When I'm not driving professionally or binge eating Burger King in attempts to control the pain that is life, I'm watching NFL Films!
I love all the documentaries that are readily available; I am student of the game thanks to Youtube. I probably spend $100 a month on streaming services and almost exclusively end up watching YouTube. (I feel like I've said that in a blog before, but it's fucking true; sry 4 the repetitiveness) It's like the internet version of playing with the box more than the toy that came inside of it.
Even though the video this entire blog is centered around is not an NFL Films project; that all too honest intro still plays. You see, NFL Films laid the foundation for this very interview! Rapport ever heard of it?
Everybody knows you have to butter up Belichick for YEARs or be able to speak five minutes straight about the T formation to be treated like a person by the greatest coach of all-time in a media setting.
Luckily, waaaay back in 2019 during the NFL 100 festivities Cris Collinsworth, Rich Eisen, and Bill Belichick led the roundtable for the Sports Emmy Award Winning NFL 100 All-Time Team Show. As a self-proclaimed student of the game I cannot recommend it enough. You get to hear/see Bill, Cris, and Rich muck it up with all-time greats from yesterday like Mean Joe Greene, Lawerence Taylor and Roger Stabauch. Talking football with contemporary greats like Tom Brady, Ray Lewis and that's it; because there's like four players on the list from after 2005.
I'm sure Bill and Rich had some sort of relationship before the mini series, but after working together on such an important piece of NFL history you know Belichick has a great deal of respect for Rich Eisen. Bill doesn't exactly call into a ton of radio shows.
In an interview yesterday on Eisen's show that recently made the switch to Peacock (oh great, another streaming service!) Coach Belichick seemed to be in a great mood. He even began the interview with a very natural, human chuckle! Three full Ha's! I don't need to waste my time writing a few paragraphs about the entire interview. I'm trying to master short and to the point. I don't find sanitization methods fascinating blog talk (although the mental image of Bill fumble with the settings of spray gun while being the smartest defensive football mind of all-time makes me put up a very natural, human chuckle).
This blog is all about Rich Eisen's question regarding the NFL rulebook. At the 6:54 mark Rich asks if Belichick could wave a wand and change one NFL rule what would it be? Shockingly, Bill doesn't entirely dodge the question or its lame phrasing by eventually, sorta saying he wouldn't hate adopting college pass interference; while still firmly sitting on a fence #ThePatriotWay. What I really took away from the interview was how Belichick wants the rulebook simplified. The more similarity between college football and NFL rules, the better. Even the greatest teacher in league history is getting tired of coaching up the differences between college and the pros. Do you know how long it takes to install a goal-line three corner package? You don't want to waste time explaining that in this league you need two feet in bounds for a catch.
Bill's got a great point! Pass Interference is a game changing penalty that is way too subjective to be so impactful on the game. Being the football genius that he is, Bill says he understands why the rule is how it is before there is even a chance to refute! I'm sure, like everybody else he's annoyed with the Flacco Balls changing games. He knows Josh Allen is in the division and wants to take away his biggest strength; overthrowing. Changing PI to 15 yards would be better for the NFL, but even Bill said he's be fine with either rule as long as there is consistency. I feel like most rational people are in the same boat. College would be better if you got rid of down by contact and the NFL would be wayyyy more exciting if the clock stopped with first downs in the final 2:00 of the 2nd and 4th quarter. But if we as a nation can't even agree on 12-14% of the population's lives mattering, I doubt we're ready for something as important as running clock or overtime reform.