The New England Patriots are led by the best head coach in the history of sports. Bill Belichick delivered yet another blunt response and yes, he confirmed what we already knew. He has a well-documented history of distain in terms of advanced NFL analytics. Great Belichick perpetuated this reputation during the General Manager Forum on Tuesday.
One of the questions was related to analytics.
“I’d prefer good players, good fundamentals and good execution,” Belichick said, per D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Andy Reid dislikes analytics, and he didn’t think twice before sharing his opinion.
The Patriots head coach condemned analytics on two other occasions. Well, he did that on multiple occasions.
“I’ve never looked at one,” Belichick said in 2019 when talking about analytics websites, per NBC’s Pro Football Talk. “I don’t even care to look at one. I don’t care what they say.”
Bill Belichick sure loves a blunt response
Legendary Belichick provided more details on this one a few years ago. He did that before the Patriots challenged the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII.
“You could take those advanced websites and metric them wherever you want,” Belichick said. “I don’t know. I have no idea. I’ve never looked at one. I don’t even care to look at one. I don’t care what they say. . . . . All the metric pages and all of that, I mean I have no idea. You’d need to ask that to a smarter coach than me.”
NFL experts would agree that Belichick is the smartest head coach to ever walk on earth. Oh, yes, he is also the most secretive coach in the world of sports.
Even if Belichick took a deep dive into advanced analytics, very few people would hear about it. He is a man of a few words, and we can’t even blame for this attitude. This has helped Belichick win a lot of games and his players seem to like the pattern. They don’t reveal much about their contracts or future plans. Keeping rivals at a bay… Right?
The Patriots head coach has denied an analytical approach, but his great coaching method includes an efficient combination of natural instinct and numbers-based strategy.