New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick does a lot of things well. He's won 185 games and three Super Bowls. But one thing he's never done is give up juicy sound bites to the media. The average Tom Brady pass hangs in the air longer than Belichick spends at a press conference podium on some days. But when Belichick does offer insight on an upcoming opponent, there's a common theme: He thinks they do a lot of things well.
He's used the phrase "they do a lot of things well" in nearly every news conference this season and often in previous seasons. (A clip search showed Belichick using the phrase since at least 2002).
When asked earlier this week about his thoughts on the San Francisco 49ers, who visit New England Sunday night, Belichick said, "They do a lot of things well. Coach [Jim] Harbaugh has done a great job."
There's evidence the cliché has spread. Last week, Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork was asked to give his thoughts on the Houston Texans, the Patriots' opponent."They're the best team for a reason. They do a lot of things well," he said.—Kevin Clark