Belichick on 200 wins: 'It's been a privilege'


Belichick on 200 wins: 'It's been a privilege'

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -- New England's 49-19 win over the Jets Thursday night was a much bigger benchmark than win No. 8 of the 2012 season. The Thanksgiving victory also went in the books as the 200th of Bill Belichick's career.

He's just the eighth coach in NFL history to hit that mark.

"It's been a privilege and a great opportunity to coach the players that won those games," Belichick said at his post game press conference. "I never made a block, didn't make a tackle, didn't throw a pass, didn't kick a ball; the players won them. It's an honor to coach the group of players that go out there and make the plays to win those games and that's what happened today. The players went out there and made the plays and they deserved to win."

Belichick's first job as a head coach came in 1991 for the Browns. He was in Cleveland until February of 1996. From there, he moved to New England as an assistant under Bill Parcells.

After a two year stint with the Jets, Belichick became Patriots bench boss in 2000.

"It's a privilege to coach this team for Mr. Robert Kraft, the Kraft family, the Patriots organization, and the players that are on it. It's nice, but it's really more of a reflection of what the players have done."

Quarterback Tom Brady, who has played under Belichick for the duration of his 13-year career, shared his thoughts on the milestone after the Jets game.

"There's no coach I'd ever want to play for than him. He's so consistent, and as a player, I think we really appreciate that. He's tough, he's disciplined, and that's what we need. That's the way our program is run. He expects us to play at a high level every week. He has high expectations in practice every day. That's what you look for in a coach -- someone that gets the best out of all the players that he coaches. He certainly does that."

Belichick and the Patriots will try for win No. 201 against Miami on December 2.

Ninkovich on Patricia's Goodell shirt: 'I don’t think it’s a big deal'


Ninkovich on Patricia's Goodell shirt: 'I don’t think it’s a big deal'

Pro Football Talk reported last week that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is still frustrated that Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia wore a Barstool t-shirt that had shows him wearing a clown nose.

In an interview with the Boston Herald, linebacker Rob Ninkovich said he didn't think there was anything wrong with Patricia's t-shirt choice.

“Everyone has the right to wear whatever shirt they want,” Ninkovich said. "Everyone has to wear a shirt, right? You can’t just wear no shirt. I think someone threw it at (Patricia), and he said, ‘All right, nice shirt, it’s cool, it’s blue, so I’ll put it on.’ I thought it was a funny shirt.

“I don’t think it’s a big deal. . . People want to take it how they want to take it. If you really think about it, everyone has to wear clothes, so you just put a shirt on, and you know, it is what it is. I think it’s a nice shirt. It’s blue. I love blue. My favorite color is blue.”

The shirt may have interfered with Patricia's head coaching candidacy during the 2017 offseason, NFL Media's Jason La Canfora said on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Toucher And Rich" in February