Last night ESPN released a trailer for an upcoming 30 for 30 documentary titled "The Two Bills" about the relationship between Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick and I for one am absolutely pumpeddddddddddddd.
From the looks of this promo it seems like Bill is going to peel back the certain (fingers crossed) and actually give coherence answers about some pretty juicy stuff, mainly resigning as HC of NYJ after one day. That's what I wanna hear about. How he ditched the lowly Jets and turned the Patriots into the greatest organization in all of sports.
I can't wait for this doc because there is nothing better than a candid Bill Belichick. Unfortunately that is something that happens less often than the Jets making the playoffs. (FOUR DIVISION TITLES in franchise history FOUR)
Bill Belichick may be the smartest man alive, unfortunately he's so intelligent that he's mastered the art of saying nothing. It kind of sucks because when he goes on WEEI or something and gets off on a tangent of the 80's Giants or some great block a special teamer had in 1975 it's so interesting, but you pretty much never get that when it comes to Patriot related stuff. While this documentary is going to be mainly about their time together with the Giants there inevitably will be some Patriot related stuff, the '96 team, leaving for the Jets, then coming back in 2000.
As a Patriots fan it's been nearly twenty years of stuff like this from Coach:
As a Patriots fan you know that's the type of answers you'll get when a reporter brings up any sort of interesting question. "Well, we're just focused on ________________ right now". Blah, blah, blah. You're not going to get a candid response from Bill Belihick. Once every blue moon you might get something good like his My Cousin Vinny reference during Deflate-gate.
But for the most part you get very used to the same canned answers from Belichick at press conferences. His inability to become engaging or interesting is in a way an art-form with how he can speak, yet give you absolutely nothing. He does everything to not give away vital information or give the opponent bulletin board material. The Pats could be playing an 0-12 team and he'd find a way to spew about how good their punter is for 5 minutes. He had this to say about the 0-4 Cleveland Browns last season:
"Defensively they're very sound, aggressive. They capitalize on a lot of offensive mistakes with their effort and aggressiveness. We've got to do a great job of taking care of the ball and staying out of long yardage. They're a very good third-down team, longer yardage situations, so those are hard to convert and very aggressive in the secondary. They've got good experience back there with [Joe] Haden, [Tramon] Williams, [Jamar] Taylor, [Jordan] Poyer, guys like that, guys that have been around for a while that are smart, instinctive players. We've got to do a good job there."
That team started the year 0-14 and ended up 1-15.
It's good in the sense that it helped the Patriots keep racking up Super Bowl wins, but part of me wishes we'd get more out of Bill. He's one of the smartest football minds of all time with an encyclopedia of knowledge in that head of his, we just never get to be exposed to it. That should change with "The Two Bills". While I'm sure he won't be talking about the documentary at all in the press, I cannot wait to see it. My only complaint is that ESPN gave a tentative release date. What kind of bullshit is "this winter"? What are they not done? Does that mean after December 21st? Are we still talking 2017? When is this shit coming out? There's been times where we've still gotten snow in April and it feels like winter, could it be then? Honestly, is this thing still not finished yet? How do you not have a set release date?
Until then here's some Bill to hold you over until this comes out sometime in the next year or so.