Media Antagonist Bill Belichick Delivers 1,500-Word Dissertation on Long Snappers in Rare Interview

Published 09/18/2021, 8:51 PM EDT


 

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Bill Belichick waxes lyrical in 1,500-word discourse on long snappers

It’s an interesting conversation. One that’s really, I would say, honestly during the course of my coaching career, has kind of traveled that long and winding road from when I came into the league. First of all, there were no long snappers, but the specialists, the kickers and the punters were frequently position players, and that’s where they came from in college as well, so a lot of the good college punters and place kickers also played a position.”

“Then as time evolved, starting with like [Pete] Gogolak and guys like that, you know, they specialized in kicking, and then you had some of the punters that specialized in punting, so players like Danny White and Tom Tupa and guys like that who were very good position players, you know, Gino Cappelletti, that evolved into specialists because of, I would say, the importance of the kicking game the number of plays that the kicking game and opportunities that it provided. Same thing with returners. There were very few just pure returners,” Belichick said via the team’s official transcript.

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Dec 10, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (middle) looks on from the sidelines with head coach Bill Belichick (right) after being replaced in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

But that was not where the Patriots coach drew the line. He further went on to conclude saying, “It’s really interesting, and I’d say if you look at the evolution of those positions since I’ve been in the league, but even a little bit before then, because that’s really where it started to go was in the late sixties.”

“I think [Pete] Gogolak was the first, or one of the first, where that trend really started to, okay, we’re just going to keep a guy, and all he does is kick. [Garo] Yepremian and guys like that. That’s all they did. That was a little bit unusual, but you know, gradually that has become the new normal.”

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