By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston
BOSTON (CBS) — “What are we doing?”
It’s a phrase that rings out within Julian Edelman’s head, even now in retirement. It’s a phrase of disbelief, dismay, and disgust that was uttered numerous instances by head coach Invoice Belichick throughout Edelman’s decade-plus tenure in New England. A foul mistake, a missed task, a psychological error — a predictable response.
What are we DOING?
So, when the Patriots turned the ball over twice and dedicated eight penalties for 84 yards in Sunday’s Week 1 loss to the Dolphins, Edelman knew that Belichick may have solely had one response.
“What are we doing? Sorry, I had a psychological nightmare, as a result of I heard it so many instances,” Edelman stated Tuesday evening on Inside The NFL. “What he used to say was, principally, “What are we doing out right here?” when there was any type of dangerous fundamentals, dangerous soccer.”
Edelman shared that Belichick had a few mantras. One was that the coach felt he was “on a mission to stomp out dangerous soccer.” Belichick additionally used to push the credo that “you possibly can’t win till you retain from dropping.”
“He was on a mission, as he would quote, to stomp out dangerous soccer. And to guide into that he would at all times be like, ‘What — what are we doing out right here?’” Edelman shared. “New England goes, they’ve eight penalties,  yards. We all know that you would be able to’t win till you retain from dropping, proper? That’s what Invoice at all times says: You possibly can’t win till you retain from dropping, so you realize they’re gonna hear it for that. After which additionally two fumbles, the final one on the [9-yard line] yard line with [3:30 left in the game], getting in to attain to take the lead. Like, what are we doing? You possibly can’t try this. There’s a premium on the soccer. What are we doing?”
Edelman was was a three-time Tremendous Bowl champ and shall be a member of the Patriots Corridor of Fame, however he however had his justifiable share of miscues, fumbles, drops, penalties and errors over the course of his profession. He recalled what Belichick used to inform ball carriers when stressing the significance of ball safety.
“There’s a premium for protecting the ball in your hand in New England,” Edelman stated. “I bear in mind Invoice Belichick used to say, ‘If you find yourself carrying the soccer, you’re not solely carrying the soccer for the group and everybody within the constructing, however you’re carrying it for everybody within the area. The destiny is in your arms.”
It’s clearly a demanding place to work, one the place errors like those dedicated on Sunday aren’t accepted. Edelman stated that’s what drove lots of the group’s success throughout his enjoying profession.
“It’s what makes them one of the best,” Edelman stated. “I imply, while you your timber are rising excessive, you’ve gotta prune them. You gotta lower ’em. And when the timber aren’t rising, you gotta feed ’em.