Despite slowing down on the free agent signings this week, Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft have taken turns in creating chaos resulting from their comments shared with the media during the owner’s meeting in Phoenix.
Among the most noteworthy things the Patriots’ head coach said, many took issue with his response to being asked what he would say to fans looking for optimism as the upcoming season nears.
What was his answer? “The last 25 years.”
Not only did the media and Patriots fans take issue with what he had to say, but even former Patriots players shared their takes on their former coach’s unlikely response.
While appearing on ESPN’s show “Get Up” on Tuesday, Tedy Bruschi expressed his surprise upon hearing what Belichick had to say and shared he feels the coach is “off-message.”
"“Right now, Coach Belichick is off-message. That is something that his players shouldn’t hear — that he is basing some optimism to fans on ‘what I’ve done in the past 25 years.’ I don’t know if I’ve ever heard Bill mention something like that in terms of his whole body of work.It was surprising to me. I don’t know what’s going on in that locker room now, but players can hold coaches accountable. I’ve done it with Bill before when he said things postgame or during the week that I did not like, and we had discussions in captains meetings or after games or whatever. But I’m not in that locker room anymore. I’m hearing it, and I’m just surprised because that is not the Bill Belichick that I know.”"
Whether or not it was due to the overwhelming unfavorable reaction to his comments, Belichick walked back using his resume as a reason to be optimistic just days after his original comments were made.
Although he’s not wrong to be proud of what he’s accomplished, nor is he wrong to cite that success to those doubting the Patriots’ future, but it was out of touch with the situation the team has been dealing with for the past three seasons.