Q&A: New England coach Bill Belichick high on Matt Ryan

New England coach Bill Belichick talking to the media Tuesday morning before practicing against the Falcons. (D.Orlando Ledbetter/Dledbetter@ajc.com)

New England coach Bill Belichick talking to the media Tuesday morning before practicing against the Falcons. (D.Orlando Ledbetter/Dledbetter@ajc.com)

FLOWERY BRANCH – New England coach Bill Belichick spoke to the media before the teams took the field for this morning’s practice.

He had some effusive praise for quarterback Matt Ryan and thinks former Falcons Alge Crumpler has been a great addition to the Patriots.

Here are some excerpts from the media session.

STATEMENT: This is a great set up and Coach (Mike) Smith has been very accommodating. So, we look forward to seeing how this goes.

Q: Are you trying to get the same thing accomplished that you did last week with the Saints?

A: We are just trying to get better. Trying to get better in all phases of the game. We have some individual work, some group work, some team work and some special teams. Hopefully we can be a better football team when we leave here than when we arrived.

Q: When was the last time that you’ve been on the road in your coaching career for a joint practice?

A: Let’s see, we’ve done it with the Giants. We did it with Arizona. We did it with the Bears. So three or four times.

Q: Do you remember when was the last time?

A: When did it with the Bears every other year when I was up in Cleveland up in Wisconsin. Arizona in Arizona and then the Giants.  When I was in Cleveland it was kind of a home and home thing. Those are the ones I remember. We’ve had other teams come in, but on the road those were all road visits.

Q: Is (Wes) Welker here?

A: Wes is here.

Q: What are the musical selections that you all picked for pre-practice?

A: We’ve got a little Bon Jovi. I think we’ve got a little Kenny Chesney. We are going to go home and home with Thomas (Dimitroff) there on the music.

Q: Are you at all curious to see another facility? You’ve been at (your facility) for 11 years. Does it all interest you?

A: Yeah, you go to a lot of colleges in the spring, but it’s not the same. Just being on the field with the Saints last week was interesting. Just watching their guys work. Their coaches. Their drills. Their operation. It was something that we haven’t done in a while. It’s interesting to see what another team does even just the simple things.

Q: How much did your familiarity with Thomas play in getting these practices set up?

A: That probably was the starting point. We talked about it in the past. Hey, if we ever get a chance to do it, that would be something to look into. When the preseason schedule came out, it fit. If we did not have to play them in preseason, I don’t think this would have happened. I think the fact that it’s one of the first two games . . . we talked about it. Coach Smith and myself thought it would be beneficial to do one day with the teams and so that’s what we are going to do.

Q: Coach Smith talked about five situations that you all wanted to practice. What are your objectives for these practices?

A: Everything we do, we are just trying to get better as a football team. Offense, defense and special teams. We have first, second and third down situations, red area and special teams. We are not doing everything. We are not doing goal line. We are not doing two-minute. Those are the situations that we are working on that I think will benefit us. With just one day, it’s hard to get everything in so we wanted to concentrate in certain areas and feel like we are making progress in those instead of doing one of everything. We will put a little bit more time into third down and red area stuff today.

Q: You spent three practices and a preseason game against Drew Brees and now you’ll see Matt Ryan here. Are the quarterbacks similar at all and what challenges does Matt Ryan bring to the table?

A: The similarity is that they are real good. . .  We work against good quarterbacks in practice. We saw Brees last week and we’ll Ryan this week. I think that’s great. That’s about as tough as it’s going to get. They are as good as anybody in this league. That really presents a challenge for our defense.  . . It’s great work for us.

Q: How is Alge Crumpler doing for you all in camp so far?

A: He’s doing great. He’s been a great addition to our team on and off the field with his leadership and experience. He adds a lot to our team. He adds a lot to that position. He’s been around pro football his whole life. He understands the game on and off the field. Very professional. Very prepared. He’s been a great addition. He’s really a model type of player.

TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE

Thursday, August 19 — Preseason Week 2 vs. New England 8 p.m.

Friday, August 20 — No Practice.

Saturday, August 21 — 9:30 a.m. – 11:35 a.m. (closed to the public); 3:45 p.m. – 5:25 p.m. (closed to the public).

Sunday, August 22 — 9:35 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (closed to the public)

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62 comments Add your comment

J dubb

August 17th, 2010
9:41 am

David

August 17th, 2010
9:43 am

Watch out for any Hidden Cameras planted at the Branch, Belichick will use them for Super Bowl Matchup!

J dubb

August 17th, 2010
9:44 am

I thought Alge was dead weight….he’ll be hurt, just collecting a check halfway thru season. He was a great Flacon though.

D Led, starters wont play much in 2nd preseason game, right? Or is that the 3rd game?

J dubb

August 17th, 2010
9:45 am

good one David

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

August 17th, 2010
9:58 am

Strange how it appears that anyone with “ACTUAL” football knowledge/intelligence says positive things about Matt Ryan’s abilities. It is all the HATERS on these Falcons’ blogs that constantly try to berate him and his skills. The guy is only in his 3rd year and only time will tell whether or not he’s the real deal at the QB position.

BTW…if I had been the reporter interviewing Belichick I would have had to asked him what’s it like coaching without the aid of hidden cameras??? Is it more difficult now????…I’m just say’n!!!!! :-)

mountain_jim

August 17th, 2010
9:59 am

Appreciate this report!

Paddy

August 17th, 2010
10:01 am

J dubb…I don’t considered Alge dead weight for NE. If he was, Coach B would not have him on the team. But we shall see. Thats why they play these games!

FALCONS SORRY

August 17th, 2010
10:15 am

BILL BILLCHECK! YOU MUST BE HIGH ON SOME THING IF YOU LIKE MATTY HOPELESS CRYIN RYAN AS YOUR QB! IF IT WAS NOT FOR BLANK BEING THAT LITTLE SISSY BOYS ILL LEGITIMATE FATHER THAT WIMP WOULD NOT BE IN THE NFL! YOU KNOW YOU WOULD RATHER HAVE AN ALL TIME GREAT LIKE MV7 OR EVEN THAT PRETTY BOY YOU GOT THERE NOW THAT SLEEP WITH ALL THE CATALOG WOMEN AND HAS ALREADY HELP WIN THEM SUPPER BOWLS! NO BODY WHO ISNT SMOKING SOME THING AGAINST THE LAW WOULD WANT MATTY HOPELESS AS THEY QUARTERBACK! COACH YOU JUST BEING NICE AND SAYING THE RIGHT THING BECAUS THOMAS DIMTROFF USED TO WORK FOR YOU AND YOU PROBABLY BOTH STILL FREINDS! COACH JUST BE THANKFUL YOU WORK FOR A OWNER THAT IS DECENT AND AND HONEST AND GOT HALF A BRAIN WHO GOT YOUR BACK AND LIKE WHAT YOU DO INSTEAD OF A CROOK LIKE AUTHUR BLANK THAT STAB YOU IN THE BACK AND MAKE YOU WALK AROUND WITH A BABBY SITTER TO MAKE SURE YOU DONT SAY NOTHING BAD TO THE MEDIA ABOUT HIM AND THAT TRY TO STICK YOU WITH HIS KIDS AT THE KEY POSITIONS! HOW ABOUT WE GIVE YOU MATTY HOPELESS FOR RANDY MOSS MY MAN STRAIGHT UP COACH! STRAIGHT UP! TELL YOU WHAT! COACH WE WILL TRADE YOU OUR # 2 FOR A BAG OF # 2 AND CALL IT EVEN! EVEN THEN YOU WOULD GET THE STINKY END OF THAT DEAL COACH!http://img.coxnewsweb.com/C/06/98/03/image_7503986.gif

drmondo

August 17th, 2010
10:19 am

Don’t feed the trolls.

laguna Darren

August 17th, 2010
10:24 am

I got NE going 10 – 6 and making 2nd round before being bounced. My guess is NE wins no more bowls and continue to stay in a group of good teams not great teams. Lets reverse situation and give Ryan exact defense other team is running on every play and he will throw for 50 TD’S as well. Kraft should have forfieted his franchise and all victories vacated due to cheating scandle that was so unbelievable that The NFL destroyed all evidence and insisted that anyone that covers football make it a non subject or lose ability to cover the sport. Kraft, you should be ashamed. Your team earned nothing.

Vinny D

August 17th, 2010
10:34 am

I like our boys going against Tom in practice

JT1001

August 17th, 2010
10:36 am

J Dubb…..

Usually, the 2nd game is a lot like the 1st as far as playing time goes….then the 3rd game, the starters usually play into the 3rd qtr….then the 4th game, most of them don’t play at all.

BT

August 17th, 2010
10:44 am

DOL,
Thanks for all the nice reports and tweets..good work

Drew

August 17th, 2010
10:51 am

Why are people still babbling about legal filming within the NFL? Hadn’t this been proven to be the most overblown sports story in the history of the world once the dust settled? Read much? This was an incorrect location violation, which ironically was not addressed in 2006, which was started and framed by a jealous rival. How funny is it that NFL fans don’t even know the rules of what is allowed or what isn’t yet claim there is some hidden mystery advantage that one organization’s scouting group has over another? Laughable. It is absolutely legal to film your own games. In fact, the home team has to give the road team a sanctioned area that is provided within the NFL rules. This is so the home team does not have the luxury to film while the road team does not. An improper location is not deemed an advantage, so you dummies who think this is an advantage can stop pretending now. And if you think that created an advantage over any team, you never played football or sports before. Get some help, people. Ask Tom Dimtrioff his opinion of the Spygate witch hunt, because that is exactly what that was. A witch hunt blown completely out of proportion. To pretend Bill Belichick is not an incredible coach, GM and mastermind of how to build NFL teams in the salary cap era is pathetic. You look like complete uneducated NFL fans whining about it.

JJ

August 17th, 2010
10:53 am

Seriously, can we get some intelligent fans on this site.
All teams tape signals, 5 Superbowl Coaches have said so, NE was just unlucky that it got a rat after them with the Jets who happen to do the same thing a week earlier.
Another team says comes to help us out and says good things about our team and all we get for comments are derogatory and negative ones.
Can we get some good discussion going with OUR team. Belicheck is a great coach, if he believes that Matt Ryan is great quarterback then I have faith that we will go far this season.

keeping it Real

August 17th, 2010
10:55 am

This is pure un cut hype. watch what happen when he get hit . he turn to 100% punk!!

Mike Jay

August 17th, 2010
11:04 am

Belicheck i’snt one to throw around compliments either.

Drew

August 17th, 2010
11:12 am

Good post, JJ. I’ll give you my opinion as a Pats fan from the outside. First of all, I think this is a good thing that the two teams are doing. I think the Saints and Pats have respect for one another and the same thing is channeling down to Atlanta with Dimitrioff’s relationship with BB, learning from him for years as head scout. I see the Saints as the team to beat, but I think Atlanta has the Turner factor back which had an effect on Ryan. They’ll be right there this year. A likely Wild Card candidate. Also, Atlanta has the same issues with a pass rush NE has, and I think both are in the process of being addressed. I am stunned to see any Falcons here complaining about someone as successful and professional as Matt Ryan when you saw the smoke and mirrors Vick who was dumb as bag of rocks and had bad mechanics. That kid is the real deal along with Aaron Rodgers, Flacco, etc, in terms of good looking young QBs as they progress. I thought they overpaid for Dunta Robinson which may or may not hurt Dimitrioff’s payroll ideology by position in the future, but the Falcons needed a legit, solid CB on the left. He’s good, but I am not sure he was worth all of that money. I see Atlanta as an up and coming team, shedding the VIck disaster, building slowly and being smart with the economic side of building a team, overall.

PMC

August 17th, 2010
11:12 am

I think the Pats look pretty good this year, but I think they will be hurt by losing Ty Warren.

That said. I still don’t understand why everyone is so high on the Jets. Why? 2nd year QB… vs Tom Brady. No thanks.

With all due respect to the other receivers I’m more intrigued on how well we can cover Julian Edleman inside.

PMC

August 17th, 2010
11:14 am

I think the Pats win that division and the Jets and Dolphins go at it for a Wild Card berth.

Dumbo

August 17th, 2010
11:24 am

FALCONS SORRY…must make you cry, knowing the ConVICK can’t even beat out the backup at Philly…..What a joke you and the ConVICK!!!!!!

HATinGA

August 17th, 2010
11:30 am

Sorry Falcons, All Time Great MV7 is Kevin Kolbs backup!! LOL!!! Most OVERRATED player All Time!!!!

Falcon Jim

August 17th, 2010
11:40 am

Falcon Sorry,

What smokin stinkey? You chumin with arthur and hangin with matty? You one bright dude, dude.
You shudda gone w MV7……………….

waynester

August 17th, 2010
11:44 am

Bill B is a master at giving non-answer answers. Smitty is working on it, but he always smiles when he’s being unresponsive whereas Belichick has the poker face going. Watch Mike the next time a reporter asks about any injured player and you’ll see what I mean. An earlier poster was correct that the Pats’ coach doesn’t hand out compliments except for strategic reasons–to mess with an opponents heads. I love the dual-team scrimmages and think it’ll pay off bigtime this season. Any time anyone posts anything positive about MRyan, you know what to expect from certain posters. It’s like background noise–easy to ignore if you try….

33TheBurner33

August 17th, 2010
11:45 am

im with you Sick and tired…for all you haters go back to all the great QBs in this league and check out their first two seasons …Drew Brees…awful, Eli Manning, Peyton Manning, Donnovan McNabb…Matt Ryan has had two good NFL seasons…last year he basically played 13 games (made 3 passes against TB before getting hurt)…..Give the guy a break you haters.. I’l be laughing at you in a few years when he is one of the top 5 QBs in the league.

Hamp

August 17th, 2010
11:45 am

I think the Phins are a sleeper but the pats will again be the pats steady as she goes. The jets have a monster defense and that is with or without revis.
The falcons will be fun I am just not sure yet. Our Offense is kind of shaky I hope adding HD will help us. I think that a M Jenk has to step up he was a 1st round pick. I think he may be a number 3 and not a 2. Can’t wait to see the first couple of series.

I thought spoon looked lost sometimes but for his first game did ok.

Barton

August 17th, 2010
11:47 am

Is it true if you ignore the trolls then you don’t have to pay the troll toll? On to the article – interesting I guess? Sounded pretty political to me. Respect the other team, respect the opposing quarterback, but quietly thinks he could shut Matt Ryan down in a heartbeat. I think Falcons fans will be pleasantly surprised with this offense and defense in the third year with Coach Smith. I remember watching the Defense last year thinking that they literally were half a second away from stopping plays through the pass rush or on coverage. Another year of growth in the system could be the difference in those 3 or 4 close games we had last year. Plus, no Elam to blow those games for us either. Falcons could easily have won 11 games last year – if you go back and look Elam played a huge part in losing two of them.

blord

August 17th, 2010
11:47 am

speaking of Crupler Bill said, “He adds a lot to our team.” Is this a fat joke?:)

blord

August 17th, 2010
11:48 am

Sorry Crumpler

MV7

August 17th, 2010
11:51 am

falcons sorry, its Super Bowl. A supper bowl is what we gave da dogs afer winnin der fights.

BT

August 17th, 2010
12:02 pm

JJ,
If you`r still lurking around DOL`s blog?
How about hitchin a ride up to FB this afternoon with SB.
LDR and myself will be there.

Drew

August 17th, 2010
12:04 pm

Goodell destroyed those tapes that BB sent in because it had other teams filming NE on their own sidelines. This is a fact. NY was shut down from the sideline in 2006 in Foxborough by NFL personnel, but the Patriots didn’t go running to the media claiming they caught someone “red handed” in broad daylight. This is also a fact. You are supposed to be given a specified location by the home team when filming on the road. Teams have been playing games with one another for years with this stuff. It doesn’t mean there was an advantage. It might be a petty thing that a coach may do to another, but it certainly isn’t some kind of mystery advantage or close to someone like using steroids, skirting the salary cap, etc. A speeding ticket is not cheating, it’s breaking a rule. There is no advantage, it’s just not allowed in certain areas. You don’t know the filming rules and don’t know what happened, apparently.

Goodell was ticked off this became media fodder and something that would be a detriment to him promoting the NFL brand in a bad economy. Hence, the severe fine and punishment. Fair enough. I understand why he was ticked off. Two rival teams put themselves above the NFL and one rival team used it to smear the other.

In February 2008, when the witch hunt finally ended, Goodell even acknowledged there was “no advantage gained”. Well, duh. Anyone who actually did the homework on this knows that. The Jets were ticked off BB didn’t give Mangini a spot to film at Gillette Stadium in November of 2006. When Mangini foolishly took the Jets job, he tried to steal a laptop on his way out and his keycard was deactivated so he couldn’t get back in. True story and a fact.

You don’t pull the rug out from a mentor after one year off from your internal promotion to DEf. Coordinator like that, especially after BB’s coaching staff was being raided annually. Mangini had no buesiness spending only 1 year as Def Coordinator and then using it as a personal financial springboard to go to a division rival. That’s a definite no-no in the coaching fraternity in this league. Talk to anyone who knows coaches in this league or even knows of someone who knows someone, and you’ll hear people speak very highly of BB and very lowly of Mangini and the Jets.

This is a lot more about two rival teams, one classy one and one pathetic, desperate one, than it is some secret illegal taping scheme. Filming your games is completely legal and the NFL never once checked any team’s tapes after a game. If the act was “cheating” was it allowed? This is because it’s legal. All of a sudden, it’s “illegal” and “cheating” because a rival team says so. Laughable.

Drew

August 17th, 2010
12:05 pm

As for Crumpler, he’s lost a lot of weight and started a new training regimen and looks great. Not sure why Falcons fans are bashing the guy. He blocked for Chris Johnson off the edge and Tenn said they’d miss his services. Some of you aren’t very well in tune with the NFL, I guess. I was curious to see what Falcons fans had to say with a younger, exciting up and coming team, and apparently there isn’t much fan talk here.

Jillian

August 17th, 2010
12:14 pm

WOW, I thought Southern’s were always polite. Reading some of the comments in this blog is worse than NYC. I’m from New England and admire what the Falcons have done. You have a great quarterback for the future. I think it took Joe Namath 5 years to reach and win the Superbowl. Give Matty time, this kid is really good.

Falcons all the Way...

August 17th, 2010
12:17 pm

What a lot of love for Belichick. If anyone thinks that the only thing the Patriots were doing was a little “legal” filming, they completely underestimate what transpired. The league was embarrassed and wanted the whole thing buried quickly as did Kraft and the Patriots.

There is no question on Mangini – he is a clown. But the respect for BB is because of 3 rings, not walking off the field before the end of the game.

Drew

August 17th, 2010
12:26 pm

Not to intrude, but the clock struck zero and he and Coughlin both went out to shake hands. How many losing SB coaches make an effort to even shake the winning coach’s hand before the media cordons off the trophy presentation section? The bottom line is, Belichick never gave the media what they wanted. So, when the media saw a chance to attack and feed jealous fans or haters, they did it. They even lied about him not shaking Mangini’s hand. Total lie. They shook hands, albeit very quickly. Belichick is a football scientist, so to speak, who grew up with his dad watching scouting tapes with his Dad who was a scout for Navy in the Bellino and Staubauch years. Al he cares about his football. Football junkie should love how he runs a team and coaches, vut instead he goes completely underappreciated. He’s been an NFL coach since 1975 and worked his way up to where he is now. I find it somewhat pathetic to see people try to seek out ways to disparage such an accomplished coach, both in the cap era and before the cap era as a defensive coordinator. I’d rather see fans just admit they are jealous v.s. scour around trying to pretend he is not arguably the best defensive mind of all time and arguably on the short list of one of the best coaches ever. 39-13 in the last 3 seasons, one with a back up QB who hadn’t started in successive games since 1999. The stuff he is accomplishing is legendary.

BT

August 17th, 2010
12:36 pm

Thanks, Drew for your insights.
I personally, have BB rated as one of the top 10 coaches in league history.
Right up there about equal to Shula and Landry but behind Paul Brown, Halas and Lombardy.

Falcons all the Way...

August 17th, 2010
1:02 pm

I agree that BB is one of the best coaches, I just don’t think he has near the class of a Shula, Landry, Walsh… (sorry but Brown, Halas and Lombardy are before my time and I would only be commenting on media reports).

And, there was actually .01 seconds left after a missed 4th Down that BB ran onto the field to shake hands and then ran off before the last play.

Falcons all the Way...

August 17th, 2010
1:04 pm

And that is not the media’s fault! People like TO blame the media as do so many of the other prima donna’s

SeenThisB4

August 17th, 2010
3:02 pm

No Belicheck is not one to hand out compliments just because. However, in this case, he’s talking to the host city’s media, and it’s a practice/scrimmage that was 100% voluntary on their part. What do you expect him to say? What he really thinks, assuming he even thinks about the falcants? Not hardly.

By the way, Brees scored a perfect QB rating against the patriots last fall. In a full scale regulation game, on Monday Night. I know you guys know that, just a friendly reminder.

GEAUX SAINTS! OUR TIME!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 17th, 2010
3:08 pm

This was my second media event with Coach Bill in the last 18 months or so and he was pretty good today. He took some AJC questions from me after the group deal for another story. He was a hot mess at the NFL Combine in 2009. He rambled for about 20 minutes and took a few questions. Back in his Cleveland days, I used to come up from Cincinnati to cover him and he use to ban the visiting media from watching practice. I think he’s mellowing as he gets older.

Drew

August 17th, 2010
3:11 pm

The NFL game clock does not have tenths of a second on it. Clock struck 00 and he and Coughlin, amongst most players, thought it was over. More over-dramatized junk to try to paint Belichick as the devil. Keep falling for it, though. Most coaches don’t even make the effort to try to shake hands with the media frenzy when a SB game ends. They wait until after to speak.

Drew

August 17th, 2010
3:13 pm

I don’t care what he was in 2009 at the combine if he drafts like that.

alanfalcon

August 17th, 2010
4:23 pm

Its very hard for losers to appreciate good, smart and hard working players that are liked by their team mates, respected by their competitiors and are simply just good respectable individuals like Matty Ice !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GO FALCONS, GO SOUTHERN RUSH.

Blake

August 17th, 2010
4:23 pm

The Falcons shouldn’t have but one thing on there minds…and that’s the Super Bowl Baby!They have committed their entire organization to excellence In every way.All they have to do now Is go out and execute It…Go Birds!!!!

blackprix

August 17th, 2010
5:50 pm

My God, Falcons fans complaining about Matt Ryan?????? WTF!!

This young man has talent that hasn’t even been exhibited yet! The Falcons are contenders BECAUSE Matt Ryan is the QB. No Matt Ryan they are just another average team.

Are these posters who get negative on Matt STILL Vick fans??? Vick was so over hyped it was sickening!

Lesa

August 17th, 2010
8:54 pm

I like this joint practice. Extra opportunities to go up against the Pats receivers will only help our defense get better.

JUST A OVERPAID CHUMP#2

August 17th, 2010
9:27 pm

JUST PLAIN OH AJC HYPE. JUST A EVERY DAY QB NO MORE !! WILL PUNKOUT WHEN HEAT IS APPLYED! AHH ANOTHER GOLDEN BOY!! Only in Atlanta!

Randy_O

August 17th, 2010
11:05 pm

Ryan and the current management has done something the Mad Dog Vick never did and that was back to back winning seasons. Probable too much time training dogs and not enough in the play book or practice. MV loser even admitted that he didn’t work hard in preparing so he was a fake and a joke. Now we have the chance to kick MV7 butt right in front of all his hood friends if they don’t shoot each other in a bar or party fight.

Falcons are for real and MV is not but he is a big #2, as a QB he stunk up the place, and as a person he was even worse.

bsg

August 17th, 2010
11:19 pm

im liking the class from the NE fans i thought all ppl up north were jerks hahaha w/e matty ice is no chump he proved that to me during the bears rookie year. i saw it with my own two eyes he stood up in pressure and delivered a perfect ball to HD. thats when ICE won me over