Belichick opens up about player meetings

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Belichick opens up about player meetings

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard
FOXBORO -- Every once in a while, Patriots coach Bill Belichick turns a simple question into a descriptive answer, and on Wednesday, he opened up about how he handles 1-on-1 meetings with his players.

Belichick basically said that there's no set formula to how you manage the meetings, but he learned from watching other coaches, calling it one of the more challenging parts of the job.

I mean, theres 53 players, plus the practice squad, plussome other guys, so you know, its really impossible for me to hold regularmeetings with each player on a regular basis," said Belichick.So some of it depends on that players situation , or thatgame, or whatever happened to be going on that week. We talk to differentplayers at different times in different groups. Sometimes Ill meet withpositional groups. Sometimes Ill meet with individual players. Sometimes Idont. I try to do what I feel like would help the team, andwhats necessary.I would say, in football, its an interesting point, on howyou handle that. You only have so much time, so how you allocate that as a headcoach, relative to certain players or groups of players or your coaching staffand other people in the organization," added Belichick. "Its one of the challenging parts of thejob, it really is.In all honesty, I could sit down and talk to every playerabout things that I think are important. Its not that I dont want to talk tothem, its just, there are other demands too. You try to hit the things thatyou feel like will make the most difference, or do it in the most efficientway.

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Quick Slants Podcast: Antonio Brown’s betrayal; Matt Light; eyeing up Pittsburgh

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Quick Slants Podcast: Antonio Brown’s betrayal; Matt Light; eyeing up Pittsburgh

Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss the aftermath of Antonio Brown’s Facebook Live video. Curran interview Matt Light ahead of the AFC Championship. They dissect the press conferences of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, and look at how to beat the Steelers.

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2:29 Antonio Brown’s Facebook Live aftermath

13:14 Stopping Le’Veon Bell

27:16 heywassyonumba? with Patrick Chung and Kyle Van Noy

32:30 Injury report updates for AFC Championship

36:51 Brady and Belichick’s press conferences

44:50 Matt Light interview

Belichick asked if playing at home helps: 'Go ask Dallas and Kansas City'

Belichick asked if playing at home helps: 'Go ask Dallas and Kansas City'

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick knows that how you play, not where, is what matters most. 

That's why when he was asked on Wednesday about the advantage the Patriots will have by playing at Gillette Stadium in the AFC title game, he wasn't willing to go all-in on how a comfortable environment will positively impact his team.

"I don’t know," he said. "Go ask Dallas and Kansas City."

The Patriots apparently thought enough of home-field advantage that they played their starters throughout their regular-season finale win in Miami, exposing their best players to potential injury in order to maintain their positive momentum while simultaneously ensuring a better road to the Super Bowl. 

The Patriots fans in attendance on Sunday will help when the Patriots take on the Steelers, Belichick acknowledged. But there's much more to it than that. 

"Yeah, of course," he said, "but the game is won by the players on the field. That’s who wins football games – the players. And they’ll decide it Sunday night."

And if you needed any further proof, just ask the Cowboys and Chiefs how helpful their home crowds were in the Divisional Round.