Belichick pours water on rookies’ early success

In his press conference today, Bill Belichick waxed poetic about former Giants’ TE Mark Bavaro and the practice battles he used to have with LB Carl Banks. The coach also praised Troy Brown as the team prepares to induct him into its Hall of Fame this Saturday, and Belichick also talked about the challenge posed by Cardinals DL Calais Campbell and raved about Arizona CB Patrick Peterson’s skills as return man.

But when asked about his own rookies and whether, as mature as they are, they need to be reminded that the game against Tennessee is over and they have to prove themselves again against the Cardinals, he made it clear that he doesn’t want the first-year players believing their own hype.


“These guys – are you kidding me? They’ve played one game,” said Belichick. “I don’t think any rookie’s got all the answers after only one game. I don’t think any experienced coach has the answers after one game either; it’s one game. Everybody needs to be coached, everybody needs to improve, there’s a lot of things that everybody needs to do better and I would put the rookies at the absolute top of that list. Like, not behind anybody. They would be number one. It’s going to be a lot harder for them before it gets easier, I’ll tell you that.”

And with that, he dropped the mic. Not really, but it would have been funny.

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