Bill Belichick turns back the clock for Patriots OTAs

Bill Belichick turns back the clock for Patriots OTAs
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Before Bill Belichick canceled the New England Patriots' final two voluntary organized team activities this week, he transformed parts of Gillette Stadium into a real-life "Back to the Future" movie. Specifically, Belichick made Tuesday a wide-ranging history lesson on the roots of football, essentially creating an environment in which players were going back in time. That, of course, meant that there were leather helmets on the practice field, digital clocks covered up in the team meeting room, black-and-white recordings of old football plays shown, and a no-frills lunch menu that resembled what players in the 1930s and 1940s might have eaten (e.g., hamburgers and hot dogs rather than sushi). "It was a lot of fun. We walked in and you could tell something different was going on than the normal practice day," explained one player. The 66-year-old Belichick, who had surprised many on the team the day before by taking the team to Fenway Park,... 
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