Bill Belichick: I don’t think home field is any advantage

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick does not want his team thinking it will have an easy time at home on Sunday against the Chargers.

Asked today what makes playing at home advantageous, Belichick said nothing.

“I don’t think it’s any advantage. Last week three of the road teams won. The advantage is to the team that plays well,” Belichick said.

Obviously, home-field advantage does exist, and the fact that three road teams won in the wild card round doesn’t mean there’s no advantage at all.

But Belichick likes for his team to view each individual game as its own challenge, and not to head into any game thinking about the things outside the players’ control, such as where the game is being played. Belichick will keep telling his team that, whether they’re playing at home, or at Kansas City next week, or on a neutral field in the Super Bowl.

52 responses to “Bill Belichick: I don’t think home field is any advantage

  1. Getting his excuses ready for Sunday’s beatdown.

    I have listened to BB for 20 years I have never heard him make an excuse for losing. He always credits the other team and tells everyone “we all have to do a better job”

    They may win or lose Sunday but you will not hear any excuses from the Patriots, any of them!

  2. Home field is an advantage.

    Part of the reason that wild card teams can win is that the word “wild card” is a misnomer. We have division winners and “at large” teams. We reward the division winners with home field, but the “at large” Chargers, for example, had a better record than the division winning Ravens and beat them.

  3. Yup other teams come to play in the playoffs and Super Bowl and don’t just lie down for you.

    Expect a tough game and great effort from the Chargers but optimistic the Pats will win

  4. He cracks me up. He is the guy who started the strategy of kicking off to start the game when you win the coin toss so that you can receive it during the second half on the road when everyone is still at the concession stand. Now it is common practice in the league.

    He has to keep the guys even keeled I guess.

    #GOAT

  5. After the Patriots came to Denver in 2016 for the AFC Championship game and lost, I think if you asked Tom Brady he would have correctly claimed that home field was a huge advantage for Denver that day. The crowd noise definitely helped the pass rush. Afterwards a lot of players and fans claimed (probably correctly) that if the game had been played in New England then Denver would not have won.

    I usually enjoy the things coach Belichick says but in this case i think he is just downplaying the advantages a home team can enjoy. Especially in a playoff environment where teams are usually more closely matched and slight advantages can turn the tide for one team.

  6. i could see the colts & chargers & even the cowboys & the eagles winning this week…i can’t remember a playoff field with this many legitimate contenders left..there’s usually one obvious team with a sub par qb but great d still hanging around but this year, any of the 8 remaining teams left can win the whole thing.

  7. LAC isn’t coming East and winning a snow game in New England. Odds are heavily stacked against them.

    While I hope you’re right, it’s not going to snow on Sunday in Foxboro. Fortunately the high will be 29 degrees, and Rivers is 1-4 in games plays in sub-freezing temps.

  8. One thing I can guarantee in this game: If the Chargers are leading going into the third/fourth quarter, suddenly, the preponderance of officials’ calls will favor the Patriots. That is the true home field advantage the Patriots enjoy.

  9. slyall41 says:
    January 11, 2019 at 12:05 pm
    LAC isn’t coming East and winning a snow game in New England. Odds are heavily stacked against them.

    There’s no snow in the forecast for Sunday. It’s actually going to be a nice day – partly sunny with temps in the mid to upper 20’s.

  10. george1859 says:
    January 11, 2019 at 12:15 pm
    Yeah, the Pats have listening devices planted in every locker room.
    —-
    I would LOVE if the Chargers thought there were. Then they might as well fly right back to Cali and let the reigning back to back AFC champs think about our next opponent in a week.

  11. Not a Pats fan but I do appreciate what they say at the podium. They never blame anyone and always speak highly of the other players amd coaches.

  12. On a very acute level, he’s completely right. Unless the turf is ridiculously tricky and players know where to avoid and where to break, it’s 11 on 11 and it’s how one performs.

    Football is a game that swings wildly. Emotion plays a big part in performance. But, the Do Your Job mantra is what has brought so much success. A well prepared, well oiled machine will take down superiorly talented teams almost every time. 60 minutes is too long to stay geeked up. Every player, every down, every time is going to be more successful.

    I think for Bill Belichick’s teams, home field is not really an advantage. It’s because no one else plays that game, it’s a disadvantage for other teams…

  13. Don’t be mad Patriot Hater 🙂 We aren’t saying we are better than you out of arrogance or anything like that. We say we are better than you because… we are! That’s all. 🙂

    It really is that simple. It’s not personal.

    🙂

  14. Translation: If we have to, we can go into Arrowhead and win the AFCC game.

    #GOAT
    #BestEverToWalkTheSidelines

  15. riggo08 says:
    January 11, 2019 at 11:57 am
    Certainly has been an advantage when it comes to cheating, right Bill? *Patriots

    freefromwhatyouare says:
    January 11, 2019 at 11:49 am
    Bill also added that “cheating is no advantage.”
    ————————————————————–

    “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” —Benjamin Franklin

  16. Bill Belichick without Brady = great coach, no titles
    Brady without Belichick = who knows?
    Brady AND Belichick: 5 time going on 6 time World Champions.

    It’s not hard. 🙂

  17. Look at all the jealous hater/trolls crying and making excuses already. Makes my day. They know what’s up. Their worst nightmare. Hahaha. Love it.

  18. says the guy who’s built his resume cakewalking through a weak East division year in year out to consistently wrap up a 1 or 2 seed for all the comforts of home and bad weather

  19. thecape15 says:
    January 11, 2019 at 12:01 pm
    He cracks me up. He is the guy who started the strategy of kicking off to start the game when you win the coin toss so that you can receive it during the second half on the road when everyone is still at the concession stand. Now it is common practice in the league.

    He has to keep the guys even keeled I guess.

    #GOAT

    Pats fans: Oh that Bill Belichick! He’s playing chess when everyone else is playing checkers (despite a 5-3 record in the SB, which could easily have been 5-3 or 4-4 if Dan Quinn stuck with his game plan in the 2nd half and Pete Carroll, well, just wasn’t coaching).

    The rest of us, especially those who played football: He didn’t invent it. Teams have been doing that for decades. There is zero competitive advantage to it, because the second half is dependent on the score, not who received in the first half. Kicking it away in the first half could have you down by any amount, and could give the other team a chance for that “extra possession” at the end of the first half. There is zero genius in that. Zero.

    And Iggles fans…there is no Philly special either. We were doing that in high school and NFL teams have had that in their bag of tricks for 40 years.

  20. If Belichick is as much a student of the game as we know he is, he surely doesn’t believe this as statistics prove him wrong. Not having to travel, not having to possibly play in a different time zone, not having to deal with the crowd noise on offense, not subject to homer calls, and having some control and knowledge of field conditions and the stadium’s facilities all feed into home field advantage.

  21. objectivefbfan says:
    January 11, 2019 at 12:46 pm
    thecape15 says:
    January 11, 2019 at 12:01 pm
    He cracks me up. He is the guy who started the strategy of kicking off to start the game when you win the coin toss so that you can receive it during the second half on the road when everyone is still at the concession stand. Now it is common practice in the league.

    He has to keep the guys even keeled I guess.

    #GOAT

    Pats fans: Oh that Bill Belichick! He’s playing chess when everyone else is playing checkers (despite a 5-3 record in the SB, which could easily have been 5-3 or 4-4 if Dan Quinn stuck with his game plan in the 2nd half and Pete Carroll, well, just wasn’t coaching).

    —-
    Patriots could also just as easily be 8-0 in the Brady era in the Super Bowl. That kind of logic works both ways…

  22. Brady: “There’s a reason why both teams are playing here this weekend — because we’ve earned it and put ourselves in position for a great opportunity. Both our teams want to win, and it’s going to be a tough game, regardless of the outcome.”

    Straight talk; not trash talk.

  23. I wish the Patriots wins this one just so the Patriots’ haters will have another miserable week. It’s fun to see them pulling their “ cheaters” card to salve their broken hearts and minds.

  24. It all comes down to the competition/play on the field for 60 minutes. Where that field happens to be really doesn’t matter for the 60 minutes of competition.

    “The advantage is to the team that plays well,” Belichick said.

    He’s right again.

  25. willycents says:
    January 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm
    One thing I can guarantee in this game: If the Chargers are leading going into the third/fourth quarter, suddenly, the preponderance of officials’ calls will favor the Patriots. That is the true home field advantage the Patriots enjoy.
    ________________

    All you Pats fans can down-vote his comment, but it’s true. When was the last time a Pattie O-lineman was called for holding on a pass play at Gillette? Please enlighten me.

    Pats get the absolute best home-cooking from the refs (followed by the Steelers and Packers)

  26. Historically home field is a between 57% to 60% chance to win, which equates to about a 3 point advantage. For example, the Patriots are a 4 point favorite and would theoretically be a 1 point favorite on a neutral field and a 2 point underdog in LA. Of course LA isn’t much of a home field, so they might not get a full 3 points, but that’s basically the formula.

    It really doesn’t mean anything in a specific game though. It’s a trend, but in a single game with two evenly matched teams it really doesn’t mean that much as the chances for the visitor to win are still high. To Belichick’s point, it’s more about how the team plays in that game. Turnover margin has a much bigger impact on the outcome than homefield for example.

  27. harveyredman says:
    January 11, 2019 at 3:31 pm
    willycents says:
    January 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm
    One thing I can guarantee in this game: If the Chargers are leading going into the third/fourth quarter, suddenly, the preponderance of officials’ calls will favor the Patriots. That is the true home field advantage the Patriots enjoy.
    ________________

    All you Pats fans can down-vote his comment, but it’s true. When was the last time a Pattie O-lineman was called for holding on a pass play at Gillette? Please enlighten me.

    Pats get the absolute best home-cooking from the refs (followed by the Steelers and Packers)

    ———-

    They had 12 offensive holding penalties at home this season and 9 on the road for 21 total. The league average is 22.47. 11 other teams had less than 12 offensive holding penalties called at home including New Orleans who only had 3 called against them at home this season.

    The Steelers had 16 at home and the Packers had 14 at home. So more than average by quite a bit.

    So your argument has absolutely no merit.

  28. Yup it’s all about the refs. The league LOVES the Pats. Despite over punishing them for MINOR/made up infractions because the other owners were sick of losing to the Pats and Goodell agreed to be their 40 million dollar lapdog. I wonder if the crybabies ever even read their own posts. Thanks though, I laugh at them every day. Sponsor a golf tournament with players from losing teams, so their fans can go watch.

  29. C’mon Coach B! That statement is a lot of B! Any referee that steps foot inside Kraft property has already received their pre-game bonus and /or warning. All close calls WILL favor the Pats. And, if there is snow, just watch how equitable the grounds crew is (is not).

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