Bill Belichick on OMF details exchange with Adam Thielen: 'I have a lot of respect for him and the way he plays the game'

Ryan Hannable
December 03, 2018 - 3:54 pm

After Sunday's 24-10 win over the Vikings, Bill Belichick didn't really have much to say about his exchange on the field with Vikings receiver Adam Thielen, but he expanded a little bit more Monday.

Appearing on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria, Belichick said he doesn't really remember what happened, but noted he has a ton of respect for the Vikings wide out.

“I have a lot of respect for Thielen," he said. "He’s a great player. I don’t even really remember what happened. He’s a great player and it was around that fourth down call. I have a lot of respect for him and the way he plays the game and what he’s accomplished.”

In the fourth quarter, after a fourth-and-1 play for the Vikings was stopped close to the first down marker, Patrick Chung needed some assistance getting off the field, which gave the Patriots a chance to challenge the play. It ended up staying as called -- a first down -- but cameras caught Thielen and Belichick yelling at each other with the Patriots coach telling him to "shut the [expletive] up."

Thielen said no offense was taken, he just thought it was "cheap" that Chung needed help getting off the field, which gave the Patriots more time to look at the play.

The exchange prompted Tom Brady on Mut & Callahan to name a few Patriots players who weren't afraid to chirp back at Belichick, including Julian Edelman.

“Yeah, again, I have a ton of respect for Edelman and the way he competes," Belichick said. "Look, when you are with players for a long time — a lot of practices, a lot of years, a lot of games, sometimes you don’t always quite see the same way. In the end it is really about respect and getting to the end point that you want to get to. I think we all want to perform well and win games and see the team doing well. That’s where it ends up, but sometimes there is a difference of a opinion along the way, but usually that is [healthy]."

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