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


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."

Giardi's stopwatch: Brady quick vs. Steelers


Giardi's stopwatch: Brady quick vs. Steelers

How quick was Tom Brady's release in the New England Patriots win over the The Pittsburgh Steelers? Glad you asked. 

On average, Brady took 2.11 seconds to release the ball. That’s not as quick as he was against Cleveland, when averaged 1.86 seconds, but still pretty flippin' quick.

2.05 - Gun. Edelman crosser 9 yards
0.80 - WR screen to Edelman - 2 yards
5.34 - Gun. Flushed. 13 yards to White
2.04 - Gun. Edelman crosser. 6 yards
1.59 - Gun. Screen to White. 19 yards. TD
1.65 - Gun. Edelman at the hash. 9 yards
1.72 - Gun. Edelman crosser. 11 yards
3.17 - Gun. Hogan outside the numbers. 13 yards
2.25 - Play action. Incomplete short left to White
1.24 - Edelman right flat. 6 yards
2.37 - Gun. Deep in to Gronkowski. 13 yards
2.20 - play action. Happy feet, Incomplete to Bennett
2.90 - Gun. Bolden drop
1.53 - Gun. Incomplete to White at the numbers
1.79 — Gun. Edelman crosser. 7 yards
1.36 - Gun. Short right to Blount. 7 yards
1.66 - Gun. Edelman drop 
3rd Quarter
3.44 - Gun. Awful backhanded flip throw. Incomplete to White
2.25 - Gun. Crosser to Bennett. 5 yards
1.39 - Gun. Short right to Edelman. 3 yards
2.18 - Gun. Ground seam. 36 yards. TD
1.59 - Gun. Short middle to Edelman. 11 yards
1.33 - Gronkowski. short right. 7 yards
3.16 - Play action. 37 yards to Gronkowski
3.89 - Gun. Pressure. Incomplete deep left to Mitchell

Brady on NFL handling of Brown case: 'They claim to take tough stances'


Brady on NFL handling of Brown case: 'They claim to take tough stances'

Since more information came out last week about Giants kicker Josh Brown's history of abusing women, the prevailing feeling for many Patriots fans has been this: How can Brown be suspended one game for doing something so heinous when Tom Brady was suspended four games for allegedly removing air from footballs.

The acts can't be compared, obviously. But the league's attitude in its pursuit of the each situation has served as an indicator of the NFL's priorities for many. 

On WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Show on Monday, Brady was asked if, in light of recent events, he's been angered any further by how the league handled his situation versus how it handled Brown's.

"I think it's the league's issue," Brady said. "Obviously a lot of controversy with that. I'm trying to stay out of all that. I'll let them handle it. I think that's their responsibility. But I certainly don't condone any part of domestic violence. It's a terrible, terrible thing, but I think the league, they've got to handle those type of things."

But, co-host Kirk Minihane asked, has Brady been satisfied with how the league has handled Brown's case and others like it? Brady laughed.

"I'm just gonna stay in my lane, Kirk," he said. "It's up to them to decide whatever they want to do, and I'm just gonna stay out of any . . . my opinions. I certainly have opinions. I just don't really care to share them."

Why not, co-host Gerry Callahan asked?

"Why not? Gerry, why not?" Brady asked. "C'mon, man."

But what was there to tip-toe around? The consensus on Brown, and the league's handling of Brown's situation, has been relatively unanimous, Brady was reminded.

Brady then offered more.

"I grew up with three sisters and I was very fortunate to learn from a loving father and a loving mother how to treat and respect women," Brady said. "And I have a daughter of my own, and I have no . . . Domestic violence is a horrible issue. It's a tragedy when it happens. Any type of abuse or bullying of people who can't defend themselves or fight for themselves, I have no respect for that.

"The NFL, they claim to take tough stances, and this is their situation. This is their situation to deal with so I'll let them deal with it. Like I said, I'm very fortunate to grow up with sisters and a mother and I condone no part of that. That is absolutely something I would never be a part of or do. It's just a terrible tragedy."