After the New England Patriots‘ tough loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, one reporter at the beginning of the press conference decided to pivot. An all-important AFC East-deciding game in which the Pats fell short? Why not change the subject? Bill Belichick isn’t going to want to talk about the team’s failures, right?
Turns out, he didn’t really want to talk about anything! Or, at the very least, he wasn’t thinking about his New Year’s resolutions as his team no longer controls its own destiny for the division crown.
The moment when Belichick curtly responded, “No, not right now,” if he had any New Year’s resolutions he’d like to share, went viral for obvious reasons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady caught wind of it after his team won the NFC South.
Ever since Brady left New England, so much of the discourse regarding him, the Patriots and Belichick has been cordial whenever those two have had to answer direct questions. We’ve so long been waiting for the mood to lighten, and Brady used this opportunity to make it happen.
Tom Brady’s response to Bill Belichick’s New Year’s resolution answer was hilarious.
There’s the TB12 that’s been taking social media by storm over the last two years. Joking about Belichick’s demeanor and attitude after a tough loss is the kind of stuff we need instead of debating who won the divorce between the two. Everyone’s moved on, everyone’s in a good place.
Brady knows the postgame blues, especially around Belichick, better than anybody, and we’d venture to assume it was one of the reasons he ended up leaving New England. For 20 years, the seven-time champ was part of these corporate press conferences that largely offered no character or insight. Monotone responses. One-word answers. Next question. Get me to the showers.
Now, Brady’s living it up, letting loose with his personality, and has finally reached the point where he can take a playful jab at his former head coach to cut the tension that has seemingly dominated any topic of conversation that included their names in the same sentence.
Julian Edelman dove right into the deep end after he retired. It took Brady some time, but we’re glad that he got there. Now we just can’t wait for the book.