New England Patriots

Do your job. Ignore the noise. No days off. Bill Belichick has uttered or followed several simple mantras as Patriots head coach, and they all encompass something that the local media and fans have built into a singular identity known as the “Patriot Way”.

But ask Belichick about that, and he still doesn’t know what you’re talking about.

Speaking to throngs of reporters and radio/TV hosts as part of Super Bowl Opening Night at the XCel Energy Center in St. Paul, someone asked Belichick to summarize the “Patriot Way”.

Belichick’s answer?

“I don’t know. I don’t know what that means.”

Then the poor reporter slipped away with no juicy soundbite to speak of.

If you recall, Belichick was previously asked about the “Patriot Way” during a conference call in Dec. 2016. It was a Denver-area reporter that tried to ask him what the “Patriot Way” means to him, and Belichick slapped that down with “I’ve never used that term so I don’t know.”

Let this be the latest reminder that the “Patriot Way” is really just a … maybe not a myth, exactly. But not a phrase that Belichick himself would use to describe his philosophy for his team.

— By Matt Dolloff,

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