Tedy Bruschi recalls one time Patriots players ‘had to check on’ Bill Belichick


“Correct your message because we know what we are going to do.”

Former NFL player and current ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi speaks to reporters during ESPN media availability at the Sheraton New York Times Square on January 28 in New York City. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

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Sometimes even Bill Belichick gets pushed aside to face criticism, says former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi.

Speaking on ESPN’s “Get Up,” Bruschi recalled a 2007 postgame speech that sounded off-brand for the Patriots head coach.

“We were playing the Baltimore Ravens and it was a close game,” Bruschi said. “And Bill had said something to us in the locker room about ‘It was a tough game, and it was a game that we’re supposed to win, and guys, let’s just, you know, move on to the next one.’ A lot of us leaders didn’t like the way Bill went about saying we were supposed to win.

The players felt they had to emphasize how badly they wanted to try to stay undefeated against Belichick, Bruschi said.

“It wasn’t on message,” Bruschi said. “So that’s actually one of the times we had to check on Bill Belichick and say, ‘This is something we actually want to achieve. We want to stay undefeated and therefore correct your post because we know what we are about to do.

The comments came after Tom Brady retired earlier this week, and the story was told to personify the relentlessness of Brady’s championship pursuits as the crew remembered his career.

“Tom was leading this charge. We’re in captains’ meetings talking about “Don’t rest us, don’t take us out.” This is something we want to achieve. Undefeated record. Perfection.’ It was something that had to do with Tom Brady’s addiction. The next championship is one he will always enjoy.

Brady, Belichick and the Patriots went 16-0 in the regular season but ultimately lost the Super Bowl to the New York Giants.

“We failed,” Bruschi said. “And that’s something we didn’t achieve. But it was something that was always on Tom’s mind, especially in terms of “Why can’t you win every game you play?”


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