Bill Belichick admits to still being nervous before every Patriots game
Bill Belichick admitted Friday during his final press conference before Sunday’s showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game that he still feels nervous ahead of games.
Belichick, as seasoned — and successful — a head coach as they come, described the “anxiety” that he feels “every week” ahead of kickoff.
“Nervous? Yeah, sure,” Belichick said, via the Boston Herald. “You want to go out there and do well. There’s an anxiety. We all have things in the game that we have to do. You want to perform them well and not let your team down because everybody’s counting on you to do your job and you’re counting on everybody else to do theirs.”
He added: “You don’t worry about everybody else. You just worry about doing what you can do and make sure you don’t screw up what you’re supposed to do, what you’re responsible for, because nobody else can do that. That’s your job, and we all have jobs to do. We all want to do them well.”
Sunday’s showdown with the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium marks Belichick’s 13th appearance in the AFC Championship Game. While there obviously is much more at stake in a game with a Super Bowl berth on the line, Belichick was quick to point out that said anxiety is not heightened by the situation.
“They all count in this league,” Belichick said. “Just let me know the next game that doesn’t matter so I can take that into account. Just let me know the ones that don’t matter, and I’ll make sure I don’t get excited for those.”
The Patriots enter Sunday’s AFC title game as underdogs, which is certainly not the norm for the dynastic team. Odds are Belichick did not play up that angle — or disregarded it entirely — and instead stuck with his usual mantra: Do your job.