December 5, 2023


He was additionally requested in regards to the Josh McDaniels.

Invoice Belichick in the course of the Patriots’ loss to the Dolphins previous to the NFL commerce deadline. AP Picture/Wilfredo Lee

Echoing his well-known “We’re on to Cincinnati” chorus, Invoice Belichick had a ready-made response for a number of subjects throughout his Wednesday morning press convention.

Within the wake of Tuesday’s commerce deadline — during which the Patriots had been inactive regardless of reported discussions — Belichick was requested if it was a “busy day” for the workforce.

“Yeah, we’re preparing for Washington,” he replied.

Responding to a follow-up about if New England was “shut” to creating any trades, Belichick provided an virtually unchanged response.

“Hung out preparing for Washington.”

A continued move of commerce deadline questions finally coaxed extra sentences from the Patriots’ coach.

“We’ve talked about this 50 occasions,” Belichick mentioned when requested about how he works with the personnel division on potential commerce. “If they’ve one thing they assume I have to learn about, then we discuss it. If I’ve a personnel state of affairs that I feel they should learn about, I inform them about it after which they give the impression of being into it. It’s the identical factor I’ve mentioned the final 50 occasions we’ve talked about this. We work collectively when there’s one thing to work collectively on. When there isn’t one thing to work collectively on, then I coach, they do personnel.”

Belichick, who has ultimate say on personnel selections (alongside along with his head teaching position), was pressed for extra particulars about how the Patriots’ system works.

Is he separate from the personnel division or not?

“If there’s one thing that we have to discuss, then we discuss it,” mentioned Belichick. “And if there isn’t one thing to speak about, we don’t simply sit there and stare at one another all day. We each produce other stuff to do. Their division, the teaching condo, there’s different issues occurring. So we don’t simply sit there and stare at one another and see if the cellphone’s going to ring or there’s going to be one thing on the information or no matter. We now have stuff to do.”

Along with the subject of the commerce deadline, reporters had been curious if Belichick had any ideas concerning the in a single day information that the Raiders had fired head coach Josh McDaniels (previously the Patriots’ offensive coordinator).

Las Vegas additionally fired two different former members of New England’s workers: Ex-Las Vegas basic supervisor Dave Ziegler and offensive coordinator Mick Lombardi.

Belichick maintained his consistency.

“Yeah, I simply heard about it this morning,” he mentioned. “Once more, simply making an attempt to prepare for Washington.”