Patriots coach Bill Belichick is known for only complaining a few words when asked by the media, but when asked what he likes to talk about, he can be the most articulate coach in the NFL. Few things are more talked about than football history.
So with the Patriots heading to Green Bay to take on the Packers on Sunday, Belichick delivered a lengthy speech on the Packers’ place in football history during Friday’s news conference.
“I talked about it on Wednesday, but I had the opportunity to show the team some great Packer players, coaches, [Curly] Rambo, so we all know who Rambo is. Saw him on the sidelines. [Clarke] Hinkle, [Cecil] Isbell, [Don] Hutson, great,” Belichick said. “There are some great players out there. Just connect the dots. There’s a lot of tradition out there, and a lot of tradition goes into Rambo. See these names on the stadium. “
Belichick talks about enjoying the Lambeau Field scoreboard while watching Packers movies.
“When you watch a movie, they play at home, like they did against the Bears, right? But, there’s a lot of other games to watch. Every time they show the scoreboard, there’s Hutson, right? huh? yes [Vince] Lombardy. There are Rambos. You’ll see those names after every game or actually before every game,” Belichick said. “Before every game on the scoreboard. Some of our players, they honestly don’t know who some of them are. I mean, this was 80 years ago or more. I mean, is the Rambo from 1921? For him about 100 years. Now he’s there, what, 25 years? Over 40? I forgot what his last year was, but it was there somewhere. But, I’m just saying, it’s just kind of, you’re going to see a lot of names, you’re going to see them on the pitch, see everybody talking about them. The stadium is named after him. Who is he? Who is Hutson? Bell Kobe, Hutson, Rambo, [Knute] Rocken, Notre Dame de Paris. I think there’s a lot of these players and coaches, and I’ve talked to coaches as well, you know, ‘I’ve heard, what’s all this connected to? It’s all fun. “
Belichick then details the Xs and Os of Curly Lambeau’s offense, and how Lambeau went from a powerhouse offense to the NFL’s best passing offense.
“Rambo took the Notre Dame box and it was a backcourt transformation, power football, nobody split, power game after power game after power game. That’s it, and then he got Hutson .. Then he got Isbell, then he got Hinkle, and then he quickly became “Air Lambeau”. Split Hutson, you never see it. So they actually had a split receiver, actually Run the passing pattern, the passing lanes. Isbell is a quarterback guard like they are, but he can throw. I mean, this guy is a great passer and Isbell Hutson The connection was good, very good. I mean, the best in football. Then they got Hinkle, who is a great runner. It’s not that Isbell can’t run, it’s that he doesn’t Like Hinkle. And then it became, Isbell can throw, Hinkle can run, so it’s a single-wing T, right? They don’t pass from a T, they’re a single-wing Formation passing. Isbell runs occasionally, but mostly Hinkle, and then when they want to throw, Isbell mostly throws to Hutson, but whoever it is.”
Next, Belichick explained how Hutson was such a good player from Alabama that two NFL teams signed him, causing the NFL commissioner to have to determine which team submitted the contract first. The NFL implemented the draft after that to determine how to allocate college players.
“And then the whole Hutson and draft story, like that was another huge story,” Belichick said. “The entire NFL draft is really the result of what happened to Hutson. Of course, all these guys were 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 postmarks, stamps and letters. Is he a giant? Is he a packer? Is he a giant? Is he a packer? Great receiver, certainly in that era. I’m sure he still plays a pretty big role in all the NFL history. It’s always interesting to look back.”
Belichick talks about the first time he saw the Packers in person, then explains the history of the Packers playing in Green Bay and Milwaukee.
“Yeah, preseason. Actually, when I was with the Lions, it was in Milwaukee. I actually went there and scouted them,” Belichick recalled. “So it’s two games in Milwaukee. If I have that right, it’s two games in Milwaukee, six games in Green Bay, or five games in Green Bay in a 14-game season. Something like that. In Milwaukee, of course you have both teams in midfield. The whole baseball setup. That was pretty common at the time. Now you have other baseball fields like Memorial Stadium in Baltimore or Cleveland Municipal Stadium with teams on opposite sides But like in Fenway and Minnesota and Milwaukee. We had two teams on the same sideline. Again, that’s another thing we saw today. It’s actually Detroit’s at a glance A game. But it’s like why are both teams on the same side of the field? But that’s a baseball field. But it’s quite, honestly, quite a scene there. The whole neighborhood, kind of uptown. And then All of a sudden, the stadium is like out of nowhere and you’re right here. That’s Green Bay. But the truth is, no matter how many years they’ve played in Green Bay, they’ve played two games in Milwaukee. It’s a national team. See all the cheese heads. It’s great.”
None of that history was important to the Patriots on Sunday, but Belichick said he took the time to make sure Patriots players and coaches were aware of that history this week because he believes the history of the game is everyone in the NFL should know.