Bill Bellick has expressed his support for Matt Patricia and Joe Judge as the Patriots prepare to open their season

In 2009, the 57-year-old Belichick stated, “I’m not going to be like Marv Levy and the coach in my ’70s, I know it.”

“I wish I hadn’t said that,” Belichick said Thursday in a phone interview from Florida. “Maybe I was thinking about what I would feel. Now, there is what I am already feeling, and these are two different things. That was not one of my best statements.”

Patriots missiles open Sunday in MiamiBelichick’s 23rd season as New England coach. The Patriots went 10-7 last year, then were blown away by the Bills in the playoffs.

The pre-season for New England 2022 was not that impressive. Can no longer count on Tom Brady or trusted assistants Nick Caserio (Texas general manager), Josh McDaniels (Rayers head coach), Dante Scarnicia, and Ernie Adams (both retired), Belichick put a bull’s-eye on his back, refusing to name coordinators and assign friends Failed close associates/coaches Matt Patricia and Joe Judge to take charge of sophomore quarterback Mac Jones.

“I think they are both good coaches,” Belichick said. “In the end, it’s my responsibility, as it always is. So if things don’t go well, blame me.”

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Matt Patricia, Joe Judge and Bill Belichick (left to right) on the sidelines during their pre-season game against the Giants last month.Barry Chen / Globe Staff

It’s as if Patriots fans and the media are already blaming Belichick. The Hoodie hasn’t faced that kind of scrutiny since the Patriots season opener, when he finished 5-11 with Drew Bledsoe in the middle.

The continuous talking head click sound like this: The game has changed. The NFL has passed the bill. He’s too old to keep doing that.

“That’s their opinion,” Belichick said. I will not argue with them. I don’t follow it. Everyone has the right to express their opinion.

“A lot of complementary things have been said. When things aren’t complementary, I don’t really worry about those things one way or the other. There’s a lot of posting time, broadcasting, blogging and everything other than the actual news.”

“So there are a lot of opinions and a lot of things out there. I don’t know how much it is worth posting. It is the world we live in.”

How about the fact that Patricia and Judge have no experience calling offensive plays?

“I don’t see it any different from what it has been in the last 22 years,” Belichick said. “Look at the other attack coordinators. We had Charlie [Weis]. Then Josh. He had never called offensive plays. Billy O’Brien [who succeeded McDaniels] Not called plays in the NFL. Josh is back. We have changed coaches in each region several times.

Defensively, Matt Patricia never called the plays. Then he won a couple Super Bowls. Brian Flores [who succeeded Patricia] He has never had contact with plays. This worked just fine. Steve [Belichick] Defenses called.

“We were in a very high place statistically last year. Obviously we didn’t play well in the Buffalo game and in the other two games, but I wouldn’t say we had a bad year defensively. At least not statistically.

“We have a lot of coaches who had no previous experience and it worked out well with most of them, but not all of them.”

According to Belichick, the same goes for player personnel managers.

“Whether Scott Bewley left, Nick left or Dave Ziggler left. Matt Groh came and did a great job. Love working with him, Elliot. [Wolf, director of scouting]and staff.”

Did Belichick look around and wonder where everyone went, and how the people around him got so young?

“Sure,” said the coach. Scott O’Brien [retired special teams coach]. Ernie. romeo [Crennel] retired و. Dante. Fitness Trainer [Bill] to cut. There are a lot of people who have retired and it is a very important part of my football career. But it all comes down to Brian [Belichick] And Stephen and the young coaches on our crew. This keeps you young.”

Does Belichick have people asking him when he will retire?

“I get the question from time to time,” he said. “I don’t really think about it. For me, it’s about this year. Worry about next year next year. I don’t really think about next year or five years from now. I have a lot of work to do trying to help the team in any way I can and make us A good, competitive team, which I think we are. But we have to prove it.”

Turning 70 inspired Belichick to become healthier.

“I have two people here who are helping me with that,” he said. “Musa [Cabrera, head strength and conditioning coach] It works hard for me. I lost a few pounds this year, so I’m not as fat as I used to be.”

Belichick ranks third on the NFL’s all-time winning list with 321 (regular season and playoff). Papa Bear George Halas (324) should pass to finish second this season and have a chance to catch and pass Don Shula (347) with a few more seasons.

The date is important to the cover. His father, who was a life coach, spent 33 years at the US Naval Academy. Young Bell grew up breaking the game with coach Steve Belichick and had multiple opportunities to interact with NFL giants Paul Brown and Halas.

“I had respect for all these men, especially these two men,” Belichick said. “And Coach Shula.”

How is Belichick different now? What did he learn from all these years as head coach, when he returned to Cleveland in 1991?

“This is difficult,” he said. “I learn every day. I try to improve every day. I think it’s a very gradual process. Every year is different. Some things that apply in one year don’t apply in the next. I’ve been lucky and had a lot of great coaches in my crew.”

Does he see himself training in his 80s?

“I learned my lesson in that,” he said with a laugh. “One year at a time.”


Dan Shaughnessy is a columnist for The Globe. He can be reached at daniel.shaughnessy@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter Tweet embed.