Bill Belichick really doesn’t know much about Vince Wilfork


The Monday press conferences from Pats coach Bill Belichick typically are an exercise in informative non-information.

Last Monday, he explained (repeatedly) that tight end Ron Gronkowski and receiver Danny Amendola were inactive for the win over the Buccaneers.

This Monday, the day after a 30-23 victory at Atlanta, Belichick explained (repeatedly) that he knows nothing about defensive lineman Vince Wilfork, who according to multiple reports suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon on Sunday night against the Falcons.

Here’s the excerpt from the transcript circulated by the team.

Q: What is the impact of losing Vince Wilfork going to have on you guys?

BB: I don’t really have a lot of new information on that. We’ll just have to see how things turn out here. But he’s an outstanding player, we all know that. He gives us great leadership and he’s a strong contributor on and off the field and in the locker room and everything else. We’ll just have to see how things come together for him and also what, obviously if he’s not there, it will mean everybody having to pull a little bit more weight on their end.

Q: As far as you know now, does Vince Wilfork have a torn Achilles?

BB: I really don’t have a lot of information here. Like I said, we got back late last night. I know they’re going to look at him and do some tests this morning and that’s really about all I know. I haven’t heard any more about that. I’m not sure exactly what the status of that is. That’s pretty common after every game. We get back here late off the road and then guys come in and they, whatever the injury is, they either get it treated or sometimes get it looked at in a little more detail with a test or whatever, whatever the case might be, whatever our medical department decides they need and then we go from there.

Q: Do you expect him to miss most or all of the season from what you know?

BB: I really don’t know much right now. Really, I don’t know much. I haven’t had a chance to meet with our medical people and I don’t even know what they’ve done yet this morning. I’m just trying to get caught up on what I need to do and then it will all come together here at some point during the day.

Belichick does know that he really likes undrafted rookie Joe Vellano, who will be one of the men to fill the large shoes that hold upright the even larger body of Vince Wilfork.

“Joe is a hard working kid,” Belichick said.  “He was a productive player in college and he played a lot of spots at Maryland.  He played end, he played tackle, he played some on the nose. He has good instincts, kind of has a nose for the ball and a good feel for what’s going on. He’s really worked hard to, of course, come in and as an undrafted player and earn a spot on the roster.  He’s had an opportunity to get some playing time as we went through preseason and he took advantage of those opportunities, made a few plays, had some production and it probably led to a little bit more opportunity and so forth.

‘I think that there are a lot of things that he’s improved in, in terms of technique and recognition and reaction and all that. He’s still got a long way to go but definitely making progress.  He works hard every day.  He’s usually the first one on and the last one off the field or close to it.  He puts in a lot of extra time, tries to get better at the things he needs to work on and that’s helped him.”

It could be helping the team, too, once Belichick really does know what everyone else seems to know — Wilfork is done for the year.

44 responses to “Bill Belichick really doesn’t know much about Vince Wilfork

  1. What is more funny to me than Bill’s responses, is that the media continues to rephrase the question and ask it repeatedly. The guy tells you he doesn’t know the extent of the injury. How the hell is he going to know how much time he’ll miss? The media is just funny sometimes.

  2. LOL at all the mediots who get so upset when Belichick doesn’t give them the soundbytes or information they want.

  3. allday28mvpmvp says:
    Sep 30, 2013 1:14 PM
    How is NE 4-0??? This cant last much longer.
    Ok, they’re 4-0 because they won 4 games and lost 0 games. not that complicated. And yes eventually they’ll lose games, it’s what happens. you probably will think you’re some sort of genius by having “predicted” that the patriots will lose a game. Troll

  4. Yes, we now know he is done for the year, but many of the reports, and I believe the BB presser were done before the MRI.

    BB woulda looked pretty stupid if he said torn achilles and the MRI revealed something different. In this case he is correct in answering the way he did, even tho that’s what he woulda done anyway.

  5. I’ve ruptured my Achilles before; it’s the easiest injury in the world to diagnose. That really tough tendon in the back of your ankle is no longer there and its a ball of mush instead. No MRI is needed for that.

  6. Long ago, I think it was after his experiences with the Cleveland press, BB decided that it wasn’t in his job description to make the media’s job easy for them, especially when it might conflict with his REAL job descr iption, which is to get his team ready to win games.

    I don’t know why the media feels Bill owes them. Well yes I actually do, since most of the mediots working today think the story is all about THEM, and what THEY say is what matters.

    BTW- here’s a laugh out loud BB joke from some Falcon’s fan after last night’s game

    Fact: Bill Belichick has a grizzly bear carpet in his living room; the bear isn’t dead…. it’s just afraid to move.

  7. .

    Patriots MVP on offense is Tom Brady. On defense it’s Vince Wilfork. And that’s why injuries play such a key role in your season.

    No disrespect to Joe ( next man up) Vellano, but it’s hard to make the case that an undrafted rookie can fill the void left by 9 year veteran Wilfork.


  8. Why do these stories persist? Everyone knows Belicheat couldn’t give a straight answer if he wanted to. He’ll never be helpful to the media. Despite every other coach in the league playing ball with the media, this is what he does. He thinks it makes him look smart.

  9. rhetorical question Farley!!! everyone saw his leg crumple on top of his Achilles, the media trolls ask troll questions to a troll that will give a troll answer.

  10. Love the way Belichick handles this stuff. Giving out injury information undermines a coach’s competitive advantage. If reporters want to know what’s going on with players, let them find out the old-fashioned way–through sources and legwork. The NFL began forcing coaches to give out this info to appease gamblers and now Fantasy players. To heck with that. I’d rather keep opposing coaches guessing as long as possible.

  11. to patfanken: great story, and I’ll bet it’s true!
    Time to step up to fill the Big Mans shoes. I would bet that there are plenty of guys on this team that want the job. That’s why they keep winning, year after year.
    See you soon VW.

  12. rickrock6661982 says:
    Sep 30, 2013 2:16 PM
    Not surprising.

    He didn’t know Aaron Hernandez was killing people on his off days either.

    And of course, I am sure you did.

  13. The media asks Bill the same question 5 times with a slight rephrase each time. Based on the fact he has already answered it the first time, why would his answer be different when you rephrase it? It would’nt be, of course, but yet the media still then likes to complain about him not giving enough information.

    Here’s a bold new idea media-ask 5 questions about 5 different things rather than the same question 5 times. THen,who knows- you just might get 5 different answers.

  14. Shout out to all those fans in Atlanta who were booing when Wilfork got injured because they thought he was faking an injury to slow down the Atlanta offense.

  15. Good thing Bill picked up Tommy Kelly when Reggie, in his infinite wisdom, decided he wasn’t worth any money. Now Kelly’s just on track to total 76 tackles and 6 sacks for them. And with Wilfork out for any length of time those numbers could even be larger. Kelly’s a hugely disruptive, vicious beast when he’s motivated. And he’s clearly motivated.

    Good call Bill. Again.

  16. 6ball says: Sep 30, 2013 2:13 PM

    No disrespect to Joe ( next man up) Vellano, but it’s hard to make the case that an undrafted rookie can fill the void left by 9 year veteran Wilfork.
    Dude, 12 years ago it would have been hard to convince any of us Pats fans that some 6 th rounder could take the place of the star 100 million dollar 1st round QB either. Or that in 2008, that QB who turned out pretty decent could have a kid as a backup who had never started a game since HS come in and play decently for the Pats when he got hurt. You never know. That’s one thing that I love about the NFL.

    Last year I sympathizedwith some Jets fans who visit the Pats board I go to when they lost Revis and told them that it sucked, it was like the Pats losing Vince. But RR managed to maintain a fairly competitive defense even sans Revis last year. I think BB can do the same. We shall see.

  17. BB stated in an afternoon WEEI radio interview that it “Did not look good for Vince Wilfork” in regards to his return this season.

  18. @ allday28mvpmvp says:

    “How is NE 4-0??? This cant last much longer. ”

    You’re right. I predict this will last about a week.

    Don’t you get it? In a week they will EITHER be 5-0 or they will be 4-1 but they can’t be 4-0.


  19. To me is plain simple.

    The guy knows how to keep his team motivated and away from distractions. Always ready to compete and win 10 or more games every year.

    Heck – the Pats won 11 games with Matt Cassel as the QB when Brady was out.

  20. For all the trolls and naysayers asking what the Patriots will do. Here is the answer. Mayo, Ninkovich, Spikes, Jones, Buchanan, Hightower, Talib. Every one of those guys will step it up a ton. And Vellano will meet the spec. The Patriots were already in the process of becoming a speed rush, linebacker. corner driven defense. This unfortunate injury will only speed up that process. ANd they have some real young studs ready to platoon, step up and take the lead. THe NFL is more of a passing league anyway. And that plays to the Patriots strengths.

    They will miss Big Vinnie’s sideline presence and his brute force on the runs. But just watch the Patriots dial up their run blitzes more with the quicker LBs to compensate for his absence. In some scenarios, it is possible they could get better and quicker as a defense. Stay tuned Pats fans. We’re still 4-0. And every team has injuries right now. Denver looks great right now. But we all know they are just an injured Peyton Manning from being a middle road team that is out of the playoffs. No team adjusts to key injuries better than the Patriots.

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