Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots were humbled Sunday as the Buffalo Bills marched into town and won by a final of 33-21.
Media members know they are in for a tough time following any Patriots loss.
Belichick has a tendency to be short and to the point, although he did recently apologize for a short press conference.
But that apology marked a first for the grizzled, veteran head coach.
His politeness toward the media was put to the ultimate test Sunday when he was asked something totally unrelated to the game that just took place on the field.
talk about playing with fire, this line of questioning of Belichick after a loss takes gutspic.twitter.com/a7eIGH8oaD
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) December 26, 2021
“Football aside, sorry, but I’m doing a story about New Year’s Resolutions and I was just wondering if you had any you wanted to share with your fans and our readers?”
That is a legendary question to ask Belichick following a late-season divisional loss.
To his credit, he answered truthfully and just moved on.
A Toned Down Belichick
The Belichick of a decade ago, or even just a few years ago, may have had a snarky response to this question.
But he saw it for the innocent question it was and just moved past it.
To be fair, it is tough to come up with New Year’s Resolutions on the spot, so it’s possible he truly does not have any yet.
Pats lose massive divisional game to the Bills.
After 10 seconds of silence and death stares, this reporter asked Bill Belichick about his possible NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS pic.twitter.com/P8sF6XHcCJ
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) December 26, 2021
Kudos to this reporter for taking a shot and trying to lighten the mood in the room a little.
The worst thing he could say was “no,” and that is all he did.
Other reporters may just want to leave this line of questioning alone until next holiday season.
Belichick may not feel so festive again if other media members ask him a similar question once January rolls around.