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    Getty Ravens QB Lamar Jackson drops back to pass in a regular season game on November 3, 2019. The Baltimore Ravens will look to bounce back from their epic late collapse in Week 2 that cost them a chance to start the season 2-0 with a matchup with their third straight AFC East opponent in Week 3 on Sunday, September 25. They will face the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium and the game will be broadcasted on FOX at 1:00 p.m. Eastern. While the Ravens will be looking to rebound from a gut-wrenching loss to the Miami Dolphins, the Patriots are coming off their first win of the season that they eked out over the Pittsburgh Steelers. This game features several interesting storylines, key matchups, and could playoff implications down the road since they’re both AFC teams. Top StorylinesWill the running game finally get on track? The Ravens are averaging just 109 rushing yards through the first two weeks of the season which is far below their usual dominant standard and they had just 63 yards in...
    Getty Bill Belichick, New England Patriots The Baltimore Ravens and Lamar Jackson invade Gillette Stadium on Sunday, and Bill Belichick is making comments about the former MVP’s impending free agency. Belichick is always complimentary of elite players across the league, and there is usually a focus on the ones the New England Patriots are set to play that week. That scenario is what prompted Belichick to discuss Jackson. However, it’s rare for Belichick to comment on an opposing team’s player contract. Belichick gushed over Jackson’s talent, and he even talked about having a pleasant visit with the quarterback the year he was drafted. Unfortunately, the Patriots passed on Jackson twice (Isaiah Wynn and Sony Michel) before the Ravens got the steal of the draft by taking him with the No. 32 pick. Belichick was asked about the Jackson doubters, who still exist. “We’ll see what his contract is, that will answer them,” Belichick said. Would the Patriots consider making a run at Jackson in the offense? The answer is almost certainly no. New England has Mac Jones in place...
    New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick admits that the pressure is on the Baltimore Ravens to back quarterback Lamar Jackson with a hefty contract. Bill Belichick is often not a man of many words, unless he’s quizzed about the history of football. To some extent, that is what he commented on when he was asked about Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson’s abilities in the pocket. Ever since he entered the league, Jackson has faced ample criticism for the way he plays quarterback — even after he was unanimously voted NFL MVP in 2019. Jackson has the ability to run and pass the ball, although there have been critiques of his passing capabilities. Jackson all but answered them in a 42-38 loss to the Miami Dolphins that saw Jackson complete 21 of 29 passes for 318 yards and three touchdowns. Unfortunately, Jackson’s incredibly efficient day was overshadowed by Tua Tagovailoa’s monstrous 469-yard performance that resulted in six passing touchdowns. But Belichick saw what Jackson can do. So when he was asked if Jackson had finally answered questions about his...
    Getty New England Patriots T he New England Patriots are preparing for their Week 3 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens and that means preparing to go up one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, Lamar Jackson. Jackson has started the 2022 season quite well, throwing for 531 yards, six touchdowns, and just one interception. The quarterback has also rushed for 136 yards and has found the end zone with his legs once this season. Ever since Jackson was a prospect out of Louisville, the quarterback has had to answer questions about his passing ability. Due to his athleticism some were even surprised that Jackson didn’t run routes as a wide receiver at the scouting combine. It’s safe to say that Jackson has proven the doubters wrong. The quarterback was the 2019 MVP and is also a two-time Pro Bowler. Jackson also has been named an All-Pro once so far in his career, throwing for nearly 10,500 yards as he is in the middle of his fifth NFL season. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was asked about Jackson...
    Getty New England Patriots, Bill Belichick Revenge games haven’t gone well for NFL players this year. Baker Mayfield couldn’t knock off the Cleveland Browns, and Russell Wilson came up short in Week 1 vs. the Seattle Seahawks. The Pittsburgh Steelers are likely hoping things will be better for non-QBs in similar situations. Gunner Olszewski takes on the New England Patriots in Week 2. The former Pro-Bowl return man wants to stick it to his former team. Olszewski went to the Pro Bowl as a return man for the Patriots and played the same role for New England in 2021. The Patriots didn’t bring Olszewski back to start this season, and the 25-year-old landed with the Steelers. Ahead of the Week 2 clash between Olszewski’s current team and his old one, the Texan is predictably feeling some additional motivation. “Anytime you play the ex, you want to show out,” Olszewski said via Teresa Varley of Steelers.com. “Any time I get the ball, I want to do something with it. Playing the old team, the team that didn’t want you,...
    Getty New England Patriots, Bill Belichick It seems almost everyone has a gloves-off critique for the New England Patriots and Bill Belichick these days. Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin called the Patriots a “transitional group.” Former Patriot and current Miami Dolphins defensive back trolled his old team for trying to get acclimated to the Florida heat ahead of New England’s 20-7 loss to the Fins in Week 1. Since Tom Brady left Foxboro to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ahead of the 2020 season, the Patriots have missed the playoffs, barely made it in last season with a 10-7 record, and gotten off to a bad start this year. Former All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy has noticed and he isn’t shy about slamming Belichick over the head with the blame for the Patriots’ fall back to Earth. “It’s over for Belichick,” McCoy said in a recent episode of Fox’s Speak. “It’s over. I’ve never seen the Patriots pay so many guys on defense at one time. They’re doing it now that Tom is gone. It’s over. This...
    Getty New England Patriots Bill Belichick The New England Patriots legend Bill Belichick doesn’t appear to be considering retiring as a head coach any time soon. Still, given his age (70), Robert Kraft and his son Jonathan have to consider what’s next or who could be a worthy replacement for the future Hall-of-Famer. The Boston Sports Journal’s Greg Bedard fielded a question about a potential replacement for Belichick, and the reader brought up “an interesting name.” Bedard was asked if former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and current Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano might be a realistic candidate. “Schiano is an interesting name I hadn’t heard of,” Bedard responded. “But I’m not sure he’s leaving Rutgers this time around … unless they balk at what they have promised in terms of facilities. He learned his lesson … sometimes the grass is not always greener. Could this job entice him? Sure it could. ” Schiano didn’t have a great run as a head coach with the Bucs. In two seasons from 2012-13, Schiano led Tampa Bay to an 11-21 record with...
    Getty New England Patriots Bill Belichick Are things changing with the New England Patriots? Bill Belichick’s recent comments have some concerned with the direction of the team and the coach’s handling of less-than-stellar results. The Patriots opened the 2022 season with a 20-7 loss to the Miami Dolphins on the road this past Sunday, and the team (especially the offense) looked bad in the process. During the postgame presser, Belichick didn’t tear into this team or support the doom-and-gloom narrative that is currently surrounding his team. Instead, he uncharacteristically put a more positive and optimistic spin on his assessment. Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer expressed concern for how Belichick publicly handled the Patriots’ early struggles when he appeared on the Greg Hill Show this week. “Listening to Bill after the game, my jaw hit the floor hearing him say that,” Breer said. “For him to actually come out and say, ‘Well yeah, it was two plays here [that changed the game], that mirrored what he said after the Raiders game — which is, ‘Well, we practiced really well against...
    According to Tom House, throw mechanics extraordinaire, Bill Belichick grilled House about whether or not he should trade Tom Brady in 2014.  In the past, when people have looked at Tom Brady, they often didn’t see him. He was overlooked in the draft, overlooked by analysts during his rookie season, and even overlooked as he approached age 40. Brady had the vision that he would play until he was 45 years old, but few others shared that point of view. Max Kellerman foretold of a cliff that’s yet to come — Brady just connected with Julio Jones for the longest pass in Tampa Bay Buccaneers history three days ago. And now, it turns out, Bill Belichick was blinded too by Brady’s increasing age. House joined the Rich Eisen Show and divulged what Belichick said to House and Brady back in 2014, the year Brady turned 37 years old: “By the time I got around to Tom Brady, walking by Belichick’s office one time when we had been out on the field throwing the football, Belichick called us in and said,...
    Getty The Patriots hosted former Bears OL Lachavious Simmons for a visit. Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots are showing significant interest in multiple former Chicago Bears players. According to the NFL’s September 13 waiver wire, the Patriots brought in recently-released defensive tackle Micah Dew-Treadway and linebacker Sam Kamara for workouts, also hosting former Bears offensive lineman Lachavious “Pig” Simmons for a visit. The Bears released Simmons from their practice squad on September 12, so the Pats didn’t waste any time giving him a look. Dew-Treadway was waived by Chicago on September 2 and Kamara was released on September 1. All three players had solid preseasons with the Bears, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them catch on somewhere else.All 3 Players Flashed Over 2022 PreseasonSimmons entered the league as a seventh-round pick out of Tennessee State for the Bears in 2020 (227th overall). The 6-foot-5, 319-pound O-Lineman was the only player in the draft to come from an historically Black college or university (HBCU) that year. He spent the bulk of the 2020 season on...
    Getty New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick Days before the New England Patriots Week 1 loss to the Miami Dolphins, Bill Belichick fielded questions about his decision to go with Joe Judge and Matt Patricia as the leaders of his offense despite neither having experience as a play-caller in their coaching careers. Belichick told reporters if it doesn’t go well, “blame me.” Well, the blame is coming in like a rain of fire. The Boston Globe’s Christoper L. Gasper took Belichick to task for his decision, questioning whether Judge or Patricia could perform their assigned jobs. Even more, Gasper implied Belichick’s particular fondness of Patricia has him perhaps the most ill-assigned of all the assistants. “A sweat-soaked Patricia was exposed to the oppressive heat at Hard Rock Stadium, and the offensive line he oversees left Jones completely exposed on a pair of first-half sacks with Dolphins pass-rushers unblocked,” Gasper wrote. “The second sack was a pièce de résistance of no resistance. Miami’s Brandon Jones came untouched on a safety blitz for a strip-sack the Fins scooped up...
    The Boston Globe dedicated their front page spread to dissecting the New England Patriots loss in Week 1, as it was, in their words, a “hot mess.” When the New England Patriots go down, the entire AFC East rejoices. And when the Patriots go down so hard that the Boston Globe has an existential crisis, it’s something that no AFC East rival can resist relishing in. Good morning, Bills fans. pic.twitter.com/CYwW9lqfNc — Lyndsey DArcangelo (@darcangel21) September 12, 2022 Describing Sunday’s 20-7 loss to the Miami Dolphins as a “hot mess”, the Boston Globe’s sportswriters gathered on the front page to take New England to task. Dan Shaughnessy opens the front page with a piece titled, “It probably could not have gone worse, so heat is on Belichick.” Notorious for his disaffection for Boston sports icons — he claimed it’s now “impossible to root for” the insufferable Tom Brady and refused to put David Ortiz in MLB’s Hall of Fame — Shaughnessy pulled no punches in his overreaction to a Week 1 loss to the Dolphins. “Seven measly points,” Shaughnessy...
    Bill Belichick seems to have zero idea what’s going on with the New England Patriots this year, giving his team a good review after a 14-point Week 1 loss. The Week 1 matchup between the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins was one that felt like it could be a toss-up. The Dolphins have done OK with Tua Tagovailoa as a starter, going 13-8 with him over the last two years, but have failed to qualify for the postseason in either season. They also brought in a new coach who has all the guts in the world according to his players, and Pro Bowl wide receiver Tyreek Hill. On the other side, the Patriots were surprisingly good with rookie quarterback Mac Jones last season, making the playoffs and going 10-7. Despite signs of disarray in the Patriots coaching staff, it’s tough to count Bill Belichick out. But recent comments make it a little bit easier. After the Dolphins beat the Patriots by 14 points to take the Week 1 divisional matchup, he had some interesting comments.Bill Belichick thinks Week 1 loss was...
    Getty New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick The New England Patriots’ legendary head coach and de facto general manager Bill Belichick gets more benefit from the doubt than any other coach or front office person in professional sports. He’s earned it. Belichick’s unparalleled history of championships is what affords him the shield that protects some of his more head-scratching decisions. Even when things don’t go well on his watch, you can still find a good amount of “in Bill, we trust” tweets and posts throughout Patriots Nation. The latest Belichick decision to get at least some criticism is the Hoodie electing to go without an offensive coordinator after the man who had held down the role from 2006-08 and then again from 2012-21; Josh McDaniels left to join the Las Vegas Raiders as their head coach. Rather than prying former offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien away from good buddy Nick Saban at Alabama, Belichick brought back Joe Judge to assist another former assistant Matt Patricia in running the offense by committee. However, it does appear Patricia will be...
    Dolphins (0-0) vs. Patriots (0-0), Sunday, Hard Rock Stadium, 1 p.m., CBS Latest line: Dolphins are favored by 3 1/2 points; over/under is 40. Dave Hyde, Sports Columnist (Season record: 0-0): Dolphins 24, Patriots 20 The Dolphins playing at home in the September heat is the best home field advantage in sports. Throw in the fact they’ve added good talent this offseason while New England subtracted some says this season kicks off in good fashion for the overhauled Dolphins, who have won six straight home games. Chris Perkins, Dolphins Columnist (Season record: 0-0): Dolphins 27, Patriots 24 The Mike McDaniel Era gets started with a home victory over coach Bill Belichick and the Patriots. I’m expecting Tyreek Hill to have a long reception and the defense to make a few game-changing plays (interceptions, sacks, fumble recovery, tight coverage, impressive third-down stops, etc.). If the Dolphins’ offensive line, run game and run defense join the party, season projections will skyrocket. David Furones, Dolphins Writer (Season record: 0-0): Dolphins 24, Patriots 17 We’ll see some Tyreek Hill flashes and moments in the...
    Dolphins (0-0) vs. Patriots (0-0), Sunday, Hard Rock Stadium, 1 p.m., CBS Latest line: Dolphins are favored by 3 1/2 points; over/under is 40. Dave Hyde, Sports Columnist (Season record: 0-0): Dolphins 24, Patriots 20 The Dolphins playing at home in the September heat is the best home field advantage in sports. Throw in the fact they’ve added good talent this offseason while New England subtracted some says this season kicks off in good fashion for the overhauled Dolphins. Chris Perkins, Dolphins Columnist (Season record: 0-0): Dolphins 27, Patriots 24 The Mike McDaniel Era gets started with a home victory over coach Bill Belichick and the Patriots. I’m expecting Tyreek Hill to have a long reception and the defense to make a few game-changing plays (interceptions, sacks, fumble recovery, tight coverage, impressive third-down stops, etc.). If the Dolphins’ offensive line, run game and run defense join the party, season projections will skyrocket. David Furones, Dolphins Writer (Season record: 0-0): Dolphins 24, Patriots 17 We’ll see some Tyreek Hill flashes and moments in the run game, although Bill Belichick is going...
    New England Patriots general manager Bill Belichick cut tight end Devin Asiasi from the 53-man roster, and the family seems to be taking the news well. New England Patriots general manager Bill Belichick cut tight end Devin Asiasi from the 53-man roster, and though being cut from a team is never easy, the family seems to be taking the news well. Asiasi’s father, Dave, posted a heartfelt Tweet thanking Belichick. Thank you for believing in my son and developing his game. Forever indebted to you sir and the Patriots Organization. Alofa atu coach. pic.twitter.com/5iTCZFB0lX — Dave Asiasi (@DAT1Sole) August 31, 2022 Dave Asiasi wrote, “Thank you for believing in my son and developing his game. Forever indebted to you sir and the Patriots Organization. Alofa atu coach.” Belichick is considered one of the best coaches in the NFL, so to be chosen by him initially is a big achievement for any player. Luckily, Asiasi has another opportunity in the NFL.Former Patriots TE Devin Asiasi was presented with another opportunityAsiasi was claimed by the Cincinnati Bengals after being let go...
    Getty Bill Belichick The New England Patriots needed some positivity after being collectively slammed by most media members over the weekend. Head coach Bill Belichick decided to be the source of some good vibes at his presser on Monday. In addition to downplaying the severity of the injury to RB/WR Ty Montgomery, Belichick also broke character a bit by identifying the strongest position group on his roster. Legendary sports broadcaster and journalist Chris Berman was on hand as one of the media members speaking with Belichick. He asked Belichick the somewhat leading question that generated the surprisingly specific answer. NESN’s Chelsea Sherrod captured the exchange between Berman and Belichick: Chris Berman asks Bill Belichick what position group he feels most confident in: “Safety?” Belichick: “Safety. That’s probably No. 1.”#Patriots pic.twitter.com/7XFrCjskas — C. (@ChelseaSherrod) August 29, 2022 Belichick’s acknowledgment of Berman’s presence was priceless as the former clearly holds the latter in high regard. "BOOMER!" Bill Belichick is as big a Chris Berman fan as we are ???? (????: @NBC10_Joe) pic.twitter.com/XWZMGRsldB — Pickswise (@Pickswise) August 29, 2022 A...
    Getty New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick The New England Patriots preseason hasn’t been a good one but Bill Belichick doesn’t appear to be too concerned. ALL the latest Patriots news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Patriots newsletter here! New England went 1-2 in the preseason. With poor discipline in joint practices and rough performances from starters in the warm-up games, some fans are starting to wonder if the team will be able to turn it around once the regular season starts. But Belichick isn’t pressing the panic button. “Preseason is preseason,” Belichick said. “Preseason is about developing your team for the season and evaluating the players. If you look at the playtime in our games, and any other games, I don’t know don’t think Las Vegas played 30 players, I don’t think Carolina, it must have been 30 players that didn’t play in their game [against us]. That’s not really what preseason is about. Preseason is about evaluating the players that you do play and taking the practice time — in joint practices...
    Getty New England Patriots Julian Edelman has been away from NFL football fields since 2021, but could the New England Patriots legend actually return? Brian Baumgartner, star of hit comedy series The Office and host of the Off the Beat podcast, spoke to Edelman for an August 18 episode, and when asked if he thought the wide receiver would return, he didn’t completely rule it out. “If Tom [Brady] gave him a call, maybe he would go down to Tampa,” Baumgartner told Heavy. Still, Baumgartner stated that Edelman seems to be soaking up his post-NFL playing days. “It sounded [like] to me that he is really enjoying what he is doing,” Baumgartner continued. Since retiring from the Patriots, Edelman has been getting more involved in media, working on Inside the NFL and also now hosting his own venture, having teamed up with comedian Sam Morril to launch the Games With Names podcast. Produced by Edelman’s Coast Productions and Superdigital, the former Patriots wide receiver and Morril will search for the greatest games in sports history, with guests such...
    Patriots legend Julian Edelman and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick have leveled up their friendship, with Belichick telling Jules he misses him. Bill Belichick has recently made headlines during Patriots training camp for his surly responses, so much so that The Rich Eisen Show and The Pat McAfee show have dedicated segments to Belichick’s press conference moment of the day. Bill Belichick REALLY opens up here about The Dolphins tampering with his starting QB in 2019 pic.twitter.com/XSs6xNExum — Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) August 3, 2022 But those who truly know Bill know the kind, funny, generous person he can be. That’s right: Belichick is quietly a thoughtful philanthropist and a friend to players he deeply respects. Those players include the recently-retired James White and Julian Edelman. Edelman has shared plenty of hilarious moments during his time in Foxborough, most notably an unexpected hot tub encounter with Belichick. Even though Bill isn’t a fan of Julian’s impersonations of him, the legendary Patriots wide receiver told FanSided that the two have graduated to a new level of friendship. Recently, Belichick has taken...
    Giants defensive coordinator Wink Martindale dunked on the suggestion that he blitzed Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots too much in the preseason with a snappy comeback: ”We’re on to Cincinnati,” Martindale said twice with a smile, echoing Belichick’s famous line, appropriately with the Cincinnati Bengals on deck Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Belichick had said after last week’s preseason game at Gillette Stadium that New England’s offense couldn’t run play action with rookie QB Bailey Zappe because of Martindale’s aggressive scheme. ”Well, with what the Giants were doing, there’s a lot of reasons for some of the things that we did just to try to manage the game,” Belichick said. “So, just leave it at that.” New England pointed out that the Giants had blitzed Zappe in his NFL debut on 17 of 33 dropbacks, and that the Giants had blitzed 21 times — compared to 28 total blitzes over four preseason openers the Patriots had faced in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021. Martindale, a veteran and one of the NFL’s best and most aggressive minds on defense, had his rebuttal...
    Getty New England Patriots After James White’s retirement, the New England Patriots will need some players to step up at the running back position. White played a unique role for the Patriots during his time in New England. He ended up catching the ball out of the backfield a lot more than he actually ran the ball. ALL the latest Patriots news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Patriots newsletter here! Right now, Rhamondre Stevenson appears to be the perfect candidate to take over for White. In his rookie season, he had 14 catches for 123 yards. Stevenson was successful on the ground with 133 carries for 606 yards and five touchdowns. When it comes to the passing game, Stevenson has been putting in the work in the offseason and in training camp. The second-year running back attended throwing sessions with Mac Jones to build some chemistry and improve his skills. That work has clearly paid off as Bill Belichick praised Stevenson’s development in terms of being an asset in the passing game. “Mondre’s done a...
    Getty Bill Belichick What in the world are the New England Patriots doing on offense? That’s the most commonly asked question in sports media today when Bill Belichick’s squad is discussed. No one seems to know for sure, and everyone appeared even more confused after the preseason opener. Belichick elected to have both Matt Patricia and Joe Judge calling plays on offense during the game in what appeared to be a competition for the job. Belichick called it a “process,” and advised a media member, “don’t worry about that,” when he was asked for clarity on the team’s plans for offensive playcalling. If we weren’t talking about arguably the most legendary head coach in the history of professional football, we’d be seeing even harsher criticism levied the Patriots’ way. As it is, Belichick’s stature and accomplishments are affording him a “benefit of the doubt” with some, such as Fox Sports’ Doug Gottlieb, but the questions and speculation are flowing.Sirius XM’s Rich Eisen Wonders Aloud About the Patriots’ “Process”Rich Eisen had NBC Sports’ Tom E. Curran on as a...
    At last, New England Patriots fans hear more about how the offensive coordinator “battle” between Matt Patricia and Joe Judge is playing out.  All offseason, New England Patriots media have been befuddled by a Bill Belichick irregularity: he refused to officially name an offensive coordinator. In official terms, the Patriots are “going through a process”, and that is all Belichick has to say on the matter. Belichick already in midseason form after 1 preseason game pic.twitter.com/Zu943wVmhG — Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) August 12, 2022 This may have been a bizarre circumstance on another NFL team, but not for the Patriots. It’s not the first time Belichick has done this — Brian Flores operated as defensive coordinator yet was listed as a linebackers coach before taking the head job in Miami — and it’s not even just happening to the offense this year. There’s no official defensive coordinator, either, as Jerod Mayo and Steve Belichick are working together to call plays. And on top of all of that, this isn’t the first time that Bill has refused to name an offensive...
    Getty Bill Belichick Bill Belichick has good and bad history with the New York Giants. He was the defensive coordinator under Bill Parcells for Super-Bowl-winning clubs with the Giants, but he’s also had his biggest Super Bowl failures against the G-Men. On Friday, after the New England Patriots dropped their preseason opener to the Giants 24-21, Belichick seemed slightly irritated with New York’s defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale. It seems Belichick thought Martindale unleashed an unnecessary amount of blitz calls against the Patriots. NESN’s Zack Cox captured the concept, calling the Giants “blitz-happy,” and even added some Pro Football Focus preseason blitz numbers for context. Blitzes Patriots QBs faced in Week 1 of the preseason, per @PFF: 2017: 62018: 92019: 82021: 52022: 21 https://t.co/YudlF6Qkh0 — Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) August 12, 2022 Why Would Bill Belichick Be Upset With Tons of Blitzing? Read More From Heavy Get in on Today’s NFL Action With a ‘No Sweat First Bet’ No rule dictates how much blitzing an NFL team can do in an exhibition game. However, teams usually understand that excessive...
    Getty Images Don Martindale and Bill Belichick. New York Giants defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale is known for his blitzing. But don’t tell that to New England Patriots’ future Hall-of-Fame head coach Bill Belichick. According to Zack Cox of NESN, the Giants blitzed Patriots quarterbacks by a count of 21 times. That’s 16 more blitzes than what New England faced in last year’s Week 1 of the preseason. Blitzes Patriots QBs faced in Week 1 of the preseason, per @PFF: 2017: 62018: 92019: 82021: 52022: 21 https://t.co/YudlF6Qkh0 — Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) August 12, 2022 Belichick wasn’t too thrilled with the Giants’ defensive philosophy. Read More From Heavy Get in on Today’s NFL Action With a ‘No Sweat First Bet’ “Well, with what the Giants were doing, there’s a lot of reasons for some of the things that we did just to try to manage the game,” Belichick said after the Aug. 11 game. “So, just leave it at that.” Patriots quarterbacks lucked out, however. New York ended up with just one sack and four quarterback hits to Brian...
    In Brian Daboll’s first game as an NFL head coach Thursday night, he’ll be coaching against both his mentor, Bill Belichick, and his Giants predecessor, Joe Judge, a former New England Patriots colleague. Daboll insists this somewhat emotional and awkward preseason homecoming is not front of mind. “Obviously he [Belichick] is a mentor of mine, but I haven’t sat there and been like, ‘Oh, this is the first game,’” Daboll said Tuesday. “I know my wife and kids are gonna try to get out to it. But he’s coached what, 750 games? This is the first preseason game for me. I’m just trying to do right by my team. Not really worrying about me.” Daboll sure knows his Patriots’ history: Belichick has coached 739 regular season games in the NFL in 47 seasons as a head coach and coordinator, 803 including playoffs. Daboll should know it, too. He started his NFL journey here as a defensive assistant under Belichick in 2000, and was a part of five Patriots Super Bowl teams. So he says his focus is much more on...
    Getty Bill Belichick The New England Patriots offense is limping into the preseason and fans are concerned about what the offense will look like once Week 1 arrives. Head coach Bill Belichick might be forced to blow the game plan up. New England had yet another poor showing at practice on Monday. Lineman were jumping before the snap of the ball, Mac Jones was struggling to find open receivers, and a whole host of other problems are currently plaguing the offense. ALL the latest Patriots news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Patriots newsletter here! After the departure of Josh McDaniels, it was expected that the offense would look different, but they are undergoing quite a significant change. The Patriots have switched to a Shanahan-style offensive game plan that focuses on running and zone blocking. Before the poor practice, Belichick spoke about the offensive scheme and seemed to admit that he is willing to change things up if New England can’t get their new offense to work. “In camp, in preseason, during the season, mid-season,” Belichick...
    Getty Bill Belichick Sometimes, all a player needs is a change to make his mark. The New England Patriots are hoping that’s the case with Bill Murray. The 25-year-old was originally signed by the Patriots in 2021 as an undrafted rookie free agent out of William & Mary as a defensive lineman. New England is working on switching Murray to the other side of the football this offseason.Why Was Bill Murray Switched From Offense to Defense?Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was asked why the team elected to move Murray from defense to offense. “Thought he’d be a good fit over there,” Belichick told reporters Thursday. “He has a lot of good traits we look for in an offensive lineman. We’ve talked about it before at other points in time during his career and just felt like this is a good opportunity for him.” Murray is listed at 6-foot-4, 280 pounds, and according to him, he hasn’t had to put on weight up to now. There is a good chance he’s a little heftier now that the team is attempting...
    Given a choice between tardiness and recklessness, former New England Patriots offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger happily chose the latter in order to avoid the wrath of head coach Bill Belichick. As the retired NFL guard revealed on his radio show, 'The Hartman & Rich O Show', he intentionally bumped his Chevy Tahoe into a ramshackle church van to give himself a valid excuse for being late to a team meeting. Ohrnberger didn't reveal the date of the accident, but the former Penn State star played in Foxborough from 2009 and 2011, when Belichick's rules on punctuality were every bit as unflinchingly rigid as they are today. TMZ Privacy Policy Ex-Patriot Rich Ohrnberger once intentionally rammed his truck into a church van in order to give himself an excuse for being late to a team meeting and getting cut by Bill Belichick New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is notoriously strict about players being late 'I wake up, my phone died overnight, and I realize I'm waking up to the sound of birds chirping and not my alarm going...
    Getty New England Patriots The New England Patriots have become known for making no-name players into stars who will be remembered in Patriots lore for eternity. Tre Nixon will look to be the latest player to become loved by fans in New England. Nixon was the seventh-round selection by the Patriots in the 2021 NFL Draft. He was hand-picked by Ernie Adams and spent last season on the practice squad. ALL the latest Patriots news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Patriots newsletter here! But this season Nixon has been making waves and he has caught the attention of Bill Belichick. The Patriots head coach discussed Nixon before the start of training camp on Tuesday. “Yeah, Tre’s worked very hard, too,” Belichick said. “He’s one of the hardest working kids we have on our team. Had a good spring, had a productive spring. Again, it’s the same things we’ve said about Mac [Jones] — he’s way ahead of where he was last year in terms of his physical strength, speed, quickness, route technique, understanding of the...
    Getty Mac Jones The New England Patriots will need Mac Jones to take the next step in his progression if the team is going to be successful in 2022 and Bill Belichick seems to believe the quarterback is well on his way to doing that. ALL the latest Patriots news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Patriots newsletter here! Patriots training camp is a day away, and the regular season is inching closer. Belichick spoke to the media on Tuesday and discussed Jones’ improvement headed into this upcoming season. “In all areas, I think there’s a dramatic improvement… Everyone recognizes how well he prepares and how much further along he (is) than a year ago… He’s starting from a much, much higher point this year,” Belichick said. Jones is coming off an impressive rookie season. He led rookies in passing touchdowns (22) and also threw for 3,801 yards.How Has Jones Made These Improvements?After an impressive rookie season, it would have been easy for Jones to rest on his laurels, but that is the exact opposite of...
    Getty Bill Belichick It finally happened. The New England Patriots traded wide receiver and former first-round pick N’Keal Harry, to the Chicago Bears for a 2024 seventh-round pick on Tuesday. The trade, or at least the separation between Harry and the Patriots, had been rumored for weeks. Harry had become one of the most polarizing players on the roster because of his immense physical talent and modest production on the field. Many fans in Patriots nation rejoiced at the news of the trade, but analysts like CBS Sports’ Damon Amendolara–who referred to Harry’s draft selection in 2019 as a “stink bomb”–were more philosophical with their reaction. Amendolara was the latest to hold Patriots head coach and de facto general manager Bill Belichick accountable for his sketchy draft history–especially regarding selecting wide receivers. Bill Belichick’s stink bomb of N’Keal Harry is just another reminder we all have one thing we’re really terrible at and are too stubborn to stop trying. — Damon Amendolara (@DAonCBS) July 13, 2022 Twitter Reacts to the N’Keal Harry TradeIs Belichick’s selection of Harry with...
    Getty Bill Belichick At one point, it was difficult to find people who doubted the New England Patriots and Bill Belichick’s ability to win Super Bowls. After missing the playoffs in 2020 and being bounced in the first round of the 2021 postseason, the group of doubters has grown exponentially. On a recent episode of Fox’s First Things First, Chris Broussard says he doesn’t believe Belichick will ever win another Super Bowl. Broussard acknowledges Belichick is the “G.O.A.T coach” and all that, but he points out the Hoodie’s poor postseason track record without Tom Brady as validation. ALL the latest Patriots news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Patriots newsletter here! Join Heavy on Patriots! "I don't think Bill Belichick is going to win another Super Bowl." — @Chris_Broussard pic.twitter.com/KMEo4SUe0x — First Things First (@FTFonFS1) July 6, 2022 Broussard isn’t all in on second-year quarterback Mac Jones or the rest of the team’s roster. Is Broussard giving Belichick enough credit?Is Bill Belichick Being Disrespected?Belichick is one of the most successful NFL coaches of all...
    Getty Bill Belichick While Bill Belichick is regarded by some as the greatest coach in NFL history, the New England Patriots head coach is no longer the top dog in the NFL according to one NFL analyst. ALL the latest Patriots news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Patriots newsletter here! CBS Sports recently came out with their 2022 NFL head coach rankings and Belichick is not at the top of the list. CBS Sports has Belichick ranked third among active NFL head coaches. Blasphemy, right? Look, BB is a clear-cut No. 1 if we’re ranking based on all-time achievements. Six rings and 20 winning seasons in 22 years with the Patriots is absolutely nuts,” said Cody Benjamin. “But we’d be lying if we said we didn’t prefer the offensive upside of a few counterparts in today’s NFL. Belichick at least had New England back in the playoff conversation in 2021, proving Tom Brady wasn’t the only reason for his dynasty. As long as he’s on the sidelines, the Pats will be stingy and disciplined. He’s...
    Getty Josh Uche Joe Judge and Matt Patricia got their opportunities to be head coaches after serving as assistants on Bill Belichick’s staff with the New England Patriots. Both are now back with the organization after disastrous stints with the New York Giants and Detroit Lions, respectively. Brian Flores did a solid job with the Miami Dolphins until he was fired this offseason setting off a wave of accusations and investigation into fishy behavior. Josh McDaniels is in his second stint as a head coach as the Las Vegas Raiders lured the former Patriots offensive coordinator to Sin City this offseason. He didn’t fare well on his last head-coaching opportunity with the Denver Broncos (11-17 record). Perhaps the second time around, McDaniels will perform better. Current Patriots assistant and former player Jerod Mayo might be the next guy from Belichick’s much-discussed coaching tree to get his shot at being a head coach in the NFL. Mayo made The Athletic’s ’40 under 40′ list identifying the most promising young front office and coaching personnel in around the NFL. Lindsay...
    Getty New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick B ill Belichick is arguably the greatest head coach in NFL history but the New England Patriots head coach might be looking to try his hand at a different sport. ALL the latest Patriots news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Patriots newsletter here! Premier Lacrosse League co-founder Paul Rabil appeared on the “Pardon My Take” podcast on Monday and indicated that Belichick is interested in becoming a coach in the league. PFT Commenter: So have you ever talked to Belichick about when he’s done coaching the Patriots if he would ever want to become a coach in the PLL?Rabil: YesPFT Commenter: You think he’s interested?Rabil: YesBig Cat: Woah, now that would be awesome. Read More From Heavy Bet $5, Win $250 on the NBA Finals or Any Other Event Belichick played lacrosse growing up and continued with the sport when he attended college at Wesleyan University in the early 1970s. He was briefly a volunteer lacrosse coach at Birmingham Detroit Country Day as well when he was...
    Getty Kevin O'Connell (left) received high praise from his former coach in Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. Minnesota Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell only threw six passes as an NFL quarterback. The 2008 third-round pick’s playing career never panned out as he’d planned. He still made an impact. Vikings team reporter Eric Smith spoke with several former players and coaches who crossed paths with O’Connell along his journey to becoming a head coach in the NFL and gathered an interesting anecdote involving the man who drafted him, Bill Belichick. The latest Vikings news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Vikings newsletter here! Read More From Heavy Turn $5 Into $200 With This Sportsbook Promo Join Heavy on Vikings! ‘You’re Going to Be One Hell of a Coach One Day’O’Connell, speaking with Smith, reflected on his brief playing career that was the launchpad for his rise to becoming the league’s second-youngest coach at the age of 36 — seven months older than Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay. Selected in the third round of the 2018 draft...
    Getty Images Patriots coach Ross Douglas making an early impact. The saga seems to continue with the New England Patriots coaching staff going into this upcoming season. There’s been uncertainty all off-season about who’s coaching which position. Not only have the Patriots been attempting to rebuild their aging roster but also their fairly unknown and established coaching staff. Realistically, outside of Patriots HC Bill Belichick, former Detroit Lions HC Matt Patricia, and former New York Giants HC Joe Judge, there are no other established coaches on the coaching staff. Many are even skeptical of Patricia and Judge being considered legitimate coaches because of their most recent disappointments. However, there’s one coach who’s stood out and is currently the youngest position coach on the roster, Ross Douglas.  “Meet #Patriots assistant Ross Douglas, the youngest position coach in the NFL who’s gained Bill Belichick’s complete trust at age 27,” tweeted Andrew Callahan. "You can just tell he's an up-and-coming star in the business." Meet #Patriots assistant Ross Douglas, the youngest position coach in the NFL who's gained Bill Belichick's complete...
    Getty Josh McDaniels with Bill Belichick. To say the Las Vegas Raiders raided the New England Patriots this offseason would be an understatement. Not only did they hire offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels as head coach but also poached Dave Ziegler to take over as general manager. The moves didn’t stop there as the Raiders hired multiple assistants off their staff, including Mick Lombardi and offensive line coach Carmen Bricillo. Apparently, McDaniels was looking to bring over another coach but the Patriots and head coach Bill Belichick wouldn’t let it happen. According to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, Las Vegas were targeting tight ends coach Nick Caley. “Tight ends coach Nick Caley’s role seems to be a little in flux,” Breer wrote. “I’d expect he’ll have more responsibility in ’22. The Patriots blocked Caley from talking to the Raiders, and his role in New England this fall could dictate whether he stays put or goes to Las Vegas in ’23.” The Raiders haven’t hired a tight ends coach yet so perhaps they were banking on Caley coming over. With...
    Getty New England Patriots T he biggest secret amongst the New England Patriots is who will be calling plays on offense this season. With OTA’s underway, fans might have a glimpse of who will be replacing Josh McDaniels. ALL the latest Patriots news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Patriots newsletter here! OTA’s kicked off on Monday as the Patriots begin their preparation for the 2022 NFL regular season. The media got a first look at how coaches are interacting with players and how certain guys are looking early on in the NFL year. NBC Sports Boston’s Tom E. Curran believes based on what he saw, Bill Belichick is the offensive coordinator at the moment with Joe Judge handling the passing game and Matt Patricia handling the running game. “Off of one OTA in May Bill Belichick was serving as offensive coordinator.. we don’t know if that’s temporary or not,” Curran stated on “The Pat McAfee Show.” When asked if he will be calling plays, Belichick wasn’t exactly forthright with the media. Play Bill Belichick press...
    Bill Belichick has given no hint as to who will be the New England Patriots’ offensive play-caller for the upcoming season. The New England Patriots returned to the playoffs last season after missing it the year prior, where they were bounced out by the rival Buffalo Bills in the Wild Card Round. Afterwards, they saw offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels leave to become the head coach for the Las Vegas Raiders. That left the question of who will be the team’s offensive play-caller for the 2022 season. During Patriots minicamp, Belichick was asked who would be the play-caller for the team’s offense and he sarcastically asked a question of his own. That was “what plays are we calling? Minicamp plays?” Asked about an offensive play caller Belichick: What plays are we calling? Minicamp plays? — Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) May 23, 2022 Patriots: Bill Belichick has no timeline for naming offensive play-caller Belichick did say, however, that he does not have a specific timeline for when he will announce his decision. Belichick on who will call offensive plays: “when we get...
    BOSTON (CBS) — During the broadcast of Game 2 between the Celtics and Bucks on Tuesday, the cameras caught Celtics president of basketball operations chatting in a suite with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and Duke women’s head coach Kara Lawson. It was quite the collection of coaching experience and acumen. On Thursday, Stevens was asked during his weekly radio interview what the conversation was about. Stevens ended up speaking at length about his relationship with the coaching legend. Here’s what Stevens said on Toucher & Rich: I’ve gotten a chance to know him pretty well over the years, and he’s been nice enough to let me come down to several practices and some OTAs. And we’ve spent some time at our games as well back when I was coaching, he would pop his head in before the game and then a couple games this year, he’s come up and spent a quarter with us. It’s really nice of him to do that. He had a number of his staff over there the other night, watching the game and...
    By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — The draft is the draft, but it’s not the end of the work in adding young players to an NFL roster. And few teams enjoy the splendor of undrafted free agent season quite like the Patriots, who have had an undrafted free agent make the roster out of training camp for 18 years running. With that in mind, here’s the list of undrafted free agents signed by the Patriots after the draft concluded on Saturday evening. Jake Julien, P, Eastern Michigan (source) D’Eriq King, QB/WR/RB, Miami (source) DaMarcus Mitchell, LB, Purdue (source) LaBryan Ray, DT, Alabama (source) Cody Russey, C, Houston (source) Brenden Schooler, S, Texas (source) Liam Shanahan, OL, Harvard (source) Coby Tippett*, DB, URI *Tippett — the son of Andre Tippett — received a minicamp invitation from the Patriots The odds are always long for a UDFA to make a roster, but a couple of players stand out in this group as having a real possibility of earning a spot on the roster. One would be Jake Julien, who figures to...
    By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — With some glaring needs on defense, and room to upgrade at wide receiver, the Patriots could have gone a number of different ways in the first round of this year’s draft. But despite what some people in the region may have hoped for, Bill Belichick went with a guard. Out of Chattanooga. After trading down. READ MORE: Patriots Draft Grades: Bill Belichick Largely Panned For Selection Of Cole Strange In First RoundTo say it was an interesting night for the Patriots would be an understatement, as the night was a curveball, even by Belichick’s own standards. But despite Cole Strange being considered a second or third-round pick by most analysts, and despite Rams head coach Sean McVay laughing out loud upon seeing Strange go at No. 29, Belichick’s reasoning for picking him was fairly straightforward: He likes the player. “Yeah, I mean, we feel like that was a good — a guy that fits well — Cole fits well into our team and our system, and obviously think he’s a good player,” Belichick said. “It’s...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Raise your hand if you had the Patriots taking a guard out of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in the first round of this year’s draft. Anyone out there? No? Obviously, Bill Belichick went a bit off the board with his selection, using the 29th overall pick a player who was widely considered a second or third-round talent heading into the weekend in Cole Strange. Of course, if Strange ends up having a long and successful career, then nobody will care about where he was drafted. But if he ends up playing like an FCS guard, the Patriots’ move from No. 21 to No. 29 to select him early will be remembered forever in New England. That part is yet to be determined. For now, the draft grades are out there. And they’re not looking so good. NFL.com, Chad ReuterGrade: D “heir pick at No. 29 was a surprise, as Strange was selected at least 40-to-50 picks ahead of where I expected him to go. This is typical of New England, which often goes against...
    BOSTON (CBS) — When the Patriots picked offensive lineman Cole Strange in the first round on Thursday night, it caught many fans by surprise. It also caused a bit of a shock to those in the league. With Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay and general manager Les Snead on a live stream during the draft (the Rams don’t own a pick until the third round), the duo was live when the Patriots picked Strange out of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with the 29th overall pick. The two were a bit shocked. “How about that?!” McVay yelled. “And we wasted our time watching him, thinking he’d be [available] at 104 maybe.” McVay then let out a massive belly laugh. Rams reaction to Patriots selection of Cole Strange at #29. This is hysterical. pic.twitter.com/ADzqt4lizQ — Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) April 29, 2022 Of course, Bill Belichick operates the way Bill Belichick sees fit, so he’ll often draft players higher than many others would expect. Over the years, it’s occasionally worked, and it’s occasionally not worked. Time will tell...
    By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Patriots were one of the biggest spenders in free agency during the 2020 offseason, uncharacteristically shelling out big-money deals to plug holes on both sides of the ball. READ MORE: The Rumors Of Tom Brady Owning Part Of The Miami Dolphins Overlooked A Rather Significant RoadblockBecause of it, they entered this offseason with a much tighter grip on the wallet. It means Bill Belichick will turn to the draft to bolster a roster that still needs youth all over the field, particularly at linebacker, receiver, on the offensive line and at cornerback. One of the reasons the Patriots have had so much sustained success during Belichick’s era is that they’ve been able to maintain a core of players who’ve fit into New England’s culture. Those players just haven’t consistently come via the draft, where Belichick has had his share of misses. The Patriots’ approach has undergone adjustments heading into this year’s draft. Not necessarily because of an overall adjustment in philosophy, but because changes in the college game have...