A 'bomb cyclone' is pummeling Boston — but Bill Belichick is still warning Patriots players they better not be late for practice

  • Bill Belichick made clear to the New England Patriots players that they were expected to be on time to practice Thursday morning despite the "bomb cyclone" of snow blasting the Northeast.
  • Conditions were so bad that the Governor of Massachusetts was urging his constituents to stay off the road.
  • Veteran Patriots players were able to offer some insight and advice on how to make it to practice on a snow day.


It may be a snow day for many in the greater Boston area, but for the New England Patriots, it's just another day of practice.

With a "bomb cyclone" bringing snow to the Northeast on Wednesday night, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and his staff were sure to remind their players to be on time for the first team meeting Thursday morning.

"You certainly better leave yourself enough time to get here on time tomorrow," said special teams captain Matthew Slater, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss. "We all know there is weather. Coach has mentioned that several times to the team, so I wouldn't want to be the guy who is late tomorrow."

Belichick is known for his expectation of punctuality, having sent players home in the past for their tardiness. On Thursday, when asked if his strict nature was meant as a lesson in accountability for his players, Belichick responeded simply "Every day is a work day."

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A woman struggles against wind and snow in upper Manhattan during a snowstorm in New York City, New York, U.S., January 4, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar
A nearly empty snow-covered roadway entrance to the George Washington Bridge between New Jersey and New York is seen during a snowstorm in Fort Lee, New Jersey, U.S., January 4, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar
A worker clears snow from the front of the New York Stock Exchange during a snowstorm in New York, U.S., January 4, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Da Thi Hoang and Searidang Pa wait at Logan International Airport, after successfully flying in from Los Angeles only to find their bus to Middlebury, Vermont was cancelled, during a winter snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., January 4, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Crews clear snow from around the gates at Logan International Airport during a winter snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., January 4, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
A snow-covered statue of former U.S. president George Washington at Federal Hall on Wall Street is seen during a snowstorm in New York City, New York, U.S., January 4, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
NEW HAVEN, CT - JANUARY 04: Ice flows through the New Haven Harbor on January 4, 2018 in New Haven, Connecticut. The 'bomb cyclone' was expected to dump heavy snows in New England as the storm system moved up the U.S. east coast. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 04: Architect of the Capitol Mason Perry Curtis shovels snow in front of the U.S. Capitol January 4, 2018 in Washington, United States. A large winter storm system dropped less than an inch of snow in Washington and is covering the East Coast with high winds and frigid temperatures. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
NEW HAVEN, CT - JANUARY 04: A city worker digs out a bus from the snow on January 4, 2018 in New Haven, Connecticut. The 'bomb cyclone' was expected to dump heavy snows in New England as the storm system moved up the U.S. east coast. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
SAVANNAH, GA - JANUARY 04: Dylan Zitto slides down a snow covered hill a day after snow fell in the area on January 4, 2018 in Savannah, Georgia. From Maine to Florida every state along the east coast is expected to have to deal with winter weather. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 04: A light snow shrouds the Washington Monument on the National Mall January 4, 2018 in Washington, United States. A large winter storm system dropped less than an inch of snow in Washington and is covering the East Coast with high winds and frigid temperatures. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JANUARY 04: Daniel Andujar, 47, uses a tennis racket to clean his truck of snow on January 4, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. A 'bomb cycle' winter storm, has caused every East Coast state, from Maine to Florida, to declare at least one weather advisory, winter storm watch, winter storm warning or blizzard warning. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
Ice and snow cover branches near the brink of the Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, January 3, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron Lynett
De-icing road salt is piled up in preparation for winter snow storms at Eastern Salt Company in Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S., January 3, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Snow flurries fall near the American Falls, viewed from the Canadian side in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, January 3, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron Lynett
SAVANNAH, GA - JANUARY 04: Snow covers cars along a street as snow and cold weather blanket the area on January 4, 2018 in Savannah, Georgia. The extreme winter storm pummeled the Southeastern United States and is moving towards the east coast with frigid temperatures and heavy wind and snow. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
SAVANNAH, GA - JANUARY 04: Ice forms on the water fountain in Forsyth Park as snow and cold weather blanket the area on January 4, 2018 in Savannah, Georgia. The extreme winter storm pummeled the Southeastern United States and is moving towards the east coast with frigid temperatures and heavy wind and snow. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
SAVANNAH, GA - JANUARY 04: Little snowmen are seen on a bench in Forsyth Park as snow and cold weather blanket the area on January 4, 2018 in Savannah, Georgia. The extreme winter storm pummeled the Southeastern United States and is moving towards the east coast with frigid temperatures and heavy wind and snow. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
SAVANNAH, GA - JANUARY 04: Ice forms on the water fountain in Forsyth Park as snow and cold weather blanket the area on January 4, 2018 in Savannah, Georgia. The extreme winter storm pummeled the Southeastern United States and is moving towards the east coast with frigid temperatures and heavy wind and snow. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
A departure board at Ronald Reagan airport, near Washington, DC, posts several cancelled flights early January 4, 2018 as winter storm Grayson sets in on the East Coast. The National Weather Service said the rapidly deepening area of low pressure off Florida's east coast will move northeastward bringing snow to the southern mid-Atlantic coast and then to New England as it moves towards the Canadian Maritimes by Friday. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel SLIM (Photo credit should read DANIEL SLIM/AFP/Getty Images)
A plane sits on the tarmac at Ronald Reagan airport, near Washington, DC, before departure January 4, 2018. The US National Weather Service warned that a major winter storm would bring heavy snow and ice, from Florida in the southeast up to New England and the Northeast on Wednesday and Thursday. / AFP PHOTO / Eva Claire HAMBACH (Photo credit should read EVA CLAIRE HAMBACH/AFP/Getty Images)
A worker spreads salt on a sidewalk on January 4, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York. The US National Weather Service warned that a major winter storm would bring heavy snow and ice, from Florida in the southeast up to New England and the Northeast on Wednesday and Thursday. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Workers shovel a sidewalk of snow and ice on January 4, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York. The US National Weather Service warned that a major winter storm would bring heavy snow and ice, from Florida in the southeast up to New England and the Northeast on Wednesday and Thursday. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 04: Commuters make their way through the snow in Downtown Brooklyn, on January 4, 2018 in New York City. As a major winter storm moves up the Northeast corridor, New York City is under a winter storm warning and forecasts are predicting six to eight inches of snow. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
A car is seen covered in snow in Long Beach, New York, U.S. January 4, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Workers remove snow during a snowstorm in Times Square in Manhattan, New York, U.S. January 4, 2018. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
A United States Postal Service (USPS) letter carrier delivers mail during a snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. A fast-moving winter storm, growing stronger by the hour, has grounded 3,000 flights, delayed rail travelers in the busy Northeast Corridor and closed schools in New York and Boston. Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A pedestrian carries an umbrella while walking through the Boston Common during a snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. A fast-moving winter storm, growing stronger by the hour, has grounded 3,000 flights, delayed rail travelers in the busy Northeast Corridor and closed schools in New York and Boston. Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Pedestrians walk through the Boston Common iduring a snow storm n Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. A fast-moving winter storm, growing stronger by the hour, has grounded 3,000 flights, delayed rail travelers in the busy Northeast Corridor and closed schools in New York and Boston. Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A pedestrian walks during a snow storm in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. A fast-moving winter storm, growing stronger by the hour, has grounded 3,000 flights, delayed rail travelers in the busy Northeast Corridor and closed schools in New York and Boston. Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A man operates a snowplow on a sidewalk during a snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. A fast-moving winter storm, growing stronger by the hour, has grounded 3,000 flights, delayed rail travelers in the busy Northeast Corridor and closed schools in New York and Boston. Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Pedestrians walk past the George Washington Statue in the Boston Public Garden during a snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. A fast-moving winter storm, growing stronger by the hour, has grounded 3,000 flights, delayed rail travelers in the busy Northeast Corridor and closed schools in New York and Boston. Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
The George Washington Statue stands in the Boston Public Garden during a snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. A fast-moving winter storm, growing stronger by the hour, has grounded 3,000 flights, delayed rail travelers in the busy Northeast Corridor and closed schools in New York and Boston. Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Commuters board the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Massachusetts Avenue train during a snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. A fast-moving winter storm, growing stronger by the hour, has grounded 3,000 flights, delayed rail travelers in the busy Northeast Corridor and closed schools in New York and Boston. Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Pedestrians clear the sidewalks outside of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Massachusetts Avenue station during a snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. A fast-moving winter storm, growing stronger by the hour, has grounded 3,000 flights, delayed rail travelers in the busy Northeast Corridor and closed schools in New York and Boston. Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A pedestrian walks through the Boston Common during a snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. A fast-moving winter storm, growing stronger by the hour, has grounded 3,000 flights, delayed rail travelers in the busy Northeast Corridor and closed schools in New York and Boston. Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A man clears shovels a walk way during a snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. A fast-moving winter storm, growing stronger by the hour, has grounded 3,000 flights, delayed rail travelers in the busy Northeast Corridor and closed schools in New York and Boston. Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JANUARY 04: A woman walks through snow covered streets on January 4, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. A �omb cyclone�winter storm, has caused every East Coast state, from Maine to Florida, to declare at least one weather advisory, winter storm watch, winter storm warning or blizzard warning. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
United States Postal Service (USPS) letter carriers deliver mail during a snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. A fast-moving winter storm, growing stronger by the hour, has grounded 3,000 flights, delayed rail travelers in the busy Northeast Corridor and closed schools in New York and Boston. Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JANUARY 04: A man walks through snow covered streets on January 4, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. A �omb cyclone�winter storm, has caused every East Coast state, from Maine to Florida, to declare at least one weather advisory, winter storm watch, winter storm warning or blizzard warning. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JANUARY 04: A man walks through snow covered streets on January 4, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. A �omb cyclone�winter storm, has caused every East Coast state, from Maine to Florida, to declare at least one weather advisory, winter storm watch, winter storm warning or blizzard warning. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
A woman makes her way during a winter storm in New York on January 4, 2018. A giant winter 'bomb cyclone' walloped the US East Coast on Thursday with freezing cold and heavy snow, forcing thousands of flight cancellations and widespread school closures -- and even prompting the US Senate to cancel votes for the rest of the week. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JANUARY 04: A woman walks through snow covered streets on January 4, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. A �omb cyclone�winter storm, has caused every East Coast state, from Maine to Florida, to declare at least one weather advisory, winter storm watch, winter storm warning or blizzard warning. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JANUARY 04: Thom Meyers, 67, trudges with a cane through snow covered streets on January 4, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. A �omb cyclone�winter storm, has caused every East Coast state, from Maine to Florida, to declare at least one weather advisory, winter storm watch, winter storm warning or blizzard warning. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
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For a time, some were concerned Belichick would be cruel enough to still hold practice outside, but instead, he elected to move the Pats into their indoor facility for the day. Still, with Governor Charlie Baker urging drivers to stay off the roads on Thursday, Belichick not cutting his players a bit of slack may seem a bit heavy-handed.

Veteran safety Devin McCourty had some concrete advice for younger players on the team. "I tell guys, 'Wake up earlier,'" he said. "Especially if you don't have a garage or something. Wake up and go clean your car off. I think guys know. We're in the NFL playoffs."

The Patriots have a bye through the first round, and will begin postseason play next weekend in Foxborough in the divisional round, no matter how much snow is on the ground.

Related: See how the Patriots are expected to fare in the playoffs: 

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Tennessee Titans (9-7, 2nd in AFC South)

Odds of making Divisional Round: 25%
Odds of winning Super Bowl LII: <1%

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Buffalo Bills (9-7, 2nd in AFC East)

Odds of making Divisional Round: 41%
Odds of winning Super Bowl LII: <1%

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Jacksonville Jaguars (10-6, 1st in AFC South)

Odds of making Divisional Round: 59%
Odds of winning Super Bowl LII: 1%

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Carolina Panthers (11-5, 2nd in NFC South)

Odds of making Divisional Round: 35%
Odds of winning Super Bowl LII: 2%

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Los Angeles Rams (11-5, 1st in NFC West)

Odds of making Divisional Round: 49%
Odds of winning Super Bowl LII: 3%

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Kansas City Chiefs (10-6, 1st in AFC West)

Odds of making Divisional Round: 75%
Odds of winning Super Bowl LII: 4%

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Atlanta Falcons (10-6, 3rd in NFC South)

Odds of making Divisional Round: 51%
Odds of winning Super Bowl LII: 4%

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New Orleans Saints (11-5, 1st in NFC South)

Odds of making Divisional Round: 65%
Odds of winning Super Bowl LII: 5%

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Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3, 1st in AFC North)

Odds of making Divisional Round: 100%
Odds of winning Super Bowl LII: 14%

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Philadelphia Eagles (13-3, 1st in NFC East)

Odds of making Divisional Round: 100%
Odds of winning Super Bowl LII: 15%

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Minnesota Vikings (13-3, 1st in NFC North)

Odds of making Divisional Round: 100%
Odds of winning Super Bowl LII: 19%

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New England Patriots (13-3, 1st in AFC East)

Odds of making Divisional Round: 100%
Odds of winning Super Bowl LII: 31%

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