40 year old QB late in the season, but I am going with the injury for now. Either way, that and the injuries to both teams makes the Steeler game a little more interesting. I am not like most talking heads who looks to the past 16 years for mojo on how the game is going to go. I just want an on the field product worth watching.

  20. The Goat’s passer rating was in the 50’s, Brandon Cook was …well covered. The Patriots rushing was held to 25 yards….Where as the Dolphins backup QB had a passer rating of 119, and the back up running back had 170 total yards. Missing a starting OT, a starter at guard, and a starting corner back didn’t seem to faze Miami and their defense stepped really up. Pretty much a beat down of a team that won 8 straight on a night they were playing to clinch the division title and keep a home field advantage going into the playoffs.

  21. Good to see Bill being a little bothered and porky. His team played like crap, and he has to answer for it. It happens to every coach, some more than others. For Bill, it is few and far between.

  22. gorilladunk says:
    December 12, 2017 at 8:10 am

    It’s as obvious as the nose on your face that the Hoodie is one of , if not the greatest, coaches in NFL history. It’s also obvious that he is a total d*%k. He was asked legitimate questions after the game and his answers were asinine. I wish, just once, that a reporter would call him out in one of these post game pressers. Dealing with the media is part of his job and I notice that he seems willing to answer, in some detail, the stupid questions that are asked of him on his weekly radio show. Of course, he’s financially compensated to do the radio show.
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    Do you ever listen to some of the absurd questions that the media asks? As far as dealing with the media being part of his job it really isn’t.
    I’ll take a great coach who could care less about the post game press conferences, than an average coach that gives great sound bites.

  23. Congrats to the Dolphins on a great win, they deserve the credit. They were well prepared, and executed even better. And other than a couple of gaffs, Cutler played a great game.

    hard to believe though with as poorly as the Pats played (O-line totally dominated by Miami, D couldn’t stop the running game, Brady’s many errant passes, receivers not getting open, I could go on) that the final score was only a difference of 7.

    Some people will go on and on with excuses, but the simple fact is that you play with the players you have available in any given game, that’s all that matters. Because it will be the same in the next game, and the game after that, and….

    Short week to get ready for the Steelers….Let’s Go Patriots!

  24. quite a few surprisingly bad throws by Brady into very well defended coverage. 2 INTs and nearly one more.
    Suspect arm strength. Lurking / lingering soreness?
    Suspension of Gronk affected blocking / pass protection schemes and offensive options.
    Defense?
    Not going to work in PA.

    Time to bury a football..or something.

  25. It doesn’t matter what the media asks – just answer the question & move on. Belichick is easily the sorest loser-coach I have seen in 30 yrs of watching sports

  26. Funny thing is nobody picked the Fins to win …. except that little weasel that must have gotten beat up by girl scouts his whole life….Mike Florio.

  27. The Patriots are a cheating franchise. Spygate was awful but the conspiracy to destroy the full evidence was even worse. The Steelers (the gold standard of all pro sports teams) don’t get repeatedly whipped by ANYONE. Yet, a team with multiple offenses of cheating whips them repeatedly.

    But NOW they aren’t cheating….right.

    Pats will destroy Steelers because they are cheating. Asterisk, period.

  28. Ravens beat Miami 40-0, Pats weren’t even as close as the score indicates. Looking like winner of Ravens-Steelers Round 3 will be representing the disappointing AFC vs the Saints.

  29. codylaws says:
    December 12, 2017 at 7:22 am
    Even a great team like pats lose games they should’ve won. And people ripping Vikings for almost winning Carolina game with bunch of back ups.

    All of the Vikings are backups..fact is Keenum is your best QB

  30. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:

    December 12, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Ravens beat Miami 40-0, Pats weren’t even as close as the score indicates. Looking like winner of Ravens-Steelers Round 3 will be representing the disappointing AFC vs the Saints

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    Comparing opponents doesn’t really work like that. Playing in Miami (or Denver) has always been trouble for Brady. I think I heard Brady is now 7-9 in Miami. And Pats are only 5-4 against the Dolphins overall since 2013. They just come out to play against the Pats for some reason. But the Ravens are not all that good, Steelers offense can be scary good though. Can’t wait for the Pats-Steelers matchup coming up.

  31. jjackwagon says:
    December 12, 2017 at 9:51 am
    Would love to see the Pats fall into the wildcard round and finally have to earn a trip to the SB.

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    Any team that ever got to the SB had to earn it. Haven’t you ever wondered why it has only been two per year?

  32. This is not something to be celebrated. HonestlyI think Pittsburgh’s chances next week just took a hit.

  33. Don’t worry folks. We are going to beat the Steelers like a rented mule. Mike Tomlin versus Belichick is not even a fair fight. Plus the Steelers are coming off a huge emotional win and they bound to have a let down.

  34. The league caught up while age and an empty band aid can caught up with the Pats. You can only go so long with almost the best players. The coaches can’t be on the field making plays for the players, and after this season most of the coaches will be gone too. TB12 looked lost and alone out there.

    That was the game that marked the end of an era, and you can take that to the bank.

  35. Every bad play for the Patriots the camera would pan over at BB writing notes into that pad. As the game went on I was thinking Bill is gonna need more paper and a bigger pencil.

  36. 27-20 loss, breaking a 8 game winning streak, 10-3 record and the haters come out of the woodwork. Players aren’t machines and each game is a separate entity.

  37. florio4prez says:

    December 12, 2017 at 6:25 am

    “…And that would allow the Steelers to clinch the No. 1 seed with a win.”

    Yeah, nice thought but simply NOT true.

    JAX would still take the #1 Seed IF they win out and the Steelers beat NE but lose to both HOU and CLE.
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    It’s almost as if you have no concept of context or reading comprehension….let me help you out my dear illiterate friend. “And that would allow the Steelers to TAKE A HUGE STEP toward clinching the No. 1 seed.” (emphasis mine) Let me know if you need further help in understanding this or anything else you read bub.

  38. Since 2013, when NE plays Miami at Miami they are 1-4. A reporter asked “Why do you always lose in Miami?” BB pointed out NE won last year.

  39. bleedredwhiteandblue66 says:
    December 12, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Can you think of anyone else that Belicheck reminds you of as far as his disdain for the press?
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    Bill Parcells.

  40. He seemed to get really upset at Mike Reiss for asking why so many passes went to the RBs in the game. I think Reiss was trying to find a way to ask if Brady was at full strength or not. BB swatted that one down in epic fashion.

  41. 8oneanddones says:
    December 12, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    I think Reiss was trying to find a way to ask if Brady was at full strength or not.
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    Then why not ask that?

  42. BB doesn’t take crap from anyone, Including reporters, many of them are just plain ignorant while others try to be arrogant. Did the reporter really think that BB had the Pats preparing for the Steelers all week rather than the Fins. Just another stupid question. Ask him a challenging question about football and he will talk all day. I think this loss is a really good thing for the Pats at this time of year. Get to reset the buttons!

  43. Perhaps there is a silver lining for Patriots fans here. The Steelers/Pats game will set the seeding for the top of the conference if both teams otherwise win out, so the loss doesn’t necessarily hurt them. On the positive side, the loss may end up focusing the Patriots and demonstrating some of their shortcomings for correction before it would really hurt them (steelers/playoffs). Seeing Chung come up hobbling at the end could be bad news though.

  44. bill belichick is the greatest coach of all-time & this is coming from a jet fan but i call it how i see it.

  45. Injuries, Brady definitely not 100%, divisional game on the road. Yes, New England stunk last night but they’ll be fine. All you need is the bye week, which they’ll probably get. Homefield throughout playoffs doesn’t mean as much as it used to.

  46. The BB and TB Patriots have historically struggled with the Dolphins in Miami. Making the Patriots double digits favorites, was a fool’s gambit set by the the folks in the desert.

  47. Bill: In the video you look like you’ve been stabbed by a 14 inch bowie knife. As long as you have the job you will need to go to these press deals. Why do you take it so seriously? A little humor will not end stupid questions but will provide us with a bit more entertainment

  48. From a Bears fan. So aggravating about Jay. Can be truly amazing but far more often a real and continuing nightmare.

  49. So the Patriots lost a game. Immediately the talking heads start chattering. The commenters start typing away. Brady is done, this is the decline, Belichick cant coach in todays game, the dynasty is over. Its a script we have seen many times the past few years. But really, each time the Patriots are facing that kind of controversy, what has always happened next? What has been their response every single time?

  50. On any given day Belichik is an easy 2 steps ahead of his fellow coaches and GMs, 3 steps ahead of the press and 4 steps ahead of the clowns (me included) who post here.

    We Pats fans are aware of this and we’re fine with it, most of the rest of you seem okay with it, the Pats haters CANNOT STAND IT, and they are flat out funny.

    Pats 31-17. Brady 26 out 33, 381 yards, 3 TDs, sits for most of the 4th quarter.

  51. +++++++++++++++++
    terripet says:
    December 12, 2017 at 8:24 am
    What a jerk I wis a reporter would ask him questions without fear
    +++++++++++++++++

    Perhaps if you spoke in complete, intelligible sentences, you might have a future as a reporter (and demonstrate your fearlessness).

  52. on paper pats look badly overmatched against steelers. but steelers usually have more talent and get out coached. we’ll see if tomlin has finally got it together.

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