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NFL Network's Patriots 'Do Your Job Part III' focuses on Belichick-McDaniels relationship

NFL Network's Patriots 'Do Your Job Part III' focuses on Belichick-McDaniels relationship

The NFL Network documentary "Do Your Job Part III" that debuts on Sept. 4 on NFL Network chronicles the Patriots' journey to their sixth Super Bowl title, but in doing so, it also focuses on the relationship between Bill Belichick and his top assistant, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

That collaboration began in 2001, when McDaniels was an entry-level assistant for Belichick on the Patriots' first Super Bowl-winning team.

"He was basically teaching me how to work at his level," McDaniels recalls in the documentary, "[By saying] 'no, it’s not OK to be good. It’s not OK to be detailed most of the time. What I want is as close to perfect as you can make it.’ ”

“It’s hard for me to imagine anybody being a better leader and a better role model for a young coach,” McDaniels says “He gives you responsibility, and then he lets you do your job. Because we’re not being micromanaged, that gives you confidence, and then you start to build trust. That’s just how a good organization works, and he fosters that every day.”

In turn, the teacher says he's taken lessons from the student.

"I've learned a lot from him," Belichick says in the film. "He has a perspective that's valuable for me to understand."

The defensive-minded head coach said he rarely sees things differently than his offensive coordinator when it comes to game-planning.

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“I give him a little bit of input, but 90 to 95 percent is his plan, his vision,” Belichick says. “Rarely do we see things that differently. But sometimes there will be things that I suggest. Sometimes he’ll say, ‘I think that would be great,’ and sometimes he’ll say, ‘I don’t really think this is the right time for us to do that. Here’s the reason why.’ And he’s usually right.”

The inside look at the relationship - as well as this week's retirement of Colts' quarterback Andrew Luck, may help explain McDaniels' last-minute decision last offseason to turn down the head coaching job in Indianapolis.

In fact, the film opens with the ring ceremony at Patriots owner Robert Kraft's house earlier this summer, where Belichick is seen saying, “Josh, I’m glad you didn’t go to Indianapolis. Let’s start with that.”

It's a Patriots night on NFL Network Sept. 4 with "Do Your Job Part III: Bill Belichick" at 8 p.m., followed by "America's Game: 2018 Patriots." 

 

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Report: Patriots had interest in re-signing Malcolm Butler last offseason

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Report: Patriots had interest in re-signing Malcolm Butler last offseason

Malcolm Butler's star, which shined so brightly in New England after Super Bowl 49, began to dim -- or so it seemed -- when he went through several contract squabbles with them in subsequent years. It was widely assumed last season that Butler was a lame duck who would bolt via free agency as soon as he became ineligible, and his to-this-day unexplained benching in Super Bowl 52 merely confirmed that both sides clearly believed they had no future together.

But maybe not.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Patriots were in fact interesting in re-signing Butler "at the right price" last offseason. Rapoport, citing sources, says the Pats . . . 

informed Butler's agent Derek Simpson to reach out to them if he didn't get an offer to his liking. Already paying top corner Stephon Gilmore, the Pats perhaps could have paid Butler around $10 million a year.

Butler, in fact, did get an offer to his liking: Five years, $61.25 million from the Titans, after also drawing interest from the Texans and Bears. His play, up-and-down in his final go-round in New England, has been more down than up so far this year, leading to widespread relief that Butler turned down a nearly identical contract from the Patriots after the 2016 season (six years, $66 million). 

But just because they him go appearently doesn't mean they wouldn't have taken him back.

At the right price, at least.

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Bill Belichick: 'No idea' about reports Josh Gordon would be disciplined

Bill Belichick: 'No idea' about reports Josh Gordon would be disciplined

ORCHARD PARK — Josh Gordon didn’t deny that he’d been late. Instead, the answer he gave in response to reports he’d be disciplined for tardiness was more vague. 

“You know what, that’s going to be a question to ask coach about,” Gordon said. “As it relates to the game, I was available. That was a plus.”

Gordon’s availability for Monday night’s 25-6 win over the Bills was in question before it kicked off. NFL Media reported he’d be disciplined for showing up late before his team’s trip to Buffalo, missing the first quarter of action. 

Gordon was on the field to start the game and finished with four catches for 42 yards on six targets. Matched up with impressive second-year corner Tre’Davious White, open space was hard to come by at New Era Field. 

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He avoided questions deftly in his postgame press conference. 

“I’ve got to check on everything,” he said when asked again about the reports of his benching-that-never-was. “I’m not too sure about what’s out there myself. I couldn’t even give you an answer.”

Bill Belichick sounded a similar refrain. 

“You’d have to talk to whoever wrote that,” he said. “I have no idea.”

Tom Brady was asked about Gordon, his promptness, and his progress in the Patriots offense on WEEI’s Kirk and Callahan program Tuesday morning. He side-stepped the lateness portion of the question and instead praised Gordon for his production through the early part of his Patriots career. 

“It’s kind of a work in progress,” Brady said. “We gotta stay with it...have a lot of confidence in him. When I throw the ball to him, good things happen and he makes the play...I can’t say enough good things about him and what he’s done to help us.”

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