FOXBOROUGH, Mass. New England Patriots manager Bill Belichick said on Monday that he made no excuses telling Sirius XM NFL Radio that the team is relying more on younger players and not as in depth as in previous years because Salary limits.
In a weekly radio interview on WEEI in Boston, Belichick explained his remarks, saying that the current situation is the result of how the Patriots approached five seasons ago.
Belichick said: “We sold out the tickets and won three Super Bowl games, played in the fourth, and played in a match in the AFC Championship. This year, we have less work to do. That’s not the thing. excuse. That’s just the truth “.
Belichick̵7;s Patriots (2-5) are going through their first four defeats since 2002 and a unsuccessful New York Jets visit on ESPN’s Monday Night Football on 9 November.
He appeared outraged on Monday telling some who might have seen his remarks with Sirius XM NFL Radio, in an interview with his former attack coordinator, Charlie Weis, as an excuse.
“I didn’t say it as an excuse. I never said that,” Belichick said. “Look, we paid Cam Newton a million dollars [on July 8]. Obviously we don’t have any money. It is nobody’s fault. That’s what we have been doing for the past five years. “
The Patriots have tightened pay limits for most of the season, partly because they are carrying around $ 26 million of space for players who are no longer on the list, a group that includes midfielder Tom Brady, who receives Antonio Brown and main kicker Stephen Gostkowski.
They then gained considerable space when eight players, led by midfielder Dont’a Hightower, opted out of the 2020 season.
When told it seemed unusual that he was providing a panoramic review of the squad in the middle of the season, Belichick said in Monday’s radio interview: “That’s pretty obvious. An honest answer to an honest question. Nothing more, nothing more, no less. I’m sure you can read a lot about it if you want. That’s not the goal. “