Belichick asked about advanced metrics sites: 'What the hell is that?'

Belichick asked about advanced metrics sites: 'What the hell is that?'

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady's ability to get the football out of his hands quickly is among the many reasons that the Patriots offense is able to be as effective as it has been in recent seasons. Built on the short-to-intermediate passing game, their scheme takes full advantage of Brady's ability  to diagnose defenses both before and after the snap, exploiting weaknesses with surgical precision. 

There are football websites (like, for example, Pro Football Focus) and football reporters (like our very own Mike Giardi) who keep track of the amount of time it takes for Brady to get the football out of his hands on a week-to-week basis. The numbers have value in that they can be an indication of how well Brady is seeing the game, how quickly his receivers are getting open or how his offensive line is holding up. 

Patriots coach Bill Belichick, though, seems to have no use for them. Asked about that metric, Belichick was at first confused.

"The, what now?" he asked.

The quick release, quarterback release.

"What metric are you talking about?" Belichick wondered.

There are "advanced metric" websites that, well, seem to track that particular measurement, Belichick was told. 

That's when floodgates of distain opened up.

"What the hell is that? I mean, you could take those advanced websites and metric them – whatever you want," he said. "I don’t know. I have no idea. I’ve never looked at one. I don’t even care to look at one. I don’t care what they say.

"As far as a quarterback goes, read the coverage, throw the ball to the open receiver and take the best matchup. That’s what it is in a nutshell. The quicker we’re open, the clearer the picture, the sooner the ball is going to come out. If we don’t have anybody open, who is the quarterback going to throw it to? It’s timing, decision making, execution by the entire offensive team. That’s what the passing game is.

"The receivers have got to get open and catch the ball.  The quarterback’s got to read the coverage, make the right decision and make an accurate throw. All the metric pages and all of that, I mean I have no idea. You’d need to ask that to a smarter coach than me." 

Ex-Patriots TE Martellus Bennett announces retirement

Ex-Patriots TE Martellus Bennett announces retirement

Martellus Bennett is moving on from the game of football.

The former Patriots tight end announced his retirement Friday night on Twitter, stating he is shifting his focus to his multimedia production company, The Imagination Agency.

Bennett, 31, had 55 receptions for 701 yards and seven touchdowns in 16 games during the 2016 season with New England. After rejoining the Patriots in 2017, Bennett battled hamstring and shoulder injuries but did play in two games, catching six passes for 53 yards.

Bennett also played with the Cowboys, Giants, Bears, and Packers over the course of his 10-year career.


Arrest made in burglary at Rob Gronkowski's house

Arrest made in burglary at Rob Gronkowski's house

An arrest has been made in the Super Bowl week burglary at Rob Gronkowski's house.

Foxboro police announced Friday they have arrested 31-year-old Anthony Almeida, who has been charged with breaking and entering, receiving stolen property and malicious destruction of property.

The police also said they are searching for two other suspects, 26-year-old Shayne Denn and 28-year-old Eric Tyrrell.

Items taken from Gronkowski's house in the burglary included an Apple Watch, Rolex, and rare coins from the 1800s. Fortunately, those items have been recovered and Gronk will be getting them back. Police are still searching for the guns that were stolen from the house.