football coaches ever, with the premiere of Part 1 of Bill Belichick: A Football Life.
This hour-long special showed Belichick in many different lights, many that
we would otherwise not see. From this, we learned a lot more about the
generally secluded coach.
Here are a few things we learned from the program that we did not know or
would have guessed before.
1. Belichick Knows How to Relax and Have a Good Time
We see Belichick as a serious, no nonsense guy on the
sideline and a boring guy on the podium during press conferences. What we did
not really see until now is the more laid back side of Belichick.
The program opens with a shocking image, Bill Belichick, feet kicked back, on
a boat off of Nantucket fishing.
He talks about how this is his place of serenity and how he doesn't need to
worry about third and long out here. It definitely seems out of character for
the Belichick we know, but perhaps we just don't the real Belichick.
2. Bill Belichick Is A Family Guy
With Bill Belichick seemingly constantly working, whether
at practice games or just watching film at the stadium, you would think that he
wouldn't have any time for his son, Brian. Well you thought wrong.
So how does Bill make time for both? The answer is, he doesn't, he just does
them at the same time. During most clips of Belichick at practice or games,
Brian was right by his side.
They even show a clip of father and son tossing around the pigskin while Bill
gives advice on Brian's throwing motion.
3. Bill Belichick Is an Emotional Guy
Most people view Belichick as an emotionless guy because of
the lack of emotion he shows, usually during press conferences.
But we certainly saw a wide range of evident emotions by Belichick
throughout. He showed exuberance after good plays were made. And on the other
side of the spectrum, he teared up while going down memory lane in the Giants stadium, a place he once called
This gives weight to the argument that his lack of emotion on the podium is
just an act.
4. Belichick Can Be Funny
Before watching this program, I could probably
count on one hand the number of jokes I had ever heard Bill Belichick
One of my personal favorites was after Super Bowl XXXVIII when he was
asked about Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction. He responded by joking, "We
didn't see [it]. We were in the locker room...Nobody kept us abreast of
We saw Belichick cracking jokes throughout the program. After Julian
Edelman returned a punt for a touchdown, Belichick approached an injured
Wes Welker on the sideline.
He told Welker the story of Wally Pipp, who started at first base
until he got injured and sat out a game. A guy named Lou Gehrig filled in and
would Pipp would never see the starting lineup again.
5. Tom Brady Can Be Whiny
Listen, I'm as big a Brady fan as the next guy, but I just
couldn't let this go. During one scene, Belichick confronted Brady over a few
bad passes he made the previous drive and was trying to give him some advice.
Brady started whining to Belichick, claiming that on the first play he was
hit and on the next throw it was right in the receivers hands.
I would be surprised if I didn't hear as much about this as the Uggs
commercial from all the Brady haters.
6. Bill Belichick Can Trash Talk
I think that this scene was hands down the best
part of the entire program. I can't help but laughing every time I see this.
Derrick Mason had no idea what he was getting into when he talked trash to
Little did he know that Belichick would do all but back down and
would dish out some of the harshest trash talk I've ever heard. I can't wait
for round two between Belichick and Mason when he comes to New England as a Jet.