Former assistants wary of old boss Bill Belichick

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick has sent many assistants out into the league to become head coaches.

And he continues to beat them.

That can be a bit of a touchy subject for them, when they get out on their own and can’t do anything about the old boss. Texans coach Bill O’Brien is 0-5 against Belichick since getting that job, and has been criticized in recent games for playing it a little too safe.

Every year’s different,” O’Brien said, via Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald. “Obviously, we’ve struggled against the Patriots in past years. But this is a different year. Every year’s different,” said O’Brien. “Our team’s different. Their team is a little bit different. We just have to go out there on Sunday night and play a clean game. We’ve gotta play hard. We’ve gotta be competitive for 60 minutes and see what happens.”

What will likely happen is O’Brien will be 0-6, because Belichick’s team is better. But the aura of the coach may have a chilling effect on some opponents, and have a subliminal effect on decision-making in close games.

“You can’t go into any game or anything in life [afraid],” Titans coach and former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel said. “You can’t go in [against the Patriots] thinking, ‘I gotta be cautious’ . . . you can’t play this game cautious or tentative. If you do, you won’t play very well . . . and when it comes to Bill, you really have to take the emotion out of it. ”

Vrabel also didn’t dismiss the idea that Belichick is intimidating in his own way.

“It’s a competitive league. Bill’s had success over a long amount of time. I don’t know. He’s not physically intimidating, but really, the thing is, if you hand it to them, they’re good enough to take it, and take advantage of every mistake you make,” he said. “If that’s intimidation, I don’t know. But if you make a mistake, you can pretty much count on them turning it in their favor.”

O’Brien knows that all too well.

21 responses to “Former assistants wary of old boss Bill Belichick

  1. Patriots coach Bill Belichick has sent many assistants out into the league to become head coaches.

    And he continues to beat them.
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    Obviously the BB coached Pats have a great record against damn near everyone, but the Pats have lost some games to Head Coaches who have been BB assistants, Patricia and the Lions last year for example, and Head Coaches with some BB ties – Vrabel and the Titans last year.

    The BB coached Pats just have not lost very many games, comparatively, in this millennium. That is why the Pats are every fans favorite team to love, or hate.

  2. NONSENSE.

    Belichick has beaten ALL coaches in the NFL, regardless if they were his assistants or not. His overall record against former staff isn’t that much different against non-staff head coaches.

  3. Dont worry Billecheck got a taste of his own medicine when he lost the two Superbowls to Tom Coughlin his former Boss

  4. “If you hand it to them, they’re good enough to take it“

    —this sums up much of the Patriots success over the years. There have been many seasons where they are not the most talented team on paper, but will wait for opposing players or coaching decisions to reveal themselves, then they kill you with your own ineptitude.

    After such losses, the dumber teams outwardly blame the wrong things and never look inward to fix what really went wrong. Those teams are always destined to repeat the failure (Steelers come to mind here as a prime example, but there are many more)

  5. Belicheck beats his former coaches because he is more interested in maintaining his “mystique” than developing coaches. Something the media makes quite easy for him to do.

  6. I like Vrabel the most out of all the ex-Patriots. The key to winning is getting good play from the QB position every week. Bill gets that every week and Vrabel has gotten it the last few weeks and is on a winning streak. It’s not nuclear science. Ask John Harbaugh, if you dont believe me.

  7. Always impressed by the number of people in a Belichick related thread who cannot spell Belichick. Possibly even more impressed by Titans fans who cannot spell Vrabel.

  8. akira1971 says: “Belichick has beaten ALL coaches in the NFL, regardless if they were his assistants or not. His overall record against former staff isn’t that much different against non-staff head coaches.”
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    I WAS WRONG. Belichick is NOT AS GOOD against former assistants.

    record vs non-staff HC: 287-125 (0.697 winning percentage)
    record vs former staff HC: 15-10 (0.600 winning percentage)

    Saban 2-2; Groh 2-0; Schwartz 0-1; Romeo Crennel 0-1; Mangini 3-5; McDaniels 1-0; O’Brien 0-5; Patricia 1-0; Vrabel 1-0; Flores 0-1

  9. His former staff guys who are now head coaches will always have the advantage of having been in the Pats system, understanding how the Pats operate, and leveraging that to work for them. However, they will never BE Bill Belichick or have his insight and intellect.

  10. We all know Belichick assistants can’t win because they don’t have Brady, same goes for Belichick. But it also helps that Kraft tends to “donate” to certain officials bank accounts so they can call phantom tripping penalties at crucial times.

  11. There were 2 reasons Pederson’s Eagles beat the Patriots:

    1) Patriots had 7 defensive regulars out for the year to injury

    2) More importantly, the Eagles were not afraid of the Patriots. They risked it, not just Philly Speical. But going for it on 4th down in the 4th quarter in their own terriority!

    If you play scared, you have no shot against BB.

  12. “Donate” to officials… Priceless. If this was the case how would Kraft make a profit? You should compile a list with all your known phantom calls at crucial times instead of whining.

  13. As the great wrestler Killer Kolwolski said when going up against a protege of his “I taught him everything he knows, I didn’t teach him everything I know “.

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