New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick doesn’t open up about much, but the coach opened up at the AFC coaches meeting on Tuesday about the free agent signing of cornerback Darrelle Revis. According to a report by WEEI on March 25, Belichick says he is “looking forward” to working with Revis.
Belichick didn’t sound as excited as his owner Robert Kraft about the signing, but anyone who knows or have been around the stoic coach knows he doesn’t show much emotion when discussing players. During the annual meeting, Belichick did take some time to discuss his prize free agent.
“I think he’ll help our team. He’s a good player [who] does a lot of things well. We’re looking forward to working with him.”
The Patriots signed Revis after he was cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers almost a day after cornerback Aqib Talib signed with the Denver Broncos. Many speculated that the Patriots and Revis were working on the eventual signing for some time. Belichick, however, said the team wasn’t 100 percent sure Revis was going to be available.
“We try to keep tabs on all the players – we know the ones that are potentially [unrestricted free agents] going into the process, we know guys that are potentially non-tendered players. Some of those guys get signed back, some of them get tendered, some guys we think are going to get tendered don’t get tendered – there’s a little bit of movement there at the end and then some players get released.”
Fortunately for the Patriots, Revis was cut loose and wanted to play in New England just as much as the Patriots wanted him. Along with the acquisition of former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner, Belichick and the Patriots already have a vastly improved defense.
Belichick not only gets to coach a player the caliber of a Darrelle Revis, he is also coaching someone who publicly called him a jerk. Both Belichick and Revis have obviously discussed that and put it behind them. Now the coach and the player are just looking forward to see how it all comes together.
“Darrelle is a good player. We’ll see how it comes together with us, what his role is and how exactly he fits in our scheme and so forth. We’ll just have to see how that comes together.”
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