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Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski Show Support for Bill Belichick



New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick congratulates Julian Edelman, after defeating the Atlanta Falcons in overtime at the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. The Patriots defeated the Falcons 34-28. The Dynasty. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski are familiar with being at the Super Bowl. The two have seven combined championship rings between them. The former football players have become NFL analysts in retirement, among other gigs. This week they are making the media rounds leading up to Super Bowl 58.

Edelman and Gronkowski were guests on Chasin’ It with Case Daniels & Trey Wingo. In addition to promoting Bounty paper towels, the duo discussed several other topics. This included the upcoming game, comparing Patrick Mahomes to Tom Brady, Brock Purdy receiving criticism, and their former head coach, Bill Belichick. Specifically, they were asked why Belichick did not land an NFL head coaching job this offseason.

The New England Patriots greats believed Belichick’s unemployment said more about NFL teams than about the coach.

Not Every Organization Is Trying To Win

“It just tells me that not everyone’s really about winning in this league if you’re not gonna hire Bill Belichick,” reasoned Edelman. “It’s crazy. I mean, yeah he’s tough. He’s a force to work with. But any team that brings him in instantly, gets like 35% better just off the rip because of the amount of knowledge he knows, the amount of experience he has.

“He’s seen everything through the game. And yes, he’s had his struggles these last couple of years, but this is a quarterback league, okay. You got to find a quarterback regardless of where you are. And he wasn’t able to do that.”

Julian Edelman expressed affection for the only NFL head coach he ever played for.

“He’s like the older uncle or principal that you liked. He gave you some wisdom here and there, but you’re scared of because you know he always kept you on thin ice. Because you always had to be prepared around him.

“So it just tells me that the league ain’t…not every organization is trying to win.”

Winning Is Fun

Co-host Trey Wingo, expanding on Edelman’s uncle comparison, pointed out to Rob Gronkowski that Bill Belichick wouldn’t be considered the “fun uncle.”

“He’s not the fun uncle, but he’s the uncle that’s gonna put you in the best situation to win a game though. So, therefore, after you win, there’s always a lot of fun.”

As for Belichick not coaching in the NFL for the first time in a half-century, Gronkowski is surprised, though said it might be for the best.

“I can’t believe that he doesn’t have a head coaching job, but I think it’s happening for a reason. It’ll be good for Coach Belichick if he actually sits out a year, goes and enjoys himself, personally. I mean, he’s put his time into the NFL, by far, coaching 50 years straight. And let me tell you, he knows the game inside and out better than anyone I’ve ever been around. No doubt about that. And if he takes a year off, gets rejuvenated, comes back next year, accepts a head coaching job, and like Julian (Edelman) said, that team becomes better instantly.”

“He’s the best coach in the game that’s available,” Gronkowski explained. “And if you want to win, you hire Coach Belichick as your coach.”

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