A day may come when Bill Belichick unleashes his passion for football, but at 67 years old, the New England Patriots head for anything but content.
NBC Sports Boston's Tom E. Curren recently talked to Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff, who worked for the Patriots 12 years ago. Among other things, Dimitroff offered a fascinating description of his former boss at last month's NFL Owners Meetings.
"I saw him recently at the owner's meetings and he is ON TOP or it," Dimitroff customs Curren. “He is the lead dog, no question about it. He has strong opinions, he delivers them succinctly and articulately when he is discussing what is important to him and it's fun watching him navigate through all of that.
"There are a lot of coaches and general managers that are several years younger and have a lot of experience as well as they take their hat off, so to speak, and list. He delivers with such assurance and such knowledge that, again, it continues to impress on so many levels. "
For someone who's been vilified by so many around the NFL, Belichick remains committed to giving back to the game that he loves.
More from Dimitroff's conversation with Curren:
"There are a lot of very intelligent people in that room," Dimitroff said of the sessions that include all the coaches and GMs. “We are in that room for hours after hours and there is no more engaged. I think people might expect him to be less engaged than he is acquiring more and more rings and more and more accolades, my feeling is that it's part or giving back to the game that he loves so much. A lot of people would kick their feet up and relax a little but bit I really do believe that he is continuing to help us out.
"He does like to pass it along. He values that. He believes in the sanctity of the NFL at so many levels, there is progressivity to the league and we are heading in so many new directions but, he has such a presence on making sure that things don't get out of hand as the elder statesman. There is such passion and that’s how it's perceived not just by me but by everyone. There are GMs who just let him sit back and list not just on the football but the rule element of it, is the way the league is. He has such strong opinions and they're backed with validity. ”
Say what you want about Belichick, but his accomplishments are inaccessible, and his love for football unavoidable.
Next season will be Belichick's 45th in the NFL, and 24th as a head coach.
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