There are people around Bill Belichick who see him as an unyielding coach, with his intentions kept under wraps, and always having a determined look on his face. Bookmaker sportsbook services also see him as a very resolute individual who will not back down.
However, on Wednesday, DT Vince Wilfork said that the coach is not the same this time around as he goes to a Super Bowl for a sixth time. The player described Belichick as someone with a “soft heart”, who’s “more understanding”.
“I think Bill had to do a good job of that ever since I’ve been in the league because we’ve changed so much,” said Wilfork. “We were a veteran team. [Then] it was a younger team — at one point we were the youngest team in the league. So I think he had to try to find the identity in what works for that team. And I think he’s done a great job over the years of doing that.
“But at the end of the day, he is still Bill. He coaches the same way. He demands everything the same way. But I think he’s got a little soft heart now. Over time, he got a little softer, though.”
Wilfork, who in the draft of 2004 was chosen with the 21st pick, is currently playing in his 11th season with New England. Many fans can see that Wilfork and QB Tom Brady are the only players left on the Patriots’ roster who featured in Super Bowl XXXVIII – the game that finished off the season of ’04. Therefore, it’s safe to say that the DT got to know Belichick better as the years passed.
“Yeah, I’ve seen the difference in Bill in the 11 years that I have been here, and I tell him he is getting soft,” said the DT. “But this is a different era of football now — with how the team has shaped up and how a lot of guys are younger guys.
“You don’t really have that veteran team that he used to have. When I first came in the league, he had a veteran team that didn’t take much to get those guys going. But if I have to say anything, I think over the years he got a soft heart. He’s more understanding now.”
Patriots fans and bookmaker sportsbook services know that the Belichick is a real master in when it comes to coaching an NFL team, and they were very interested to learn more about his character.