In a press conference Thursday, Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick denied having anything to do with the game balls from the AFC Championship game being deflated.
"I was shocked to learn of the footballs on Monday. I had no knowledge until Monday morning," Belichick said. "I'd say I've learned a lot more about this process in the last three days than I knew, or had talked about it, in the last 40 years that I've coached in this league."
After the controversy Belichick was involved with in the spygate incident, some people may question his honesty. But whether he is telling the truth or not, what he said next made a lot of sense and put his quarterback Tom Brady in the hot seat.
“I think we all know that quarterbacks, kickers, specialists have certain preferences on footballs,” Belichick told Jeff Howe of The Boston Herald. “They know a lot more about it than I do. They’re a lot more sensitive to it than I am. I hear them comment on it from time to time, so I can tell you and they will tell you that there is never any sympathy from me on that subject. Zero.
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“Tom’s personal preferences on his footballs are something that he can talk about in much better detail than information that I can possibly provide.”
In fact, Brady has spoken about liking the balls to be deflated a bit and even joked about it in an interview with WEEI in 2011.
“When Gronk scores … he spikes the ball and he deflates the ball. I love that, because I like the deflated ball,” Brady said. “But I feel bad for that football, because he puts everything he can into those spikes.”
Even before the interview Thursday, former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analysts Tim Hasselbeck tweeted out his opinion, saying that anything different about the game balls is usually requested by the quarterbacks.
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“QB's are picky about fb's and could tell you everything about their game balls. broken in to their liking. how it works. Period,” Hasselbeck tweeted. “coaches, refs, average fan wouldn't be able to tell the difference by holding them.
“HC [head coach] would never have any knowledge…nor would any other coach. all QB and equipment staff.”
Now the public awaits to hear what Tom Brady has to say about it. When he was first asked about it during an interview on WEEI Monday, Brady laughed at the question.
"I think I've heard it all [now]," Brady said. "Oh, God. It's ridiculous . . . That's the last of my worries. I don't even respond to stuff like this."