What A Real Fan Thinks Of Belichick And The Patriots

This was posted by one of our newer members on the BSMW Messageboard  (“Claude45”). I thought it insightful:

I was just listening to Belichick on WEEI and a couple of questions and answers highlighted just how misrepresented or misunderstood he is by the media. At least in my opinion.

1.(Steve) DeOssie told a story of how Bill asked his opinion on something on the sideline. DeOssie thought he was joking because no coach had ever asked him what he thought would work before. Paraphrasing, Belichick’s answer was that no matter how pretty a game plan looks on paper, if the players don’t think it will work or think something else will work, then you need to listen and make changes to your plan. So the arrogant megalomaniac who does not want good players to mess with his perfect game plans allows the players to have feedback. This can’t be true, DeOssie and Belichick must be lying.

2. They were discussing the Welker TD play where he was wide open after discussing with Brady what to do on the fly. They asked Bill how often this happens and I thought his answer was an interesting look at how he hires coaches. He almost always promotes from within. Certainly part of it is the familiarity with the system but I think he gave a glimpse at another reason. He talked about how, for example, Brady or O’Brien will come to him and say this team is using the same type of game plan that the Redskins did in 2005 and here is how we beat it then. Bill said that this shared recall with Brady and now O’Brien puts them at an advantage when making adjustments. It may be just one play or an entire game plan. Belichick really seemed to value that continuity. So again, it may not be an arrogant megalomaniac who does not allow a dissenting voice in the room but a professional manager who finds value in that shared experience.

Granted, I am by the media’s low standards a Belichick fanboy. I am a 20 year season ticket holder and he has given me a lot of fun and enjoyment. I value that. I am a little young to clearly remember many details from the Fairbank’s era but this has to be the greatest stretch of Patriots success by any measure. I will miss it when it ends so I choose to enjoy every second of it now. I have no need to wring my hands over second round draft mistakes or fun press conferences. I am having too much fun watching the games.

Rumored Replacements For Heidi Watney at NESN

If NESN had any sense of PR, they’d be playing up the hunt for Heidi Watney’s replacement like one of their Red Sox-related reality shows.

I get constant questions about it, and looking at Chad Finn’s Twitter stream, he’s getting asked about it all the time as well. He also devoted some of his Friday media column to the subject, with info on the first three candidates below.

Here are three candidates that have been rumored (though it appears now that Sullivan is no longer in the running):

Hawksworth, the sister of Dodgers pitcher Blake Hawksworth (which will get her some inside MLB info right there) has a history in Boston, having spent three years at FOX 25. Chad Finn thinks she is the favorite for the job.  Of the candidates here, she’d be my pick as well.

I’m actually not sure Royle is even an official candidate. (Apparently she is, Finn says she interviewed today.) If we’re talking actual baseball reporting experience and history, she’s clearly the best for the job. However, that’s likely not all that NESN is looking for in this hire. She’s been doing weekend shows on WEEI, raising her profile in the local market. She’s from here, grew up following the local teams and she wants to come home.

Ken Fang reported this morning that Sullivan is no longer a candidate.

On November 19th, The Big Lead said that Sullivan was the top candidate to replace Watney. Her website gives her job history, which includes work with CBS Sports Network, Versus, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Big Ten Network and ESPN.

Fang believes that Courtney Fallon should be a candidate, though I haven’t heard her mentioned anywhere:


Porous Patriots Defense Allows 400 Yards to Vince Young, Still Manages Undeserved Blowout Win With Roster Full Of Belichick Draft Busts

As the final minutes of yesterday’s 38-20 win by the Patriots over the Philadelphia Eagles wound down, while the Eagles were piling up garbage yards and a garbage TD, talk among some Patriot media (looking at you, Chris Gasper) continued to be about draft busts Jermaine Cunningham and Taylor Price and why they couldn’t get on the field even at the end of another blowout win.

In a twist from last Tuesday, Gerry Callahan criticized Bill Belichick for taking Tom Brady out of the game too early, and asking in a mocking tone about the tiebreakers. So the Patriots put up 34 points on the Chiefs last week, and that was too many points, but 38 on the Eagles wasn’t enough? OK Gerry. Meanwhile, Gerry’s protegé, Jon Meterparel was crowing about the Patriots giving up 400 yards to Vince Young. Who was that last night complaining that Brady only completed passes to four receivers?

Just a couple of examples of some of the miserable media personalities we have in this town, who win not let fans enjoy any win.

Enough of them. Here’s some coverage from this morning:

Ten Things We Learned Sunday: After all these years, Deion Branch remains Tom Brady’s most reliable target – Christopher Price has Branch’s performance just one of the high points from yesterday. Ron Borges has the best and the worst from yesterday, and so does Mary Paoletti. Karen Guregian gives us the Play of the Game.

Bill Belichick salutes his team – Mike Reiss has the coach giving his team a rare in-season acknowledgment. Jim Donaldson reads waaaaaayyyy too much into Belichick’s words yesterday.

Better than one could’ve dreamed – Greg A Bedard gives the Patriots defense credit for improvement and making adjustments. Jay Greenberg has the defense making big plays at the critical moments. Michael Hurley says that this defense is taking the term “stats are for losers” to a new level.

Patriots offense hits its stride early – Tom E Curran has the offense doing pretty well too. Tim Britton has the offense tearing up the depleted Philly secondary.

Tom Brady quiets critics with big day – Karen Guregian has the Patriots QB answering questions about his health. Bob Ryan says this wasn’t one of Brady’s transcendent days, but it was impressive enough. Chris Forsberg looks at the surgical precision of Brady. Mary Paoletti has Brady always looking for improvement. Ron Borges has Brady reconnecting with his steady wideouts.

Comeback route is run – The Globe notebook had Deion Branch getting back into the passing rotation. The Herald notebook from Ian R. Rapoport has the offensive line getting Brady time. The Patriots Journal has Julian Edelman with another strong all-around performance.

Veterans are up to speed – Gary Washburn says that putting together a bench will be Danny Ainge’s top job.

A drive down Route 66 – Peter May has six questions about the Celtics and the 66-game NBA season.

No worries from Ray Allen – Steve Bulpett has Ray Allen feeling good heading into the shortened season.

Open or shut: How Celtics can keep their window open – Paul Flannery looks at how the Celtics can keep their championship window open just a crack.

In working order – Mark Farniella has a good piece on Mansfield native Jen Royle, who has been working weekends at WEEI, while working during the week at MASN covering the Orioles. She is a candidate to replace Heidi Watney at NESN.