FOXBOROUGH — Most Patriots’ assistant coaches do their best to stay out of the spotlight. The Patriot Way is not exactly The Hollywood Way. However, for one assistant, his name brings a spotlight of its own. The reason? His last name is Belichick.
Steve Belichick has been on the Patriots staff as assistant since his graduation from Rutgers, but now in his fourth year with the Patriots, he has received a promotion to safeties coach. Being a positional coach is a heightened responsibility level and Belichick will now run meetings with players that include Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung and Duron Harmon. He does not take this promotion lightly.
“It means everything to me. I’ve been around football my whole life. Just to have the support of the rest of the coaches and everybody else behind me to step up to a bigger role in this organization, I’m just excited about it,” he said.
Coaching can be a grinding profession, with many NFL coaches often sleeping in their offices or getting off the bus from road games and going directly back to work. The younger Belichick has met all these challenges and made the most out of them.
“It’s all been the best and it’s all been really difficult. Maybe not what you’re looking for, but being a part of this team, this organization has been so much fun, but it’s been so challenging. I’ve been a player my whole life so to not be able to effect the game on the field, that was hard for me.”
He also credited his colleagues with helping him get to the point of being a position coach.
“Just kept my mouth shut and learned,” said Belichick. “Everybody in this building is smarter than I am so I’ve got a lot to learn from everybody. I’ve just tried to take everything in that I could listen to because these guys have been through it and I haven’t.”
One of the perks for Belichick is working with his father every day. Having your dad considered to be the greatest coach in the history of football is cool, but having him double as your boss can be daunting. But for Steve, working with his dad has been a dream come true.
“It’s been cool,” said Belichick. “Obviously I love my dad. He’s my role model. My idol. I mean, I want to be just like him. I have since I knew what an idol was. It’s rewarding for me to see him more and learn from him more because I’ve been away from him for high school and college. One a day-to-day basis, I get to learn more.”
While Steve will always be known as Bill’s son, it is important to him to develop his own coaching personality, “I mean, yeah. Anywhere I went I would have my own style. It doesn’t matter where I would go. That’s true for any coach. Every coach has their own style. Whatever team, anything I do, even if I was going to do something I’ve never done before I would have to have my own style because that’s me. That’s who I am.”
Steve will be the same age and even younger than some of the players he coached. He dow not think that will be an issue, “Just trying to get everybody on the same page. Communication, making sure that the message that is coming from higher, that I deliver it to them the right way and they deliver it to the other players the right way. All trying to be on the same page. Same communication.”
Ever the fashion model, Bill Belichick has made gray and navy hooded sweatshirts hot sellers in New England. In this case, Steven looks forward to following directly in his father’s footsteps.
“If my neck’s cold, I’ll put the hood up and warm my head up. It’s a good piece of clothing. I think everyone should have a hooded sweatshirt in their closet,” he said with a laugh.
Some other notes from Patriots media availability:
Ivan Fears on the Patriots not having a running back drafted:
“I think you have to look at it a little bit differently than that. It’s a process. Everything’s a process. From the time we finish the season and finish grading what we have and make decisions about what we need it becomes a process and if you trust the process it’s going to take care of itself by the time it’s the regular season. During that whole process, there are going to be times where things don’t look as good as you (media) would like them to look. We understand where we are and we keep building and working. We’re never finished, we’re always improving, we’re always building. They put a shitload of work into getting that (draft) board right, and we had free agency and came out with Donald Brown. All that work they did heading into the draft laying that board out, I mean a ton of work. Now trust the process to take care of itself. By the time we get to preseason, regular season and we line up, I think you’ll be happy.”
Fears on the recovery of LeGarrette Blount and Dion Lewis:
“He and Dion are doing pretty good as far as I know, from what I’ve seen all reports have been good. Very positive.”