Bill Belichick is in midseason halftime interview form

AP

Plenty of players, teams, and coaches need the preseason to get ready for the regular season. When it comes to his interactions with reporters, Patriots coach Bill Belichick is always in midseason form.

Asked by Steve Burton of WBZ at halftime of Saturday’s preseason game in Nashville whether Belichick has anything add to his cryptic, not-quite-ready-to-slay-the-fatted calf statement regarding receiver Josh Gordon, Belichick said, “Nope.”

Burton then made the mistake of essentially asking, “Are you sure?

“That’s why we put out the statement,” Belichick said.

The statement doesn’t really state anything, keeping Gordon’s status unclear. However, don’t forget that the Patriots extended a restricted free agency tender in order to retain Gordon’s rights during his suspension. So Belichick surely has a plan; he always does. Whatever it is, we’ll find out whenever it’s implemented.

So don’t bother asking, Steve.

38 responses to “Bill Belichick is in midseason halftime interview form

  1. I love BB and his press conferences and comments. The best ever. Him and Parcels are the best at them. 2 great coachedls for sure..

  2. I like to think he goes behind the curtain and laughs his ass off after he trolls reporters. He is so much better at it than Ditka or Parcells. They would get into fights with reporters. He just gives them that dry stern look and repeats the same answer and they wilt. Wish he were my teams coach.

  3. terripet says:
    August 17, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    Cheater billy
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    Anyone who ever played neighborhood sports you will likely remember the younger version of these “cheater” typing fans, walking away with the ball while mumbling “cheaters” every time they saw a score start to indicate that they would not win the game. These individuals the same attitude now while watching their lesser teams lose and they haven’t grown up or learned any new words since they were 10 years old.

  4. The force of will it takes to stay in character like this for decades is astounding.

    Now, if you somehow worked in a question referring to military history you probably couldn’t get him to shut up.

    Answering a question is a wedge for more questions. His explanation for saying “On to Cincinnati”:

    “I could have done it three times, I could have done it 53 times, It could have been 103 times if that’s what they wanted to keep asking, because we had to turn the page”.

  5. The media has a job to do and BB is rude to them for the most part. That isn’t funny, and what is just as disappointing other coaches copy this boorish behavior. Saban is actually worse, he flips out on them. The act is very tired to say the least. Those that still enjoy this type of behavior are fan boys or simpletons.

  6. I’m stunned by the number of responses that enjoy BB treating reporters like this. Do you understand that the reporters job is to ask questions that represent what we want to know? When Bill disrespects a reporter, he is disrespecting the fans. SMH

  7. Bill actually Likes Steve Burton quite a bit too, as his father was one of the original Patriots back in the 60’s. Burton knows the game and I got quite a chuckle over that interview. Certainly nothing new. As for the people crying disrespect for the media…. The media makes a living disrespecting him and just about everybody else, anytime they can.

  8. robfg67 says:

    August 18, 2019 at 8:02 am

    I’m stunned by the number of responses that enjoy BB treating reporters like this. Do you understand that the reporters job is to ask questions that represent what we want to know? When Bill disrespects a reporter, he is disrespecting the fans. SMH
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    He answered the question, he said NOPE.

    That’s when Burton more or less asked it again. Not smart.

    Actually they haven’t evaluated Gordon yet, they don’t know what kind of physical or mental shape he is in. Therefore IMO he didn’t want to discuss the matter.

  9. I just bet that Belichick’s favorite comedian is Stephen Wright. They share that dry deep wit. The thing about Belichick is that if the question is about football, and especially good football players, he can really communicate with positivity and charm. He just really doesn’t like certain kinds of questions.

  10. Thetruthspeaks says:
    August 17, 2019 at 11:30 pm
    Belicheat is a poor role model
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    I’m not sure you know what qualifying as a good role model should be. Certainly out working and out thinking the opposition are worthy of emulating, the results definitely speak for themselves

  11. “Those that still enjoy this type of behavior are fan boys or simpletons.”

    Actually the simpletons would be the ones that somehow think they’re entitled to answers detailing injuries, player status and strategies of any given team simply because they are a fan of the game.

  12. I learned that it is good to learn from experience, but that it is preferable to leans from the experience of others when the heads of those others are handed to them on platters.

    Reporters are notorious for being low on the learning curve.

  13. Bill is generally pretty terse in his answers, but after all the penalties the team committed in the first half last night, you could just see he was in no mood to answer any questions and certainly none about the outlook for a player yet to play a single down this year.

  14. The act is very tired to say the least. Those that still enjoy this type of behavior are fan boys or simpletons.
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    maybe those who don’t enjoy it have no sense of humor? the press indeed has a job to do, and belichick expects them to do it well; not be lazy and hyperventilate over artificial low hanging fruit.

  15. Steve Burton knows Belichick as well as anyone. He already knows the answers before he asks them, yet asks them anyway. I’m beginning to think he’s just having fun with Bill.

  16. The media asks what fans want to know. Fans want to know what will happen with Gordon. Fans couldn’t care less about BB’s views on military history. The media will keep asking the same questions no matter how BB answers them. That’s their job.

    BB can either answer them in a way that casts a positive light on the team, or keep being anal and giving those who are against the interests of the team more to work with. He will almost certainly continue the latter.

  17. gimmeabruschi says:
    August 18, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    The media asks what fans want to know. Fans want to know what will happen with Gordon. Fans couldn’t care less about BB’s views on military history. The media will keep asking the same questions no matter how BB answers them. That’s their job.

    BB can either answer them in a way that casts a positive light on the team, or keep being anal and giving those who are against the interests of the team more to work with. He will almost certainly continue the latter.

    Which fans? He only needs fans whose last name is Kraft.
    He answers to no one else. They are completely happy with the results based on the way he works because it works for the team.

    In New England the saying is “In Bill we trust”.
    Forbes said the team is work $3.8B in September 2018.
    Much of that is his doing.

  18. Can you imagine if Parcells and Belichick held a joint news conference? That would be a hoot.

  19. exinsidetrader says:
    August 18, 2019 at 7:54 am

    Ask better questions and you’ll get better answers.////

    You haven’t been paying attention. You always get a terrible answer saying as close to nothing as possible. And more times than not in a rude manner. It isn’t okay just because you are a great coach. Fanboys here are what I expected. Gobble the goop fella’s.

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