Bill Belichick says Patriots are “on to Cincinnati,” repeatedly

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Bill Belichick never hides his disdain for the media, typically approaching the process of answering questions like a bad ventriloquist.  Even at times when perhaps it would be a good idea to curry the favor of the folks who are in position to heap criticism on the man who has presided over the erosion of the New England roster, Belichick continues to display condescension and irritation when dealing with reporters.

To his credit, Belichick is consistent.  He’s unwilling to cooperate when things are going well, and he’s unwilling to cooperate when they aren’t.

Case in point:  His Wednesday press conference, with memories still fresh of Monday night’s debacle at Arrowhead Stadium.  Here’s the relevant exchange, from the transcript provided by the team.

Q: Your team has been successful for so long. How difficult is it to adjust to the adversity of Monday night’s game and get back on track? This team and organization hasn’t had these sort of issues in the past.

Belichick: We’re on to Cincinnati.

Q: You mentioned Tom Brady’s age at the draft —

Belichick: We’re on to Cincinnati.

Q: Do you think having a 37-year old —

Belichick: We’re on to Cincinnati. It’s nothing about the past, nothing about the future. Right now we’re preparing for Cincinnati.

Q: Do you think the talent you have here is good?

BB: We’re getting ready for Cincinnati.

Q: Do you think you’ve done enough to help Tom Brady?

Belichick: We’re getting ready for Cincinnati. That’s what we’re doing.

It was ultimately a useless exchange. The answers suggest that the reporters were trying to get Belichick to focus on what went wrong against the Chiefs. The questions actually focused more on the future, with a 37-year-old quarterback, real concerns about the quality of the roster, and real questions about Belichick’s personnel decision.

At least he didn’t say, “I’m trying to be a good teammate.”

163 responses to “Bill Belichick says Patriots are “on to Cincinnati,” repeatedly

  1. Q: What about Spygate and rodney harrison’s hgh/steroid abuse/cheating during your successful years???

    A: We’re onto Cincinnati that videotape the Bengals from the building that overlooks their practice facility.

  2. Q: What about Spygate and rodney harrison’s hgh/steroid abuse/cheating during your successful years???

    A: We’re onto Cincinnati to videotape the Bengals from the building that overlooks their practice facility.

  3. To sum up: 1. Patriots are focusing on getting ready for Sunday’s game against Cincinnati. 2. Belichick continues to have zero interest in kissing the collective ass of the media to curry favorable write-ups about him and or the Patriots.

    Class dismissed.

  4. At least he didn’t say “we are trying to do the right thing” or… “we are going to make it right” like the Goodell-bot. Did anyone see South Park? HILARIOUS!!!! Thumbs up for South Park dissing the NFL.

  5. Upon his induction into Hall of Fame ………” Bill how do you feel ?”……….” we are on to Canton ” ……….”are you happy about induction?”……….” we are on to Canton”……….

  6. I love it.

    The bad news is, it’s hard to imagine the game against Cinci going very well. It will take a turnaround of miraculous proportion, and I’ll bet nobody picks the Pats this week.

  7. I dont understand things like this. The NFL mandates that coaches talk to the media each week, yet they can have “press conferences” like this?

    Is this not the same thing as not doing one? What is the point of having a press conference if you aren’t going to answer any questions? How does something like this no incur the same penalties (whatever they are) as a coach would get if he refused to have one at all?

  8. Bill the cheater reminds me of that stereotypical arrogant professor you had at university who refused to help you with anything and thought you were beneath him for asking dumb questions.

    Hope Burfict and Atkins throw around terrible Tom just like Houston and Hali did.

  9. Reporter: “Coach, you’ve made it clear you are getting ready for Cincinnati, so my question is “what exactly are you doing to get ready for Cincinnati?”

    Belichick: “We’re getting ready for Cincinnati.”

  10. Issues are mostly with Belichek. If a team racks up record penalty yards in early games, and if defense allows over 300 yards in first half, those are not just Brady’s problems.

    And if one key part of offense’s problem is the line, and if Belichek traded away best lineman, that is not mostly about Brady.

  11. Personally, I like how he handled it. If I were playing for the guy, I would appreciate the way he handles the media. Why are people so consumed with press conferences? In the few I have actually watched, the questions are so ridiculously irrelevant and obvious. It’s just so fun to prod a person with stupid questions at their low moment and broadcast it on TV. smh

  12. Boy…I’m going to really enjoy this spiral down from the top for the Patriots. I’m getting my popcorn ready. This is going to get good

  13. I think he’s just trying to be helpful in bringing attention to the loopholes in the requirements of talking to the media and being comical about it in a deadpan sort of way. He’s an artful activist.

  14. What a bum!

    Press Release this coming Monday:

    “The New England Patriots have just released Tom Brady and Bill Belichick effective immediately. Mr. Goodell will announce a new head coach and starting quarterback at a 5:00 PM press conference”.

  15. dodohead418 says:
    Oct 1, 2014 12:31 PM
    Is Revis really ready for AJ Green though?

    The answer is no. Revis has been getting picked on and burnt all season long, yet people still rate him up there with Sherman.

  16. ‘Were on to get rolled again by another far superior NFL team via Cincinnati.”

    There, fixed it for ya sore loser Belichick jerkface,

  17. There is only one job I would prefer to see Belichick in other than the head coach of the Patriots; that would be president of the United States.

  18. that’s fine when you’re winning but it gets old when your losing. I would hate to be fan of belicheat team when they’re losing.

  19. Bill has another trick up his sleeve for Cin. He’s bringing a snow machine to trick the bengals into thinking its playoff time. Victory is certain.

  20. dr. barfbelt….really tired of your drivel, say what you want, your team is still a punchline, and always will be.

    A couple of key pieces for NE, and they’ll be fine.

  21. It must be tough being Bevies. Going from one losing team to another and then yet to another if less than 2 years.

    Does money buy happiness?

  22. Bills fans, Jets fans & Dolphin fans will gladly drive you to the airport so you can catch that flight to Cincinnati, Bill. They are looking forward to this game as much as you are.

  23. I don’t know if it’s Kraft or Belichick but they have chosen not to build a team around Brady like the Broncos did for Elway when Elway was in his final years.

    I don’t like Brady all that much, but his performance last year was probably the greatest quarterbacking in the history of the NFL because that team was awful.

    Losing Aqib and Mankins, what do you expect?

  24. I have always felt that coaches who act like this are like an idiot savant. He is a brilliant coach but an idiot in other walks of life. In this instance, he is not bright enough to understand that he is a multi-millionaire for one reason, and one reason only–because the media decided to start promoting football. That in turn, led to billions of dollars in advertising money, which led to the preposterous salaries of coaches and players.

    If he wants to be an idiot savant and talk like one, no problem. That is his choice. But he should give the millions of dollars back to the entities that made him a millionaire.

    But then again, he is clearly not bright enough to understand the link between the media, the advertisers, and his salary. If he understood it, he would treat them better.

  25. Good old hoodie endearing himself to the public again! I hate the bengals but I hate bill and everything he stands for even more. I will be wearing my Devon Still jersey Sunday.

  26. sumkat says: Oct 1, 2014 12:33 PM

    I dont understand things like this. The NFL mandates that coaches talk to the media each week, yet they can have “press conferences” like this?

    Is this not the same thing as not doing one? What is the point of having a press conference if you aren’t going to answer any questions?
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    He would have answered plenty of questions if they were about the game coming against Cincinnati. At some point the media has to be held accountable for asking Belichick questions after it’s obvious he won’t be answering questions in that direction. Somebody at that presser should’ve had the brains to change directions and get some substance from it. “How do you think your team will react in the game against Cincinnati given the team struggles so far this year?” – “Are you doing anything differently to prepare for Cincinnati than some of the games earlier this year?” etc. It’s not rocket science. They ask questions knowing he’s going to stare them down and then whine when he stares them down. Just like I tell my kids, “If you don’t want your brother beating you up, then stop taking his stuff”.

  27. The pats should lose this week, but even if they do they will win the next 3. Their division is one of the weekest divisions in the league.

    So their “spiral down” will still include division championships.

    Also don’t forget how the visiting teams headphones will go out during the games in Gillette.

  28. I presume he’s doing this with ownership’s approval.

    But the League cannot be happy how he’s thumbing his nose at the League and making the weekly media interview requirement look ridiculous. Surely this is more noteworthy than how a player wears his socks.

  29. “All I can deal with is the situation I have at hand and that is what I am doing. It is not about trying to get out of a contract or leveraging a contract.”

    Belichick, 47, also could have been a candidate for the New England coaching job that opened Monday when Pete Carroll was fired. The Patriots contacted the Jets by fax to seek permission to talk to Belichick. But permission was denied because he already had been elevated to head coach.

    He said he would like to determine his career course. Asked if he wanted to coach next year, Belichick said, “I haven’t really thought about it.”

  30. heybackatyou says:
    Oct 1, 2014 12:47 PM

    Bills fans, Jets fans & Dolphin fans will gladly drive you to the airport so you can catch that flight to Cincinnati, Bill. They are looking forward to this game as much as you are.
    ——————————————–

    I’ll bring the cake

  31. Get all your shots in now folks…keep em coming….you’ll be cursing at your TV again very shortly wondering why your team still sucks.

  32. It’s answers like this that make me question whether he’ll be of much use when Brady is gone.

    My follow up would have been “Will you be getting ready for Cincy the same way you got ready for Kansas City?”

  33. When Billy repeats that “We’re on to Cincinnati”, does that mean they’ve finished reviewing the secret video recording of the Bengals practices and are “onto” all of their game plan?

  34. Tom Brady gets benched this week; next week he gets traded to the Aloquette Amberlites of the Canadian Amateur League for a box of fig newtons and a Hot Dog Vendor that also does comedy!

  35. I live in Boston & believe it or not Pats fans eat this garbage up. For some strange reason these irrational people seem to still think this guy is great. He has not won without the key components from Parcells’ roster. He dumb-lucked into Brady & the rest is history. I actually believe he is a pretty good coach, not the best ever, but pretty good. But he lucked into one the best QBs of all time & had a solid, solid roster when he got there, especially on defense. Ty Law, Teddy Bruschi, & Rodney Harrison (& young Tom Brady while we’re at it) ain’t walking through that door. This run is over.

    And this is not to take the blame off Brady. He deserves his share too. See what Lafell can do when you actually throw the ball to him? He was the only guy who had a good game against the Chiefs.

  36. It doesn’t matter how he handles the media. The bigger issue is you get the vibe he’s also this dismissive internally. They’ve missed on lots of draft picks, have relied on older free agents or guys with troubled pasts, and are now thin on talent. That’s all on BB. Part of “getting ready for Cincinatti” was making sure they had talent on the roster.

  37. The questions are stupid. He answered the first question by saying they are on to this week’s game. Not looking back.. looking to the next game. Why should he rehash their bad game to the media, to give the media some quotes to spin for a few days? I’m no fan of the Pats, but I have no problem with his answers (or lack of answers)

  38. Honestly, I wonder how good a coach Belichek would be regarded as if the Patriots had actually played in a competitive division over the last decade. I get the feeling it would have been a lot of 9-7, 8-8, and 7-9 years. If he hadn’t been fired long ago for not doing well enough.

  39. Why isnt anybody stating the obvious? Tom Brady’s accuracy is gone. Has been for 2 years now. He cant put the ball on the money like he used to and that is what is hurting the patriots the most.

  40. Bill Belichick is still the greatest coach of all time. This is actually a great example of how the elite coach is able to move forward.
    Name, rank and serial number. He gives away nothing and is totally focused on the task at hand. Cincinatti picked the wrong time to play New England. Bill knows precisely what he is doing.

  41. It is so fun watching this team struggle!
    Brady is obviously not the player he once was!!!

    what he should have been saying is ” We are on to mediocrity!”

  42. Every year you people gleefully predict the downfall of the Patriots, and every year there’s one game where something really goes wrong, and all you people hop up and down and proclaim the team dead and buried, and every year this team rebounds, wins double digit games and usually takes one of the top two seeds in the conference. Because Brady has had a couple bad games that means he’s done? They’ll come up with a gameplan to maximize the talent they have on the roster and some way to give the line help so Brady can have a clean pocket. The defense has been excellent outside of the Chiefs game, and I expect it’ll stay excellent going forward.

    This team is a long way from done. I’m looking forward to the usual complaints that follow the wins about how Brady is really awful and just benefits from the talent around him and the usual nonsense about Spygate. I’ve gotten pretty used to it after all the success the team has had and will continue to have. Troll on; we enjoy the whining

  43. There is a great scene in The Last Samuai where a corporate suck-up (played by Masato Harada) looks at the field of battle (from a safe distance) and says of Katsumoto, the Last Samurai, (played by Ken Watanabe): “He is defeated, he must accept his shame.” Of course, Katsumoto does no such thing.

    All of you who want Belichick to be humbled, and accept his shame, should look in the mirror and ask yourself, who has more honor you or Belichick.

  44. “Bill has another trick up his sleeve for Cin.”

    So then all he will need to do to beat the Steelers is borrow the Buccaneers’ uniforms.

  45. As a Bengals fan, this game scares me. Nobody wants to fight a cornered animal.
    I think the Patriots will be very desperate to win, they aren’t accustomed to losing and won’t roll over.
    I can see them beating us or possibly play so rough that we end up with injuries.
    I remember a team that we were beating years ago just started throwing chop blocks like crazy and took out a couple of guys.

  46. tom brady getting thrashed by everyone. never seen such disrespect for a player before. imagine if the pats got killed by seattle in the SB? they’d still be talking about.

    anyway, as steve young said ” the pats left brady with nobody ” it’s true. the line blows. edelman is the only guy who can get open. of course brady is declining, he’s 37. you should surround your old qb with good players instead of trading them/being a cheapskate.

  47. I hate Belichick, Brady, and the entire Pats franchise as much as anyone, but I don’t think you can diminish Belichick’s ability to coach. IMO, the man’s ability to maximize talent is almost unprecedented in NFL history.

    However, like Andy Reid he is not the best game manager; and he has proven to be a less than stellar GM.

    To paraphrase one poster from yesterday: “It’s amazing what Belichick the coach has been able to do over the years with the lack of talent given to him by Belichick the GM.”

  48. Why should he focus on Monday nite?

    He knows why they got beat but it’s not his responsibility to expound upon it in front of the blood-sucking media vampires…

  49. week 4 everyone. week 4 and they are still 2-2. Im not about to understate the problems the patriots have but its funny how everyone is quick to claim this the end of the dynasty. Honestly I think that if they can right the ship, and play more consistently this type of adversity can help a team that generally has had an easier road due to their talent. (before you claim the easy division route, go do some actually research about the winning percentages and rankings of the divisions over the past 15 years.)

    As for the press conferences, look, any pats fan knows that Bill Belichik loves talking about football and you engage him in productive questions then he will talk to the point of exhaustion. But the media nowadays are always looking for that headline or that out of context quote to get reads and clicks, so naturally the questions are lazier and less relevant to the actual game. Whats the point of asking a vague question that you know Bill Belichik isnt going to answer? Reporters are just baiting him and thats irresponsible on their part if they are truly passionate about football reporting.

    Big game in cinci, I dont know if they are going to get it together by then but they do get Brandon Browner back this week and should help solidify the corner position. Logan Ryan has shown a lot of promise, but monday was certaintly not his best and definitly looked like a second year player. The play calling absolutely can get better and that would be a step in the right direction.

  50. Believe it or not as New England fans we really do enjoy watching Bill’s press conferences. On the other hand if you could see him interact with some of the local press who ask relevant questions you would see a far different conversation .
    And for you people who are writing the Patriot’s obituary, I think you’d better wait until the end of the season to make your judgements.

  51. @iglen31: The dynasty was over after 2004. Dynasties don’t go a decade without a championship. Just winning a bunch of regular-season games and losing a couple Super Bowls is an extremely weak definition of dynasty.

  52. The man has 3 Superbowl rings, 5 AFC championships and how many division titles? He doesn’t need ANYTHING from the chumps in the media.

    The demise of the Bill & Tom show will occur someday but I’ll believe that day is here when my Jets soundly thrash the Pats twice in the same season.

    Until then Pats fans enjoy the show and ignore the idiots in the media.

  53. So then all he will need to do to beat the Steelers is borrow the Buccaneers’ uniforms.

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    Every fan base has that one moron that has to say something lame. Are the Pats playing the Steelers this year….no.
    All Bill has to do is dress up like its a playoff game and the Bungals will fold as usual.

    Not a Pats fan, but you have to respect,Bill B. He responds in kind to the question asked with the answer matching the thought put into the question. Simple concept…..don’t waste his time on stupid nonsense.

  54. coachbeck says:Oct 1, 2014 12:51 PM

    The pats should lose this week, but even if they do they will win the next 3. Their division is one of the weekest divisions in the league.

    So their “spiral down” will still include division championships.

    Also don’t forget how the visiting teams headphones will go out during the games in
    Gillette.
    __________________________________
    Wrong, wrong you are!!! The Bills on Oct 12th are going to pound, pound, pound the Patriots. The Bills will win by at least 17 points………..book it!!!

  55. At what point does Belichik’s “lovable hostility” cross the line from being a jerk ball to being worthy of fines from the league? If you are required to meet with the media and answer questions, but simply repeat the same four words and refuse to answer any questions and keep interrupting media members, isn’t that the same thing as just refusing to speak to the media?

    Why does he always get a pass for being such a spiteful bastard?

  56. Even at times when perhaps it would be a good idea to curry the favor of the folks who are in position to heap criticism on the man who has presided over the erosion of the New England roster,

    ________________________________________

    And that one sentence sums up all that is wrong with the media in general and PFT in particular. You guys think you are in some position of power by sitting on the sidelines and heaping criticism on those who have reached the top of their profession and made millions in doing so when in fact it is they who hold the position of being responsible for you even having a cushy job. It would be refreshing if you would learn that and stop trying to be TMZ.

  57. OMG…you fools can’t grasp the sage wisdom of The Beli-Genius!

    He’s running circles around everyone!!1

  58. 1point21jjwatts says:
    Oct 1, 2014 12:40 PM
    dodohead418 says:
    Oct 1, 2014 12:31 PM
    Is Revis really ready for AJ Green though?

    The answer is no. Revis has been getting picked on and burnt all season long, yet people still rate him up there with Sherman.

    —–

    They do because, unlike Sherman, Revis will work both sides of the field, following the best receiver the other team has. Sherman only works one side of the field. If there’s ever only the opponent’s third or fourth receiver over there, well, Sherman looks good on the field.

    To be sure, I’m not saying Sherman isn’t one of the top CBs in the game right now, but until he’s able to shadow the best WRs in the game, regardless of starting positiong, or Revis clearly loses a step or two, I’m still willing to say Revis is the better CB.

    Back on topic…

    “Even at times when perhaps it would be a good idea to curry the favor of the folks who are in position to heap criticism on the man who has presided over the erosion of the New England roster”

    AHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAAHAAHA! Try to fill your head up even more, Florio. Curry the favor… heap criticism… LOL! Hilarious. It’s exactly that kind of attitude that BB (and pretty much everyone) hates about you media types. Head stuck so far up your own backside you don’t realize a lot of what you say/type smells like an unclean cow barn.

    I would agree, though, that it seems the Patriots roster has been eroded quite a bit over the last several years, despite Brady taking a pay cut. He’s gotta be pissed (and maybe a bit disillusioned perhaps? He certainly had that tired/worn out look by the end of the KC game) about that.

  59. What do you expect him to say? We went to KC,the plane ride was AWESOME, the hotel was just fabulous, the bus ride to Arrowhead was great then…We got our ass kicked?? I would be saying, on to Cincy too.

  60. put Tom on the Broncos & he throws for 5000 yds.. it’s criminal putting him out there with all of those bums on offense

  61. Typical. The press has a job to do and Mr. Cheat does not respect it. He expects everyone to respect his job. I mean when he wants a hidden camera set up at an opponent’s practice facility he wants it done NOW!!!

  62. The media twists anything anyone says to them to fit their agenda and bolster their audience/readership/page views. Arian Foster and Bill B know this and give them nothing usuable. The media complains. Rinse and repeat.

  63. All coaches have to deal with uncomfortable questions and idiotic reporters.

    The thing is, 31 of them almost always respond politely anyway…

  64. I’m going to Cincinnati
    Cincinnati, here I come
    I’m going to Cincinnati
    Cincinnati, here I come
    They got some crazy kind of chili
    And I’m gonna get me some

    Ironically the Pats were in Kansas CIty last week.

  65. As a Bengal fan I get nervous about all road games…..especially playing against a team that was just embarrassed nationally. Typically, that team plays much better the next week as Pittsburgh just found out as well. That being said, I have soooooo much more faith in Hue Jackson running the offense and the defense just being more physically dominant then most teams that I will respectfully say I expect a hard fought win, but it won’t be easy.

  66. If the Patriots win , especially in grand fashion , BB will be a genius again . The NFL is so week to week especially with all the parody .

    That being said I bet this is a Cinncy primetime beatdown .

  67. Kind of sad really. He will be known a lot more for being a jerk to people and a cheater than getting the credit he deserves as a Super Bowl winning coach.

  68. This is what 1st place and a 2-2 start gets you these days? “Downward spiral”…”The run is over”…”beginning of the end for this dynasty of lies”…You kids are hilarious. I’m kind of hoping they lose to Cincy just to see your heads explode.

  69. if Belichick was back in NY with the top job he would have quit by now…..

    I believe he has already quit once as he resigned as HC of the NYJ back in January 2000 when he did not want to be a part of one of the biggest joke franchises in the NFL on a napkin.

    Lots of chatter from fans of the other AFCE teams of which a minimum of two will be looking for new HC’s and front office not to mention they will need to attempt to draft another QB of the future after trying for 20+ years to replace Marino & kelly. Sound familiar the two teams that claim to be from NY?

    Fans of the Patriots love Belichick’s press conference as he always has total control of the media!

    Keep up the comments, they are very funny !

  70. When will reporters ask questions the fans want to hear? Wednesday press conference is about the upcoming game, fans want to know about the upcoming game. How about “x’s” and “o’s” matchups, pats offense vs bengals defense. Is that so hard? What am I missing?

  71. “We’re on to______” has been part of Belichick’s mantra since 2001.

    The Patriots have won more games than any other organization since 2001. Belichick sets the roster.

    There’s 75‰ of the season left. The Patriots are 2-2. Why should anyone be panicking?
    .

  72. fordmandalay says: Oct 1, 2014 1:02 PM

    Honestly, I wonder how good a coach Belichek would be regarded as if the Patriots had actually played in a competitive division over the last decade. I get the feeling it would have been a lot of 9-7, 8-8, and 7-9 years. If he hadn’t been fired long ago for not doing well enough.
    __________

    If you actually research the Pats record for the last 10-15 years against teams outside the AFC East and compare it to those inside the division, you’ll find that they actually have a better win percentage against the outside teams.

    And let’s not pretend they get to the playoffs and lose the first game. They’re always dominant in the post-season, where they clearly haven’t played the Jets, Bills, and Dolphins.

  73. 6ball says:
    Oct 1, 2014 2:56 PM
    “We’re on to______” has been part of Belichick’s mantra since 2001.

    The Patriots have won more games than any other organization since 2001. Belichick sets the roster.

    There’s 75‰ of the season left. The Patriots are 2-2. Why should anyone be panicking?

    Actually they have won more games than any other team since 1994.

    Most regular season wins
    Most playoff wins
    Most SB wins

  74. @nejerseygirl:

    You say “they’re always dominant in the postseason.”

    Are you talking about their 4-6 record in their last ten playoff games? Including three losses AT HOME?

    Quite a dominant dynasty you have going there.

    BTW, how did PFT find a pic of Bill smiling?

  75. New England becoming ordinary blame belongs to Robert Kraft who has watched the last four drafts and done nothing to correct them. He sitting in his box with the matching tie and hanky and the same two tone blue shirt high fiving various relatives about finishing first in that division and then being sweep out of playoffs against good teams was ignoring the quality of the team and the loyalty of it’s fans.

    His coach being called a genius while having the best (IMO) QB to ever play the game was dreaming. Any coach is only as good as his players and that fact is becoming more and more apparent in Patriot land.

  76. phinagain says:
    Oct 1, 2014 1:42 PM
    At what point does Belichik’s “lovable hostility” cross the line from being a jerk ball to being worthy of fines from the league? If you are required to meet with the media and answer questions, but simply repeat the same four words and refuse to answer any questions and keep interrupting media members, isn’t that the same thing as just refusing to speak to the media?

    Why does he always get a pass for being such a spiteful bastard?

    You show no respect for the greatest coach in NFL history (yes, he’s better than Lombardi, Landry, Walsh, Noll, Shula – not even close).
    It is a disgrace that BB has to face the media. He would clearly prefer not to. This is just a waste of his time. Other coaches like Rex Ryan will talk incessantly about their greatness. But BB will never speak about his personal greatness. He is too modest.

  77. “On to Cincinnati” where hopefully Tommysina won’t start crying after the first quarter.

  78. TheWizard says:
    I love it.

    The bad news is, it’s hard to imagine the game against Cinci going very well. It will take a turnaround of miraculous proportion, and I’ll bet nobody picks the Pats this week.
    ————————-
    You have forgotten the media mantra… as long as they Belichick and Brady, you can’t pick against the pats.

    Though that theory is appearing shaky.

  79. Players have been made by the league to talk with reporters and coaches should too. Its disrespectful to them and the fans. This attitude is bad for the nfl at a time when a good attitude is needed more than ever. With all the bad that’s going on in the NFL I just don’t see how being a jerk over and over again to the reporters is a good thing.

  80. Bill is getting roasted right now, and he should for the simple fact that he has proven time and time again to be an average GM at best, but let’s not forget about the Kraft’s. They seem content to spend just enough money to be competitive in the AFC east every year, which doesn’t take much, but never spend to the cap in attempts to take a real shot at winning a 4th super bowl (outside of maybe 2007). That’s the real crime here.

    And a message for the “spy-gate” crowd. When you blame spy-gate for the Patriots inability to win a 4th super bowl you really pass up a chance to roast the Krafts and Bill for wasting the prime year of one the best quarterbacks of all time with questionable draft decisions and nickle and dime personell decisions. All while playing in a historically bad division during. Haha, their mismanagement of this orginization during the last 8-10 years has been laughable. If you take the time to look beyond the regular season wins, which have been inflated by playing in the AFC east, the Patriots success has been severely overstated. Time and time again when they face a quality opponent in the playoffs they get exposed for the frauds that they are.

    Haha, and this is coming from a 30 year Patriots fan who loves the Krafts.

  81. Actually, Belichick has 5 SB rings, he won two with the Giants also. He used to have a boat called “5 rings” which he presumably would leave parked in the driveway of various reporters as a subtle reminder of their place in the pecking order.

  82. Belichick has been going downhill since he hired Mike Dumbturdi, the former Cleveland GM and media talking head. In football circles this is known as ‘the Dumbturdi effect’. One aspect of this effect is to trade proven starters (Mankins) for draft picks because of ‘diminishing’ skills. The next step is to use the picks on highly questionable draft selections (aka the Mingo/McFadden effect). The final stage of the Dumturdi effect is organizational back stabbing (somewhere, at some remote dwarf tossing venue, Joe Banner (aka Joe Bummer) is lying face down in the mud laughing). Bottom line–save the Patriots, FIRE DUMBTURDI!

  83. Mr. Brady, we’d like to introduce you to Mr. Atkins, Mr. Dunlap, and Mr. Burfict.

    I am most certain it will be a pleasure to make his acquaintence.

  84. I don’t think they will get blown up and blown out like they did in KC but unless they can patch some holes fast, I do think that Cincy will win the game.

  85. Actually, some of us Pats fans are getting fed up with BB’s schtick too.

    This stuff was great when we were winning trophies. Kind of old and pointless now as we watch Brady get separated from his senses every weekend thanks to, to quote Bernard Pollard, a piss poor horrible offensive line.

  86. 11whodey says:Oct 1, 2014 5:12 PM

    Bengals 49
    Patriots 10

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    Definitely possible given how well the Bengals have played so far… coming off a bye week, the Patriots on a short week, after looking horrible. I don’t know if the Patriots can win even if Brady plays really well.

    This is coming from a Patriots fan. Hope they right the ship, but the Bengals deserve respect. Only thing is Vegas thinks the spread is -1 or -1.5 Bengals. Bettors are still giving the Patriots lots of respect at home after a loss. I hope they are right.

    Ultimately any team that can’t run the ball and can’t stop the run (basic line play), can’t win in the NFL. It happened to the Patriots in 2002 and 2005 and 2009 with Brady. Hopefully they can bounce back this time.

  87. Reporters are so lazy. How about asking the question in terms of the Pats getting ready for Cincinnati in order to box BB in??

    i.e. – – Preparing for Cincinnati, do you think your 37 yr old QB has enough talent to win?

    i.e. – – In preparing for Cincinnati, is your 37 year old qb mentally drained?

    etc. etc.

    You can’t go to a BB news conference with your “C” game. You need to be able to engage in mental mind games in order to get a proper answer.

    He toyed with the media.

  88. pats3rings says:Oct 1, 2014 4:03 PM

    Bill is getting roasted right now, and he should for the simple fact that he has proven time and time again to be an average GM at best, but let’s not forget about the Kraft’s. They seem content to spend just enough money to be competitive in the AFC east every year, which doesn’t take much, but never spend to the cap in attempts to take a real shot at winning a 4th super bowl (outside of maybe 2007). That’s the real crime here.

    And a message for the “spy-gate” crowd. When you blame spy-gate for the Patriots inability to win a 4th super bowl you really pass up a chance to roast the Krafts and Bill for wasting the prime year of one the best quarterbacks of all time with questionable draft decisions and nickle and dime personell decisions. All while playing in a historically bad division during. Haha, their mismanagement of this orginization during the last 8-10 years has been laughable. If you take the time to look beyond the regular season wins, which have been inflated by playing in the AFC east, the Patriots success has been severely overstated. Time and time again when they face a quality opponent in the playoffs they get exposed for the frauds that they are.

    Haha, and this is coming from a 30 year Patriots fan who loves the Krafts.

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    I have to disagree there. The AFC East hasn’t been the worst division all these years… not even close. Go look at the numbers, even taking away the Patriots record.

    Second, the Patriots record against opponents outside the AFC East is better then every other team, and their record against the NFC is better then every other team. They weren’t just beating up on their own division, they were beating up on everyone in about the same way. Go look it up. You will be surprised.

    Third, They made it to two Superbowls since 2007 and 4 AFC championships. You can say they only put together teams that compete for the AFC East, but that just isn’t true. Not very many teams have been as competititve as them. They didn’t win it, but aside from last year against Denver, all the big games were close. They could have won either Super Bowl, and they could have lost the 3 they won. I don’t understand why anyone would think they are suddenly the Atlanta Braves of the NFL. They put toghether teams that could win… they just didn’t win. That a function of one play here are there in all their Super Bowl games and most of their Championship games.

  89. “We’re on to Cincinnati… We’re on to Cincinnati… We’re on to Cincinnati…”

    The needle’s stuck.

  90. VenerableAxiom says:Oct 1, 2014 3:48 PM

    TheWizard says:
    I love it.

    The bad news is, it’s hard to imagine the game against Cinci going very well. It will take a turnaround of miraculous proportion, and I’ll bet nobody picks the Pats this week.
    ————————-
    You have forgotten the media mantra… as long as they Belichick and Brady, you can’t pick against the pats.

    Though that theory is appearing shaky.

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    No one will pick the Patriots this week. No one.

  91. erock27 says:Oct 1, 2014 12:29 PM

    So i guess bradys retiring after this year lol since he said he’ll retire when he sucks

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    Probably still funny, but original you are not. This site has been making that joke for 2 straight days.

  92. thenuttts says:Oct 1, 2014 12:27 PM

    Bengals 34 – Patriots 16
    _______________________________

    This guy apparently does not understand how games work in New England. Stat sheet will look the same for the penalties but the amount of first downs given from the penalties will be NE 10 and Cinny 2. So its going to be closer than that.

  93. Maybe like Jimmy Johnson and Dan Marino, Belichick and Brady can leave together this year.

  94. 11 AFC East championships in 13 years is impressive. It can’t last forever but feels as if it has. What a run. Happy Eli beat them twice in the SB. I think they still might win another AFC East this year.

  95. The problem is the media asked dumb questions. What would he even said if he answered them? Maybe something like this:

    Q: Your team has been successful for so long. How difficult is it to adjust to the adversity of Monday night’s game and get back on track? This team and organization hasn’t had these sort of issues in the past.

    Yes we have had these issues… 2002 against Tennesee, 2003 against the Bills, 2005 against SD, 2005 against Indy… should I go on? We got better after all those blow out games and we will this time too.

    Q: You mentioned Tom Brady’s age at the draft –

    Yes I did.

    Q: Do you think having a 37-year old –

    That isn’t a question.

    Q: Do you think the talent you have here is good?

    Yes

    Q: Do you think you’ve done enough to help Tom Brady?

    My job isn’t to help Tom Brady… my job is help the team win football games. There are 53 people on the active roster, not one. We are 2-2. Just like 2003, just like 2012. We’re still going to try and win every football game. Tom Brady will try to help the team to do that too.

  96. heybackatyou says:Oct 1, 2014 12:47 PM

    Bills fans, Jets fans & Dolphin fans will gladly drive you to the airport so you can catch that flight to Cincinnati, Bill. They are looking forward to this game as much as you are.

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    One day the Bills, Jets and Dolphins fans will start to act like winners. That day is not quite here yet. Stop worrying about the Patriots and worry about your own teams games! You only play the Patriots twice a year. Last year Miami beat the Patriots and was basically in the playoffs, with maybe a chance to win the division. Then they lost to the Bills and Jets and blew it. Win 10 of the 14 non-Patriot games and you will make the playoffs regardless of what the Patriots do. Right now one of those 3 teams should be dominating the division but instead the Patriots are still tied for first. A shame.

  97. Every fan base has that one moron that takes a joke way too seriously and needs to unclench.

    The Patriots still have good reason to be confident in making the postseason yet again, waving hello to all of the Steelers on their couches in January after logging yet another .500 season.

  98. It is obvious that many posters in this matter don’t understand BB.
    His response would be, “Excuse me, but you are apparently under the mistaken impression that I care what you think–about anything”!
    That includes the media. To suggest that he might want to “curry favor” with the media because the Pats lost a couple of games is beyond silly. If they lost every remaining game he would still treat media types the same.
    He feels they are not knowledgeable about the nuances of NFL coaching (duh), that they write stories to get attention and sales for their employers, the more sensational the better (duh), and that spending time with them is a distraction from his coaching responsibilities (Ya think?).
    He will think this way to his retirement media farewell, where he may say it all in plain English.
    I happen to agree with him; very few media types have anything insightful to say.

  99. Billy B was a great coach when he cheated, now, not so much. Quite frankly I am sick and tired of his act and his pressers put me to sleep. Give it up Billy B. Camelot is burning.

  100. Come on nofool, lighten up a bit my friend, geno’s shot was good. And go easy, soon he’ll be cursing dalton for his 8th, 9th or 10th playoff turnover. Assuming they get the wildcard.

  101. BB is, without question, one of the sorest losers in the history of professional sports. And he actually seems to be cool with it.

  102. Am I the only one who thinks that sports interviews are never really interesting unless they are the retrospective type, where after a season or career you find out all the details you wanted to know of what happened. There is almost nothing substantive they can say in the midst of battle. The questions are either of the second-guessing type, in which the player or coach has to strain to say why that point of view is wrong, or they ask about scheme or strategy for an upcoming game, something they won’t reveal.

    Tom Brady may be becoming a little less effective now that he’s 37. What is Bill supposed to say, “good point there, I didn’t know he’s 37! Wow, that is getting up there for a pro athlete. And do we have good players? I dunno they kind of sucked the last game. Wish I had a couple of guys I let go back. You’re right there too. Hey do you want a job in our front office, cause it really sounds like you know what you are talking about”

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