The New England Patriots lost a hard-fought game against Miami in Week 1, but they’ll have an excellent chance to rebound vs a Jets team that everybody picked to finish with one of the worst records in the NFL.
Even better news for the Patriots? The Jets are absolutely ravaged by injuries and Bill Belichick is notorious for neutralizing rookie quarterbacks, especially those making their first career start against his Patriots.
In other words, Zach Wilson could be in for a long day at the office on Sunday.
Speaking of rookies and young teams, however, Belichick was asked on Friday about how his players cope with receiving backlash after rough performances, especially on social media considering its toxic nature.
As expected, Belichick delivered a response for the ages.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick talking about social media is everything.
From the very first line, you kind of got the feeling this was going to be an all-time quote from the Patriots head coach.
“First of all, I don’t really know or care anything about social media,” said Belichick. “I don’t even know what’s out there or isn’t out there so that’s irrelevant to me.”
The best part is that Belichick is probably telling the truth. While the Patriots definitely monitor social media to make sure players aren’t acting up, Belichick no doubt has a team of assistants that takes care of that.
After all, Belichick has a long history of speaking out against social media. Remember back in 2011 when he said he isn’t on Twitter or “MyFace”? Four years later in 2015, he told reporters he isn’t involved in any of that “InstantFace” stuff.
Whether it be after a win or a loss, Belichick has likely strongly advised his players to refrain from checking social media. That, or he doesn’t care enough about the various platforms to even warn his team about their toxicity.
While we obviously don’t expect Belichick to change his ways, it’s pretty ironic that he’s coaching the youngest team of his Patriots tenure. In fact, more than half of the 53-man roster is 25 years old or younger. That includes starting quarterback Mac Jones, who turned 23 in the first week of September.
Unless they have incredible self-restraint, social media plays a prominent role for anybody in that age group. For professional athletes who likely get tagged in thousands of posts daily, it’s probably impossible to not check in.
However, as he proved on Friday, Belichick feels the same way about social media as he did when it first arrived nearly two decades ago.