Morning sports update: Bill Belichick’s self-deprecating reason for why he likes coaching with his sons

"They've been in team meetings and they’ve heard stuff for 21 years."

Belichick coaching with sons
Stephen and Bill Belichick during the Patriots-Texans game in 2020. Matthew J. Lee/Boston Globe staff

The Patriots are staying at UCLA this week in preparation for a second West Coast game following Sunday’s 45-0 win over the Chargers. New England plays again on Thursday against the Rams at 8:20 p.m.

On Monday, Washington ended the Steelers’ bid for a perfect season with a 23-17 win. Elsewhere, the Bills beat the 49ers, 34-24.

Bill Belichick talked about coaching with his sons: During his weekly interview with “Ordway, Merloni & Fauria” on WEEI, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked about the experience of having sons Brian and Stephen on the Patriots’ staff.

Stephen currently coaches the outside linebackers, while Brian coaches the safeties.


The elder Belichick called it a “great opportunity” working with the two of them, and that it’s “good to see them every day.”

He also explained the advantage in having them be a part of his day-to-day decision making with the team.

“One of the good things about Stephen and Brian is they aren’t afraid to tell me when they think I’ve screwed something up, which is fairly regularly,” said Belichick. “A good perspective there on keeping me in check and that’s helpful, too. They work hard. They know our system.”

“They’ve been in team meetings and they’ve heard stuff for 21 years,” Belichick added. “Maybe weren’t in game plan meetings all that time, but they were part of the development of everything and how it started and why things are the way they are, maybe why it is time to change things because things are different, or maybe why it’s time to go back to that a little bit more [because] we have gotten away from it for one reason or another and maybe it’s time to go back to it. That’s good perspective.”


Trivia: In Larry Bird’s first NBA game, the Celtics started three future Hall of Fame players (including Bird himself). Who were the other two?

(Answer at the bottom).

Hint: One was a player who was originally drafted in 1970 by the Cincinnati Royals, and the other was the last NBA player-coach.

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