BB seemed pretty heated about the newest "controversy", if it even deserves that tag, this morning
.Apparently, Mike Tomlin's complaints and insinuations about the malfunctioning Pittsburgh Steelers headsets were the tipping point for Bill Belichick.
On a conference call Friday morning, the New England Patriots coach was not simply "On to Buffalo." He was aggravated with how his franchise has been perceived, and took several minutes to address it when asked about the headsets.
Here's his full answer, beginning with the headset clarification:
And here's where Belichick decides to take it a step further, launching into a defense of his teams from the early 2000s and, really, a defense of his program. Between the ESPN OTL and SI Spygate stories that came out last week and Tomlin's headset complaints, Belichick had clearly had enough.
"It's pretty common -- there's a lot of stuff down there, there's the coach-quarterback stuff, offense and defense; there's the headsets to the press box; 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 then it seemed to be OK, and then we got to the end of the game and the most problems we had were on our last two possessions on offense and defense. So sometimes it goes along and it's fine, and then for some reason something happens and then you go to the guys on the sidelines -- the blue hats or the purple hats, whatever they're called -- and you tell them about it and they fix it. I don't really know enough about technology to know how any of that works, but that's how it goes. We ended up hard-wiring a couple of our headsets to 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. We look at it as something you have to be ready for every week, and we practice it -- home, away, I don't think there's really any common denominator on that."
"I'll just say, kind of 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. Writing about warm drinks and trash cans and stuff like that, it's just a sad commentary and it's gone to a pretty low level. It's sunk pretty deep."
"First of all, I would say that I think 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. This organization has won a lot of games, but particularly in reference to the great teams from 01, 03, 04 and all the great players that played on those teams -- Ty Law, Malloy, Otis Smith, Rodney Harrison, Bruschi, Izzo, McGinest, Vrabel, (inaudible), Seymour, Matt Light, Andruzzi, Steve Neal, Branch, Troy Brown, Brady, Antowain Smith, Kevin Faulk, Corey Dillon, Lonnie Paxton, 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 big games, how they consistently showed up an made big plays and game-winning plays, it's just not right. Those guys were great players. And many more. Those were a few of them -- and great teams. So I'm not going to get into a back-and-forth on it, but that's the way I feel about it."
Can't say I blame him for starting to get sick of this,nice to see him going to bat for and publicly defending his teams honor for a change
. I'm starting to feel that this type of thing is gonna be a new trend this season with opposing coaches having a ready to made excuse for their shortcomings Edited by Rolaholic - 9/11/15 at 8:54am