Bill Belichick: Third preseason game not in “same universe” as regular season

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NFL teams are playing their third preseason game of the summer this week and that usually means they’ll be giving more playing time to the players set to play sizable roles during the regular season before essentially giving them the day off in the final exhibition contest.

That has led to many people referring to the third preseason game as a dress rehearsal for the regular season. Patriots coach Bill Belichick isn’t one of those people.

During an appearance on “Dale & Holley” on WEEI on Monday, Belichick explained that playing time and “1-on-1 matchups” may bear some resemblance to what happens down the road but that little else about the games can compare.

“I don’t. I don’t know what that means,” Belichick said. “In terms of playing time it might be a little different, but in terms of game-planning and strategy, what we see in the regular season compared to what we see the in third preseason game I don’t even think you’re in the same universe. We’re still running our basic plays and we’d expect our opponents would run their basic plays. You get to the opener and start to get to game-planning and scheme, I mean you’re in a totally different ballpark, in my opinion. I don’t see any comparison at all. It’s too far away, I don’t see how you could compare them, from that standpoint.”

With their offensive line in flux and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo preparing for his first regular season starts, the Patriots have given plenty of playing time to players who will be on the field in September. This week’s game with the Panthers will give those players an idea of things that need to be cleaned up before Week One, which may be akin to a dress rehearsal but the lack of full stage directions does make it less of a simulation of what’s to come.

19 responses to “Bill Belichick: Third preseason game not in “same universe” as regular season

  1. The Panthers will be a really good test for JG. If he can play well then…

    Wait for it…..

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    ….EXCELLENT news for the 4 time World Champion Patriots!

    🙂

  2. .
    Coaches often do things in the preseason that they would seldom do in the regular season. An example being : going for it on 4th and 1 from the one. During the regular season most teams would be inclined to take the three points, but in the preseason the coach may just want to see how his goal line offense performs in that situation.
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  3. Ok.

    We see his point. However, there’s still 11 guys on each side, the same rules apply, and both are played with a thing called a football. “Same universe”? Yes. Different? Granted.

  4. Bill Belichick is not in the same universe as the rest of NFL coaches, which explains why the Patriots are continuously winners.
    So while some of you will celebrate that Rex Ryan coaches to win the preseason believing that is noteworthy, Goodell will find a way to fine Belichick just because Belichick uses his different perspective to outplay your team. Ah, isn’t forced parity a blessing.

  5. With yet more injuries to contend with, on top of all of Goodell’s fraud, the only cheating that haters will find proof of is Belichick yet again cheating the odds!

    I’m not a Pats fan. I’ve watched the game since the 1960s, a Skin as a kid then slowly becoming more of a Montana fan. I rooted for Favre’s Pack against the Pats in 96. But in my later years I’m more into the deeper aspects of the game and by 2002 had become a Belichick fan (though with some admiration of Holmgren and Coughlin). So I’m not a Pats fan because if BB went to the Jets next year I’d follow him). And so anyway, as much as it’s fun to see the tribal trolls get salty, I more think that its just extremely sad that they are cheating themselves out of the pleasure of enjoying the greatest HC (and GM) to ever play the game.

  6. The preseason is more about getting the right players to a 53 man roster. A test for players in situational football to see who makes the cut for this years plan. I’m not saying the preseason isn’t something to get excited about, but expecting the games to resemble regular season games is ridiculous.

  7. pastabelly says:
    Aug 23, 2016 8:49 AM
    The games are fake and the Patriots and the NFL have a lot of nerve charging full price for tickets.

    INCORRECT!!!!…They charge much less for preseason games.

  8. Coaches often do things in the preseason that they would seldom do in the regular season. An example being the Patriots will not cheat – they just save that stuff for games that count.

  9. Seems like advertisers just hype up the third game because the starters play a bit more. But fans who think the third preseason game is anything like the regular season are out to lunch.

  10. It is amazing that a team with a shaky o-line and a starting QB not playing 25% of the season is still the favorite to win it all.

  11. <lanman11 says:
    Aug 23, 2016 6:50 PM
    It is amazing that a team with a shaky o-line and a starting QB not playing 25% of the season is still the favorite to win it all.

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    No kidding, and look at the margin!

    Patriots 15/2
    Seahawks 9/1
    Steelers 10/1
    Packers 11/1
    Broncos 12/1
    Panthers 13/1

  12. No kidding, and look at the margin!

    Patriots 15/2
    Seahawks 9/1
    Steelers 10/1
    Packers 11/1
    Broncos 12/1
    Panthers 13/1

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    More impressive is that the Broncos are on the list. I get how great the defense is, and I get that they’re defending champs, but the other 5 teams listed here have a great QB. Which 2000 and 2015 aside, you need to win a Super Bowl.

  13. Went to Charlotte last night to watch Pats. Coach really reamed out some position coaches in the last minute of the game. Could read his lips through binocs for 3 F-bombs including “doing your F—in jobs”. Garbage time for any other head coach is a teaching moment for Professor Bill – . and that’s why we love him.

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