New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick wasn’t likely to be in a good mood with reporters following his team’s 28-22 loss to the Houston Texans Sunday night.
That was indeed the case and when Belichick just grunted and shrugged his shoulders in response to the first question he was asked, the other reporters in the room were either waiting for more from the surly Patriots coach or were hesitant to ask anything that might draw a similar response.
That led to nearly 30 seconds of awkward, uncomfortable silence. Not great for beat reporters and columnists looking for any kind of quote. But the video of the long pause is certainly amusing, especially if you’re a fan of cringe comedy.
Oh my god it’s so uncomfortable pic.twitter.com/QBzVPmIzgI
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) December 2, 2019
Eventually, Patriots media relations staff had to break the silence and ask if the assembled media had any more questions for Belichick. When they didn’t, the coach left the podium, resulting in a postgame presser that lasted less than three minutes. He didn’t even end with a “We’re on to Kansas City” platitude.
Belichick with a strange presser, not a lot of questions, but a ton of awkward silence, always fun. pic.twitter.com/Gy5BWL6zua
— Chad Amaral (@Chad_Amaral) December 2, 2019
Belichick wasn’t kidding when he began his postgame remarks with “There’s really not a whole lot to say here.”
The Patriots were especially bad in the first half versus Houston, falling into a deficit from which they couldn’t recover. New England scored only three points, largely due to quarterback Tom Brady completing only seven of 19 passes for 93 yards.
Brady has had that bad a first half two previous times in his career, yet the Patriots were able to rally in both those games. They didn’t come back Sunday night, despite scoring three touchdowns in the second half. Belichick probably wasn’t going to point out any of that during the postgame presser.
There have also been tensions between the Patriots and Texans going back to the offseason when New England blocked an attempt by Houston to hire player personnel director Nick Caserio to be its general manager. The Patriots contended it was a lateral move and thus needed to give permission for an interview. The team also filed tampering charges against the Texans, asserting that Houston had talked to Caserio about its GM opening before asking for an interview.
Up next for the Patriots are the Kansas City Chiefs in what looked like a potential AFC Championship matchup before the season. The Chiefs haven’t played up to preseason expectations, compiling an 8-4 record thus far. (They also lost to the Texans earlier this season.) Belichick is surely more concerned with his team, however, which hasn’t played well since losing 37-20 to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 9.