In a classic Bill Belichick-ian way, the New England Patriots head coach craftily dodged questions surrounding the Deflategate controversy and moved right to answering questions about the Patriots Super Bowl XLIX opponent, the Seattle Seahawks — but not before his owner helped him out a bit.
Before Belichick took to the podium, Patriots owner Robert Kraft spoke to the media insisting the organization did nothing wrong and is owed an apology from the NFL.
When Belichick finally started, he politely declined to answer any Deflategate questions, and proceeded to answer questions surrounding the game itself, which will we played this upcoming Sunday.
I’ve spent, as you know, quite a bit of time (on this). I’ve had two lengthy press conferences on that already. My attention has turned onto the Seattle Seahawks and that’s where it’s going to stay the rest of the week.
The only thing I’m focused on is the Seattle Seahawks. That’s all I’m going to discuss.
Belichick was complimentary of Pete Carroll — the man who proceeded him as New England’s head coach — and the balance of the organization as a whole:
They’re an impressive football team in every phase of the game, from the line and the skill players back. Offensively, defensively and in special teams.
The press conference was mostly vanilla, but in comparison to last week’s pressers, anything to calm down what was going on should be seen as an improvement for the team’s focus on Sunday’s game.