Who says Bill Belichick doesn’t read the newspapers, watch TV or have a sense of humor?
After his team beat the Eagles Sunday in Philadelphia, the Patriots coach delivered a deadpan special as he trolled Eagles tackle Lane Johnson with a read-between-the-lines zinger.
To review: After the Eagles beat the Patriots in Super Bowl LII two seasons ago, Johnson, on a podcast, tweaked the rigid “Patriot Way,” saying, “I just think that the Patriot Way is a fear-based organization. Obviously, do they win? Hell yes, they win. They’ve won for a long time. Do I think people enjoy [it] and can say, ‘I had a lot of fun playing there?’ No, I don’t. I’d much rather have fun and win a Super Bowl than be miserable and win five Super Bowls.”
Enter Belichick and his elephant-like memory on Sunday.
“It looked like everyone had fun out there today and we played with a lot of good energy, and it was good to come down here and get a win,” Belichick told reporters.
Anyone who doesn’t believe that wasn’t an intentional (albeit subtle) shot doesn’t believe Tom Brady is an elite quarterback. Every strained morsel that comes from Belichick’s mouth is calculated.
It was amusing — and “fun” — to see Belichick’s well-played tweak, which was a break from the monotony of his usual array of dismissive one-word non-answers.