Bill Belichick calls his son one of his most trusted assistant coaches

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Stephen Belichick is both the Patriots’ safeties coach and the son of head coach Bill Belichick, and at his press conference today Belichick praised his son for being a big part of the team’s success.

Bill Belichick was tightlipped after most of the questions he faced today, but when asked about his son, he was glad to go into detail about why having Stephen on the staff is helpful.

“Steve’s done a great job,” his father and boss said. “It’s certainly not easy being in the position that he’s been in for several years, when he wasn’t officially on the staff and then when he officially was. He’s done a good job. He’s certainly given me a good perspective on things he sees from an assistant coach. He’s certainly a lot closer in age to the players than I am, so from that perspective, players’ needs and where they’re at. From an assistant coach’s perspective he has a good feel for things as a staff we need, things I might need to address that I’ve missed, because I don’t see the point of view he sees, so he’s been really helpful on that. It’s been good.”

Few professions see more nepotism than football coaching, and the Belichick family is no exception.
(Stephen’s brother Brian Belichick also works for the Patriots.) But Belichick says Stephen is earning his keep.

39 responses to “Bill Belichick calls his son one of his most trusted assistant coaches

  1. I don’t have a problem with it because BB’s dad was a great coach and BB clearly learned so much from him. And BB’s son got into football while in school specifically because of an interest in coaching rather than playing. Steve Belichick has been with the Pats for FIVE years – doing his job on one of the league’s smaller staffs (so not stuffed with deadwood/extras). Brian joined over a year ago as a part-time scout. To all you saying nepotism, I bet most teams in the league would love to get Belichick’s son into their staff in the hope of his one day emulating his dad.

  2. Bill will coach another 5 years and have Steve ready to take over as head coach. After which Bill will remain a consultant to the Pats and help Steve through his first few years as HC so he can continue the Pats dominance for another 15 years.

    The worst nightmare of the Pats haters.

  3. As the previous poster mentioned, nepotism might have gotten Steve Bellichick his foot in the door, but he spent 3 full years learning his trade from the bottom up before he got his chance at being a position coach.

    BTW- it is not a coincidence that the Pats have had so much success with Rutgers players. (McCourty, Harmon, Ryan, etc) Stever is a former Rutgers Lacrosse captain, who spent his 5th years as their long snapper when all three were at Rutgers.

  4. if he wasn’t pulling his weight he’d let him go. no way he could tolerate substandard performance as demanding as he is of everyone else in the org. it would backfire quickly.

  5. Call it what you want. It’s nepotism. If their last names weren’t Belichick, they wouldn’t have been hired. The excuse I’m reading here is that it’s “good” nepotism. I really don’t care, but Belichick is upset with Kraft about meddling on the one hand but Kraft is letting him hire the family. He ought to be a little more appreciative here of the owner. Kraft is as sharp as they come and understands the trade offs of allowing nepotism with keeping Belichick happy (all indications are that there is tension). Oh, it’s a bit different with Jonathan Kraft since the team is a family business and outsiders will never be owners.

  6. Hopefully the passion and brains for coaching will be passed to a 3rd generation of Belichick’s. It will be even better if Stephen can become a highly successful head coach for the Patriots one day.

  7. 1) if bill wasn’t ok with a little nepotism he would never have gotten his opportunities as the son of a highly regarded scout and coach
    2) bill would cut and or trade his own son if he weren’t pulling his weight.

  8. Steve Belichick is completing his second season as safeties coach with the New England Patriots after four years as a coaching assistant.

    Haters get ready to complain. Steve is in line to become LB coach when Flores becomes DC. It was the same path for Patricia and Flores, safeties coach then LB coach.

  9. If I’m BB, my son is getting paid as a summer internship and paid the day he graduates college. Whole world is based on who you know or where you went to college. Get’s you in the front door. Then you have to perform.

    Nepotism is only bad when you retain the job and you don’t perform.

  10. It would be interesting if another team attempted to recruit Stephen Belichick for a more senior role. While he could probably never leave the Patriots organization because he understands how the system works and he is loyal and committed to his father and must never speak about it. On the other hand, he should probably be considered like Matt Patricia or Josh McDaniels, as someone with his own career ahead of him and he might desire to go to a bigger role. It is interesting that Bill specifically named him. This goes against the ethos of humility in never publicly recognizing any of his coaching staff.

  11. Those of you who believe that Bill Belichick would put his sons on the staff without first having them do the grunt work he did don’t know much about Belichick or his upbringing in football. The guy earned his way and expects more from his sons than he might from others on the staff. These guys aren’t getting anything handed to them but the are getting a first rate education on coaching at this level. Don’t be too surprised if Steve gets the coordinator position after Matt Patricia leaves or at some point in the next 3 years if Bill thinks he’s earned it.

  12. pastabelly says:
    February 1, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    Belichick is upset with Kraft about meddling on the one hand but Kraft is letting him hire the family. He ought to be a little more appreciative here of the owner.
    —————————————————————————————————–
    Who said Belichick is upset about Kraft meddling? Some guy on ESPN who just made it up?

  13. It’s not like the kid walked in and got the job. He earned and is still earning his position, the same with the other son.

  14. pastabelly says:
    February 1, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    Belichick is upset with Kraft about meddling
    __________________________
    When exactly did Belichick tell you he was upset with Kraft?

  15. Tell me about nepotism when we have a proven coach in Kyle Shanahan as HC for niners who started on daddy’s staff. Who cares. If he is good, he sticks, if he is not….
    Like, just because one’s on BB’s staff he would make for a decent HC. Check BB coaching tree: not an oak pre se.

  16. The key is to hire the right relative. If they are already high achievers, work their butts off and accept that they will always be under the scrutiny of co-workers, they can be a huge asset.

  17. How old is Tom Brady’s oldest son, around 10? Maybe Tom and Bill can hang on for 9-10 more years and their kids can take over the reigns.

  18. People crying “nepotism,” get over it. Ever heard of the term “coaching carousel?” There are tons of coaching jobs that open up every year. The world is not going to end if one guy decides to hire his two sons to low level roles. It is not a huge shock that sons of a coach would also want to coach. The Belichick name would probably easily get them the same job with any other football team, where nepotism wouldn’t be an issue because Bill isn’t their boss. It’s not like they wouldn’t be able to get a job if it wasn’t for daddy handing it to them.

  19. jm91rs says:
    February 1, 2018 at 7:10 pm
    1) if bill wasn’t ok with a little nepotism he would never have gotten his opportunities as the son of a highly regarded scout and coach

    **************************************************************************************

    Bill’s situation is not similar to his son’s.

    BB’s coaching career started in Baltimore with Marchibroda. True, he got that opportunity partly because of Boutselis’ ties with Steve Belichick, but it wasn’t like Bill was coaching on his dad’s teams. During that time, BB also earned a reputation for busting his ass and learning as much as he humanly could. Just as important, BB also moved to other teams (Detroit, NYG, Denver), which gave him experience in other systems and on both sides of the ball.

    Steve Belichick so far only has experience in systems his dad runs. Not knocking him, but you have to wonder whether he’d be in the position he’s in if it wasn’t for his last name. Can’t say that for his dad — his dad largely made his name what it is.

  20. harrisonhits2 says:
    February 1, 2018 at 6:10 pm
    Bill will coach another 5 years and have Steve ready to take over as head coach. After which Bill will remain a consultant to the Pats and help Steve through his first few years as HC so he can continue the Pats dominance for another 15 years.

    The worst nightmare of the Pats haters.
    ———————
    LMAO you forgot one thing……no Brady without Brady Belichick is a .500 coach. The worst nightmare of the Pats homers.

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