Bill Belichick's favorite phrase is 'we'll see', but what does he really mean?

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PHOENIX — New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick met with reporters on Tuesday at the NFL’s annual coaches breakfast, and Jeff Howe of The Athletic tweeted a unique breakdown of how it unfolded.

Bill Belichick fielded 116 questions over 43 minutes this morning (2.7 questions per minute). He said 1,790 words, an average of 15.4 per response. His most frequent phrases were “we’ll see” (21 times) and “I don’t know” (13 times).

— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) March 26, 2019

Belichick, per the norm in this setting, was not especially talkative. There is no decisive word on whether the unofficial total of 21 “we’ll see” responses is a career high (this reporter only counted 20), but here is the breakdown with a little creativity added:

Question: How will the acquisition of defensive end Michael Bennett help the team?

What BB said:We’ll see when we get everyone out there and practice. We’ll see how it goes.”

What he means: I wasn’t investing a $6 million base salary in him this year without having an idea of how he’ll help — as a tough, physical end-of-the-line defender in certain packages who can reduce inside as a sub-rusher.

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