Who aired SiriusXM NFL Radio and WEEI last week and what did he do with Bill Belichick?
The Patriots head coach has been surprisingly blunt about the situation of his team’s pay limit in both interviews, at one point defending New England’s current talent shortage by claiming the club “sold out and won three Super Bowl games.”
Belichick usually won’t tell you what he ate in the morning without explaining his team’s roster-building strategy for the past six years. So, why was the Patriots head coach suddenly appearing like this?
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Patriots Tedy Bruschi veteran joined WEEI’s “Ordway, Merloni & Fauria” on Wednesday to understand Belichick’s remarks.
“The only logic he’s shown that openly is that the organization’s overwhelming consensus – even dripping on the player,” Bruschi said.
Bruschi noted COVID-19 had “hit this team quite strongly from the start”, as eight NFL top-winning Patriots – including team leaders Dont’a Hightower, Patrick Chung and Marcus Cannon – opted out. before the season. New England also missed nearly two weeks of full training and had to postpone two games due to the virus.
“(The opt-out) laid out the tune at the time, and then how did it impact them over the past few weeks as we talked about it, so it’s understood there yet? ” Bruschi said. “Because if that was understood within the organization they wouldn’t be surprised with the kind of comments coming from the head coach.
“That’s the only way I can reasonably explain this kind of message coming from the head coach because he’s always been like a rock of the message he sends to the media. It was in line with the message he sent to his players. “
Bruschi meant that Belichick was making the same excuse for New England to start 2-5 behind closed doors, and his coaching staff and players could also see 2020 as a ” season devaluation “.
It would be a drastic change of tone for a head coach who seems to dislike excuses and annoyance about “doing your job” and stopping everything except the competition. of that week.
Again, the Patriots haven’t been this bad in 20 years, so maybe we simply haven’t seen this side of Belichick yet.