Bill Belichick reiterates: “Ultimately, I have responsibility for everything”

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Whether it’s Josh McDaniels, Matt Patricia, Joe Judge, or someone else calling the plays, there’s only one person calling the shots in New England. Same as it ever was.

Coach Bill Belichick has reiterated the reality that he runs the show in New England.

“We have a lot of people on both sides of the ball, offensively and defensively, everybody contributes,” Belichick told reporters on Sunday. “Ultimately, I have responsibility for everything that happens on the field. In the end, I’ll take responsibility for that. But we have a lot of great members of the staff. A lot of different ideas come from different areas or a collaboration of ideas. We’ll see how it goes.”

Indeed we will. It’s one of the biggest questions for the 2022 Patriots. Who will control the offense, and will the offense work?

Reporters are nevertheless concerned, as they should be, about certain details. Such as who sets the script?

“Script what?” Belichick said. “What are you talking about?” (Never change, Bill. Not that you would.)

Scripting of plays. You know, planning in advance what will be called, especially in specific situations.

“[G]enerally if you were to talk about a situation like that, you talk to the entire staff there and say, ‘Okay, first third-and-one here’s what we practiced, what are we thinking?’ Somebody might say, ‘Let’s do that,’ or ‘This will be a real good time to do that and then come back with that one the second third-and-one.’ Those suggestions, those ideas, can come from everybody and anybody. And I’d say that’s the way it’s always been.”

“Anybody and everybody” is a little broad, especially for a team that continues to rely on the “do your job” mantra.

And that’s really what he means. The suggestions and ideas can come from anybody and everybody whose job it is to make those suggestions and offer those ideas. Good luck knowing who those people may be.

Ultimately, however, it’s Belichick responsibility. But we already knew, even with McDaniels gone, the new boss would be the same as the old boss.

37 responses to “Bill Belichick reiterates: “Ultimately, I have responsibility for everything”

  1. It’s really pretty simple. The “do your job” thing is not just a slogan. It’s a protective mindset — do YOUR job, don’t try to do everyone else’s, whether you’re a free safety or assistant coach. BB believes dealing with the media and taking responsibility for failures is his job (note how when they have success, he always spreads around responsibility for success upon the players). This whole “Who’s calling the plays?” thing is nothing more than BB insulating the team from scrutiny, in other words, doing HIS job.

  2. Ultimately, no one cares and hopes you and your ego get crushed this season. Google “Andy Reid’s last year in Philadelphia.”

  3. “Ultimately, I have responsibility for everything”, I am sure Kraft made that crystal clear at the start of camp. I can see NE hiring a GTM next year, whether Bill hangs around will be determined.

  4. This is perfect actually.

    If no one knows who is calling the plays, the opponent will have a harder time gameplanning against the OC, as we all know OCs tend to have tendencies that could be exploited.

  5. (note how when they have success, he always spreads around responsibility for success upon the players).

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

    His yacht of 7 bowls.

    He is a master of taking credits he didn’t deserve. He should realize that without Bill Parcel’s offense (39 min against 49er in NFCCG and 40.5 minutes against Bills), his game plans would have failed.

  6. Patriots have been irrelevant since Tom terrific went to Tampa…..couldn’t control that BB.

  7. And then there are things like what will the other team be expecting on 3rd and 1. It’s not that difficult to understand.

  8. “Ultimately, I have responsibility for everything”
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    Thank you so much for putting that on your permanent record, Billy. That will make it infinitely easier for Mr. Kraft to dispatch you after failing to win a playoff game for the past four years. Pathetic results have serious consequences.

  9. I would never underestimate Belichick when it comes to strategy. And, Mac Jones didn’t look like a scrub last year. He seems to be able to make the passes he needs to and Belichick always finds a way to create a good blocking scheme. They are out-manned but they have one of the easier schedules with a path to 10 wins. The middle of the schedule being: Lions, Browns, Bears, Jets, Colts, Jets and then Arizona late. So if you’re playing spades, that’s 7 tricks right there. Pick up 3 more and they’re in the Sweet 16.

  10. He’s still trying to steal credit for Brady’s work. We’ll see if the mantra persists as the blowout losses pile up.

  11. Most of these guys are fired on or before their 3rd season.

    Why would a single one of them want it any other way?

  12. William Lee says:
    September 4, 2022 at 8:54 pm
    (note how when they have success, he always spreads around responsibility for success upon the players).

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

    His yacht of 7 bowls.

    He is a master of taking credits he didn’t deserve. He should realize that without Bill Parcel’s offense (39 min against 49er in NFCCG and 40.5 minutes against Bills), his game plans would have failed.

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    actually bb beat parcells and his vaunted offense in the playoffs in ’94 while he was hc of the browns

  13. BB the coach that everyone seems to be obsessed over for one reason or another….it’s really kind of comical exactly how much real estate he owns in the minds of the masses…..I’m just happy he’s the coach of my favorite team & hope he keeps coaching it for at least 5-7 more years!!!!
    Gotta love the GOAT!!!!

  14. Holding onto that hope that Brady eventually signs a one-day contract to retire as a Patriot.

  15. His yacht is really a boat and it’s 8 super bowls not 7.

    The victory against the Bills in the super bowl came after the Bills beat the Raiders in the AFCCG by scoring over 50 points. By the way, offensive time of possession, in large part, is a function of how quickly the defense gets them the ball back.

  16. AntowainSmooth says:
    September 4, 2022 at 8:17 pm
    It’s really pretty simple. The “do your job” thing is not just a slogan. It’s a protective mindset — do YOUR job, don’t try to do everyone else’s, whether you’re a free safety or assistant coach. BB believes dealing with the media and taking responsibility for failures

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    When did he take responsibility for tanking the SB against the Eagles as Nick Foles carved up his defense?

  17. Bill Parcell’s playoff record with Bill Belichick: 11-5. Without him: 0-3 (including a loss to Belichick’s Browns)

  18. He is a master of taking credits he didn’t deserve. He

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    Never takes credit himself unless they lose and he puts it on himself. Name a time he took the credit himself

    Clueless, absolutely clueless

  19. “Do your job”..
    What that really meant was “don’t screw up while Tom Brady does his thing” and saves all of us from ourselves.

    Now it means “you’re on your own” with no Tom Brady.
    Good luck with that with THAT ugly roster.

  20. High school Harry’s who know more about football than belichick are always fun when they get up on their hind legs to bray.

  21. This will be fun to watch, a complete collapse with his crutch Brady. He should retire before he’s found out.

  22. Reporters are nevertheless concerned, as they should be, about certain details. Such as who sets the script?
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    Why? Busy bodies.

  23. But but but…Brady sucked? He was a “system: QB, throwing 2-yard passes. But now Brady is the only reason the pats succeeded? Make up your minds haters! Pats to the playoffs 2022. End.

  24. Haters here when Tom Brady is a Pat: “He’s a system quarterback. Get him off the Pats and he’s nothing.”

    Haters here when Tom Brady is no longer a Pat: “He’s a god. Belichick is nothing without Brady.”

  25. gotta like Bill. When they win it’s all about the players, when they lose it’s all about the coaching. Classy dude

  26. Any other coach does this, the prevailing attitude is “what are they hiding”. BB does this, Genius! Shaking my head!

  27. haven’t seen this many dolphin fans come out of the woodwork since marino was qb and they didn’t win anything with him and shula even then.

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