Context: As difficult as it is to release a guy, what’s the experience like to tell a guy who is fighting for a roster spot that he has made the 53-man roster?
“It’s a good moment, but it’s a castle in the sand. It could be gone very, very quickly.”
“As much as you want to say “Nice job. You made the team,” they’re not a permanent fixture on the team.”
“You keep your job by earning your job on a day-to-day basis.”
“…Players, younger players especially… they make the roster… then feel like they don’t have to do as much or that they’ve kind of arrived at a certain point, and a few weeks later other players pass them by and their situation changes.
That’s not uncommon at all.”
“The competition level is moving up now, not down.”
“Some players will rise with that, that competiveness. Competition will push them up. Some of them, it doesn’t work that way.”
“They’re here… as long as they’re doing their job and they’re dependable, and reliable, and consistent and improving.”
“Mental toughness, consistency, resiliency, dependability, being able to do it day after day after day at high level”
“Once that curve starts to head the other way, I would say it probably isn’t going to last too long.
If they can’t figure that out, then they’re probably going to suffer the consequences.”
Bill Belichick | 09/03/2016 | Press Conference