Sean McVay wanted another crack at winning a Super Bowl after Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots got the better of the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII. Belichick believes the Rams will pay for moves McVay and the Rams made to win Super Bowl LVI.
Belichick also took a crack at the Buccaneers’ spending habits.
The Rams made several key free-agency acquisitions, such as Odell Beckham Jr., to win the Super Bowl. They followed up their Super Bowl hangover by downing another $431.5 million on deals to keep Cooper Kupp, Matthew Stafford, Allen Robinson, Aaron Donald, and Bobby Wagner in place before the 2022 season. $310 million of that was guaranteed.
The results in 2022 were devasting to the over-bloated Rams as they finished with a 5-12 record after Stafford’s injury–which led analysts such as Mike Florio to believe their front office regretted his deal. Wagner and Robinson are no longer with the Rams.
Bill Belichick calls the Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers “lesser” in 2023
Belichick used the Rams as an example of how heavy spending isn’t sustainable in the long term.
On Greg Hill’s show on WEEI, Belichick said the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Rams are examples of teams that will play well as a “lesser team” in 2023 due to heavy spending when they competed in their Super Bowl window. Belichick said he didn’t blame a front office for taking that approach but explained that doing so means teams can’t sustain continual success.
Here’s the transcription of Belichick’s comments via MassLive:
“Temporarily you can, but you can’t sustain it, no,” Belichick said. “You can’t sustain the 20 years of success that we sustained by overspending every year without having to eventually pay those bills and play with a lesser team. So I think if you look at the teams that have done that, that’s kinda where some of them ended up.
Jacksonville back in ‘14, the Rams are going through it, Tampa is going through it now. So, I’m not saying there’s anything right or wrong with it. It’s just a different way of doing things and there’s the results for doing that.”
Is Bill Belichick making a point to Robert Kraft with the Buccaneers?
One can read an excuse in Belichick’s comments. Rumors floated this offseason that Belichick is on the hot seat and has been on it ever since Tom Brady left the Patriots. Both the Rams and Buccaneers have won Super Bowls–the Buccaneers doing so with Brady–while Belichick hasn’t won a playoff game since defeating McVay’s Rams in the Super Bowl.
Where has the Patriots’ success and postseason sustainability been in the previous four seasons despite their frugality?
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