Bill Belichick: No extra motivation from losing Super Bowl last year

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The Patriots have drawn some motivation this year from feeling like people counted them out as championship contenders earlier in the season and a team looking for something extra to push them forward might also look to a painful loss from the past for a boost.

For the Patriots, that would mean looking back to last year’s Super Bowl when the Eagles beat them 41-33 in Minneapolis. On Thursday, head coach Bill Belichick was asked if that memory has made the team hungrier heading into their matchup with the Rams.

“Well, I think right now, this football team is this football team,” Belichick said at his press conference. “It’s not any other one, and we’re going to do the best we can to perform as well as we can against the Rams. That’s going to be a huge challenge, but it’s really just about us right now — there’s nothing in the past that does or doesn’t help us. We’re going to bond together and coach and play as well as we can next Sunday night.”

Winning a Super Bowl offers plenty of motivation regardless of what’s happened in the past and the Patriots’ history suggests hunger to win won’t be a problem for New England.

40 responses to “Bill Belichick: No extra motivation from losing Super Bowl last year

  1. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:

    January 24, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    Bill Belicheat meet Marv Levy. You guys have a lot to talk about.

    Since when did Marv Levy get 5 Super Bowl rings as a head coach?

  2. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:
    January 24, 2019 at 1:47 pm
    Bill Belicheat meet Marv Levy. You guys have a lot to talk about.
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    5-3 vs an 0-4 coach in the Super Bowl? 🤔

  3. Pats will lose this SB as well, can’t wait!
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    You said the same thing about the Chiefs game. Is it fun always being wrong?

  4. Eagles didn’t beat the Pats, Park Ave did: Philly Special used an illegal formation and the bobbled-TD didn’t meet catch rules at the time (both reviewed by Park Ave), and the final mary attempt saw Hogan and Gronk mugged before the ball arrived. A 21 point gift.

    Even in the last game the Chiefs D were allowed to hold all day long but a couple by the Pats drew a flag all the time. Kelce pushed off all day too and no flags.

  5. The game was a pickem as we thought it would be without Hunt, but judging from the 2nd half, the better team lost. Winner was determined by who had the ball last as it was when they last played.

  6. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:
    January 24, 2019 at 1:47 pm
    Bill Belicheat meet Marv Levy. You guys have a lot to talk about.
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    True, they can talk about what it’s like to be in back t oback to back Super Bowls.
    Maybe next year they can discuss the 4 peat.

  7. Of all the qualities of this franchise I admire, their refusal to have a Super Bowl hangover is probably my favorite. Even when they do lose on the biggest stage, they still have a better season the next year than the winner. That’s amazing. It is such a nonissue that even the hot take artists don’t even bother wondering whether it will happen, and they’ll talk for hours about whether Brady’s grandfathered helmet is a type of cheating or whatever.

  8. FACT: The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII.

    Also fact: whiny Patriots fans have made up nonsensical and downright paranoid excuses for why their team didn’t really lose.

    Hilarious fact: this coming from the fan base that has benefitted from more bizarre referee calls then any other. (Tuck rule etc)

  9. Anyone that requires extra motivation is not getting this far. It takes maximum effort each game of the season and playoffs. Each year is different so it’s a new experience.

  10. TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    January 24, 2019 at 2:06 pm
    TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:
    January 24, 2019 at 1:47 pm
    Bill Belicheat meet Marv Levy. You guys have a lot to talk about.

    At least Levy wasn’t videotaping opponents and deflating footballs, he had ethics.

    LOL. Except it’s not against the rules to film your opponent. All teams do it. This guy STILL doesn’t know what Spygate was about or is willfully ignoring the facts. That’s the definition of wearing blinders.

  11. rkt4mayor says:
    January 24, 2019 at 2:17 pm
    FACT: The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII.

    Also fact: whiny Patriots fans have made up nonsensical and downright paranoid excuses for why their team didn’t really lose.

    Hilarious fact: this coming from the fan base that has benefitted from more bizarre referee calls then any other. (Tuck rule etc)

    Guy lists one call. Yeah I’m sure that’s more than any other. I hope you get rent mone for the space the Pats occupy in your head.

  12. streetyson says:
    January 24, 2019 at 2:00 pm
    Eagles didn’t beat the Pats, Park Ave did: Philly Special used an illegal formation and the bobbled-TD didn’t meet catch rules at the time (both reviewed by Park Ave), and the final mary attempt saw Hogan and Gronk mugged before the ball arrived. A 21 point gift.

    Even in the last game the Chiefs D were allowed to hold all day long but a couple by the Pats drew a flag all the time. Kelce pushed off all day too and no flags.

    23 5 Rate This

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    basically, if enough powerful owners make calls into Goodell, he instructs refs to try to help the other team without it being obvious.

    The flaw and where Goodell gets caught is when the refs over-step their bounds within the cheating approach like with the non PI call in the Rams and Saints game.

    Those 2 refs aren’t even going to be demoted.

  13. streetyson says:

    January 24, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Eagles didn’t beat the Pats, Park Ave did: Philly Special used an illegal formation and the bobbled-TD didn’t meet catch rules at the time (both reviewed by Park Ave), and the final mary attempt saw Hogan and Gronk mugged before the ball arrived. A 21 point gift.

    Even in the last game the Chiefs D were allowed to hold all day long but a couple by the Pats drew a flag all the time. Kelce pushed off all day too and no flags.
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    For the last time, the receiver checked with the ref, the ref approved his position – this is not illegal formation.
    Re: Clement catch..You obviously don’t know what a catch is today. The ball can move as long as it remains against the body.
    Get over it

  14. Bill: I don’t know what happened.
    Marv: At least I never cheated.
    Bill: Good point.

  15. rkt4mayor says:
    January 24, 2019 at 2:17 pm
    FACT: The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII.

    Also fact: whiny Patriots fans have made up nonsensical and downright paranoid excuses for why their team didn’t really lose.

    Hilarious fact: this coming from the fan base that has benefitted from more bizarre referee calls then any other. (Tuck rule etc)

    1 4 Rate This

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    Benefitted? The Tuck Rule was accurate. Fact.

    Also, a lie and distraction into SB 42 is a “benefit”? Sure about that? Or, two framejobs to steal draft picks to help a team like yours?

    Hmm?

  16. TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    January 24, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    At least Levy wasn’t videotaping opponents and deflating footballs, he had ethics.
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    It’s unfortunate the irony of a fan of the Dirty Don’s dollyphins talking about HC’s and ethics is lost on you, cause that’s some funny stuff right there.

  17. TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    January 24, 2019 at 1:45 pm
    Pats will lose this SB as well, can’t wait!
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    Awwww! That jealousy is cute!
    So that is how fans of loser teams think! Fascinating!

    Enjoy the game.

  18. nflhofcounts says:
    January 24, 2019 at 2:12 pm
    The game was a pickem as we thought it would be without Hunt, but judging from the 2nd half, the better team lost. Winner was determined by who had the ball last as it was when they last played.
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    Well based on the first half the best team won! LOL

  19. Must be sad to be a fan of a team that year after year misses the playoffs and all you have left is to pray with all your might that mean ol’ Tom Brady, mean ol’ Bill Belichick and the mean ol’ Patriots will lose at some point in the post season.

    To the point that even during the season some of you spend far more time crying about the Pats than cheering for your own team. Its literally some for of psychoses I think.

  20. nflhofcounts says:
    January 24, 2019 at 2:12 pm
    The game was a pickem as we thought it would be without Hunt, but judging from the 2nd half, the better team lost. Winner was determined by who had the ball last as it was when they last played.
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    The best team most definitely won…you know, the team that held the top scoring offense to zero points at halftime. The team that had to score a TD with 2:00 remaining on the clock and delivered, the team that needed a TD in OT to end the game, the team who’s clutch QB had to convert 3 different 3rd & 10’s to drive down the entire field and put an end to the most overrated team this year. Did you even bother to look up and compare the team’s stats? The Pats honestly dominated total yard, time of possession, offensive snaps, etc. Absolutely no way anyone can spin this as the Chiefs being the better team, heck they had home field advantage, laser pointers and the refs in their back pockets and still couldn’t get it done…talk about a choke job.

  21. Gotcha, so the Pats strategy was….okay we know PM is a master scrambler, but we’ll rely on him taking a sack right before halftime to give up an easy 3… then…lets’s get outscored by 14 in the 2nd half, then Brady will throw what should have been his 4th pick (clutch) to end the game, and we think KC will line up off sides. Oh ya…and then we’ll win the coin toss since they’ve been scoring on every drive, we’ll rely on winning the toss to keep it out of their hands.
    This was a pickem full stop. If they played again….it would be the same scenario…last team with the ball wins.

  22. nflhofcounts says:
    January 24, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    The game was a pickem as we thought it would be without Hunt, but judging from the 2nd half, the better team lost…..

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    LMAO on this comment – The NFL permitted KC to mug the Patriots WRs all game and if that wasn’t bad enough they flagged Patriots CB Jackson at least 3 times to help give KC some 1st Downs.

    Ask yourself: What would of happened if this AFCCG was played in Foxboro and Mahomes was targeted with a Laser from the fans?
    There would be riots and Goodel would be holding a Press Conference every day about nullifying the Patriots unquestioned victory.

  23. TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    January 24, 2019 at 2:52 pm
    Another good one was Pats fans complaining when they choked away the 2007-08 SB about how the refs didn’t run the clock enough on the Giants winning drive.lol
    David Tyree lives forever!
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    It’s tough complaining about Super Bowls. Really! 🙂

  24. nflhofcounts says:
    January 24, 2019 at 3:05 pm
    Gotcha, so the Pats strategy was….okay we know PM is a master scrambler, but we’ll rely on him taking a sack right before halftime to give up an easy 3… then…lets’s get outscored by 14 in the 2nd half, then Brady will throw what should have been his 4th pick (clutch) to end the game, and we think KC will line up off sides. Oh ya…and then we’ll win the coin toss since they’ve been scoring on every drive, we’ll rely on winning the toss to keep it out of their hands.
    This was a pickem full stop. If they played again….it would be the same scenario…last team with the ball wins.
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    So you’re saying if the Pats lost in every statistical category and lost the OT coin toss the better team would have lost?

    No doubt a pick em (if you’re so inclined to eliminate the default 3 pt home field advantage) but you have an uphill climb on the better team losing. Sorry.

  25. Listen to the insecure Patriots’ fans trying to be the apologists for five undeserved Super Bowl rings. Doubt very seriously your running back can run as fast as the fans when confronted with the truth. If he could, maybe the Patriots wouldn’t have to droop away from their 4th loss.

  26. fireroger
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    Since we’re both Pats fans, our bias is skewed to the Pats….mine is just more realistic in this case. KC always matches up well against us, and we ‘survived’ a very tough home game that we should have lost. The Rams should be less of a threat.

  27. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:
    January 24, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    Bill Belicheat meet Marv Levy. You guys have a lot to talk about.
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    Yes, dummy, they are both great coaches that coached and motivated their teams to bounce back from a big defeat to come back to try for the prize again. Most other teams collapse after a SuperBowl loss (see Atlanta), because they are likely as weak-minded as you.

  28. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:
    January 24, 2019 at 3:49 pm
    Listen to the insecure Patriots’ fans trying to be the apologists for five undeserved Super Bowl rings. Doubt very seriously your running back can run as fast as the fans when confronted with the truth. If he could, maybe the Patriots wouldn’t have to droop away from their 4th loss.
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    If you ever want a reminder where those 5 Lombardi trophies will always be located you just let Pats fans know. 😉

  29. nflhofcounts says:
    January 24, 2019 at 3:54 pm
    fireroger
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    Since we’re both Pats fans, our bias is skewed to the Pats….mine is just more realistic in this case. KC always matches up well against us, and we ‘survived’ a very tough home game that we should have lost. The Rams should be less of a threat.
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    I don’t begrudge (nor disagree with) you for your opinion on it being a close game. I disagree with the notion the better team lost. The only statistical categories NE lost was turnovers and penalties. It’s simply not realistic to conclude the better team won. Your opinion either way. I’m just pointing out it bears a little scrutiny.

    Rams will be more of a threat just in a different way.

  30. Incorrect, stats are only one part of the equation. Different teams just match up better for whatever reason. We could not stop Mahomes for nothing starting at the end of the first half when he took a fluke sack. KC is superior to the Pats, and has been for several years…just the way they’ve matched up. We dodged a huge bullet, and part of it was due to Hunt (who typically torches us) being out. Last year they lost Kelce before we would have had to face them. The Rams are only a threat if Sue plays out of his mind and gets to Brady while we have to double Donald. Given how fast Brady get’s rid of the ball…..not likely, but possible. Our SB was KC, the Rams are a formality. Pats by 7+

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