It’s no secret that Bill Belichick doesn’t have the warmest personality. In an interview last year, Drew Bledsoe said that Tom Brady told him Bill Belichick still walks by Brady at the Patriots’ practice facility without acknowledging him. It’s rare for him to “praise” any of his players and his players are never expected to put him on a pedestal either. The eternal mood in the Patriots’ locker room is dissatisfied and focused. Nothing ever matters besides the next game.
But when you’ve been dominating the NFL for two decades, to the point where you just became the third head coach in league history to reach 300 wins, it’s okay to briefly break some rules.
Sunday night’s postgame coverage included:
A rare on-field encounter between the greatest coach and quarterback of all-time:
Postgame handshakes are usually a chance to visit the opposition, but Sunday Tom Brady took a moment to congratulate Bill Belichick on 300 pic.twitter.com/oTecVFID25
— The Camera Guys (@NBCSCameraGuys) October 29, 2019
Bill Being Funny
Belichick on 300 career wins: "Fortunately I didn't play in any of those games. That's a good thing for us." 😂 pic.twitter.com/wjpl18Vlyt
— Patriots on NBCSB (@NBCSPatriots) October 28, 2019
Bob Kraft being funny:
— RobbySabo (@RobbySabo) October 28, 2019
An outpouring of compliments from Patriots past and present:
QB Tom Brady: “Yeah, it’s pretty amazing. Pretty amazing. Three hundred wins is pretty spectacular. He’s the best coach of all time and it’s a privilege to play for him for as many years as I have. He’s taught me so much on and off the field, just been a great mentor for me. Being here 20 years ago – it was his first year, it was my first year. It’s been a great journey. Just proud of him, everything he’s accomplished. Amazing to think that he coached for another place and they didn’t think he was good enough, and then he comes here and does a great job. It’s a great celebration for him and certainly hard-earned, well-deserved. And the only thing better than 300 is 301. So, we’ll be back at it this week.”
LB Dont’a Hightower: “I just think it’s crazy. Chase [Winovich], and Shilique [Calhoun], a lot of us were just talking while [Robert] Kraft was giving his speech about it. I couldn’t name one thing I’ve done 300 times. For him to get 300 wins at this level, I think he says it a lot about how hard it is to win in this league and for him to do it 300 times in the way that he’s done it is speechless.”
WR Phillip Dorsett: “It is amazing and I am just so blessed to be a part of it. Even if it is just a small little two or three seasons, I am just so grateful to be a part of it and be coached by him [Bill Belichick] and be able to sit here and say that. To say I have played for the New England Patriots during the Bill Belichick era and Tom Brady, I am living the dream.”
S Duron Harmon: “It’s amazing. Being able to be a part of it to see what he has been able to accomplish, it’s amazing. I’m just happy we were able to get the 300th win for him today and continue to move forward.”
ST Matthew Slater: “I think it speaks to who he is; his consistency, his character, and his preparation and just his love for the game of football. To do it for that long, it is really impressive.”
CB Stephon Gilmore: “He’s a great coach, one of the smartest coaches I’ve ever had. He allowed me to play the best I can. There’s a reason why he’s in that position. He coaches hard, he’s smart, he puts us in the best position to make plays. So, I’m happy I was able to be a part of that.”
— Julian Edelman (@Edelman11) October 27, 2019
— Tedy Bruschi (@TedyBruschi) October 27, 2019
We’re on to 301.