Rob Ninkovich was always considered a Bill Belichick favorite during the eight seasons he spent with the New England Patriots because of his versatility and willingness to do whatever to help the team.
However, even being a Belichick favorite doesn’t absolve you from being scolded from time to time by the surly head coach. And Ninkovich recalled a story on Friday that tells you exactly how concerned the five-time Super Bowl championship-winning coach is with keeping information away from his opponents.
According to Oliver Thomas of PatsPulpit.com, Ninkovich went on WEEI in Boston on Friday and told a story about how he told members of the media he thought that the defense needed to improve on defending screens on third-and-long. Belichick apparently didn’t take kindly to that information being disseminated.
“What are you doing? Why don’t you just tell everyone what we suck at?” Ninkovich remembers Belichick saying at the time.
That’s not altogether surprising by any means. Part of the “Patriot Way” is keeping it as tight-lipped as you can with the media to avoid tipping anything off that may be used against the Patriots.
Still, it shows us exactly how serious Belichick is about that directive and serves as a cautionary tale to everybody who is currently on the roster.