Belichick displays disgust with reporter’s question (again)

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If Patriots coach Bill Belichick didn’t have four pelts on the wall, he probably wouldn’t still be an NFL head coach.

He’d be a defensive coordinator, most likely. But not a head coach. He simply doesn’t have the temperament to survive as a head coach if he were anything another than one of the best head coaches in NFL history.

With those accomplishments comes the ability to consistently choose not to cooperate with the media, and also to periodically bristle at questions he regards as foolish or otherwise beneath him. Two years ago, his annoyed reaction to questions about Tom Brady from Albert Breer, then working for NFL Media, after the notorious “on to Cincinnati” loss to the Chiefs apparently have resulted in Breer being yanked from the Patriots beat — even though he lives in Boston.

On Friday, Belichick became annoyed (again) when asked (again) about Brady. Specifically, Belichick was asked if he can think of an occasion where he ever has clarified the starting quarterback position so early into camp.

“I don’t know,” Belichick said.

He then was asked, “What happens if Jimmy Garoppolo plays better?”

“Look, I told you what’s going to happen,” Belichick said, referring to Brady returning as the starter when his suspension ends.

The reporter followed with, “So there’s no . . . .”

And then a more-disgusted-than-usual Belichick shook his head and said, “Jesus Christ.”

Patriots fans and media haters alike loved the moment. The Patriots apparently weren’t proud of it; otherwise, it wouldn’t have been scrubbed from the official transcript.

Was it a dumb question? Sure. Is there a way to be a little more respectful (or a little less disrespectful) to someone who asks a stupid question? Absolutely.

Belichick isn’t the first, and hardly will be the last, coach to act that way. But plenty of coaches treat the media — even those who ask stupid questions — with respect, recognizing that coaches get paid what they get paid because people care about the sport, and because the media is one of the main conduits of the relationship between teams and fans.

As I argued (ranted) on Friday’s PFT Live regarding the unreasonably restrictive media policy adopted by the Bears, everything the media does in covering the NFL and its teams amounts to free advertising. The media promotes the sport at no cost to the sport, and those involved in the sport benefit from that.

So why not show at least a minor degree of respect to those employed to promote the sport for free? Yes, it’s fun at times to see a coach behave in a way that few of us ever would in public. At a time when that passionate rooting interest can’t be satiated by games that count, a great sound bite or other compelling moment from the coach may be the next best thing.

It’s not all that much fun for the folks doing the job of promoting the sport for free to be on the wrong end of that treatment, and it surely makes everyone in the team’s press room afraid of saying anything that would make him or her become the next reporter who provokes an eye roll, a head shake, a verbal rebuke, and then a zealous round of digital applause from fans of the team and/or those jockeying for access to a coach who wants to keep all of them tiptoeing on eggshells.

I’m probably alone or close to it in thinking that Belichick was out of line on Friday. Then again, someone with the Patriots apparently agrees with me. Otherwise, the key question and answer would have appeared in the official transcript distributed by the franchise.

250 responses to “Belichick displays disgust with reporter’s question (again)

  1. I don’t usually agree with most of your opinions, Mike, but I think you’re right here. I did get a kick out of it, but it was certainly disrespectful and another example of the Patriots’ disdain for the media. There are better ways to give a non-answer.

  2. so let me get this straight….
    “If Patriots coach Bill Belichick didn’t have four pelts on the wall, he probably wouldn’t still be an NFL head coach.”
    BUT
    “one of the best head coaches in NFL history”

    what’s wrong with this picture…..maybe, just maybe, it is a MEDIA problem and not a Belichick problem!!! Let the man alone and let him coach. You’ll just have to work a littltl harder to get your stories!

  3. you’re not alone Florio…Belichick shows nothing but disdain, not only to reporters, but to rules and fair play…I can’t wait for Brady to retire so this guy can go back to the coach he was in Cleveland

  4. Bill Belichick not treating the media with respect and courtesy for the job they have to do? I’m stunned.

    And no, Mike, you are not alone in thinking Belichick was out of line. He has all the emotional control of a fifth grader, and as you said, would not be promoted to a head coach position in today’s game.

    And that is nothing about being “politically correct.” It is everything about being courteous to fellow human beings, and recognizing that the media and its free advertising is the ONLY reason he gets to earn millions.

  5. This is very simple and I almost can’t believe the media, including you Florio, have not figured this out.

    Ask the man about drama and you get that type of response. Ask the man about strategy (x’s and o’s) and you’ll get a meaningful conversation.

    Therefore, if the media weren’t morons won’t have to worry if their the next one to get the “eye roll”, “shaking head”, or rebuke.

    This is not hard. LOL!

  6. The media is trying to artificially generate a QB controversy, which can be very damaging to a team, so don’t blame Belichick for slamming the door in their faces.

  7. I don’t blame him, reporters ask some the stupidest questions – & won’t take the “hint” when the answer is not what THEY want to hear, they’ll just keep pickin….so of course Bill is gonna get pissed!

  8. “If Patriots coach Bill Belichick didn’t have four pelts on the wall, he probably wouldn’t still be an NFL head coach.”

    If my grandma had two wheels she would be a bicycle.

  9. This is not meant to be a humorous comment. I am not a fan of him using the Lord’s name in this manner. Have respect for Christians who follow the sport. He should apologize.

  10. Spare me the “folks who promote the game for free deserve respect.” You people get paid very well to talk about *football* all day.

  11. Who made the rule that it is necessary to be respectful regarding stupid questions? That is itself stupid.

    Derision and condescension along with ridicule would be a much better way to deal with idiotic media.

  12. Few things here.

    First Burt didn’t get pulled from the Patriots beat. He’s at camp today, and has been for the last two days.

    Second, Darth Hoodie doesn’t owe the media anything. Many of them make a living trying to discredit his accomplishments. He’s right to be cold with them.

    Third, the reporter is a grown man. He can take it. And if he can’t, then he’s in the wrong business. Ask a stupid question, expect to be dismissed as a troll.

    I’m a Giants fan, but I love me some Bill Belichick.

  13. Once again, the media has to make it about them. But maybe this is also why the Pats get consistently bad press. Bill must have never heard of, or really cared about, the adage “never get into a pi$$ing contest with someone who buys ink by the barrel.”

    Fortunately for Pats fans, who love it, by the way, the whole team is focused on minding its own business and won’t even notice articles like this. Just keeping their heads down and minding their business.

  14. Want respect? Earn respect. And asking dumb questions is not the way to do it. Garoppolo can have the four best games in the history of the NFL and the chances of him supplanting Brady remain zero. And anyone who thinks otherwise is as dumb as a bag of hammers. And deserves exactly what is coming to them.

  15. Is asking the same question different ways respectful? There was no clarification to be had there. Reporters get so desperate to distinguish themselves that they resort to badgering. Belichick was nicer than I would have been.

  16. .
    ” It’s not all that much fun for the folks doing the job of promoting the sport for free to be on the wrong end of that treatment… ”

    Are these folks promoting the sport out of the kindness of their hearts, or are they living off the NFL, much like a parasite lives off its host?”
    .

  17. I’m glad someone said it. The guy is obviously a fantastic coach, but if he was .500 he would have been run out of town on a rail long ago. I have no idea why he thinks being a jerk is cool.

  18. “So why not show at least a minor degree of respect to those employed to promote the sport for free?”

    I LOL’d so hard at this comment. Seriously? I don’t believe for a second you’re doing this for free. Same goes for any other “sports reporter”? All of you guys are paid. You generate revenue from ads, visits, and clicks. Newspapers and magazines get money from purchases and subscriptions. And you’re telling us they’re doing this for free so reporters should be treated better? LOL again!

  19. Me thinks the media doesn’t promote anything, especially for free. The media cover the NFL because it’s popular and draws interest, eyes, clicks, advertising dollars, etc. to their news organizations. I think if the media stopped covering the NFL, the media would miss the NFL more than the NFL would miss the media.

  20. With past greats like Paul Brown and Tom Landry (among others), I wouldn’t immediately say that Belichick is the best of all time. But I think that he’s definitely part of the conversation.

    While I’m definitely not a Pats supporter, I highly respect his accomplishments. If he was the HC of my team, I wouldn’t care less if he’s popular with the media because on-the-field results are what I look for. Just as in a professional environment, I’ll always respect a highly proficient individual who keeps to himself over a popular brown-noser.

  21. Salty…just the way we like him.

    Seriously. Why should he have to entertain a question when the reporter clearly knows the answer before he even asks it? Everyone knows that he’s just looking for a sound bite to possibly embarrass him with later on.

  22. I think it was more of a PC move to remove the ‘Jesus Christ’ comment because there are (most likely religious) people that will be offended by the manner in which it was used.

    I don’t have a problem with that, but I also don’t have a problem with BB saying it.

    Get a grip people.

  23. I hate Belichick. he’s a cheater and scumbag.

    that being said, i don’t blame him here. these reporters ask stupid questions they know are stupid on purpose to get some soundbite or clickbait quote. its disrespectful to ask these questions. and they ask the same questions over and over and over.

  24. Oh please. He answered it the way he should have. I am a bears fan and I know he is the GOAT. Stop playing to dumb america and hold people responsible for the dumb things they ask in life.

  25. A media member that asks Belichick a question he’s already addressed, that knows BB isn’t gonna talk about, that keeps following it up knowing he’s not gonna address it further, doesn’t deserve respect. He deserved to be dismissed the way he was. He’s just trying to make himself the story.

  26. It is kind of sad to read that some of you think it’s OK to be rude, discourteous to others, to think that you are better than others. Grow up. You represent the worst of America.

  27. now he’s invoking the name of our lord and savior????

    smh…Jesus Christ.

    and I’m still going to dispute the “one of the greatest ever” bit…

    no one thought he was great when he had bernie kosar as his QB.

    Brady IS one of the, if not THE greatest ever. I think he saved this mumble mouth jerk from coaching the d-line at wesleyan.

  28. let me put it this way:

    If you’re a married man, and your wife asks you what amounts to the same question a third time, expecting a different answer than you gave the first 2 times, is that nagging?

  29. I am sure the line was scrubbed from the transcript out of deference and respect for people’s religious sensitivities, not reporters who ask antogonistic questions.

    If you would like to trade to me Tom Brady for Jimmy Garapollo in fantasy football, I would certainly take that trade. Who wouldn’t?

  30. Considering Brady got his start due to an injury, was the question stupid? I don’t blame Belichick one bit for slamming the door on the remote chance of a controversy, but the reality is players can lose their job due to injury (suspension). Not a dumb question in my opinion.

  31. You are not alone.

    The media plays a very important role and their job is often difficult. They are tasked with uncovering relevant information to report and sometimes an ineffective question is just the result of making an honest and sincere attempt to find a creative way to pose a meaningful response-driving-interrogative. For a reporter or a journalist, the information and the story is always there, and the craft is the process to learn what that story is through any fair or appropriate effort one can attempt.

    Every person of every job type deserves to have respect for the work they perform as they try their best to generate success to provide for their needs or fuel their dreams.

    #RespectAllWorkers

  32. As a big time fan of the NFL for 30+ years and a Christian, he SHOULD apologize for using the Lords name as a swear word.

  33. theashleyguy says:
    Jul 29, 2016 11:53 AM

    And that is nothing about being “politically correct.” It is everything about being courteous to fellow human beings, and recognizing that the media and its free advertising is the ONLY reason he gets to earn millions.
    =====================

    Weird, I was under the impression he makes big bucks because he wins a lot of games, and championships and Super Bowls, and fans pay a TON of loot for tickets, merchandise, beer, parking…. But thinks for clarifying that the ONLY reason is because of the media.

  34. Reporters like to stir the pot at these press conferences so it’s hard to have sympathy.

    If you’re going to poke the bear, you better expect to get bitten every now and then.

  35. It’s not only Boston fans and “media haters” that cheers this on Florio. I generally think Belichek is as straight forward with his answers as possible. When he gives one word answers that is his way of being nice and telling reporters this question is annoying or stupid. When after giving a one word answer it’s followed up by a stupid question well the reporter deserves that treatment. It’s not like he cussed the guy out…he was exasperated. Whatever. Belichek doesn’t suffer fools and if you’re a reporter who doesn’t know that going in you will after asking a few dumb questions. I’m not cheering but I’m not going to get on a soap box complaining about it either.

  36. Is BB a challenge for a reporter, yes. Does he always treat them with respect, no but then again the same can be said for pretty much every media person out there.

    Having said that, if he had responded to the initial with a JC I would have been upset. The fact that the question had been asked and answered more than once already (look at the press conference from the other day) makes me feel like a certain amount of disdain for the media is not only warranted but just may be the only way to stop people from asking the same question over and over again.

    I find fault with reporters asking the same question over and over again even when there is a not too subtle thinly veiled change in verbage. What are you thinking? Do you really think he will misspeak, I realize anyone might but at some point cut your losses and ASK ANOTHER QUESTION!

  37. I understand your point about the media providing “free” promotion of the NFL, but there is clearly another way to look at it. Journalists profit from covering the NFL, and some journalists profit from asking ridiculous questions. Do you think this journalist was covering this press conference to promote the NFL, or was he trying to generate a controversy to sell a story?
    You are obviously free to not cover the NFL, or the Patriots or Belichick if you are not inclined. I would guess that you WILL continue your coverage, as profootballtalk profits from this coverage…

  38. Said it before and you will hear it again.

    If it hadn’t been for brady………… beliphart would have been recycled again like all the other blowhards like him that are disrespectful to the media.

  39. Bill was 100% in the right… He took initiative & put it to bed yesterday… The reporter chose to ignore that information & tried to provoke a heated response by going on & on about a previously answered question….
    Good for Bill!!!
    & seriously, when has the media ever cut him or the patriots any fairness….

  40. briguy5 says:
    Jul 29, 2016 12:00 PM
    Spare me the “folks who promote the game for free deserve respect.” You people get paid very well to talk about *football* all day.
    —–
    Agreed. And at this point it’s a mutual relationship. NFL coverage brings more eyes to news organizations which translates to more money so acting like they’re doing the league a favor is a joke. Else why don’t newspapers spend the majority of the time doing their charity promtions to a league that needs it like the WNBA? Exactly.

  41. When you have spent your entire career as a head coach tainting your legacy you’re bound to be short tempered…..

  42. Dolphindad – a Dolphins fan calling bill and the Pats cheaters – what a surprise – when are people going to start worrying about how their teams can beat the Pats instead of constantly accusing them of cheating – it’s so weak

  43. Bill Belichick not treating the media with respect and courtesy for the job they have to do? I’m stunned.

    And no, Mike, you are not alone in thinking Belichick was out of line. He has all the emotional control of a fifth grader, and as you said, would not be promoted to a head coach position in today’s game.

    And that is nothing about being “politically correct.” It is everything about being courteous to fellow human beings, and recognizing that the media and its free advertising is the ONLY reason he gets to earn millions.

    Talk about a bunch of morons. The question was stupid. If anyone who has covered this team hasn’t figured out by now what to ask, then get another job. If you don’t know what you’re doing, which it seems this reporter didn’t then do your research and you’d know Belichick answered the question earlier. So the reporter got his feathers ruffled? Too bad.

  44. I am a big Pats fan, but Belichick is an outright embarrassment to the organization at times, and I am surprised Kraft puts up with it.
    Players – esp Pats players – are told not to give any fodder to the enemy, lest they have extra incentive to beat you.. d’ya think maybe, when Belichick exhibits his sore loser and irritated attitudes, that players, fans, and sportswriters might have extra reason to hate his team? Why isn’t it just as important for him to have the same public demeanor he surely demands of his players and the rest of the organization?
    And by the way… since he’s such a great defensive mind,can someone pls ask him when he plans to have a dominating defense? His defenses are the reason they don’t have a couple more rings.
    Guys like Belichick and Saban would be teaching driver ed in the summer if football were not taken so seriously in this country.

  45. I hate the Pats. I love the Dolphins.

    But this is funny and I don’t see anything wrong with Belichick’s response.

    I also firmly believe in political correctness.

    So, I… a person very much inclined to find issue with the Pats… see nothing wrong here.

  46. With those accomplishments comes the ability to consistently choose not to cooperate with the media, and also to periodically bristle at questions he regards as foolish or otherwise beneath him.
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    So I am confused is it ok or not ok for him to say Jesus Christ? If he wasn’t a good head coach he wouldn’t be a head coach?

  47. Its just the air of entitlement that the Pats and their employees carry. They’re better than you, smarter than you, and don’t have to follow the rules.

  48. If media insists it actually is some conduit for the fan (which is debatable), then how about give the fans what fans want as a self imposed conduit with fans having no say should, and what fans want is non-obnoxiousness on media’s part?

    If media really is some conduit, why don’t the fans get a say on who is employed and not employed instead of forced on us? Gee I wonder which media members would get voted off first?

    You can’t behave any way you want, and hide behind some fallacy that you represent the fans.

    Most often, you actually don’t.

  49. If he didn’t win four superbowls…he probably wouldn’t have answered it that way. In the the 60s the NFL desperately needed the media. Now they are like vultures circling every word until they can get a quote. Don’t blame him at all. Everyone can smell the potential qb controversy a mile away. He is just trying to put a stop to it.

  50. theashleyguy says:
    Jul 29, 2016 12:13 PM

    It is kind of sad to read that some of you think it’s OK to be rude, discourteous to others, to think that you are better than others. Grow up. You represent the worst of America.
    ———-

    True. The reporter should have stopped after “I told you what’s going to happen”.

  51. This aspect of the sport is very much like professional wrestling. You have your fan favorites (I think they use the term babyface), and you have your heels, who keep the fans involved if only to root against them. That’s why Belichick continues to get away with the bare minimum in media obligation. Because it continues to keep the audience engaged.

    Is it an act? I don’t think so, but the league in my estimation probably loves when this happens, because it generates even more attention, and even more disdain for the Pats. That in turn will drive more viewers of Pats games outside of their fan base, hoping to see them fall. And let’s face it, not many Pats games are all that close, so they need to bring more viewers in.

  52. Although I can’t stand the guy, I have to side with Belichick on this. I think his reaction in bother instances were rather mild, conside ring how moronic the questions were.

  53. Nobody cares about the media’s problems, except for you guys in the media with your large egos. I wish you guys would learn from that, especially your buddy, Peter King, and stop complaining about your run-ins, your troubles, etc.

  54. He was merely reminding the reporter of Brady’s proper title in NE.

    BB may be a horse’s ass when it comes to conduct usually expected of coaches, but it was a pretty silly and pointless question.

  55. “So why not show at least a minor degree of respect to those employed to promote the sport for free?”

    Because A)the media is as disrespectful a group of people as I’ve ever seen and B) they aren’t “promoting the sport for free”. You are all getting paid and a lot of you paid well. That’s an incredibly disingenuous claim.

  56. “it’s not possible to have less class or integrity than this low life.”

    SMH so you think that the players and coaches busted for domestic violence, gun crimes, dui etc have less class than someone grumbly with the media.

    That says how little perspective you on life and how twisted and silly your way of thinking is.

  57. So if he’s so disrespectful all the time, why is it then that every time a member of the media asks an actual strategy question or a game question he or she gets a respectful, intelligent answer? Maybe members of the media shouldn’t ask such stupid questions and they won’t get treated with disrespect. What if Garoppolo plays better? Really? You think there is any scenario in which Brady doesn’t play once he’s back?

    Seems to me these reporters who get the worst responses are the ones that are either looking for a sound bite or are just asking a question for the sake of asking and don’t think it through. Stupid questions will get bad responses

  58. Everyone on here complaining about Belichick’s attidude toward the press are probably people who think it’s funny when Gregg Popovich does it.

  59. So, Florio’s argument is that he should suffer people who ask bad questions, or suffer people who have asked a question, gotten an answer and then keep asking in case he might change his mind….all because the media is the ‘conduit’ for we the fans. Last I checked, the media gets paid quite well to do nothing other than report on football.

  60. The Ravens and Colts are clearly to blame for the scrutiny regarding Belichick’s comments.
    – Persecuted Patriots Fans

  61. Florio – if I was Belichek I would have spit on this guy. If the media wasn’t just an annoyance in the life on every player and coach in the NFL, then it would be a different story. But the media is kinda like little pests and gnats that just don’t go away and sometimes if you get asked a stupid question that makes NO SENSE multiple times you have to swat the pests down and make sure it doesn’t happen again.

  62. The media was a huge part of his undoing in Cleveland and destroyed him in NY. I have no no doubt he would rather have oral surgery without anesthesia than be at a podium. That said, when someone asks him a serious football question they get a serious answer. He doesn’t suffer a fool gladly and he is in such a position now that, when it comes to the media at least, he does not have to. NE (and probably NY) fans get that. When it was the Tuna doing it everyone just laughed. Why is it that Parcells was ‘gruff but lovable’ but Belichick is taciturn?

  63. The Ravens and Colts are clearly to blame for the scrutiny regarding Belichick’s comments.
    – Persecuted Patriots Fans
    ________________________________

    nope, just a couple of speed bumps in the Pats way to another superbowl.

  64. Jul 29, 2016 12:20 PM
    theashleyguy says:
    Jul 29, 2016 11:53 AM

    And that is nothing about being “politically correct.” It is everything about being courteous to fellow human beings, and recognizing that the media and its free advertising is the ONLY reason he gets to earn millions.
    =====================

    Weird, I was under the impression he makes big bucks because he wins a lot of games, and championships and Super Bowls, and fans pay a TON of loot for tickets, merchandise, beer, parking…. But thinks for clarifying that the ONLY reason is because of the media.

    ______________________________________________________
    Absolutely not! If that was true, then the coaches who win a lot of games and win world championships for badminton and synchronized swimming would be making millions. The fans pay a ton of loot for football tickets. football merchandise, beer, and parking because the media decided to advertise football for them. When the media didn’t advertise pro football much in the 1930s and 1940s, the players all held second jobs.

    Is the game appealing? Of course. I love it. But people love lots of sports that don’t get all the attention from the media. So no, Belichick winning world championships and lots of games IS NOT the reason he makes millions. He makes millions because he has done well in a sport the media chose to advertise and promote.

  65. First off, the guy asked the same question 3 different times. Anyone would get annoyed at that. Also, he already definitively answered the question yesterday. If you ever get a definitive answer from BB, its pretty much set in stone.

    You want an entertaining interview? Go to Buffalo. You want to win championships? Then become a Patriots beat reporter.

  66. It wasn’t courteous of Belichick , but the approach taken by the reporter was dumb. Why waste the coach’s time with multiple setup questions? Why not just come out and ask one question: “Is there any circumstance you foresee where Garoppolo wins the starting job away from a healthy Brady?”

    It would still be a dumb question with no good answer, but it would be direct and wouldn’t waste everyone’s time with a needlessly obtuse sequence of questions that beat around the bush.

  67. I can’t wait for the day when we long for the days of Belichick’s old curmudgeon moments. That day can’t come soon enough.

  68. I hate the Patriots with every fiber of my being, but when asked “Will Jimmy Garafolo remain the starter if he plays better while Tom Brady is on Suspension?” I think “Jesus Christ” is a very mild and restrained response.

  69. You’re Next BB

    We have the silos firmly aimed……all minor outliers have been dealt with……now it’s time to pay

    🙂

  70. Not only did he address this the other day but was quite clear..im pretty sure he said we need to get Jimmy ready for week 1 and Tom will be the starting QB upon his return..I’m no reporter but i didn’t need to read between the lines on the statement. ..just keep asking him every other day he might have changed his mind.. i can’t believe that guy gets paid to ask questions and they probably get to take turns so way to waste your time and money on a ridiculous question. .you think Belichick is preparing for week 5 right now???

  71. How many times can someone ask the same dumb question? This is what the reporter did. Asked the same question, but just in different ways, trying to trap Bill into saying something controversial about his QBs.

    And the poor reporters out there who have to cover a sport and give that sport free publicity. How horrible it must be that your job is to cover what is probably your favorite football team. To get sideline access, and access to coaches and players. To get paid good money to do all that. Poor reporters, though. Rough life they have. Ask redundant, dumb questions. Get paid for it. Get access to the NFL and teams.

    #Firstworldproblems

  72. folkcrusader says:
    Jul 29, 2016 12:04 PM
    I’m glad someone said it. The guy is obviously a fantastic coach, but if he was .500 he would have been run out of town on a rail long ago. I have no idea why he thinks being a jerk is cool.

    =================================

    So what you are saying is that winning football games is what matters…….aaaaand somehow this is a revelation?

  73. People outside Boston need to understand something. There are a small handful of really incredible beat writers and columnists here, and the rest SUUUUUUUCK and serve no purpose other than annoying everyone starting with Belichick.

    The Patriots coaching staff was very clear about the QB issue a week ago. Brady comes out and has 2 great days of camp and the lesser side of Boston sports media is absolutely desperate to manufacture a QB controversy.

    I’m usually willing to side with Florio, but the reporter who asked this needs to be escorted out and dropped off on I-95 somewhere.

  74. joeflaccoallday says:
    Jul 29, 2016 1:06 PM
    LMAOOOO they even have the media members covering up the evidence. If they didn’t win this organization would the worst organization in sports

    =============================

    Again, thanks Captain Obvious. A successful organization is a good organization. Somebody should tell Cleveland about this!!! I mean they already lost one organization to….oh right.

  75. Look, it’s really nearly impossible to find a man who can’t effectively execute NE’s 3 yard throw and a cloud of dust offense. It’s just that Tommy is particularly good at screaming at his teammates and hucking the timely “Bail us out, Gronk” prayer. Now, on the off chance that Jimmy G. is better at hitting that RB wheel route (Let’s say 1.5 out of 10) that they dust off for the S or ILB lulled unconscious, well, that probably has more to do with probability than anything else, and, hey, we’re sorry, but Belichick doesn’t suffer that foolishness lightly. Who would?

  76. I can’t stand the Patriots, but give Billy B a break here. There is a glut of wannabe journalists and bloggers in America at the moment and many often are just trying to “create” a story rather than just reporting a story. Then you get the ignorant ones such as this.
    So glad that during my time in the Army, we had a media spokesman assigned to our tf who would do the speaking/lying? for us, my sups knew my patience wore thin with these sorts of people.

  77. “How can a transcript be an official transcript if its scrubbed of what was officially said?”

    Really? the Obama admin does it all the time

  78. The same organization that had the official 2005 post game Brady transcript removed of his famous :

    “It’s easy when you know the answers to the test” proclamation with his usually smug snickering smile and cackling laugh

    Then spygate happened

  79. “Absolutely not! If that was true, then the coaches who win a lot of games and win world championships for badminton and synchronized swimming would be making millions. The fans pay a ton of loot for football tickets. football merchandise, beer, and parking because the media decided to advertise football for them. When the media didn’t advertise pro football much in the 1930s and 1940s, the players all held second jobs.”

    Lol what a laughable claim. Badminton and synchronize swimming do not have many millions of fans and would not if the media decided to promote them heavily over football.

    SMH the desperate false logic of the Pats haters.

  80. Sorry, I agree with Belichick on this one. He previously said that Brady would come back as the starter. Why would anything think otherwise? Brady was just in the Superbowl and is a better player than Garoppolo. So, it was a dumb question in two regards.

  81. The fans pay a ton of loot for football tickets. football merchandise, beer, and parking because the media decided to advertise football for them. When the media didn’t advertise pro football much in the 1930s and 1940s, the players all held second jobs.

    ==============================

    I think you have cause and effect backwards. Football wasn’t as popular in the 30’s and 40’s so media didn’t devote resources to it. Now that it is very popular media is all over it. Media is supported by advertising revenue. Advertisers want to get in front of as many “eyes” as possible. How? Associate one’s product with a popular event that many people pay attention to.

    The team however is supported by spectators (at the base, now that there are corporate sponsors and such but fundamentally the fans). So who needs who in this scenario?

  82. “The Ravens and Colts are clearly to blame for the scrutiny regarding Belichick’s comments.”

    Poor Ravens and Colts fans. Both groups would be dancing in the streets if Belichick left the Pats to coach one of their teams.

    Its ok, you can admit it. We all know its true.

  83. The Patriots mantra is “If you aint cheatin you aint trying to win”, this much we know.

    But it is a stupid question. Since Brady is out for the first 4 games, there is nothing to compare Jimmy’s play against. Plays better than what? An o-lineman? the d line?

    Maybe it would be better if the local media attempts to ask questions that Billy would actually like to answer. When questions are asked you already know the answer to you’re really playing down to his level.

  84. BB having to dance around the truth again… no big surprise,

    they are cheaters for ……….life..

  85. He’s a football coach’s football coach.

    Don’t ask him for player injury updates, hints on hypothetical roster moves, or other crap like that. You’ll get nowhere.

    But… ask him an intelligent question about football strategy, the history of the game, or any other such “hard” question that actually requires some intelligence to formulate, and chances are good that he’ll give you something to write about and think about.

  86. You’re usually on the money Mike, but not this time. It was an exceptionally stupid question even by pack media standards and BBs response was wonderfully succinct and appropriate. There are plenty of cookie cutter front men out there, they come and go. Every nfl fan whether they admit it or not wants Belichick for their coach. He gives detailed, incitefull, good natured answers often delivered with his great sense of humor. All u gotta do is your job, ask a halfway intelligent question and then when he tells u three times, don’t ask the same friggin thing!

  87. I have put forth a lot of effort to eliminate the JC utterance from my speech. I wonder if the response was deleted because they couldn’t understand it entirely. Maybe, just maybe, he was saying: “JC, please help this idiot”. Just a thought, and I am not Belichick lover.

  88. it’s comical how a lot of people that hate the Patriots, Belichick, or (more probable than not)both….need to get in a zing on Belichick before agreeing with him.

  89. I’m no particular fan of Belichick’s general surliness but how many times is he expected to answer the same question from the same guy? Ai yi yi!

    Bill Bellichick is without doubt the best coach in the game today and possibly the best ever; and I say that as a lifelong Packer fan that grew up watching Vince Lombardi’s Packers. It’s too difficult to compare them as their eras were so different.

    Belichick may have been successful without Brady or maybe he wouldn’t have. Then again, Brady may have been successful without Belichick or maybe he wouldn’t have. We’ll never know, because they do have each other and they are one tough combination. All the “If Belichick didn’t have Brady…” comments are just another way to whine.

  90. “The media covers the sport at no cost to the sport.”?

    So what. The media covers the sport to write stories to sell papers and clicks. Please don’t pretend you are doing this out of the goodness of your heart or because people need to know when it wouldn’t be done if you (all media) weren’t getting a paycheck for it.

  91. Somebody should have asked him, right after he got PO’d, if Garropolo will also have the footballs deflated after they are checked.

  92. You are not alone.

    The media plays a very important role and their job is often difficult. They are tasked with uncovering relevant information to report and sometimes an ineffective question is just the result of making an honest and sincere attempt to find a creative way to pose a meaningful response-driving-interrogative. For a reporter or a journalist, the information and the story is always there, and the craft is the process to learn what that story is through any fair or appropriate effort one can attempt.

    Every person of every job type deserves to have respect for the work they perform as they try their best to generate success to provide for their needs or fuel their dreams.

    #RespectAllWorkers

    A few things,

    1. I agree with the respect thing but it goes both ways.
    2. If a reporter is doing his or her job they will have to ask the tough question but if it gets answered why continue with that line of questioning?
    3. Why should a person being interviewed be subjected to the same question after he has answered it a few times? Isn’t that disrespecting the interviewee?

  93. Bill doesn’t like stupid questions and repetitive questioning. I’ve heard go on and on when answering good questions. It’s also not his job to give anything away that might be an advantage to a scouting team. So maybe the offended reporters should just put their big boy pants on and get over it.

  94. As a beat writer you should have the intelligence to know that you are about to ask a stupid question just to get under someone’s skin to get a response that you know is forthcoming so you can run a story claiming Belichick was being a jerk when responding to your question when in fact you were
    the jerk for asking the question in the first place!

  95. I’d agree, Mike, if Bill hadn’t already publicly stated his position on this a day or two earlier. The reporter was being at best dim, and at worst intentionally stirring the pot. Also at what point does enough become enough. The reporter evidentially tried taking three stabs at this. Of course Bill could have handled it better, but beyond that, I throw this at the feet of the reporter.

  96. Why would Belicheat show anything but contempt for the media? Those are the same dogs that have exposed his cheating and disrespect for the game and ensured there are asterisks all over the mans accomplishments.

  97. CAN WE PLEASE STOP SAYING THAT HE CRAPPED ON “OUR LORD AN SAVIOR”

    That is your lord and savior. Not ours. Maybe ours is different. Just remember this, unless you believe in all gods (including Thor, Odin, Visnu, Alla (ONG HE JUST SAID ALLAH)), you’re somewhat of an atheist.

    That said, it was a great response to a guy who was just trying to get a quote, and I guess he did but we don’t know who it actually was.

  98. fumblenuts says:
    Jul 29, 2016 12:19 PM

    As a big time fan of the NFL for 30+ years and a Christian, he SHOULD apologize for using the Lords name as a swear word.
    ——————————

    Maybe he was just praying that the reporter would either shut up, or ask a legitimate question.

  99. Why should he go into detail and awnser your dumb questions? So u can twist his words and create fake controversies for click bait? The sports media these days is garbage. Thanks ESPN.

  100. When ever Vince Lombardi got a question like that, he would respond, “Gee, that’s really a stupid question.”, and then start laughing at the reporter.

    Sounds like a better response.

  101. You should read more of his transcripts. When asked good questions, he gives good answers, full of football history and personal anecdotes. Oh god, he hates trolls asking hypothetical questions that he already answered? The horror. If he pretended to enjoy the nonsense, you’d criticize him for being insincere.
    There’s no such thing as “free advertising,” and none of his salary is for talking to the media. It’s for 40 or so years of good coaching and lots of winning. And for the nuts who think he’s cheating, give him a lifetime ban or stop whining. Hank Stram wrote about spying and he’s in the Hall of Fame. Stop pretending there’s even one other great HC in the current NFL. Soon we’ll be down to zero. Just a bunch of Tomlins and Mularkeys, screwing up basic decisions.
    IF they’re gonna troll him, they should ask him about Trump, cause his friendship with that racist is the only problem you can have with Belichick. It proves that off the field he’s a lot more like the guy who can’t set his car clock than the stone cold genius who baited Pete Carroll into the dumbest playcall ever.

  102. But they aren’t covering it for FREE.

    The person asking questions is being paid as a job to ask questions.

    Whatever format that person is involved in (tv, newspaper, magazine, web) is covering it not for FREE, but because they can sell that content for a fee, or make money off the advertising.

    Sure it’s ‘free advertising’ from the NFL’s perspective, but overall it’s only gets such ‘free advertising’ because those people are getting paid to publish that ‘free advertising’.

    I also think it’s a bit far for saying that a response to a really stupid question…. that JG if he plays well could start a controversy and start over TB, is over the top.

    It was a stupid question, and the response was to say Jesus Christ. That’s not out of line. It seemed like it was entirely appropriate.

    If someone comes to you and says the car you lent them ran out of gas, so you sold it for $5 on the side of the road to some guy… your response it likely to be…

    “Jesus Christ”, followed by something like… “what are you as dumb as Forrest Gump?”

  103. I’m a Broncos fan and I’m 100% with The Hoodie on this one. The media needs to step it up and stop with these stupid questions. If after a stupidity the media still insists on the stupidity, then it deserves a “Jesus Christ” like that.

  104. The media is bleating that they have been disrespected by using a litigation tactic that trumpets disrespect for the remarkable coach. I wonder if Goodell will now suspend Belichick for using profanity since it tarnishes the shield. Remember that coaches are subject to the same standards as the players. THAT would send NE fans over the moon.

  105. scrotiemcb says:
    Jul 29, 2016 1:16 PM
    Look, it’s really nearly impossible to find a man who can’t effectively execute NE’s 3 yard throw and a cloud of dust offense. It’s just that Tommy is particularly good at screaming at his teammates and hucking the timely “Bail us out, Gronk” prayer. Now, on the off chance that Jimmy G. is better at hitting that RB wheel route (Let’s say 1.5 out of 10) that they dust off for the S or ILB lulled unconscious, well, that probably has more to do with probability than anything else, and, hey, we’re sorry, but Belichick doesn’t suffer that foolishness lightly. Who would?

    Above comment = crybaby myth#26

  106. Idiots who ask stupid questions don’t deserve any respect. Good for you Bill!

    – Colts fan

  107. “Promote for free”????

    So, you don’t collect any salary at all? You donate your time? NBC doesn’t make anything off of the advertising sold on websites and TV?

    Man….must be rough.

  108. The Media ALWAYS defends it’s most incompetent and dumbest members instead of demanding excellent and impartiality from itself.

    No one is obligated to provide the Media with a story or tolerate it’s incompetences.

  109. If he wasn’t a great head coach, he wouldn’t still be a head coach? Stupid. Plus the media tries to promote themselves over anything else. I loved his response.

  110. All the Pat’s fans are predictably covering for Belicheat’s bad behavior, as usual. My problem with Belicheat, Brady, and NE’s fans, is they act like they’ve a sense of ENTITLEMENT, and rules, press conferences are for the other 31 teams of the NFL and NE is entitled to act any way they choose.

    4 game suspension for the cheater TB, million $ fine, loss of first round draft pick…deal with it cheaters! And the fact is, now history will forever reflect that cheating got NE to a SB. Who cares how good TB was playing. NE cheated. End of story.

  111. Where’s all the “he’s doing it for attention” “he’s being a distraction to his team” folks when talking about Marshawn snubbing the media?

    Oh, so it’s not a problem when hoodie does it? Gotcha.

  112. It’s clear he won’t pull Jimmy if he performs well. After all BB wants to prove wrong all the people who say he can’t win without Brady.

  113. Reporters get paid good money to do a job most people would love to have. It’s an insult to the team, the coach, and the fans when a reporter takes up valuable time at a press conference asking questions as stupid as “Is there a quarterback controversy” in that situation, which we all know is the question he was asking.

  114. Winning is winning, and that’s all fine and dandy. But no one will ever accuse Belichick of having any class.

  115. “BB having to dance around the truth again… no big surprise,”

    So when Brady plays in game 5 as Belichick has clearly said, will you be coming back to Pats articles and apologizing for your claim that he’s lying, or will you just keep whining about mean ol’ Bill Beichcick and ignore the fact you’re wrong?

    I think we all know the answer already.

  116. “He has all the emotional control of a fifth grader”

    That might be the single dumbest comment I’ve read here, and that’s quite a feat. Belichick is as control of his emotions as any football player or coach you’ll ever see.

  117. Greatest modern NBA coach? Consistently criticized for not suffering media fools.

    Greatest modern NFL coach? Consistently criticized for not suffering media fools.

    I’m with Pop and Hoodie. Most of the media, especially sports media, are not “journalists”, they’re hacks trying to create controversy to get clicks and notoriety.

    If you ask either of them a thoughtful question, they will not only answer respectfully, they’ll talk at length. There are plenty of examples to prove it.

    You want sound bites? Go talk to Rex

  118. I expect if all in the media had pure intentions you might have a point. But many, including the chastised media member, are doing little more than trying to get a rise out Bill Belichick. He deserved whatever Bill Belichick gave him. I hope he needed to crawl under his chair. Also, your free advertising point is silly. If you weren’t covering these teams you wouldn’t have a job. Some symbiotic relationships are just hard. Deal with it. Ask better questions.

  119. @milehighmike7
    ***********************************************************This is not meant to be a humorous comment. I am not a fan of him using the Lord’s name in this manner. Have respect for Christians who follow the sport. He should apologize.
    ***********************************************************
    How is Bill saying : Jesus Christ such a bad thing ?
    maybe he was asking for some devine intervention from our Savior to make that reporters head explode…

  120. skawh says: Jul 29, 2016 3:55 PM

    All the Pat’s fans are predictably covering for Belicheat’s bad behavior, as usual. My problem with Belicheat, Brady, and NE’s fans, is they act like they’ve a sense of ENTITLEMENT, and rules, press conferences are for the other 31 teams of the NFL and NE is entitled to act any way they choose.

    4 game suspension for the cheater TB, million $ fine, loss of first round draft pick…deal with it cheaters! And the fact is, now history will forever reflect that cheating got NE to a SB. Who cares how good TB was playing. NE cheated. End of story.
    _______________________________
    You know the balls weren’t deflated. It’s been explained to you many times, unless you still believe Bill Nye wasn’t lying to you.
    As a real science guy, and a hawks fan, the two of you embarrass me.

    Also, please Google “Richard Sherman” “steroids” I don’t mean this as a deflection, and could still make you look stupid in an actual debate about deflategate and the behavior of gasses, but I just want to shine a light on your hypocrisy.

    (For the record, I do believe that proper protocol should be followed during drug testing, and punishment should not be given when it is not. I was glad when his suspension was lifted as they needed him for the playoffs, but I honestly just can’t make myself believe that his pee cup broke itself and the other unwrapped cup contained enough of another guy’s pee to raise the concentration of the drug to a detectable level.)

  121. “…the folks doing the job of promoting the sport for free…”

    I didn’t realize sports reporter was a volunteer position.

    Child, please.

  122. skawh says:
    Jul 29, 2016 3:55 PM
    All the Pat’s fans are predictably covering for Belicheat’s bad behavior, as usual. My problem with Belicheat, Brady, and NE’s fans, is they act like they’ve a sense of ENTITLEMENT, and rules, press conferences are for the other 31 teams of the NFL and NE is entitled to act any way they choose.

    4 game suspension for the cheater TB, million $ fine, loss of first round draft pick…deal with it cheaters! And the fact is, now history will forever reflect that cheating got NE to a SB. Who cares how good TB was playing. NE cheated. End of story.
    —————-
    Let’s just pretend for a second Tom has cheated for 15 years with this ball deflation scheme.

    One thing you DO know for fact though, is that under the most scrutiny in SB history his balls were perfect as whipped the Hawks ass up and down the field in that glorious SB win.

    28-24

    And listen to your fellow hawk fan Machobob, at least he speaks rationally about topics with a level head.

  123. skawh says:
    Jul 29, 2016 3:55 PM

    All the Pat’s fans are predictably covering for Belicheat’s bad behavior, as usual. My problem with Belicheat, Brady, and NE’s fans, is they act like they’ve a sense of ENTITLEMENT, and rules, press conferences are for the other 31 teams of the NFL and NE is entitled to act any way they choose.

    4 game suspension for the cheater TB, million $ fine, loss of first round draft pick…deal with it cheaters! And the fact is, now history will forever reflect that cheating got NE to a SB. Who cares how good TB was playing. NE cheated. End of story.—————————————————————————————————————————–NOPE! But stay salty. It’s hysterical how the Patriots and their nation get under your skin. Get your blood pressure checked, clown.

  124. Mike, your spent too much time in Minnesota. Standing on a soap box trying to tear down champions with trivialities. Go back to being an honorable human with non-Minnesotan traits.

  125. Yeah I’m sure Belichick sees dealing with the media as “free advertising” as you put it. Pats really need to get the word out, after all.

  126. Listen to the reporter’s daft questions again. Rambling, incoherent, poorly organized. If he wants to be taken seriously, ask a grown-up question, don’t meander around on a fishing expedition. That Bill doesn’t suffer fools lightly is something to be admired.

  127. jimjets says:
    Jul 29, 2016 12:15 PM
    now he’s invoking the name of our lord and savior????

    smh…Jesus Christ.

    and I’m still going to dispute the “one of the greatest ever” bit…

    no one thought he was great when he had bernie kosar as his QB

    =====================

    maybe thats why he tried to get rid of bernie and replace him with a coming into his prime vinny testaverde, and was run out of town for it? you dont really follow these guys careers much do you?

  128. jimjets says:
    Jul 29, 2016 12:15 PM
    now he’s invoking the name of our lord and savior????

    smh…Jesus Christ.

    and I’m still going to dispute the “one of the greatest ever” bit…

    no one thought he was great when he had bernie kosar as his QB

    =================================
    not to mention he was the last coach of the browns to win a playoff game. against new england even. you sound foolish regurgitating media driven hate. get your own opinion.

  129. skawh says: Jul 29, 2016 3:55 PM

    All the Pat’s fans are predictably covering for Belicheat’s bad behavior, as usual. My problem with Belicheat, Brady, and NE’s fans, is they act like they’ve a sense of ENTITLEMENT, and rules, press conferences are for the other 31 teams of the NFL and NE is entitled to act any way they choose.

    4 game suspension for the cheater TB, million $ fine, loss of first round draft pick…deal with it cheaters! And the fact is, now history will forever reflect that cheating got NE to a SB. Who cares how good TB was playing. NE cheated. End of story.

    ——————————————————
    this is rich coming from a guy that follows a team that has a coach that pooped his pants in his big moment to dethrone bill belichick. the ball was on the one and your team had beast mode and you threw the ball. thats the worst decision ever. leave bill alone. and if you honestly think that brady cheated youre just another puppet for goodell.

  130. All coaches get asks stupid questions…
    All coaches get manipulated by media…
    Not all coaches act like asses like Belichick…
    He’s won some rings… Great…
    So did Bobby Knight… And he’s an ass too…
    Just because you’re good at something doesn’t give you the right to be bad at many other things, including how you treat others.

  131. So your argument is if he wasn’t one of the best head coaches in history he wouldn’t have what it takes to be a head coach. Whaaaaaat?

    Maybe when someone is one of the greatest of all time the media should have a little reverence and not be such babies when it comes to getting yelled at by the guy. Media should be thrilled when they get that reaction, because that’s what gets on TV.

  132. alfredogarciashead says:
    Jul 29, 2016 1:07 PM
    Patriot Internet Defense Force apparently working overtime trying to defend this horrid franchise.

    ———

    The group is actually called Whip Internet Nuisances aka WIN.

  133. No one has had a greater sense of undeserved dynastic entitlement than the Seahawks, led by Pete Carroll, a man who can’t control anything. The Patriots dumped him because he was the opposite of Belichick–the man that controls everything and will go down as the greatest coach in NFL History.

    It’s created a real dynasty. Not a fictitious, hyped-up one.

    The Patriots care about winning. That’s it. Not sound bites, self-promotion, giving cool-sounding names to their defensive unit or petulent running back. And the head coach doesn’t care if you think he’s a “good guy” to the media or not.

    Good. Works for us. Keep complaining about it because it’s gotten you nowhere on the field.

  134. paastahtroy says:
    Jul 30, 2016 10:20 AM
    ….
    Just because you’re good at something doesn’t give you the right to be bad at many other things, including how you treat others

    The world would be a better place if everyone gave back to the community/others as Bill Belichick has done with his foundation, scholarship and other contributions he has made to Wesleyan College and the Naval Academy as well as numerous other charitable causes.

    Belichick goes out of his way to help others, he does not go out of his way to ignore fools in the media. If that hurts the media’s feelings…good.

  135. Ike, there is no way BB will go down as the greatest coach in history. He does not own one clean Superbowl. Roger Goodell protected him and the Patriots during spygate. Of course, they really had no choice. When it comes time to put him in the HOF, you will see the media come alive and bring his cheating to the public. Spygate was much, much more than taping dedensive signals. He will never escape the truth about his reign. However, he is going to piss the media off one too many times and the media is looking for repayment for their coverage of Deflategate.

  136. Respect is earned. That was a no-name reporter from NH trying to stir the pot and make a name by asking a stupid question now. If Jimmy G actually plays well the first month, then it’s a legit question before game 5. Otherwise it’s speculative and stupid.

  137. Mikey boy – if you want respect from Coach Belelichik there is one and ONLY one way to get it – You have to EARN it.

    Simple as that.

  138. 1historian, no one has to earn respect from Bill. However, BB should be forced to take lessons in respect for rules, respect and common courtsey. That reporter did nothing wrong. I think BB is very angry that he has been forced to even have to address this issue of Brady’s suspension. He has been forced to take a public stance that he believes Tom Brady’s story when in fact I believe he knows that Brady not only cheated, but lied to his face about it. And Brady tarnished another Superbowl. I don’t blame him for being angry, but he shouldn’t take out on the media. Especially when the media has bent over backwards to help coverup deflategate.

  139. Limakey, BB will ABOSULETLY go down a–at the very least–one of the few greatest coaches in history. It’s not up for debate at all. You internet yahoos that are fans of teams that have lost at the hands of the Patriots for the better part of 20 years are the only faction that bellyaches about it.

    Make no mistake–when it comes time to put him in the HOF, it will happen on the first ballot. It’s amazing to me that you actually believe that the Patriots taping of signals from an unapproved location (BTW, all teams taped signals in case you just arrived as a observer of the sport) magically allowed them to win 4 Super Bowls. That is quite literally, insane.

    If you have convinced yourself of this when all the experts and players know that talent + coaching wins Super Bowls, then I don’t know what else to tell you.

  140. limakey says:
    Jul 30, 2016 1:37 PM:

    Do you really believe the comments that you post? Because it’s some of the best fiction/comedy I’ve ever read…

    Just once, I’d like to see you post something that’s factual.

  141. Belichick answers media questions the way most coaches would like to but don’t dare. So many obnoxiously persistent media people asking stupid questions…I don’t blame Belichick at all.

  142. limakey says:
    Jul 31, 2016 3:28 PM
    I don’t blame him for being angry, but he shouldn’t take out on the media. Especially when the media has bent over backwards to help coverup deflategate.
    =========================
    That is absolutely hilarious. That literally couldn’t be any farther from the truth. LOL

  143. Some of you are too funny. Belichick is a first ballet HOF coach. Most liked? Not likely. But than again who cares.

    Any reporter who has ever covered the Patriots knows asking the same question multiple times after being answered multiple times is going to get nailed by Belichick. It’s not so much about being respectful (though he could have been). It’s about not asking stupid questions and trying to make a name for yourself at a press conference.

  144. Fireroger, BB will not get first ballot. If he gets in at all. When he retires from the NFL, an NFL that he still holds hostage, and when his name is put on the ballot, the media will be flooded with the extent of all Spygate. It will also destroy Roger Goodell but at least Pat fans will be forced to defend him. That will be amusing. Roger Goodell saved the NFL and made sure your lying ass coach still had a job.

  145. limakey says:
    Aug 1, 2016 11:18 AM
    Fireroger, BB will not get first ballot. If he gets in at all. When he retires from the NFL, an NFL that he still holds hostage, and when his name is put on the ballot, the media will be flooded with the extent of all Spygate. It will also destroy Roger Goodell but at least Pat fans will be forced to defend him. That will be amusing. Roger Goodell saved the NFL and made sure your lying ass coach still had a job.
    ========================
    So much for no bias against the Patriots. 😉

    If Belichick truly is holding the NFL hostage (which is also laugh worthy) it only cements his entrance into the hall. Heck the only thing preventing Rose from the hall is the commish. Since Belichick supposedly has Goodell in his pocket there’s really nothing to debate now is there?

    Even the most reviled media members will be able to recognize all of the accomplishments of Belichick. Most of which already surpass coaches already in the HOF.

    In any event you are entitled to your opinion no matter how grossly wrong it is. LOL

  146. Bellichek and Barack are identical. They believe transparency is knowing only what they want you to see, and asking only what they want you to ask. Anything else is too big a hit to their ego.

  147. Fireroger, I had nothing but respect for Bill until I did research and read the book Spygate. You would be a great coach if you stole your opponents both offensive and defensive signals. You would be a great quarterback to if you had a second frequency that allowed to get last seconds details about the defensive play and adjust your play. You would be a great defensive player if you were given a list of your opponents first 20 plays and knew what their audibles were. BB started stealing signals by taping them in 2000. And it never stopped. And it was never allowed to video tape any opponents signals from any place. Period. Hell, even Josh McDaniel said that not only did they sneak into tape, but they would even use other buildings that were next to Staduims. Sorry, I will never say BB or TB are great, other than great cheaters.

  148. Limakey.

    You can say what you want about respect etc. Nobody believes you at this point. For the record, stealing signals is not illegal. The reality is Miami used video to tape signals before New England brought it to another level. So let’s not waste time pretending New England was the only team to ever do it or even created the practice.

    The bottom line is taping signals (even from other buildings or even 2 feet from the opposing coach) yielded nominal results. Almost 10 years later and nobody can point to any appreciable advantage (deflategate will yield similar results). The numbers are there for everybody to look at. Compare 2000-8 to 2008+. Even if you want to stubbornly claim spygate has never truly ended, the reality is they don’t win the Super Bowl every single year so whatever advantage you claim is present is pretty unreliable at best.

    Regardless, none if will have anything to do with Belichick or Brady getting into the hall first shot. Just sayin.

  149. And those who point out that he properly and respectfully answers every question that doesn’t present as a suppository, you are spot on. He’s smarter than you, has done more than you or your entire family will ever accomplish.

    But like many in the participation trophy era, Hater Nation believe that the only way you can lose is if the other guy cheats.

  150. I’m hoping at some point in the future, a former Patriot comes out and does a tell all. You’d think that after 15 years being the most hateable, cheatingest coach in the history of sports that one player would have come clean. Just one and I’d buy into the nonsense spewed by Patriot haters.

    Just one, I challenge all detractors.

  151. That question had already been answered publicly earlier in the week. Refreshing and funny to see Belickick give an honest response to the stupid questions .

  152. Respect is something you earn, the media in the US doesn’t seem to get that anymore. If they did they might do a better job of not being a bunch of left wing boring hacks.

  153. Fireroger, this where the arguements do not make any sense. Are we to believe that the allegeded GOAT coach went to such elobrate levels to tape his opponents signals, develop an extensive library of tapes and detailed notes for atleast 7 years for nominal gains? And please, define nominal? Did these nominal results payoff in the biggest game of the year? Didn’t the Pats win their first 3 Superbowls by a total of nine points? It is clear that the NFL had no interest in investigating Spygate to the fullest. He came out with a final ruling in what 4 days? Destroyed evidence that he did not even review? And what about the second radio frequency? The one where Brady had live communication from the coaches’ box. The one that didn’t shut off with 15 seconds? Did that yield nominal results?

  154. Taping opponents sidelines is absolutely legal as long as the video is not used in the same game. The 2007 memo from the league office did not ban taping, it only limited filming locations to specific areas. Anyone who claims otherwise should stop posting immediately.

  155. catquick says:
    Jul 29, 2016 12:37 PM
    Thou shalt not use the LORDS name in vain.
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    Correct. However, JC is not the Lord. He was a man.

  156. Dread, Bill tried using that same excuse, and got laughed at. However, he caught a major when the NFL ignored the conclusive proof he was in fact, using it in real time. And please point to the rule when it is ever acceptable to video a coaches hand signal from any location. And tell me where it is acceptable to sneak into staduims, change clothes or mislabel clothes and be provided with cover stories to tape coaches signals? And where were the video guys when they were caught by Green Bay in 2006? And where in NY on opening day?

  157. limakey says:
    Aug 3, 2016 8:09 AM
    Fireroger, this where the arguements do not make any sense. Are we to believe that the allegeded GOAT coach went to such elobrate levels to tape his opponents signals, develop an extensive library of tapes and detailed notes for atleast 7 years for nominal gains? And please, define nominal? Did these nominal results payoff in the biggest game of the year? Didn’t the Pats win their first 3 Superbowls by a total of nine points? It is clear that the NFL had no interest in investigating Spygate to the fullest. He came out with a final ruling in what 4 days? Destroyed evidence that he did not even review? And what about the second radio frequency? The one where Brady had live communication from the coaches’ box. The one that didn’t shut off with 15 seconds? Did that yield nominal results?
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    You tell me. The results pre and post-Spygate speak for themselves (which is what the media will ultimately judge both on). If you can find any statistical difference you quite literally will be the first.

  158. So if JG goes out and puts up 16-20 TDS and zero INTS in those first 4 games there’s no chance he keeps the job at least for another week? I find that hard to believe.

  159. limakey says:
    Aug 3, 2016 3:18 PM
    Dread, Bill tried using that same excuse, and got laughed at. However, he caught a major when the NFL ignored the conclusive proof he was in fact, using it in real time. And please point to the rule when it is ever acceptable to video a coaches hand signal from any location. And tell me where it is acceptable to sneak into staduims, change clothes or mislabel clothes and be provided with cover stories to tape coaches signals? And where were the video guys when they were caught by Green Bay in 2006? And where in NY on opening day?
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    It must be right next to the rule stating the Dolphins can dub audibles from Brady to that of the coaches tape taken from the same illegal location. Which is exactly what precipitated bringing taping to the next level.

  160. Limakey, how about you prove that filming of coaches hand signals is specifically disallowed? You made the initial claim, so the burden of proof is on you. I maintain that no such rule exists. Prove me wrong if you can.

  161. Filming of opponents sidelines is absolutely legal no matter what Limakey says. Ever seen an All-22 film? It is legal for the same reason that it is legal to “steal signs” in baseball: because a ban would be practically impossible to enforce.

  162. It’s funny, someone keeps saying how Belichick and Brady are dishonest and then cites the spygate book as rock solid evidence of their beliefs.

    They either don’t know or don’t care that the person behind that book was fined and suspended by the NASD for defrauding investors (and that was only one of their violations.) After being drummed out of that line of business, that person decided to defraud people by writing a book based on his half baked conspiracy theories.

  163. Mo, Read Spygate. It has several former employees giving negatives comments. Doug Flutie is quoted as well as Ted Johnson.
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    Flutie is not quoted. He’s mentioned in a third hand, “anonymous source” story.

    Also, the person who put the book together significantly altered quotes from Mortensen and other journalists to fit his agenda. His reasoning behind making these changes? Mortensen didn’t tell him he couldn’t change the quotes. That guy is not credible at all.

  164. Fireroger, if the stats speak for themselves, the the stats clearly indicate that the Pats stole their first Superbowls. Their fourth was also stolen. So, you lose on that one.

  165. Well now you should know better than asking us to take your word for it. Really now. There’s absolutely no reason for us to do that.

    Win loss record past 16 years …

    2015 W 12 – L 4
    2014 W 12 – L 4
    2013 W 12 – L 4
    2012 W 12 – L 4
    2011 W 13 – L 3
    2010 W 14 – L 2
    2009 W 10 – L 6
    2008 W 11 – L 5 -> Post Spygate
    2007 W 16 – L 0
    2006 W 12 – L 4
    2005 W 10 – L 6
    2004 W 14 – L 2
    2003 W 14 – L 2
    2002 W 9 – L 7
    2001 W 11 – L 5
    2000 W 5 – L 11

    To recap, 96-32 post-spygate and 91-37 pre-spygate. Is it too late to get the money back on that book?

  166. I love watching haters retreat when presented with actual numbers. Any haters want to see any fumble stats? The haters swore that the Pats were going to fumble more last year. We know how that worked out.

  167. Fireroger, I believe a recent stat came out that during spygate the Pats had 12-2 playoff record. After the spygate, their playoff record was what, 6-6. Seems to me you lose on this one. Can you explain the difference?

  168. dread, while I believe the Pats cheated, I never bought into the fumbles. To me, fumbles, in most cases come down to technique as how to protect the ball. And how good a defense can strip the ball.

  169. limakey says:
    Aug 3, 2016 9:39 PM
    Fireroger, I believe a recent stat came out that during spygate the Pats had 12-2 playoff record. After the spygate, their playoff record was what, 6-6. Seems to me you lose on this one. Can you explain the difference?
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    Let’s first define the argument. Are you suggesting tapes were only used in the playoffs? If not there’s nothing more to talk about. If so, what makes you believe that to be the case?

  170. limakey says:
    Aug 3, 2016 10:07 PM
    dread, while I believe the Pats cheated, I never bought into the fumbles. To me, fumbles, in most cases come down to technique as how to protect the ball. And how good a defense can strip the ball.
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    Interesting. Yet there MUST be some competitive advantage gained by deflating footballs.

  171. Fireroger, you made the arguement the stats speak for themselves. That was your argument. I simply pointed out that there is a significant stat that you must now deal with. Spygate years playoffs 12-2. Post Spygate playoff years 6-6. It was your argument that the stats speak for themselves.

  172. The reporter wanted to know if there was any way Brady would not start Week 5. As Belichick definitively stated there was no way Jimmy Garoppolo was going to remain the starter after Brady suspension finished, the reporter had his answer and a good story for the paper/website.

  173. limakey says:
    Aug 4, 2016 1:30 PM
    Fireroger, you made the arguement the stats speak for themselves. That was your argument. I simply pointed out that there is a significant stat that you must now deal with. Spygate years playoffs 12-2. Post Spygate playoff years 6-6. It was your argument that the stats speak for themselves.
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    To answer that you need to tell me how prevalent the abuse was. If it was as wide spread as many including yourself claim it was we can’t constrain the conversation to just the post-season. That doesn’t fit within the context of how wide spread the problem was. If you want to constrain it to just the post-season you need to concede the point it wasn’t as wide spread as you and others would like to believe. Just pick one so the goal posts don’t move.

    I’m asking you to look at the entire body of work which is wholly consistent to the egregious nature always thrown around. You are cherry picking just the post-season to advance a straw man argument. In other words your position might actually have merit if you could tell me the scandal was limited to the post-season. Not only are you not able to do that, you wouldn’t believe it was the case even if you tried.

  174. Fireroger, I believe it is you who is cherry picking. You are changing your arguement. You said the stats speak for themselves. The stats clearly state Spygate postseason record 12-2. After Spygate, post season 6-6. So what are these stats saying? You said they speak for themselves. So what are they saying to you?

  175. Maybe the idiots in the media should think for 5 seconds and quit asking stupid questions or not press people after they have already answered. But hey, that would require the idiots in the media to *gasp* think and also take responsibility for the backlash they may get from someone.

    If those in the media ever wonder why they get people being “rude” to them then it is because of this…the media people act like they should be worshiped regardless of how annoying or dumb they can be. It’s just pure arrogance.

  176. limakey says:
    Aug 4, 2016 8:03 PM
    Fireroger, I believe it is you who is cherry picking. You are changing your arguement. You said the stats speak for themselves. The stats clearly state Spygate postseason record 12-2. After Spygate, post season 6-6. So what are these stats saying? You said they speak for themselves. So what are they saying to you?
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    I guess since it’s my argument I get to clarify it, yes? The stats also clearly show absolutely nothing meaningful during the regular season. So now what? You can explain the nominal nature of the regular season and I can explain the irregularities of the post-season? It’s fine if you would like to do that. Or we could just agree to look at the entire statistical body which is more reflective of the scandal anyway.

    You let me know which way you want to proceed. 😉

  177. Sorry – I don’t have a problem with what he said. At some point a media rep has to understand he’s beat a dead horse so bad it’s not even recognizable as a horse any further. This idiot was going to keep the what ifs going and he got shut down. Hopefully a lesson learned for the media rep.

  178. Fireroger, the whole purpose of cheating is to win games and to pat stats. The regular season a teams schedule is determined by a forumla. However, the playoffs, that is a whole new season where once the seedings have been set, a team pretty much knows their path to the Superbowl. It seems to me that Spygate playoff record stat, 12-2 pretty much proves that the Pats stole their Superbowls. However, there has never been any proof that the Pats have stopped their cheating ways. Maybe they just stopped getting caught. Maybe they just stopped taping defensive signals. You know what a stickler Bill is for words. But a man who has devoted so much time into cheating schemes is not going to stop. He is addicted to the wins, the false glory he is getting. Closing one door to cheating on Bill Belichick is only opening another door for him some where else. He is tainted. He is a liar and a cheater.

  179. I really could not care less if a HC treats the media like dirt, especially someone asking a moronic question.

  180. limakey says:
    Aug 5, 2016 4:31 PM
    Fireroger, the whole purpose of cheating is to win games and to pat stats. The regular season a teams schedule is determined by a forumla. However, the playoffs, that is a whole new season where once the seedings have been set, a team pretty much knows their path to the Superbowl. It seems to me that Spygate playoff record stat, 12-2 pretty much proves that the Pats stole their Superbowls. However, there has never been any proof that the Pats have stopped their cheating ways. Maybe they just stopped getting caught. Maybe they just stopped taping defensive signals. You know what a stickler Bill is for words. But a man who has devoted so much time into cheating schemes is not going to stop. He is addicted to the wins, the false glory he is getting. Closing one door to cheating on Bill Belichick is only opening another door for him some where else. He is tainted. He is a liar and a cheater.
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    I agree. You cheat to win. The stats are secondary to that. If the Pats record (noting regular AND post season in case there’s any more confusion by what I mean by that) showed any semblance of anything to indicate their W\L record benefited from wholesale cheating you’d have every right to be up at arms about the severity of the issue. But the reality is there is nothing to indicate such. Unless you are prepared to argue the formula of the regular season somehow inhibits the ability of taping stolen signals there’s very little point in continuing the debate now is there. Though I have to admit I would be extremely interested in hearing the logic in the attempt to do so. No matter how you look at this you are either going to have to accept the notion it wasn’t wholesale cheating as many suggest or it simply wasn’t as effective as many suggest. There’s no other way around it. It doesn’t change the fact cheating took place. It only adds context to what many people still fail to understand.

    FWIW, There has been no proof to indicate spygate has continued either. Which makes any claim of that nature speculation at best.

  181. I notice that still, no one has found any rule which says that it is illegal to film opponents sidelines (including signals) during the course of a game. A certain poster claimed that filming sidelines is illegal and always has been, yet when asked for the full text of the rule we get nothing but crickets.

  182. Fireroger, Bill Belichick started taping signals in 2000. A system that he only expanded on and perfected through the years. Because Roger Goodell focused on saving the foundation of the game, we do know that evidence was destroyed and he made statements that he could not back up. Like the taping of the signals never influenced the out come of the game. Had no bearing on any Superbowl, etc. How could he have made that determination only four days after the scandal broke? And while the taping got most of the headlines, what about the communications violation? Having a frquency that allowed Tom Brady to have live access to the coaches box. Bill Belichick started his reign as HC in NE cheating. So as far as I am concerned, all of his sucess is questionable. And no coach is going to cheat and take it to the level Belichick did for nominal gains.

  183. limakey says:
    Aug 5, 2016 8:09 PM
    Fireroger, Bill Belichick started taping signals in 2000. A system that he only expanded on and perfected through the years. Because Roger Goodell focused on saving the foundation of the game, we do know that…..

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    The part people like yourself always leave out of the “destruction of the tapes” is that members of the media viewed them before the were destroyed.

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