Patriots coach reacts to opponents signing his former players
Monday, most of YouWager’s football wagering fans heard that the Indianapolis Colts acquired Deion Branch, once a popular wide receiver for the New England Patriots, less than a week before the Colts play the Pats in the AFC playoffs. Dedicated online sportsbook may remember that Branch has not played football since the 2012 NFL football wagering season. Some NFL analysts may be wondering if the main reason Indianapolis signed Branch was to give them an edge in their very important upcoming game.
Anytime one team signs a famous player to play against his old team, there is usually some speculation among the online betting community about the possible transfer of team secrets or strategies, or the value of the playbook knowledge that the player might bring to the deal. With the NFC playoffs right around the corner, the timing of this particular deal might intensify that kind of talk.
In his typically blunt fashion, Bill Belichick, head coach of the New England Patriots, let the sports betting public know that he isn’t all that worried about one of his receivers playing for the Indianapolis Colts.
When asked about the insider info Deion Branch or another player might bring to one of his opponents, Belichick told a YouWager news source, “I think that’s way overrated. A lot of time the information in those situations is misinformation, because things have changed from whenever that person [was on the other team]. I’m not saying that in any particular circumstance, I’m just saying in general, a lot of times a player who has been with another team tells you, ‘This is what they do, this is their call, this is this, this is that,’ and then it turns out that’s really not what it is.”
New England’s head coach acknowledged the multiple resources that are already available to any coaching staff. Just as serious Internet wagering fans research Tom Brady or other top quarterbacks, and try to predict how an opposing team will successfully fight back with a counter strategy, it’s obvious that the best teams develop game plans based on the methods that the best offenses and defenses employ.
Belichick told YouWager’s source, “So, honestly, we have enough trouble doing all the things we do and getting them right and getting everybody to do them well. I’m sure they have the same thing with the amount of volume that you have in your different systems, and the amount of volume that you face on the other side of the ball. To be able to not only know everything you’re doing but also be able to figure out everything they’re doing, it’s pretty overrated.”
In other words, Belichick seems to be saying, just because every NFL coach knows that, on average, Peyton Manning gets rid of the football within five seconds, it doesn’t mean his team can necessarily do anything about it.
However, what coach Belichick says in public may simply be for the public. No doubt some veteran online sportsbook bettors are still wondering exactly what Belichick hoped to learn with his infamous ‘Spygate’ incident, when one of his assistants was caught illegally videotaping the New York Jets, and their defensive signals, from a location off the field in 2007. Those actions brought a $500,000 fine for the head coach. At the time, it was the stiffest fine ever imposed on an NFL coach.
Even then, in his formal apology, Belichick claimed the illegal activity did not give gave the Patriots an edge, saying, “Our use of sideline video had no impact on the outcome of last week’s game. We have never used sideline video to obtain a competitive advantage while the game was in progress.”