Bill Belichick: Playoff experience 'doesn't mean anything'

Friday January 16th, 2015

In terms of players with playoff experience, the New England Patriots hold an advantage over the Indianapolis Colts, but Patriots head coach Bill Belichick isn't convinced that will make a difference in Sunday's conference championship game.

"I think it’ll be the team that plays the best. I don’t think it’s about how many All-Pros or how many playoff games or anything," Belichick said when asked about the experience factor Friday, according to Pro Football Talk. "I don’t think that has anything to do with it. I’ve been on plenty of teams that didn’t have any experience and won. We can go through the league and find just as many examples of that. So, zero."

2014-15 NFL playoff schedule

"I think the team that performs the best on Sunday is the team that will win," Belichick continued. "I think all the rest of it’s a bunch of hot air. Write whatever you want. I don’t think it matters. It doesn’t mean anything."

This is the fourth consecutive season in which the Patriots have advanced at least as far as the conference championship game. In the previous three seasons, the Colts played a total of three playoff games. This will be their third playoff game this season.

- Josh Sanchez

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide — from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Grant Wahl, Andy Staples and more — delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.