Bill Belichick on New Year's Day: 'Great day for football fans'

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Bill Belichick, just like any other football fan on New Year’s Day, tuned in to several college football games, which proved to be an entertaining start to 2018.

“There were a lot of great games on,” the New England Patriots coach said Tuesday when asked his thoughts on some of the results and his former assistants Nick Saban (with the Browns) and Brian Daboll (with the Patriots) helping lead Alabama to the national title game.

“Certainly, Notre Dame, that was a big finish. I have a lot of friends in college football, and sometimes they play each other, so it’s hard to root for one and root against another. But definitely happy for the SEC teams, for Nick and Brian, you know, Kirby [Smart], and so forth.”

Belichick expounded on those thoughts later in the day during his weekly interview on sports radio WEEI’s “Dale & Holley Show with Rich Keefe.”

“Obviously it was a great day for football yesterday, with the Rose Bowl, and the Notre Dame game came right down to the wire. The South Carolina game was another very competitive game,” he said. “There were a lot of great bowl games, a lot of great football players and coaches, and great competition. I didn’t get to see all of any of it, but what I did get to see, it was a pretty exciting day.

“So it was a great day for football fans and competition on the field.”

In some respects, it might have been some advance scouting for Belichick for the 2018 draft. But more than that, as he made clear, he's just a fan of the game.