Head coach Bill Belichick doesn’t usually make a
joke, but when he does, it’s a good one. The Patriots head coach decided to
make a joke about the Super Bowl babies. Matthew Slater missed a preseason game
because his wife delivered a baby boy. Kyle Van Noy, James White and Shilique
Calhoun missed days of September for the same reason.
It looks like Patriots players found the perfect
way to celebrate the Super Bowl win. He talked about it during his appearance
on WEEI’s “Ordway, Merloni & Fauria.”
“Must have been some post-Super Bowl celebrations… we’re really pumping ‘em out,” he said.
Well, there’s a seven-month gap between the
Super Bowl and the childbirths. Early-term pregnancy refers to births within
During a conference call, Belichick was asked about the way New England handles the absence of players who miss games during the birth of their child.
we handle it internally. I’ve coached for quite a while as a head coach in two
different organizations. I don’t think that’s ever been an issue. I’ve always
talked about it with the player. It’s not like it’s a surprise. It’s something
that there’s certainly a lead-up period to and communicate about it and
depending on the time, the situation, the circumstances and all that, you take
everything into consideration.
“Everybody wants to do what’s best and we
arrive at that conclusion. Again, there are a lot of variables on that – what
the individual’s situation is with the birth, where the game is, so forth and
so on. There’s a lot of things that could come into play. I think it’s just
good communication and try to find out as much information as you can. You
never have all of it. Sometimes you have to call an audible, but you figure it
out and then just everybody has the best interest of everything that’s involved
and try to make a good decision on that.”
The head coach has high opinion of their next
totally into it, vocal, have a great passion for the game,” Belichick said on
his conference call with Buffalo reporters. “Some stadiums, these days, I would
say don’t have quite the intensity that Buffalo does (because of) clubs (seats)
and other things going on during the game. At Buffalo you get 60 minutes –
they’re there to watch the game. They’re there to cheer and be into the game.
It’s kind of no other agenda.
fans are) very passionate, enthusiastic and supportive,” he added. “It’s kind of like a college football
environment. So a lot of intensity in that stadium and it certainly gets very
loud when things are going well for Buffalo.”