Bill Belichick knows good coaching when he sees it.

Oct 16, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens during a game against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Celtics defeated the Sixers 111 to 91. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Brad Stevens is someone Bill Belichick respects a great deal. (Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports)

Bill Belichick knows good coaching when he sees it.

And in Brad Stevens, he sees a coach he once was. You’d think it’d be Stevens looking for advice from the Patriots head coach. But on Sunday, Belichick admitted he is the one who has bent the ear of the Celtics’ floor boss for some wisdom.

Stevens turns 40 on Oct. 22 and is entering his fourth season as Celtics coach. When Belichick was 39 (in 1991), he was in his first season as an NFL head coach.

On Friday, Belichick had a chance to chat with Stevens, along with Bruins head coach Claude Julien at his own foundation’s fundraiser at the Seaport World Trade Center.

“Brad and I talked about a lot of things that are just coaching related,” Belichick said in a Sunday conference call. “Obviously, the sports are different. I don’t know anything about basketball and he doesn’t know much about football so it’s really not about X’s and O’s and that kind of thing, but you know, more of the other parts of coaching; preparation, training, team work, teambuilding, confidence, communication, players relationships and so forth.

“Obviously, we’re in the same business of taking more people to training camp than we can keep on the roster and then managing a roster and dealing with all of the things that happen during the year with that roster, whether that’s bringing other guys on to the team, trades, and so forth and so on. We’ve chatted about a lot of those things.

“He has given me a lot of insight and I’d say some of the players that they get are a little younger than the guys we get on average. They’re coming out of college after one year; we get them after three years or four. Just the transition from college to pro which he obviously has a lot of experience with , coming to the New England area – for most players that’s an adjustment. We don’t get too many guys from this area, so all the things like that.”

Stevens, in one sense, is actually on an even faster path to success than Belichick. Stevens got his team to the playoffs in his second and third years. Belichick didn’t make the playoffs until his fourth season in Cleveland. Belichick won a playoff game that year against the Patriots before being eliminated by the Steelers.

Belichick has maintained a close relationship with Boston coaches over his 17 years in New England, starting with the likes of Terry Francona and Doc Rivers in the 2000s. He spent time with Julien during the Winter Classic last December as the Bruins prepared to take on the Canadiens. He also attended several Bruins playoff games during their runs to the Stanley Cup in 2011 and ’13.

Last spring, Belichick was courtside watching Stevens’ Celtics end their playoff drought with wins over the Hawks in Games 3 and 4.

“I’ve gotten to know Brad over the last couple of years,” Belichick said. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for what he has done, taking a young team, a team that you barely knew the names of some of the players on the team and in a couple of years has built them into a strong team. Last year they played very competitively in the playoffs. It was fun to go over there and watch them.”

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia
Marcus Cannon

Marcus Cannon

We got into some of the snap counts for the 2016 team through three games in our weekend notes, but we figured we could always go a little deeper. Here’s a look at the six players who have played every possible snap this season: on offense, it’s linemen Marcus Cannon, Joe Thuney and David Andrews. On defense, it’s cornerback Malcolm Butler, linebacker Jamie Collins and safety Devin McCourty, In addition, Logan Ryan, Shaq Mason, Nate Solder, Jacoby Brissett, Martellus Bennett, Cameron Fleming and Jimmy Garoppolo are the seven other guys who can boast of having gone wire-to-wire in at least one of the three games this year.

Overall, here are the snap leaders on both sides of the ball through three games:

215 offensive snaps
Cannon — 215 (100 percent)
Thuney — 215 (100 percent)
Andrews — 215 (100 percent)
Bennett — 212 (99 percent)

196 defensive snaps
Collins — 196 (100 percent)
McCourty — 196 (100 percent)
Butler — 196 (100 percent)
Ryan — 188 (96 percent)
Patrick Chung — 184 (94 percent)

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price
Marcus Cannon

Marcus Cannon

We got into some of the snap counts for the 2016 team through three games in our weekend notes, but we figured we could always go a little deeper. Here’s a look at the six players who have played every possible snap this season: on offense, it’s linemen Marcus Cannon, Joe Thuney and David Andrews. On defense, it’s cornerback Malcolm Butler, linebacker Jamie Collins and safety Devin McCourty, In addition, Logan Ryan, Shaq Mason, Nate Solder, Jacoby Brissett, Martellus Bennett, Cameron Fleming and Jimmy Garoppolo are the seven other guys who can boast of having gone wire-to-wire in at least one of the three games this year.

Overall, here are the snap leaders on both sides of the ball through three games:

215 offensive snaps
Cannon — 215 (100 percent)
Thuney — 215 (100 percent)
Andrews — 215 (100 percent)
Bennett — 212 (99 percent)

196 defensive snaps
Collins — 196 (100 percent)
McCourty — 196 (100 percent)
Butler — 196 (100 percent)
Ryan — 188 (96 percent)
Patrick Chung — 184 (94 percent)

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

Here’s a quick sampling of what some of the national analysts were saying about the Patriots on Sunday before the action kicked off.

Boomer Esiason

Boomer Esiason

Here’s a quick sampling of what some of the national analysts were saying about the Patriots on Sunday before the action kicked off.

Bart Scott on CBS on the Patriots’ coaching staff: “We hear a lot about Josh McDaniels and he deserves a lot of credit. But let’s give some love to Matt Patricia. Let’s talk about that defense pitching a shutout against the Houston Texans offense that was pretty prolific. … And let’s talk about him as a possible head coach in this league. Matt Patricia might deserve a shot too.”

Chris Simms on CBS on the Patriots: “At the end of the day, what still amazes me — forget the quarterback situation. New England is a phenomenal team.”

Boomer Esiason on CBS on the state of the running game in the NFL: “I would tell you the three top guys right now … it has to be (LeGarrette) Blount, (DeAngelo) Williams and Matt Forte. But they’re all over 30. Will they make it the entire season? That’s the big question.”

Marshall Faulk on the NFL Network on the Patriots and Bill Belchick: “Bill Belichick has shown us you think it’s about quarterbacking – it’s about coaching in this league. And if you coach the right way and you teach players, you win.”

For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price
Boomer Esiason

Boomer Esiason

Here’s a quick sampling of what some of the national analysts were saying about the Patriots on Sunday before the action kicked off.

Bart Scott on CBS on the Patriots’ coaching staff: “We hear a lot about Josh McDaniels and he deserves a lot of credit. But let’s give some love to Matt Patricia. Let’s talk about that defense pitching a shutout against the Houston Texans offense that was pretty prolific. … And let’s talk about him as a possible head coach in this league. Matt Patricia might deserve a shot too.”

Chris Simms on CBS on the Patriots: “At the end of the day, what still amazes me — forget the quarterback situation. New England is a phenomenal team.”

Boomer Esiason on CBS on the state of the running game in the NFL: “I would tell you the three top guys right now … it has to be (LeGarrette) Blount, (DeAngelo) Williams and Matt Forte. But they’re all over 30. Will they make it the entire season? That’s the big question.”

Marshall Faulk on the NFL Network on the Patriots and Bill Belchick: “Bill Belichick has shown us you think it’s about quarterbacking – it’s about coaching in this league. And if you coach the right way and you teach players, you win.”

For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

It appears there won’t be any further clarity on the Patriots quarterback situation until the middle of the week.

The boys get into the media and how they cover the Pats. It's not always easy covering Belichick and a team that will not give any substance to reporters, but things could be worse.

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The guys discuss the upcoming week for the Patriots with the Bills coming to town.