Tasker: CBS knew Belichick wouldn't do interview


Tasker: CBS knew Belichick wouldn't do interview

The world was supposed to hear from Bill Belichick in a postgame interview with CBS after the Patriots lost to the Ravens in the AFC Championship Game.

It didn't happen, and there were many people - including CBS' Shannon Sharpe - upset with the Pats head coach for "standing up" CBS.

Steve Taster, who is the current NFL analyst on CBS and supposed to do the interview with Belichick says that that isn't exactly the case.

Joining Mike Felger and Tony Massarotti on The Felger and Mazz Show, Tasker explains that CBS had a heads up by Belichick that if New England lost, it was highly unlikely that he'd do any interviews.

"Listen, and obviously Bill Belichick doesn't owe me anything I've obviously been on one or two radio shows talking about this, we knew he wasn't going to do it on Friday. He didn't stand us up. We asked him in our production meeting, 'Listen, Bill, if you win you get the trophy presentation all that. If you lose, I'll be outside the locker room we want to talk to you then.' He was like, 'eh, I don't do that very well.' But he goes, 'We'll see.'"

Tasker, therefore, was prepared that if the Pats lost, they'd need another Patriots player to interview.

"I said I want this player, this player, this player, or this player if Bill doesn't want to talk to us," Tasker said.

So while the guys down on the field and involved in the game production knew what was going on, the guys like Sharpe and everybody else had no clue, instead bashing Belichick for snubbing the station.

"No, they didn't know," Tasker said. "I appreciate Shannon's passion, but they didn't know that. So Devin McCourty came out and did the interview."

Belichick: Patriots have caught up after starting offseason 'five weeks behind'


Belichick: Patriots have caught up after starting offseason 'five weeks behind'

FOXBORO -- After starting the offseason "five weeks behind," as Bill Belichick put it, the Patriots have caught up. 

"I think we’re probably caught up to where we are now," he said before Thursday's OTA practice at Gillette Stadium. "I think it’s being behind in draft, free agency and that type of thing.

"I think at this point, we’re ready for OTAs. We’ll be ready for training camp. I think that part of it we’ll be on schedule on. It’s the catching up on all the spring projects, draft and free agency. It’s the initial part of it."

Belichick made headlines on the morning after winning his fifth Lombardi Trophy with the Patriots when he said, "As of today, and as great as today feels and as great as today is, in all honesty we're five weeks behind in the 2017 season to most teams in the league. Fortunately we have a great personnel staff

"Look, in a couple weeks we're going to be looking at the combine, obviously the draft, all-star games have already occurred, and in a month we're into free agency, not to mention all the internal Patriots players (whose) contracts are up and we're going to have to work with in some form or fashion like every team in the league does."

Leaning on evaluations of players that began in the build-up to previous drafts, Belichick and his staff opted to trade away some of this year's draft capital for veterans like Brandin Cooks, Kony Ealy and Dwayne Allen. They also gave up their fifth-rounder to sign restricted free agent Mike Gillislee.

Before heading out to the team's third practice of the week -- the first week the Patriots were allowed to introduce helmets and run offense versus defense periods -- Belichick said that part of his focus will be spent on finding out how those players he picked up this offseason are progressing.

"Yeah, that’s definitely part of it," he said. "Seeing the new players, how they’re doing and also how they’re doing relevant to the rest of the other players that I’m a little more familiar with. Again, each year is a new year, so even though we’ve seen some of these guys multiple years, it’s still starting all over again, seeing where they are, how they’re progressing in their training and preparation for the season."