What John Lynch learned in just 3 weeks on the Patriots roster

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday February 16, 2017


Photo credit: TampaBay.com

John Lynch only spent the final three weeks of his playing career with the Patriots, but he got an inside look into how things work and how Bill Belichick holds everyone accountable.

Lynch recently joined The MMQB’s podcast with Peter King in a wide-ranging interview, mostly about his new job as 49ers GM. Lynch joined the Patriots in August 2008, as the Pats were coming off a 16-0 regular season and Super Bowl loss. Lynch was released a few weeks in and retired, but he Lynch shared about those first few days and the impact. It's what he wants to see in San Francisco.

“I got a glimpse. At the end of my career, I went to New England. It was only three weeks, but it gave me a great image of why they’re so successful. It was my second day, and we had a rookie show the night before. So my first day, the rookies are spoofing Belichick, it’s really good stuff. Gosh, these guys really do have personality. Everybody says there’s no personality. It was hilarious. Bill took it well.

“But the next day, he came in — my second day on the job, I’m learning the playbook, sitting next to Matt Patricia, Vrabel and Bruschi, Rodney Harrison in the vet row. Belichick comes in, ‘Great stuff last night, fellas, but we’ve got some stuff to do, and I’ve got some stuff to get off my chest’ — and he’s not using ‘stuff.’ ‘And it starts with you,’ and he points right at Brady.

“I’m thinking, wow, what’s going on here? Tom had made the cardinal sin on his radio show and talked about an injury. He had a stress fracture in his foot. Belichick proceeded to air him out for 15 minutes. ‘You used to be tough, Brady. You used to win. Now you’re more interested in dating supermodels.’ With that, I’m thinking, night after the rookie show, everyone’s in a good mood, Bill was laughing five minutes ago, so he must be joking. So I burst out in laughter, and the whole room stops and look at me like, are you nuts? Patricia grabs my arm like, ‘What are you doing?’ Belichick peeks out.

“(At night), Bill’s got it set up that his guy Bear sits there, and to leave the office, you’ve got to basically clock out and go by Belichick’s office. It’s 1 o’clock in the morning. I met with Dom Capers, trying to get the system down. I walked really fast to try to get back, and right as I’m opening the door, Bear says, ‘John, Bill wants to see you.’

“I went in there, and said, ‘Coach, I’m so sorry. I thought you were joking.’ He says, ‘Did you like that?’ The moral of the story, he’s still coaching Tom Brady incredibly hard. That’s another quality in these guys. They never want to stop.”

Listen to the whole interview below: 

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with CoachingSearch.com and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News, MLive.com, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to chris@coachingsearch.com.