Belichick: 'I don't know what Hall of Fame means'

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Belichick: 'I don't know what Hall of Fame means'

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick doesn't understand the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

When asked about the subject on Friday, with regards to there only being one kicker -- Jan Stenerud -- in that Hall of Fame, the Patriots coach expressed his confusion with the selection committee's criteria.

"I don't know what Hall of Fame means," said Belichick before Friday's practice. "There are guys with great, long careers. There are other guys that have very short careers, in the Hall of Fame. There are guys on championship teams. There are guys who hardly ever played on winning teams. There are guys with personal stats. There are guys with less personal stats, but maybe have more championships, more longevity. So, I don't know what the criteria is for the Hall of Fame, at any position, to be honest with you. That's something you'd have to ask the Hall of Fame committee or voters or something like that, because I don't really know. I don't know what the criteria is, I don't know if it's ever been defined. I don't know if it's a popularity contest, or if it's a political thing. I don't know what it is.

It also sounded as if Belichick believes there should be more than just one kicker in the Hall of Fame. And not just kickers, but punters too.

"I mean, it's hard for me to believe that, as great as this game is, that there's, what, no punters and one kicker in the Hall of Fame? We can argue that they only play "x" number of plays, and everybody else plays a different number of plays. But, they're still significant players at their position," said Belichick. "But again, what the criteria is for them, I mean, I don't know.

"I'm not saying they're not deserving. I'm saying, what one guy does and what another guy does, what their careers were, relative to all the different things we talked about. I don't see any consistency, or say, they've met these three criteria, or they need to meet three of the next six criteria, or whatever it is. I don't see that, so you'll have to talk to somebody who knows a lot more about that than I do. I don't understand it."

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

BOSTON -- With three crushing losses in a row at a time when results are really all that matters, the Boston Bruins are reeling at the wrong time during the regular season. The B’s tried their best to win a game 0-0 with strong defense against a sleepy Chicago Blackhawks bunch on Friday night, but ultimately coughed up a Marian Hossa goal in the final minutes for a 1-0 regulation loss at TD Garden.

The defeat continued a swirl downward for the Black and Gold over the last week, and was a second straight shutout loss on home ice for the first time in almost 15 years. The losing stretch has also kicked up the chatter that Claude Julien is in trouble as head coach of the Bruins, and the hockey club’s underperformance up and down the lineup is ultimately going to cost the NHL’s longest tenured bench boss his job.

The Ottawa Senators have passed the Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it’s only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs move by them as well with both Toronto and Ottawa holding six games in hand on Boston. Combine all of this with the B’s having missed the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons leading into this one, and it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Julien is squarely on the coaching hot seat.

The B’s bench boss was asked about his job security after the Chicago loss, and clearly didn’t appreciate the tough, but appropriate question.

“Well, I’m not into shock-journalism,” said Julien in a prideful tone. “So I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.”

The Bruins posted their Saturday schedule shortly after Julien and the B’s players had addressed the media following the loss, and sure enough the embattled coach is scheduled to address the media post-practice as part of the regular practice day routine. So it doesn’t seem that a move with Julien is imminent this weekend despite another loss, but both the coach and the players know something is going to happen to shake things up with this team if they continue to struggle.

“Right now it’s a results based situation, so if you’re going to keep losing games then probably something’s going to happen,” said Torey Krug. “But right now we’re just pretty down emotionally after this game, so I don’t want to look at the big picture. I just [want to] focus on what’s going on in this room, and hopefully we can come back with a good effort the next game.”

A good effort might help Julien’s standing with the Bruins in the short term, but it’s impossible to imagine the B’s bench boss making it through the rest of the Bruins regular season given all of things working against him right now.