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Bill Belichick refers to Jets as 'another team' when recalling coaching path with Romeo Crennel

Ryan Hannable
August 16, 2017 - 11:27 am

Bill Belichick has never been a huge fan of the Jets since joining the Patriots before the 2000 season.

Belichick was named the head coach of the Jets in 1999, but after just one day resigned to become head coach of the Patriots. Ever since there's been a bit of animosity between the two organizations. 

On Wednesday, speaking before the joint practice with the Texans in West Virginia, Belichick was asked about Romeo Crennel, who is currently the assistant head coach with the Texans and what he has meant to him.

Considering Belichick coached with him in the early 1980s with the Giants, then with the Patriots in the mid 1990s, followed by the Jets in the late 1990s, and finally back to the Patriots from 2001-04, Belichick had a lot of praise, but within his answer he wouldn't name the Jets as a team they coached together with, instead referring to them as "another team."

"Well, Romeo and I started together at the Giants in special teams, so he and I coached special teams together and then we coached defensively together through 1990," he told reporters. "We worked at the Patriots together, then another team, and then back with the Patriots in 2001. I’ve relied on him through the years, both with our team when I worked with him, but even at times outside when we could help each other and it wasn’t a conflict in competitiveness. He’s helped me with a lot of things.

"I’ve learned a lot from the way he handles players, teaches, the fundamentals that he teaches, his preparation. Romeo works hard, he’s very well prepared, a sound football coach. He doesn’t necessarily try to out-scheme everybody, but his fundamentals and the basics and things you need to do to have a good football team and win are important. When I was in New England in 2001 when Coach [Dick] Rehbein died in preseason, Charlie [Weiss] and I handled the offense and kind of handled the quarterbacks there. I turned the whole defense over to Romeo and that was a great year for us defensively in 2001. Examples like that where I've really leaned heavily on him and he always came through.

"[He's] a really good football coach, a good person and did a great job of bringing along some of our younger coaches, coaches like Josh McDaniels and Brian Daboll, guys like that, that were on our staff that he taught and helped teach to become great football coaches who have carried on his legacy and many of the fundamentals and beliefs he has have transferred to them."

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