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Patriots coach Bill Belichick is being coy about his expectations for the quarterback position as his teams prepares for the start of training camp.
The Super Bowl might have gone San Francisco’s way if only 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan had followed Bill Belichick’s lead and copied Vic Fangio’s blueprints.
A popular sentiment these days – and one that most of Sports Nation wants to embrace – is that the New England Patriots finally will be kaput in the postseason and cannot possibly win Super Bowl 54. What America are these people living in?
New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung focused on football, not the cocaine possession charge he is facing, after waiving a court appearance in New Hampshire. Chung spoke briefly with reporters inside the Patriots’ locker room after a lawyer entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. The 10-year veteran says he’s focusing on going to practice and meetings, learning the playbook and recovering from an injury he suffered last season. His next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 8.
Bill Belichick is now standing shoulder to shoulder with the NFL’s all-time greatest coaching icons.
It was clear even before this Super Bowl that the end of the Patriots’ dynastic run, at least with this group of principal characters, was near. Just how near was up for debate. It still is.
Not only was the Philadelphia Eagles’ knockout of New England a thrill-a-minute slugfest, it produced some of the biggest calls the Super Bowl has ever seen.
Couch Slouch: As a public service, I usually provide an annual Super Bowl Viewing Guide (for Super Bowl Parties of Six or More). But this year, all of you are on your own – in short, I recommend Cheez-Its, fried squash blossoms and Yuengling – because I procured an exclusive interview with New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says he’s reconsidering whether to continue a long-running weekly radio appearance after a host at the station called his daughter “an annoying little pissant.”
Titans linebacker Wesley Woodyard sees the matchup between Tennessee defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau and Bill Belichick and his New England Patriots as a showdown for the ages between two of the NFL’s best coaches ever. LeBeau has coached 45 consecutive seasons in the NFL, two more than Belichick. The AFC divisional round will be the first playoff game between the coaches since January 2005. Belichick says matching wits with LeBeau is very challenging.
Bill Belichick is sending his best wishes to the city of Houston and the victims of historic flooding there. The New England Patriots coach appeared at his post-game news conference wearing a University of Houston hat. He says he had a great experience there in February, and who can blame him? The Patriots won their fifth Super Bowl in the city seven months ago.
Bill Belichick might be both a genius and a jerk – they are not mutually exclusive. Just because you are the smartest person in the room doesn’t mean you can’t also be the smarmiest, smuggest person in the room.
The Patriots have the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history. Cue the debate on whether it translates into the greatest dynasty in the NFL, and maybe where New England ranks among dominant pro sports franchises.
For most anyone outside the New England area it’s hardly cause for celebration to see the Patriots in yet another Super Bowl. There’s just not a lot to like about a coach and players who never let anyone get too close to what they’re feeling or what they plan to do.
A man traipsing around Monday’s Super Bowl opening night in a full-length gown declaring himself “The Empress of Austria, Elizabeth I” was the most outrageous guest at what was a rather tame media night compared to the circus this event has been in the past.
There’s a mantra that players quickly come to learn when they play for Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.
In brief: Bill Belichick isn’t ready to rule out injured quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for Thursday night’s game against the Texans.
You still see T-shirts around the home of the New England Patriots with coach Bill Belichick’s scowling face and the mantra “In Bill We Trust.”
This is Brock Osweiler’s team – for now, at least. And everybody’s on board, including Peyton Manning. The five-time MVP hobbled by an injured left foot met with Osweiler at halftime Sunday night to go over things he’d seen on TV while watching the Patriots-Broncos game from an auxiliary area outside the team’s locker room.
If I had known that Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick were going to meet in Super Bowl 49, I would’ve just watched college football all season. Since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 – yes, youngsters, that’s pre-ESPN but it was a big deal – there have been few coaches Couch Slouch has disdained more than Carroll and Belichick. Next thing you know, the 2016 presidential election will come down to Donald Trump and Wile E. Coyote.