Belichick & the Madden game

February, 2, 2012
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Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports writes on Patriots coach Bill Belichick, and the piece has the headline, "Bill Belichick is a coaching contrarian with a plan." Wetzel leads off by explaining how Belichick is the only head coach not to be part of "Madden."
Check out the rosters in the “Madden NFL Football ’12” video game and you’ll find 31 teams have their head coach listed by name; Tom Coughlin, Sean Payton, Mike McCarthy and so on.

Just one is missing: Bill Belichick. The New England Patriots have just the generic “NE Coach.” Why?

"I don’t know,” Belichick said.

Oh, he knows. He also knows the best contrarians don’t have to explain their plays against authority.

It’s this little item, like so many other little items Belichick prefers to keep as pseudo mysteries that shed light on how his public persona has developed, why he’s become the NFL’s most anti-establishment figure and even his choice in sideline fashion – his signature hooded sweatshirt – as he prepares for Super Bowl XLVI against the New York Giants on Sunday.

Wetzel then explains why Belichick isn't part of "Madden" and how he chose to wear his hoodie.

To read the piece, CLICK HERE.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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