The Patriots played perhaps their worst game of the season against the Dolphins on Monday night in Miami. Their curiously ugly performance prompted a postgame question from a reporter to Bill Belichick that had the head coach shaking his head in disgust.
Is it possible that, with a massive AFC showdown with the Steelers coming on Sunday night, the Patriots were overlooking Miami as an opponent?
“No. Give me a break,” muttered a visibly irritated Belichick.
"Gimmie a break" - maybe my all-time favorite Bill Belichick response. People throw around epic ... this, folks, is epicpic.twitter.com/NLKDBffm54— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) December 12, 2017
The press conference was an all-timer in terms of Belichick’s typically surly mood after losses. It’s hard to blame the head coach for being angry about what was a poor all-around night for the Patriots – for both the players and coaches.
Belichick’s usual level of preparation helps the Patriots avoid “trap games” and letdowns, which is why games like Monday night’s loss are so rare – and why he scoffs at the thought of looking past an inferior opponent toward a more important game. But it’s likely that the reporter who asked the question wasn’t the only one thinking that.