Bill Belichick: Running out clock on offense is the best way to win

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The longest Patriots drive of the second half of Sunday’s game didn’t end with points, but that was just fine with them.

New England got the ball on their 30-yard-line with 6:33 to play after a Steelers punt and they never gave the ball back. They ran 13 plays, including three kneeldowns by quarterback Mac Jones, to seal their 17-14 road win.

Jones, Rhamondre Stevenson, and Damien Harris all ran for first downs over the course of the drive and head coach Bill Belichick complimented the offense for closing things out in that fashion.

“Yeah, it was great to be able to hang on to the ball at the end there,” Belichick said at his postgame press conference. “And our backs ran hard, and our line gave them some space to run. We were able to control on, what was it, three first downs or whatever it was. I think it was a little over six minutes when we got the ball. So, yeah, that’s the way you want it, kneeling the ball. That’s the best way to win. So, they did a great job.”

The overall offensive performance for the Patriots still has some room for improvement, but the final minutes on Sunday were a step in the right direction after they flopped to a loss in Week One.

29 responses to “Bill Belichick: Running out clock on offense is the best way to win

  1. Mac Jones has regressed this year and that should concern Patriots Fan. His mechanics are way out of wack and his decision making is terrible. He was terrible yesterday. Looks like he’s turned into a guy that is playing in a league too high for his level. He didn’t look like that last year so we turn to the coaches to fix that.

    Start by giving him a real NFL QB coach not fatboy Matt or Judge.

  2. Mac keeps on this trajectory and Bill decides to keep going with this ridiculous experiment with the coaching setup and the Patriots will be looking for a new QB in the draft in a couple years. Guaranteed.

    Yes Mac is a first round pick but that’s no guarantee of anything. Josh Rosen Jake Locker Matt Leinart and Tim Tebow also were first round picks.

    Mac isn’t Tommy B and never will be. He needs coaching and talent around him like almost all other quarterbacks.

  3. The offense does better when they throw deep shots, opening the underneath for Myers and the running game.

  4. The Pats may have won, surprising me in the process, but their offense still needs a lot of work. The game has changed since Belichick’s heyday. Teams need a number one receiver, and so do the Pats. Their receivers cannot create separation and Mac Jones is always throwing into a tight window.

  5. Let’s all just settle this:

    Belichick is still the greatest of all time without Brady
    Brady is still the greatest of all time without Belichick

  6. Let’s all just settle this once and for all:

    Belichick is still the greatest of all time without Brady
    Brady is still the greatest of all time without Belichick

  7. Where are all the people that said Mac was scared to play this sunday and that Belichick was in over his head in terms of calling a defense? I bet those same people think the Ravens had a better plan against Miami.

  8. It no doubt wasn’t a pretty win, but a win is a win. Teams don’t don’t get points for outstanding play in a loss either. I was almost expecting the other shoe to drop in the final six minutes, yet no penalties due to being undisciplined, no sacks, no fumbles and no interception. This was a big step forward in terms of building confidence and team unity. However, there’s bound to be more lessons to be learned. Seventeen regular season games makes for a long season for every organization. And as always, injuries will be a key factor.

  9. reasonablepatsfan100 says:
    September 19, 2022 at 9:33 am
    Let’s all just settle this:

    Belichick is still the greatest of all time without Brady
    Brady is still the greatest of all time without Belichick

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    Belichick literally has a sub .500 record as head coach without Brady so the first statement is false.

  10. GMG says:
    September 19, 2022 at 10:40 am
    reasonablepatsfan100 says:
    September 19, 2022 at 9:33 am
    Let’s all just settle this:

    Belichick is still the greatest of all time without Brady
    Brady is still the greatest of all time without Belichick

    ==================
    Belichick literally has a sub .500 record as head coach without Brady so the first statement is false.
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    I will argue that you may not know what you’re writing about.
    I don’t know if you’re old enough to remember or to have witnessed Bill’s years with the Browns but I do fairly well, maybe a longtime Browns fan can add his/her thoughts. The Browns were 3-13 without BB. His year one, 6-10, then 7-9, 7-9, then year four, 11-5 and they made the playoffs the first time since the 1980’s and only 1 of three times in the last 28 years. In his last year, 1995, word spread throughout the sports world was that Cleveland owner Art Modell was trying to move the franchise to another city. Cleveland fans, City officials and players were angry and even despondent. The Browns were 4-5 in November when it was officially announced he was moving the franchise to Balimore. The team lost six of their remaining seven games, finishing 5-11.
    From my memory, 1995, had nothing to do with coaching ability. You try to motivate players and fans when they are told their team is moving and will not be playing the 1996 season. And the Baltimore Ravens will basically become an expansion team.

  11. It’s a win. But “running out the clock” means that the score is close enough that a single slip up allows the competition a chance to tie of win.

  12. —————————————-
    I will argue that you may not know what you’re writing about.
    I don’t know if you’re old enough to remember or to have witnessed Bill’s years with the Browns but I do fairly well, maybe a longtime Browns fan can add his/her thoughts. The Browns were 3-13 without BB. His year one, 6-10, then 7-9, 7-9, then year four, 11-5 and they made the playoffs the first time since the 1980’s and only 1 of three times in the last 28 years. In his last year, 1995, word spread throughout the sports world was that Cleveland owner Art Modell was trying to move the franchise to another city. Cleveland fans, City officials and players were angry and even despondent. The Browns were 4-5 in November when it was officially announced he was moving the franchise to Balimore. The team lost six of their remaining seven games, finishing 5-11.
    From my memory, 1995, had nothing to do with coaching ability. You try to motivate players and fans when they are told their team is moving and will not be playing the 1996 season. And the Baltimore Ravens will basically become an expansion team.

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    Ok but I was just responding to the post that said Belichick is the greatest of all time without Brady. No he isn’t. Literally. There are lots of coaches that have a better record and more than just 1 playoff win almost 30 years ago without Tom Brady.

    Saying “Belichick is the greatest of all time” and leaving it at that would include his record with Brady. And I think it should be included. And there’s an argument to be made for that depending on how you define what makes a GOAT coach.

    I think the idea that Belichick was this great coach in Cleveland that got a raw deal is overstated. He alienated a lot of his players and even his assistant coaches with his my way or the highway attitude. The media despised him. And he didn’t have the credibility or track record at the time to get away with it like he could today with a way more patient owner than Modell was. His disgraceful comments about Marv Levy at the time showed Bill had a long way to go before he had the attitude and makeup to be a good NFL coach.

  13. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    September 19, 2022 at 11:53 am
    Let the Bailey Zappe era begin

    Another classic line by patsfan4lifedynasty, which goes along with his “beware of Belichick’s castoffs” line. Literally nobody is calling for Bailey Zappe to be the starter for the Patriots.

  14. Helped that the Steelers offense was a disaster that kept the defense on the field almost the entire fourth quarter with no TJ= no pass rush.

  15. When the last place patriots beat other bottom of the barrel teams all it does is make sure they don’t get the #1 pick they need to get a real QB to carry belicheat and allow them to compete with real teams again.

    Without Brady’s coattails to ride belicheat has been completely exposed as a terrible coach and GM. The ungrateful fans of boston deserve the decades of losing and irrelevance that has begun.

  16. religionisforidiots says:
    September 19, 2022 at 8:56 am
    How the mighty have fallen

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    You must be talking about the Steelers right? Because the Pats won this game and the story is about how.

  17. So many guys have read this article and came away still thinking the Patriots lost its hilarious. The comments show that a bunch of these guys have skimmed so lightly that they never even learned the game outcome and are commenting on an incorrect assumption of what that was.

  18. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    September 19, 2022 at 11:53 am
    Let the Bailey Zappe era begin

    Zappe is as much of an NFLer as Ryan Mallett was.

  19. Ok but I was just responding to the post that said Belichick is the greatest of all time without Brady. No he isn’t. Literally. There are lots of coaches that have a better record and more than just 1 playoff win almost 30 years ago without Tom Brady.
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    Bill may be the greatest of all time. I think Lombardi is better but that’s just my opinion and there are good reasons to give Bill the nod.

    How he would do without Brady doesn’t matter. Years from now when Bill is long retired nobody will care what Bill’s record is without Brady. Just like they don’t care about Walsh without Montana or Noll without Bradshaw. It’s only logical to think that a coach would win more games with a great QB than he would without one.

  20. Mac Jones has regressed this year
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    No. Jones is now playing with the reins off and he’s now learning how to handle way more responsibilities on offense than he ever did. That’s the difference from last year. I don’t see a regression. Malik Reed from the Steelers had positive things to say about the adjustments Jones made in the last game. It’s all part of the learning.

    There will be ups and downs but as a fan I like watching young QB’s develop. Looking forward to seeing how he develops this year.

  21. Belichick is still the greatest of all time without Brady
    Brady is still the greatest of all time without Belichick
    ==========

    Neither of those statements are true.

    Hall of Famers, maybe. THE best, *EXTREMELY* doubtful.

  22. Without Brady’s coattails to ride belicheat has been completely exposed as a terrible coach and GM.
    ==========

    Remains tied for most Browns Playoff wins… they fired him nearly 30 years ago.

    Ozzie Newsome credits Belichick for building the Ravens organization. They have won 2 Super Bowls, and have only had 4 losing seasons since 2000.

  23. Noodle arm couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat. The Patriots have more problems than a math book. Joe Flacco is better than this guy. Enjoy 6 wins this year Pats fans.

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