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What are your thoughts when you hear some of the players and coaches, who know the game a lot better than the fans, publicly suggest that the Pats cheated by taping signals and hence question the [authencity??] of the Pats SB titles?
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Personally I wonder where he thinks the game could be headed in the future, not so much re salary cap,etc but if he sees any trends in the game itself. For example emphasis on offense,defense, more teams being built around playing in domes, etc. Things along those lines.
And what was his favorite game he ever coached? Or the best game he ever coached? The worst? If he writes a book about football, what would the title be? How would he most like to be remembered in the NFL? As a winning coach, a fair one, a coach who changed the game...how would he most like to be remembered?
Or...if he could change just one thing about the game, what would it be, and why.
Keep trying guys....I liked Signbabybradys question - but he said he is going, so I cannot use his question.
Remember, the question cannot be specific as he is not going reveal inside information. He won't respond t personal questions either.
The key is to try to find a general question that will get him talking about the game itself like a true feel for what it's really like on draft day or how negotiations go for free agents when several teams are involved.
Looking for that winer of a question....
First, please let him know how honored we are to have him as our coach.
I don't know if this gets too specific but here goes: For the months leading up to the draft, we're always seeing prospects moving up and down draft boards. A projected 2nd-3rd round pick has some good workouts and he moves up into the 1st round. A player runs a slow 40 and he drops into the later rounds.
Does the team already have a good feel for players early in the process or is there drastic movement on their boards?
The dinner was awsome.
Good Food, small cozy setting in one of the luxary suites(one of the new ones added on), Bill was extremely entertaining, and we got an encore from Tippett.
Kirsch was also there too. It was cool to talk to him and I even joked with him how the media is getting so bad we have to turn to him (writes for the patriot run Patriot Football weekly and Patriots.com) for unbiased news and also the NFL network rather than ESPN or the Herald who are supposed be objective....He laughed.
Everyone got a chance to go up to Bill individually and get an autograph. I had him sign my SB 36 ticket. I asked him if he was going to the Celts tonite? He said he wasn't. Than I told him how excited about this upcoming season I was. He than said something like enjoy the Celts(enjoy present don't rush to future) and I was like I will but it is football 365 days a year and he laughed.
I took a picture with him and than he signed for the rest of the Fam and than we took a family picture.
I must say I was a little aw struck speaking to him. (and we did this last year too so it wasn't the first time)
They then served the food as the rest of the group went up.(about 40 people total) I had a filet mignon, those executive chefs at gillette are pretty good.
Than Kirsch introduced Bill and Bill spoke for 15-20 min and opened up to question and answer.
He was talking about how special it is to be A boston sports fan these days. Noting when he got here the Pats were in decline, the sox hadn't won in forever and the Celts in a long time. Now Sox won, Pats have been successful and the Celts now too.
He then went into a story about his trips to the Gahdan this year. Saying all the fans greeted him nicely. Talking about how they put his pic on the jumbotron to get a rise out of the crowd. He was saying that Flip Saunders came up to him in the fourth and said "Bill your killing us, everytime we get some momentum going they put your face up on the board and the crowd goes crazy and we lose some energy." and Bill said that that was his little tiny contribution. It was a pretty funny story.
He told another funny story which was prombted by the Question what was the funniest moment you've had on the field during a game.
Bill with uncanny recall went back to an 84 preseason game when he was the STs coach for the giants. He said they had a Kicker who was a roookie the year before and who had set rookie records for FG in year so they knew who their kicker was going to be but he had tweaked a muscle just before the final preseason game. So they decided not to kick him as a precaution. So they used the other guy. Well the game was close and they were down 2 points and got the ball back with minutes left. Drove into field goal range and had a chance to take the lead. The Steelers called a time out to ice the kicker and Parcells saw the kicker coming over to talk to BB and Parcells yelled over to BB saying what the hell is the kicker doing there is nothing to talk about no strategy we are down 2 we are kicking. BB had to talk to the kicker despite Parells confusion as to what they needed to talk about. Well turns out as you all know Parcells is very superstitous and the kicker came over to talk to BB about the fact that Parcells had always had him kick at the other goal posts and he never had kicked thru this one.
BB is laughing as he tells the story to.
So BB had to think quick of something to calm him down and came up with this.
He told the kicker there was a reason they always used the other one. He told him the one they always kicked into was 6 inches narower than the one they were kicking to know. He said the kicker looked at one post than the other and agreed and excitedly ran out and wound up kicking it thru.
Parcells asked BB what that was all about and BB just shruged it off.
But did joke that the kicker was than cut the next day.
He was really funny last night....he had another funny story too but it slips my mind right now. If I think of it I post it later.
My question to BB was....Can you call a play out as it would be called into Brady and than translate it for us. It was pretty cool to hear him call out the plays...He called a run play 34 toss power and broke it down 3 back to the 4 hole, its a toss, and the blocking scheme is power(there was a little more to it than just that but that was the jist of the run play). Than he broke down a pass play which was way more complicated and i won't attempt to try and write what he said as I will mess it up.
one story from Tippett.
I asked him what the biggest hit he remembers from his career?
And he said is was VS. the Jets ( It seemed like the playoff game in 86 but could have been regular season).
he said he got a free shot on Kenny Obrien the QB and he remembers it being a really nice hit and it had knocked the QB out of the game. He went on to say he didn't find out how bad it was till the Pro Bowl when he had gone out to eat with one of the Jets and the player was telling him how he had messed up their QB. Turns out the O'Brien was on the sidelines and they were going thru the plays and O'brien didn't get one play right...turns out he was calling plays from high school.
He hit the QB so hard he knocked him back to High School.
The cool thing about getting Tipp's autograph.......He know gets to sign HOF.
Such a fun night...I suggest anyone who is in the Pats extra points Visa reward program do this event.
"We go down to New Orleans, and ain't anybody give us a chance? Nobody! And what did we say to them?"