The New England Patriots suffered arguably their most frustrating defeat of the season in Week 16 when the Buffalo Bills beat them 33-22 on their homefield. The loss moved the Bills’ over the Patriots in the AFC East standings and put a huge dent in New England’s chances to secure a first round bye in the playoffs. After beating the Bills a few weeks earlier in a game where quarterback Mac Jones only threw three passes, New England couldn’t rely on a gimmick game plan in tolerable weather conditions, and the Bills’ talent advantage shined through.
The Patriots have now lost two in a row after a seven-game winning streak. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was irate during certain moments of the game, and as you’d imagine, he was not in a particularly cheerful mood after such a tense loss. That didn’t stop one reporter from fishing for a quote for her story on New Years Resolutions.
The question led to a hilarious exchange with Belichick, who politely sidestepped the question. It was a painfully awkward moment for everyone involved.
This is the single-most courageous journalist I’ve ever seen in my life. pic.twitter.com/kDJdzgym6N— Jimmy Traina (@JimmyTraina) December 26, 2021
There are times when it feels like head coaches can be jerks to the media. Belichick himself actually apologized for being short with the press just a few weeks ago. Belichick’s counterpart in the NBA, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, has pushed it too hard several times.
It’s hard to blame Belichick here, though. He was still processing a significant loss for his team, and he wasn’t in the mood to offer an empty quote for a puff piece. That really wasn’t the time or place for that question.
Something tells me you’ll be seeing this video used as a meme quite a bit every New Years Eve. In that sense, Belichick is a gift that keeps on giving.