One of these days, Patriots coach Bill Belichick is going to walk into an interview session, relax and crack witty, urbane jokes for 90 minutes, and we’re all going to look back and realize Grumpy Bill was all one big Andy Kaufman routine.
Tuesday, however, was not that day.
Belichick, who can be articulate and enlightening when he chooses to be, chose not to during the AFC coaches breakfast at the owners meetings.
There were plenty of things for him to talk about, but he didn’t offer much on any of them.
Questions about #DeflateGate were met with a “talk to the league,” and even the departures of a key free agent and a franchise legend weren’t enough to get him to expound.
When asked about losing cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Jets, Belichick shrugged.
“It’s NFL free agency,” he deadpanned. “Players leave teams and go to teams in free agency every year.
“That’s not a big story.”
To some it is, considering the size of the contract he signed with the Jets, and the impact Revis had in New England, while helping the Patriots to the Super Bowl.
Asked how losing the game’s best press-man corner would change the way they play this year, he replied: “I don’t know.”
He even let a chance to praise longtime nose tackle Vince Wilfork slide, saying: “I released a pretty comprehensive statement on him. I think that covered that.”
Again, if he ever chooses to share, the conversation is going to be one you want to hear. But he decided Tuesday morning upon sizing up the room that it wasn’t going to happen today.