Patriots

What's most surprising about Bill Belichick? Patriots players give different takes

usatsi_12110942_133468180_lowres.jpg
USA TODAY Sports Images

What's most surprising about Bill Belichick? Patriots players give different takes

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick portrays himself to the media as a very serious, laser-focused football guy, but behind-the-scenes with his players he's known to show a bit more personality.

Patriots linebacker Brandon King and cornerback Jonathan Jones recently appeared on NFL Network's "Good Morning Football," and they were asked what's most surprising about their head coach. 

Jones admitted that Belichick is a bit of a jokester, while King went a very different route. Check out their explanations in the video below:

Belichick certainly didn't shy away from showing emotion as the final seconds ticked down in Super Bowl LIII. The 66-year-old coach was hugging everyone he could find, yelled "we're champs" multiple times and just looked like he was having the time of his life.

No one takes football more seriously than Belichick, but even he understands that to make it through a long season, you need a little laughter. 

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.

Gallery: New England Patriots offseason arrivals and departures

rob_gronkowski.jpg
USA Today Sports

Gallery: New England Patriots offseason arrivals and departures

Every summer, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots are tasked with building a roster around Tom Brady that can compete for a Super Bowl. This summer is no different for the defending champions. 

They've lost key pieces, like superstar tight end Rob Gronkowski, who retired after nine seasons in New England. They've reunited with some familiar facesn like Ben Watson, Michael Bennett and Jamie Collins. They've added wide receivers old (Demaryius Thomas) and wide receivers new (Dontrelle Inman). 

They've made trades, signed free agents, and taken some flyers. Some will pan out, but many won't. 

Check out this guide on who's left the team, and how the Pats have replaced them. 

Odell Beckham Jr. cites Tom Brady as example of racial double standard

Odell Beckham Jr. cites Tom Brady as example of racial double standard

Odell Beckham Jr. and Tom Brady are two of the NFL's most competitive players, but Beckham sees a double standard in how that competitiveness is perceived.

In an interview with GQ Magazine, Beckham used Brady as an example of what he believes is a racial double standard in the sport. The Browns wide receiver points out while he often faces criticism for wearing his emotions on his sleeve, Brady is praised for doing the same thing.

“Race plays into everything, whether we want to believe it or not," Beckham told GQ. "I remember posting a video of me and Tom Brady, and I hate to even bring him in this, but he’s passionate. He cares—he wouldn’t still be playing if he didn’t care for the game the way that he did today. He throws a cup, he yells at referees, he yells at his coach. It’s because he cares that bad. He wants to win that bad. Now, because he has won six Super Bowls they validate him and say, 'He’s won six Super Bowls.' I want to win the same way he wants to win. Whether I hit a kicking net or whether I do whatever. I want to win that bad. I care about winning more than anything. I didn’t get into this to celebrate and score touchdowns. I didn’t get into this for followers for Instagram. It’s, like, you’ve built a monster, but now you’re upset at the one you built. Why are you mad at me? While I’m playing football, I’m not holding a camera on myself. Everything is about what you show the world. I get my free time 16 times a year, hopefully, plus a few games when we make the playoffs. I get 16 times to do this. There are 365 days in a year. You’re controlling my freedom. This is my joy, this is my time.”

Beckham doesn't hold back when asked about the racial double standard, nor has he held back discussing his rocky tenure with the Giants. The 26-year-old also mentioned in the GQ interview he mulled retirement during his time with New York.

Now with Cleveland, Beckham has a clean slate and a real chance to make a run at the playoffs in 2019. You can bet his passion will remain the same, regardless of the double standard that may exist.

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.