Bill Belichick doesn’t like the NFL telling him what to do, right down to the jerseys his players wear in practice.
Two years ago, the NFL ordered Belichick to stop having players practice in numberless jerseys, as he had been doing in Organized Team Activities. So now Belichick has players wearing numbers in OTAs. But many Patriots are wearing numbers that they won’t wear when the season starts.
That’s why running back Sony Michel is wearing No. 51 at OTAs, even though when the season starts he has to wear a running back number, which in the NFL means numbers between 20 and 49.
Belichick scoffed about the significance of giving rookies their numbers at this point in the offseason.
“Really not too worried about all the important stuff like that — numbers and what color gloves you wear and all of that,” Belichick said, via ESPN. “That’s not really at the top of the list right now. Trying to learn football, trying to become a team, trying to get better each day — that’s really where our focus is.”
All of the Patriots’ draft picks are currently practicing with numbers in the 50s, even players like Michel and rookie quarterback Danny Etling, who obviously won’t be wearing 50s numbers when the season starts. Undrafted rookies are wearing numbers in the 60s and 70s.
Belichick liked practicing without numbers because he felt it forced players to communicate better and not rely on jersey numbers to identify each other. It’s a tactic Belichick learned from studying Hall of Fame Steelers coach Chuck Noll, who often had his players wear jerseys without numbers in practice. Now that the NFL has prevented the Patriots from going numberless, Belichick has found the next-best thing.
I'm still really fucking mad at Belichick. Like reaaaally mad. More upset and hurt, but definitely also mad. I feel like some girl who's boyfriend cheated on her, obvi she broke up with him. (off season since Super Bowl) Only thing is deep down she still loves him. She eventually goes back into his arm's. She's pretty but not the most confident girl, and he's just so funny and has a great job. Of course she goes back. We all knew she was going back. Even though he fucked up she knows deep down that she's likely never gonna do better.
That's the Patriots and especially Patriot fans with Bill Belichick. What Belichick did in the Super Bowl with Malcolm Butler will forever enrage me, I 100% believe it cost the Patriots a championship but at the end of the day he's the greatest coach in the history of the game and we're lucky to have had him at the helm every year of this millennium.
That being said this classic Belichick troll moves definitely help Bill get back in my good graces. He's off the couch now for sure, but still on thin ice. He's just too concerned with watching taping and teaching techniques during the day, then at night when he sleeps in his dream's he's watching a potential bowl game between Florida vs. Rutgers for him to scout the 3 defensive backs in the middle rounds he'll draft.
He's way too busy to worry about uniform numbers at OTAs. I first thought something was up when I saw a picture of the all the 1st round picks in their new team uniforms with their regular numbers but Sony Michel was still wearing #1. Bizarro!
After being told by the league rookies had to have numbers to practice in Bill puts out a fucking QB in the Dozah 58. cryface laughing emoji x3.
Instead of following the NFL positional number rules (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Football_League_uniform_numbers#Post-1973_changes) Belichick just assigned numbers 50 to their first pick, 51 to their second pick, etc. No time for rules during OTA's unless it's drilling players on the actual on the field rules and situational football.
It's not the funniest thing I've ever seen Belichick do but it made me chuckle. Although it is really weird seeing a QB rocking #58. Looks good though, don't hate it. I know I could've been a GREAT option-QB but that's not what this post is about. What it's about is Belichick twisting his "fuck you" knife into the league just a little with this act of defiance and rebellion.
So yeah Bill, I guess you don't need to sleep on the couch anymore but you are for sure still in the dog house, don't even think about asking for sex tonight because it is out. of. the. question.
*pulls down sleep mask*
**puts in mouth guard**
**fumbles to turn off the bedside light with the sleep-mask already on**
**give him a sleep-mask, mouth guard kiss because deep down you're still madly in love with this man**