May 18, 2024


Belichick was requested if he thinks he is teaching for his job in opposition to the Colts in Week 10.

Invoice Belichick after the Patriots’ loss to the Commanders. AP Picture/Michael Dwyer
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Following yet one more loss, Invoice Belichick was requested on Monday morning if this season is probably the most irritating he’s had in 48 years of teaching within the NFL.

“It’s most likely up there, yeah,” Belichick admitted in his weekly interview with “The Greg Hill Present” on WEEI a day after the 20-17 defeat at residence in opposition to the Commanders. “We simply need to preserve grinding away right here and switch issues round this week.”

New England is now 2-7, firmly on the backside of the AFC East. Is Belichick discovering it exhausting to get gamers to “preserve grinding” amid the underwhelming outcomes?

“Not this week,” he mentioned. “I feel we labored exhausting this week, had our probabilities, simply weren’t capable of make sufficient performs to win.”

With the Patriots struggling to such a level, dialogue has already begun about Belichick’s job safety.

After the Fox broadcast on Sunday confirmed a brief exchange between Robert and Jonathan Kraft — during which Jonathan is alleged to have mentioned of the staff, “We’re not adequate” — Belichick was requested what he thought.

“Yeah you’d need to ask them about what they mentioned,” he replied. “I don’t know. We didn’t do sufficient yesterday.”

Later within the interview, one other query was put to Belichick concerning Kraft: Is the Patriots’ proprietor “pissed off” with the course of the season?

“Yeah, I might suppose you’d need to ask him about that,” mentioned Belichick.

Following the radio interview, Belichick addressed reporters in a digital press convention. He was requested point-blank if he’s obtained any assurances about his future for the rest of the season.

“Yeah, my focus is on preparing for the Colts,” the Patriots coach mentioned in response.

Does he suppose he’s teaching for his job within the upcoming matchup in Germany in opposition to the Colts?

“I’m going to regulate what I can management and prepare for the Colts.”

Concerning the officiating in Sunday’s sport, Belichick took situation with an offsides name late within the fourth quarter on Patriots’ particular groups participant Mack Wilson. With the Commanders set to punt the ball again to New England with 2:29 remaining, Wilson was known as for offside, handing Washington a primary down.

Belichick, having had time to observe the tape, disputed the decision.

“Effectively, there have been a few issues there. To begin with, I’m undecided he was within the impartial zone,” Belichick claimed throughout his radio interview. “We talked concerning the placement of the ball earlier than the sport, however it final evening, I’m undecided he was within the impartial zone. [Wilson] flinched, however I don’t suppose he was within the impartial zone.”

One other speaking level from the sport was the mysterious standing of defensive backs J.C. Jackson and Jack Jones, each of whom didn’t begin the sport and didn’t converse to the media afterward.

Belichick was requested if the report from Jeff Howe of The Athletic — that Jackson and Jones began on the bench as a result of “efficiency points” — had validity.

“Yeah I’m not going to get into that, selections we make on personnel.”

Trying forward, the Patriots face the bizarre circumstances of touring to play the Colts in Germany on Nov. 12.

How does the quantity of midweek journey alter New England’s skill to arrange within the regular method?

“We get there on Friday morning, so Thursday evening is sleeping on the airplane,” Belichick defined. “So we lose six hours.”

Belichick mentioned he expects gamers to have the ability to deal with the jet lag.

“There are schedule modifications on this league, there are Thursday video games, there’s a Europe sport, there’s Monday evening video games, the Sunday evening video games, and so forth. These variances within the schedule are what they’re.”