Aug 9, 2012; Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the side line during the third quarter against the New Orleans Saints at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots won 7-6. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

Bill Belichick's golden quote on Logan Mankins Injury

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has to be the most underrated quotable guy in all of sports. His quote on Corey Dillon was pure gold, and he had another great one today.

When asked if he knew about the ACL tear Logan Mankins was playing through last season in the playoffs, Bill Belichick promptly answered,

“That’s really between the player, the trainer, the doctor. I’m not a doctor. I don’t get involved in the medical diagnosis or treatment or anything else. The patient and the medical staff, they deal with injuries. We have a deal. I don’t treat the patients. They don’t call plays.”

Not many people literally laugh out loud while sitting in front of a computer, and even less people will admit that fact. I will proudly admit that I laughed at this, Belichick has to be the most sarcastic coach in the NFL. He has to.

Belichick then went on to praise Logan Mankins for his toughness once again, which is something we can’t say enough. How on earth did he manage to play through that? In any case, Mankins never had an MRI on his right knee until after the Super Bowl. It’s fair to question Belichick on that one, but that’s the medical staff’s call. And, at the end of the day, it’s Mankins’s call and his toughness. He played through the pain.

Which quote was better anyway, that one or the Dillon quote? If you need a refresher, here it is.

“Corey Dillon was good enough to do it. If the Corey Dillon of 2004 was on this roster, I’m sure he’d get it 300 times, too. I have not seen Corey out there today.”

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