Bill Belichick fretted that his latest Super Bowl victory had put him “five weeks behind” on planning for the 2017 season, but that didn’t keep the New England Patriots coach from submitting recently to an interview with CNBC.
Belichick was, for him, forthcoming as he played a word-association game involving Deflategate and Aaron Hernandez, mused about how long he will continue to coach and offered his take on what makes quarterback Tom Brady special. During the word association portion of the “Power Lunch” interview with Suzy Welch, he passed on the opportunity to get in a dig at the media (this is how you can tell it’s the offseason) and then it was off to the races.
SW: The media.
BB: It is how a team connects to its fans.
BB: The goal. There’s no medals for trying. This isn’t like eighth grade where everybody gets a trophy. We are in a professional sport, and it is competitive to win. That’s what we do.
SW: Aaron Hernandez.
BB: Yes. That would be another word.
SW: Next year.
BB: Is this year.
SW: Perfect day.
SW: Last one. Legacy.
BB: For another day.
Belichick, who will turn 65 on Sunday, was a little longer-winded about how long he plans to coach. “I am kind of shortsighted here so I’m good certainly good here this year, good for a while. I like what I am doing, I enjoy all parts of the game — the team building, training camp, game days, the excitement of Sunday.”
He even cracked a little joke. “It beats working.”
He doesn’t often talk much about Brady, with whom he will forever be joined, but he told Welch that he’s a “really special player to coach.”
“Tom works very hard. He is very smart, he’s trained hard, he’s worked hard on his throwing mechanics, he’s worked hard on his mental understanding of the game and process. He’s earned everything that he has achieved, but … he’s not a great natural athlete. He is a very smart, instinctive football player.”
Talent isn’t necessarily the first word that came to his mind.
“It isn’t all about talent,” Belichick said. “It is about dependability, consistency and being able to improve. And again, if you work hard and you are coachable and you understand what you need to do you can improve.”
Oh, and there was one other thing. Not that it will be a surprise coming from a coach who has in the past referred to the apps MyFace, YourFace, InstaFace, SnapFace and Yearbook. He really, really, really hates social media.