Belichick isn’t worried about the significance of Sunday night’s game

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There’s a big game with significant implications in the AFC looming for Sunday night in Foxboro. The head coach of the home team doesn’t see it that way.

Four days before a Chiefs-Patriots showdown that may echo into January, Bill Belichick tried to not get caught up in the hype.

“Do you feel like you’re paying for the top seed in the AFC this week?” Belichick was asked by a reporter on Wednesday.

“I feel like we’re playing Kansas City,” Belichick said.

“Does it seem like the stakes are higher for this game?” he was asked.

“It feels like we’re playing Kansas City.”

As catch phrases go, it’s not quite to the level of “on to Cincinnati” or “tastes like chicken,” but it’s good enough.

Belichick elaborated a bit more when asked to explain the challenge of slowing down Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill.

“He can take those slip screens and go 80 yards,” Belichick said. “Yeah, it’s a problem. If you play off him, you give him too much space. Play up on him, he gets behind you. He’s a hard guy to defend. The quarterback can throw it deep. He stretches the whole field. They have a lot of run-pass option plays. If you stop the run, you’re light outside. If you’re heavy outside, you’re light inside. They do a good job. They can move the ball. They score a lot of points, got a lot of explosive players. Hill’s one of them but they’ve got a bunch of them.”

Belichick then was asked whether Hill reminds Belichick of Eric Metcalf, who played for Belichick in Cleveland.

“No,” Belichick said.

There’s the Bill we know and love.

36 responses to “Belichick isn’t worried about the significance of Sunday night’s game

  1. Simply the best. All business. Does not get any better than this as a sports fan of your own team.

    If you don’t have it, and you have a Mike Tomlin or some other overrated bozo the clown, you’re angry and jealous.

  2. The one game at a time mantra has not always been good enough, but it has helped lead the Pats to…

    12 AFC Championship Games
    8 Super Bowl Games
    5 Super Bowl Wins

    Not a bad job overall. I think the Pats will keep him.

  3. Do you feel like you’re paying for the top seed in the AFC this week?” Belichick was asked by a reporter on Wednesday.
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    Cue the Pats are cheating again comments. I wouldn’t think Bill would tell anyone that.

  4. bhcpaul1989 says:
    October 11, 2018 at 10:48 am
    Do you feel like you’re paying for the top seed in the AFC this week?” Belichick was asked by a reporter on Wednesday.
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    Cue the Pats are cheating again comments. I wouldn’t think Bill would tell anyone that.
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    If you have cheated before and unusual things happen on the reg to benefit your team….people are going to suspect your cheating.

  5. I’m not a Pats fan and I know Belichick’s manner rubs many the wrong way, but I love how he just tells it straight and doesn’t use the standard coach-speak.

  6. BB isn’t worried about this game, he knows he gets to play the Jets, the Dolphins and the Bills twice every year. The Pats get an automatic 6 wins every year and guaranteed home field game as AFC east champions year in and year out.

  7. Freaking loved Eric Metcalf! Two punt return touchdowns against the Steelers, the last to win the game is still my favorite sports memory of all time.

  8. I get that sports writers look at all manner of things, including calculating matchups, rankings, etc.

    To Bill’s point, a longer view of the season shows that this is one game…with many to follow. Much can be made of this game… but, just as likely, much will happen afterward.

    So assigning significance is fun for fans and writers…but fans of NE have come to see the ‘process’ of getting a team to its most competitive point takes place over the entire season.

    NE might suck, Chiefs might suck…. or vice versa.

    Bill has his eye on January.

  9. Bill views all regular season games of equal importance. The only “big games” are the playoffs and Super Bowl. He’s been a head coach in 8 Super Bowls and a coordinator in 2 more. When you are involved in 10 Super Bowls the regular season starts to pale a bit

  10. Their whole family has a glorious gift for understatement. When asked if Bill was a genius for winning all those rings, his own late father said they were talking about a guy who walks up and down a sideline. Refreshing in this day of endless, unsupported hype.

  11. Love it he gives the press absolutely nothing. When you’re focused on your job none of that outside noise matters. That is why NE has been able to succeed these past 18 seasons.

  12. Belichick isn’t worried because the officiating will be “generous” as usual to the patriots. Every 3rd down will get a just-in-case defensive holding or illegal contact call. The patriots will get the benefit of “missed” holding calls to protect Brady. And all benefit of the doubt calls will obviously be tipped in their direction. So why would belichik worry?

  13. If Gordon was already fully into the playbook and the other Pats newer guys and acting-DC were fully up to speed, I’d call a home team win. But right now KC are hotter, and Bill’s prob already calculating to use the game for seeing what he needs to do come January – that’s if KC get there.

  14. .
    It’s week 6. No one is going to be eliminated on Sunday night. With injuries and scheme changes both these teams may look entirely different by the time the playoffs roll around. However, of the two teams the Patriots are the more desperate. The Chiefs are on cruise control in the AFC West
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  15. Hate the Pats. They’re just…boring to me, neither here nor there though but anyway -I agree with Belichick 100%. Chiefs are rolling, they’re younger, and much faster and more athletic. Hell, they may smoke NE Sun night. But you know what? Been there done that for the Pats. Brady and Belichick have been in big games since half the Chiefs were in diapers. Wake them when the playoffs come

  16. tylawzpick6 says:
    October 11, 2018 at 11:43 am
    Belichick isn’t worried because the officiating will be “generous” as usual to the patriots. Every 3rd down will get a just-in-case defensive holding or illegal contact call. The patriots will get the benefit of “missed” holding calls to protect Brady. And all benefit of the doubt calls will obviously be tipped in their direction. So why would belichik worry?

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    Just send an email to your owner and have others call into Goodell and ask for this game to try to be rigged in favor fo the Chiefs, so they can have a tiebreaker for seeindg like Goodell did in 2015 with Denver, Gronk mauled in the snow and Goodell then covering for the roids sent to his house in Miami.

    How about that? Goodell LOVES to cheat for \fans like you because you make up 90% of the customer base.

    It’s laughable to me Goodell has been caught in a federal court cheating the Pats and helping other AFC teams in the process, yet somehow you have yourself brainwashed that the Pats dominance, even through his cheating, somehow means he’s helping the PAts.

    LOL

  17. streetyson says:
    October 11, 2018 at 11:44 am
    If Gordon was already fully into the playbook and the other Pats newer guys and acting-DC were fully up to speed, I’d call a home team win. But right now KC are hotter, and Bill’s prob already calculating to use the game for seeing what he needs to do come January – that’s if KC get there.

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    1. I agree BB doesn’t show it like he did with Jax. He knew that. If they could have executed better and had Edelman, they have have beaten Jax, but there is no doubt he goes vanilla if he believes he will see the same team again. No doubt. Been hiding plays for years and then unloading all of them in the postseason.

    2. With this above point, I still think NE vs KC D is the advantage MORE than KC vs NE D, even if they play it straight and don’t do any involved schemes.

    You have to mix zone and man, use both, and play them well, and then tighten up in the red zone, but also watch for strikes outside the red zone.

  18. “It’s week 6. No one is going to be eliminated on Sunday night”

    Which is of course true. But if KC wins we will see literally hundreds if not thousands of posts in the following week telling us the Pats, Brady and New England are “done”. But if the Pats win we’ll still be told the Pats suck and that KC will return and beat them in the playoffs because the regular season doesn’t matter. Or some such pile of drivel.

  19. 2. With this above point, I still think NE vs KC D is the advantage MORE than KC vs NE D, even if they play it straight and don’t do any involved schemes.

    You have to mix zone and man, use both, and play them well, and then tighten up in the red zone, but also watch for strikes outside the red zone.

    I feel dumber for having read a Cpt. Obvious comment that was truly objective and unbiased……not. Making homer comments that you hide from after the game is your style so fire away.
    KC will make the Pats work very hard for their scores, but you cant score without the ball so watch KC get ahead and take thir time scoring on a mediocre Pats D.

  20. Nofoolnodrool says:
    October 11, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    I feel dumber for having read a Cpt. Obvious comment that was truly objective and unbiased……not. Making homer comments that you hide from after the game is your style so fire away.
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    isnt this the exact same that you do every time the Steelers get smoked in a game? you never seem to comment/troll pats articles when the Steelers are shown to be the team falling apart in real time.

  21. ^^^^^^^^^^^ BB isn’t worried about this game, he knows he gets to play the Jets, the Dolphins and the Bills twice every year. The Pats get an automatic 6 wins every year and guaranteed home field game as AFC east champions year in and year out.
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    Ignorance abounds.

  22. jackedupboonie says:
    October 11, 2018 at 11:29 am
    If the Chiefs had a defense whatsoever I would pick em but…..good luck in NE without one
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    Yeah ask the Jags about KC’s defense…..the same same Jags that smoked your Pat’s.

  23. Just another game on the schedule go out and play hard sound patriot football and the rest will take care of itself.

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