New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick decided to pile on the New York Jets a day after his team’s 30-27 Monday Night Football win.
It’s surprising to see Bill Belichick pile on after a big victory. No, seriously.
The man has no problem letting loose on the sideline after a victory, for the entire football world to see, but he usually leaves it alone after that moment. After all, he is the anti-Rex Ryan. No reading material for the opponent is a great thing.
This time around he took a different tact.
“One of the—not only most defining—but one of the great moments of my career,” Belichick said about the infamous Jets resignation back in early 2000. “That combined with Robert [Kraft] giving me the opportunity to come here, I couldn’t have asked for anything more.
“So, that wasn’t a good situation for me, and I didn’t want to be part of it, so I wasn’t.”
Belichick, 68, has been burning the Jets organization for the past two decades. After failing in Cleveland, he was named temporary head coach of the Jets in 1997—holding the spot for the then-tied-up Bill Parcells.
Once Parcells stepped away from the sideline, Belichick was named head man again. Only this time the intention was for him to lead the Jets into the future. No placeholder status shackled Belichick’s football future.
Unfortunately, Leon Hess’s death coupled with the uncertainty that surrounded ownership helped lead Belichick north to the Patriots. One Mo Lewis hit later and Belichick had found his franchise quarterback in Tom Brady—one of the greatest players to ever lace ’em up.
“I’ll keep trying to do my best for this team and this organization,” Belichick said. “Give them the very best that I can. But I’m very thankful for the opportunity to come here, and I just wasn’t gonna stay there in that situation. So it worked out.”
Belichick’s most recent Jets burn came this past Monday night when his team overcame a 10-point second-half deficit to defeat New York, 30-27.
If you didn’t already know Bill Belichick feels good about his choices 20 years ago, you now absolutely have that knowledge.