Right before our eyes, we’re seeing New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick soften in his old age. The 69-year-old is seemingly much different than his former cutthroat self … and you know what? We don’t hate it.
Belichick, throughout his career, has been viewed as a monotone, ornery man unwilling to provide a single substantial answer even to a question as simple as, “Did you enjoy breakfast this morning?”
“We’re on to Cincinnati. Next question.”
But in 2020, Belichick was surprisingly supportive of his players who opted out of the season due to COVID-19 concerns. He was supportive of Cam Newton, who’s ebullient personality and poor play typically (you would think) doesn’t jibe with Belichick and the New England Machine.
There have been more examples in between, but none more glaring than his apology to the media this week for being curt in his postgame presser after Saturday’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts. And guess who chimed in to crack a joke?
Julian Edelman’s commentary on Bill Belichick is a joy for Patriots fans.
Edelman appeared on the Pardon My Take podcast and of course this topic came up. One of the co-hosts asked “What kind of mind games is he playing?” and Edelman responded, “I don’t know, but that’s why he’s a Jedi … or he’s Sith.”
The Patriots legendary wide receiver then added it’s possible his former head coach is softening up and becoming a nicer guy. But is he treating his players the same way after that tough loss to Indy?
According to Edelman, the loss might actually be good for Mac Jones, who might be getting a good “mother f—in” from Belichick, as one of the co-hosts joked. Edelman replied, “Need to. Get a couple weeks. Get a little bad taste in your system. Now it’s playoffs. Each week’s a playoff game. You need that. You need to feel a little tension. You need to feel uncomfortable.” And there it is. The motivation the Patriots need to rip through the final three weeks of the season.
Edelman wasn’t done with his comedic commentary, however. On Wednesday morning, after seeing a tweet that shaded him and praised Copper Kupp, Edelman took a shot at a Chicago Sun-Times writer in the perfect way.
Gotta love it. But it’s good that Jules is retired, because these podcast appearances and Twitter trolls wouldn’t be acceptable behavior on Belichick’s Patriots. He may be softening as he ages, but he’s not actually “getting soft.”