By Matt Noonan
Bill Belichick never seemed fazed about playing football games this year without fans in the stands due to the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
So when asked shortly after his team’s season-opening win over the Miami Dolphins what today’s atmosphere was like at Gillette Stadium with no fans in attendance, the long-time New England Patriots sideline boss said it was like “practice.”
Yep, that was exactly how Belichick answered the reporter’s question, who seemed curious about the game day atmosphere.
Belichick would eventually expand on his answer, saying the following: “It’s like scrimmaging the (Tennessee) Titans or scrimmaging Detroit (Lions) or scrimmaging the teams that we scrimmage. There’s – there are a few fans there, but basically there’s no fans there. It’s basically a competition and there’s some energy from your teammates and your own energy. So, that is what it is.”
And without fans in the stands, the Patriots looked just fine, thanks to a solid showing by both the offensive and defensive units, which limited the Dolphins to just 11 points and 269 total yards.
The Patriots will play in front of no fans next weekend when they visit the Seattle Seahawks for an 8:20 p.m. kickoff. Seattle also scored a win in front of no fans this afternoon by cruising past the Atlanta Falcons in Georgia.