Bill Belichick apologizes to media for curt responses after Saturday night’s loss

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick often grumbles short answers to reporters’ questions, especially after the Patriots lose. But on reflection, Belichick feels like he took that tendency too far after Saturday night’s loss to the Colts.

So on Monday morning, Belichick apologized to reporters, saying that he was frustrated but shouldn’t have been short with the journalists who were just doing their jobs.

“I apologize if it seemed like I was a little short with you after the game,” Belichick said, via Mike Reiss of ESPN. “Not really trying to be short, but honestly, there wasn’t too much to say. I don’t know that there’s a whole lot more to say now. But it’s not your fault. It was a frustrating game.”

The truth is, Belichick really wasn’t any more short with the media than he typically has been when his team isn’t playing well. Belichick made a couple of sarcastic remarks on Saturday night, telling one reporter, “Maybe you know what went wrong. I don’t know,” and growing exasperated when another reporter asked what went wrong and answering, “I’ve said it like five times. I could say it another five times.”

But Belichick didn’t scream or curse or lose his temper with the media on Saturday night. And so his Monday morning apology comes as a surprise.

20 responses to “Bill Belichick apologizes to media for curt responses after Saturday night’s loss

  1. Bill owes no reporter an apology. Most of them have no idea what it is like to lose a hard fought critical game, and then have to take ridicules questions from them 10 minutes after the game!

  2. “But Belichick didn’t scream or curse or lose his temper with the media on Saturday night. And so his Monday morning apology comes as a surprise.”

    The only things that would be surprising out of Belichick would be if he did lose his temper in front of the media or even more surprising, if he smiled at them. Other than that this is just another example of him being his enigmatic self.

  3. marcuswelby70 says:
    December 20, 2021 at 8:55 am
    Bill owes no reporter an apology. Most of them have no idea what it is like to lose a hard fought critical game, and then have to take ridicules questions from them 10 minutes after the game!
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    Like it or not the media is a big part of the money making for the NFL . The coaches and players are well aware of what’s expected from them so they should be able to deal with the media responsibly .

  4. Dang! BB is mellowing – or maybe he’s just getting into the Christmas spirit.

    All good. Still the best there is at what he does – coach and teach football at the highest level. And I’m not a Pats fan

  5. Should have been upset about kicking a meaningless field goal in the fourth quarter instead of going for it on fourth and goal and down 20-7.
    Brandon Staley got well deserved criticism for going for in multiple circumstances that didn’t call for such risk, but Belichick, even with all those rings, deserves some scrutiny for choosing to kick. Even if they miss they would have pinned the Colts deep in their own territory, while still needing two scores to win the game.

  6. Should have been upset about kicking a meaningless field goal in the fourth quarter instead of going for it on fourth and goal and down 20-7.

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    Nah. Kick was the right call. It wasn’t 4th and goal from the 1 it was from the 7.
    Ask Harbaugh what happens when you coach reckless.

    This “analytics” crap is making the game ridiculous. Stop trying to be like baseball. Football is way more of a team sport.

  7. BB apologizing for the interview is odd. Did we test him for COVID and every thing else? Is he OK? I am worried for him. I enjoy watching the guy work. What does he know that we don’t? Is the world ending?

  8. “Most of them have no idea what it is like to lose a hard fought critical game”
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    So, reporters are totally unfamiliar with the concept of being disappointed? LOL. It’s irrelevant to them if who they’re talking to is unhappy. In fact, it makes for better quotes and stories. They’d get laid off if they didn’t ask questions and Bill would get fined by the NFL if he didn’t answer them. It’s called “people doing their jobs.”

  9. BuckyBadger says:
    December 20, 2021 at 10:13 am
    BB apologizing for the interview is odd. Did we test him for COVID and every thing else? Is he OK? I am worried for him. I enjoy watching the guy work. What does he know that we don’t? Is the world ending?


    Or was he visited by the ghost of Christmas past? LOL

  10. mogogo1 says:
    December 20, 2021 at 10:29 am
    “Most of them have no idea what it is like to lose a hard fought critical game”
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    So, reporters are totally unfamiliar with the concept of being disappointed? LOL. It’s irrelevant to them if who they’re talking to is unhappy. In fact, it makes for better quotes and stories. They’d get laid off if they didn’t ask questions and Bill would get fined by the NFL if he didn’t answer them. It’s called “people doing their jobs.”

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    Its irrelevant to Bill if they don’t like his answers.

  11. Belicheat is an embarrassment to the coaching profession because of how he treats reporters. They are people deserving respect….sure they ask dumb questions….but they ask them to satisfy the dumb fanboys who want answers to those questions. He would be better off starting off his pressers like Brady when he loses….makes this 58 seconds quick.

  12. Why he suddenly is apologizing for his behavior for years, as if now was somehow different, is mysterious.

  13. Only one reason for the apology, because everybody has a boss and Kraft is getting tired of his act

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