Bill Belichick cites “combination of factors” for going to Miami five days early

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The Patriots have struggled in recent years when they play in Miami. So they’re going five days early for their Week One visit to the Dolphins.

It’s a strange development. Like so many other things coach Bill Belichick does, if anyone else did them, many would criticize him relentlessly. Since it’s Six-Ring Bill (technically eight — so take that, Seven-Ring Tommy), no one says anything.

Belichick rarely says anything, too. He was asked on Sunday to explain the decision to travel to Miami on Tuesday instead of Saturday.

“I think there are a combination of factors, but in the end it all looks like it’s set up fairly well here,” Belichick said. “So, make the travel on Tuesday instead of on Saturday. We’ll already be down there. We’ll be able to just focus on the Dolphins.”

That’s assuming the players don’t get distracted by other things. The CBA likely prevents teams from keeping players on 24-hour confinement. And it seems very unreasonable to keep them tucked away in the hotel for five full days.

Then again, the Stepford Patriots vibe remains very strong within the organization. Those who want to get along will go along with the Patriot Way, or it inevitably will be the highway.

9 responses to “Bill Belichick cites “combination of factors” for going to Miami five days early

  1. Everything is fine until Bill Belichick casually brings up the quality of the kicking game. Last time that happened Cam Newton was cut 24 hrs later. “Quality of the kicking game “ is always the point of reference.

  2. Coaches have done this before it’s nothing new. Bellicheck isn’t the first.
    Not a big deal.

  3. Belichick was the first to stay on the west coast between back to back western road games. Just covering the details.

  4. It’s a strange development. Like so many other things coach Bill Belichick does, if anyone else did them, many would criticize him relentlessly.
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    Am I in an alternate reality? When does Belichick not get criticized relentlessly? There is even a segment of the Patriots fans (the ones under the age of 30 that have no idea what the NFL is like when your team is bad) that want him fired and spend their days criticizing every single thing he does.

  5. What’s so strange about wanting your players to get acclimated to the very hot and humid weather they’ll be playing in on Sunday?

  6. The only way the Pats can pull off a win this coming Sunday is if BB pulls off a miraculous trade that lands Brady back with the Pats. Aside from that I see the Dolphins destroying the Patriots to the point where NFL pundits really start to question BB as a coach minus Brady at QB. Phins win 32-17

  7. Miami and New England play each other twice a year. If the games are Miami early and the Patriots late, you can almost write in a split. Heat issues for the Patriots, cold issues for the ‘phins.

    So Bill is trying something to let his players kinda sorta get used to the heat humidity.

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