Bill Belichick is not the most talkative NFL head coach.
In fact, he often says very little when speaking to the media and that is especially true following a loss.
That is why fans were shocked Monday when the head coach addressed the media.
His New England Patriots lost Saturday to the Indianapolis Colts in what was an ugly game for Belichick.
That led to an incredibly short press conference, which is to be expected from him.
But Belichick now has remorse for his actions?
Belichick starts his press conference by apologizing to the media for being short with reporters following the Patriots loss to the Colts. 😳
“It’s not your fault. It’s a frustrating game.” pic.twitter.com/P9T3Pxo7qR
— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) December 20, 2021
“It’s not your fault,” he told reporters on Monday.
That is true, and it is fascinating to see Belichick develop some compassion late in his career.
I get to the point where I think this world cannot get any crazier….then Bill Belichick apologizes to the media for being short with them.
— 🇺🇸 Billy C 🇺🇸 (@billcolonnajr) December 20, 2021
A Surprising Apology
There is a unique balance between NFL head coaches and media members.
While coaches may not want to talk after games, it is part of the job.
Belichick apologizing? What world are we living in?!
— Ali 😷🐻⬇ (@alicraw) December 20, 2021
Uhhhh I don't think I've ever seen this from Belichick lol. https://t.co/v6mYDkCR49
— Jordan Christmas (@Jordan_Xmas) December 20, 2021
But Belichick has never shied away from telling media members off if he doesn’t like a question or just isn’t in the mood to talk.
That is why so many NFL fans on Twitter are shocked at the revelation.
What has gotten into him?
Bill Belichick managing to be more humble than Urban Meyer is a funny commentary on Urban Meyer. https://t.co/wFT3Y97ZvK
— Father Keanu (@natronbacon) December 20, 2021
HELP! Someone has kidnapped Belichick and he’s been replaced by an imposter! SOS! https://t.co/KDQFVwqfnt
— Harry Demakes (@HTD12223) December 20, 2021
Belichick is either getting softer or he just realized that being rude to people trying to do their job is a bad look.
That is true in any walk of life.
Media members rely on Belichick for quotes following a game to keep the entire sports ecosystem alive.
The games are played, stories are written, hype is built, and so on for years and years.
Storming out of press conferences does nothing to build up the game or a team.
Good on Bill Belichick for apologizing for his postgame behavior.
The issue, to me, is never the content of his answers. I don’t think he owes us (media) anything.
— Gethin Coolbaugh (@GethinCoolbaugh) December 20, 2021
It’s also possible that Belichick was told to do this, which is a whole other story in itself.
The Patriots head coach is rightfully mad after Saturday’s loss.
His team blew a shot to take command of the AFC East race and now is right back in the wild AFC playoff picture for one of the seven spots.
They are still in great shape, but another ugly loss may mean Belichick just writes his comments to the media instead of showing up to talk about what happened.