When Bill Belichick voices an opinion, whether it is opposition to or in support of something, the NFL and it’s fans listen. Belichick has earned this right as he has been one of the premier coaches in the league over the last four decades.
Belichick’s proteges are littered all over the league as head coaches, assistants, and coordinators. His system has worked for years and he has earned the respect of his peers, fans, and colleagues.
Most recently, Belichick was quoted stating his support for the mostly loathed Thursday Night Football. Many players do not enjoy the Thursday night games because it gives them less time to recover and prepare from the prior Sunday.
Belichick, however, is all for the Thursday night games. According to NESN, Patriots owner Robert Kraft stated that Belichick “likes the Thursday night games and would be happy to have more than one in a season.” Apparently Belichick enjoys the extra time to prepare for the next opponent for the following Sunday after a Thursday night game.
While Belichick may be in the minority on Thursday Night Football, other teams and players better get used to it. Back in February, the NFL announced that it will be airing eight Thursday night games on CBS during the upcoming 2014 season.
If the eight games on CBS bring in strong viewership numbers this season, you can expect the NFL to increase the amount of Thursday Night Football games moving forward. The question will be whether or not the NFL players themselves can perform to the best of their ability with so many Thursday night games.