Bill Belichick Comments on RadioGate, Recent SpyGate Accusations
Bill Belichick‘s New England Patriots earned a big win over the Pittsburgh Steelers last night to kick off their 2015 campaign, but as we’ve come to expect from the media, there were other things to be discussed after the game.
“No. No. I’d just say, it’s pretty common, you know. I mean look, there’s a lot of stuff down there — the coach-quarterback stuff, offense and defense, the headsets to the pressbox, the tablets. There’s a lot of stuff going on there, and you know, we had some problems. Just as an example, we had some problems in the first half and that seemed to be OK, and then we got to the end of the game, and the most problems we had were in our last two possessions on offense and defense.
“Sometimes it goes along and it’s fine and then for some reason something happens and then you go to the guys on the sideline, the blue hats or purple hats or whatever they’re called, and then you tell them about it and they fix it. I don’t really know, I don’t know enough about technology. I don’t know how any of that works, but that’s how it goes. We ended up hard-wiring a couple of our headsets to kind of eliminate the wireless part of it. It’s not an uncommon problem. We ended up having to signal some of our plays offensively. We couldn’t get them in. But we look at it as something you have to be ready for every week and we practice it. Home, away, I don’t really think there’s any common denominator on that.”
Bill Belichick also discussed the recent accusations against the Patriots for their involvement in SpyGate. And unlike the Belichick we’re used to, on this occasion he didn’t appear to hold back his feelings on the issue:
“I’d just say, you know, tying this in with a couple of things from last week, or earlier in the week, I just think overall it’s kind of sad, really, to see some stories written that obviously have an agenda to them with misinformation and anonymous type comments,” Belichick said. “Writing about warm drinks and trash cans and stuff like that, I mean it’s just, I think it’s a sad commentary and it’s really a very . . . it’s gone to a pretty low level. It’s gone pretty deep.”
“I would Just first of all would say that our program here is built on competition, and trying to improve every day, and trying to work hard, and it’s not built on excuses, and we just try to go to work and improve and find a way to get better,” he said. “This organization has won a lot of games, but particularly in reference to the great teams from ’01, ’03, ’04 back in there, and all the great players that played on those teams — Ty Law, Milloy, Otis Smith, Rodney Harrison, [Tedy] Bruschi, [Larry] Izzo, [Willie] McGinest, [Mike] Vrabel, [Anthony] Pleasant, [Richard] Seymour, you know, Matt Light, [Joe] Andruzzi, Steve Neal, [Deion] Branch, Troy Brown, [Tom] Brady, Antwain Smith, Kevin Faulk, Corey Dillon, Lonnie Paxton, [Adam] Vinatieri — to take away from what those guys accomplished, what those teams accomplished, how good they were, how many great players we had, how well they played in the biggest games, how they consistently showed up and made big plays and game-winning plays, it’s just not right.
“Those guys were great players, and many more. Those are a few of them. And great teams. I’m not gonna get into a back and forth on it, but that’s the way I feel about it.”
That’s probably the most you’re going to hear from Bill Belichick all season, so enjoy it for a moment, and then it’s on to Buffalo.
Hat Tip – [Comcast SportsNet]