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.

Thursday's Patriots-Steelers practice report: Garoppolo off the list


Thursday's Patriots-Steelers practice report: Garoppolo off the list

FOXBORO -- The Patriots injury report shrunk again on Thursday. 

One day after Rob Gronkowski was removed from the injury report, the Patriots were able to take backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo off. 

Garoppolo injured his shoulder in a Week 2 win over the Dolphins and then missed the following two games, giving way to rookie third-rounder Jacoby Brissett. He has been limited in practice ever since being driven into the ground by Miami linebacker Kiko Alonso.

Here is Thursday's full practice participation/injury report for the Patriots and Steelers:


TE Martellus Bennett (ankle)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Jamie Collins (hip)
WR Julian Edelman (foot)
DL Woodrow Hamilton (shoulder)
LB Shea McClellin (concussion)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (hamstring)
LB Elandon Roberts (ankle)
DL Vincent Valentine (back)


T Marcus Gilbert (ankle)
DE Cameron Heyward (hamstring)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (left knee)
S Shamarko Thomas (groin)
C Cody Wallace (knee)
WR Markus Wheaton (shoulder)
RB DeAngelo Williams (knee)

S Robert Golden (foot)
S Michael Mitchell (knee)
LB Ryan Shazier (knee)

Steelers DC: Patriots do things that are 'on the edge of being legal or not legal'

Steelers DC: Patriots do things that are 'on the edge of being legal or not legal'

FOXBORO -- It may not be long before Patriots quarterback Tom Brady tells Steelers coordinator Keith Butler to "study the rule book and figure it out." 

Butler made an appearance on's Coodinators' Corner show this week and hinted that the Patriots do things that border on illegal, seemingly referencing their use of odd formations in the Divisional Round of the playoffs two seasons ago as an example.

"I don't think they're doing anything special," Butler said when asked why it's so difficult to prepare for the Patriots offense. "I think sometimes they do things outside the box sometimes, you know, that might be on the edge of being legal or not legal.

"They've done a couple of things in the past . . . putting an offensive tackle out as ineligible but he's not really. And so sometimes the emphasis by the NFL in terms of what they call and what they don't call, they use that a little bit. And they've been accused of doing a lot of things. But the thing we've got to do is ignore that and play, and hopefully we can give them something they haven't seen from us."

After the Patriots ran their unusual formations against the Ravens in January of 2015, Baltimore coach John Harbaugh insisted that no one had ever seen those formations before, and he was certain the league would look at their legality. Reacting to Harbaugh's comments that night, Brady defended his team's tactics. 

"Who knows? Maybe those guys gotta study the rule book and figure it out," Brady said at the time. "We obviously knew what we were doing and we made some pretty important plays. It was a real good weapon for us. Maybe we’ll have something in store next week."

Brady added: "I don’t know what’s deceiving about that. [They] should figure it out."

In the aftermath of the game, the league was open about the fact that New England's formations were, in fact, legal. However, the following week, the NFL's head of officiating Dean Blandino pointed out that Nate Solder's touchdown grab in the AFC title game should not have counted due to an illegal substitution call that was missed.

The Patriots have yet to run much in the way of formational trickery this season, save for an alignment in Week 5 against the Browns in which Solder was lined up as the left guard next to center David Andrews. On the opposite side of the formation Joe Thuney lined up outside right tackle Cameron Fleming as a tight end. That play resulted in a short LeGarrette Blount run.

Butler added that, "If we're going to beat them, we can't get beat mentally, either, in terms of making mistakes. We can't make mistakes -- mental mistakes. And we have to tackle. If we can do those two things, that will increase our chances of winning immensely."

You can listen to the full interview with Butler -- during which he calls Rob Gronkowski more of a receiver than a blocker and Julian Edelman "more of a possession receiver" -- right here