Turns out Bill Belichick had something against Giants quarterbacks even before Eli Manning beat his Patriots in two Super Bowls.
The head coach’s distaste for Big Blue signal callers extends back to the 1980s. Back then, Belichick was stalking the sidelines as the Giants’ defensive coordinator. And during practices, he apparently did so with his guard down.
Jeff Hostetler replaced an injured Phil Simms to help the Giants to a Super Bowl following the 1990 season, Belichick’s final year with the team.
But five years earlier, Hostetler was a rookie running the scout offense when he got on Belichick’s bad side.
Well, I would run a little bit of the seven-on-seven for the defense. And Belichick would always have these cards out and he would show us what he wants us to do. And then he would turn where the center would be, he would turn and he would watch his defense. And so we were running all these crossing routes … and so all of a sudden, we’re running these crossing routes, and he stands right there where the center is. I drop back, and it’s a two-yard crossing route. And I drill it to the guy.
Well, all of a sudden, Bill’s head is right in the way. It hits him in the head. His papers fly everywhere. The ball flies everywhere. Everybody stops and it’s like, everything just went quiet. It’s like, “Uh-oh.” And then he starts ripping into me and yelling at me and grabbing his papers.
Even Belichick’s defense was happy to see the grumpy-as-hell coordinator get nailed.
“I had almost every defensive player come up to me and say, ‘Hey, great job, Hoss. Great job,'” the retired quarterback added. “And it was like, I was accepted…. Belichick hated me after that, but my only response to him was, ‘Well, don’t stand there.'”
If anyone has footage of this glorious event, I’m begging you, share it with the world.