Bill Belichick seems to be willing to forgive Cyrus Jones

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When Patriots rookie cornerback Cyrus Jones pulled the inexplicable moth-to-a-flame routine with a punt that had yet to be touched by the Ravens, many assumed Jones would be yanked from punt returns, permanently. Apparently, that won’t be happening.

Coach Bill Belichick came off as charitable when discussing the matter during a Tuesday press conference.

“[W]e have confidence in all of our players,” Belichick told reporters. “We’ve seen [Matthew] Slater fumble before. We’ve seen [Tom] Brady throw an interception before, too. We’ll always do what we feel is best for the football team based on the situation and the particular game and what we’re dealing with.”

What’s best for the football team during a punt is pretty clear to Belichick.

“Of course once the ball hits the ground, we don’t want to be near the ball and have that hit us,” Belichick said. “That goes for everybody. . . . We turned the ball over three times, and that’s three too many. So we’ve got to do a better job of coaching and a better job of playing to eliminate those turnovers.”

As it relates to punts, the message remains simple.

“I mean any punt returner, once we don’t field the ball then we have to get out of the way and keep it from hitting us,” Belichick said. “Yeah, that’s a fundamental thing.”

It’s indeed fundamental, but sometimes strange things happen when the ball is skittering around and the punt returner for whatever reason doesn’t run the other way. It happened last night, and it opened the door for a comeback that nearly kept the Patriots from winning their 11th game.

27 responses to “Bill Belichick seems to be willing to forgive Cyrus Jones

  1. Jones has been a healthy scratch twice this year. If Rowe is healthy (big If). Jones may be the odd man out on Sunday night. Especially if Griff is active.

  2. Sure Bill. But we know that when you saw his supremely boneheaded boot of that punt you were thinking, “Tomorrow he’s released!”

    We count on you to not put up with anything but perfection. It’s why players hate to play for you but won’t ever talk about it publicly.

  3. jjackwagon says:
    Dec 13, 2016 1:15 PM
    BB would have been singing a different tune if they had lost the game.


    in private, not in public though. just not his style.

  4. nflknowitall says:
    Dec 13, 2016 1:14 PM

    We count on you to not put up with anything but perfection. It’s why players hate to play for you but won’t ever talk about it publicly.

    Yep. Players usually sign for less money to play for a guy they hate.

    Oh, that’s right, they don’t.

  5. jjackwagon says:
    Dec 13, 2016 1:15 PM
    BB would have been singing a different tune if they had lost the game.

    No, he wouldn’t. Apparently you don’t know much about The Hoodie. Even when he cuts someone that has screwed the pooch one time too many he doesn’t tune them up publicly. The next time you see him pull an Arians will be the first.

    He is also far more patient with rookies than with his established players.

  6. .
    In his post game comments, Belichick referred to all three turnovers as correctable. Remember, Jones was brought in as a CB, not a return man. Although his play often falls squarely in the bone head category, there’s no reason to think he can’t improve. Maybe he’d be better off focusing on one job at a time.

    Let’s not forget, we’ve seen this before. Last year in Denver, Chris Harper was told not to touch the punt but decided on his own to try and make the catch. We all know how that turned out.

  7. I know it’s not collage ball and everything but the mistake he made was 101kick returning. I fear that its in his head . He is trying to hard to be a great player instead of just letting happen. If you look at the play you could see how upset he was with himself. The ball is lose there on the ground and he doesn’t even see it he just assume that the ravens player has. If he would have kept playing till the end he could have still jumped on the ball and got it back. He might be good but not this year.

  8. The kid just may not be capable of learning from his mistakes. That was one of the dumbest things a punt returned could have done. If he was a great cover guy, sure keep him around. But he’s not showing that either. Send him to the Browns.

  9. He brain farted twice in one play — inexplicably getting a foot in front of it, and then not diving on the loose ball after the Ravens guy coughed it up. I sensed what Jets fans must feel like all the time, and I did not like it.

  10. Bill obviously sees something good in the kid when other currently aren’t seeing that same thing.

    I’ll trust Bill in this case.

  11. Cyrus Jones has ZERO football instincts. It actually looked as if he tried to get near that punt and kick it. This was after a previous attempt almost hit him. Does he hate his own team or is he really that inept? Belichick is being polite. What he’s thinking about this kids write now is not safe to be printed.

  12. bringbackkosar says:
    Dec 13, 2016 1:45 PM
    maybe the ball was underinflated and that’s why it bounced toward him lol


    Well, given that the Ravens were the kicking team it would have been their ball so….

  13. I have a day job doing something other than football, and even I know enough to get away from a ball that isn’t round when it bounces. Pay me $1M per season, and I’m pretty sure I can avoid it.

  14. Belichick must think Cyrus is the one and only.

    Cyrus – “Now look what we have here before us. We’ve got, the Saracens…sitting next to the Jones Street Boys. We’ve got The Moonrunners, right by The Van Courtlandt Rangers. Nobody is wasting nobody. Now that … is a miracle … and miracles!…is the way things ought to be.”

  15. yrus Jones just seems to be confused about what he needs to do to not hurt his team. Just don’t hurt you’re team at this stage of your career, and you can stick around until you “get it.” That has traditionally been the hallmark of Belichick rookies. “Keep quiet, do your job, and don’t make mistakes that hurt the team. Everything else from you rook is a bonus. Don’t try to win the game for us. We got it. Just do what you are told and don’t try to impress anyone, and we’ll all be fine.”

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