Maybe it’s the Florida sunshine or the Patriots’ free agency success, but the always-serious Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was (almost) all smiles at the AFC coaches breakfast in Orlando on Tuesday.
Of course, he did have some of his usual short responses. When asked about signing cornerback Darrelle Revis, Belichick answered, “I think he’ll help our team,” without elaborating much more. And when a reporter asked about Vince Wilfork’s request to be released, Belichick said, “You need to talk to him about any of those statements, which I think you should verify first.”
But Belichick had some great one-liners, which probably had reporters drooling, considering getting him to even crack a smile generates excitement. One of his jokes came when talking about one of the Patriots’ proposed rules changes. They want cameras installed at every boundary line to aid instant replay, and a reporter brought up the cost issue.
“We just spent however many millions of dollars on the replay system,” Belichick said. “I mean, there are 1,000 cameras in every stadium, so if somebody spills a beer on somebody, we have it on record, right? Maybe we could have a bake sale to raise some money for the cameras. We could do a car wash.”
Belichick also (sort of) addressed his absence during Monday’s traditional head coaches photo, which happened for the second year in a row.
“I missed it,” he said. “Maybe they can photoshop me in there.”
And people already have because he essentially asked the internet to.
Belichick even offered some support to Florida Gators basketball head coach and friend Billy Donovan.
“Shout out to Billy here. Going to the Sweet 16.”
Still, there are certain questions reporters should know not to ask Belichick, or at least he seems to think they should know. Some brave reporter had the guts to ask about the timetable for tight end Rob Gronkowski’s return. They got the most classic Bill Belichick response.
“Are you seriously asking that question?”