When Bill Belichick doesn’t want to talk about something, he doesn’t talk about it.
This isn’t groundbreaking news for anyone who has ever listened to the New England Patriots head coach’s press conferences before. Belichick has become notorious for being tight-lipped, forward-thinking and maybe, at times, coming off a bit grumpy.
So, when he was asked about his team’s Week 17 loss to the Miami Dolphins ahead of the playoffs beginning on Saturday, Belichick shrugged and quickly shot the question down.
“I don’t know what we are or aren’t, doesn’t matter,” he responded to the notion that the Patriots may be underdogs this weekend. “We’re just trying to get ready for the Titans [and] play our best game on Saturday night. That’s it.”
When pressed, the coach continued by saying that the team is “past last week.”
On Friday, three American fencers won gold at the Pan American Games in Peru – and one of them chose to use his platform to advocate for social change.
Race Imboden took a knee during the playing of the United States national anthemafter receiving his medal, joining the likes of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and USWNT superstar Megan Rapinoe who have made the move in the past.
“We must call for change,” Imboden said in a Twitter post on Friday. He listed racism, gun control and the treatment of immigrants among the “multiple shortcomings” he sees in the U.S. today.
On Monday, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills, who has knelt during the national anthem at NFL games previously and has said he will continue to do so, took to Instagram to praise Imboden’s move.
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick took the blame for his team’s crushing last-second loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
Many were quick to point fingers at Belichick’s decision-making after Miami was able to score a 69-yard touchdown featuring two lateral passes as time expired, ultimately getting by the Patriots’ questionable last line of defense: Rob Gronkowski.
Gronkowski, a 6-foot-6, 265-pound tight end who has missed three games this season due to injuries, was on the field for the final play in anticipation of a possible Hail Mary pass attempt. However, the Dolphins went with a different strategy, and it had New England completely fooled.