Bill Belichick press conferences are notoriously unproductive for the unfortunate reporters tasked with prying information out of the Patriots coach. He would prefer waterboarding to giving reporters anything useful to print. in 2014, following an early season loss to Belichick famously responded to every question by reporters with the instantly viral, and equally useless, “We’re on to Cincinnati”.
On Monday, Belichick had his first meet and greet with the press following the announcement that Tom Brady would be suspended for Deflategate. It was a predictably cold affair, and Belichick came fully prepared to provide reporters with zero information. When asked about Brady’s Deflategate suspension, Belichick repeatedly referred the questions to Brady rather than take any of the heat himself.
Today on Speak for Yourself, Jason and Colin were asked if Belichick should take more responsibility for Deflategate, and shoulder more of the burden in facing the fallout.
Jason thinks Belichick should take more heat for Deflategate, but don’t expect him to anytime soon.
“Yes, [he should], but he won’t. And he’ll be allowed to get away with it, because he’s won so many titles. He, like Gregg Popovich, gets away with being very dismissive to the media on topics they don’t want to discuss. He set the tone and the environment, and the culture in New England that if you’re not pushing the envelope, you’re really not trying.”
Colin thinks Belichick, as the leader of the organization, has a responsibility to the organization and shouldn’t be expected to fall on the sword over player discipline matters.
“I see Bill Belichick as the classic good CEO. Enterprise over the employee. You want ot be loyal to the employees. For Belichick, initially, this was a New England issue. Then, after about a year, it became a Tom Brady issue. And the minute it became a Tom Brady issue, Belichick checked out and said, ‘Tom you’re on your own.’ And I think that’s the way you run an corporation.”
Regardless of whether Belichick is right or wrong in his handling of Deflategate, he’s on to Garoppolo.