Tom Brady: “Pretty funny” to see Bill Belichick yelling at Adam Thielen

AP

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick told Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen to “shut the f–k up” in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game when Thielen took issue with Patriots safety Patrick Chung staying down at the end of a Latavius Murray first down run while the Patriots mulled challenging the spot.

It was an exchange that was familiar to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who said he’s been in Thielen’s spot before and got a laugh out of watching things play out during Sunday’s game.

“I’ve been on the other end of that a few times in my career,” Brady said on WEEI. “Pretty funny. … It’s competitive out there. It’s very feisty and everyone’s emotions are on their sleeves. You say something and there is just an emotional reaction. That was pretty funny.”

It’s easier to laugh at such moments when you’re putting the finishing touches on a win and Brady credited “a great performance” by the defense against Thielen and everyone else in purple with making that happen.

52 responses to “Tom Brady: “Pretty funny” to see Bill Belichick yelling at Adam Thielen

  1. I thought it was hilarious and I’m a Vikings fan. Most emotion I’ve ever seen Bill Belichick express.

  2. It was funny. As a Viking fan, I really like Thielen and I have all the respect in the world for Belichick. “The Patriot Way” got into the heads of the emotionally weak 2018 Vikings last night. Adam should listen to Bill, and concentrate more on winning than complaining to refs and orchestrating cute little touchdown celebrations.

  3. I give the Patriots credit. They have a system in place, and way more often than not, everyone is on the same page. The Steelers, way more often than not, look like they are playing “sandlot” ball. Being prepared to play is a huge part of the game. I wish someone would tell that to the Steelers HC.

  4. Who does Thielen think he is. He should focus on his job. The wheels are starting to fall off that team….

  5. Emotional situation. Vikes were gifted a 1st down for the sake of #keepwatching or as a makeup to non-PI call (2nd close one) on Aldrick Robinson that would’ve been given to any star on just about any team.

    They’ll both look back on this & laugh.

  6. Not the first time the GOAT head coach has talked trash to the other team’s players. 🙂

    I lolololed when he told Derrick Mason the same thing and to look at the scoreboard. 🙂

  7. Seriously though, the NFL needs to solve the Defensive Fake Injury Time Outs.

    I haven’t looked at the tape, I don’t know the situation in Sunday afternoons game, but the Comp committee needs to look at a rule where 15 yards or holding a player out for a period of time makes sense (thru end of quarter or 5 game minutes). It’s a touchy situation since deeming what is fake & what isn’t not easy. Sometimes the prescription is worse than the original problem.

    If that rule can eliminate the new “Divy DB gets hurt after getting torched” that is currently trending, all the better.

  8. I think a bit too much is being made if this. It’s just normal stuff. Reid the something similar to Goff only a few weeks ago. I’m sure BB would scoop up Thielen in a heartbeat if he could. Nothing personal.

  9. steelpenguin6687 says: “The Steelers, way more often than not, look like they are playing “sandlot” ball. Being prepared to play is a huge part of the game. I wish someone would tell that to the Steelers HC.”
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    The way you talk, it sounds like Steelers were going 1-15 every year. They’re not. Tomlin is 131-69-1 with a Super Bowl. Do they win every game? Of course not. Even Belichick doesn’t.

    Perhaps the only reason they actually win so many games is the “sandlot” style fits their player personnel and that’s what they excel in.

    Point is: stop whining.

  10. There was no need to study a replay. chung got a stinger and simply looked down at his arm and dropped to the ground to gather himself.

    it had no bearing on the easy decision to challenge a pathetic spot call that was 100% incorrect.

  11. pointtwopsiistheissue says:
    December 3, 2018 at 11:55 am
    It was even funnier, when , after Thielen was done yelling @ Bill, the very next play, he dropped a pass while he was WIDE OPEN! Only having 28 yards was pretty funny too!
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    Agreed a team’s top WR coming away from a game his team really needed with only 28 yds when his mouth is writing checks his team can’t cash is pretty funny but is it as funny as a choreographed TD celebration when your team is behind?

    Please discuss…

  12. Thielen is a talented receiver but as other Vikings fans here have stated, he needs to focus on his play, and less on screaming at coaches and orchestrating really lame TD celebrations. Seriously Adam – just stop.

  13. anarchopurplism says:
    December 3, 2018 at 12:09 pm
    Seriously though, the NFL needs to solve the Defensive Fake Injury Time Outs.
    I haven’t looked at the tape, I don’t know the situation in Sunday afternoons game, but the Comp committee needs to look at a rule where 15 yards or holding a player out for a period of time makes sense (thru end of quarter or 5 game minutes). It’s a touchy situation since deeming what is fake & what isn’t not easy. Sometimes the prescription is worse than the original problem.
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    The Coughlin Giants were notorious for doing that.

    Forget calling penalties, there is no way to know for sure if a player is faking it. Just have them sit the rest of the series and that ought to put a stop to it. Not sure why that hasn’t been written into the rulebook yet…

  14. All is well in Patriot land. No competition in AFC w/o Peyton. And their 2 biggest challengers have lost their stud running backs, Hunt and Bell. Plus Tomlin and Reid are poor playoff coaches.

    With their 7 byes every year they can rest injured players and still get the top seed and cruise to another super bowl.

    Glad to see Brady acknowledge the defense because w/o the top coach, top ten defenses in points allowed and top 10 special teams every year, Brady would be another Marino.

  15. Did Thielen actually think that BB needed a defensive player faking an injury to challenge the spot on that 4th down run? Really?!? If ANY coach doesn’t challenge that play they should be fired immediately.

    He should worry less about what an opposing coach is doing and focus on his play – he didn’t play well last night and seemed more interested in perfecting his TD celebration than winning.

  16. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    December 3, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    Agreed a team’s top WR coming away from a game his team really needed with only 28 yds when his mouth is writing checks his team can’t cash
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    Thielen was extremely frustrated yesterday when the Pats defense shut him down for most of the day, and when he did have a couple of opportunities to make plays he could not come up with catchable balls.

    So he lashed out at Belichick for no good reason, and Belichick put him in his place.

  17. Thielen wouldn’t last 10 minutes in a patented Belichick tough love film session, and they both know it.

  18. “Forget calling penalties, there is no way to know for sure if a player is faking it. Just have them sit the rest of the series and that ought to put a stop to it. Not sure why that hasn’t been written into the rulebook yet…”

    By rule a player who an injury time out is called for must sit out the following play. I think you’d get an awful lot of pushback from the teams and coaches if you wanted to make it the “rest of the series”. What exactly is that? Until the ball goes over to the other team? 4 downs? Until the team with the ball gets a first down?

    The one play sit out is fine as is

  19. It was very funny. What would be funnier is if the press kept bringing it up at every press conference over the next week? I love watching him when the media asks him dumb questions. Almost as good as Parcells or Andy Reid.

  20. A little hypocritical seeing as how Belichick flipped out to the refs and called it BS (which it was) when the Dolphins CB pulled similar fake-injury garbage in Week 4. NFL needs to update rules around this so guys get flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for it.

  21. Time to hang it up, Bill. You know you’ve lost it when you get baited from some punk from the sidelines. You got your got your rings, fame and glory. Dont turn into a Bobby Knight. He became wrapped too tight.

  22. If a game has to be stopped to remove said player he shouldn’t be able to return to the game period until a league DR checks them out, and if found to be faking or exaggerating they shouldn’t be able to come back in.

  23. bullcharger says:
    December 3, 2018 at 12:11 pm
    I think a bit too much is being made if this. It’s just normal stuff. Reid the something similar to Goff only a few weeks ago. I’m sure BB would scoop up Thielen in a heartbeat if he could. Nothing personal.

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    It’s possible this is just part of BB’s recruitment process. He was courting him

  24. hawks1124 says:
    December 3, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    If a game has to be stopped to remove said player he shouldn’t be able to return to the game period until a league DR checks them out, and if found to be faking or exaggerating they shouldn’t be able to come back in.
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    That’s a ridiculous and impossible solution to a minor issue.

  25. walker1191 says:
    December 3, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    That’s a ridiculous and impossible solution to a minor issue.

    **********************************************************************

    Take off the homer glasses. If the Pats were playing some team and a guy on the opposing team faked an injury to manipulate or manage clock control, you’d flip. If something like that affected the outcome of a playoff game, people would be in an uproar.

  26. grumpysal says:
    December 3, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    Did Thielen actually think that BB needed a defensive player faking an injury to challenge the spot on that 4th down run? Really?!? If ANY coach doesn’t challenge that play they should be fired immediately.
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    Yes, he did, because he forgot which sock he put his red flag in. Dude is the most brilliant coach of all time but he doesn’t know how a pocket works.

  27. I would love to see Coach react like that when a reporter asks him one of those stupid questions instead of just giving a deadpan answer.

  28. hawks1124 says:
    December 3, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    If a game has to be stopped to remove said player he shouldn’t be able to return to the game period until a league DR checks them out, and if found to be faking or exaggerating they shouldn’t be able to come back in.
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    just what the game needs, more ridiculous rules.

  29. Viking Fan here:
    1. The exchange was hilarious, one of those “in the moment” things
    2. Vikings did NOT pick up a 1st down on that 4th down try, even though the refs gave it to them.
    3. Gronk fumbled, Vikes should’ve challenged but didn’t.
    4. That was PI against Patriots in the end zone that should’ve been called
    5. Ultimately, wouldn’t have mattered. Patriots are a better team and would have and should have won anyways.

  30. Take off the homer glasses. If the Pats were playing some team and a guy on the opposing team faked an injury to manipulate or manage clock control, you’d flip. If something like that affected the outcome of a playoff game, people would be in an uproar.
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    Except he wasnt faking. He came out of the game on that play and stayed out for a few plays after that.

  31. vaphinfan says:
    December 3, 2018 at 2:42 pm
    Would of loved to seen Thielen go over and whoop that old man for running his jaws.
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    No win situation there.
    If the old man beats him up he never lives it down.
    If he beats the old man up he catches a charge and his job.

  32. akira1971 says:
    December 3, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    The way you talk, it sounds like Steelers were going 1-15 every year. They’re not. Tomlin is 131-69-1 with a Super Bowl. Do they win every game? Of course not. Even Belichick doesn’t.
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    Sure, because everyone knows that Tomlin and Belichick are about equal as coaches. smdh.

  33. weepingjebus says:
    December 3, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    Thielen wouldn’t last 10 minutes in a patented Belichick tough love film session, and they both know it.
    ))))))))))))))))))))
    Absolutely nonsense comment here. You obviously didn’t hear Thielen talk about the incident after the game.

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