Instead of answering questions about Tom Brady and New England’s offensive talent, Belichick said some variation of, “We’re on to Cincinnati” five times in a row. He even interrupted questions to give his non-answer.
Here’s the transcript:
Reporter: Your teams have been so successful for so long, how difficult is it to react to the adversity of Monday night and to get back on track so quickly? Because from a condition standpoint this team, this organisation hasn’t had these sorts of issues in the past.
Belichick: Well we’re on to Cincinnati.
Reporter: Bill do you think, you mentioned Tom’s age at the draft —
Belichick: We’re on to Cincinnati.
Reporter: Do you think having a 37-year-old —
Belichick: We’re on to Cincinnati. It’s nothing about the past, nothing about he future. Right now we’re preparing for Cincinnati.
Reporter: Do you feel like the talent you have here is good?
Belichick: We’re getting ready for Cincinnati.
Reporter: Do you think you’ve done enough to help Tom Brady?
Belichick: We’re getting ready for Cincinnati. That’s what we’re doing.
This is a masterclass in being a curmudgeon. We’ve seen this before from Belichick. The act comes off as kind of endearing when the Patriots are good, but not so much when he’s struggling.
Sunday night’s game against Cincinnati is a big one. The Bengals come in undefeated and look like one of the two best teams in the AFC. The Patriots, on the other hand, are trending downward after getting smacked by Kansas City on Monday night.
NOW WATCH: Briefing videos
Business Insider Emails & Alerts
Site highlights each day to your inbox.