Bill Belichick: Great champions get off the mat and win


Patriots coach Bill Belichick used a boxing analogy he learned early in his coaching career to describe what his team did at Super Bowl LI.

Belichick paid tribute to his old boss, Bill Parcells, and said this morning that Parcells used to tell his teams that the greatest fighters are the ones who can win after they’ve been knocked down.

“One of the things coach Parcells said that always stuck with me is in boxing, the mark of a great champion is the one who can get up off the mat and win. It felt like that’s what we did last night,” Belichick said.

Belichick said he’s known his team was special since last offseason, when he saw their work ethic and their commitment.

“They earned it all the way, from OTAs to training camp, all through the regular season, 14 wins, three more in the playoffs, and we handled adversity all the way. I couldn’t be prouder of these guys,” Belichick said. “They just compete and don’t stop competing, and we saw that last night. What everybody saw last night in the fourth quarter and overtime from the New England Patriots is what I’ve seen for the last seven months. I’m very proud to be the coach of this group.”

No one can dispute that these Patriots are great champions, and champions who can take a punch and hit back.

50 responses to “Bill Belichick: Great champions get off the mat and win

  1. Hay lets give kudos to Chris Long he started the whole come back with the great acting selling the holding call other than that he was invisible all day !

  2. wib22 says:
    Feb 6, 2017 10:16 AM
    When I cheat all the time, it pays off!

    All I can do for you at this point is pat you on the head and say,

    “Shhhhhh, Coach Belichick is talking now, m-kay?”

  3. wib22 says:
    Feb 6, 2017 10:16 AM
    When I cheat all the time, it pays off!
    No it doesn’t, all of your salty nonsense just keeps reconfirming how childish you are, so stop cheating reality dude.

  4. I like the boxing reference. Particularly considering I was reading multiple reports that the Falcons were watching boxing to get motivation for the game… maybe instead of watching boxing matches they should have focused on patriots game film?

  5. Patriots experience in the Super Bowl showed last night. They knew the game wasn’t over at the half, while the Falcons defense was too amped up in the first half. They didn’t save enough energy for the full 60 and ran out of gas. Wasn’t that something that Brady talked about during Super Bowl media week? That you can’t get too amped up so you reserve energy for the full 60.

  6. The experience edge was too much. Falcons got caught in the moment late. Too many young guys thinking it was over. The cameras confirmed this as early as 3rd quarter when they panned to guys celebrating when it was 28-9. Pats have been there, done that and knew it wasn’t over until the clock hit zero.

    Atlanta is a great team, pretty sure they will be back in near future and learn from this. Pats looked like the Pats. Probably another championshop tun left in them, if not more.

    Congrats to both teams.

  7. Atlanta played a great game last night!

    Congrats to them. I have a feeling that they may be ruling the NFC for several years.

    Nothing but class from Quinn after the game.

    Julio is amazing.
    Freeman is one fast little dude.
    The Defense looked great, until they faded fast at the end.
    Matt Ryan….perhaps a bit over-rated after this regular season, but good. He certainly has a lot of weapons.

    Best SuperBowl ever!

    Falcons may get another pop at the Pats next year!

    Until then….

    HELL YEAH!!! World Champion Patriots!!

  8. wib22 says:
    Feb 6, 2017 10:16 AM
    When I cheat all the time, it pays off!

    Sad, and pathetic.

  9. Just keep saying the Pats got lucky and didn’t earn that win. Keep saying that the other team “gave them” those trophies. Keep fueling the fire of desire by question their achievements. Seriously keep doing it. It makes BB’s job of keeping them humbled motivated a little bit easier.

    -Patriots fans around the globe.

  10. Bill won’t be referencing his old Giant’s players anymore when he references great performances.

    He will now reference “The heart and soul of a Patriot”

  11. wib22 says:
    Feb 6, 2017 10:35 AM
    How is it sad? GOAT QB won last night, but the coach caught filming signals shouldn’t be praised.
    At least be factually correct… he taped signals from the incorrect location.

  12. During pregame, they had audio from someone who was mic’d up (Edelman, if I’m not mistaken) during a game. He made mention of his dad telling him, when you get someone down, you break their neck.

    The Falcons refused to break their neck, and the Pats made ’em pay.

  13. During the regular season, some Rams fans here mused what it must feel like to be Patriots fans. I said it was fun and suggested trying it on for a few weeks to see what they thought. I hope it worked out.

  14. maust1013 says:
    Feb 6, 2017 11:01 AM
    elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    Feb 6, 2017 10:18 AM
    Hay lets give kudos to Chris Long blah blah blah

    Awww, that elmo doesn’t sound to tickled at all.

  15. Sorry, Elmer, the tackle had Chris Long in a headlock. It was so bad Fox replayed it.

    Haters will now be considered bitter, just plaine dumb, or both.

  16. elmerbrownelmerbrown and wib22- please go away for a day or two. you look foolish with your posts.

  17. “elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Feb 6, 2017 10:18 AM Hay lets give kudos to Chris Long he started the whole come back with the great acting selling the holding call other than that he was invisible all day !”

    Wah! Wah! Oh, learn to spell. It’s “hey” not “hay.” Hay is what cows eat. I’d think you already know that, Elmo.

  18. Trolls’ heads exploding all over PFT!


    Make sure you tune in for another deep playoff run by the Patriots next year.


  19. In the future, a best-selling movie will FOREVER PRESERVE the disgraceful actions of the current NFL office and forever preserve the excellence of this Great Football Team.

    Since the end of the first half of the game in question: Brady 81 Touchdowns, 15 Interceptions; 2 AFC Championship WINS; 2 Super Bowl WINS; and helped his team win enough games to play in the 2016 AFC Championship game.

    New England Patriots and Tom Brady:

    PRIOR to DEFLATEGATE: 5 AFC Championships WINS and 3 Super Bowl WINS.

    AFTER DEFLATEGATE (3 seasons): 2 AFC Championships WINS and 2 Super Bowl WINS.

    During 19 January, 2015 (day after AFC Championship Game), an official letter sent to Mr. Kraft from the senior vice president of NFL operations (David Gardi) informed the Patriots that an investigation will be conducted.

    1. FACT: On page two, the letter states the following: … “each of the Colts’ game balls that was inspected met the requirements set forth.”

    That statement turns out to be totally not true. Page 8, of the Wells report confirms that 3 of the 4 Colts’ footballs were in fact deflated. Who from the NFL office directed to stop testing the Colts’ remaining 8 footballs???

    2. FACT: The NFL has finally admitted that they DID NOT know anything about the Ideal Gas Law (IGL). That admission is incredible!

    3. FACT: Brady was found guilty by the NFL office based on “ASSUMPTIONS AND DATA THAT IS UNCERTAIN” (quote Wells Report).

    4. What would you do if someone in your family was accused and deemed guilty based on “ASSUMPTIONS AND DATA THAT IS UNCERTAIN” (quote Wells Report)? Could you accept that???

    5. Why wouldn’t Brady turn his cell phone in? …… Would you provide your cell phone to folks that you know are not truthful (19 Jan. letter, etc.)???

    6. FACT: NFL announces creation of PSI rules hours before leaking story that Brady “destroys” phone. Thus, the public quickly forgets the NFL admits they had no PSI rules or knowledge of the Ideal Gas Law.

    7. This is AMERICA and King Roger and Troy Vincent are NOT bigger than our great Country!

  20. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:

    Feb 6, 2017 10:18 AM

    Hay lets give kudos to Chris Long he started the whole come back with the great acting selling the holding call other than that he was invisible all day !
    Long toasted that offensive linemen who had Long hooked by the neck from behind, easiest call of the game.

  21. Yes.

    I don’t like the Pats, but as a fan of the game, I have to respect Tom Brady’s accomplishments. He’s the best ever. That game was incredible. That team won because of their collective belief in Tom.

  22. Super Bowl ‘winners’
    1) Fox – Overtime = more ad revenue.

    2) NFL – Roger said this week he wanted to “make the games as exciting as they can be.” (even if the powers that be need to manipulate the flow of the game with timely defensive holding calls and other penalties, etc. It is widely believed that a penalty could be called on every play of every game.)

    Super Bowl ‘losers’
    1) The players and coaches of the NFL, who are truly talented and play their hearts out each week, only to be pawns in the continuing ‘story of greatness’ of the league.

    2) Anyone who continues to watch and support what this ‘entertainment’ farce this has become

    Not a Fan of either team, which I believe allows me to see more objectively what the once great NFL has evolved into.

  23. The combination of Brady and Belichick together is what’s key. I don’t know if Brady is the best QB ever, but I know he’s one of the best, and I don’t think any of the other great ones have ever had a coach as good as Bill. Also, the same can be said of Bill. I don’t know if he’s the best coach ever, but none of the greatest coaches ever had a Brady type QB. If you combined Joe Gibbs with Joe Montana, maybe you get 10 super bowls. We’ll never know.

  24. iamkillerfin says:
    Feb 6, 2017 10:28 AM

    The NFL is becoming pro wrestling FIXED!!! Atlanta’s defense kicking ass for 3 quarters & then forget how to cover & intercept passed???

    marcuswelby1 says:
    Feb 6, 2017 10:28 AM

    wib22 says:
    Feb 6, 2017 10:16 AM
    When I cheat all the time, it pays off!
    You two know nothing about Football.

  25. It was really good to see Alex Mack in the Superbowl executing Kyle’s offense. It was even better to see money grubbing Alex Mack and Shanahan walk off the field as LOSERS!

  26. For the next 50 years the second half of Superbowl LI will be shown to coaches-in-training at all levels as a textbook case of how NOT to play with a lead.

  27. Abassplucker says:
    Feb 6, 2017 2:36 PM
    For the next 50 years the second half of Superbowl LI will be shown to coaches-in-training at all levels as a textbook case of how NOT to play with a lead.
    It should be shown to every team at the start of every season as an object lesson that you are NEVER beaten until the clock hits all zeros.

    At one point in the evening Atlanta had a 99.7% win probability. The Patriots refused to go away and accept defeat.

    That’s the lesson that every team should take to heart.

  28. Loved the Belichick/Jimmy Johnson interview. Those two are cut from the mold. Both knew how to get the most out of players but Belichick didn’t have the abundance of talent JJ had. Plus Belichick had the luxury of working for a man who stayed out of the way.

    Is there another coach out there as good as these two? I can’t think of one.

  29. For those people that actually want to talk about FB, I think there is another ‘Pats at the head of the curve angle’. Although it’s a small sample size, it seems that the new CBA rules about practicing had the wrong effect(as did kickoff rules, but that’s another discussion). Last year, by the time the Pats got to Denver for the AFCC gm, they were decimated by injuries. Hired a new strength and conditioning coach, still practiced in pads during SBowl week and went into the gm in great shape injury wise. With the notable exception of Gronk, one of the 10 best players in FB. The Falcons, who had some kind of Navy Seal training, had nothing left in the 4th qtr, never mind OT.

  30. 1) We won the game so now we’re champs (again)
    2) adjust the budget for some MORE championship gear, possibly make some more room in the spare bedroom
    3) Back to speculating about possible Celtics’ trades in the 2+ weeks leading up to the NBA trade deadline

    Since 2002 all 4 of our major league teams have won championships – Pats 5, Sox 3, Celts and Bruins 1 each, a total of 10.

    We’ll take it

  31. Reading the anti Patriot posts I have to think that at least some of them only say what they say to antagonize Pats fans. Deep down they wish their teams could have half the success the Pats have had. But their objectivity is clouded by blind jealously. In my opinion!

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