New Patriots safeties coach Steve Belichick spoke to the media for the first time Monday. (WEEI.com)
FOXBORO — After four years in the Patriots system, Steve Belichick was deemed ready to be a positional coach, as he was promoted to safeties coach this offseason.
“It means everything to me,” Belichick said in his first ever meeting with the media on Monday. “I’ve been around football my whole life so to have the support of the coaches and everybody else behind me to step up to a bigger role in this organization, I’m just excited about it.”
Steve is of course the son of Bill and they are continuing the family coaching tree as Bill learned from his dad, also Steve, when Steve coached at Navy from 1956-89.
The youngest Belichick said he’s wanted to be a coach since his first football play at four years old.
“I love my dad. He’s my role model. He’s my idol,” Belichick said. “I want to be just like him. I have since I knew what an idol was. It’s rewarding for me to be able to see him more and learn from him more because I’ve been away from him for high school and college.”
Belichick has done a number of different things with the team in his four years on the staff, working with every position. After playing four years of lacrosse at Rutgers, he walked on to the football team as a long snapper, playing with current Patriots Logan Ryan and Duron Harmon.
“They’ve been hard, but they’ve been a lot of fun,” he said. “I’ve learned a lot of stuff from a lot of smart people in this building. Players, coaches, everybody, so it’s been hard trying to learn everything and do stuff the right way, but it’s been awesome. I wouldn’t do anything differently.”
Added Belichick: “My responsibilities were helping us win. If that was breaking down film, that was throwing interceptions to the defensive players to make them feel good, that’s what I do. I’m here to win.”
He was a bit more open with the media than his dad is, especially when asked about wearing a hoodie, trademarked by his dad with the sleeves cut off.
“If I’m cold, I’ll put the hood up and warm my head up,” Belichick said. “It’s a good piece of clothing. I think everyone should have a hooded sweatshirt in their closet.”