Bill Belichick: Chris Long fits better in Eagles’ defense than our defense

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Chris Long left the Patriots for the Eagles in free agency after last year’s Super Bowl, and as New England coach Bill Belichick prepares to face Long in this year’s Super Bowl, he says Long is better off in Philadelphia.

Belichick said today that Long’s talents are better served in a defense like the one Eagles coordinator Jim Schwartz runs than in the one Belichick runs.

“Chris has a lot of good skills, but his overall skill set and experience is probably more in – it definitely is more in the system that he’s in than it was in our system,” Belichick said. “He did a great job for us. Look, there was no better teammate or guy that tried to embrace the program than Chris, but in the end he probably has a better fit there for his skills and for this point in his career than maybe we had for him. I understand that. He probably made a good decision.”

At the same time, Belichick indicated the Patriots would have had a roster spot for Long if he had wanted to stay.

“Not that it wouldn’t have worked out here,” Belichick said. “I’m not saying that or maybe it couldn’t have worked out here. I don’t know. It certainly has worked out well for him there, just like it worked out well for him here last year. I’d say that’s one of the benefits of free agency, is it gives players opportunities and teams to find the right guy for the right situation, put guys on your roster that you need or if a team has an excess of players at a certain position then it gives those players an opportunity to go somewhere where there’s a better opportunity for them. We saw that when I was with the Giants. We had a lot of depth at linebacker. We had guys that didn’t play at linebacker because of the players ahead of them, not because they weren’t good players, that had there been free agency they probably would’ve played somewhere else. That’s one of the reasons why free agency was talked about and advocated and I think that’s one of the benefits of free agency. It’s worked well for players like that to give them options. If the team and the player make the right choice then it works out well.”

Long has said he signed with the Patriots in 2016 largely because he wanted to experience winning a Super Bowl, which he never came close to doing playing for the Rams from 2008 to 2015. Now he’ll see if he can make it two Super Bowls in a row.

42 responses to “Bill Belichick: Chris Long fits better in Eagles’ defense than our defense

  1. Taking a cheap shot at the skills of Chris Long. Seriously Belichick? Way to give Chris extra fuel to wreck Brady’s SB performance!

  2. Chris Long had a great pass rush against Atlanta in the Super Bowl that drew a holding call.

    Without that penalty I am not sure if NE could come back and win.

    New England fans like myself thank Chris for everything he did.

  3. Just a mutual parting of the ways. CLong got his ring, after being on a perennial loser. He deserved it. Played a big part on that sack and fumble by Hightower against Atlanta in the SBowl. Because of Long’s age and injury history, the Pats wanted to manage his snaps. Everybody is happy. Unfortunately, the Pats whiffed on Kony Ealy and got nothing(again)from McClellin. It happens. Hit on Van Noy though.

  4. Lol. There goes Bill with the compliments again. It sounds like he got asked a question trying to trick him into saying something negative. But nope, he praised another opponent. (He praised Cox yesterday, more praise to come I am sure)

  5. skawh says:
    January 24, 2018 at 7:05 pm
    Taking a cheap shot at the skills of Chris Long. Seriously Belichick? Way to give Chris extra fuel to wreck Brady’s SB performance

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    I was gonna sarcastically say the same thing. Only because that’s what pats fans would say if it was someone on the eagles that said something like it. Followed by a “bill would never allow that on his team” comment.
    Nothing was wrong with what belichick said, just like there was nothing wrong with what lane johnson said about wanting to knock the pats off the throne.

  6. skawh says:
    January 24, 2018 at 7:05 pm
    Taking a cheap shot at the skills of Chris Long. Seriously Belichick? Way to give Chris extra fuel to wreck Brady’s SB performance!

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    I think you might have misread. What BB said was in fact a glowing compliment.

  7. “Taking a cheap shot at the skills of Chris Long. Seriously Belichick? ”

    Dude you’re coocoo for cocia puffs in no way did Belichick say anything negative about Long. In fact he basically said exactly what Long said as his reason for not reupping with the Pats, that he wanted to play in a system that would get him on the field more than he did with the Pats

    We get it, you hate the Pats. That’s fine we all have teams we don’t like. But try doing so from a rational standpoint and you’ll get a lot more respect and be taken a lot more seriously. Going on every single Pats article and stomping your virrual feet ends up like the boy who cried wolf

  8. The funny thing is, Chris said he didn’t just want to be a situational player with fewer, more managed downs, but this year in the reg season he had 500 snaps, compared to 700 last yr in NE.

  9. Pats fan who likes CL.

    The fact is CL would most likely be retired if it wasn’t for the Patriots. Once he got a taste of competitive ball he had a resurgence.

    I’m glad to see it.

    This should be a heck of a Bowl.

    GO PATS!

  10. Chris has been awesome, his snaps might have been down, but they ramped up over the year. I’m sure him and blount are greatful to have played for the pats last year, win a SB and move to team to have a chance again. I don’t see why there would be sour grapes on any side. The pats are going to be ready we know this. All this stuff is, is just filler news until the game starts. The eagles need to prepare to win and bring everything they got. Foles can get it done and our team is strong. I didn’t want to play the patriots, but as one of my favs says – to be the man, you gotta beat the man, woo!! go birds!

  11. harrisonhits2 says:
    January 24, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    That’s fine we all have teams we don’t like.

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    Actually I beg to differ because I dont. Sure I have a specific team I root for, but I do not hate the others. How could I? Together they make up football, a sport I love and enjoy. And also it is the competition from those other teams that makes there be a point to my team.

    These guys who follow football to root against a team, following it only in the hope to see its demise, are a sad bunch. Can you inagine basing your hopes on negativity?

  12. Wow what are the chances a guy goes to the SB with the Pats, leaves the team and ends up back in the SB the next season? Same for Blount too.

  13. The reason Long didn’t get a lot of snaps with Pats is because he had trouble grasping complex schemes Patriots run. It was reported he also didn’t like to be moved around the D line, and in Belichick Orleans if you are not flexible bye bye. much like his dad, good player but not much going on upstairs.

  14. The best Patriots ever, are the ones wearing the black and white striped shirts!!!!!
    the National Fixed League

  15. It does seem like Belichick is going a little overboard with the compliments, I get not wanting to give the eagles bulletin board material but it like the guy before me said, it does have a feel like he’s worried. Is this normal, patriots fans?

  16. isithockeyseasonyet says:
    January 25, 2018 at 1:03 am
    It does seem like Belichick is going a little overboard with the compliments….Is this normal, patriots fans?…
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    It would be wildly abnormal if Belichick was not complimenting the opponents. In fact, that behavior (not complimenting) would be a major concern to some of us Pats fans.

  17. The mind of Billy B… “does he fit our system” not “is he a superstar name”
    Seems like that approach is working. Perhaps more GM’s should remember that this free agency period…..

  18. jjfootball says:
    January 25, 2018 at 12:45 am
    The best Patriots ever, are the ones wearing the black and white striped shirts!!!!!
    the National Fixed League

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    Oh give it a rest. If you guys really believed that you would not be working so hard to convince yourself and sell it to others.

  19. isithockeyseasonyet says:
    January 25, 2018 at 1:03 am
    It does seem like Belichick is going a little overboard with the compliments, I get not wanting to give the eagles bulletin board material but it like the guy before me said, it does have a feel like he’s worried. Is this normal, patriots fans?

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    Yes its normal. He worries and frets over every opponent every week no matter who they are. He operates on the basis that any team in the league can beat the Patriots.

  20. There aren’t as many snaps to go around on the Eagles defense. They get off the field quicker than the NE D.

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    streetyson says:
    January 24, 2018 at 8:59 pm
    The funny thing is, Chris said he didn’t just want to be a situational player with fewer, more managed downs, but this year in the reg season he had 500 snaps, compared to 700 last yr in NE.

  21. “These guys who follow football to root against a team, following it only in the hope to see its demise, are a sad bunch. Can you imagine basing your hopes on negativity?”

    You are a rare one for this site in being a pure fan of the sport and I applaud you for it. Unfortunately the vast majority of people who post here, especially at this time of year, are posting negative stuff about the teams that are left and praying for them to lose.

    I think its a sad reflection of our country and the fact that we have people in power who view making a compromise with the other side as the worst possible outcome imaginable.

  22. jjfootball says:
    January 25, 2018 at 12:45 am

    The best Patriots ever, are the ones wearing the black and white striped shirts!!!!!
    the National Fixed League

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    But the best patriots ever, are the ones who mostly wear camouflage pants and shirts, who have fought for your right to share your silly unfounded opinion.

  23. They get off the field quicker than the NE D.

    You may address them as the “World Champion New England D”

    which they are until dethroned

  24. Two weeks without football oh no says:
    January 24, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    “Long has said he signed with the Patriots in 2016 largely because he wanted to experience winning a Super Bowl,”

    And there you have it folks. When a player wants to put winning over salary they know where to go looking.
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    and in 1.5 weeks he is going to show he made the right decision 2 years in a row.

  25. TheDPR says:
    January 25, 2018 at 8:24 am

    There aren’t as many snaps to go around on the Eagles defense. They get off the field quicker than the NE D.
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    The Eagles 2017 D played a whole 22 fewer snaps than the 2016 Pats D and did it against a 4th place schedule. Perspective

  26. Chris Long really annoys me. Everything about him. This dude craves attention like none other. It’s like he’s playing a character. He is probably great friends with JJ Watt.

  27. skawh says:
    January 24, 2018 at 7:05 pm
    Taking a cheap shot at the skills of Chris Long. Seriously Belichick? Way to give Chris extra fuel to wreck Brady’s SB performance!

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    Are you serious? Only someone who is delusional would take what Belichick said as a cheap shot. This is your most rediculous post by you which says a lot. Blinded by jealousy.

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