Bill Belichick speaks at length on the waiver claims process

Bill Belichick speaks at length on the waiver claims process

During any given press conference, there are many short, some would say curt answers from New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.

But once in awhile, he’ll surprisingly break a subject down at length much to delight of reporters.

Belichick was asked about the waiver claims process and the sometime tough decisions he has to make on some players.

“It’s pretty hard to predict what’s going to happen when you put players on the wire because in all honesty, you don’t know what the other (31) teams are going to do and who they’re going to put on the wire,” Belichick said, via CSN New England. “Even though you put a player out there that you don’t want to lose, if another team happens to put a player out there that may be a team that needs that position and would be better with your player, your player gets claimed. Sometimes we waive players that we didn’t think would get claimed and they were, so that’s really hard to predict.

“In the end, you’ve got to make the decision that you feel like is best for your football team, and if you really want that player and you just can’t bear to live without them, then you shouldn’t be exposing them to the wire. That’s the reality of it. We keep an eye on them, but I don’t think it’s an overriding factor. If you’re prepared to waive them, then you’ve got to be prepared to lose them. That’s just the way it is.”