Bill Belichick’s impromptu Saturday press conference that shared the New England Patriots’ findings on underinflated footballs was about more than just PSI’s, atmospheric conditions or My Cousin Vinny references.
Eight days before Super Bowl XLIX, it was a rallying cry.
The past week has been a nightmare for Belichick. Hours after beating the Indianapolis Colts 45-7 to win his sixth AFC title, allegations arose that the Patriots used underinflated footballs in that game, and—just like Spygate—cheated. Boy, did the media pounce.
Belichick was grilled relentlessly at his Thursday press conference. Shortly after, his quarterback’s presser turned into an over-the-top interrogation.
The work and preparation his players and coaching staff put into the 2014 season was being flippantly dismissed.
On Saturday, the man of few words suddenly had plenty. Belichick struck back with an honest, refreshing assessment of what he thinks happened with the footballs on that damp New England night. But buried in the technical jargon was a message to his players:
It’s us against the world. Again.