Belichick tight lipped about Gronkowski, #asusual

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When it comes to formulating questions for Patriots coach Bill Belichick, it’s probably wise to consider based on his history the questions he will or won’t answer. When it comes to questions about the health of any player, it’s probably wise to come up with a different question.

Belichick was asked on Wednesday for an update on tight end Rob Gronkowski, who suffered a concussion on Sunday against the Jaguars.

“Yeah, we’ll be compliant with the NFL injury report,” Belichick said. “When that’s required, we’ll put it on there. . . . Whatever his situation is, whatever his status is, we’ll put it on the injury report. We’ll make sure you’re the first one to get it.”

“I’m sure you will,” a reporter said.

“Yeah, not a problem,” Belichick added.

But there was one more question, even though the answer could have been predicted in response: “Do you expect him to play?”

“We’ll put it right on the injury report and that’s what we’re going to do, just like everybody else does,” Belichick said. “We’ll make sure you’re first on the list, too. I don’t want to hold anything back here. We’ll get that out there right away. That’s all we can do.”

The sarcasm was oozing from Belichick’s otherwise blank facade. The bottom line is that, while the exchange was mildly entertaining, it was ultimately worthless. Belichick never will say anything about any injury to any player other than what the injury report requires.

For the Super Bowl, there typically are two waves of reports — both this week and next week. So we’ll soon find out something about Gronkowski, and we’ll never find out anything more (officially at least) than what the injury report contains.

28 responses to “Belichick tight lipped about Gronkowski, #asusual

  1. It’s an idiotic question – there’s nothing he can say. Everyone already knows that Gronkowski’s in the league’s concussion protocol. Everyone already knows that the player and the team have no input into how long he remains in it.

    What could Belichick possibly say?

  2. Getting dead pan sarcasm from Belichick is like getting a Hallmark, you know, when they care to send the very best. It’s not hard to understand why fans outside of NE don’t get why Pats fans enjoy it the way we do, they don’t live with the media idiots here.

  3. Love BB interviews. I wish all coaches would do just as he does. Then maybe the media will stop putting a spin on everything and start reporting the facts and not hearsay and “from a source”
    Greatest coach of all time and not a close 2nd.

  4. Super Bowl week is the best time for stupid questions because that’s when you get all the reporters from publications like Italian Vogue, Cosmo or whatever that have absolutely no clue about what they’re covering asking the coaches stuff they would never, ever answer.

  5. Hilarious. Aren’t Gronks medical records part of some privacy protection?
    I also agree with Finzfan49. ^^^^^^ Truer words never spoken!

  6. finzfan49 says:
    January 24, 2018 at 1:18 pm
    Love BB interviews. I wish all coaches would do just as he does. Then maybe the media will stop putting a spin on everything and start reporting the facts and not hearsay and “from a source”
    Greatest coach of all time and not a close 2nd.

    ———————
    But in absence of getting any info the media instead speculates, oftem speculating what on the side of intrigue, and reports that speculation, knowing that the public will then grab it and run with it as fact. Thats why some decide that leaving things open for the media is a bad idea. The difference is that Belichick doesnt care what the public thinks eo he doesnt care what the mefia tells them either. And yes, greatest coach of all time.

  7. jags fan here, still bitter about the loss but in all honestly i have much respect for the organization and am looking forward to Bill making the sports media chase info for the next couple weeks. I really do enjoy watching his press conferences I think it’s funny to see him work the press…

  8. Really Bill, after everything the media has done for you. How boring would your life be without sensationalized “gate” stories and accusations from anonymous sources, and that scintillating iquiriring minds want to know story from Wickersham. Feed these jackals hints and innuendo so they can continue to write discrediting and distracting from football drama. You owe it to them you old curmudgeon

  9. Greatest coach, and wildly entertaining for those of us who love sarcasm, cynicism, and nihilism, but does he really think that the Eagles will do anything but prepare as if Gronk is the TE two Sundays from now?

  10. Best I could tell from listening was that the reporter was from Philly. Both he and Bill seemed aggravated with each other almost immediately. It’s looking like a one on one interview is a long shot.

  11. It was Stacey James, who actually works for the Patriots, which makes it even more hilarious.

    leftlaneisforpassingonly says:
    Best I could tell from listening was that the reporter was from Philly.

  12. Reporter: “Coach Belichick, could you talk about the physicality of Gronk’s routes?”

    Belichick dies of laughter…

  13. The best line from BB was, “I don’t want to hold anything back here”.

    That’s gold, Jerry! Gold!

  14. Finsfan49 says “greatest coach of all time, and not a close second”

    He quite possibly could be the greatest coach of all time, but saying not a close second…there’s a trophy that goes to the winner of the Super Bowl named after a coach, and there’s a good reason for that. Lombardi/Belichick or Belichick/Lombardi.
    Either way an argument can be made….

  15. I’d love to be in Belichick’s head during these press conferences. The only problem with that is Bill’s laughter would be so loud I’d go deaf. I never get tired of watching him play with the reporters, most of whom — from their voice tones — are obviously terrified of being a victim of Belichick sarcasm or contempt. I’d watch this stuff even if I hated football, just for the sheer fun.

  16. “Don’t you have to have a brain in order to have a concussion”

    Don’t you need on in order to type?

    BTW it is well known Gronk has saved virtually all his NFL money and lives off endorsement fees. People like you who believe the public, frat boy persona he puts forwards are to shallow yourself to look farther and see that he’s actually a pretty smart guy.

  17. doubleogator says:
    January 24, 2018 at 4:17 pm
    Finsfan49 says “greatest coach of all time, and not a close second”

    He quite possibly could be the greatest coach of all time, but saying not a close second…there’s a trophy that goes to the winner of the Super Bowl named after a coach, and there’s a good reason for that.

    Yes there is, he sprung loose the mortal coil. They usually don’t name trophies after the living.

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