Bill Belichick

No Patriot games for coach Bill Belichick, whose voice continues to set the tone for championships

No Patriot games for coach Bill Belichick, whose voice continues to set the tone for championships

The greatest coach in the history of the modern NFL — a league designed to disband dynasties and exhaust the men attempting to maintain them — jostled a microphone into place and sighed.

“All right, well,” Bill Belichick said from a podium late last Saturday, “I thought that was a real good effort by our team tonight.”

A speaker system amplified his remarks, but his voice still barely reached the back of the small auditorium on the ground floor of Gillette Stadium. During a divisional playoff weekend marked by hysteria and histrionics, from the jubilation in Minnesota to the trash-talking from Jacksonville to the wagon-circling in Philadelphia, Belichick and his New England...

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