New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is the greatest enigma in sports
Belichick had an offer to become defensive coordinator in Miami under Jimmy Johnson, but Parcells -- based on his past connection with. Call Bill Belichick what you want, but these accounts of his In New York, Bill Parcells nicknamed him Doom and Gloom, it turns out) and a perfect score on a playbook pop quiz given to all coaching candidates. . Belichick's love and respect for his father and his contentious relationship with Parcells. As Bill Belichick prepares for his eighth Super Bowl as head coach of the New England Patriots, ESPN plans to dive into his relationship with his mentor, Bill Parcells, in new 30 for 30 documentary "The Two Bills" on Thursday night. Parcells, a Hall of Fame coach, and Belichick.
The only time the stone-faced Belichick chokes up is when he muses about his early days with the Giants, riding the stationary bike on Saturday mornings and breaking down game film. Then coaching at Army, Parcells first met a teenage Belichick through his father, Steve, a longtime coach and scout for Navy. We learn how Parcells recruited a green Belichick and quickly made the bright young assistant his "go-to" guy. But the youthful special teams coach — called "Doom" for his surly demeanor — was "disregarded" by players because he didn't look like an athlete.
Eventually, though, Belichick earns the begrudging respect of one of the greatest to ever play the game: All the time, Belichick's love-hate relationship continued with the volatile Parcells. NFL Films captures one hilarious moment during their stint with the Giants, when Parcells threatens to send Belichick to the "parking lot" outside Giants Stadium if he made one more mistake during a game — is that any way to treat the future greatest coach in NFL history?
To his credit, Belichick is as unperturbed now as he was when Parcells originally cussed him on the sideline: I worked for him. He was the boss," Belichick says. Sporting News predicts Super Bowl 52 Given Belichick's pass-happy Super Bowl teams with quarterback Tom Brady, it's easy to forget he made his bones as a defensive wizard.
Some of the best parts of this documentary chronicle exactly how Belichick earned his wunderkind reputation in the s and '90s. Belichick strongly recommended the Giants play man-to-man pass defense against Montana, Jerry Rice and Co. I was there that day at the old Giants Stadium. I've never seen a team beaten up so badly as that 49ers team — especially when Giants nose tackle Jim Burt sent Montana to the hospital with a concussion after a crushing hit. During the playoffs, Belichick outwitted Bill Walsh and the 49ers again by playing an all-nickel defense against a team that had just won two straight Super Bowls.
Later, against Jim Kelly's high-octane Bills offense at Super Bowl 25, Belichick again employed a bend-don't-break defense featuring only two down linemen. As the hot assistant of the moment, Belichick then earned his first head coaching job with the Browns from to ' And once Belichick leaves his Browns disappointment behind, the documentary enters familiar soap opera territory.
The two won again in with a win over the Buffalo Bills. They didn't always get along Giants defensive coordinator Bill Belichick is carried off the field on the shoulders of Thomas Johnson l. Parcells gave Belichick the nickname "Doom," a shortened version of the players' nickname for him, "Voice of Doom," for his boring meetings.
The two often fought over play-calling mid-games over the headset, with Parcells often questioning Belichick's unconventional blitz schemes and Belichick confidently barking back. Belichick's first playoff victory was against Bill Parcells Bill Belichick left the Giants in to become head coach of the Cleveland Browns. The Browns won the game,intercepting Drew Bledsoe three times. The two would return to the Super Bowl that season, but fall to the Packers, Kraft's animosity toward Parcells, however, turned him away from hiring Belichick and he hired Pete Carroll instead.
These days, people call him Genius, Misanthrope and even Hoodie. To his friends, he is often just A--hole, which, tellingly, Belichick considers a term of endearment. But after all this time, and all these attempts to label him, does anyone really know Bill Belichick? The resulting interviews, with coaches, players and other associates, provide the definitive character study, covering Belichick's genius, failures, partnership with Tom Brady, the pathologies around his controversies and the ultimate debate about his legacy.
Seeds of Genius Bill Belichick was a coaching vagabond before he could walk. Soon after Bill's birth, in Nashville, Tennessee, on April 16,his father, Steve, was fired, along with the rest of the Vanderbilt football staff. It was a harsh lesson about the fleeting nature of the profession and one that has remained with Bill his entire life, according to the late author and his longtime friend David Halberstam.
After a two-year stop at North Carolina, where the coaching staff was again fired, Steve eventually enjoyed a long and renowned career as a scout and professor at the Naval Academy.
Bill's mom, Jeannette, was also a teacher and by all accounts a lovely, loquacious woman who spoke seven languages and enjoyed a lifetime subscription to The New Yorker. It was in Annapolis where, after recognizing his son's physical limitations the scouting term he used to describe Billy was "heavy ankles"Steve began teaching him how to apply his considerable intellect to football.
He'd carry those lessons to Wesleyan University, where he played football, lacrosse and squash and majored in economics. Phil Savage Browns Assistant, Scout, Things would get busy and Bill would end up in a room or a closet by himself with a projector and a stack of film, and it's like, 'Son, take these tapes and tell me how many times they ran split back. He always saw video and film and the mental side of the game as the great equalizer for him. Growing up with football in your life, that experience as a young man at the dinner table, is invaluable.
He was educated to the nuances of the sport at a very young age. By the time he got his first job, he already had experience just from living it with his dad. I think that's where the foundation was. I think he really relishes it. But who is he really? He was kind of a geeky kid. A failed football player. I don't know what would separate him from other coaches, but it certainly wasn't playing experience in college.
He was not a starter as a sophomore, he didn't play as a junior and when he was a senior, a freshman took his spot. But he was always regarded as a coach on the field, especially in lacrosse. Other players, if they didn't know what the play was about, they'd ask Bill before they'd ask the coach.
His responsibilities grew quickly, thanks to scouting skills that were so impressive, players said it was like having a spy working for the Colts. After a stint in Denver, Belichick spent the next 12 seasons in New York 11 with Parcellssix as defensive coordinator. During that time, the Giants won two Super Bowls.
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Bill has followed suit on that pretty much his whole career. The difference is Bill would go to an extreme to make you play left-handed.
That's Belichick's absolute genius: When other coaches say it's important that we take away an opponent's best receiver, only Bill would commit four defenders on a receiver and play the rest of his defense with the other seven.
He's willing to do whatever. Once Bill decided what to focus on taking away, he always ended that meeting with the same saying: I'm telling you, he's going to win a Super Bowl someday.
You could tell by the way they were communicating it, so passionately, they felt he gave them such an advantage. In their eyes, Belichick was playing a very strategic, intricate game of chess while everybody else was playing checkers. On Monday, March 18,I walked into the Browns' building, shook his hand, and Bill says, 'What are we paying you again? And he goes, 'Look, we had planned on hiring two guys, but I want you to do both sides of the ball.
We'll give you an extra five grand, and eventually we'll bring some other a--hole in to help you out. I'm like, 'Uh, thanks for the opportunity. Then, all of a sudden, I end up with Bill Belichick. For a year I don't think I managed to do anything right. You've seen him in press conferences.
No matter what I said, there was a real poker face there. I mean, I was not getting any feedback. I was dying a thousand deaths, especially in our first visit, which happened the first night I got there. That was hard, and then I got sent back to Maine. Didn't think I had a chance at all. A mutual friend talked to him over the weekend.
He called me back and said, "No, he liked you.
That's a funny way to show it. It was never the guy who was talking tough that you feared or thought twice about. It's the guy like Bill who's very quiet and didn't have much to say. Back in my neighborhood, they say the loudest one in the room is the weakest one in the room. Belichick had that kind of factor to him, that quiet storm -- quiet but powerful, almost like demanding your respect without saying too much. I had no family. I had no bills.
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I basically lived at the Browns' office. It was a great chance to get an education, to get a Ph. But in Cleveland, under Bill, he'd go slump down against a wall and stutter, "I gotta get out of here, I can't function anymore. But he never asked you to do anything he wasn't doing. I look back on that first season as the greatest year in my coaching life. AP Photo Devil in the Details Belichick's love and respect for his father and his contentious relationship with Parcells, both a mentor and a tormentor, left him with a soft spot for younger coaches and staff, aware of how hard he pushed them.
It was the kind of gesture people would never, ever connect to Bill Belichick.
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There's a generosity to Bill most people don't get to see. And he had written a little note: She named her bear Hoodie. So I emailed Bill and asked him to call the kid. Bill calls him that same night and the kid hangs up on him. Bill emails me and says, 'I reached out to him but, um, I don't think I really connected. I was just really grateful and I couldn't believe it. I called Bill up and thanked him right away. He just said, 'Ah, don't worry about it, you should've had the job three days ago.
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His assistant said he was in the weight room on the treadmill. I went down there and he turned the treadmill down and he walked really slow and we just sat there and had a conversation for well over an hour about everything.
The river just unloaded. I wish I had a tape recorder. I didn't even have a piece of paper with me, so I was just trying to remember everything. They don't see that guy on the treadmill. They see the guy in front of the press podium.
One of the things Bill said to me was, 'Don't try to be me, try to be yourself. It wasn't just the players. He coached the coaches. That one's 2 feet between the center and the guard.
OK, now look at the splits of the wide receivers. The Z is inside the numbers. The X is outside. He looks to the left, to the right, to the left, then to the middle and then he hikes the ball.
You gotta monitor that because it could help our defensive linemen get a jump on the snap. Anything that touches the team is important. That philosophy of 'Don't sweat the small stuff'? Yeah, that was never his philosophy. In my immature mind I'm sitting there in the dark doing the math: