Belichick doesn’t have much to say about his rules on practice fights


Yes, pretty much any article about the Patriots’ head coach could begin with “Belichick doesn’t have much to say about. . . .” Today’s topic on which he doesn’t have much to say: Fighting at practice.

On Tuesday, both receiver Julian Edelman and cornerback Stephon Gilmore were booted from practice after getting into a skirmish. It’s apparently Belichick’s rule that if you fight, you’re gone.

Here’s the portion of the transcript of Belichick’s Wednesday press conference regarding his rules on fighting, as generated and circulated by the team.

Q: When there’s a fight at practice, the rule is that those guys involved are asked to leave. Is there anything positive that you can take from that sort of instance in terms of the competitiveness or intensity the players are showing?

BB: Well, I don’t know what the rules are. I just try to coach the team the best I can.

Q: I was just referring to your rules.

BB: I don’t know what rule that is. I do what I think is right in all situations, so that’s what I do.

Q: What typically happens if there is a fight between players at training camp?

BB: I do what I think’s best.

Q: What happened after the fight yesterday?

BB: I’m not going to get into that.

Q: Will there be any consequences for those players today?

BB: Look, I’ll do whatever I do with the team. It’s between me and the team. All discipline matters are. Hopefully you can respect that.

And that’s that. And that’s Belichick.

42 responses to “Belichick doesn’t have much to say about his rules on practice fights

  1. Belichick – 1,000,001
    Reporters – 0

    .. why do you guys bother? Seriously? He will give you what he always gives you; NOTHING! And you will look ignorant in the process.

  2. HAHAHA I love how everyone soils themselves over Bills lack of flowery press conferences.

    Personally I much prefer BB’s approach then the boisterous, social media pleasing, approach of others…

  3. outstanding stuff from coach B. leaving nothing to be misconstrued or misrepresented by the media.

  4. How can you not wish he was your coach? If any other coach gets asked that after the 3rd or 4th time of dodging the question they give an extended answer just to get it over with and bill just starts to be a bigger smart a**.

  5. In other words, Belichick doesn’t have a “set of rules”, so why did the reporter keep asking him about “his rules”.

    After he answered the first question, all the remaining questions were moot. Doh!

  6. Look, maybe we should end the stupid question time, and retire it as yester years…..back when there wasn’t video footage of everything, and people read their newspapers to find articles about their teams. Lynch did the same thing and was blasted, he just words it different. BB does it and it’s smart and funny.

  7. That’s TEAM BUSINESS & none of your business….
    Love it!!!
    I’m the coach & I do what I believe is in the best interest of the TEAM….what’s so hard to understand folks??!!
    RESPECT MY AUTHORITAYYYY as Cartmen would say!! Lol

  8. Crazy to see the similarities between him and Greg Popovich. Both barely answer media, make media look like fools for questions they don’t like, and both win with players no one has ever heard of. Both going down as two of the greatest coaches of the modern era.

  9. .
    Once you start setting absolutes, then the debate will devolve into what constitutes a fight. Does three reciprocal pushes constitute a fight?

  10. In defence of Gilmore, he still has that Buffalo inferiority complex he needs to get rid of.

  11. The guy is an arrogant blowhard, he is what he is. It’s been nice to see him lose two Super Bowls. Pretty sure that 99.999% of society outside of Boston, would agree with that.

  12. staffordisbetterthanyourteamsqb says:
    Aug 2, 2017 11:19 AM
    It would feel really good to punch Belicheat right in his cheating face

    But then you would miss…and the next sequence of events would leave you curled up crying and sniveling on the floor for your mommy (who hasn’t come home yet from earning money out on the avenue).Just like what you’re doing now.

  13. So they handle it like men. Hate them all you want but I wish the Packers had their mentality.

  14. I don’t know what Bill’s rules are, but I suspect that he draws the line at behavior that would draw a flag during a game. It’s about controlling emotions….and Bill is setting the boundary in practice.

  15. These reporters are dumber than that guy who writes 23 articles a day about that washed up pariah Kaepernick..

  16. He politely said “non of your f’n business”. What are the rules on how much a coach has to tell the media? What are the rules on how many different reporters can ask the same question worded a different way? BB said nunya and that’s exactly what he meant. Move on.

  17. Tossing out Julian Edelman sends a powerful message to the locker room. Belichick is a strict coach and doesn’t play favorites when they do the wrong thing. Players need some discipline and Bill has perfected the application over many years.
    Another Super Bowl ring is theirs for the taking.

  18. Not a Pats fan or hater but love BB. What’s the point of ever trying to give the media more? They just use it against you at some point or to fill multiple sports talk radio shows (depending on market) that are so lacking of things to talk about they become conspiracy theorists. I wouldn’t tell them anything more than necessary either.

  19. cletuspstillwaterjr says:
    Aug 2, 2017 12:19 PM
    Start a fight with Brady at practice and see how fast those rules change.
    You’d be gone faster than anyone could change a rule, and rightfully so.

  20. boiler72 says:
    Aug 2, 2017 11:45 AM
    The guy is an arrogant blowhard, he is what he is. It’s been nice to see him lose two Super Bowls. Pretty sure that 99.999% of society outside of Boston, would agree with that.
    It was GREAT to see him WIN 5 others (not including the ones as assistant coach with the Giants) and it was pretty darn good to see him IN the ones he lost! How many Super Bowls has YOUR team sniffed in the last 17 years?

  21. As a Chiefs fan I don’t like the Pats and I don’t like Belichick. But I respect his team and I LOVE the way he handled that question. Thanks Bill for putting the media in their place!

  22. Bill has said in the past, if you fight in a game they throw you out.

    So if you fight in practice you’re getting thrown out.

  23. Not a Pats fan, but I am a BB fan. I love hearing about the BB pressers. I don’t see how anyone could ever misconstrue or take his words out of context.

  24. After watching various hard knocks and All or nothings it’s about time we seen the Patriots in action behind the scenes to see the difference between wishy washy coaching were the most important tool seems to be a power point presentation telling players how to get motivated and how much the coaches love them to how a winning football team acts out its season.

  25. Maybe I’m just old and cynical, but this whole story seems a bit cliche. Just not sure WHICH cliche:

    New inmate in the prison picks a fight on the first day to gain the respect of fellow inmates.


    Current inmate picks a fight with new inmate to find out what he’s made of.

    I’m leaning toward the latter. Don Vito Belichick and his consigliere Thomas run a tight family.

    Ninkovich talks to media; now he’s retired. Edelman answers question about 19-0.

    Perhaps the family orders him to take on Gilmore as atonement for breaking omerta…

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