Instead of crushing the gathered reporters at today’s press conference with his usual death stares, he tried killing them with kindness, or at least by flashing his oft discussed, but rarely publicly seen sense of humor.
When a reporter asked Bill about scouting other teams for cut players, Belichick didn’t stare him down, instead he offered up a smart ass response that involved watermelon rolls – a dessert sold at Friendly’s – and badminton:
“Absolutely. Yeah. What do you think we’ve been doing? Yeah, sure. We look at all 31 teams. Yeah, what do you think we’re doing at camp? We’re not having watermelon rolls and badminton contests and all that. Yeah. We’re working on football. We look at our team. We look at the other 31 teams.”
It’s still preseason, so there’s obviously still plenty of time for Belichick to revert to his usual form of making media interactions as uncomfortable as possible, but not today.