Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Bill Belichick typically presents a dour outlook during his press conferences, his expression rarely changing, his words presented in monotone.
But Wednesday, a much less serious Bill Belichick met the media.
With the Cleveland Browns coming to Gillette Stadium Sunday, he reflected on his five years as the Browns head coach. And he also threw out a couple of zingers.
The best came when he was asked about his thoughts about Cleveland. During his answer, he reflected on the various stops in his coaching career. See if you can guess which team wasn't his favorite:
"I was there for five years. It was five important years in my life, for myself, my family and all that. Obviously we've all moved on and I have a job to do here. That's where my loyalty is, to Robert (Kraft) and the Patriots organization and this football team. No different than how I feel, honestly, about the Colts or the Lions or the Broncos. I feel differently about the Jets, I wouldn't put them in that category.
"But you know, it's good experiences with all those teams and I learned from them and grew as a coach and as a person and as a family.''
Think that little zinger is making headlines in New York?
His players said they see that side of Belichick all the time.
Tom Brady said Belichick even tells jokes. "He's got some great jokes. They're not appropriate to tell my young children, but they're good jokes.''
Rob Ninkovich said Belichick is definitely serious, but also can be fun.
"He's not like that all the time,'' said Ninkovich. "It would be a pretty sad place to be if he was always like that 24 hours a day. He's definitely got a funny side to him. He just might not like you guys that much.''
Drum roll, please.
Mike Lowe has covered the New England Patriots since 1999 for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram and has had a nice view of their emergence as one of the NFL’s premier franchises.
He’s been at the paper since 1982 and has covered everything from a Little League World Series to the Summer Olympics. He is married to Tracie and they have three children and two grandchildren.
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