Belichick on concussions: Our reports comply with league guidelines

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When Patriots coach Bill Belichick met with reporters earlier in the team’s offseason program, he wasn’t asked about Gisele Bundchen saying that her husband Tom Brady suffered concussions in 2016 and earlier that didn’t lead the Patriots quarterback to be placed in the league’s concussion protocol.

Belichick was asked about the organization’s response to Bundchen’s comment when he held a media session ahead of the first practice of the team’s mandatory minicamp on Tuesday and said they’d be releasing their next injury report in September. Belichick was then asked generally how challenging the managing and reporting of concussions is for the team.

“We file our reports in compliance with league guidelines,” Belichick said in comments distributed by the team.

The coach was then asked if he’s seen progress in regard to players self-reporting symptoms of a concussion.

“You know, our medical staff really handles the injury situation with players,” Belichick said. “Players don’t come to me and I don’t treat them for injuries. That’s not really my job. That’s what we have medical staff for.”

Brady’s agent said that his client was never diagnosed with a concussion last season, which leaves the team with no reason to put him into the concussion protocol and leave Belichick with little reason to delve into something Brady’s wife said last month.

34 responses to “Belichick on concussions: Our reports comply with league guidelines

  1. Basically…Giselle has no idea what she is talking about, and is doing anything to get Tommy to stop playing..and on that note, we are onto minicamp

  2. Going to be a long two months to training camp.

    Cue the reports reporting there’s nothing to report.

    Still best site for football, period

    Not even the individual team beat writer’s columns beat this.

  3. The reason nobody asked him about this before was that the reporters who interact with him regularly already knew what his response was going to be. This is a complete non-story that is only being discussed because we’re all stuck in the doldrums of the off-season.

  4. My favorite Belichick answer was mike Reiss prior to the 2014 regular season game

    “Bill you’ve faced Peyton for 20 games what stands out?”

    I’d say manning…head nod and I pissed my pants laughing hysterically.

  5. It’s worth repeating that Zolak’s analysis of Brady’s hits in 2016 shows only notable head impact – just before his game tying drive near the end of regular time in the SB. He got up and was spoken to by the officials, who decided there was no concern, and Brady then drove the team 90yds to a TD.

  6. rogcar2 says:
    Jun 6, 2017 12:49 PM
    Does anyone else read Belichick quotes in Belichick voice in their head?


    Is there another way? 😉

  7. Stunning. I never would have pegged Belichick as someone to lie for his own personal gain. Never saw that coming.

  8. mikespillane337 says:
    Jun 6, 2017 1:49 PM

    Should I buy the 5x SB Champions hat or wait till next year and get the 6x SB Champions hat….this is the dilemma we Patriots fans deal with,everyday.

    I’d say get the hat (BB renamed his boat, even though he will likely have to rename it again).

    Then again….. on your $18,000 a year salary you might want to save it for more important things in life.

    The fact that you buy every new piece of merchandise that the NFL puts out speaks volumes. You are just making goodell happy, and lining the pockets of owners who railroaded the Pats in deflategate. The very same people you screamed at when they were being completely blind to the facts of science. But go ahead – line their pockets some more. #notverybright

  9. If you are smart, you don’t have to lie, and it does not make you dishonest.

    If you don’t like the answers, ask better questions.

    As far as *bashing* Gisele for reporting that her husband had what [seemed to be] a concussion, there is no reason for this. She is not a doctor and gave what she thought was an honest answer.

    In a slow week for football news, this is about as tame as it gets.

  10. “I’m a football coach, not a doctor, the medical staff is the medical staff. I coach the team; medical people handle the injuries. They don’t call plays; I don’t do surgery. We have a great deal there. It works out good.”

    That was from Belichick in Sept. 2016, anyone that was expecting anything different in June of 2017 clearly has not been paying attention the past 16 years.

  11. When considering the pronouncements of Mr Belichick, the following two statements immediately come to mind:

    1. “Honesty is the Best Policy”

    2. “Cheaters never Win, and Winners Never Cheat”

  12. Can anyone explain to me why teams should publicly disclose injuries?

    I understand sending injury reports to the league, that way the brass can ensure teams are protecting their players, but if it is public knowledge Player A has a knee injury heading into Sunday, don’t you think the opposing team will clearly target it?

    It just seems to be against player safety completely.

  13. ROFL! He has never been in compliance with any league “guidelines” since he’s been there.

    #1 in league fines proves it beyond any shadow of doubt..

  14. kevinlawrencecantor says:
    Jun 6, 2017 3:35 PM
    Can anyone explain to me why teams should publicly disclose injuries?

    It’s about gambling. By making teams injury reports available the league is doing what it can to minimize the pursuit of inside information and keep anyone from benefiting by acquiring it.

  15. “BB is to busy trying to find new ways to cheat. No time for player safety.”

    No team works harder than the Pats. Numerous former players that were on other teams before or after their time with the Pats have confirmed this.

    Hard work, innovation and success used to be respected in this country. Now the politically correct, want everyone to get a participation trophy and nothing more, lazy, whining, self entitled crowd find the hard work and innovation somehow “cheating” because they are either incapable and or to lazy too do so themselves.


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