Belichick to star in two-part documentary on life


Belichick to star in two-part documentary on life

By Jimmy Toscano

Patriots fans: If you have plans on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 9:00 PM ET, and Thursday, Sept. 22, at 10:00 PM ET, cancel them. We repeat -- cancel them.


You're about to have your mind blown, that's why.

The NFL and NFL Network, along with NFL Films, have announced that New England Patriots Head Coach, Bill Belichick, will star in a two-part documentary that takes an extensive look into his life.

Back in 2009, Bill Belichick agreed to mic himself up for the entire 2009 football season, and the product of those mic'd up days are to appear in the coming weeks.

'Bill Belichick: A Football Life', goes in-depth with Belichick on and off the field during that season, and it will undoubtedly show a side of Belichick that many fans have not been able to see.

Watch the trailer here.

The documentary -- a first in a series -- provides unprecedented access to each featured individual to tell the story of how their legacy is forever intertwined in the fabric of NFL history.

Bill Belichick doesnt only make history he studies it; he understands his place in it; and he appreciates our desire to capture it, said NFL Films President Steve Sabol. Like Vince Lombardis Packers in 1967, Belichick and the Patriots gave us access to his football life and what we created is a portrait of the coach, the father, the taskmaster and most importantly the man.

The 2009 season marked the 35th consecutive year in the NFL for Belichick, and also the Patriots' 50th Anniversary season. Surprising as it is, Belichick is the only coach to ever be wired for sound for an entire NFL season.

This documentary would not have been possible without the support of Robert and Jonathan Kraft and the entire Patriots organization, said Howard Katz, Senior Vice President NFL Media and COO of NFL Films. Mr. Kraft is always searching for new ways to bring the fans closer to the game and this project was a perfect collaboration between the Patriots and NFL Films.

"It is beyond measure what NFL Films has done to promote football, preserve its history and entertain generations of us who love the game, said Belichick. When the legendary coach of the NFL Films team, Steve Sabol, approached us about capturing our 50th anniversary season in 2009, it was an honor to participate."

The documentary kicks off with Belichick spending his last offseason day in Nantucked before reporting to training camp. It then will follow Belichick and the Patriots through the entire 2009 season, including Belichick's trip to Giants Stadium, time spent with Tom Brady, and the lighters moments with members of his team and family.

Branch on reduced role vs. Saints: "Ask Bill"


Branch on reduced role vs. Saints: "Ask Bill"

FOXBORO - If Alan Branch is worried about his spot with the Patriots, he isn’t acting that way. A notorious slow starter, Branch played just six snaps in Sunday’s win at New Orleans. And to hear him talk, it’s business as usual.

“It’s not like you can practice 3 technique on a store clerk,” said Branch late Wednesday afternoon. When informed that he probably could if he wanted, Branch smiled and noted “you’d probably get arrested for that.”

All kidding aside, it was stark to see Branch’s ample behind stapled to the bench. He earned a two-year contract this offseason, and his presence on the interior has been critical to the defense’s success. But after getting pushed around a bit too often in that opening night loss to the Chiefs, Branch spent a lot more time watching then playing. Did he know that he wasn’t a big part of the plan?

“That’s another question you gotta ask Bill, man” said Branch. “That’s not something I can talk about.”

Branch has - at times - come off as nonchalant about the game. Wins, losses, big plays, no plays, none of it seems to change his demeanor. Knowing that, I asked him if he was frustrated by his lack of playing time.

“I mean every player wants to be on the field so it is what it is,” he responded. 

Does he think that he’ll be more involved Sunday against the Texans?

“I don’t know what they plan to do with me,” he said. “i just need to go in there and keep my head to the grindstone and work.”

That may be Bill Belichick’s plan: sitting the player to motivate him. It would also seem to be potentially the last resort, and with someone who clearly marches to the beat of his own drum, it’s unclear how he’ll respond.

Patriots-Texans practice report: Gronk sits out; Gilmore limited


Patriots-Texans practice report: Gronk sits out; Gilmore limited

Wednesday's practice participation/injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Texans game:


RB Rex Burkhead (ribs)
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle/concussion)
TE Rob Gronkowski (groin)

WR Danny Amendola (concussion/knee)
WR Phillip Dorsett (knee)
CB Stephon Gilmore (groin)
LB Dont'a Hightower (knee)
WR Chris Hogan (knee)
LB Elandon Roberts (thumb)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)
WR Matthew Slater (hamstring)
DT Vincent Valentine (knee)


G Jeff Allen (ankle)
CB Kevin Johnson (knee)

TE Stephen Anderson (concussion)
RB Alfred Blue (ankle)
WR Will Fuller V (shoulder)
CB Jonathan Joseph (shoulder)
G Xavier Su'a-Filo (knee)
DE J.J. Watt (finger)

CB Marcus Burley (knee)
T Chris Clark (wrist)
WR Bruce Ellington (concussion)
TE Ryan Griffin (concussion)