PHOENIX — New England Patriots coach Invoice Belichick met with reporters on Tuesday on the NFL’s annual coaches breakfast, and Jeff Howe of The Athletic tweeted a singular breakdown of the way it unfolded.
Invoice Belichick fielded 116 questions over 43 minutes this morning (2.7 questions per minute). He stated 1,790 phrases, a mean of 15.four per response. His most frequent phrases had been “we’ll see” (21 occasions) and “I do not know” (13 occasions).
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) March 26, 2019
Belichick, per the norm on this setting, was not particularly talkative. There isn’t any decisive phrase on whether or not the unofficial whole of 21 “we’ll see” responses is a profession excessive (this reporter solely counted 20), however right here is the breakdown with slightly creativity added:
Query: How will the acquisition of defensive finish Michael Bennett assist the group?
What BB stated: “We’ll see once we get everybody on the market and follow. We’ll see the way it goes.”
What he means: I wasn’t investing a $6 million base wage in him this yr with out having an concept of how he’ll assist — as a tricky, bodily end-of-the-line defender in sure packages who can cut back inside as a sub-rusher. However I am going to hold that to myself as a result of there is no have to promote that to our opponents proper now.
Query: Has the onside kick turn out to be a non-competitive play, and does that contribute to your ideas on the proposal that may permit a fourth-and-15 play as a substitute?
What BB stated: “There’s a variety of issues to think about. So let’s hearken to all of the completely different factors of view, and we’ll see what everybody has to say.”
What he means: I am completely happy to share my unfiltered ideas with my fellow coaches. Reporters? No thanks.
Query: A follow-up on Michael Bennett, whom you had been complimentary of previous to Tremendous Bowl XLIX. Is he nonetheless the identical participant?
What BB stated: “We’ll see. He hasn’t been in our system earlier than. We’ll see the way it goes.”
What he means: Good strive. You already requested me that.
Query: What made tight finish Matt LaCosse a worthwhile pursuit as a free agent?
What BB stated: “We wished to have him on our group. We’ll see the way it goes.”
What he means: He performed effectively in opposition to us within the 2017 preseason finale when he was with the Giants (5 catches, 60 yards, 2 TDs). I’ve had my eye on him since he was a younger, growing participant.
Patriots coach Invoice Belichick speaks to the media throughout Tuesday’s NFC/AFC coaches breakfast on the annual NFL soccer house owners conferences in Phoenix. Matt York/AP Photograph
Query: How is Isaiah Wynn’s restoration going?
What BB stated: “We’ve not carried out something because the starting of February. We’ll see once we get on the market.”
What he means: Issues appear to be promising, however I do not discuss accidents publicly.
Query: Do you will have any enter on the onside kick proposal?
What BB stated: “We’ll see the way it goes at the moment. I am positive there will probably be a variety of dialogue on that.”
What he means: Come on, man! I already (non) answered that. Attempt to pay higher consideration, please.
Query: Why is it your desire to have each play allowed to be reviewed?
What BB stated: “We haven’t any proposals on the desk this yr. There are a number of on the market. We’ll see the way it all goes. It is a good dialogue.”
What he means: I am not stepping into any guidelines subjects with the media, however you have not appeared to have figured that out but.
Query: What did you suppose exterior linebacker John Simon dropped at the group final yr that led you to re-sign him?
What BB stated: “John works onerous. He is a tricky child. We’ll see the way it goes.”
What he means: He was a useful contributor for us in a wide range of roles, and a precedence to re-sign. However I am not going by way of an in depth personnel report right here on the breakfast.
Query: Brandon Bolden and Terrence Brooks are good special-teams gamers signed by the group as free brokers. Was enhancing the protection models a high precedence?
What BB stated: “I believe each of these gamers will assist our group. So we’ll see what their roles are.”
What he means: Completely.
Query: Would you say 2018 seventh-round choose Ryan Izzo’s robust go well with at tight finish is his blocking?
What BB stated: “I believe he can do a number of issues. However we’ll see. Give him a possibility this yr and we’ll consider him.”
What he means: He flashed sufficient promise as a rookie to make the preliminary 53-man roster earlier than we moved him to IR. So we clearly suppose there’s one thing to work with there.
Query: Have you ever seen Michael Bennett play among the methods he tasks to play in New England? These look like significantly completely different schemes he is performed in.
What BB stated: “There are some variations. Perhaps there are some similarities. We’ll see what occurs once we get on the sphere and begin working towards.”
What he means: One other Bennett query? I already answered two of them earlier than. We’ll see in the event you’re good sufficient to determine I am not going to reply them.
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Query: With all of the younger gamers who had been on IR final yr, what do you search for to gauge their progress?
What BB stated: “These guys have been working each day. They’ve continued to get higher. They will proceed to work and we’ll see the place they’re.”
What he means: Just a few of our six draft picks from final yr who landed on IR will hopefully discover a solution to carve out roles. If not, which means we did not have a very good draft.
Query: What did you see from 2018 sixth-round choose Braxton Berrios final offseason earlier than he went on IR?
What BB stated: “Did not see so much. He did not have a variety of alternative to take part. So we’ll see what occurs this yr. New yr. Braxton has labored onerous. I am positive he’ll give his finest effort.”
What he means: He wants to remain wholesome so we are able to consider him. That uncertainty contributed to our heavy pursuit of free-agent slot receiver Adam Humphries this yr.
Query: Do you are feeling prompt replay is presumably on target by increasing it to assessment for pass-interference penalties?
What BB stated: “There’s a variety of dialogue about that. Numerous nice dialogue. I am positive there will probably be some extra. We’ll see. We’ll see what these ideas are.”
What he means: Already answered this one earlier. So I will say ‘we’ll see’ twice for impact.
Query: Sean Payton stated the competitors (committee) has agreed to place out a proposal to permit a problem for a play that wasn’t known as as move interference, which might deal with the play within the NFC Championship Recreation. Are you in favor of that?
What BB stated: “We had a variety of dialogue about that yesterday. We’ll see what — I do know Sean and Mike [Tomlin] met with the competitors committee final evening, and we’ll see what the outcomes are that come again. Simply need to see the way it goes.”
What he means: Repeat query once more. So a repeat ‘we’ll see’ is what you get once more.
Query: With free-agent signing extensive receiver Bruce Ellington, does his expertise in programs much like yours offer you an concept of how he would possibly match with you?
What BB stated: “He is acquired loads of performs on tape. We put the gamers in our system and we’ll see how they do.”
What he means: We’re gentle on the extensive receiver depth chart — which you appear to jot down about each day — and he was out there. So let’s not over-analyze it.