Bill Belichick advocated for more time with players during offseason at NFL owners meetings

Ryan Hannable
April 01, 2019 - 8:47 am

Last week it was learned Bill Belichick helped get the new instant replay rules regarding pass interference into motion at the NFL owners meetings, but that wasn't the only thing he was passionate about.

ESPN's Mike Reiss learned the Patriots coach advocated for more time with players during the offseason, and several coaches were pleased with Belichick taking the stance.

In 2011, when the CBA was revised, the offseason program was reduced by five weeks.

"I'm in total support of his position," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said to Reiss. "There's so much down time for these guys. I think there was a time when older players were bargaining for these breaks when they thought less was better. But these guys [today] love the game and want to be part of it. And we love coaching and helping them.

"The game would just be better if we were able to do that, and if we were in connection with them more, they would be healthier as well -- we could monitor their well-being. You don't even have to mandate that. Just give them the option."

Panthers coach Ron Rivera agreed, and said it meant a little more coming from Belichick.

"It has a tremendous amount of weight," Rivera said.

Added Carroll: "He's one of the soothsayers. He deserves that and has earned that. He’s been very active, and we all appreciate it."

Teams with new head coaches can begin their offseason programs Monday, while the other teams will need to wait until April 15.

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