(670 The Score) Patriots coach Bill Belichick is a football genius. Very few in the history of his sport – or any sport, really – have been as consistently successful as Belichick, and his mastery permeates every corner of the modern game. Perpetually ahead of the curve on everything from player evaluation to draft strategy, there's no schematic detail or rulebook footnote too arcane for him – and even at 70 years old, he’s still proving it each and every year by accomplishing feats no one else around the league is even close to.
You may think all that praise is hyperbole, but consider this: On Wednesday, Belichick shared more than 1,000 positive words (in a row) about the 2022 Chicago Bears.
See? Other people can do it too, Sean McVay. Belichick didn’t have a lot to say about the Bears but sure did say a lot anyways, so here are some quick takeaways to take away.
1. The Bears are in the Patriots’ heads.
2. He compliments both runnings backs *but* lists Khalil Herbert before David Montgomery. Bears coach Matt Eberflus, who comes from the Nick Saban coaching tree, gave a curious answer this week about that room’s depth chart earlier this week. Obviously Belichick and Saban go back. You connect the dots.
3. Of his 1,000-plus words, 11 of them are dedicated to the tight ends. Five of those words are "that they use in there."
4. And yeah, Belichick doesn’t “specifically name” a tight end, but he did have good things to say about cornerback Josh Blackwell and safety Dane Cruikshank -- and punter Trenton Gill’s leg, twice.
5. Belichick is right about this, though – Gill does "whack it down there pretty good."
6. Describing rookie Velus Jones Jr. as "great for them" feels like taunting.
7. He dubbed Bears safety Eddie Jackson the quarterback of the secondary, so RIP those those wide receiver snaps everyone wanted. :(
7. Belichick likes Bears cornerback Kyler Gordon, so your tweets are wrong. Delete them. Like right now go do it.
8. You get caught up in the trance of Belichick Remembering Some Guys and that very last sentence just kinda sneaks up and punches you in the gut. Monday Night Football. The NFL wanted this for us, and now it’s here.
That’s it. Not every Bears blog is a thousand words long. Just Belichick's apparently.
Cam Ellis is a writer for 670 The Score and Audacy Sports. Follow him on Twitter @KingsleyEllis.