On Monday, during Bill Belichick's wrap-up video press conference, the coach was asked because of the down year would the team be more aggressive this offseason?
“I think we always try and do what is best for the football team and that’s a combination of long-term and short-term," he said. "Honestly, I don’t know how we could be any more aggressive than we were for the last five years. I am taking about the ’14-’18 period. Well, last year. I will throw last year in there, too -- and last year. So for the last six years, really, and so there’s a residual to that."
So, what exactly did Belichick mean when he implied there is a residual effect to being so aggressive for the last several years?
Former Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis explained on The Greg Hill Show Tuesday morning.
“Here’s what he meant by that: if you have to bite the bullet for a year to play for three championships everyone in the NFL would sign up for that right now. Every single team would sign up for that," he said. "This year was a tough year. We all know it was a tough year. It was a tough year, they’re not playing in the playoffs. I’m sure, you ask any coach in the league, ‘In your sixth year you’re going to have a bad year, but you’re going to play for a championship three times in the five years before that.’ Do you think there’s anyone who would say no to that?”
Some took Belichick's comment as an excuse, but Weis said that isn't who Belichick is.
“That's a fact," he said. "You can look at it as an excuse, but it’s a fact. Look, Bill’s not a big excuse maker. Bill just says what the facts are and you can take it and run with it any way you want to. If you want to look at it as he’s making an excuse, that’s OK. You can do that. You can go ahead and do that. But the bottom line is that’s not his M.O. That’s not what he’s trying to do.”
The Patriots finished the year 7-9, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008 and having their first losing season since 2000.