Belichick will follow new injury reporting rules, whatever they are

AP

The NFL has new injury reporting rules for 2016. Patriots coach Bill Belichick, the man many fans regard as the master of misinformation when it comes to listing injuries, committed on Monday to honoring them. Even if he doesn’t know what they are yet.

“I haven’t read them yet but whatever they are we’ll follow them, whatever that happens to be,” Belichick told reporters on Monday.

It remains to be seen how the elimination of “probable” and the expansion of “questionable” and “doubtful” will impact the injury reports. For now, plenty of fantasy football players are freaking out about the potential for uncertainty — and plenty of news outlets will likely benefit from the uptick in interest as games approach and clarity emerges on whether an injured player will actually play.

So I guess I shouldn’t complain.

Regardless of how the new rules are adopted in practice, it’s safe to say that Belichick will examine ways to use the changes to his advantage. As he and every head coach should.

58 responses to “Belichick will follow new injury reporting rules, whatever they are

  1. …and while everyone is busy feverishly concentrating on how Belichick will or will not find a way to circumvent the new rules, Belichick and the Patriots will be simply be concentrating on how to beat your team on the field.

  2. its a shame that more coaches cant follow his lead and simply obey the rules as layed out by the league. we live in a society where people have forgotten how to respect the rule of law. its pretty sad.

  3. I love being A Patriot.

    Our Coach, The GCOAT, is a sounding board for how new rules are perceived.

    I love that.
    In BB We Trust

  4. No problem. Now instead of 20 players on probable , NE will have 20 players on questionable. Teams caught onto BBs antics long ago.

  5. The irony is he always has, no doubt much to the annoyance of the league office. As they were written any player who was limited in practice OR received treatment was required to be listed and that’s exactly what he did. The story goes years ago when he was HC in Cleveland he had his injury report called into question when a trainer gave a player a couple of quick stitches for a cut he got after he slipped on ice at home before coming to practice and didn’t bother to report it. So from that time forward if a player so much as got a bandaid for a hang nail he was listed on the report.

    Reality does not impact trolls of course, so have at kiddies.

  6. What nonsense. Just another Goodell move to go from parity to “everyone gets a turn to win the Superbowl”. Stopped doing that with my kids on their 10th birthday. Next Goodell will force teams to run plays certain to get stopped at the line of scrimmage. That should make for some exciting football…….

  7. If the league were truly vigilant w/r/t “integrity”, there would be no such reporting as it easily allows opposing teams to target injured players.

    Of course, integrity will always take a back seat to Vegas, DFS and fantasy football.

  8. You mean he won’t “misinterpret this one”?

    Belicheat is the Hillary Clinton of head coaches.

  9. mattwalshvideo says:
    Aug 22, 2016 4:15 PM

    You mean he won’t “misinterpret this one”?

    Belicheat is the Hillary Clinton of head coaches.

    ————

    That’s a lot better than being the Donald Trump of head coaches.

  10. Oh here we go again. Remember when the Pats made a mountain over a mole hill when the Colts cheated on the injury report with Andrew Luck? One day they’ll beat that team without any excuses…

  11. jayhawk6 says:
    Aug 22, 2016 4:13 PM
    Other than the fantasy leagues, who will be affected?
    =============

    Non FF gamblers, both legal and otherwise, particularly those that do not have a pipeline into NFL locker rooms.

  12. dcpatfan says:
    Aug 22, 2016 4:10 PM
    I love being A Patriot.

    Our Coach, The GCOAT, is a sounding board for how new rules are perceived.

    I love that.
    In BB We Trust
    ———————————–
    Greatest Cheater Of All Time?

  13. This league is a joke. Andrew Luck with a lacerated kidney and broken ribs gets the same classification as a d-lineman with a sprained pinky. Oh wait….. the colts not only don’t report their injuries, they don’t get punished for it either.

  14. “No problem. Now instead of 20 players on probable , NE will have 20 players on questionable. Teams caught onto BBs antics long ago.”

    Belichick used to be extremely stingy with his injury reporting. Then the league fined him 50k in 2002 I think it was because he didn’t report a player as injured who had a tiny cut on his hand, the equivalent of a shaving cut. Nothing that effected the player’s ability to be in the game in any stretch of the imagination.

    Every since then his attitude has been fine, if they want to fine me for not reporting every tiniest little thing then I’ll report every tiniest little thing. What else is he supposed to do?

  15. Oh here we go again. Remember when the Pats made a mountain over a mole hill when the Colts cheated on the injury report with Andrew Luck? One day they’ll beat that team without any excuses…
    __________________________________________

    It was the hyprocity of the “investigation” into Luck’s injuries that incensed Pats fans. Goodell made mention of accurate reporting on the injury report being integral to the integrity of the game. Then, he’s presented with a clear case of IR manipulation by the Colts. The NFL “investigates” for 3 months then slips in the fact that the Colts will not be punished a few hours before the SB. It’s a joke.

    What exactly are you referring to when you say “one day they’ll beat that team without any excuses”? Are you referring to the Pats winning? The Pats absolutely dominate the Colts. The Colts are pathetic crybabies from their loser owner all way down to their deadbeat sports writers. Good luck with another participation banner this year.

  16. Hater trolls are already trying to establish excuses for the Pats rolling over their pathetic team again this year. Its truly sad. Oh well, its great to be a Patriot’s fan. 15+ years of sustained success and counting.

  17. This guy’s library dwarfs that of the library at Harvard.

    That’s part of the problem…Belichick is far ahead of, not only Goodell and the morons on Park Ave, but his respect and understanding for the history of the game as an older coach, is 100% unparalleled throughout the league.

    They should just start naming trophies and awards after him.

    I have never seen a league change rules specifically to go after one team, coach or player.

    Quite the compliment, really.

    Some may see it as actual cheating towards the Pats.

  18. celticsforever says:
    Aug 22, 2016 4:35 PM

    This league is a joke. Andrew Luck with a lacerated kidney and broken ribs gets the same classification as a d-lineman with a sprained pinky. Oh wait….. the colts not only don’t report their injuries, they don’t get punished for it either
    ———–

    They need all the help they can get. Just google “Colts Fourth-Down Trick Play”, click on the first link. Stop the video at 16 seconds…..look at how many Patriots players are covering the ‘center’ and ‘qb’. Then continue the video.

    lmao every time I watch it.

  19. Like he followed them before? This guy is a serial cheater. He knew he never had what it took which is why after failing miserably in Cleveland he started filming and bugging in order to win games.

    Sub .500 without brady. Ahahahahaha.

  20. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Aug 22, 2016 4:57 PM
    Like he followed them before? This guy is a serial cheater. He knew he never had what it took which is why after failing miserably in Cleveland he started filming and bugging in order to win games.

    Sub .500 without brady. Ahahahahaha.

    —————————-
    Every great coach has a good QB. Kosar wasn’t one. Filming is allowed just not from the sidelines but you knew that and you made up the bugging to support your argument. Next…

  21. jayhawk6 says:
    Aug 22, 2016 4:13 PM

    Other than the fantasy leagues, who will be affected?
    —————————-

    A bunch of Patriots Haters, apparently.

    It’s like moths to a flame around here.

  22. The Jets lied about Favre’s torn throwing arm tendon for at least 5 games and were fined a paltry $125k despite its direct relevance to their end of season collapse that year. This was, of course, somehow even more than they paid for tampering with the best defensive player on a division rival’s SB winning team, who in fact joined them shortly thereafter, but I’m sure Belichick is still the one to watch.

  23. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Aug 22, 2016 4:57 PM

    Like he followed them before? This guy is a serial cheater. He knew he never had what it took which is why after failing miserably in Cleveland he started filming and bugging in order to win games.
    ~~~~~~~~~~
    BB took Cleveland to 11-5 before Modell pulled the rug out by announcing the move to Baltimore the following year.
    Yes Baltimore, who built on BB’s foundation with Ozzie Newsome – the retired player turned GM under Belichick’s mentorship – and won the SB a few years later.

    Good lord, you look more religious every day…

  24. If anyone still questions Belichick’s greatness, look no further than his QB. He managed to turn an average backup 199th draft pick QB into a HOF player. How? By putting a great system around him. What other coach has done that?

  25. 2016StockMarketCrash says:
    Aug 22, 2016 4:45 PM

    Belicheat will follow rules huh?
    ——————

    Belichick follows the rules to the letter. It isn’t his fault that they are poorly worded and full of holes.

  26. icanthink4myself says:
    Aug 22, 2016 5:06 PM

    Every great coach has a good QB. Kosar wasn’t one. Filming is allowed just not from the sidelines but you knew that and you made up the bugging to support your argument. Next…
    ——————

    How many times have draft picks been taken? Next…

  27. mongo3401 says:
    Aug 22, 2016 4:13 PM
    No problem. Now instead of 20 players on probable , NE will have 20 players on questionable. Teams caught onto BBs antics long ago.
    ====================
    The number of teams devising game plans based on the injury reports … exactly none.

    Maybe other teams should follow Belichick on something else as well … prepare as if everybody is healthy.

  28. If I was Belechek, I would list every player as doubtful, just in case. After all, you never know when they might get cut with a pair of scissors.

  29. I’m sure he will have his henchman trying to find the “grey” area in which operate. With the Pat’s there is no such thing as operation within the spirt of the rule.

  30. They should start calling the Millennial Entitled Trophy Generation the “Loser Generation”.
    ————
    And call their trophy the Polian Trophy

  31. beach305 says:
    Aug 22, 2016 6:45 PM

    I’m sure he will have his henchman trying to find the “grey” area in which operate. With the Pat’s there is no such thing as operation within the spirt of the rule.

    ————

    If you want to see teams operate within the spirit of the rules you should watch Ultimate Frisbee.

    The NFL is about winning.

  32. He’s a disgrace to the game.

    Worse than any player who has taken performance enhancing drugs.

    Imagine how many times he’s cheated and hasn’t been caught. The NFL knows it and they make sure to catch him now. Too bad they’ve already won their Superbowls, hopefully everyone puts an asterisk next to their titles.

  33. If I was Belechek, I would list every player as doubtful, just in case. After all, you never know when they might get cut with a pair of scissors.

    ————

    If I was Belechek I would think it was pretty cool that my name was similar to Belichick.

  34. Imagine how many times he’s cheated and hasn’t been caught. The NFL knows it and they make sure to catch him now.
    ———————-
    If I’m not mistaken, BB hasn’t really been CAUGHT at anything (aside from slapping your hapless team around on gameday).

  35. icanthink4myself says:
    Aug 22, 2016 5:06 PM

    Every great coach has a good QB. Kosar wasn’t one. Filming is allowed just not from the sidelines but you knew that and you made up the bugging to support your argument. Next…
    ——————

    How many times have draft picks been taken? Next…
    ________

    Twice,
    the first was blown completely out of proportion from a memo that wasn’t even in the rulebooks,
    and the second was 100% completely fabricated and defies science as we know it.

    Next…

  36. M8, clearly you don’t know the facts of Spygate. He misunderstood the rule for seven years? Why was all the illegal intelligence he admitted to gathering over 7 years destroyed? This was more then just stealing signals. He knew it was wrong and did it anyway. However, I must say that the NFL knew this was going on. They were forced to act on it. Read the memo to the owners about rules changing after spygate. Pats never gave an answer to why they had an extra frequency to Brady, giving him a live feed to the coaches box. Brady is only is as good as Belicheck’s cheating system is in place. And Bill takes every shot at him to remind him.

  37. If they offered Professor Belichick a highly paid sabbatical to rewrite all the rules to make common sense the game would be infinitely better off.

    But it’s been more fun to watch him exploit what’s currently in the books. Every time he takes that pencil off his ear and starts writing on the sideline the opposition gets paranoid.
    They all look like posers compared to Big Bill.

  38. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Aug 22, 2016 5:45 PM
    icanthink4myself says:
    Aug 22, 2016 5:06 PM

    Every great coach has a good QB. Kosar wasn’t one. Filming is allowed just not from the sidelines but you knew that and you made up the bugging to support your argument. Next…
    ——————

    How many times have draft picks been stolen? Next…
    _________________________________________

    Fixed it for you.

  39. “For now, plenty of losers are freaking out about the potential for uncertainty”

    Fixed.

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