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Belichick is 'real proud' of 2011 Patriots team

Posted on: February 6, 2012 10:46 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2012 10:50 pm
 
Despite the way the season ended, Belichick is "real proud" of this Pats team. (AP)
By Will Brinson

The way that one game -- or even one play -- changes historical perspective in the NFL is fascinating. Eli Manning can do no wrong right now and Tom Brady can't really do anything right. The Patriots are a team that hasn't won a title in seven years, which might make them chokers.

Giants 21, Patriots 17

But that's not stopping Bill Belichick from expressing that he's "real proud" of this season's Patriots team and all they accomplished.

"[I'm] real proud of them," Belichick said. "I thought they worked hard all year, they competed well all season. We won a lot of games and even the ones we didn’t win, we fought right to the end and played very competitively. We did that last night, just came up a little bit short. I have all the respect in the world for the team and all the players and what they’ve done for over six months.

"It’s not about one game or one play or anything, it’s the whole body of work. I really, really enjoyed coaching this team and have a lot of respect for them."

Look, Belichick should be proud of this team. Despite having no vertical offense and having no defense whatsoever, they managed to land the No. 1 seed in the AFC, run the table in the playoffs and get within a play or two of winning their fourth Super Bowl with Belichick running the show.

Earlier in the season, there was an argument to be made that this was Belichick's finest coaching job to date. Suddenly it's not because they couldn't close? That seems odd.

But it's the nature of the beast in the NFL, particularly when the hype machine runs 24/7. Still, you can't fault Belichick for being proud of a team that overachieved despite significant weaknesses, especially when they nearly won another Lombardi Trophy.

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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:06 pm
 

Belichick is 'real proud' of 2011 Patriots team

Dirty tomcat:

I think STEELERSFAN Should contact Mr Kraft about the Pats head coaching job. It's appearent that he has much more knowledge than Bill Belichick and he should be hired immediately. After watching 15 replays it is obvious that Bill should not have called that challenge of Manninghams catch. With the time constraints and the importance of the yardage gained it was imperitive that he give it a shot. Pehaps Manningham did not have control, his foot landed out of bounds. Any number of things could have negated that considerable yardage gain.  Or even better STEELERSFAN might want to coach a certain team that got their butts whipped by Tim Tebow and the Broncos and was wiped out by the Ravens twice this year. How did the Steelers do last year in the Superbowl??

Hey I admit we werent good enough this year.  that said, my point, is that even after one look at that replay, it was very apparent  that the guy caught, had control of and had both feet in boundsThe fact that they had to waste a time out on that was terrible.  but hey what do i know your coach who hasnt won a significant big game in what... 8 years now and running, is the "genious". 



Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2012 4:51 pm
 

Belichick is 'real proud' of 2011 Patriots team

Hum havent won a Bowl since spygate what a shock.Gotta get Mc dumbass back in the video room and start cheating again they cant keep losing in the big game.Tommy terific was awefull but blame the defense and receivers, not.His passes were all over the place,he is the main reason they lost.The damn defense only gave up 21 points,if they played ANY other team they would have won.So get the camera rolling Mc D and make Tommys stupid wife a samwich so she has her mouth full so she cant speak about football at all,what a dumb broad! Oh yeah Bill i would be proud also your team should not have been in this game.



Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: February 7, 2012 4:13 pm
 

Belichick is 'real proud' of 2011 Patriots team

So hilarious. You have nerve. The Ravens beat the Steelers twice not only to go lose another AFC championship but to hand the Patriots the AFC on a golden platter...twice. The way Ravens fans feel right now and for the rest of the off season, I'd say they would rather not have been in the playoffs to lose that way. But I'm really glad they gave the Patriots a chance to go the superbowl...congratulations, the Patriots can be proud of joining the 4 Time Superbowl Losers Club. I do hope, the patriots go to the superbowl again...just think the first franchise to lose 5 superbowls. Goodell destroys the spygate evidence so the patriot organization doesn't discredit the entire NFL and since? 2 crushing superbowl losses a 4-4 post season record. As far as denver and baltimore, payback is a B....love it or hate it no matter, the "7th" Ring is only an offseason away. GO STEELERS!!!!



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2012 3:49 pm
 

Belichick is 'real proud' of 2011 Patriots team

Becuase he took this team to the Suerbowl with arguably the worst defense he's ever had, a carousel of RB's / WR's [and not to mention no deep threat], and questions about his coaching style / tenacity at every turn. Give the guy a break. Hate him or love him, he's unquestionably one of the greatest coaches ever and deserves a lot of credit for this year. It sucks that we didn't win, but that's the way it rolls sometimes. The defense can only get better and as long as we have Brady and Bill, the Pats are always a legitimate threat.

What?? maybe no deep threat, but what about the two stud TE's and 1 hell of a reciever in Wes Welker-poo poo!  brady only throws 5-10 yd passes anyway, so whats your point dryerase1217



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Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2012 2:59 pm
 

Belichick is 'real proud' of 2011 Patriots team

The Giants fumbled the ball TWO times and were fortuitous enough to have it bounce their way back into their possesion. It just was not meant to be for the Patriots and it was for a very good Giants team. Belichick coaches football players! He sees the talent in certain underachieving players and gets the most out of them. Outside of Brady (although not excluding him) the Patriots roster is packed with players that are throw aways from other teams and undrafted FA's. Welker is a damn good slot receiver and football player, but not one of the great receivers in the game. Gronk and Hernandez are something special but we haven't seen their best yet. Woodhead, Branch, Law Firm, Edelman, and all of the DB's and corners are all playing solid roles but would probably not shine on many other teams. With two 1's and two 2's this year, things are looking up for the Pats as hard as it is to say it after a demoralizing loss.

Losing to this outstanding Giants team is nothing to be ashamed of and the Pats should remain a proud franchise.



Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2012 1:58 pm
 

Belichick is 'real proud' of 2011 Patriots team

I am no fan of the Patriots, but I understand how hard it is to win in professional sports.  Belichick did one heckuva job coaching this team with all that happened in the offseason.  The owners had their lockout and Robert Kraft's wife passed away.  The team really wanted to win a championship for their owner.

  The team started the season 5-3 and finished winning ten games in a row before the four point Super Bowl loss.  The Pats gave it their best shot and they lost.  In life, there is nothing wrong with second place; however, people who will never accomplish more than washing cars for a living treat the Pats as if they finished the season 0-16.

We knew the team would struggle on defense, but Tom Brady carried this team through the regular season and the divisional round.   When the Ravens focused their attention on Brady somebody else had to come up big and the defense did their job.  In the Super Bowl, the whole team did failed to deliver.

On the other hand, all one can ask is for the team is to have the opportunity to play for the championship and the team had the ball on the last possession of the game with a chance to win.
This loss was obviously devastating to Belichick, Brady, Welker and the rest of the Pats, but iprops to Belichick for recognizing the team's efforts to get this far.  I can't see how someone who makes $10 million per year, plays professional football and has a chance to compete to be a champion can be labeled a loser.  That tell me more about the finger pointer than anything else.




Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: February 7, 2012 1:22 pm
 

Belichick is 'real proud' of 2011 Patriots team

HE should be proud they made it all the way to the Bowl!  Congrats Pats fans, not a hater of your team by any means!  Brady is huge under center & I hope you guys tie up Welker for a long time!



Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: February 7, 2012 12:57 pm
 

Belichick is 'real proud' of 2011 Patriots team

I think STEELERSFAN Should contact Mr Kraft about the Pats head coaching job. It's appearent that he has much more knowledge than Bill Belichick and he should be hired immediately. After watching 15 replays it is obvious that Bill should not have called that challenge of Manninghams catch. With the time constraints and the importance of the yardage gained it was imperitive that he give it a shot. Pehaps Manningham did not have control, his foot landed out of bounds. Any number of things could have negated that considerable yardage gain.  Or even better STEELERSFAN might want to coach a certain team that got their butts whipped by Tim Tebow and the Broncos and was wiped out by the Ravens twice this year. How did the Steelers do last year in the Superbowl?? Time to let this season go. Go Pats!!!! We'll get them next year in the Superbowl.Smile



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2012 12:26 pm
 

Belichick is 'real proud' of 2011 Patriots team

As a Pats fan, I never expected them to be there in the first place.
The D was horrible all year long, but showed up to their best ability in the p/o's. BB did a great job this season.

Also I'm tired of SOME Giants fans who are bashing Belichick. How soon they forget that Belichick helped get them TWO of those SB wins when he was the DC.
Also remember, Belichick has won Superbowls without Parcells, but Parcells has never won one without Belichick.

It sucks that the Pats lost, still they have two first round picks coming up in the draft & a very young team, I have confidence they will be back in the SB again in the next few years. I sense one more win for BB & TB to the dismay of all the haters.


Giants more blue collar? NO, I don't see that.
Just because Eli looks like a down's sydrome child & Brady's GQ hardly makes the Giants more blue collar.
Namath was GQ, Montana was GQ, Marino, etc..........just because a QB has "the looks" does not make him less talented or weak, that argument is just plain silly.




Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2012 12:11 pm
 

Belichick is 'real proud' of 2011 Patriots team

Considering they somehow were able to play one of the easiest NFL schedules of all time, I would hope they would win a lot of games. Considering they had a good year last year also though, I have no idea how their schedule was so friendly.



Okay people.it is about time you get a clue. The schedule was based off last years records. The teams the Pats played should have finished over .500 for the most part but they underperformed. It happens, stop using this silly argument to make the Pats sound worse than they were. Also it was not even close to one of the easiest schedules ever, that is just laughable. The long and short is the Pats made it to the show, played good at times and got lucky at times (just like any team who makes it to the SB) but the Giants played better by just enough to win. Great game and Grats to the G-Men.



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