Belichick: Resting players something we have to “give some thought”

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The 2015 Patriots season has been marked by plenty of wins and plenty of injuries and things played out according to form against the Titans on Sunday.

The Patriots won the game 33-16 and they saw some key players leave with injuries. Neither linebacker Dont’a Hightower nor wide receiver Danny Amendola finished the game due to knee injuries, which may be even more of a concern with both already missing time this year with problems in that area. Wide receiver Julian Edelman, linebacker Jonathan Freeny, tight end Scott Chandler and safety Devin McCourty didn’t play at all after dealing with injuries during the week.

On Monday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked about the possibility of resting players in the next two weeks with a first round bye already wrapped up and several key players already lost for the season to injuries. He said that there needs to be a balance with trying to win, but that it’s something the team has to think about doing in order to be as close to full strength as possible for the postseason.

“We’ll just have to do the best that we can to balance all those things out,” Belichick said via a transcript distributed by the team. “That’s something we’ll have to give some thought to and get as much information as possible because there are some guys that are in various states of physical health. We’ll have to work our way through all that. It’s definitely a challenging situation. I wish I had a cleaner answer on it, but really we’re just going to have to work it out.”

The Patriots rested several players in a Week 17 loss to the Bills last year, including Edelman, Hightower, Rob Gronkowski and Sebastian Vollmer. Things worked out pretty well for them in the postseason, which may make that approach a guide for what to expect this time around.

38 responses to “Belichick: Resting players something we have to “give some thought”

  1. Belichick won’t rest anybody against the Jets next week.

    Nope. He hates them and with good reason.

  2. Greg Popovich is the the Belichick of the NBA. Pop is known to rest key players during long road trips or stretches where they play 4 games in 5 nights. Obviously rest in the NBA is different than rest in the NFL, but in both cases its good for the long-term goals of the team (and the individual players).

  3. I’d be OK with Garoppolo playing both games thinking we can beat the Phins and at worst we are a 2 seed.

  4. .
    Belichick should have 2 priorities :

    1. Give the banged up players like Amendola, Gronk, Chung, McCourty, Hightower etc. a chance to get healthy .

    2. Don’t lose anyone else to injury. Most Patriots fans are struggling to keep up with the roster moves
    .

  5. “Give the jets a gimme game hoping to increase your odds of not playing the Steelers.

    That’s hilarious. Brady and Belichick have owned the Steelers for years. The only team they’ve got a better percentage against has to be the Bills.

  6. well I hope the guys that are battling injuries do sit vs the Jets. DA, Hightower and Edelman. If they happen to lose and need to win @ Miami that should be easy enough, the Fins arent going to show up.

  7. I am a Giants fan and damn if I am not always in awe of Belichick and his ability to win year in and year out. I should hate them and Brady but after the deflate gate horse hockey, I secretly cheer for them. That man is the greatest football coach to ever walk the planet.

  8. What a surprise, the same comment from Matt on EVERY Pats story! he needs To either get a life or new material ! Or both!
    Go Pats!

  9. I hate to see all those Pats players banged up and hurting. I wanted their best. As the saying goes, next man up. Book it baby!

  10. I bet you would love to rest your players. Give the jets a gimme game hoping to increase your odds of not playing the Steelers.

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    The Steelers cant even hang with Tebow in the playoffs when Dr Rydze isn’t around. Why would we be afraid of a team like that?

    🙂

  11. Whoa! I think people don’t realize what a significant departure Belichick’s comments are.
    He has always kept his plans close to the vest, but he obviously has historically demonstrated a bias towards throwing out on the field whoever is available regardless of wounds.
    The fact that he is telegraphing the opposition and his own players that some guys might get a break is definitely a new thing.
    Who says an old dog doesn’t learn new tricks?

  12. steelcurtainn says:
    Dec 21, 2015 7:48 PM
    I bet you would love to rest your players. Give the Jets a gimme game hoping to increase your odds of not playing the steelers.
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    If anything it would be the other way around. The Jets actually have beaten Brady and Belichick in Foxboro. In this year’s game they played the Pats straight up through 3 quarters and had a lead going into the 4th. While there have been some entertaining games between them the Steelers have never so much as held a lead over a Brady led team in Foxboro.

  13. If anything it would be the other way around. The Jets actually have beaten Brady and Belichick in Foxboro.

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    All I gotta say is…weird and wacky things can happen when you play a team that knows you well for the 3rd time in a season.

    I want them sent packing. By any means necessary.

  14. As long as second seed doesn’t mean playing in Denver than I say, don’t worry about a loss in the regular season if it means well rested and non injured players are available for post season competition.

  15. mattwalshvideo says:
    Dec 21, 2015 7:56 PM
    He’s busy giving thought to other ways to cheat the game.
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    How sad…and I’m not talking about Belichick.

  16. Mike Tomlin is good for at least one dumb call a game. Maybe the late interception on Sunday was all on Big Ben (he did something similar in a loss to the Bengals). I just saw Tomlin already celebrating before Ben threw the interception.

    Tomlin did a terrible job of milking the clock with just 2:14 to play despite having a 7 point lead and an offense in Denver that had not scored in the second half. The only thing the Steelers could not do was turn it over.

    The Steelers have some great players on offense but their pass defense is weak and their coach is far inferior to Belichick.

  17. STILLlolatpatshaters says:
    Dec 21, 2015 8:21 PM
    I bet you would love to rest your players. Give the jets a gimme game hoping to increase your odds of not playing the Steelers.

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    The Steelers cant even hang with Tebow in the playoffs when Dr Rydze isn’t around. Why would we be afraid of a team like that?
    🙂

    Well the Steelers did win a super bowl and another afc championship after rydze was let go for what he did in private practice.

  18. You go full bore against the Jets and let Jimmy G throw to Who’sThatGuy against the Dolphins, plus handoff to Steven Jackson 20 times to let him get his reps.

    Let’s be honest, BB’s been here before once or twice, yes?

  19. Belichick has been resting guys since week one with his offensive and defensive line rotations in most games.

    As for the skill positions, obviously Gronk, Amendola, and Hightower should probably see limited action.

    Good luck getting Brady off the field.

  20. The great Don Shula was right, this guy is a greasy cheater. You can bet your bottom dollar if he makes a suggestion, it is in some way meant to gain an unfair advantage. I bet he even cheats at solitaire.

  21. It is so funny how all the fans that cheer for lousy teams love to call the Patriots cheaters. They would all love thier loser teams to be as good as the Pats.

  22. Tyrann Mathieu, the Cardinals super impact defensive back is out for the season. Injured late in the game during a blowout. I’m sure Bruce Arians is losing a little sleep over that one. Belichick isn’t too old to learn. The great ones never are.

  23. Call me crazy, but if we win against the Jets (damn team always play us though and now that they’re playing for a playoff spot is going to be even worse), we should sit everyone against Miami. If Edelman is feeling better they should let him run a few soft routes in the 1QRT, just to see how the foot feels during real game time. Jackson should pound the ball the whole game, he needs the reps.

  24. hivelocityimpactsplatter says:
    Dec 21, 2015 10:59 PM
    The great Don Shula was right, this guy is a greasy cheater. You can bet your bottom dollar if he makes a suggestion, it is in some way meant to gain an unfair advantage. I bet he even cheats at solitaire.

    “The great Don Shula” whatever! If he was so “great” why didn’t he ever win a SB with Marino, one of the Best QB of all time?

  25. Last night Detroit won and Miami move up one spot on the draft board, I would love to see the Pats beat the Jets, and come down to Miami and rest there key players and then beat Miami so they have a chance to keep moving up the draft board. A higher place on that board will do more for the fish ( 2016 )then having a win over the Pats while there best guys are over on South beach having fun. Of course having a higher pick only help if you know how to draft the right guys. Perhaps after cleaning house the new coach will do better. Bill

  26. steelcurtainn says:
    Dec 21, 2015 7:48 PM

    I bet you would love to rest your players. Give the jets a gimme game hoping to increase your odds of not playing the Steelers.
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    Even Belichick, who has no sense of humor, laughed when he read your comments. Trust me – he’ll be very happy to knock out both the Jets and the Steelers this year.

  27. npadln says:
    Dec 21, 2015 8:54 PM

    As long as second seed doesn’t mean playing in Denver than I say, don’t worry about a loss in the regular season if it means well rested and non injured players are available for post season competition.
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    Tough games build character. If the Pats had a cakewalk against Baltimore in the playoffs last year, they might not have built the confidence necessary to come back against Seattle in the SB.

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