Bill Belichick breaks into football history as the Patriots travel to Green Bay

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick has a reputation for nagging just a few words when asked by the media, but he can be the most vocal coach in the NFL when asked about a topic he enjoys talking about. There are few topics that Belichick enjoys talking about more than football history.

So with the Patriots traveling to Green Bay to face the Packers on Sunday, Belichick gave a long talk about the Packers’ place in football history at his Friday press conference.

“I spoke about this Wednesday, but I had the opportunity to show the team some of the great Packer players and coaches, [Curly] Lambo, so we all know who a Lambo is. I saw him on the sidelines. [Clarke] henkel, [Cecil] espel, [Don] Belichick said. “Some great players out there. Just connect the dots a little bit there. A lot of tradition there, a lot of tradition going to Lambo. Seeing those names on the field.”

Belichick has spoken of enjoying seeing the Lambeau Field scoreboard when he watches the Packers movie.

“When you watch a movie, and they play at home, which they did against the bears, right? But, there are a lot of other games to watch. Every time they show the scoreboard, there’s a Hatsune, isn’t it? There? [Vince] Lombardy. There is a lambo. “You see the names literally after every play, or actually, before every play,” Belichick said. “Before every shot on the scoreboard. Some of our players, frankly, don’t know who some of these people are. I mean, that’s 80 years ago or more. I mean, Lambo started in 1921? About 100 years for him. Now he’s there, what, 25 years? Mid forties? Forgot what his last year was, but somewhere in there. But, I’m just saying, he’s just kind, you see a lot of names, you see them in the stadium, you see everyone talking about them. The stadium is named after him. Who is this Who is Hutson?Bear Bryant, Hutson, Lambo, [Knute] Rokney, Notre Dame. I think there are a lot of these players and coaches, I’ve talked to coaches about this as well, you know, “I’ve heard about it, where does all this kind of connect?” Everything is interesting. “

Belichick then showed a detailed knowledge of the X and Os offenses of Curly Lambeau, and how Lambeau turned from a power-running offense into the NFL’s best-passing offense.

“Lambo took the Notre Dame chest, which was a backcourt turnaround, strong football, no one ever broke off, playing power after playing on power after playing on power. That’s what it was and then he got Hutson. And then he got Isbell and then He got Hinkle and then quickly became “Air Lambeau”. Split Hutson, you never saw that before. So they actually had split receivers, actually running traffic patterns, passing roads. Espel were, as they all were, back players, but he He could throw. I mean, this guy was so trans and the Ezel-Hutson connection was good, and he was really good. I mean, the best in football. Then they got Hinkle, and Hinkle was a great runner. Not that Isbell couldn’t run, but not Like Hinkle could. Then it kind of became, Isbell could throw, Hinkle could run and so the T was from the single wing, right? Instead of handing the ball out from the T formation, they delivered it from the one wing formation. Isbell ran occasionally. , but most of the time it was Hinkle, and then when they wanted to throw, Ispel would throw at Huts Wen in the first place, but whatever.”

Next, Belichick explained how Hutson was such a great player to get out of Alabama that two NFL teams signed him, leading the NFL commissioner to select the team that offered his contract first. The NFL then implemented the draft to determine how college players would be allocated.

“And then the story of Hutson and the whole draft of the story, that’s another great story,” Belichick said. “The entire NFL Draft is really the result of putting in Hutson. And of course all of these people have been drafted, or involved in the draft, every single one of them. Why do we have a draft? Hutson. That’s why we have a draft. We have a postmark and postage stamps and letters. Is he a giant? Is he Packer? Is he a giant? Is he packer? Well, he is packer. Maybe betting on him was worth it. The greatest receiver in football history and certainly of that era. I’m sure he still plays a key role in all the stats in FA history American football. It’s always fun to look back.”

Belichick spoke about the first time he saw the Packers in person, then explained the Packers’ history of playing in both Green Bay and Milwaukee.

“Yeah, pre-season game. No. It was actually in Milwaukee when I was with the Lions. I actually went out there and explored them,” Belichick recalls. “So it was two games in Milwaukee. If I had that right, it was two games in Milwaukee, six games in Green Bay, or five games in Green Bay in a 14-game season. Something like this. In Milwaukee, of course you had both teams in position The field The whole baseball setup. Which was fairly common in those days. Now you have other baseball stadiums like Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, or Cleveland’s local stadium where the teams were on opposite sides. But as here in Fenway and Minnesota and Milwaukee. We had Both teams are on the same sideline. Again, that was another thing we saw today. That was a look at it, it was actually a game in Detroit. But why are both teams on the same side of the field? But those were baseball fields. But honestly, it’s Great scenery there. All, the community, it’s kind of a residential area. And then all of a sudden the stadium looks like it’s coming out in the middle of nowhere and there you are. This is Green Bay. But the fact that they played two games away from Green Bay even though they’ve done so for many years, has It was very few in Milwaukee.It’s really a country team.See all the cheese.It’s great. “

None of that date will matter much to the Patriots on Sunday, but Belichick said he took the time to make sure the Patriots players and coaches know the date this week, seeing as the history of the game is something everyone in the NFL should know.

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