Bill Belichick thinks meteorologists can take their Doppler forecasts and put ’em where the sun don’t shine (pun intended). Because, so far, the New England Patriots coach said, they’re doing a pretty lousy job at getting their forecasts right.
Belichick went on a bit of a rant about weather forecasters Friday, two days before the Patriots host the Denver Broncos at home, where forecasters are predicting wind gusts up to 30 mph.
“I’m just telling you — if I did my job the way they do theirs, I’d be here about a week,” Belichick said (via Boston’s local CBS affiliate) after being asked about the forecast for Sunday afternoon’s upcoming game against the Broncos at the Patriots’ Gillette Stadium. “Based on the forecasts we’ve gotten so far this year, none of them have been close to what game conditions were. There was 100 percent chance of rain last week, and the only water I saw was on the Gatorade table. It is what it is.”
The rant didn’t end there. He added:
“My experience going with the forecast in this area, two days before the game, I’d bet a lot that they’re wrong — just based on history, because they’re almost always wrong. An hour before the game? Maybe. You might have something to work with there. But if you start game-planning for what the weather is going to be, and you game-plan wrong, you’ve wasted a lot of time. When you walk out on the field, that’s really when you know what it is. The rest of it really is just a lot of hot air.”
It’s unclear whether his pun was intended, but regardless, it looks like unlike a couple of weeks ago when Belichick made his players practice with wet footballs in preparation for forecast rain that never happened, he’s back to dictating how his players practice rather than letting meteorologists do it for him.
“We all make mistakes. I’m not being critical of them,” Belichik said (via CBS) while being highly critical of them. “I don’t think you can [prepare] based on that [Friday forecast].”
At least Belichik will likely wear his trademark hooded sweatshirt, so if it turns out the meteorologists are right, he can keep warm … and hide the crow he might have to eat.
Related: The Washington Post’s own Capital Weather Gang is fighting back. Click here to see why thy think Belichik is “badly misinformed.”