Bill Belichick weighs in on Julian Edelman-Stephon Gilmore scuffle
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick not surprisingly was asked Wednesday morning about the the training camp scuffle between Julian Edelman and Stephon Gilmore. Even less surprising was that Belichick wasn’t interested in discussing the incident nor the possible consequences for the players at any length.
After the dust-up, Edelman and Gilmore were immediately kicked out of practice, which is believed to be a longstanding Belichick policy related to such incidents.
Belichick, though, denied he has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to in-practice fighting between teammates.
“I don’t know what the rules are,” Belichick said during his Wednesday morning press conference, via the Boston Herald. “I just try to coach the team the best I can.
“… I don’t know what rule that is. I do what I think’s right in all situations.”
When pressed further, Belichick, as he is wont to do when confronted by questions he doesn’t appreciate, dug in his heels.
“I do what I think’s best,” Belichick said, and later adding, “I’m not going to get into that” after being asked again about the incident.
Belichick seemed to have successfully shut down further inquiries by closing with a terse comment to the assembled media about how he’ll handle any potential discipline.
“Look, I’ll do whatever I do with the team,” he said. “It’s between me and the team — all discipline matters are. Hopefully you can respect that.”
Given his history, it’s hardly shocking that Belichick booted Edelman and Gilmore out of practice … nor should anyone be blown away by how the curmudgeonly coach wasn’t inclined to discuss it at length in any capacity, either. Belichick runs a tight ship and isn’t about to change his rigid and no-nonsense approach to running his team.