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That’s Cold! Bill Belichick Blasts Meteorologists: ‘They’re Almost Always Wrong’

John Tlumacki / Globe Staff

Bill Belichick is not about to get spooked by any inclement Halloween weekend weather forecasts as he’s raining down on meteorologists everywhere today.

The Patriots coach — who has a history of being a little fast and loose in his Friday pressers — fired a shot across the bow toward those who predict the weather for a living.

Belichick was asked today about making preparations for possible bad weather coming for Sunday’s matchup with the Broncos.

“When you play in New England, you’ve got to be ready for everything,” Belichick said. “Based on the forecasts we’ve gotten so far this year, none of them were very close to what the game conditions were. There was a 100 percent chance of rain last week, and the only water I saw was on the Gatorade table. It is what it is. We’ve got to be ready for whatever it is.”


Prior to playing the Jets in Foxborough on Oct. 16, the forecast called for heavy rain for the Thursday night tilt. But by gametime, it was rather balmy and tropical after a brief shower ended about an hour before kickoff. The Patriots had spent the week preparing for a wet field and in-game precipitation.

“My experience of going with the forecast, in this area, two days before the game, I’d bet a lot that they’re wrong, just based on history, because they’re almost always wrong,” Belichick said. “An hour before the game? Maybe, you might have something to work with there. But if you start game planning for what the weather is going to be and you game plan wrong, you’ve wasted a lot of time.”


A reporter asked Belichick if he checks the forecast before the start of the game and the head coach continued to pour it on.

“When you walk out on the field, that’s really when you know what it is. The rest of it is a bunch of hot air,” Belichick said. “We played down in Miami two years ago and there was a zero percent chance of rain – zero – and it rained. If I did my job the way they do theirs, I’d be here about a week.”

Belichick — when reminded that he’s probably not going to be winning friends in the meteorologist community with his salty comments — pumped the brakes a bit.


“Look, I’m not saying I could do it better than them,” Belichick said. “I’m just saying they’re wrong a lot. That’s a fact. They’re wrong a lot. We all make mistakes, I’m not being critical of them, I’m just saying I don’t think you can [game plan] based on [the forecast].”

This isn’t the first time an ill win has blown the weatherman’s way from Patriots head coach. Before the Jets came to Foxborough for a game in 2007, forecasters called for a 70 percent chance of snow and rain during the game.

“I don’t know how it’s going to be [tomorrow],” Belichick said. “[If] you listen to four forecasts, you get four different versions of it. Sooner or later, maybe we’ll play in it. Maybe we won’t, but we’ve practiced in rain, wind, snow, night, afternoon, morning. I’m not really worried about it.”


For what it’s worth, Sunday’s forecast is calling for strong winds to be more of a factor than any rain or snow. Winds could be 22 mph from the North-Northwest, with gusts up to 40 mph. Temps should be in the low 40s with a 50 percent chance of rain when the Patriots kick off against the Broncos at 4:25 p.m. Sunday.

According to ESPN, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is 42-6 with a completion percentage of 63.2 percent with 88 touchdowns and 32 interceptions in games played with temperatures below 40 degrees. And when the temperature drops below freezing, Brady’s record is 25-5.

Broncos QB Peyton Manning has long had a reputation for under-performing when the weather gets nasty. Manning is just 8-11 with a 62-percent completion percentage with 30 touchdowns to 23 interceptions in games below 40 degrees according to ESPN. Manning’s record drops to 4-7 when the temperature drops below freezing.


But you never know what the weather will bring around here on any given day. Just ask the Patriots head coach.

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