The head coach of the New England Patriots is not a cuddly teddy bear, by any stretch of the imagination. He models himself more out of the stoic Vince Lombardi than an coach like Dick Vermeil.
Bill Belichick is a man of few words, and a man who hates drama. On second thought, you have to wonder why exactly he made the move to sign James Harrison, especially knowing the media attention it would provide.
He hates everything to do with the media, but he had a huge hole to fill on defense, and Harrison filled that role — the best any 39-year-old linebacker could.
However, after watching/reading Belichick’s comments regarding his latest roster acquisition, maybe Steelers fans should be following his lead.
Just check out the press conference below:
James Harrison is a Patriot.— NFL (@NFL) December 27, 2017
Here's what Bill Belichick had to say about it. pic.twitter.com/SPVBlMjMU6
For those visual learners, here are some of Belichick’s quotes regarding Harrison as he began to prepare for the New York Jets in Week 17.
“I don’t know,’’ the coach told the Boston-Globe Wednesday morning. “We’ll start working with him and see how it goes.”
“We’re playing the Jets this week, so I don’t know what that would have to do with it,’’ he said. “Maybe I’m missing something.’’
As for a future playoff date with Pittsburgh, Belichick stayed with, “We’re playing the Jets this week.’’
Oh, there’s more...
“There’s been a lot of transition there, a lot of guys have played that position,’’ said Belichick. “The players themselves have put a lot into it. The number of players is probably getting close to double digits. We’ve had a lot of guys that have worked hard at those spots in various roles or assignments and so forth. We’ll just keep working at it.’’
Maybe, just maybe, the black-and-gold fans should just calm down for a second, and realize this divorce and marriage with the rival Patriots could be absolutely nothing. Harrison could show just as much as he did in New England, as he did in Pittsburgh — very little. On top of all that, there is no guarantee both the Steelers and Patriots meet again this season.
Let’s just say the Patriots are knocked out of the playoffs, or Harrison doesn’t even play in most games, would all of this really matter? Would his departure to New England really carry any weight, when it comes to actual football? I personally don’t think so.
Maybe Belichick said it best, and we should all just, “see how it goes.”