Just as Tom Brady did on Wednesday, head coach Bill Belichick, in his own way, acknowledged last season’s close-but-no-cigar outcome is simply not good enough.
One day after Patriots players and staffers received their AFC Championship rings, Belichick was asked for his thoughts regarding the bling.
“Whatever it was last year, it was. So it’s time to move on,” Belichick said, referring to the rings as “bittersweet.”
Typical Belichickian response.
While we’ve come to expect anti-climactic answers from the 60-year-old, the rings — at least aesthetically — are far from ornery; each contains 73 diamonds, totaling 1.51 karats, as you can see in the picture to your right.
In his defense, Belichick isn’t the only higher-up who’s not content. Owner Robert Kraft told his team, “Let’s get the real one,” adding last season “didn’t end the way we all hoped.”
Following his meeting with reporters, Belichick cancelled the team’s final minicamp practice, a first in his tenure. The players