Bill Belichick: Patriots emphasized punching out the ball in practice, got results Sunday

USA Today

The Titans fumbled five times in Sunday’s loss to the Patriots, and New England coach Bill Belichick said that was in part the result of a tactic his team has been emphasizing in practice recently: Punching out the football.

Belichick said after the game that forcing fumbles has been a major part of the Patriots’ practices for the last month, and it paid off against Tennessee.

“There’s great plays defensively to have the awareness to recognize it and use proper technique to get it out,” Belichick said. “We can talk about it, but ultimately it’s the players who have to make that split-second decision as they’re coming in on the ball, coming in on the tackle, to get that punch and get that pressure on the ball cleanly to get it out. Sometimes it comes out and sometimes it doesn’t, but if you don’t punch at it it’s not going to come out as much. Players have really worked hard at that, starting back in October, started putting a big emphasis on it.”

In his 22nd season as the Patriots’ head coach, Belichick has one of his best defenses, and the Patriots are increasingly looking like a Super Bowl team.

11 responses to “Bill Belichick: Patriots emphasized punching out the ball in practice, got results Sunday

  1. The Pat’s are riding the nfl house money gravy train in year 2 of a rebuild with a rc qb this is some fine work by this organization.

  2. And just 3 short months ago, Belichick was labeled as exposed, a fortuitous coach that couldn’t draft, nobody wanted to play for him, and success was simply a product of finding lightening in a bottle, with Brady. Sure.

  3. So if you punch at the ball and miss, hitting the guy in the stomach or the hands or somewhere else instead…. that’s a personal foul right??

  4. I am a Pats fan and I think people are over reaching calling them a Super Bowl team. They are good but give a fully healthy Tennessee or KC the way it is now or Bills if you catch them on a bad day are all better than Pats. We will be there – this year, I am not so sure

  5. Superbowl? I really don’t think so. Even as a Patriots fan (30+ years), I don’t view them as a Superbowl team. Of course, TB12’s first Superbowl, I didn’t view them as a SB team either.

    They’re good enough to get to the playoffs (a big improvement from last year). I would be extremely pleased if they make it to the AFC championship.

  6. In his 22nd season as the Patriots’ head coach, Belichick has one of his best defenses, and the Patriots are increasingly looking like a Super Bowl team.

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    While I would like nothing more – theres a lot that can sideways between now and the SB – KC seems to be back on track, Buffalo still has a say in this, Tenn could get healthy and make a run, and Cincy has been playing well….plus no rookie QB has ever guided his team to the SB, but theres always a first time for everything!

    Pats are playing well…next three weeks are going to be interesting!

  7. “So if you punch at the ball and miss, hitting the guy in the stomach or the hands or somewhere else instead…. that’s a personal foul right??”

    Possibly but there is a difference between trying to punch the ball out and intentionally striking another player as say punching them in the face after a play is over, that sort of thing.

    Plenty of defensive players on all teams use this method, and I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a personal foul called if they failed to knock the ball loose or struck the player by mistake.

  8. lgw91s says:
    November 29, 2021 at 8:05 am
    And just 3 short months ago, Belichick was labeled as exposed, a fortuitous coach that couldn’t draft, nobody wanted to play for him, and success was simply a product of finding lightening in a bottle, with Brady. Sure.

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    And those ae the same people who remain un-vaxxed and believe Brady deflated footballs, too.

    We live in a world of complete stupidity.

  9. But Belichick is not even as good a coach as Rex Ryan without Brady. Belichick and the entire Patriots roster were just along for the ride and Brady did everything.

    Or something.

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