Patriots Talk: Bill Belichick Excited To Get Started
New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick met with the media on Wednesday for the first media session of Training Camp.
With Patriots training camp officially opening on Thursday Coach Belichick is excited to get started.
“Well, it’s always good to get started, come back here at the end of July after we’ve been through the spring and gotten to the point we had to at the end of OTAs and get started. New year, starting all over again, a lot of new challenges, some great competition out here. We’ll see it all through training camp in our scheduled workouts with Jacksonville, Houston and Detroit. So, a lot of work to do.
We’re just going to take it one day at a time, try to go out there and accomplish things every day, try to continue to get better, improve on the things we need to work on. There are obviously a lot of things that we did in the spring that we made some progress on, and then there were a lot of things that we weren’t able to do because of the restrictions that we had in the spring that we’ll deal with here in training camp as it relates to contact and technique and leverage and that kind of thing that will be a big emphasis for us here in camp. Looking forward to getting going, but just take it one day at a time, try to put one foot in front in the other, build good fundamentals, build a good base and see where it takes us. It’ll be a long haul, but I think we’re all excited to get started.
Belichick answered a variety of questions on a bunch of different topics with the media. But one that really hit home hard with him was the topic of Sebastian Vollmer.
Vollmer if you recall, retired this past offseason.
“Yeah, Sebastian was a great player for us. He played a lot of football, played very well at a very young age for us his rookie year. He got some great players – [Dwight] Freeney, [Robert] Mathis, guys like that. Unfortunately, he didn’t play for us last year. He was here, but he never actually got to play. We’ve had kind of life without Sebastian on the field for a year.
Yes, we miss him, but we understand that’s the way it is in this game. So, he’s moved on and we wish him well. We appreciate everything he’s done for us. He was a great teammate, great player for us, and he came a long way in the time from when he was in Houston to his rookie year here and played a lot of great football for us on both sides of the line – left tackle and right tackle. Great player to coach, work with, tough, great teammate – a lot of respect for Seabass.”
One thing that Belichick loves is getting back into the football mindset. The one thing he always stresses is moving forward and looking at the future instead of reminiscing in the past.
This training camp is no different for the future Hall of Famer.
“Well, I don’t really think we’re going from scratch, Ben [Volin]. We’ve put a lot into the offseason program, put a lot into the spring. I think we’re at a point now where we’re ready to move into the next phase of it, and then there will be a later point in time we’ll move into another phase of it. So, this is where we are. We’ll hopefully make the most of the opportunities that we have going forward to put our team in the most competitive position. We have a lot of decisions to make and a lot of those will be made for us by the performance of the players and the team and so forth, but we’ll still be involved in that. So, it’s that phase of it, but yeah, it’s part of the team-building phase. It’s good to get going.
The New England Patriots open up training camp on Thursday.
The Patriots first four public practices will extend from Thursday, July 27 through Sunday, July 30, with morning practices each day beginning in the 9 o’clock hour. Exact times will be updated on the Patriots’ training camp website at a later date.
The Patriots Hall of Fame induction ceremony for Raymond Clayborn will take place on Saturday, July 29th. The event is free and open to the public with the location being right outside the doors of The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon.
The ceremony is expected to begin shortly after training camp practice concludes.