Bill Belichick: Joe Judge and Matt Patricia are good coaches, blame me if it doesn’t go well

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick is aware that plenty of people disagree with his decision not to hire an offensive coordinator this season, and instead hand over the typical offensive coordinator duties to Joe Judge and Matt Patricia, neither of whom has ever been an offensive play caller before.

But Belichick doesn’t much care.

Belichick shrugged off any talk that Judge and Patricia aren’t up to the task, and said that hiring them was his decision and the buck stops with the head coach.

“I think they’re both good coaches,” Belichick told the Boston Globe. “Ultimately, it’s my responsibility, like it always is. So if it doesn’t go well, blame me.”

Belichick said he has hired other inexperienced coaches and had success with them.

“I don’t see it any differently than it was in the last 22 years,” Belichick said. “Look at our other offensive coordinators. We had Charlie [Weis]. Then Josh. He’d never called offensive plays. Billy O’Brien [who succeeded McDaniels] never called plays in the NFL. Josh came back. We’ve changed coaches in every area, multiple times. Defensively, Matt Patricia had never called plays. Then he won a couple of Super Bowls. Brian Flores [who succeeded Patricia] had never called plays. That worked out all right. Steve [Belichick] has been calling defenses. We were pretty high up there statistically last year. We didn’t play well obviously in the Buffalo game and a couple of other games, but I wouldn’t say we had a bad year defensively. At least not statistically. We have plenty of coaches that didn’t have previous experience and it’s worked out pretty well with most of them, but not all of them.”

Belichick said media scrutiny of the Patriots’ offense doesn’t concern him.

“That’s their opinion,” Belichick said. “I’m not going to argue with them. I don’t follow it. Everybody’s entitled to their opinion. There’s a lot of complimentary things said. When things aren’t complimentary, I don’t really worry about those too much one way or the other. There’s way more publication and air time and blogs and everything else than there is actual news. So there’s a lot of opinions and a lot of stuff out there. I don’t know how newsworthy it is. It’s the world we live in.”

If the Patriots’ offense falters, Patricia and Judge will get plenty of blame. Belichick will too, and he’s fine with that.

81 responses to “Bill Belichick: Joe Judge and Matt Patricia are good coaches, blame me if it doesn’t go well

  1. No problem Bill.

    Do you also take the blame for your inferior record without Brady (70-79)?

  2. Sadly the twilight of BB’s career will not go well and thats before finding out who left of any quality gets injured at the wrong time and too bad he came rather close to catching Shula in all time wins but the Krafts could no longer along with the fan base put up with their long time hires crap as see two seasons left for BB max.

  3. After watching Buffalo’s defense last night BB has to be plenty concerned. And their offense was downright scary aside from some careless turnovers. If BB can eke put a win against what I saw last night it will be a miracle

  4. BB only concerned with what he can control and ready to take responsibility for the outcome. What a concept!

  5. “ There’s way more publication and air time and blogs and everything else than there is actual news. So there’s a lot of opinions and a lot of stuff out there. I don’t know how newsworthy it is.”

    Unfortunately that’s true for a lot more other than just Football

  6. Trust us, it wont go well..
    No Tom, no Patriot Way..
    The return of Cleveland BB is what’s coming…..

  7. Don’t worry, Belichick, your fans will never blame you, they will blame everyone else.

    They have given you all the credits for inventing the offense system, developed Brady and other players for the system. haven’t they? and you shamelessly took all the credits and now behave like turtle hiding his head, did they say anything? No, they blame everything on Patricia, a coach who doesn’t even want the job.

    You don’t have to worry, Belichick, your fans will somehow divert the blames to Patricia and Judge. If anything goodd happens in Pats, they will somehow divert all the credits to you. You can sleep well.

  8. All those successes had one thing in common, TB12. When you have the GOAT, play calls don’t matter as much.

  9. To me the biggest issue is that Josh McDaniels is a really great OC and they all had Tom Brady as their QB. I don’t think Patricia or Judge have the feel for the game to be good OC’s. On defense it is more analytical than feel because defense in the nfl really isnt set up like people think about when it comes to zone defenses most of the time its about getting a numbers advantage and the whole goal of the offense is to force the defense into one on one matchups because defense is more advanced now that just trying to high low a defender most of the time isnt going to work like it used to. On offense its more about understanding the strengths of each team and taking advantage of match ups to set up what u want to do and having a feel for how and when to run certain plays or predicting how a defense is going to play in the near future.

  10. Good answer by BB. And his assessment of more blogs and shows than there is actual news is spot on and true in all walks of life.

  11. Belichick is going to get a lot of blame then, because their offense isn’t going to be nearly as good without McDaniel’s creativity.

  12. Does that include Josh McDaniels? Can the Raiders blame BB for their upcoming 5-12 season?

  13. This was glorious. I love when BB just hits the media in the face with facts that turns their agenda upside down. “I’m sorry the facts and reality don’t match up to the narrative you’re trying to push.”

  14. Imagine being a patriots fan and waking up this morning knowing that not only is your season over already, but your team has literally no chance of being relevant at all for the next 15+ years.

    The NFL has entered a golden age with Josh Allen, the new Tom Brady, battling Patrick Mahomes for Super Bowls while the patriots take their rightful place competing with the likes of the Texans and Jags for the #1 pick.

  15. Bill doing a masterful job of stoking the flames of outside noise so inside the building they can reinforce: Ignore the Noise & Nobody Believes in Us!

    Bill Chess. Media Checkers. Again. Always.

  16. I’m aware of the offseason narrative, but if you’re paying attention to the hard facts, it’s hard to disagree with Bill. The SB champs just lost equally badly to the Bills as the Pats did in the playoffs. This is football and the flow of each game is different, often coming down to one play or call. The Pats were what, +150 net points last year, right up there with the Bills, and the Phins were like -30 on net points. When you pick what to count and what not to count you can make up any narrative you want. I choose to look at the big picture and at one point last year the Patriots were playing as well as anyone, it just wasn’t when it counted most but next time maybe it will be.

  17. It’s nice of him to say but it’s been proven they are not – we have independent records.

  18. Sure. As long as Patricia is coaching defense and Judge is coaching special teams. Other than that, no they aren’t.

  19. ….HEY BILL!

    No need to explain anything to ANYONE!!!!
    6 Rings, Endless Offseason Super Bowl Replays, and Total Domination of the buffalo bills for over 20 years says everything WE need to know!!

  20. I foresee some growing pains but they will eventually right the ship. The division runs through Foxborough.

  21. cma1973 says:
    September 9, 2022 at 1:05 pm
    Its called accountability. The newer generation could learn a thing or two about it.

    20Rate This

    -=——————-

    Exactly.

    I am loving this from BB, though. Great leadership, rational thoughts, and one last chance to rope a dope the Dolphins on Sunday.

    What have been the Dolphins been practicing? Hmm.

    Has anyone asked Miami this question? Because right now they’re over or under-practicing things they aren’t aware of yet.

    BB is the master at running interference and this is another way of doing it.

  22. ….HEY BILL!

    No need to explain anything to ANYONE!!!!
    6 Rings, Endless Offseason Super Bowl Replays, and Total Domination of the buffalo bills for over 20 years says everything WE need to know!!

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

    Have you read this? I told you that you have nothing to worry about, though you shamelessly took all the credits from Parcel and Brady, and now behave like a turtle hiding his head, your fans will blame everything on Patricia, a coach who doesn’t even want the job.

    Of course, if anything good happens, your fans will give all the credits to you and you will again shamelessly take all the credits.

  23. The NFL has entered a golden age with Josh Allen, the new Tom Brady, battling Patrick Mahomes for Super Bowls

    ———

    Comparing Allen to Brady ? Probably need to get at least 3-4 SBs before you can even start doing that…so far he hasn’t even made it to one yet

  24. “The division runs through Foxborough” is the funniest joke I’ve read on this site. Go put some money on it, cause the patriots aren’t sniffing the playoffs. Not even close.

  25. Everyone throwing Bill under the bus because there’s no Brady. Remember in Cleveland they were about to go on a serious run until the idiot owner announced they were moving and the team quit and had to deal with non-stop noise. The Pats won because of Brady and Bill. Brady didn’t just go out there without a game plan.

  26. “Joe Judge and Matt Patricia are good coaches, blame me if it doesn’t go well.”
    ——————————-
    Don’t worry, BB. Mr. Kraft will!

  27. Some facts that seem to get ignored:

    Josh McDaniels — the guy the Patriots can’t do without — returned to the Patriots as a failed HC. His reputation was in tatters. But one person believed in him. Sound familiar?

    Josh started as a defensive coach before BB made him QB coach. One year there then OC. That worked okay, huh?

    Matty P as a player was an offensive player (OL). He started his NFL coaching career on offense.

    Joe Judge as a player was an offensive player (QB).

  28. Buffalo was great last night BUT 2 PROBLEMS: 1. Peaking way too soon (maintaining that high quality of play will be difficult if not impossible during the whole season and playoffs. 2. Allen is an outstanding QB and solidly built but QBs that run as much as he does will sooner or later have a major injury- so if Bills lose Allen or even Stephon Diggs (he makes the other receivers far better especially after losing Beasly). In addition, I haven’t been impressed at all at the coaching staff in tight games especially KC playoff game last year- so that’s why they play the games even though many ready to hand crown to the Bills!

  29. Some facts that seem to get ignored:

    Josh McDaniels — the guy the Patriots can’t do without

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

    For god sake, do you remember what you have said about the system?

    You believe that Belichick invented the system, developed Brady and players for the system. Now you are saying that Pats needed McDaniel? Was it Belichick’s offensive system or not, in your mind?

  30. ariani1985 says:
    September 9, 2022 at 1:02 pm
    Translation, I am nothing without Brady .

    1821Rate This

    Joe Montana and Jim Kelly both strong disagree.

  31. We’re confused Bill,you have the Gillette Stadium janitor/custodial staff calling offensive/defensive plays now. The head parking lot attendant is next.

  32. We need more Bill Belichicks in the world: “If the company falters, then blame me. I’m the boss.”

  33. anyone that thinks that Kraft is going to let go of Belichick before he breaks Shula’s record is INSANE. Belichick would get another head coaching job in about ten seconds and you think Kraft is going to allow him to do it for another team? Not yesterday, Not Today and Not Tomorrow!

  34. Bill was playing chess. Now it looks like he is playing Jenga, and everything is ready to start tumbling down.

  35. Josh McDaniel left for Raiders because he didn’t want to wait around to be in a no-win situation as head coach replacing the most successful head coach, Bill Belichik, in NFL history and trying to live up to that legacy.

    Heck, if even looks like even Bill Belichik will not be able to live up to that legacy!

  36. Belichick should never be doubted. If he hasn’t proven himself in his profession – time & time again – then no one ever can. It’s kind of laughable how quickly the Boston media appears willing to cast doubt on his plans or abilities.

    I don’t think the issue w/ the Patriots this year will be coaching, at all. BB always coaches his teams up, and gets the best out of his players. They just might not be talented enough to compete w/ the best of the best in the AFC.

    A lot rests on the shoulders of Jones. Can he make that 2nd year leap, or will he regress? The Pats will go as Mac goes.

  37. Pats should be very afraid. Bills put a beat down on the Rams. Pats are much much worse.
    Pats will be lucky to end up third in their division. If Jets can get Wilson back quickly Pats may be in the basement. Lol!

  38. BB always coaches his teams up,

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

    Then you should be able to coach several Patriots HOF now, right?

    Let us wait and see.

  39. BB is dead set on proving that he can succeed without TB and without Josh, that he can even succeed without an OC. BB’s ego is going to ruin any chance NE had this year.

  40. I’ve already proven I can win without Bill, now it’s his turn. He’s right, though, no excuses, it’s all on him.

  41. I just went back and read Smith’s thread again. How can you not admire Belichick for what he said, which is aligned with what he does when it comes to football?

    The buck stops with Bill. How refreshing.

  42. Joe Montana and Jim Kelly both strong disagree.
    ==========

    So do Peyton Manning, The Greatest Show on Turf, Matt Ryan and Pete Carroll

  43. ob2040 says:
    September 9, 2022 at 1:12 pm
    All those successes had one thing in common, TB12. When you have the GOAT, play calls don’t matter as much.
    ========================
    So basically what does that say about Weiss, O’Brien and McDaniels ??!?!?!

    I guess if I were a Raiders fan I’d be pretty worried if that’s the case.

  44. texasmadegeek says:
    September 9, 2022 at 1:12 pm
    To me the biggest issue is that Josh McDaniels is a really great OC and they all had Tom Brady as their QB. I don’t think Patricia or Judge have the feel for the game to be good OC’s. On defense it is more analytical than feel because defense in the nfl really isnt set up like people think about when it comes to zone defenses most of the time its about getting a numbers advantage and the whole goal of the offense is to force the defense into one on one matchups because defense is more advanced now that just trying to high low a defender most of the time isnt going to work like it used to. On offense its more about understanding the strengths of each team and taking advantage of match ups to set up what u want to do and having a feel for how and when to run certain plays or predicting how a defense is going to play in the near future.
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    At the risk of nit picking, I disagree. Anybody who has witnessed Buddy\Rex Ryan, Greg Williams, Leslie Frazier and Steve Spagnuolo (just to name a few) you can see pretty easily their feel for the game. Knowing when to plan man vs zone. When to blitz vs cover. Disguising fronts and coverages. Forcing offenses to use their 3rd, 4th or 5th options and when to do that.

    I’m not suggesting Patricia or Judge don’t face a significant challenge. That said, the media has been solely focused on that when the major problem has been with execution (and talent) more than anything else. When the season starts we’ll be in a much better position to answer how Patricia or Judge are doing.

  45. Don’t worry, they are so eager to blame you for stuff they will not miss any chance no matter how small or petty.

  46. Maybe the 2 worst coaches ever.

    +++++++++

    Don’t blame someone who don’t even want the job, blame someone who shamelessly took the credits.

  47. That’s something you never want to hear your coach say before the first week of a new season. I can see Belichick retiring at the end of this season.

  48. george1859 says:
    September 9, 2022 at 1:10 pm
    Trust us, it wont go well..
    No Tom, no Patriot Way..
    The return of Cleveland BB is what’s coming….

    ——————————————————————————————-

    So…11 wins and a playoff victory? I’d take it. (see 1994 Cleveland Browns)

  49. texansrulez says:
    September 9, 2022 at 4:21 pm
    The city of Detroit begs to differ…

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    When was the last time any coach was successful in Detroit? Funny how people forget that because Patricia was once a Patriot.

  50. bfindeisen says:
    September 9, 2022 at 4:46 pm
    texansrulez says:
    September 9, 2022 at 4:21 pm
    The city of Detroit begs to differ…

    ————————————————————————————————-

    When was the last time any coach was successful in Detroit? Funny how people forget that because Patricia was once a Patriot.

    10Rate This

    —————-

    The Ford have needed to sell for decades. It’s like taking the Bears job, or worse, the Jets job.

    You’re not going to succeed.

  51. touchback69 says:
    September 9, 2022 at 1:00 pm
    No problem Bill.

    Do you also take the blame for your inferior record without Brady (70-79)?

    *****

    BB in your head rent free. Gee, so you’re saying you need a good quarterback to have long term success in the NFL? Thank you Capt Obvious.

    Btw do you know what Pete Carroll’s record is without Wilson off the top of your head? Hint: It’s bad.

    But you didn’t know that. You’re just obsessed with Belichick. LOL.

  52. touchback69 says:
    September 9, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    No problem Bill.

    Do you also take the blame for your inferior record without Brady (70-79)?

    Not to mention 9 seasons (four with the Pats) with only one (1) playoff appearance (none with the Pats), resulting in a divisional loss following a Wild-Card round win over the Bledsoe-led Pats with a 20-point offensive performance.

    Just sayin’ …

  53. I have to give him credit, first, he has the backs of his assistants and whatever happens ha has acknowledged is on his watch. Second, it seems like there is a major shift in his defensive approach. Gone are the big LBs, think McGinest, Hightower. In there place are smaller faster players. Is this his idea of what will be necessary to counter QBs that are mobile? Will this type of D have success against RPOs? We will see but again, I give him credit. And…if it works…

  54. cletuspstillwaterjr says:
    September 9, 2022 at 2:18 pm

    Bill was playing chess. Now it looks like he is playing Jenga, and everything is ready to start tumbling down.

    More like Go-Fish.

    BB’s problem is BB. His GM ego is so enormous that it hinders the rest of his abilities. His strengths lie on the defensive side of the ball. Who knows exactly what the recipe for success was with Brady on the field, but never anywhere, even four seasons in NE with 3 other QBs, had he had success. Not playoff appearances in four seasons in NE. Only once in Cleveland. And before everyone jumps on the fact that “he only had Testeverde,” that same “Testeverde” put up 33 TDs (to 17 the year prior under BB) in Baltimore. He did this WITHOUT Andre Rison and Keenan McCardell, two very accomplished WRs in that era.

    BB’s Drafts have been pretty poor over the last decade, perhaps longer, particularly on the offensive side. He can certainly point the finger at himself for that. Even my Pats fan friends say the same about that.

    What is a FACT, is that BB has only won anything with Brady at the helm. But Brady on the other hand, went to a team that hadn’t posted a 10-win season in 10 years, and only one 9-win winning season, and a team that hadn’t even averaged 6 wins/season, made the playoffs twice in a row, of two seasons, winning another Championship in his first one.

    … at the ages of 43 & 44!

    All that while New England has more or less assumed Tampa’s former mediocrity with a .515 winning pct. 17-16. That doesn’t seem to be out for improvement this season.

    Let’s not forget as well, that BB didn’t see greatness in Brady. Brady would have been the next in a long line of NE castoffs had Mo Lewis hadn’t shaped BB’s destiny at QB there. BB was all in on Bledsoe, one of the most overrated QBs of the modern era. BB had his hand forced. Lewis must have been kicking himself for that hit for years.

    It is abjectly ridiculous to assume that BB’s career path wouldn’t have been quite a bit different had Mo Lewis not sent Bledsoe packing.

    Again, Brady’s performances on the other hand, and given BB’s 33-34 record with NE in over 4 seasons otherwise with zero (0) playoff appearances, make it clear why the Pats ever had success offensively in NE.

  55. William Lee says:
    September 9, 2022 at 2:56 pm

    Don’t blame someone who don’t even want the job, blame someone who shamelessly took the credits.

    ============
    Source?

  56. The Analytical Kid says:
    September 9, 2022 at 6:24 pm
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    It is abjectly ridiculous to assume that BB’s career path wouldn’t have been quite a bit different had Mo Lewis not sent Bledsoe packing.
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    I actually agree with most of your post. I disagree on the notion that Lewis forced his hand. While true for the initial decision, Lewis had no influence at all in keeping Brady at the helm. Even when Bledsoe was proclaimed healthy enough to return. I don’t think it’s even remotely fair or accurate to say BB was all in with Bledsoe. If that was case Brady would have returned o the bench. I’m even fine with the notion that BB lucked out and managed to capture lightning in the bottle despite himself but he still deserves credit for 1) drafting Brady and 2) sticking with the decision to let Brady ascend.

  57. The Analytical Kid says:
    September 9, 2022 at 6:24 pm
    cletuspstillwaterjr says:
    September 9, 2022 at 2:18 pm

    Bill was playing chess. Now it looks like he is playing Jenga, and everything is ready to start tumbling down.

    More like Go-Fish.

    BB’s problem is BB. His GM ego is so enormous that it hinders the rest of his abilities. His strengths lie on the defensive side of the ball. Who knows exactly what the recipe for success was with Brady on the field, but never anywhere, even four seasons in NE with 3 other QBs, had he had success. Not playoff appearances in four seasons in NE. Only once in Cleveland. And before everyone jumps on the fact that “he only had Testeverde,” that same “Testeverde” put up 33 TDs (to 17 the year prior under BB) in Baltimore. He did this WITHOUT Andre Rison and Keenan McCardell, two very accomplished WRs in that era.

    BB’s Drafts have been pretty poor over the last decade, perhaps longer, particularly on the offensive side. He can certainly point the finger at himself for that. Even my Pats fan friends say the same about that.

    What is a FACT, is that BB has only won anything with Brady at the helm. But Brady on the other hand, went to a team that hadn’t posted a 10-win season in 10 years, and only one 9-win winning season, and a team that hadn’t even averaged 6 wins/season, made the playoffs twice in a row, of two seasons, winning another Championship in his first one.

    … at the ages of 43 & 44!

    All that while New England has more or less assumed Tampa’s former mediocrity with a .515 winning pct. 17-16. That doesn’t seem to be out for improvement this season.

    Let’s not forget as well, that BB didn’t see greatness in Brady. Brady would have been the next in a long line of NE castoffs had Mo Lewis hadn’t shaped BB’s destiny at QB there. BB was all in on Bledsoe, one of the most overrated QBs of the modern era. BB had his hand forced. Lewis must have been kicking himself for that hit for years.

    It is abjectly ridiculous to assume that BB’s career path wouldn’t have been quite a bit different had Mo Lewis not sent Bledsoe packing.

    Again, Brady’s performances on the other hand, and given BB’s 33-34 record with NE in over 4 seasons otherwise with zero (0) playoff appearances, make it clear why the Pats ever had success offensively in NE.

    ————————————————————————————————–

    So BB didn’t believe in the guy he drafted, then kept 4 QB’s on the roster for, then chose to keep in over Bledsoe when Bledsoe came back in the playoffs? That’s what you would have me believe? C’mon man. At least watch the games.

  58. Two different posters have said that BB hasn’t been to the playoffs without Brady. As a Bills fan, I call shenanigans! I watched BB’s Patriots team in the Wildcard game just this past season.
    His defense never forced a punt, the Bills scored a TD on every single possession, Josh Allen had a near perfect passer rating, and Hyde picked Jones off in the end zone like he was running the receiver’s route for him. So, Bill has a playoff appearance without Brady, it just didn’t go very well.

    My guess is he’s on the hot seat by game 7. For those of you playing at home, yes, I’m doubling down on this first ever prediction. BB hasn’t beat Miami in years, and they got better. Wouldn’t surprise me if they don’t punt either.

  59. What is a FACT, is that BB has only won anything with Brady at the helm. But Brady on the other hand, went to a team that hadn’t posted a 10-win season in 10 years, and only one 9-win winning season, and a team that hadn’t even averaged 6 wins/season, made the playoffs twice in a row, of two seasons, winning another Championship in his first one.

    ———

    With Winston as the QB, the Bucs had the third best offense in the league in 2019 , the year before Brady joined them, scored almost 29 points a game. They had Evans, Godwin, Brate, and Ronald Jones along with Marpet and Jensen. Winston threw for over 5000 yards and 33 tds. Thats what Brady stepped into, not an offense that was mid pack or struggling. And then he added Gronk and AB. Stop with the “he rose them out of the ashes” to be champs nonsense. That team was loaded with talent….they had 15 first or second round picks on the roster.

    The reason they didn’t win more than 7 in 2019 was because Winston threw 30 interceptions. Six of those were pick 6’s. He literally cost the team 4 wins, they could have been 10-6 or 11-5.

    The defense was ranked 15th in yards BUT 29th in points allowed because well, you know, when your QB throws 30 picks it tends to put your defense in bad field position, plus the six pick sixes…..

    Again, lets stop pretending that the Bucs were talentless…..Brady HAND CHOSE the Bucs because they had talent.

  60. bfindeisen says:
    September 9, 2022 at 4:46 pm

    “When was the last time any coach was successful in Detroit?”

    Jim Caldwell.

    2014 he was 11-5
    2015 he was 7-9
    2016 he was 9-7
    2017 he was 9-7

    The Lions fired Jim Caldwell and hired Matt Patricia. That’s what I call going in reverse.

  61. jarahawk says:
    September 10, 2022 at 10:11 am
    bfindeisen says:
    September 9, 2022 at 4:46 pm

    “When was the last time any coach was successful in Detroit?”

    Jim Caldwell.

    2014 he was 11-5
    2015 he was 7-9
    2016 he was 9-7
    2017 he was 9-7

    The Lions fired Jim Caldwell and hired Matt Patricia. That’s what I call going in reverse.

    =======================================================

    What his record without Matt Stafford? Lol.

  62. Name another NFL coach who garners so many comments on a thread, especially from fans of others teams.

    You guys are like the kid in high school who talks incessantly about a girl he claims he has no interest in while she cares nothing about what he says.

  63. bfindeisen says:
    September 9, 2022 at 10:34 pm

    So BB didn’t believe in the guy he drafted, then kept 4 QB’s on the roster for, then chose to keep in over Bledsoe when Bledsoe came back in the playoffs? That’s what you would have me believe? C’mon man. At least watch the games.

    No, I thought it was pretty clear.

    Brady played the season, rather than put in a QB with known playoff struggles, and one that had peaked already, BB decided to continue to go with the QB that went 11-5 and had outplayed his starting QB, and a QB whose ceiling had been reached and who went 5-13 under BB prior to that. BUT, that opportunity for Brady WOULD NOT HAVE COME had Bledsoe not gotten injured.

    I mean what’s so complicated to understand. It’s naive to think that BB drafted a QB in the 6th-round to be a starter. Take a few minutes to look up how many former 6th-round draft picks became above-average starting QBs in the NFL.

    As to the person that reminded us that BB made the playoffs last year, yes, our mistake.
    And it was incredibly impressive, going 10-7 vs. a soft schedule, then being ceremoniously slaughtered in the Wild Card round sure puts up a great argument for BB being a great coach. LOL

  64. tigerlilac says:
    September 10, 2022 at 12:57 pm
    Name another NFL coach who garners so many comments on a thread, especially from fans of others teams.

    You guys are like the kid in high school who talks incessantly about a girl he claims he has no interest in while she cares nothing about what he says.

    It’s called a discussion. What, Pats homer? BB is a very controversial coach. We’ll see how long he lasts before being replaced now that he shredded his golden ticket. So far it’s not working out very well for him, is it?

    And what, this season looks promising based on what we’re hearing?

    Meanwhile, people nitpicking comments here, but absolutely no one addressing the Mr. Hyde side of BB and his horrific Drafts. Talk about castrating yourself.

  65. BUT, that opportunity for Brady WOULD NOT HAVE COME had Bledsoe not gotten injured.

    ———

    What you’re also saying here is that Brady would not have become a starter for the Pats and that most likely he never would have had the career we all saw happen.

    So without the hit neither BB nor Brady would have been successful.

    Good thing for Pats fans it turned out completely different in the real world

  66. jokersc says:
    September 11, 2022 at 6:34 am

    What you’re also saying here is that Brady would not have become a starter for the Pats and that most likely he never would have had the career we all saw happen.

    So without the hit neither BB nor Brady would have been successful.

    Good thing for Pats fans it turned out completely different in the real world

    Yes, it is a good thing for Pats fans. But my original point was, let’s not give BB credit for something that he was not responsible for. THAT in line with the discussion about his GM decisions being low-end. Those are two different points.

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