Former New England Patriots tight end and current ESPN SportsCenter anchor, Chris (Mac) Jones is so great at his job that he’s already giving perfect Bill Belichick-style answers to the media.
There’s a good chance WVU quarterback Joe Murray is the next Bill Belichick. At least, that’s what we’re told by saying he’s in the mold of the Patriots’ head coach.
The Patriots’ road to Foxborough is stronger than ever. New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has spent two decades building a culture on his team where every player accepts the way he wants things done. After a few practices, new QB Mac Jones seems to know how Belichick works. One of the tenets of Belichick’s culture is to talk to the media as little as possible. He shows how to give these often incomprehensible answers, and his players do the same. At least in this area, Jones seems to be a fast learner. Belichick’s mentor, Bill Parcells, was a master of the quote. He often argued with the media, but like any true son of New Jersey, he enjoyed the verbal battles. The Maryland-born son of a New England football coach did not inherit his former boss’s penchant for talking to the press. Instead, Belichick prefers to fulfill his obligations to the media as quickly as possible. And he does so without disclosing his strategies or providing his opponent with information. The irony in Belichick’s interactions with reporters is that those in the NFL talk about what an interesting and fascinating man he is. This graduate of Wesleyan University can talk for hours about the history of the NFL, retired players or his favorite sport, lacrosse. As an NFL coach, however, his small stature has become legendary. Who can forget iconic press conference phrases like It’s time for me to get back to work. Improve at every stage of the game. Or phrases like: Look, I don’t do hypotheticals. And of course, no discussion of Belichick’s quotes would be complete without mentioning the press conference in which he answered all the questions: We’re going to Cincinnati.
Mac Jones quickly learned the art of not answering questions
Mac Jones was asked to compare Foxborough to Alabama: There are differences, there are similarities, but we are not here to make comparisons. This guy has a good idea about coaching. – Ben Volin (@BenVolin) June 10, 2021 Jones is the latest in a long line of new Patriots who had to quickly adapt to Belichick’s standards. Even some of the NFL’s most outspoken players, such as Randy Moss, Corey Dillon and Chad Ochocinco Johnson, have been relatively quiet in New England. Several reporters covering the 2021 Patriots game recently tweeted about the former Alabama QB’s meaningless and unresponsive quotes. Jones told Ben Wolin of the Boston Globe when asked to compare Alabama to his current team from New England: There are differences, there are similarities, but we are not here to make comparisons. Very Bill Belichick. Mike ReissJones made such a meaningless comment: What I know, I keep in a bucket, and what I keep mixing, or what I can’t get right, I have to put in another bucket and figure out what’s wrong. NFL Network ‘s got this great insight when they asked Jones about offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels: Josh, he expects everything to be perfect. That’s why he’s so good at what he does. Our relationship is beautiful. @sportscasting19