The NFL has a wide range of head coaching personalities, from the Eagles' light-hearted Doug Pederson to the Patriots uber-focused Bill Belichick. It's a big part of what makes each team unique. But even when Belichick breaks that facade, he has one downfall that Pederson lacks.
In the fifth episode of NBC Sports' "Sports Uncovered" podcast series, NBC Sports Boston takes a deep dive into Belichick's hidden, more fun-loving side. It turns out the legendary coach is actually a bit of a cut-up behind closed doors, whether it's ragging on Asante Samuel's coverage or throwing snowballs at players en route to the team bus. The whole episode is a ton of fun.
The episode also contains an anecdote from former Patriot Martellus Bennett, which uncovers a crucial, game-changing advantage Pederson has over Belichick.
Check it out:
When I first wrote my books, when I was with the Patriots, I was like, 'Yo Bill, how can I get my books in the Pro Shop?' 'Hell if I know, Martellus. Go talk to him over there.' I'm like, just tell me who I need to talk to! An earlier this year, I was making some ice cream, and I was like, 'Yo Bill, I'm about to drop this ice cream. Can we do something at the training camp?' He's like, 'S**t, I'm trying to get ready for a game and you're over here talking about some ice cream?'
I will give Belichick a tiny amount of slack, because it's definitely not his job to coordinate the training camp refreshments.
Hearing that Belichick is strictly anti-ice cream chatter before a game makes perfect sense, because of one certain coach who goes out of his way to talk ice cream before games.
That's right: Doug Pederson, ice cream afficionado.
The Eagles released that video less than a week before the franchise won its first-ever Super Bowl, defeating Belichick and the Patriots in Super Bowl LII (41-33).
Forget all the reasons you thought Pederson and the Eagles won that game - aggressive playcalling; Nick Foles' hot streak; some cosmic forces finally aligning after a half-century - because we now know the real reason.
The coaches' respective approaches to ice cream discussions.
The full episode releases Thursday, July 16. You can listen to this episode and the entire "Sports Uncovered" series by subscribing for free wherever you listen to podcasts.
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