Miller: Belichick Wins Three Games A Year By Himself

Players win games, former Patriot Josh Miller says, but Belichick is different – and so is the culture he's created

Taz and the Moose
November 08, 2018 - 10:15 am

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When former NFL punter Josh Miller signed with the Patriots in 2004 – this after spending eight years with the Steelers – he knew immediately that he was someplace…different.

The culture that Bill Belichick created had a lot to do with that.

“It was probably just listening to the way he spoke to the guys,” Miller said on Taz & The Moose. “It was actually before that, I apologize. My locker was next to Brady. You start hearing all the veterans in there, and I knew a couple of them. I was good friends with Tedy Bruschi, Willie McGinest, Junior Seau – they command locker rooms. So you look at other teams (and what they do), that stuff doesn’t fly over there. What Belichick does, he has unbelievable freedoms that he gives the veterans and the captains, but he really makes them police their own stuff. Belichick, he’s a little old school. He's so old school he’s like, ‘This is your locker room. You can have it any way you want. I’m leaving it up to you.’ So he gives them great freedoms.”

Miller arrived in New England the same year as Corey Dillon.

“No one wanted this kid in there,” Miller said. “No disrespect to Corey Dillon because it turns out he was a nice guy, a great team guy. But at the time, he was going through such trouble in Cincinnati – no surprise, where it’s a circus – and everyone was like, ‘He won’t fit here.’ But because of that senior leadership, because of the captains, he fit right in. Bill is marvelous also with this, too: He gets guys that have to be good, and once they prove that they’re good, he gets rid of them.”

Belichick has won five Super Bowls for New England and played in two others. It’s no accident. He has a system – and it works.

“He brings guys that either want to win a ring and pays them nothing and they’re toward the end of their career so they’re going to go there and listen to everything he says – or he gets the troublemakers that failed three drug tests, that have been arrested six times, but guess what? Now they have to prove they can play the game, so he’ll take them that year,” Miller said. “He just gets it. He knows how to do it. He takes guys that flat out are . . . desperate, and he knows how to mold them. It’s just mind-boggling what he does and how he does it. It’s working. 

“The guy will win you three games a year,” Miller continued. “Players win games. That’s absolutely true. But Belichick, out of all the coaches I’ve ever had, he’ll win you three games (by himself). He’s absolutely brilliant.”