5 Questions You Wish You Could Ask New England Patriots HC Bill Belichick
Bill Belichick is one of the most interesting personalities in all of sports. His persona has been something of an anomaly with how he comes off. He is stoic and almost rude when he is asked a question in a press conference. What if you had a chance to get actual answers from him? What kind of questions would you ask him?
This is the same guy who is by far the longest tenured head coach in the league with his current team. He has spent the last 15 years in one of the hardest media markets in Boston/New England. He seems to not care what anyone thinks of him, which he makes obvious when he wears those sweatshirts with the sleeves cut off. He is the coach of the New England Patriots.
There is plenty that you could learn from Belichick. He hasn't had a season with less than ten wins since 2002 where a Miami Dolphins win was the only thing that kept them out of the playoffs. He has been to five Super Bowls, winning three of them. He coached under one of the best of all time in Bill Parcells. Belichick is someone who has been so great for so long, he seems like he just knows more than everyone else.
That doesn't mean there wouldn't be some things to look into as far as the negative. There have been plenty of personalities, both positive and negative, that he had to deal with. He somehow got everyone to fall into the "Patriot Way." He did this while being one of the most interesting men in the world. These are five questions I would ask Bill Belichick.
5. What Will Change in Your Draft Strategy after a Few Bad Years in a Row?
It is no surprise to say that the Patriots have not been the best drafters the past few years. Some serious busts over the past half decade include Tavon Wilson, Ras-I Dowling, Jermaine Cunningham, Patrick Chung, Ron Brace and Jake Bequette. Those aren't even all the bad picks. The definition of insanity is trying to do the same thing and expect a different result. While many people will say that Belichick is insane, I still believe he has to be thinking differently going into this year's draft. I would like to know what kind of strategy he is taking in 2014.
4. What was Your Reaction to the Aaron Hernandez Situation?
The Aaron Hernandez murder investigation came as a surprise to the entire football world. The fact that it happened to the Patriots seems even more perplexing. For a team that has a habit of turning divas into good citizens, this situation was the exact opposite. They took a guy with tremendous talent who had what many thought was just a few marijuana tests failed but ended up being a very shady past. Did Belichick feel betrayed by this? Did he think more about how this would affect the offense rather than a man's life? Did he feel like one of his kids was now gone? This is what I would like to know.
3. Who is the One Player in the NFL You Would Like to Coach that You Haven't Yet?
This will probably be the one that is hardest to get an answer from. Belichick is known to go after guys he gains relationships with. He doesn't do this illegally, but maybe a conversation at the Pro Bowl here, or running into someone at a media event there turns into Belichick really liking a guy. Who would he go for? Would he shoot for someone who fills a need, like Calvin Johnson, or maybe an all-time great like Adrian Peterson? It would be intriguing to get an answer to this.
2. Do You Think You Would Be as Successful Without Tom Brady as Your QB?
This is where you would need a little truth serum. Many like to say that Tom Brady would not be as good without Belichick, and vice versa. It is always the argument people try to make when they are saying neither is an all-time great. Does Belichick feel like his success was tied to a top five quarterback? If it wasn't for Brady, are the Patriots still looking for their franchise's first title?
1. How Much Longer Do You Plan on Staying Head Coach in the NFL?
Belichick has done everything a coach could in the NFL. He had a perfect regular season. He has won championships. He overcame a team full of injuries. He won 11 games with a QB who wasn't Brady. He has outshone every coach who gets in his way. What else is there for him to do? He is 61-years-old and makes a reported $7.5 million per season. He sure has enough money to retire. When does he plan to do it?