What We Learned From Bill Belichick: A Football Life Part 1
Last night, we got greater insight into one of the greatest football coaches ever, with the premiere of Part 1 of Bill Belichick: A Football Life.
This hour-long special showed Belichick in many different lights, many that we would otherwise not see. From this, we learned a lot more about the generally secluded coach.
Here are a few things we learned from the program that we did not know or would have guessed before.
Belichick Knows How to Relax and Have a Good Time
We see Belichick as a serious, no nonsense guy on the sideline and a boring guy on the podium during press conferences. What we did not really see until now is the more laid back side of Belichick.
The program opens with a shocking image, Bill Belichick, feet kicked back, on a boat off of Nantucket fishing.
He talks about how this is his place of serenity and how he doesn't need to worry about third and long out here. It definitely seems out of character for the Belichick we know, but perhaps we just don't the real Belichick.
Bill Belichick Is a Family Guy
With Bill Belichick seemingly constantly working, whether at practice games or just watching film at the stadium, you would think that he wouldn't have any time for his son, Brian. Well you thought wrong.
So how does Bill make time for both? The answer is, he doesn't, he just does them at the same time. During most clips of Belichick at practice or games, Brian was right by his side.
They even show a clip of father and son tossing around the pigskin while Bill gives advice on Brian's throwing motion.
Bill Belichick Is an Emotional Guy
Most people view Belichick as an emotionless guy because of the lack of emotion he shows, usually during press conferences.
But we certainly saw a wide range of evident emotions by Belichick throughout. He showed exuberance after good plays were made. And on the other side of the spectrum, he teared up while going down memory lane in the Giants stadium, a place he once called home.
This gives weight to the argument that his lack of emotion on the podium is just an act.
Belichick Can Be Funny
Before watching this program, I could probably count on one hand the number of jokes I had ever heard Bill Belichick say.
One of my personal favorites was after Super Bowl XXXVIII when he was asked about Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction. He responded by joking, "We didn't see [it]. We were in the locker room...Nobody kept us abreast of that."
We saw Belichick cracking jokes throughout the program. After Julian Edelman returned a punt for a touchdown, Belichick approached an injured Wes Welker on the sideline.
He told Welker the story of Wally Pipp, who started at first base until he got injured and sat out a game. A guy named Lou Gehrig filled in and would Pipp would never see the starting lineup again.
Tom Brady Can Be Whiny
Listen, I'm as big a Brady fan as the next guy, but I just couldn't let this go. During one scene, Belichick confronted Brady over a few bad passes he made the previous drive and was trying to give him some advice.
Brady started whining to Belichick, claiming that on the first play he was hit and on the next throw it was right in the receivers hands.
I would be surprised if I didn't hear as much about this as the Uggs commercial from all the Brady haters.
Bill Belichick Can Trash Talk
I think that this scene was hands down the best part of the entire program. I can't help but laughing every time I see this. Derrick Mason had no idea what he was getting into when he talked trash to Belichick.
Little did he know that Belichick would do all but back down and would dish out some of the harshest trash talk I've ever heard. I can't wait for round two between Belichick and Mason when he comes to New England as a Jet.